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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...

A grand tour of the Inner Hebrides

6 nights from £925

Complementing our Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides, this equally grand yet relaxing tour takes in the principal Inner Hebridean isles of Mull, Islay and Jura as well as the little islands of Staffa...

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...

Edinburgh Tattoo, lochs and steam

3 nights from £329

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...

The Star Clipper - An Aegean odyssey

9 nights from £2499

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

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...

Archaeology in Bulgaria

8 nights from £1275

For decades after the Second World War Bulgaria lay firmly behind the Iron Curtain and had little contact with the outside world, but in classical times it prospered through trade with the Near East...

Museums and galleries of the West Midlands

3 nights from £299

Birmingham and the West Midlands plays host to both an extensive and eclectic collection of art in four of the region's major galleries - Compton Verney, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, New Art...

Grand private houses

3 nights from £329

A special private home heritage tour telling the story of the Lygon, Scudamore, Somers-Cocks and Hervey-Bathurst families in their houses and estates from the 11th century to the present day.

The Mary Rose and Portsmouth's maritime history

3 nights from £319

On his ascent to the throne in 1509, and faced with ever-present threats from France and Scotland, Henry VIII begun to build up his navy. Mary Rose was to become the pride of Henry's fleet, but after...

A taste of Crete

7 nights from £1000

Stelios and Angela have run walking tours in Western Crete for many years and one of the highlights of the trip for our walkers has been the superb cuisine served at their taverna in Kissamos. This...

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...

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...

Art and literature of the first world war

3 nights from £749

The first world war was the turning point of modern history and culture, the horror and brutality experienced by so many in turn inspiring powerful and beautiful art and literature as people sought...

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...

Venice opera and historic Regatta

6 nights from £945

This superb tour, travelling by air, combines two Venetian institutions that go back centuries with a tour of the historic and scenic Veneto region. The two highlights of the tour are a performance...

Dutch bulbfields via Dover

3 nights from £229

A visual feast awaits visitors in the 'Bulbfields' at Keukenhof gardens. This 32 hectare site is planted with some seven million flower bulbs, and when they bloom they become a magnificent spectacle,...

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....

Culture and cuisine in Evia

7 nights from £1250

This two centre tour has been designed to focus on the traditions and culture of this unspoilt island. Discover some of the age old traditions first hand whilst enjoying the islands scenery, visiting...

The great castles of North Wales

3 nights from £319

In the late 13th century, in the course of three devastating campaigns, Wales was conquered by the English King Edward I. To cement his victory he built a string of castles which became the greatest...

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