Director's Letter

Dear Traveller,

Here it is, our 2017 programme of tours - spanning four continents, seventeen countries, and 1000 years of history.
This year, we have not one, not two, but fifteen original tours joining the ranks of our returning favourites - so much for the notion of history having nothing new to share with us! Ernest Hemingway once quipped that “wine is the most civilized thing in the world” and we’re inclined to agree with him, which is why you’ll find five fresh History & Wine tours strategically placed within our new tour programme. Raise a glass to the past while travelling across Umbria’s One Hundred Hills, the Loire Valley’s lavish chateaux, and many more mouth-watering destinations.

Whilst we await all of our tours with the same sense of eager anticipation, there is one tour in particular that’s had our office talking - Iran: Mirrors of the Unseen. Award-winning travel writer Jason Elliot, will lead our tour through a country which consistently defies categorisation. From the ancient ruins of Yazd to the bustling metropolis of modern Tehran, serene gardens to ornate palaces, this journey through Iran’s history will surely be one to remember. If you’re the sort of person who likes to organise their travel plans as early as possible, you might like to take a look at our back pages. We’ve included a 2018 teaser of The Lunatic Express, examining the journey of the infamous Kenyan railway line.

With such a broad span of history to tempt the traveller inside of you, we’re sure you’ll find the right tour for you. But, if you have something more specific in mind - for a society you belong to, or a certain anniversary - please get in touch, we’d be happy to help you arrange your bespoke tour.

Church of san Pedro de la Ruain Estellanavarra

See you on tour!

Michael Ivey

Director,

Historical Trips