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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...

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.

Richard III and the War of the Roses

3 nights from £299

Discover more about the dramatic events that led to the death in battle of Richard III, one of England's most controversial kings, and the rise of a new dynasty - the Tudors. This fascinating tour...

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...

English cathedrals

4 nights from £479

The first of a series of small group tours that will explore and appreciate the beauty of England's prodigious cathedrals offering the rare chance to gain access to areas and collections not normally...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

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 Isle of Barra

3 nights from £435

This tour is definitely one for the island-bagger, with no fewer than four portions of Hebridean heaven included!

The Isle of Barra is the most southerly of the Outer Hebrides and has...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Battle of Britain

3 nights from £259

As the Battle of Britain raged in the skies over Britain, the de Havilland Aircraft Company worked, with limited resources, to develop their DH-88 Comet into a combat aircraft that would take the war...

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...

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...

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...

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