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Art Pursuits Abroad is very sad to learn of the unexpected death of Cathy Oakes. Cathy has been a popular tour lecturer for Art Pursuits, leading numerous mediaeval tours to France and giving lectures at our short courses. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to her family, friends and students. We know she will be greatly missed by the Art History world.

Art Pursuits Abroad has been organising cultural holidays and art history courses since 2003. Our Study Tours (cultural holidays) combine the art of travelling with the pleasure of looking at and learning about art and history in beautiful places. We are highly rated by our clients with 88% describing us as excellent (and 11% as good) as a tour operator which probably explains why 50% book again with us and many become regulars.

We hope that you enjoy looking at our website and find one or more of our Study Tours which interest you.

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  1. Dresden - The Heart of Saxony

    Dresden - The Heart of Saxony

    5 Dec 2019 - 10 Dec 2019
    With: Thomas Abbott
    Elegantly set in a curve of the River Elbe, the city of Dresden was one of the greatest political and cultural centres in the German Empire.
    5 nights from £2,490
    Ref: 19DRES
  2. Augsburg - Cradle of the German Renaissance

    Augsburg - Cradle of the German Renaissance

    12 Dec 2019 - 16 Dec 2019
    With: Dr Ulrike Ziegler
    It is not by surprise that the German Renaissance is dawning in Augsburg.
    4 nights from £1,595
    Ref: 19AUGS
  3. Palma - The Rich Tapestry of Art and History

    Palma - The Rich Tapestry of Art and History

    23 Jan 2020 - 26 Jan 2020
    With: TBC
    Rising from the azure waters of the Badia de Palma, the golden stone of Palma de Majorca beckons alluringly to expectant travellers.
    3 nights from £1,360
    Ref: 20MALL
  4. Renaissance Rome - The Eternal City in the age of Michelangelo and Raphael

    Renaissance Rome - The Eternal City in the age of Michelangelo and Raphael

    19 Feb 2020 - 24 Feb 2020
    With: Dr Paula Nuttall
    Michelangelo buon Arroti and Raffaello Sanzio were the first true superstars of western art. This Art Pursuits Abroad Study Tour will take you through the Eternal City in the footsteps of these two artistic giants and their contemporaries.
    5 nights from £2,195
    Ref: 20ROME
  5. Mediaeval Splendour in Ravenna & Venice -  Artistic Treasures of the Great Italian Cities

    Mediaeval Splendour in Ravenna & Venice - Artistic Treasures of the Great Italian Cities

    4 Mar 2020 - 9 Mar 2020
    With: Dr Sally Dormer
    In Ravenna we see the proof that even as the torch of the Roman Empire flared and guttered out, Europe was on the threshold of a period of incomparable artistic achievement. By the time Alaric sacked the Eternal City in 410, Ravenna had been the imperial capital for eight years.
    5 nights from £2,095
    Ref: 20RAVE
  6. Jordan - Ancient cities, Biblical sites and desert castles

    Jordan - Ancient cities, Biblical sites and desert castles

    8 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020
    With: Sue Rollin
    Our tour includes spectacular sites created by Romans, Christians and Muslims: flourishing cities of the Decapolis, Byzantine basilicas with resplendent mosaics, a fascinating Umayyad desert baths complex and a crusader stronghold towering high above the valley of the Dead Sea.
    7 nights from £3,750
    Ref: 20JORD
  7. Bruges, Ghent and Brussels - Jan van Eyck and Netherlandish Painting

    Bruges, Ghent and Brussels - Jan van Eyck and Netherlandish Painting

    11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020
    With: Dr Sophie Oosterwijk
    Explore with us the history, art and architecture of the two great cities of Ghent and Bruges, the earliest showcases of commercial success, where Hubert and Jan van Eyck ‘invented’ a realistic style of painting.
    4 nights from £1,550
    Ref: 20FLAN
  8. Porto & Art Noveau - Arte Nova in the Douro River Valley

    Porto & Art Noveau - Arte Nova in the Douro River Valley

    31 Mar 2020 - 5 Apr 2020
    With: TBC
    As is the case for so many of Europe’s greatest cities, Porto owes much to a mighty river. The Douro, which flows through the city, has ensured not just lucrative trading deals but fertile ground for the production of world-famous wines.
    5 nights from £2,150
    Ref: 20PORT
  9. Georgian Bath – The height of European style & fashion

    Georgian Bath – The height of European style & fashion

    5 Apr 2020 - 7 Apr 2020
    With: Jennifer Wearden
    Elegant Bath was built for pleasure. Although archaeological evidence suggests that the site of the main spring in Bath was originally a Celtic shrine to the local goddess Sulis, it was the Romans who capitalised on the potential of the area and built elaborate temples and bathing complexes.
    2 nights from £995
    Ref: 20BATH
  10. Villas of the Veneto - Architecture and lifestyle in the age of Palladio

    Villas of the Veneto - Architecture and lifestyle in the age of Palladio

    21 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020
    With: Dr Marie-Louise Lillywhite
    Andrea Palladio is one of the most influential architects of all time. To a large extent, his enduring fame was the result of his publication in 1570 of the Quattro Libri dell’Architettura which made his designs available to architects all over the world.
    5 nights from £2,240
    Ref: 20VILA
  11. Heidelberg and the Romantic Neckar valley

    Heidelberg and the Romantic Neckar valley

    22 Apr 2020 - 27 Apr 2020
    With: Dr Ulrike Ziegler
    This new Art Pursuits Abroad study tour invites you to explore one of Germany’s best loved cities and to uncover its Romantic past.
    5 nights from £2,450
    Ref: 20HEID
  12. On The Golden Road - From Prague to Nuremburg

    On The Golden Road - From Prague to Nuremburg

    28 Apr 2020 - 3 May 2020
    With: Thomas Abbott
    This Art Pursuits Abroad study tour will give you the opportunity to study the life of Charles IV and the art of his time, while highlights of our Prague visit will be Charles’s architectural legacy.
    5 nights from £1,995
    Ref: 20TALE
  13. Liguria and Le Cinque Terre

    Liguria and Le Cinque Terre

    3 May 2020 - 9 May 2020
    With: Anthony Majanlahti
    Liguria has the shape of an arch placed between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea and it is known as “la Riviera dei Fiori”, for its variety of flowers and numerous natural parks.
    6 nights from £2,965
    Ref: 20LIGU
  14. le Marche - Venetian painters abroad

    le Marche - Venetian painters abroad

    14 May 2020 - 21 May 2020
    With: Nigel McGilchrist
    The tranquillity of the long maritime valleys of the Marche is distilled in the exquisite paintings of Lotto and Crivelli, found in its churches and palaces, and reflected in the understated music of Pergolesi and Rossini.
    7 nights from £2,950
    Ref: 20MARC
  15. Swabia - Art and history between Augsburg and Stuttgart

    Swabia - Art and history between Augsburg and Stuttgart

    17 May 2020 - 24 May 2020
    With: Dr Ulrike Ziegler
    Present-day ‘Schwaben’ encompasses parts of the German federal states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.
    7 nights from £2,370
    Ref: 20SWAB
  16. The Golden Road to Samarkand - Art and architecture of Central Asia

    The Golden Road to Samarkand - Art and architecture of Central Asia

    26 May 2020 - 5 Jun 2020
    With: Sue Rollin
    Tales of the Silk Road have enticed and beguiled the west for centuries, and images of the ‘mysterious east’, lingered on in the western imagination long after the overland trade route had disintegrated.
    10 nights from £3,565
    Ref: 20UZBE
  17. Royal Krakow - Poland’s Cultural Capital

    Royal Krakow - Poland’s Cultural Capital

    8 Jun 2020 - 12 Jun 2020
    With: Thomas Abbott
    With the exception of Prague, Krakow is the only metropolis in eastern Middle Europe to have survived wars and regime changes unscathed.
    4 nights from £1,690
    Ref: 20KRAK
  18. Provence - School of the South

    Provence - School of the South

    8 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020
    With: Dr Kathy McLauchlan
    “When you’re born there, it’s hopeless, nothing else is good enough.” So beguiled was Cézanne by his home region of Provence, he is reputed to have spoken these words, and certainly he never tired of painting the area in his lifetime.
    5 nights from £2,545
    Ref: 20PROV
  19. Georgian Arcadia - Great Country Houses and Landscape Parks of North Yorkshire 1700-1800

    Georgian Arcadia - Great Country Houses and Landscape Parks of North Yorkshire 1700-1800

    18 Jun 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
    With: Barbara Peacock
    Yorkshire is architecturally the richest of England’s counties and remains the most Georgian part of England with magnificent estates, country houses and landscape parks.
    3 nights from £1,195
    Ref: 20YORK
  20. Hamburg - The Gateway to the World

    Hamburg - The Gateway to the World

    20 Jun 2020 - 23 Jun 2020
    With: Thomas Abbott
    Fondly referred to by residents as ‘Gateway to the World’, Hamburg is Germany’s largest port and second largest city. It is defined by its proximity to the water, the Elbe river courses through its heart, dividing itself up into a network of smaller waterways and canals that meander through the urban landscape.
    3 nights from £1,615
    Ref: 20HAMB
  21. Sacred art of Russia - Yaroslavl and the cities of Russia’s Golden Ring

    Sacred art of Russia - Yaroslavl and the cities of Russia’s Golden Ring

    21 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020
    With: Dr Natalia Murray
    The adoption of Christianity in Russia in 988 marked the beginning of the ancient Russian art. Throughout the 10th–17th centuries, this ancient Russian art sought to embody in itself the Christian faith and create ‘theology in colour’ by making images and the words inseparable from each other.
    6 nights from £2,595
    Ref: 20YARO
  22. Flowers of Lorraine - The Genius of Art Nouveau in Nancy

    Flowers of Lorraine - The Genius of Art Nouveau in Nancy

    29 Jun 2020 - 5 Jul 2020
    With: Dr Justine Hopkins
    The historic capital of the ancient Duchy of Lorraine, Nancy has been a centre of trade, commerce and craftsmanship since the 11th century.
    6 nights from £1,650
    Ref: 20NANC
  23. Austria’s heartland - 1000 years of art and culture

    Austria’s heartland - 1000 years of art and culture

    1 Jul 2020 - 7 Jul 2020
    With: Dr Ulrike Ziegler
    This new Art Pursuits Abroad study tour spans a period of 1000 years and reveals a broad selection of treasures, exploring the genesis of art and culture in Austria’s heartland.
    6 nights from £2,275
    Ref: 20LOAU
  24. Holland’s Hidden Treasures

    Holland’s Hidden Treasures

    18 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020
    With: Dr Sophie Oosterwijk
    It is often said that ‘God created the world, but the Dutch created the Netherlands’. This is particularly true of Holland, the coastal area that now comprises the provinces of North and South Holland.
    4 nights from £1,775
    Ref: 20HOLL
  25. Great Houses & Gardens of Moravia - Style & Splendour in the Kingdom of Bohemia

    Great Houses & Gardens of Moravia - Style & Splendour in the Kingdom of Bohemia

    6 Sep 2020 - 12 Sep 2020
    With: Barbara Peacock
    This new Art Pursuits Abroad tour encompasses great houses of all periods, some with important gardens or designed landscapes and often set in countryside of great natural beauty, offering a fascinating introduction to this overlooked corner of the world.
    6 nights from £2,595
    Ref: 20MORA
  26. Durham - From Bede to Bishop Puiset

    Durham - From Bede to Bishop Puiset

    12 Sep 2020 - 14 Sep 2020
    With: Dr Sally Dormer
    Described by Sir Walter Scott as “half church of God, half castle ’against the Scot” Durham Cathedral is perched upon a rocky promontory surrounded by a meander of the River Wear.
    2 nights from £695
    Ref: 20DURH
  27. Puglia & Matera - From Mediaeval to Baroque art and the picturesque scenery of the Salento coast

    Puglia & Matera - From Mediaeval to Baroque art and the picturesque scenery of the Salento coast

    15 Sep 2020 - 21 Sep 2020
    With: Anthony Majanlahti
    The south of Italy is still largely, and unjustly, unknown. Come with us as we explore the sun-drenched region of Puglia, from Trani south into the Salento, the tip of the heel of the Italian boot, a land rich in history, full of treasures of art and architecture.
    6 nights from £2,525
    Ref: 20PUGI
  28. Alsace - Franco-German entente between Rhine and Vosges Mountains

    Alsace - Franco-German entente between Rhine and Vosges Mountains

    17 Sep 2020 - 23 Sep 2020
    With: Lecturer to be confirmed
    Claimed, conquered and re-conquered by kings, emperors and generals for more than five centuries, Alsace is neither entirely French nor wholly German, its distinctive culture influenced as much by its middle-Frankish past as by its larger neighbours to the east and west.
    6 nights from £2,295
    Ref: 20ALSA
  29. Istanbul - The Capital of Empires

    Istanbul - The Capital of Empires

    26 Sep 2020 - 1 Oct 2020
    With: Sue Rollin
    Constantinople and Istanbul, two names for one city, capital of the mighty Byzantine and Ottoman empires, a city where East meets West, astride two continents, Europe and Asia. The shores of Istanbul are lapped by the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus, and its monuments are ranged over seven hills.
    5 nights from £2,095
    Ref: 20ISTA
  30. Bodensee - One lake, three countries, countless treasures

    Bodensee - One lake, three countries, countless treasures

    27 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020
    With: Thomas Abbott
    This Art Pursuits Abroad study tour invites you to discover the region by coach and boat, from the millennium-old monastery island of Reichenau to the dazzling Rococo pilgrimage church of the Birnau.
    6 nights from £2,825
    Ref: 20BODE

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