SOLD OUT — The Great Houses of Yorkshire

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

June 24 – 30, 2018 Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire may contain more magnificent historic houses than any county in Britain. We’ll be visiting many of them, including Castle Howard, famous as the starring player in the two filmed versions of Brideshead Revisited, as well as the little-visited Sledmere, a jewel-like Neoclassical masterpiece still in the ownership of its original family. Another star is Newby Hall, a glorious Robert Adam house with a core very likely by Christopher Wren, followed by Sion Hill House, an exceptional Edwardian country house designed by Walter Brierley, known as “the Lutyens of Yorkshire.” One of the highlights will be a visit to the mysterious Wentworth Woodhouse, which boasts the longest façade – 650 feet – of any house in Britain. And, for the icing on the cake, we’ll be staying at Middlethorpe Hall in York, a late 17th century house that is one of England’s supreme country house hotels.

Wentworth Woodhouse, Photo: Curt DiCamillo

SOLD OUT — The New York You've Never Seen

Tour Leader: Don Friary

June 20-23, 2018 New York

Most of us have visited Manhattan, but how many have explored NYC’s private clubs and residences, the New York Stock Exchange, Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens? This tour will take us to many corners of the nation’s largest city to explore its history, its diversity, its eccentricities. We’ll learn about the city’s Dutch beginnings and its rapid expansion, and we’ll visit with collection experts, curators and historians who will bring the city’s history to life in vivid detail.

A private residence in NYC, courtesy of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust

SOLD OUT — Pilgrim Roots of the Great Migration

Tour Leader: Robert Charles Anderson

August 7-15, 2018 Nottingham, England

Based in Nottingham and led by world-renowned Great Migration expert Robert Charles Anderson, this tour will visit Scrooby Manor and environs, where we will explore the deep roots of the Great Migration and follow in the footsteps of William Bradford, William Brewster, and other Pilgrims in this examination of the important years leading up to the decision to leave England.

Gardens at Scrooby Manor, Nottingham

Downton Abbey® & the Best of the English Country House

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

September 23-29, 2018 England

Experience the historic, ancient, and beautiful filming locations of the highest-rated PBS drama of all time. From the sublime Syon House, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland, to the Neoclassical grandeur of Basildon Park, to the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, you’ll be immersed in the refined and genteel world of early 20th century England for seven days.

Highclere Castle © Highclere Castle Enterprises LLP 2014

English Elysium: Country Houses of Shropshire

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

May 13-19, 2019 Shropshire, England

Join us for an expert-led tour of the country houses of Shropshire. The county of Shropshire is known for its remarkable landscapes and its idyllic, historic towns.

Weston Park, Photo: Curt DiCamillo

Pilgrim Escape to Leiden

June 2-9, 2019 The Netherlands

Our second tour will take us to the Netherlands where we will explore the old university town of Leiden, where a group of about one hundred Pilgrims, under Pastor John Robinson, formed a congregation and sought permission to settle in 1609. In Leiden, Delftshaven, and Amsterdam we will gain an understanding of Pilgrim life outside of England but before the voyage to the New World.

Houses along the canal in Leiden, The Netherlands

Palladio and the English Country House

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

June 16-22, 2019 England

This tour will trace the influence of Palladian architecture, inspired by the designs of Venetian architect Andrea Palladio, through the countryside of England.

Osterley Park, Photo: Curt DiCamillo

The Great Houses of Ireland

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

September 15-21, 2019 Ireland

Join us on an expert tour of the historic great houses of Ireland and the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Mount Claire, Photo: Mount Claire

The Mayflower Embarkation

Spring 2020 Plymouth and London, England

We will return to England for our third tour, where we will visit Plymouth, Southampton, London, Harwich, and Canterbury, among other locations, as we illuminate the moments before the embarkation of the Mayflower in 1620—a journey that would change the world.

Mayflower II, an exact replica of the original Mayflower

A New England Sojourn

June and September 2020 Massachusetts

Our experts will lead two exclusive three-day visits to historic sites in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts associated with the Pilgrims, including Plymouth, Provincetown, Boston, Duxbury, and elsewhere.

A resident of Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts