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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Autumn in the Peloponnese - Flowers and history

8 nights from £1050

The first rains of autumn have a striking effect on the flora of the Peloponnese. Plants that survive the hot dry summer as underground organs, such as corms or tubers, come into flower, and there is...

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...

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...

Gothic castles to French Impressionism

3 nights from £289

It was a love of Gothic Revivalism that bought the third Marquess of Bute together with architect William Burges to sumptuously remodel Cardiff Castle and create the Neo-Gothic fairytale Castell Coch...

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...

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...

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...

India, tigers and the Taj Mahal

8 nights from £1299

This tour of northern India features the three great cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, and the opportunity to spend some time in Ranthambhore park. Once the hunting ground of Indian princes, this...

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....

Britten's War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall

2 nights from £209

On Rembrance Sunday 2014, to mark the centenary of the first world war, the Royal Choral Society will perform Britten's War Requiem at the Royal Albert hall. Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was...

The English Civil War

3 nights from £319

In 1642, with the King and Parliament at loggerheads, there seemed to be only one way to settle differences - the civil war. The country was split in two, with half supporting King Charles I and the...

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...

Louvre-Lens and the galleries of northern France

3 nights from £729

The Picardie region of northern France is perhaps overlooked by visitors who pass through on their way from Calais to Paris and beyond. The area, however, once a hub of mining and industry and the...

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.

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