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Art Insider … new Arts & Culture tours

| 08 Dec 2017

Louise Tucker, curator of Cox & Kings’ Arts & Culture tours, highlights some of the special aspects of the 2018-19 programme and the exciting new destinations that will feature.

Abstract modern architecture cube houses, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Discovering the culture of a country requires more than a visit to its well-known architectural sights, art collections and historic locations. Our collection of small group, expert-led Arts & Culture tours aims to go deeper, encapsulating a sense of place as well as a taste of both traditional and contemporary culture. The specialists who lead these tours offer insights and often introduce personal contacts, from curators to clerics.

A special feature of our 2018-19 tours will be meetings with residents who bring local culture to life; they may include craftsmen, artisans, designers, chefs, perfumers, wine-growers, gardeners, and even nuns.  Experience wine tastings and food tours, stay in stylish hotels and discover the neighbourhoods that creative locals enjoy. Here, we have picked out some of the fascinating new destinations that will be on offer for 2018.

Côte d’Azur: Art, Design, Fragrance & Wine

The understated luxury of the Relais & Chateaux hotel Mas Candille sets the elegant tone of this exclusive new tour. Experience life in a medieval village with views across the Provençal hills and travel along the coast to see sights that inspired artists, writers and designers from the early 20th century to the present day. This creative mix is reflected in sites ranging from designer Eileen Grey’s 1920s villa to the latest sculptures by Bernar Venet. The lecturer, Mary Lynn Riley, lives in Provence and lectures at some of the galleries on the tour.

1 – 8 September 2018 with Mary Lynn Riley • 8 Days & 7 Nights from £4,325

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Mas Candille, Côte d'Azur

Mas Candille, Côte d’Azur

Rotterdam: Modern Art & Architecture

Discover the gleaming new architecture that has transformed Rotterdam into a design hotspot. The Nieuwe Bouwen architectural movement influenced the sleek, light-filled structures built in the 1920s and 1930s. Clean lines were also a defining element in the art of Piet Mondrian, whose work is displayed in the art deco Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Architectural historian Thomas Abbot reveals contemporary buildings including the Erasmus Bridge and De Markthal. Visit a new canalside creative area of Amsterdam and discover local artisans and the latest bars and restaurants in a food tour of Rotterdam.

6 – 10 June 2018; 1 – 5 September 2018; 5 – 9 June 2019 and 25 – 29 Sep 2019 with Thomas Abbott • 5 Days & 4 Nights from £2,195

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Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Holland

Germany: Bauhaus – Design for Living

Bauhaus 100 will celebrate the centenary of the foundation of one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century in 2019. A Bauhaus 100 curator will accompany a visit to the art school in Weimar where Walter Gropius established Bauhaus. Lecturer Thomas Abbott, leads the tour to the main Bauhaus sites in Weimar, Jena, Chemnitz and Dessau, ending in his home city of Berlin to see buildings by Mies van der Rohe. Special lunches are included at the Mensa canteen in Dessau’s Bauhaus school and at Villa Esche, designed in 1902-03 by Henry van de Velde.

14 – 20 May 2019; 17 – 23 September 2019 with Thomas Abbott • 7 Days & 6 Nights from £2,375

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Bauhaus, Germany

Bauhaus, Germany

Stockholm:  Nordic art & Scandi design

The stylish Miss Clara Hotel, renovated by a leading Scandi designer, embodies the urban glamour of modern Stockholm. Art historian Anne Anderson leads a tour through galleries displaying the art of Edvard Munch and Carl Larsson, as well as contemporary works in striking galleries. A Stockholm resident reveals the places locals visit in the creative SoFo district, named by Vogue as one of the “coolest street-style neighbourhoods”.  Taste Nordic cuisine and visit artisan producers in a food tour of Stockholm’s many bars and cafes.

16 – 20 May 2018; 3 – 7 Oct 2018; 10 – 14 Apr 2019 with Dr Anne Anderson• 5 Days & 4 Nights from £2,395

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Stortorget place in Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Stortorget place in Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Turin: Art & Aperitivos, Slow Food & Truffles

Designed to coincide with the annual white truffle fair in Alba, this tour with expert lecturer Stephen Nelson combines food and wine with modern art and culture. Turin’s dynamic history generated a range of buildings from grand palaces to the Fiat car factory, now home to an art gallery. Dine in the restaurant where the Slow Food movement began and mix cocktails at Casa Martini in this city known for its aperitivos. Join a truffle hunt in the countryside and travel through the Langhe wine region to sample Barolo and Barbaresco.

10 – 14 Oct 2018 with Stephen Nelson • 5 Days & 4 Nights from £2,195

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San Carlo square in the old city center, Turin, Italy

San Carlo square in the old city center, Turin, Italy

Boston: American Art & Architecture

New England forged much of the American spirit in its art, architecture and culture, traced in this tour from Boston to Harvard, Cape Cod and Williamstown, accompanied by 19th-century art specialist Mary Lynn Riley. American artists from John Singer Sargent to Winslow Homer captured the great characters and energy of the new nation. Visit Cape Cod to see the landscape that inspired Edward Hopper and discover the lifestyle of the early Puritan settlers in the Hancock Shaker Village. Former mill buildings in North Adams have been transformed into one of the foremost centres for contemporary art ­– MASS MoCA .

30 June – 8 July 2018 with Mary Lynn Riley • 9 Days & 7 Nights from £5,195

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Historic Acorn Street in Beacon Hill, Boston USA

Historic Acorn Street in Beacon Hill, Boston USA



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