New York and The Performing Arts Scene

Oct 16th, 2016 | Dr Matthew Laing

We asked one of our expert tour leaders Dr Matthew Laing about the performing arts scene in New York...   Q: How is the performing arts scene linked to the city’s history? Matthew: New Amsterdam, as a far-flung fur trading outpost of the Dutch Empire in the 17th century, was quickly famous...

Discover Spain’s Hidden Gems

Sep 8th, 2016 | Dr Jeni Ryde

Spain is a diverse and always fascinating country, steeped in history, art and many traditions. If you're planning a trip to Spain, our tour leader Dr Jeni Ryde has given us a list of hidden gems well worth seeking out, covering the cities of Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Madrid and Barcelona! Please...

7 Top Destinations For Off-Season Travel From November-March

Sep 6th, 2016 | Robert Veel

“Our happiest moments as travellers always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block The Centuries of tradition dictates that summer is the best time to take holidays.  So Australia’s December-January peak holiday season corresponds to the ‘off-season’ for tourism in...

A History of Italian Culture: The Layers of Rome

Sep 6th, 2016 | Dr Kathleen Olive

Rome is often compared to a palimpsest, a text made up of older, “invisible” texts scraped off durable parchment so that it could be reused. Thanks to modern research techniques, the older writings underneath can now be deciphered, brought back to the surface – and this is often what has...

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