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Classical Atlanta, Past and Present (Sold Out)

April 20 - 23, 2017

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

This tour is currently sold out.

Atlanta’s classical tradition is a rich architectural heritage that since the early years of the 20th century has never ceased to thrive. Philip Trammell Shutze (Atlanta’s most revered), J. Neel Reid, Lewis Edmund Crook, Jr., James Means, Norman Davenport Askins, Stan Dixon, William Harrison and Young Pak, are just some of the names that come to mind in the pantheon of the southern city’s classical architects, past and present. The work of such interior designers as Jackye Lanham, Tammy Connor, Judy Bentley, Bunny Williams and Brian McCarthy have created with great integrity interiors that secure the classical tradition for today’s living styles.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce an extended weekend tour of some of Atlanta’s best classical architecture, past and present. Thanks to ICAA travel committee members Barry Hutner and Stan Dixon, as well as others, the highest standards have been maintained in the selection of private homes for the tour. Among these are Eagle House by J. Neel Reid, inspired by Tintinhull House in Somerset, England, a Regency-style house also by J. Neel Reid, Olsen House by Stan Dixon, Nawench owned by Jackye Lanham and Mori House, Swan House and the May Patterson Goodrum House, all by Philip Shutze. These are just a few of the tour sites.

An opening dinner at the exclusive Piedmont Driving Club with a lecture by renowned architectural historian Elizabeth Dowling, a dinner in a splendid private home and a cocktail reception at another are just a few of the highlights for the tour. Overnight accommodations have been reserved at the Ritz Carlton, Buckhead.

For further information contact Tom Hayes, contact@classicalexcursions.com or 413-243-4155.

Image Credit: Flickr / Jim Bowen


The Rich Art & Architectural Heritage of Andalusia, Spain

May 14 - 21, 2017

Tour arrangements by Classical Excursions

Andalusia, Spain is known as “the bridge between two continents,” Africa and Europe, as well as “the gateway to Europe”. The Andalusian region has been coveted by many cultures since the earliest period of mankind, and it is one of the areas of settlement of our prehistoric ancestors. The diversity of the landscapes, which form the Andalusia region, provide an entire regional spectrum. It is this variety of environments that create a superb mix of visual and cultural experiences within a unique range of monumental cities to traditional towns. Andalusia has been a continual source of inspiration for architects, artists, composers and writers.

With that in mind, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is inviting you to join art and architectural historian Dr. Johan Cederlund, director of the Anders Zorn Museum, on an exclusive tour of the finest areas and sites that behold this extraordinary region of southern Spain. Dr. Cederlund is a veteran tour leader and lecturer, as well as an author of books on art and architecture and curator of international art exhibitions viewed in Spain, Sweden, New York and California.

Dr. Cederlund will start his private tour in Malaga, located on the glamorous Costa del Sol and home to centuries of civilizations: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors and Iberians. Modern Malaga is a cultural center offering a wide array of first-rate art museums and superb cuisine. Among other sites featured on the itinerary are private visits to two art museums. Museo Picasso, which is housed in a 16th-century palazzo called El Palacio de Buenovista. The second, Museum Carmen Thyssen, a splendid private collection affiliated with the Thyssen- Bornemisza family of Madrid and focusing on 19th century Spanish paintings.

In Malaga, we will visit the historic town center including the Plaza de la Constitucion, the cathedral, Picasso’s childhood home and the Roman theater. We will also see the intriguing 11th century Moorish fortification Alcazaba.

For anyone visiting Andalusia, a stop at Granada is a must. The Alhambra palace is considered one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Spain. It attracts more visitors than any other historic monument in Europe. Our tour includes a private visit to this exceptional and singularly unique building in the world.

Other highlights in Granada include a private visit to the Carmen Los Cipreses, one of the more important buildings in the historic Albayzin Moorish quarter of Granada facing Alhambra, and the privately owned Nasrid house.

During the tour, participants will also visit Cordoba and its famed Moorish mosque La Mezquita de Cordoba, which was completed in the year 900 and became an important prototype for future Moorish architecture. Cordoba became a world-class metropolitan city with a population of more than 100,000. While in Cordoba, we will also stop at the Royal Palace Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos for an exclusive tour of the palace and the gardens.

We continue on to Andalusia’s capital city of Seville, known architecturally as a transitional city between Moorish and Spanish Spain. Here we will visit the art museum, Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla, housed in a 16th century fort, originally a cloister. The museum features paintings from the golden age of Spanish art, works by such world-renowned artists Murillo and Zurbaran.

While in Seville we also visit the royal palace Real Alcázar, originally built by Moorish Muslim kings and known to be the most beautiful palace in Spain. It is considered one of the best examples of mudejar architecture found on the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the palace are still used as the Seville official residence of the royal family and is a Unesco World Heritage site.

In Seville participants also visit the Casa de las Dueñas which is the official residence of the Dukes of Alba in the city, and was the favored residence of Cayetana, 18th Duchess of Alba.

Another palace that we will visit on the tour is the Countess of Lebrija’s home in Seville, Palacio Lebrija. The Palacio Lebrija known to be the best-paved house in the world with over 500 square meters of Roman Mosaic flooring. The countess was an archaeology enthusiast and therefore incorporated many original Roman finds into the house.

Casa De Salinas is a fine example of a classical XVI century Andalusian courtyard house inspired by Greek and Roman architecture with Moorish details interspersed throughout. The owners of this privately owned palace will greet us with a welcome drink to make our private visit extra special.

The tour will also feature a visit to the XV century privately owned Casa Palacio Bailén with the owners in the heart of historic Seville; dinner at the private home of the Consul General of Italy in Seville, Palacio Casa Fabiola; a special farewell dinner on the roof top terrace of Santo Tomás, a private home in Seville with spectacular views of the most significant monuments in the city; and lunch with the Marquis of Domecq at his home Palacio Domecq of Jerez.

Another beautiful city not to be missed is Cadiz, known as Europe’s oldest city, founded by the Phoenicians more than 3000 years ago. In Cadiz, we will explore the historic city center with its charming narrow passageways and cobblestone streets.

Our accommodations include a four-night stay at the renowned five-star Hotel Alfonso XIII in the heart of historic Seville, a two-night stay at the Vincci Selección Posada del Patio in Malaga, and the Alhambra Palace Hotel in Granada.

For further details, please contact contact@classicalexcursions.com or 413-446-8728.

The tour price is $4500 per person, based on double occupancy. A single supplement of $1,200 per person applies. Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program. Make your contribution online now, or call 212.730.9646 ×106.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro; Wikimedia Commons/Cat


Private Paris & Beyond: Exemplary Private Sites, Residences, Chateaux & Gardens

June 9 - 17, 2017

Tour arranged by Arranged by Pamela Huntington Darling, Consultant, Exclusive Cultural Travel Programs

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is delighted to announce this unparalleled program to Paris. Guests will experience behind the scenes access to some of the city’s most fascinating architectural treasures.
Tour Highlights:

-Private Behind-the-Scenes Full-day Visit to the Château de Versailles, the day it is closed to the public. We will visit Marie-Antoinette’s estate, including the Petit Trianon, and rooms not open to the public: the Théâtre de la Reine, the Pavillon Français, and the Chapelle de la Reine.

-Private Day trip & Lunch at Jacques Garcia’s historic Château du Champ de Bataille, near Paris: Château du Champ de Bataille is one of the finest 17th century estates in France and houses an exceptional collection of art. We will also enjoy a private visit of the splendidly restored French gardens inspired by Le Nôtre.

-Private reception at Hôtel de La Rochefoucauld-Doudeauville, the magnificent private residence of the Italian Ambassador to France. With its exquisite French Regency décor and the 18th-century Théatre Sicilien, transported from the Palais Butera de Palerme in Sicily, and an enchanting garden, the Hôtel is classified a French Historic Monument.

-Recital with celebrated pianist Jay Gottlieb & Dinner Reception at a Private Residence located in a beautiful 17th century hôtel particulier, housing handsome décor and impressive works of art, 16th century to Contemporary. Our hostess is a prominent member of the art world, author, specialist in Frida Kahlo and Marc Chagall, and organizer of noteworthy art exhibits.

-Private Visit to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte with Alexandre de Vogüé, for a memorable discovery of his family’s emblematic residence. Built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s finance minister, Vaux-le-Vicomte was one of the most influential works of architecture and décor of mid 17th-century Europe. For the first time, architect Louis Le Vau, landscape architect André le Nôtre, and artist-decorator Charles Le Brun worked together to achieve this exceptional feat, which marked the commencement of the “Louis XIV style.” Following our visit, we will enjoy drinks in the gardens with our host.

Our expert lecturer:
Pierre-Jean Cornuat, is a French national expert guide and has been leading architectural, decorative arts, and garden tours for over 30 years all over France, including Paris and its surroundings, the Loire Valley, Normandy, Champagne, Burgundy, Alsace, and other regions. He studied French history and Art history at the Ecole Nationale de Commerce and at the Ecole du Louvre.

Accommodation:
Guests will stay at the new 4-star luxury hotel & spa Le Saint, 5 rue du Pré aux Clercs, 75007 Paris, in the elegant Saint-Germain-des-Près.
Their Superior rooms are beautifully furnished, with marble bathrooms, gracious service, and a fabulous
location. http://lesainthotelparis.com

Tour Price:
$8,750 per person double occupancy;
$9,750 single occupancy;
+ a fully tax-deductible $500 contribution to the Institute’s Annual Fund

Tour Price Includes:
8 days of private visits and receptions;
8 nights accommodation in 4-star luxury hotel;
8 breakfasts;
5 lunches;
5 dinners;
transportation to and from all events in a private coach; all private visits and expert lecturers.

This unique, behind-the-scenes travel program, with exceptional access, will be limited to 20 participants. The Tour Price is based on 18 confirmed participants.

For more information and to assure availability of this significant tour: Please email Pamela Huntington Darling or call (Paris, France) Tel. +33 1 45 67 62 81. Website: www.exclusiveculturaltours.com Confirmed participants will receive a full itinerary of this exceptional tour.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Photo Credits: Audrey Chtchepine


Private Bar Harbor

August 24 - 27, 2017

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

The towns of one of Maine’s most revered resort islands were described by the maritime historian Samuel Eliot Morison in his book, The Story of Mount Desert Island, “It used to be said that to be a summer resident at Bar Harbor you needed money but no brains; at Northeast Harbor you wanted brain but no money; but at Southwest Harbor, neither brains nor money!”

Morison was a longtime resident, and the island;s trademark town has been Bar Harbor, which in the late 19th century became a summer stopover for the upper echelons of American society. Other towns on the island witnessed the seasonal stays of university presidents, professors, scientists, and the clergy, among others. From the standpoint of the island’s rustic vernacular architecture constructed mainly of wood shingle siding and field stone, one town didn’t supersede another.

The island has been a destination for inspiration, relaxation, and outdoor activities since the 1840s. Ar first, Hudson Valley School painters, most notably Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, travelled to Mount Desert Island, and in particular to Bar Harbor, to paint images of the area’s spectacular seascapes and landscapes.

After the Civil War, great hotels were built for vacationers or “rusticators,” but ultimately the “cottages,” rambling shingle-style mansions, and middle class summer residences took over the landscape. Disaster hit Bar Harbor with the Great Fire of 1947, when a third of its 222 cottages were destroyed. Today, with a social history that rivals Newport, the Berkshires, and Tuxedo Park, and great scenic beauty all its own, Mount Desert Island remains a major summer destination. Like most of the 19th century resorts, many of the seasonal homes remain in private hands, while others have become museums, belong to institutions, or offer overnight accommodations as bed and breakfasts.

What connotes the shingle style? In his book on the area’s most famous architect, Maine Cottages: Fred L. Savage and the Architecture of Mount Desert, architectural historian John M. Bryan states that for “practical and economic factors” wood shingles weather well. The fact that they overlap can allow movement with changes in climate without dampness penetrating. New England shingles, made of “rot-resistant white cedar,” were turned out in vast quantities in squared off or rounded shapes.

One other major aspect of Mount Desert Island is nature and the cultivation of beautiful gardens. One person stands out for her highly talented contribution, the legendary landscape designer Beatrix Farrand, who summered at Bar Harbor for over half a century, creating over 60 gardens. One of her greatest projects is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden at the Eyrie, the family estate at Seal Harbor. Large collections of plants from her Reef Point home can now be seen at the Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden, both at Northeast Harbor. Another Farrand garden can be found at her last home, Garland Farm, Salisbury Cove, now the headquarters of the Beatrix Farrand Society.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) in collaboration with Classical Excursions is pleased to inform you that a tour is being arranged in part by an architect whose family has summered on Mount Desert Island for generations.

Overnight accommodations have been arranged at the Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina, overlooking Frenchman’s Bay in Bar Harbor.

For further information contact Tom Hayes, contact@classicalexcursions.com or 413-445-7972.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Sargent C. Gardiner


New 20th and 21st Century Classicism in England

September 28 - October 5, 2017

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

In the 1977 edition of Classical America, Editor William A. Coles wrote an article titled “The Architecture of Raymond Erith, R.A.” Erith was considered the most distinguished English classical architect of the post-World War II era, a time when the endeavor of classical architecture in Great Britain (as well as in America) was nearly extinguished. Erith had died four years earlier, but fortunately his former pupil and then business partner was Quinlan Terry, who today continues the highly respected and successful practice in Dedham, Essex.

Coles underscored this important stance: “…that American classical architects be in touch with their counterparts abroad. Work in different countries will always differ according to local tastes, materials, and traditions of building, but the experience of classical design is a precious accumulation which must be shared if it is to continue and to prosper. Our Classical America President John Bayley and Mr. Quinlan Terry have both spoken of the essential uses of experience in architecture. Mr. Bayley, during his work on the Frick Museum extension, remarked to me that for a design problem which he had to solve laboriously, a McKim or a Trumbauer would most likely have had a solution at hand because they had encountered the problem before…. Mr. Quinlan Terry…makes a similar point: ‘a knowledge of Vitruvius is fundamental, but knowledge tempered by experience is essential to avoid amateur results…’ ”

With these thoughts in mind, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), in collaboration with Classical Excursions, is pleased to inform you that Clive Aslet, renowned architectural historian, former editor-in-chief and now editor-at-large of Country Life magazine, will lead an eight-day tours with special access to some of England’s finest new classical architecture.

Focusing briefly on London and then the counties encircling the city, as well as Cambridge, Clive will take us to see city and country residential work, collegiate settings, new urban communities, and even the studios and homes of some of the leading classical architects today.

The excursion will include the work of Raymond Erith, Quinlan Terry, John Simpson, Robert Adam, Hugh Petter, George Saumarez Smith, Craig Hamilton, and Ben Pentreath, among others, and proves that 20th and 21st century classical architecture in England remains thriving and influential.


Highlights of the tour include:

  • Visit to the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace designed by architect John Simpson

  • Private lunch and tour at the new classical Laskett Gardens and home with owner Sir Roy Strong, CH, the former director of the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum

  • Visit to Easton Neston, an early 18th century house by Hawksmoor with a new wing and restoration designed by Ptolemy Dean for the American designer Leon Max

  • Visit to Williamstrip Park, c. 1700, a Cotswolds country house redesigned by John Soane in 1791 and restored a few years ago by architect Craig Hamilton, who also added a new family wing and a separate Greek Revival pool house. Mark Gillette was the interior designer for the projects

  • Visit to Fawley House, Oxfordshire, brought up to date by Ben Pentreath

  • Visit to Great House, Dedham, the former home of Raymond Erith, and now the home of his daughter Lucy Archer

  • Visits to the ADAM Architects offices at Winchester, as well as nearby country houses

  • Visits to the Gothick Villa, Corinthian Villa, and Hanover Lodge designed by Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects in Regent’s Park, London

  • Visit to Poundbury, the new traditional town commissioned by the Duchy of Cornwall in Dorset preceded by a talk on its development by architect Hugh Petter

  • Visit to McCrum Yard at Eton College designed by John Simpson, as well as Howard Theatre at Downing College, University of Cambridge designed by Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects

  • Private events hosted by Quinlan Terry at his home Highham Hall, and by John and Erica Simpson at their London home, among others

    For further information, contact Tom Hayes, contact@classicalexcursions.com, 413-243-4155.


Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects.


Genoa, Turin & Milan: Exceptional Private Estates, Gardens & Historic Sites with optional extension

October 14-21, 2017

Tour arranged by Exclusive Cultural Tours

Optional Extension: The Lakes – Saturday, October 21st to Wednesday, October 25th (departure): 4 days / 4 nights

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to offer this exceptional tour, during which we will be received by members of the Italian cultural elite for exclusive visits of historic, emblematic estates, offering a rarer opportunity to savor unique architecture, decor, art collections and gardens.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Private visit to the gardens of the Agnelli family residence, Villar Perosa, one of Italy’s most splendid examples of garden design, with Paolo Pejrone, student of Russell Page and among Italy’s leading garden designers

  • Private visit to the Castello Mackenzie, a historical manor offering a perfect example of Gothic Revival architecture. Built between 1893 – 1905, it was designed by Gino Coppedè, renowned Art Nouveau architect

  • Visit to Palazzo Reale in Genoa

  • Exclusive visit to Cenacolo Vinciano to view The Last Supper, painted by Leonardo da Vinci

  • Private visit to the Villa Silvio Pellico, a magnificent 18th Century villa with an extraordinary garden designed by Russell Page. No other classical garden in Europe by Page better illustrates his extraordinary ability to interpret the nature of a site than the Villa Silvio Pellico

  • Exclusive visit to La Venaria Reale and its “Garden of Fluid Sculptures” by Giuseppe Penone, world-renowned master of the Arte Povera movement

  • Lunch at the private residence of Donna Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and visit to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin’s most recognized venue of contemporary art

  • Private visit to the Villa Litta-Borromeo-Visconti Lainate, offering an exceptional variety of mosaics, statues, frescoes and fountains

  • Truffle discovery and tasting at a private estate, during the Alba White Truffle Festival

  • Private visit & luncheon with Count Jacopo Cicogna Mozzoni at his magnificent Villa Cicogna Mozzoni on Lake Maggiore, featuring one of the most elaborate gardens of northern Italy, displaying unique Renaissance frescoes

  • Private visit to Villa Balbianello on Lake Como, where the natural setting on a promontory and the architectural harmony of the villa and garden make for one of the most impressive gardens of the area

For more information and to register: Please email Pamela Huntington Darling: pdarling@exclusiveculturaltours.com; or call (Paris, France) Tel. +33 1 45 67 62 81. Website: www.exclusiveculturaltours.com

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Casalmaggiore Provincia, Wikimedia Commons/Daderot


Japan: Architectural, Decorative Arts & Garden Treasures

November 10 -20, 2017

Tour arranged by Arranged by Pamela Huntington Darling, Consultant, Exclusive Cultural Travel Programs

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to announce an exclusive tour of the treasures of Japan, during which participants will be received by members of the Japanese cultural elite for exclusive visits of historic estates, offering a rare opportunity to savor unique architecture, art collections, and gardens in Kyoto, Nara, Naoshima Island, Nikko, and Tokyo.

Highlights of this tour include:

Kyoto:

  • Walking tour with an expert of Japanese wooden architecture in the old Gion district to explore traditional architecture of tea houses, restaurants, and geisha houses

  • Private visit to the Katsura Imperial Villa and Gardens, one of Japan’s most important large-scale cultural treasures. The villa and garden in their present forms were completed in 1645 as the residence for the Katsura Family, members of Japan’s Imperial Family

  • Curator-led visit to the Kyoto National Museum, one of Japan’s oldest and most distinguished museums, hosting a wide variety of Japanese archaeological relics, sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy, costumes, and paintings
  • Curator-led visit to the Miho Museum, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, located in the Shiga mountains outside Kyoto. The Museum houses Mihoko Koyama’s private collection of Asian and Western antiques. Highlights of the collections have been featured in traveling exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996

  • Exclusive Tea Ceremony inside the Sagawa Museum, an architecturally unique museum where the tea room is constructed under the water garden to resemble a floating isle. You will admire raku bowls, masterpieces crafted by the ceramic artist Raku Kichizaemon, 15th generation member of the Raku family. For 450 years, successive generations of the Raku family have passed down the raku technique and tradition without any modification

  • Visit to the Sanjusangendo Temple, built in 1164, known for its Hall of Thirty-Three Bays, Japan’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 large wooden statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy

  • Visit to the emblematic complex of Nara, former capital of Japan from 710 to 794, where eight temples, shrines, and ruins remain and collectively form “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site, accompanied by an architectural historian. Discover en-route the Great Buddha at the Todai-ji Temple complex

Teshima Island & Naoshima Island:

  • Accompanied by a curator, we will visit the Teshima Art Museum, housing one of the most intriguing contemporary installations in Japan, uniting the creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa. The museum stands on a hill, overlooking the Seto Inland Sea; in this setting, nature, art and architecture come together in limitless harmony

  • Visit to Naoshima Island, Japan’s major destination for avant-garde art and architecture with unique buildings designed by architect Tadao Ando and outdoor artworks by world-renowned artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Niki de Saint Phalle, Dan Graham, and Michelangelo Pistoletto

  • Curator-led visit to the Chichu Art Museum, where we will admire works by Claude Monet, Walter De Maria, and James Turrell. We will also visit the Lee Ufan Museum

  • Behind-the-scenes visit to the magnificent Kotohira-gu shrine, hosting some of the finest 17th century painted panels. We will visit rooms that are not opened to the public, displaying delicate screen paintings and decorated door panels by celebrated Japanese artists

Tokyo & Nikko:

  • Lunch at the Park Hyatt Tokyo’s New York Grill to savor the best wagyu (Kobe beef) in Tokyo and admire a stunning view of the city

  • Tour by private luxury coach to admire the architectural treasures of Tokyo, designed by world-renowned architects such as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Tange Kenzo, and Tadao Ando

  • Dinner at the residence of the French Ambassador to Japan

  • Visit to the Meiji Shrine complex, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. Surrounded by a large forested area, the main shrine buildings offer a peaceful atmosphere contrasting with the densely built-up and bustling city of Tokyo

  • Dinner at the members-only Tokyo American Club, an extravagant and magnificent contemporary complex, designed by the acclaimed American architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, where we will be welcome by prominent members

  • Stroll in Ueno Park, followed by a curator-led visit to the Nezu Museum, founded in 1941 to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art that Nezu Kaichir (1860-1940) had passionately built

  • Visit to one of the last traditional kimono makers, Yasutaka Komiya, designated as a “holder of important intangible cultural property” and as an “honorary citizen of Tokyo,” using old dyeing techniques, hand paintings and gold embroidery

  • Day trip to Nikko, a stunning concentrated consortium of Japan’s spectacular temples, with gorgeous mountain scenery, waterfalls, huge ponderosa pines, cedars, and fall foliage

  • Visit to Ryuzu Waterfall and Lake Chuzenji, as well as the elegant Italian Embassy Villa, a former summer residence of the Italian Ambassador to Japan, located on the southeastern shore of Lake Chuzenji

  • Farewell dinner at the private residence of a distinguished art collector

Our significant and privileged discovery will be led by Dr. Monika Hinkel, lecturer and curator in the field of Japanese art, architecture and gardens. Dr. Hinkel is a Research Associate of the Japan Research Centre at SOAS, University of London, the only Higher Education institution in Europe specializing in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Dr. Hinkel was Curator of Japanese art at the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne, and spent three years as a Guest Researcher at the Gakushuin University in Tokyo.

Participants will enjoy five-star accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Benesse House on Naoshima Island, and the Capitol Hotel Tokyo.

For more information and to register: Please email Pamela Huntington Darling: pdarling@exclusiveculturaltours.com; or call (Paris, France) Tel. +33 1 45 67 62 81. Website: www.exclusiveculturaltours.com

The tour price is $10,995 per person double occupancy; $12,990 single occupancy. Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Martin Falbisoner, Wikimedia Commons/Kimon Berlin, Wikimedia Commons/Jaycangel


Private Palm Beach

November 30 - December 3, 2017

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

We have wealthy industrialist Henry Flagler to thank for founding the town of Palm Beach, Florida. Attracted by the area’s warm, balmy weather and tropical environment, Flagler, whose own estate Whitehall, designed by Carrère and Hastings in 1902 and is still visited by the public, helped establish Palm Beach as a premiere locale for the winter social season. It soon became a resort town with lavish hotels and opulent residences designed by such architects as Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, Howard Major and Clarence Mack.

Over 100 years of graceful evolution that has never faltered, Palm Beach is world-renowned for its extraordinary beauty and quality of life. The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art invites you to join this Private Palm Beach tour of some of the city’s most significant homes and interiors.

For further information, contact Tom Hayes, contact@classicalexcursions.com, 413-445-7972.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Flickr / Ray_LAC