Art History Study Tours by The Course

“Thank you for leaving us with so many wonderful memories – it exceeded all expectations – truly magical and you have left us with so much to savour and further explore”

If you’re interested in travelling with lecturers who know their destinations intimately and can take you to places not usually open to the public, The Course can offer far more than the average tourist experience. We launched our travel arm in 1995 with a study tour to Japan and since then we have run tours throughout Europe, America, China, Egypt, India and Turkey. Our aim is to make the tours as exciting and friendly as possible. So whilst many of those travelling on the tours are students on our teaching programmes you are welcome to bring family and friends along. The tours are arranged by us but are facilitated through bonded agents, so you have the security offered by a large company while enjoying the flexibility of an independent organisation.

For more information please get in touch: or telephone 020 7266 7815.

The Hermitage Winter Palace, Jordan staircase, 1866
The Hermitage Winter Palace, Jordan staircase, 1866

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Legends Of The French Riviera

19 – 24 March 2019
Lecturer: Dr Marie-Anne Mancio


With a sea so blue it inspired its own patented shade (International Klein Blue), and a light so white it captivated Matisse for life, Nice is ever the paradise for art lovers. The French Riviera, an aristocrats’ playground in the eighteenth century, flourished artistically during la belle Époque and went on to be immortalized in all its glittery hedonism by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the Côte d'Azur’s greatest legacy is the art of its residents: Picasso in his temporary studio at Château Grimaldi, perched above picturesque Antibes; Léger whose time in Biot culminated in a museum in the hills with paintings, ceramics and mosaics; Cocteau who came to a friend’s Villa Santo Sospir for dinner and left over a decade later; Chagall, one of the greatest colourists of his age, at the Colombe d’Or in the idyllic village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Then there are the grand designs. Matisse’s Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a distillation of his life’s work; rock dynamited at Cap Ferrat to build the sugar-pink Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with its fabulous display of Gobelins tapestries, Fragonards, and Sèvres porcelain; art dealers Aimé and Marguerite Maeght creating an outdoor sculpture gallery to showcase the works of their friends Miró and Giacometti. Discover all this amid the spectacular scenery of Europe’s most glamorous coast.

Your hotel - Hotel Masséna (4* superior)

The Hotel Masséna was built in Nice in 1906 and is a contemporary boutique hotel inside its Belle Epoque façade. Soon after it was built, it became a favourite among the aristocracy for holidays on the French Riviera. It has a unique situation in the centre of Nice between the shady pines of Place Masséna, the Old Town and the beaches behind the Promenade des Anglais. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, free and secure wifi and internet access, new generation flat-screen televisions, en suite bathrooms with hair-dryers, mini-bars, welcome trays with kettle, coffee, tea and tisanes and safes. Irons and ironing boards available on request.

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The Art Treasures of Northern Italy

6 – 11 September 2019
Lecturer: Dr Marie-Anne Mancio


Contrary to popular belief, the true cradle of the Renaissance were the Northern Italian cities we’ll visit on this tour. Mantua, once home to one of the greatest courts in Europe; Ferrara, former capital of the Este dynasty, ‘the first modern city in Europe’, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site; Verona with Roman ruins second only to Rome itself; Ravenna, once the capital of Byzantine Italy, home to incredible mosaics; and Padua, renowned for its legendary Scrovegni Chapel where Giotto brought light back into painting.

Your hotels
Hotel Campo Marzio, Vicenza (4*) 3 nights

Situated in the city centre, the hotel borders the Campo Marzo gardens. A stone’s throw from Piazza dei Signori and the Basilica Palladiana and within easy reach of Teatro Olimpico.

Hotel Ferrara, Ferrara (4*) 2 nights

Finely furnished and well‐equipped with every comfort, with striking views of the Este Castle.

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Berlin: A Cultural Extravaganza of Art & Architecture

1 – 5 April 2020
Lecturer: Dr Marie-Anne Mancio


Often described as Europe’s New York for its remarkable creative energy and the wealth of its art collections, Berlin has a fascinating past. Torn apart in war time and then reunified, it’s a city in constant flux, benefiting from the regeneration of derelict spaces and the recent renovation of Museum Island, famed for its world‐class institutions. From innovative, emblematic architecture such as the Reichstag to the controversial Holocaust Memorial, from the Pergamon Museum’s archaeological masterpieces to edgy, contemporary art galleries, from pleasure palaces to elegant parks, Berlin is a cultural metropolis for art and history lovers.

Your hotel
Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin (4*)


Located close to the cathedral, theatre and opera house, Maritim proArte Hotel is also near Museum Island and the Brandenburg Gate. Opened in 1995 it has contemporary rooms with every facility.

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