Oct 10 - 25, 2019
16 days
$9,270per person, twin share (land content only). $2,280 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy (AM)
Oct 10 - 25, 2019

Tour Leader

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy (AM)$9,270per person, twin share (land content only). $2,280 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
  • Tour Info
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  • Inclusions


A tour for the Royal Society of NSW in conjunction with the State Library of NSW Foundation.

Explore the history of science from Vesalius in Padua, to Galileo in Florence and the flourishing of modern science in Paris and London. This 16-day private tour for the Royal Society of NSW in conjunction with The State Library of NSW Foundation includes guided visits to many exceptional museums, rare access to collections, libraries and archival material, and the expert guidance of specialists and curators. It follows the great story of modern science, taking you from Padua, to Florence, Paris and London and includes day trips to Bologna, Siena and Cambridge. A four-night pre-tour extension to Venice is also available.


  • The birth of modern science, from Galileo’s telescopes to Darwin’s theory of evolution
  • The history of medicine: Vesalius in Padua, Pasteur in Paris and the medical collections of London
  • The transmission of knowledge, from rare books and manuscripts to the modern museum
  • The history of the university at Padua, Bologna, Paris and Cambridge
  • Interaction between the arts and sciences in moments of great change from the Renaissance to the modern world


  • Special access to library collections in Florence, Paris and London
  • Private tour of the Pompidou Centre, Paris’ modern art museum
  • Day trips to Siena, Bologna, Cambridge and Greenwich
  • Specialist museums dedicated to Pasteur, Curie and Galileo
  • London science: from the manuscripts of the Wellcome Library to the National Science Museum
  • Down House in Kent, the home of Charles Darwin
  • Paris’ Ars at Metiers – an exceptional museum with Foucault’s Pendulum and Lavosier’s laboratory

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–3: Arrive Padua; visit the world’s oldest anatomy theatre and oldest botanic garden, visit Scrovegni Chapel, Giotto’s masterpiece; day trip to Bologna.

Days 4–6: Explore Florence, including the Galileo Museum, Uffizi Gallery, and special access to rare collections. Enjoy a day trip to Siena and the wonderful cuisine of Chianti.

Days 7–10: Discover a different side of Paris, from special museums dedicated to Pasteur and Curie to a private tour of the Pompidou Centre.

Days 11–15: Arrive London. Enjoy visits to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, the National Observatory and prime meridian at Greenwich, and a range of museums from the Museum of Natural History, to the private collection of the Royal College of Physicians. Take a day trip to Cambridge.

Day 16: Departure.

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available soon. Please register your interest above to receive your copy.

Getting There

Emirates and Qatar Airways both offer the best connections into Venice and out of London. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Detailed Itinerary

A full itinerary will be available in September 2018. Please register your interest (to the right on desktop or below on mobile) and we will be sure to send you the full itinerary when available.

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy (AM)

Is a member of the Royal Society of NSW and the Royal Society of Medicine. He has had a distinguished career in medicine.

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy (AM) is a member of the Royal Society of NSW and the Royal Society of Medicine. He has had a distinguished career as a clinical research in mucosal immunology and oral vaccines, and was the Foundation Professor of Pathology at Newcastle University. Robert is a Renaissance man, with wide ranging interests and expertise, including the histories of science and medicine. He has a special interest in historic cartography and has published two books on the early cartography of Australia and Antarctica. He was appointed the Order of Australia for his services to cartography.

Robert has led numerous tours, including five to Europe focussed on the history of medicine, and ten to the Spice Islands and Antarctica.

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Hotels will be selected principally for their central location. All hotels used are a comfortable four-star standard.

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.


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

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.
More Details

A detailed itinerary for this tour is not yet available, and as such we're not accepting bookings for this tour at this time. If you would like to be notified when places become available, please register your interest.

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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)

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