10 great ways to experience Lisbon

Oct 20th, 2017 | Dr Jeni Ryde

Our tour leader Dr Jeni Ryde takes you through one of her favourite destinations – Lisbon.   [caption id="attachment_5417" align="alignleft" width="783"] Rembrandt, Pallas Athena, circa 1655[/caption] 1. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Spend a morning in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, one of the best private collections of art in the world, not...

Taiwan – an island waiting to be discovered

Oct 6th, 2017 | Robert Veel

Academy Travel tour leader Robert Veel takes a closer look at an emerging destination not far from home. 20 years ago the Entombed Warriors of Xi’an captured our imagination. About 15 years ago the magnificent jungle ruins of Angkor opened up to international visitors, closely followed by the pagodas of...

What is the best camera for travel?

Sep 21st, 2017 | Robin Nichols

Travel photography has come a long way since Uncle Bob’s slide night of his world discovery tour. From smart phones to $10,000 professional gear, travellers now have a huge range of choices. Academy Travel’s itineraries take you to some of the world’s most beautiful places, and many Academy Travellers are...

Insider’s Venice: 10 less-visited islands, museums and palaces

Aug 23rd, 2017 | Robert Veel

By Robert Veel, Academy Travel The crowds in Venice are almost as famous as the gondolas. At the cruise port, as many as five large ships can arrive in a day, disgorging up to 20,000 fun-seeking day-trippers. An equal number can arrive by coach, arriving at the island car-park of...

Ten cultural experiences in Florence not to miss!

Aug 8th, 2017 | Dr Kathleen Olive

You’ve waited in line to see Michelangelo’s David and you’ve sighed over Botticelli’s Birth of Venus – so what else shouldn’t you miss in Florence, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance? Tour leader Dr Kathleen Olive, who lived and studied in this beautiful city, has some suggestions. “As long as...

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