May 30 - Jun 11, 2019
13 days
$8,650per person, twin share (land content only). $1,950 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Peter Rose
May 30 - Jun 11, 2019

Tour Leader

Peter RoseChristopher Menz$8,650per person, twin share (land content only). $1,950 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
  • Tour Info
  • Itinerary
  • Tour Leader
  • Hotels
  • Inclusions

Overview

Australian Book Review – one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines – is partnering with Academy Travel for its fourth international tour. This new 13-day tour to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago combines visits to some of America’s finest art museums with specialist collections, such as the Huntington Library, modern architectural masterpieces, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio, and great musical performances in each city. A special literary focus runs throughout the tour, with ABR cultural events in Los Angeles and Chicago, and readings and talks exploring the literary traditions of these great cities.

Discover

  • The genius of American literature, its innovations and iconic urban settings
  • World-class art collections, from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Getty Center in Los Angeles
  • The greats of modern and contemporary architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright, Mario Botta, Frank Gehry
  • The legacy of American philanthropy, from Henry Huntington’s multiple Gutenberg Bibles to Eli Broad’s new multimillion-dollar art museum in LA
  • American excellence, in selected musical and theatre performances

Highlights

  • Encyclopedia art collections, from Old Masters at the Art Institute of Chicago to SFMOMA’s modern icons
  • Extraordinary private endowments: the Huntington Library, Broad and Norton Simon Museum
  • Fine performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and San Francisco Opera
  • A performance at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Architectural gems: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio, LA’s opulent Biltmore Hotel and Arts and Crafts at Pasadena’s Gamble House
  • Special ABR event in Los Angeles

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–5: Explore LA’s art collections at the Getty Center, Norton Simon Museum, LACMA and the innovative Broad. Admire the Huntington Library’s literary treasures; attend an ABR event and performance at Gehry’s Walt Disney Hall.

Days 6–8: In San Francisco, enjoy Carmen; appreciate the art of the Americas and European masters at the de Young and Legion of Honor. Admire the confidence of 20th-century American art at SFMOMA.

Days 9–13: In Chicago, survey an extraordinary architectural heritage, from Wright’s Home and Studio to contemporary skyscrapers. Explore the vast Art Institute; enjoy performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Steppenwolf Theatre.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

We recommend either Qantas or United who both have daily flights to Chicago and from New York. Discounted fares are regularly offered, so please contact us for quotes and bookings.

Detailed Itinerary

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming months. Bookings are open for this tour, however if you would like to receive the detailed itinerary booklet once available, please register your interest below and we will send you a copy.

Peter Rose

One of Australia’s leading literary figures, Peter is an award-winning poet, memoirist and novelist. Since 2001 he has been Editor of Australian Book Review.

Peter Rose is the Editor and CEO of Australian Book Review. His books include a family memoir, Rose Boys (2001), which won the National Biography Award in 2003. He has published two novels and six poetry collections, most recently The Subject of Feeling (UWA Publishing, 2015).

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Christopher Menz

A former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia and previously a curator of decorative arts. He is also an experienced cultural tour leader.

Christopher Menz is a former art museum director and curator and has been leading cultural tours in Europe, the United States and Australia since 2013. He has expertise and interest in the visual arts and music.

Christopher has a BA (Hons) from Flinders University. He is a former director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Before that he was a curator, specialising in decorative arts, and worked at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria. He has published and lectured extensively on Australian and European decorative arts, notably on the design work of William Morris, and curated numerous exhibitions. Christopher is based in Melbourne where he is an art consultant and valuer, and Development Consultant for Australian Book Review.

Christopher has led cultural tours to Germany, England, the United States, as well as in Australia. He has also been a tour leader on European river cruises.

We asked Christopher, what do you think clients get from travelling with you?

“It is always a great thrill to be able to introduce clients to new experiences and to places they might otherwise not have visited or not have visited recently. I always hope to give tour guests something that adds to the experiences of the places, cities, museums and art galleries, and performances that they would not get if travelling alone.”

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Hotels

Hotels will be selected principally for their central location, often within walking distance to the museums, galleries and performance venues visited on tour. We generally use a range of 4-star hotels, suitable to group stays, throughout all our tours.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.

Deposits

A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

Fitness rating

Grade 2
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A Grade 2 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:
Jamal Fairbrother 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
(outside Sydney)
jamal@academytravel.com.au

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