Antiques holidays, tours, courses & vacations



Eric Knowless Antiquarian

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Antiques tours with Eric Knowles from the BBC Antiques Road Show; destinations include Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, Meissen, Dresden and Lalique in Lisbon. In the UK there is Ironbridge and Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow.

| antiques | Europe | UK |


Saga five star Featured Site

based: Kent, UK

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Saga logoAntiques holidays with expert hosts and guides, discovering and learning about fine antiques. Also general art appreciation tours looking at works of art, textile collections and ceramics in the UK and overseas. Saga offers an ideal choice for anyone with a passion for the worlds of art and antiques.

| antiques | art appreciation | Europe | UK | Worldwide |


Antiques & Boutiques

based: Barcelona, Spain

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Tailor made city tours focused on design, style, food and culture; including antiques and vintage tours.

| antiques | Spain | UK | Italy|


Antiques Diva (The)

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Antiques shopping tour company offering custom designed multi-day tour packages, lasting anything from two days to two weeks, in six European countries.

| antiques | Europe |


Antiques & Tours – Holiday Promotions

based: Maryland, USA

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Escorted antiques buying trips to Europe departing from the US, all tours include at least two major antique shows.

| antiques | UK | France | Belgium | Austria | Czech Republic |


Antique Trails

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Antique buying tours from the US to England, visiting the Lincoln Arthur Swallow Antiques & Collectors Fair and the Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair.

| antiques | England |


Gow Antiques & Restoration Ltd

based: Angus, Scotland, UK

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Short antique furniture recognition courses for all levels; learn to appreciate and buy antiques with confidence.

| antiques | UK |


Octopus Tours

based: Dorset, UK

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Tailor-made world-class antiques tours and experiences in Italy, from comprehensive multi-city tours to short antiques shopping weekends

| antiques | Italy |


Old Chairs

based: Co. Clare, Ireland

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Antique restoration business offering weekend workshop courses throughout the year.

| antiques | upholstery | basket making | wood crafts | Ireland |


Rothay Manor

based: Cumbria, UK

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Specialised holidays including chess and bridge breaks, scrabble and antiques holidays.

| bridge/whist | scrabble | chess | antiques | England |


Tours of Excellence

based: Cheshire, UK

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Special interest tour operator; tours include antique teddy bear tours; and vintage, MG and antique car tours.

| antiques | UK |





Antique or vintage?

Looking at the terminology used to describe antiques and collectables holidays and tours. There's not universal agreement about the definitions for many of the terms used, and some are widely misused. Here are the definitions we use in the Travel-Quest Directory:


antique shopAntiques – at Travel-Quest we use the generally agreed definition of an 'antique' as art work, items of furniture or decorative objects that are at least a hundred years old.

Collectables – tends to be the term used for similar items (specifically items that are much collected), that are less than a hundred years old. These days the term 'vintage' may be used instead. The term: 'antiques and collectables' is often used to cover old items that may fit both/either categories.

Vintage – we regard vintage to mean a collectable item that's at least twenty years old, but less than the hundred years old specified for antiques.

Retro – this is another term you'll come across, but it's largely meaningless and there is no agreed definition. It could be described as anything that looks out of style for the current time. Using that definition it may be an old item created in the past, but equally it may be a new item, created with reference to earlier designs, intended to look as if it has come from a past time.