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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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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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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