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Thomas Hardy in Dorset

3 nights from £299

Thomas Hardy spent most of his life in Dorset, using the county's landscapes and people as the raw materials for his own 'Wessex'. This tour follows in Hardy's footsteps, from his birthplace in...

Culture and cuisine in Evia

7 nights from £1250

Evia is Greece's hidden gem managing to retain a wonderful air of the undiscovered. This two centre tour will expose you to the age old traditions, the fantastic scenery and wealth of historic sites...

Edinburgh Tattoo, lochs and steam

3 nights from £309

A cruise on the waters of Loch Katrine aboard the SS 'Sir Walter Scott', a journey on the steam-hauled Bo'ness and Kinneil railway and an evening experiencing the colour, music, pomp and pageantry...

Maritime England

3 nights from £319

Britain owes its historic pre-eminence to its military and merchant maritime power and this tour explores this facet of history at two key sites - Greenwich and Chatham historic docks - in the...

Bletchley Park - The secrets of war

1 night from £109

Wartime secrets and spies

Uncover the secrets of Bletchley Park and discover how its code-breaking activities, and Churchill's 'Silent Geese', hastened the end of the second world war....

HMS Warrior - Portsmouth

3 nights from £399

Launched in 1860 the HMS Warrior was Britain's first iron-hulled, armoured warship, the pride of Victoria's fleet and the ultimate ship of her time. Now part of the National Historic Fleet and a...

A grand tour of the Outer Hebrides

5 nights from £695

This extended tour of the Hebrides has proved extremely popular, offering as it does an opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the western isles. Our grand tour takes in all the beauty and...

At home with William Morris

3 nights from £289

This tour examines the profound influence of William Morris and the arts and crafts movement by examining the abundance of fine craftsmanship left behind by him and his followers in the south of...

William Morris - A great Victorian

3 nights from £329

Textile designer, artist, writer and socialist William Morris was the founding father of the influential Arts and Crafts movement and the furnishing and decorative arts manufacturers Morris & Co. His...

First world war centenary

5 nights from £749

Join Jonathan Nicholls, an experienced guide of the 1914-1918 battlefields of the Western Front, to visit the key sites and battlefields of the Somme, Arras and Ypres, whilst hearing the evocative...

Arts and crafts of the heart of England

3 nights from £299

Taking you from Wightwick Manor, a "House Beautiful" crammed full of treasures, to the Arts and Crafts churches of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, this special interest tour encompasses a wealth...

The story of Oxford's colleges

3 nights from £399

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, with evidence of teaching dating back to 1096. Today it is one of the world's most famous educational institutions and...

Kent castles

3 nights from £299

The invading Normans bought the concept of the castle to England in 1066, and it was following the conquest that many major construction projects began. Being on the front lines of England against...

Bristol and the Brunel legacy

3 nights from £389

In 1859, the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel died at just 53, but in that lifetime he completely revolutionised transport in Britain and beyond, and his engineering achievements are still...

Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites

3 nights from £299

As a student at Exeter College, William Morris was exposed to the poetry, art and architecture that came to have a huge influence on his future work. This special tour explores the life and work of...

Charles Dickens tour: London and Kent

3 nights from £329

This weekend tour will focus on the two major areas of inspiration for the nineteenth century's greatest novelist Charles Dickens - London where he spent much of his childhood and based many of his...

New Year in Provence

7 nights from £899

See in the New Year in the city of Avignon, the cultural heart of the region of Provence. Enjoy a laid back cultural touring itinerary, which highlights the areas scenic beauty, ancient history and...

Christmas in San Sebastian by rail

7 nights from £1145

Experience the festive celebrations of the Basque Country, where, as well as enjoying a unique Christmas experience, you can submerge yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of the region....

The Star Clipper - An Aegean odyssey

9 nights from £2099

Take a cruise across the Aegean Sea aboard the Star Clipper, one of the world’s finest sailing ships.

Islay and Jura

4 nights from £655

Islay represents the southern extreme of the Inner Hebrides. Once the ancient home of the Lord of the Isles, who ruled the Hebrides from two islets on Loch Finlaggan, the Islay has always been...

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