2019 tours explored the vibrant cultural landscapes of Cornwall, the Cotswolds and Scotland.
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Gardens & Art in Devon and Cornwall
April 28 - May 4, 2019
7 days | 6 nights
This spring visit to England’s southwest peninsula begins in a secluded valley from which we explore some of Devon and Cornwall's most extraordinary gardens. The region's distinctive subtropical microclimate allows for exotic plantings that flourish early in the season. Later we move to the coast near the seaside town of St. Ives. A nexus for British modernist artists in the early 20th century, it is now home to a newly expanded branch of the Tate and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Gardens.
Cotswolds Gardens: Contemporary English Designers & Visionaries of the Past
May 7 - 12, 2019
6 days | 5 nights
Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, this tour of quintessential English landscapes ranges from 18th century Rousham by William Kent to private gardens by influential contemporary designers Arne Maynard, Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith. Spectacular in spring, the region is celebrated for an abundance of picturesque medieval villages, rolling countryside, and iconic country houses. Enjoy a relaxing stay for five nights at a favorite hotel that combines traditional comfort with a modern urban twist and locavore cuisine.
Scotland's Cultural Landscape: Ancient & Modern
June 9-15, 2019
7 days | 6 nights
Beginning in the Highlands and then based in the architecturally acclaimed city of Edinburgh, our cultural tour of art and gardens in Scotland includes private visits to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the new Victoria & Albert Design Museum in Dundee, Ian Hamilton Finlay’s whimsical Little Sparta and Jupiter Artland, a cutting edge sculpture park with works by Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy and Charles Jencks. Scotland's spectacular natural landscape will be highlighted as we visit private gardens and country houses further afield.