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.

TOUR PROGRAM

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands: Jewels of the Mediterranean

Oct 4 - 20, 2019. Tour Leader: Gillian Hovell

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


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.


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.


ADFAS Garden & Art Tour of Japan

Nov 6 - 20, 2019. Tour Leader: Kazuyo Takatori

The 2019 ADFAS Garden & Art Tour of Japan visits many wonderful gardens including three of Japan’s most revered gardens.


Artisanal Tour of Morocco: Marrakech, Skoura Oasis, Sahara, Nkob, Ait Ben Haddou

Nov 10 - 20, 2019. Tour Leader: Rita Lazauskas

Artisanal Tour of Morocco


Artisanal Tour of Northern Morocco [Extension]: Fes, Chefchaouen & Rabat

Nov 20 - 25, 2019. Tour Leader: Rita Lazauskas

Artisanal tour of Northern Morocco – optional extra 6-day extension tour.


Moscow & St Petersburg: a winter journey

Jan 9 - 23, 2020. Tour Leader: Dr Michael Adcock

Swap the Australian summer for the charm and the chill of these exceptional cities, visiting when orthodox Christmas is in full swing and when the locals get out and enjoy life.


Puglia to Pompeii: Classical Southern Italy

Feb 27 - Mar 13, 2020. Tour Leader: Dr Estelle Lazer

This 16-day tour will appeal to those looking to take ‘the road less travelled’ through the regions of Puglia and Basilicata, and on to the Bay of Naples.


Taiwan: cultural treasures & inspiring landscapes

Mar 3 - 13, 2020. Tour Leader: Judy Tenzing

An overlooked jewel among Asia’s diverse destinations, with a thriving arts scene, a visible and vibrant traditional culture with cosmopolitan influences from Europe, Japan and mainland China.


New Zealand: Nature, Culture & The Arts

Mar 12 - 21, 2020. Tour Leader: Dr Kathleen Olive

Experience world-famous sculpture parks, remarkable art and architecture, striking landscapes shaped by dramatic volcanic activity, and the wealth of Maori culture, integral to Kiwi life today.


Egypt: Beyond the Nile

Mar 15 - Apr 4, 2020. Tour Leader: Christopher Bradley

Uncover the Nile’s vital role in shaping Egyptian history from Lake Nasser, Luxor and Cairo’s pharaohs, to the river delta at Alexandria.


Lakes & Villas of Northern Italy

Apr 19 - May 3, 2020. Tour Leader: Dr Kathleen Olive

Enjoy some of Italy’s finest villas on Lake Como, the Renaissance country houses of Palladio, and the splendour of the Borromean Islands on this 15-day tour.


Bhutan: A Himalayan Idyll

Apr 24 - May 7, 2020. Tour Leader: Zara Fleming

In 2015, Zara Fleming conducted a successful tour to Bhutan, and so we invited her to lead another tour through this mountain kingdom.


Berlin and Beyond: Berlin, Leipzig & Dresden

May 4 - 17, 2020. Tour Leader: Christopher Menz

Take an in-depth look at the diverse and fascinating city of Berlin, with days in Leipzig and Dresden, on this 14-day residential style tour.


New York: The Art of Fashion

May 5 - 15, 2020. Tour Leader: Dr Anna Lebovic

Fashion and design from its earliest beginnings to the modern day, with fine dining and high culture, in the inimitable New York City.


Budapest to the Baltic: A Musical Journey

May 28 - Jun 13, 2020. Tour Leader: Robert Gay

From Franz Liszt and Hungarian folk music to the phenomenal vocal soloists and choirs of Latvia, explore the landscape, traditions and music from Central Europe to the Baltic.


Great Gardens of Cornwall & Devon

Jun 1 - 10, 2020. Tour Leader: Michael Turner

This ten-day 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.


Scotland’s Gardens & Castles: From Edinburgh to the Highlands

Jul 1 - 15, 2020. Tour Leader: Michael Turner

Explore the gardens and castles of Scotland with their dramatic landscapes, rich heritage and culture, from Edinburgh to the Highlands, the Great Lochs and the West Coast.


Scandinavia: Explorers & Innovators

Sep 3 - 19, 2020. Tour Leader: Dr Mindy MacLeod

Delve into Scandinavia’s Viking archaeology, maritime history and inspirational coastal scenery, exploring the modern art and architecture with 5 nights on the famed Hurtigruten Line.


Moscow & St Petersburg

Sep 25 - Oct 11, 2020. Tour Leader: Geoff Winestock

Discover Russia’s culture and art through its rich and tumultuous history, from the medieval Kievan Rus to the tsars and Perestroika.


Naples to Barcelona: Aboard the Sea Cloud II

Oct 16 - 31, 2020. Tour Leader: Dr Kathleen Olive

A luxurious way to sample the millennia of art, architecture and culture at the historical crossroads of the Western Mediterranean.


Thanksgiving in New York: music, theatre, art & food

Nov 22 - Dec 3, 2020. Tour Leader: Stuart Barrie

Celebrate Thanksgiving in New York – a time for food, reflection and good company – while experiencing the very best this iconic city has to offer.


Christmas in New York: music, theatre, art & food

Dec 21, 2020 - Jan 2, 2021. Tour Leader: Dr Matthew Laing

Experience New York in its festive brilliance, seeing the best shows of the season, visiting great small galleries and capping it all off with New Year’s Eve in the city that never sleeps.