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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.

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Rome: Caravaggio & the Eternal City
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Rome: Caravaggio & the Eternal City

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1395
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 ...
Ravenna: Mosaics & Marble
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Ravenna: Mosaics & Marble

4 Days / 3 Nights from £1045
Departs 09 Apr 2015, 19 Nov 2015, 07 Apr 2016
The small town of Ravenna hides a glittering past. In 401AD, 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 Ostrogoths, who comissioned further splendid monuments. In 540AD it became ...
Spain: The Art of Madrid & Toledo
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Spain: The Art of Madrid & Toledo

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1145
Departs 09 Nov 2015
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, ...
Copenhagen: Danish Art & Design
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Copenhagen: Danish Art & Design

4 Days / 3 Nights from £1195
Departs 16 Jul 2015
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 and Christiansborg Palace grace the city’s skyline. It is a delightful place to explore, especially the Christianshavn ...
Barcelona: Gaudi's Masterworks
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Barcelona: Gaudi's Masterworks

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1275
Departs 14 Nov 2015
This in-depth tour concentrates on the history, technical innovations and influence of Antoni Gaudí (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 Gaudí and his contemporaries shaped its ...
Bruges & Ghent: Flemish Art & Architecture
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Bruges & Ghent: Flemish Art & Architecture

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1345
Departs 07 Nov 2015, 19 Mar 2016
During the northern Renaissance, from the early 15th century until the 17th century, Flanders produced some of Europe’s leading artists who developed the technique of oil painting with vibrant colours and outstanding realism. By portraying the world around them, the Flemish School charted the ...
Bay of Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum
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Bay of Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum

7 Days / 6 Nights from £1395
Departs 14 Mar 2015, 19 Sep 2015, 12 Mar 2016
The Bay of Naples was once surrounded by flourishing towns and luxury villas, and was one of the greatest centres of classical Roman civilisation. The excavated remains of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Villa Oplontis, entombed in ash in the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79AD, provide a special glimpse ...
Morocco: Medinas, Mosques & Mountains
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Morocco: Medinas, Mosques & Mountains

8 Days / 7 Nights from £1425
Departs 06 Mar 2015, 06 Nov 2015, 04 Mar 2016
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 ...
St Petersburg: Pictures & Palaces
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St Petersburg: Pictures & Palaces

6 Days / 5 Nights from £1445
Departs 22 Feb 2015, 10 May 2015, 20 Sep 2015, 21 Feb 2016
St Petersburg is one of the most majestic and compelling cities in the world, much of it unchanged since the 18th and 19th centuries. Conceived by Peter the Great as a ‘window to the west’, it is home to sumptuously decorated and furnished palaces and a wide variety of cathedrals, churches and ...
Istanbul: Byzantine & Ottoman Treasures
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Istanbul: Byzantine & Ottoman Treasures

6 Days / 5 Nights from £1445
Departs 13 Apr 2015, 19 Oct 2015
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 ...
Italy: Connoisseurs' Venice
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Italy: Connoisseurs' Venice

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1450
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 ...
Tunisia: Crossroads of the Maghreb
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Tunisia: Crossroads of the Maghreb

8 Days / 7 Nights from £1475
Departs 18 Apr 2015, 31 Oct 2015
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 ...
Italy: Florence in Focus
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Italy: Florence in Focus

6 Days / 5 Nights from £1495
Departs 14 Apr 2015, 26 Oct 2015
In the 15th century, Florence was an immensely wealthy and powerful citystate, 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 is packed with artistic riches. ...
Ireland: Georgian Dublin & Country Houses
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Ireland: Georgian Dublin & Country Houses

6 Days / 5 Nights from £1495
Departs 26 Jul 2015
The Georgian period transformed Irish attitudes to building, introduced classical concepts of planning and created the architectural splendour of Dublin, whereby a small walled medieval city was dramatically expanded with spacious squares, handsome town houses and noble public buildings. At the ...
Turkey: Classic Anatolia
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Turkey: Classic Anatolia

10 Days / 9 Nights from £1595
Departs 18 Apr 2015, 24 Oct 2015
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 ...
Albania & Macedonia: Cradle of the Balkans
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Albania & Macedonia: Cradle of the Balkans

10 Days / 9 Nights from £1695
Departs 27 Sep 2015
Travellers to Albania and Macedonia can discover a rich variety of archaeological and historical sites, along with spectacular mountain scenery and a wealth of art treasures. Journeying across these two countries, often referred to as the ‘cradle of the Balkans’, this tour explores the wonderful ...
Puglia: Italy's Undiscovered South
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Puglia: Italy's Undiscovered South

7 Days / 6 Nights from £1695
Departs 05 Oct 2015, 04 Apr 2016
Situated upon the heel of Italy, Puglia encompasses a wide stretch of Italy’s beautiful Adriatic coastline. As well as boasting some of Italy’s best food and finest wines, the province contains a treasure trove of fascinating and diverse cathedrals, castles and other buildings, including the unique ...
Romania: Mountains, Monasteries & Medieval Castles
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Romania: Mountains, Monasteries & Medieval Castles

10 Days / 9 Nights from £1695
Departs 11 Sep 2015
Transylvania and Bucovina are two of the most beautiful areas in Romania, with their fine scenery and historic towns and villages. This tour concentrates on the country’s wonderful architectural tradition, exemplified in the baroque town squares, fortified Saxon churches and medieval Orthodox ...
Netherlands: Golden Age to Modern Minimalism
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Netherlands: Golden Age to Modern Minimalism

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1795
Departs 18 Oct 2015, 24 Apr 2016
Renowned for the sumptuous art of the Golden Age, the Netherlands also boasts exciting artistic genres from as recently as the 20th century. This tour will focus on the artistic journey of the country, from the opulent European power of the 17th century to a modern nation pushing the boundaries ...
Umbria: Soul of the Renaissance
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Umbria: Soul of the Renaissance

7 Days / 6 Nights from £1795
Departs 08 Jun 2015
Travelling in the footsteps of St Francis and the painters of the early Renaissance, explore and study the glowing frescoes of Italy’s 14th- and 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 ...
Jerusalem: The Golden City
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Jerusalem: The Golden City

7 Days / 6 Nights from £1995
Departs 03 May 2015, 11 Oct 2015
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 ...
Moorish Spain: Land of Caliphs, Knights and Poets
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Moorish Spain: Land of Caliphs, Knights and Poets

8 Days / 7 Nights from £1995
Departs 21 Nov 2015, 09 Apr 2016
Over the centuries, Andalusia has captured peoples’ imagination thanks to its strategic location, fertile land, distinctive culture, unique architecture and the romantic fables associated with the region. Andalusia was a rich Roman province, a powerful Visigothic kingdom, the land of many Islamic ...
Vienna: Imperial City of Art & Music
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Vienna: Imperial City of Art & Music

5 Days / 4 Nights from £1995
Departs 17 Sep 2015
Vienna is a jewel in Europe’s cultural crown. As the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire, it has a legacy of sumptuous palaces and castles, magnificent open spaces and art galleries in abundance. From the late 18th century to the beginning of the 20th, Vienna was the musical capital ...
Italy: Renaissance Rome
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Italy: Renaissance Rome

5 Days / 4 Nights from £2045
Departs 20 May 2015, 28 Oct 2015
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 ...
Munich: Music & Art in Bavaria
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Munich: Music & Art in Bavaria

5 Days / 4 Nights from £2145
Departs 16 Nov 2015
Tucked away in central Europe is a land of magical forests, shimmering lakes, sunlit vineyards and rolling hills, building to the dramatic heights of the Alps. The landscape here presents the perfect romantic setting for its medieval castles, resplendent palaces and charming towns. It is no wonder ...
Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand
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Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand

12 Days / 10 Nights from £2195
Departs 24 Apr 2015, 18 Sep 2015
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. ...
Sicily: Crossroads of the Mediterranean
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Sicily: Crossroads of the Mediterranean

9 Days / 8 Nights from £2195
Departs 06 Apr 2015, 14 Sep 2015, 11 Apr 2016
Sicily is home to fine Greek temples, exuberant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired gardens and superb Norman architecture. Alongside this, the island features magnificent scenery and beautiful wild flowers. Visit the island’s principal sites, including the Valley of the Temples, the Byzantine ...
Jordan: Crusaders, Traders & Raiders
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Jordan: Crusaders, Traders & Raiders

8 Days / 7 Nights from £2225
Departs 11 Apr 2015, 26 Sep 2015
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 both Greeks and Romans built a great city; and Petra, a city of fable, with soaring temples and rock-cut tombs. ...
Germany: The Masterpieces of Berlin, Dresden & Potsdam
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Germany: The Masterpieces of Berlin, Dresden & Potsdam

8 Days / 7 Nights from £2295
Departs 10 Oct 2015
This tour takes in a medley of Germany’s most culturally-rich cities – Dresden, Berlin and Potsdam. Renowned as the ‘Florence of the north’, Dresden’s 18thcentury buildings have been faithfully restored to their former glory. The Old Masters Gallery is among the finest in Europe and the famous ...
Armenia & Georgia: Treasures of the Caucasus
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Armenia & Georgia: Treasures of the Caucasus

11 Days / 10 Nights from £2295
Departs 18 May 2015
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 ...
Greece: Journey through the Ancient World
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Greece: Journey through the Ancient World

10 Days / 9 Nights from £2395
Departs 21 Nov 2015, 14 May 2016
Greece is steeped in mythology and history. Its glorious past is evident in the beautifully preserved sites and monuments found throughout the modern country. This tour focuses on the classical Greek highlights found in the mainland, including Delphi, set on the dramatic slopes of Mount Parnassus and ...
Oman: Land of Frankincense
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Oman: Land of Frankincense

9 Days / 7 Nights from £2395
Departs 08 Nov 2015
With more than 2,000km 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, dressing immaculately in colourful ...
China: In the Tracks of the Emperors
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China: In the Tracks of the Emperors

11 Days / 9 Nights from £2775
Departs 16 Sep 2015
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 09 Feb 2015, 31 Oct 2015
The Mughal empire came out of central Asia. Babur, the first ruler, was the great great great grandson of Mongol ruler and conqueror Tamerlane. He united Mongolian traditions, the Persianate high culture and the central Asian patronage of Islamic art and architecture with the wealth and talent ...
Ethiopia: A Journey Through Landscape & Time
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Ethiopia: A Journey Through Landscape & Time

15 Days / 12 Nights from £3395
Departs 13 Feb 2015, 12 Feb 2016
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 ...
Mexico: Past Civilizations & Contemporary Culture
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Mexico: Past Civilizations & Contemporary Culture

14 Days / 12 Nights from £3495
Departs 11 Jan 2016
Arts and culture form an integral part of Mexican society with influences stretching back to pre-Columbian times, while themes and patterns from ancient cultures are still alive in the handicrafts of today. Spanish colonial towns and baroque cathedrals add to the vibrant artistic mix. On this ...
Laos & Cambodia: Temples & Treasures
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Laos & Cambodia: Temples & Treasures

13 Days / 10 Nights from £3695
Departs 01 Feb 2015, 19 Nov 2015, 30 Jan 2016, 19 Nov 2016
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 largest religious monument in the world and the ...
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 ...