Academy Travel began by offering small-group cultural tours to Italy, and these remain a cornerstone of our operations.

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Europe & Russia

Our range of cultural tours to Europe and Russia are designed to explore the history, art and architecture of the continent in a way that is more relaxed than most Europe trips, but at the same time offering depth and focus.

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The Americas

Explore the complex mosaic of people and cultures in central America, the USA, New England and French Canada or enjoy the best of the best in New York – outstanding performances, private visits to breathtaking museums and collections.

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Africa, Middle East & Central Asia

Academy Travel’s tours to Africa, Middle East & Central Asia have a strong focus on ancient history and archaeology. Many tours are led by experienced archaeologists, several of whom have worked on sites in the region.

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Asia offers a stimulating range of experiences and a wealth of culture, from little-visited ancient temples and archaeological sites along the Silk Road to striking contemporary art, architecture and design in the region’s vibrant capitals.

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Australia & New Zealand

You don’t have to leave our region to experience extraordinary art and cultures. Explore behind the scenes of private collections, meet with experts at galleries and museums, and get to know the custodians of our own history and culture.

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The academy travel difference


A well-thought-through itinerary can make all the difference to your travels. We create itineraries which explore destinations in a meaningful way and not just the obvious, well-known sites.


A key component of the Academy Travel experience is you. Over the years we’ve been fortunate to have built a loyal clientele of interested and interesting travellers.


Passionate, prepared and professional, our tour leaders have solid postgraduate qualifications and bring a world of experience and a wealth of knowledge to your travels.


Private viewings, exclusive events, behind-the-scenes visits, sold-out performances… many of our tours feature events which are not regularly available on group tours.

Academy travel blog

A visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum in Red Square

Moscow held one more treat for me. Paula had very strategically and considerately pointed out...

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Hagia Sophia: Theocracy in the Age of (Post-)Secularisation

Yesterday at dawn, July 24 2020, Muslim prayers resounded in Istanbul’s famous Hagia Sophia for...

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Death in Venice: How has La Serenissima managed infectious diseases through the ages?

With the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased attention has been paid to plagues of...

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The Architectural Gem of Le Musée du Petit-Palais

Travellers visiting Paris are eager to visit the capital’s great museums, such as the famous...

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