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 or 0770 288 7383.

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

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Palaces, Islands, and Masterpieces of Northern Italy (Milan, Turin and The Borromean Islands)

This study tour has been postponed until further notice

9 – 13 September 2020
Lecturer: Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio

The Duomo

Boasting a world‐class collection of Italian art, the chic city of Milan is a must for lovers of the Gothic and Renaissance. With alpine views, its rival, Turin, is much more than an industrial centre. Elegant streets and a beautifully‐preserved historic centre, make it the perfect place to trace the legacy of the Savoia royal family. Farther afield, the Borromean islands on Lake Maggiore are the stunning setting for an elaborate palace and lush botanical gardens.

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Rosa Grand Hotel, Milan (4*) 2 nights

Set in the heart of Milan, the Rosa Grand overlooks the historic Piazza Fontana, behind the city’s imposing Duomo. Enviably located, the exclusive fashion district and art collections of the Palazzo Reale are all within strolling distance. Nearby also stand the world‐famous La Scala opera house and the Galleria.

Grand Hotel Sitea (4*) 2 nights

Located in the heart of Risorgimento Turin, just off via Roma and Piazza San Carlo, and Piazza Castello, the Grand Hotel Sitea was built in the early 1900s and offers every modern luxury.

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The Splendours of Naples, Herculaneum & Caserta

This study tour has been postponed until further notice

22 – 26 March 2021


Naples may be Italy’s most vibrant city. A tangle of winding streets set against a sparkling bay, the wealth of art here attests to the city’s glorious past and links to the Bourbons. Aside from its numerous baroque churches, Naples is famous for key works by the fugitive Caravaggio and, later, Artemesia Gentileschi. From the ancient wealthy town of Herculaneum, destroyed by volcanic eruption, to the stunning Royal Palace at Caserta, we’ll explore a region characterised by drama.

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Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, Naples (4*) 4 nights

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia is a four star hotel built in 1900 by the well-known architect Giovan’ Battista Comencini. With its views over the majestic Castel dell'Ovo, Vesuvio Mount and the Gulf (including Capri and Ischia), this elegant hotel has all the usual amenities including a gym.

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