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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Vienna: Imperial Splendour and Modern Masters

17 – 20 March 2018
Lecturer: Dr Marie-Anne Mancio

Palace of Catherine the Great

Vienna, the former capital of the immense Hapsburg Empire straddling east and west, has an astonishingly diverse cultural heritage. The buildings of the city centre showcase Baroque architecture at its finest whilst its musical heritage is unparalleled in the west. The Kunsthistorisches Museum houses some of the world’s finest Old Masters whilst the Secessionists can be found at the Belvedere Palace. Evidence of Jugendstil (local Art Nouveau architecture) is still visible in former metro stations. With its key galleries, Vienna provides a huge array of sites and museums as well as a vibrant atmosphere and many excellent restaurants.

Your hotel - Hotel Stefanie (4* superior)

Sited in the city centre, this family owned and privately run hotel is the oldest in Vienna. Boasting elegant furnishings and a collection of antiques, it also has fast and free WiFi access, flatscreen tv with free Sky programmes, en suite bathrooms, minibars, safes and individually controlled airconditioning. There is also an excellent restaurant.

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Kraków: Poland’s Jewel in the Crown

7 – 11 September 2018
Lecturer: Dr Marie-Anne Mancio


Kraków was Poland’s first capital and it was here that kings were crowned and buried for 500 years until Warsaw became the official capital. Often seen as the country’s cultural hub with its wealth of fine architecture, rich museum collections and fascinating layers of history, the Old Town of Kraków is one of the most beautiful in Europe. It has the largest medieval market square and Wawel castle with its stunning interiors includes Italian Renaissance wooden ceilings, friezes by Durer’s brother Hans, tapestries, paintings by Dosso Dossi and the Dutch School. There is also a contemporary art museum MWW, housed in a former air-raid tower. Art in this cosmopolitan city includes gems such as German altarpieces, wood carvings, Leonardo’s iconic ‘Lady with the Ermine,’ works by Holbein, Brueghel, and Cranach, modern Polish artists like Zbigniew Paluszak, sophisticated glass and ceramics, and a vibrant street art scene.

Your hotel - Hotel Indigo (4* superior)

Situated in the heart of the city, this recently opened boutique hotel, voted best in Poland, blends historic Polish art with contemporary style. Its subtle décor is inspired by three of the country’s greatest painters. The elegant rooms have rainfall showers and complimentary WiFi and its creative chefs serve local specialities sourced from the neighbouring Old Kleparz food market.

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