Cox & Kings’ art & culture tours focus on some of mankind’s greatest creative achievements in fascinating destinations worldwide. Art, architecture, archaeology, design, jewellery, music, fashion, cuisine and gardens are all covered in this programme and the tours will suit all ‘culture-vultures’, enthusiasts and experts alike.
All the tours are led by experts who work with Cox & Kings’ own in-house specialists to design the itineraries, often including private visits that would not be available to the wider public. These trips typically have a greater focus on specific themes than regular Cox & Kings holidays and the experts are on hand to provide colour and depth of understanding throughout the tour, both during informal talks and at sites along the way. The tours are also accompanied by local tour managers to ensure they run smoothly and, in many places, local guides share their particular knowledge and expertise during excursions.
Where possible we have set aside enough time to allow for independent exploration. However, as with all Cox & Kings tours, our expertise at organising private tailor-made travel means that we would be delighted to create pre- or post-tour extension if you would like extra time to explore independently.
Travel to Albania and Macedonia with
expert Dr William Taylor to discover
a rich variety of archaeological and
historical sites, along with spectacular
mountain scenery. This tour explores
the wonderful Ottoman museum cities
of Berat and Gjirokaster,...
Explore the spectacular highland countries of Armenia and Georgia, the world’s oldest Christian nations, with expert Dr William Taylor. Both countries contain a treasure trove of ancient ruins, churches and monasteries together with centuries-old folk...
This in-depth tour concentrates on
the history, technical innovations
and influence of the movement of
Catalan modernism and its figurehead
Antoni Gaudí. Travel across the vibrant
city of Barcelona with experts Dr
Anne Anderson and Monica Bohm-
Uncover the mysteries of the Bay of Naples, once one of the greatest centres of classical Graeco-Roman civilisation, with experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Stephen Nelson. The excavated remains of Pompeii, Stabiae and Villa Oplontis, entombed in ash in the Mount...
Travel to the heart of Emilia-Romagna with art historian Andrew Spira. Home to the oldest university in the west and world famous for its cuisine, Bologna is one the most diverse cities in Italy. Graced with medieval towers and uniquely colonnaded streets,...
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...
Discover Bulgaria's history and scenery with experts Rowena Loverance or John Osborne. Begin in Sofia, visiting the National Historical Museum and its prehistoric Thracian treasures. Continue to the citadel of Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv Roman theatre and Rila...
The luminescent coastline of the Côte d'Azur and the craggy Provencal hills have attracted artists, writers, musicians and designers to create paintings and sculpture as well as perfumes, gardens and houses. In the early 20th century, Christian Dior and Coco...
The island of Crete was the homeland of
the Minoan civilisation 4,000 years ago.
The Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians
and Ottomans all left behind their legacy
as well. The rich cultural blend that is
Crete today mirrors these past influences.
Architect Walter Gropius launched the radical Bauhaus arts movement in 1919 in Weimar, Germany after the devastation of the first world war. The Bauhaus brought together fine arts and crafts to create buildings and interiors for the modern age. Fine artists,...
The fantastically rich and varied history
of Iran has left behind an unparalleled
cultural heritage. This tour reveals
the best of that legacy, including the
supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan
and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemenian
In the centenary year of the great
Arab revolt, travel with expert lecturer
and archaeologist Dr Faulkner who,
as co-director of a pioneering series
of excavations into TE Lawrence, has
exclusive behind-the-scenes access
to sites not open to the wider...
Denise Heywood leads this tour through
Laos and Cambodia, where she has
lived and worked. Begin in serene Luang
Prabang in Laos, filled with glittering
temples. Cruise on the Mekong river to
sacred caves before flying to Vientiane.
End the tour with a...
Morocco, with its famous medieval
mosques and citadels, is truly the
jewel of North Africa and exudes a
sense of living history. What’s more,
this fascinating destination, set amid
the backdrop of the stunning Atlas
mountains and the shimmering...
Uncover Ravenna's glittering past with experts Rowena Loverance or Dr Sally Dormer. In 402AD, the city became the capital of the western Roman empire and mosaic-decorated churches were built. Ravenna flourished during the early sixth century under the...
Visit Transylvania and Bucovina, two of the most beautiful areas in Romania. This tour focuses on the country’s wonderful architectural tradition, exemplified in the baroque town squares, palaces, fortified Saxon churches and medieval Orthodox monasteries...
The capital of Italy is renowned for monuments expressing the power of emperors, popes and dictators.Dr Nigel Spivey leads a newly devised tour that explores how the emperors from Augustus to Constantine created a language of symbols that has resonated...
New architecture defines Rotterdam, a city that has constantly re-invented itself over the past century in a bold style distinct from other towns in the Netherlands. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Nieuwe Bouwen architectural movement used light, air and space t...
The unique mixture of cultures that influenced Sicily over the centuries has ensured a rich legacy of art, architecture, food and traditions. Visit fine Greek temples, see Roman and Byzantine mosaics, as well as Norman and baroque...
Experience contemporary Scandi lifestyle and food with art historian Dr Anne Anderson who will trace the origin of modern design to the clean, cool lines of classic Nordic interiors. The island of Södermalm, gritty setting for Nordic Noir classic The Girl...
Turin has always embraced change and innovation. Its energy has transformed the city from stately centre of the House of Savoy to an industrial powerhouse generating more chocolate than France and Belgium combined and Italy’s favourite car, the Fiat...
Visit the most magnificent cities of the
ancient Silk Road with Islamic expert
Diana Driscoll. These include Uzbekistan’s
second largest city, Samarkand, built
by the infamous 14th-century Emperor
Tamerlane; the medieval city of Bukhara,
Venice has retained its grandeur and maintained its status as one of the most beautiful cities in the world over the centuries due to its unique mixture of unspoilt buildings and innovative inhabitants. This tour with Thomas Abbott will combine visits t...
St Petersburg has remained almost unchanged since it was built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Conceived by Peter the Great as a 'window to the west', the city became a living exhibit of Russia’s status as an important European nation. Situated on a network...
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.