Art appreciation courses & art history tours

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artbreak™ Arts Immersion Vacations

based: Prague, Czech Republic

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artbreak™ is an unequalled active-arts and adventure-learning vacation to renew your mind, heart, and spirit, midst the most beautiful city in Europe. artbreak™ gives you intimate access to Prague's brilliant artistic world via hands-on art workshops, gallery tours, plus the best of Prague's music, theatre and dance performances.

| city breaks | art appreciation | painting/drawing | music tours | concerts/music festivals | ballet/opera | theatre/shows | groups | Czech Republic |


Art History Abroad

based: Suffolk, UK

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Art history tours in Italy of three different types, firstly their original 6-week courses for gap-year students, which run four times a year. Then there are summer holiday courses of 2 or 4 weeks. And finally adult art history tours to Italy and beyond, including tours designed specifically for people in their 30's and 40's.

| art appreciation | gap year | Italy |


uk flagAzenart Painting Holidays

based: London, UK
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Unforgettable painting holidays in Italy and France, in small groups (5 to 10). Destinations include: Venice, Capri, Amalfi-Pompeii, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Florence, Sicily, Rome, South of France (French Riviera), Chateaux, Brittany and Paris. Holidays include plein air tutoring with materials, equipment and comfortable accommodation in the heart of the art.

| painting/drawing | art appreciation | groups | city breaks | Italy | France |


Chris Dobson Art History Tours

based: Suffolk, UK

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Exclusive small-group art history tours of Tuscany and Florence, given by a museum specialist and local tour guides and providing a good general intro to Renaissance and Medieval Tuscan and Florentine art. Also focuses on certain artists, sculptors and architects in depth.

| art appreciation | Italy |


One Traveller Ltd

based: Norfolk, UK

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Escorted holidays and cruises from a caring family-run business established over 10 years; multiple British Travel Award Winners. Offering 54 holidays to 31 different destinations. Specialists for mature single travellers in small groups, no single supplements and exclusive sole occupancy rooms/cabins. Quality hand-picked hotels and experienced knowledgeable tour managers. Over 77% repeat guests.

| singles holidays | seniors/silver surfers | city breaks | sightseeing | escorted tours | ballet/opera | Christmas & New Year | art appreciation | architectural | theatre/shows | music tours | tailor made | ocean cruises | lake & river cruises | Worldwide |


Saga five star Featured Site

based: Kent, UK

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Saga logoArt appreciation holidays with expert hosts and guides, discovering and learning about fine antiques, works of art, textile collections and ceramics in the UK and overseas. You can travel to Malta to see works by Caravaggio, or discover Amsterdam's artistic treasures via the Dutch waterways. Saga offers an ideal choice for anyone with a passion for the worlds of art and antiques.

| singles | ocean cruises | USA | Canada | Hawaii | Bermuda | Europe | surfing | walk/trek/hike | Costa Rica |


St James's Art Tours

based: London, UK

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Small group art tours for discerning travellers, offering well planned and reasonably priced cultural visits in Europe accompanied by a specialist in the field.

| art appreciation | Europe |


Ace Cultural Tours

based: Cambridgeshire, UK

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Art courses and cruises to worldwide destinations, from Art Nouveau in Brussels to the Art and Architecture of Puglia.

| art appreciation | Worldwide |


Art Appreciation Tours

based: Dorset, UK

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Residential courses in St Ives, Cornwall, and other short UK trips, plus European tours to destination such as Florence and Paris.

| art appreciation | England | Scotland | Europe |


Art History in Focus

based: Surrey, UK

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Art holidays with a specialist guide to destinations in the UK and abroad.

| art appreciation | UK | Europe |



based: Oxfordshire, UK

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Specialising in expert led cultural and art history tours for groups and individuals.

| art appreciation | UK | Europe |


Fine Art Travel

based: London, UK

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Creating art tours that offer privileged, private access to some of the most beautiful private houses in Europe.

| art appreciation | Europe |


Kirker Holidays

based: London, UK

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An art tours programme with trips such as: Art Galleries of Holland, Art, Music & Gastronomy in Emilia-Romagna, Art on the French Riviera, Art, Opera & Architecture in Rome ...

| art appreciation | UK | Europe |





Tips for selecting an art appreciation tour

art galleryTravel-Quest travel tips for choosing an art appreciation or art history tour or holiday, starting with a decision about the type of trip and the style of art you want to see before you start your search.


Do you want:

• a learned tour with expert guides, lectures and talks; or a more relaxed approach strolling through galleries and taking things as they come.

• a particular period or school of art, be it the old masters, modern painters or the Impressionists.

• to see the work of a particular noted artist: Leonardo, Picasso, Gauguin, Monet, Hockney ...

• the art of a specific region or country.

• art using a particular medium: sculpture, painting, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics ...

• do you want to visit the great art museums like the Louvre or the Tate Modern; bijou galleries; or to see art in the outdoors – in the street markets of Amsterdam or spray painted on city walls by artists like Banksy.

• do you want to expand your art appreciation by visiting the landscapes that inspired the great artists.


More art appreciation holiday tips:

• If you want in-depth knowledge check the credentials of the tour guides, this is where a smaller more specialist company may win out.

• If you want to get more involved with modern works look for a trip that's visiting commercial galleries, art shows or exhibitions where there may be opportunities to discuss work directly with the artist. Some have artists actually sculpting or painting on site during the exhibition.

• Many art museums are very large so, to get the most out of it, split your visit into two or three shorter visits if possible.

• The rules on taking photos differ, most galleries and museums will not allow it at all, so check beforehand if you feel you might want to press the shutter. If you really want a copy of an artwork get postcards or prints from the museum shop or, particularly if it's a commercial gallery, there will probably be a catalogue.

• Again it's best to check beforehand, but sketching from artworks with dry media (pencil, charcoal, pastels etc.) is usually fine in art museums, but not in commercial galleries. If you want to sketch or paint using wet media you will almost certainly need to obtain permission.

• Ladies, if you're visiting religious art in places of worship take along a headscarf as many places will require you to cover your head; there is also often a requirement to cover shoulders, arms and not to wear skimpy shorts or short skirts.