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ra-logoWelcome to the Royal Academy of Arts worldwide tours programme. This range of expert-led art tours has been created by us on behalf of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) and focuses on the art, architecture, archaeology and culture of some of the world’s most fascinating destinations. The programme has been particularly created for the Friends of the Royal Academy, however, the tours are open to anyone with a passion for the arts and will suit enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, with the aim of enriching the understanding of often complex subjects. The itineraries, which have been created by Cox & Kings experts in conjunction with the specialist lecturers who will be accompanying the tours, often concentrate on specific themes or topics. It is the expertise and enthusiasm of the lecturers, combined with the pleasure of travelling with like-minded people, which make these tours so fulfilling for lovers of the arts.

Umbria: Soul of the Renaissance
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Umbria: Soul of the Renaissance

7 Days / 6 Nights
Travelling in the footsteps of St Francis and the painters of the Early Renaissance, explore and study the glowing frescoes of Italy’s 14thand 15th-century painters. From Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Giotto’s workshop on the walls of San Francesco in Assisi, to Perugino and his brilliant ...
Spain: The Art of Madrid & Toledo
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Spain: The Art of Madrid & Toledo

5 Days / 4 Nights from £995
Departs 17 Nov 2014
Madrid, the geographical heart of Spain, is also one of the major centres of European art. It is best known for its Golden Triangle of Art, which features the world-renowned Museo del Prado, an extraordinary gallery with unrivalled collections by masters such as Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, ...
Ravenna: Mosaics & Marble
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Ravenna: Mosaics & Marble

4 Days / 3 Nights from £1045
Departs 20 Nov 2014
Italy’s Ravenna is the best place to see early Christian and Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and decoration from the 5th and 6th centuries. In 401AD, the city became the capital of the western Roman empire and mosaic-decorated churches were built. Ravenna continued to flourish during the early ...
Copenhagen: Danish Art & Design
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Copenhagen: Danish Art & Design

4 Days / 3 Nights from £1195
Copenhagen is justifiably known as the ‘Paris of the north’. Its cobbled streets are lined with beautiful 17th- and 18th-century buildings and the spires of Rosenborg Palace, the ‘Marble Church’ and Christiansborg Palace grace the city’s skyline. It is a delightful place to explore, especially ...
Barcelona: Gaudi's Masterworks
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Barcelona: Gaudi's Masterworks

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1195
Departs 24 Nov 2014
This in-depth tour concentrates on the history, technical innovations and influence of Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), one of the world’s most celebrated architects, and a central figurehead of Catalan Modernism. Travel across the vibrant city of Barcelona, seeing how Gaudi and his contemporaries shaped ...
Bruges & Ghent: Flemish Art & Architecture
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Bruges & Ghent: Flemish Art & Architecture

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1275
During the Northern Renaissance, from the early 15th century until the 17th century, Flanders produced Europe’s leading artists who invented and developed the technique of oil painting with their vibrant colours and outstanding realism. By portraying the world around them, the Flemish School charted ...
Istanbul: Byzantine & Ottoman Treasures
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Istanbul: Byzantine & Ottoman Treasures

6 Days / 5 Nights from £1445
Istanbul, capital of the great Ottoman empire, enjoyed more than four centuries of imperial patronage, resulting in one of the most dramatic skylines in the world. Its mosques and palaces are complemented by exquisite tile decoration, fine woodwork and luxurious furnishings. Topkapi Palace, home to ...
Tunisia: Crossroads of the Maghreb
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Tunisia: Crossroads of the Maghreb

8 Days / 7 Nights from £1445
In its long and eventful history, Tunisia has been occupied by Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs. Today, the country is home to some of North Africa’s most impressive ruins, including eight Unesco world heritage sites. This tour visits many of the country’s most famous archaeological sites, including the ...
Italy: Connoisseurs' Venice
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Italy: Connoisseurs' Venice

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1450
Departs 25 Oct 2014
Much of Venice remains as it was more than 500 years ago, with many important works of art still in their original locations. As such, it offers a rare opportunity to step back into the past and see how the art of previous centuries was experienced at the time it was created. This tour aims to ...
Italy: Florence in Focus
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Italy: Florence in Focus

6 Days / 5 Nights from £1495
Departs 06 Oct 2014
In the 15th century, Florence was an immensely wealthy and powerful city-state, where the principal Florentine families were able to commission great architects and artists to beautify their city with buildings, statues and paintings. As a result, modern day Florence offers a treasure trove of artistic ...
Morocco: Medinas, Mosques & Mountains
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Morocco: Medinas, Mosques & Mountains

8 Days / 7 Nights from £1525
Departs 07 Nov 2014, 06 Mar 2015
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 Atlantic, features remains and reminders of numerous ...
Bay of Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum
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Bay of Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum

7 Days / 6 Nights from £1595
Departs 14 Mar 2015
The Bay of Naples was once ringed with flourishing towns and luxury villas, and was one of the greatest centres of classical Roman civilisation. The excavated remains of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Villa Oplontis, entombed in ash in the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79AD, provide a special glimpse into ...
Rome: Caravaggio & the Eternal City
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Rome: Caravaggio & the Eternal City

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1625
This tour creates an exceptional opportunity to see the paintings of the baroque movement’s most famous artist, often still in situ. Caravaggio (1574-1610) lived in Rome during the late 1590s and early 1600s, creating paintings that shook the Roman art world to its foundations. His vibrant religious ...
Turkey: Classic Anatolia
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Turkey: Classic Anatolia

10 Days / 9 Nights from £1675
Departs 04 Oct 2014
As well as a magnificent coastline, Turkey is home to some of the most fascinating remains and relics from antiquity. Discover some of Turkey’s greatest landmarks on this tour, combining striking geological marvels, such as the geothermal springs and white travertine terraces at Pamukkale, with the ...
Albania & Macedonia: Cradle of the Balkans
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Albania & Macedonia: Cradle of the Balkans

10 Days / 9 Nights from £1695
Departs 05 Oct 2014
Travellers to Albania and Macedonia can discover a rich variety of archaeological and historical sites, spectacular mountain scenery, as well as a wealth of art treasures. Journeying across these two countries, often referred to as the ‘cradle of the Balkans’, this tour explores the wonderful ...
Italy: Renaissance Rome
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Italy: Renaissance Rome

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1695
Departs 28 Oct 2014
When the papacy returned to Rome in 1420, after more than a century in exile, Pope Martin V found the city in ruins. Humanists, patrons and artists sought to return Rome to its former glory, inspired by the classical remains. This process reached its climax under Pope Julius II (1503-1513) in ...
Romania: Mountains, Monasteries & Medieval Castles
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Romania: Mountains, Monasteries & Medieval Castles

10 Days / 9 Nights from £1695
Departs 09 Oct 2014
Transylvania and Bucovina are two of the most beautiful areas in Romania, with their fine scenery and old-style towns and villages.

This tour concentrates on the country’s wonderful architectural tradition, exemplified in the baroque town squares, fortified Saxon churches and medieval ...
Jerusalem: The Golden City
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Jerusalem: The Golden City

7 Days / 6 Nights from £1795
Departs 12 Oct 2014
The historically fascinating city of Jerusalem is considered to be one of the most spiritual and holy centres of the world by three major religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. During its extensive and tumultuous history, Jerusalem has been home to a number of faiths and nationalities with ...
Germany: The Masterpieces of Dresden, Berlin & Potsdam
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Germany: The Masterpieces of Dresden, Berlin & Potsdam

8 Days / 7 Nights from £1975
Departs 17 Oct 2014
This tour takes in a medley of Germany’s most culturally-rich cities – Berlin, Dresden and Potsdam. Renowned as the ‘Florence of the north’, Dresden’s 18th-century buildings have been faithfully restored to their former glory. The Old Masters Gallery is among the finest in Europe and the famous ...
Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand
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Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand

12 Days / 11 Nights from £2095
This tour visits the most magnificent cities of the ancient Silk Road, including Uzbekistan’s second largest city, Samarkand, a noble and colossal city built by the infamous 14th-century emperor Tamerlane. The tour also visits the medieval city of Bukhara, with its dazzling blue mosaic domes adding ...
Oman: Land of Frankincense
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Oman: Land of Frankincense

9 Days / 7 Nights from £2095
Departs 09 Nov 2014
With more than 2,000 kilometres of coastline facing the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, high mountains crashing down to vast sand deserts and large oases surrounding medieval fortified towns and castles, Oman is perhaps the most beautiful country in Arabia. Its people dressed immaculately in colourful ...
Jordan: Crusaders, Traders & Raiders
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Jordan: Crusaders, Traders & Raiders

8 Days / 7 Nights from £2175
Departs 31 Oct 2014
Jordan is one of history’s crossroads and battlegrounds, and this tour encompasses the entire range of its heritage and culture. Visit the biblical site of Mount Nebo; Jerash, where Greeks and Romans built a great city; and Petra, a city of fable, with soaring temples and rock-cut tombs. See Islamic castles ...
Sicily: Crossroads of the Mediterranean
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Sicily: Crossroads of the Mediterranean

9 Days / 8 Nights from £2195
Departs 06 Apr 2015
Sicily is home to fine Greek temples, exuberant Roman floor mosaics, Arab-inspired gardens and superb Norman architecture. Alongside this, the island features magnificent scenery and beautiful wild flowers. This tour visits the island’s principal sites, including the Valley of the Temples, the ...
Armenia & Georgia: Treasures of the Caucasus
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Armenia & Georgia: Treasures of the Caucasus

11 Days / 10 Nights from £2295
Explore the spectacular highland countries of Armenia and Georgia, the world’s oldest Christian nations, both containing a treasure trove of ancient ruins, churches and monasteries together with centuries-old folk traditions. In this little-known corner of the former Soviet Union, where Europe ...
China: A Journey Through Chinese Imagery
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China: A Journey Through Chinese Imagery

11 Days / 9 Nights from £2495
Departs 05 Oct 2014
Unlike western styles of classical visual art, which have followed cycles of collapse and recovery, Chinese art has continued in the same tradition since the time of the ancient Bronzes and Jades found in tombs dating as far back as the third millennium BC. The result is a rich custom of art and ...
India: Mughal Art & Architecture
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India: Mughal Art & Architecture

12 Days / 10 Nights from £3195
Departs 01 Nov 2014, 09 Feb 2015
The Mughal Empire came out of Central Asia. Babur, the first ruler, was the great great great grandson of Mongol ruler and conqueror Tamerlain. He united Mongolian traditions, the Persianate high culture and the Central Asian patronage of Islamic art and architecture with the wealth and talent ...
The Temples & Treasures of Laos & Cambodia
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The Temples & Treasures of Laos & Cambodia

13 Days / 11 Nights from £3495
Departs 07 Nov 2014, 01 Feb 2015, 19 Nov 2015
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 stay in Siem Reap to marvel at the mystical 12th-century temple of Angkor Wat, the biggest religious monument in the world and the ...
Ethiopia: A Journey through Landscape & Time
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Ethiopia: A Journey through Landscape & Time

15 Days / 12 Nights from £3495
Departs 24 Oct 2014, 13 Feb 2015
Unravel the mysteries of Ethiopia on this comprehensive historical and cultural tour. Travel through awe-inspiring landscapes, visiting the tall cliff-churches of Tigray and the world-renowned sites of Axum, Lalibela and Gondar. Explore atmospheric monuments including a temple dedicated to a ...
Burma: Golden Temples & Pagodas
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Burma: Golden Temples & Pagodas

14 Days / 11 Nights from £3995
Departs 03 Nov 2014, 01 Feb 2015
Burma (Myanmar) has a rich and colourful cultural history, shaped by many influences. The highlights of this tour include the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, a relaxing river cruise from Mandalay to Mingun, the ancient treasure house of Pagan (Bagan) with its thousands of pagodas, mystical Mount Popa, and ...