Fine Arts Travel & Cultural Tours – ADFAS Travel

  • ADFAS Travel is the official travel program of the Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Socieities.

    Your 2019 tour program offers a diverse and stimulating range of 17 tours to destinations both within Australia and abroad.

    Enjoy the company of like-minded travellers, small groups, excellent tour leaders and carefully-crafted itineraries.


New Zealand: nature, culture and the arts

Mar 14 - 23, 2019. Tour Leader: Dr Kathleen Olive

A cultural tour of the North Island, with visits to private sculpture parks, Art Deco architecture, Maori heritage, superb gardens and dramatic landscapes.

New York: art, architecture, history & theatre

Mar 19 - 31, 2019. Tour Leader: Dr Matthew Laing

Spend two weeks in the world’s most dynamic cultural city. Enjoy seven top performances, with visits to some of the world’s best museums and restaurants.

Opera in Northern Italy: Bel Canto to Verismo

Mar 28 - Apr 11, 2019. Tour Leader: Robert Gay

Experience the very best of Italian opera including performances at La Scala and Le Fenice, on this tour of Italy, travelling from Venice to Milan and Turin.

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands: Jewels of the Mediterranean

Mar 29 - Apr 14, 2019. Tour Leader: Gerald Deslandes

See Greek temples, Roman villas, Byzantine mosaics, Norman cathedrals and exuberant baroque architecture, in a setting of sea and mountains.

Great Gardens of Cornwall & Devon

Jun 3 - 12, 2019. Tour Leader: Michael Turner

This new tour travels to the counties of Cornwall and Devon to visit the gardens of some of the most famous names in modern garden and landscape design.

Yorkshire to the Lake District: gardens of a passionate mind

Jun 19 - Jul 3, 2019. Tour Leader: Michael Turner

Visit some of the best-known and best-loved gardens and grand homes in the north of England and North Wales, including Castle Howard and Chatsworth House.

Vienna to Venice: the crossroads of history

Sep 8 - 24, 2019. Tour Leader: Dr Nick Gordon

Explore Europe’s extraordinary history and archaeology at one of its great cultural crossroads and discover Slovenia and Friuli on this new 17-day tour.

Sardinia & Corsica: from the Stone Age to Napoleon

Oct 11 - 26, 2019. Tour Leader: Dr Kathleen Olive

Explore Sardinia and Corsica, two Mediterranean islands which, despite centuries of invasion and settlement, retain a proud independent spirit.

From the Yarra Valley to Bendigo: Victoria’s regional galleries

Oct 16 - 23, 2019. Tour Leader: Dr Nick Gordon

Visit the great regional galleries in Victoria, products of the Gold Rush and pastoral wealth of Victoria and still vibrant centres of visual art.

Mexico: Aztecs, Maya & the Day of the Dead

Oct 25 - Nov 11, 2019. Tour Leader: Chloe Sayer

Unravel the unique history, archaeology and natural beauty of Mexico: Aztecs, Maya, the colourful Days of the Dead; volcanos, jungle and tropical coast.

Japan Unmasked: art, history & culture

Nov 8 - 23, 2019. Tour Leader: Ann MacArthur

Uncover Japan’s history, art and culture in new world Tokyo, Kanazawa’s gardens, Hiroshima’s peace memorial and 7 nights immersed in Kyoto’s cultural delights.