New England forged the American nation and the American spirit. Boston became immortalised as the starting point of the War of Independence and later thrived as a prosperous centre for arts and education. Fortunes amassed in trade and manufacture were invested and displayed in great art collections, from Isabella Stewart Gardner's private villa to the college collections at Harvard and Williams College. The lifestyle of the earliest Puritan settlers lives on in Shaker communities and simple weather-boarded houses remain a symbol of New England. Former industrial sites have been re-imagined as creative spaces such as MASS MoCA, which sets contemporary works in a disused mill.
Fly from London to Boston with British Airways and transfer to the 5-star Taj Boston (or similar) for a 5-night stay. Built in 1927, the hotel is decorated with art and antiques, and overlooks Boston Public Garden. Welcome dinner this evening. (B, D)
Walking tour through the cobbled streets of historic Boston and discover the rich past of the city that formed the American nation. Continue to the harbour where The Boston Tea Party sparked the War of Independence. Visit the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the regenerated harbour district. (B)
Drive to Harvard University to see the art museums and buildings by architects including Renzo Piano and Le Corbusier. The three art galleries display vast and eclectic collections. Our tour focuses on American artists including John Singer Sargent and Thomas Eakins. Return to Boston to see Sargent's frescoes in Boston Public Library. Continue to Trinity Church, designed by HH Richardson and decorated with intricate mosaics and vivid stained glass. (B)
Visit Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Collection. The Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1876 and displays one of the richest collections in America. Light floods through the modern galleries of the new wing designed by Norman Foster, illuminating contemporary works. In
contrast, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum reflects the personal taste of a collector in the early 20th century, displayed in her own Italian Renaissance-style mansion with internal courtyard garden. (B)
Drive to Cape Cod to tour the houses and scenic landscapes Edward Hopper painted during the summers he spent here in the 1930s. The weather boarding that protects Cape Cod buildings from the elements defines New England style. Hopper was one of many artists inspired by the light of this coastal peninsula. (B)
Drive through the beautiful countryside of the Berkshires to Hancock Shaker Village. Discover the lifestyle of this 18th-century religious group and the architecture, distinctive furnishings and artefacts the Shakers made and used. Visit Williams College, established in 1793, to see their Museum of Art and the sculptures across the landscaped campus. Stay 2 nights in the historic Orchards Hotel Williamstown (or similar). (B, D)
Return to Williams College campus where Tadao Ando designed contemporary galleries to display The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute collection. Alongside paintings by the French Impressionists and American artists Winslow Homer and George Inness, there are exhibits of furniture and decorative arts. Continue to the former industrial town of North Adams and see changing exhibitions of contemporary art in former mill buildings at MASS MoCA. (B, D)
Drive through New Hampshire to the Peabody Essex Museum, near the historic town of Salem. This striking structure houses several collections including 17th-century Native American art to the present and American art and artefacts. Transfer to Boston airport for the flight to London. (B)
Early morning arrival into London (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a lecturer, who has specialist knowledge of the destination and its culture.
Based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.included.
This tour involves long walks over uneven ground and requires a good level of fitness.
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
Mary Lynn Riley is a specialist in art from the 19th century to the present day. She obtained her Master in Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore and worked at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Mary Lynn currently teaches and lectures at museums in the south of France.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3930 5094 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
A collection of expert accompanied
tours focusing on creativity
in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the
subject matter is required.
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UAA2018: 7 Nights