Italy

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

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

CAREFULLY CRAFTED ITINERARIES

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.

LIKE-MINDED TRAVELLERS

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.

EXPERT TOUR LEADERS

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.

SPECIAL EXPERIENCES

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.

Explore Your Interests

Archaeology & Ancient
History

From the prehistoric and classical glories of the Mediterranean to Mayan and Aztec civilizations in Central America, these tours have a special focus on the ancient world.

Medieval to
Modern History

Our medieval and modern history tours have a strong focus on past societies, covering the rise of small cities and towns in Europe right up to 20th and 21st century America.

Music
& Theatre

Our music and theatre tours are planned around top flight international performances in world-famous venues, providing experiences that are simply not available in Australia.

Art, Architecture & Design

From the great art and design museums of the world to key contemporary art fairs and cutting-edge architecture, these tours take an in depth look at the visual arts.

Inspiring Landscapes

The glories of our natural environment form a substantial component of these tours –mountain ranges, coastlines, volcanoes – sites that have wowed generations of travellers.

Gardens & Country Houses

The art of country living, from the ancient Romans to our own days, is a wonderful prism through which to explore history, art and design, and spend time away from large cities.

Residential Tours

Unpack your bags and get to know the world’s great cities in depth with an expert tour leader and like-minded company. Extended stays in cities such as Venice, Berlin, Paris & New York.

Study Tours

Designed to provide in-depth intellectual stimulation for the independent traveller, Study Tours feature daily background lectures, guided site visits and longer walking tours.

Small Ship & Land Tours

Enjoy exploring a region by land and sea, combining the luxury of small-ship cruising with in-depth site visits and access to ports not available to larger ships.

Academy travel blog

Arts and Crafts in Morocco, through the ages

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The secret musical life of Lake Como

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The year Picasso became Picasso, 1901

Picasso’s celebrated Blue Period (starting in the second half of 1901) commands such public attention...

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Majolica, The Leopard, fallen women & Caravaggio: The private museums of Palermo and Naples

One of the great benefits of making an extended stay in a city is that...

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