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Private Bar Harbor and Mt. Desert Island - Sold Out

August 24 - 27, 2017

This tour is currently sold-out.

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) in collaboration with Classical Excursions is pleased to announce that an exclusive tour is being offered of Bar Harbor and other significant towns and areas on extraordinary Mt. Desert Island.

An opening lecture on “The Shingle Style on Mount Desert from William R. Emerson to Robert A.M. Stern” will be given by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr who serves as director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and is the Maine State Historian.The tour will be led by two guides: Sargent Gardiner, an architectural historian whose family has summered at Bar Harbor for several generations and who is also a partner with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, as well as architectural historian Willie Granston, a native of Mt. Desert Island.

Tour highlights include:

  • A private tour of Redwood, Bar Harbor, designed by William R. Emerson, considered to be one of the most architecturally important summer cottages in Maine

  • A private tour of La Rochelle, Bar Harbor, designed by Andrews, Jacques & Rantoul, with its unique and elegant blend of French Renaissance and English Georgian architecture

  • A private visit to Skylands, designed by Duncan Candler, built of local pink granite with grounds designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen. Edsel Ford and his family summered here, and it is now the Seal Harbor estate of Martha Stewart

  • A private tour of Garland Farm at Salisbury Cove with the president of the Beatrix Farrand Society

  • A private visit to Mountaintop House, a 21st century shingle-style house by Albert, Righter & Tittmann

  • A private tour of The Turrets, Bar Harbor, designed by Bruce Price. The mansion is an interpretation of the French chateau style with a complex roof line of a wealth of projections, capped towers, and dormers

  • A tour by boat of Somes Sound to view the estates that line the shore

  • Exclusive tours of Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor

  • Overnight accommodations at the Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina, overlooking Frenchman’s Bay in Bar Harbor.

    For further information contact Tom Hayes, contact@classicalexcursions.com or 413-243-4155.


The tour price is $2,295. A $400 single supplement applies. Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Beatrix Farrand Society, Willie Granston


New and Restored Classicism in England, with ICAA President Peter Lyden - Sold Out

September 28 - October 5, 2017

This tour is currently sold out.

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

Join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s President, Peter Lyden, on this spectacular tour of England.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to offer this exclusive tour of 20th and 21st century classical architecture in England, exploring the counties south of London as well as Cambridge. Clive Aslet, renowned architectural historian, former editor-in-chief and now editor-at-large of Country Life magazine, will lead this eight-day tour with special access to some of England’s finest new and restored classical architecture. Clive will lead participants to see city and country residential work, collegiate settings, new urban communities, and even the studios and homes of some of the leading classical architects today.

The excursion will include the works of Raymond Erith, Quinlan Terry, John Simpson, Robert Adam, Hugh Petter, George Saumarez Smith, Craig Hamilton, and Ben Pentreath, among others, and proves that 20th and 21st century classical architecture in England remains thriving and influential.

Highlights of the tour led by Clive Aslet include many private visits and special talks, such as the following:

  • Private visit to the spectacular gardens at Highgrove, the country estate of HRH Prince Charles

  • Private visit to the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace designed by architect John Simpson

  • Private lunch and tour at the new classical Laskett Gardens and home with owner Sir Roy Strong, CH, the former director of the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum

  • Visit to Easton Neston, an early 18th-century house by Hawksmoor with a new wing and restoration by Ptolemy Dean for the owner and American designer Leon Max. The spectacular interiors have been decorated by prominent English interior designer Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill

  • Visit to Williamstrip Park, c. 1700, a Cotswolds country house redesigned by John Soane in 1791 and restored a few years ago by architect Craig Hamilton, who also added a new family wing and a separate Greek Revival bathhouse. Mark Gillette was the interior designer for the projects

  • Visit to Fawley House, Oxfordshire, brought up to date by Ben Pentreath

  • A full day with Quinlan Terry, visiting some of his firm’s projects, including the Palladian Summerhouse and the rebuilt east wing at Terling Place, the 18th century country house owned by Lord and Lady Rayleigh; Brentwood Cathedral; Sherman’s Hall; Frog Meadow, as well as a visit to the firm’s office in Dedham. The day will end with a private event at his home, Higham Hall

  • Visit to Great House, Dedham, the former home of Raymond Erith, and now the home of his daughter Lucy Archer

  • Visits to the ADAM Architects offices at Winchester, as well as nearby country houses

  • Visit to Poundbury, the new traditional town constructed on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall in Dorset preceded by a talk on its development by architect Hugh Petter. At Poundbury, the group will meet with one of it’s designers, renowned architectural and interior designer Ben Pentreath

  • A private visit to Old Parsonage, the Dorset home of Ben Pentreath and Charlie McCormick

  • A stay at the new Duchess of Cornwall Inn, named at the suggestion of the Prince of Wales after his wife

  • Visit to Jafar Gallery and McCrum Yard at Eton College designed by John Simpson, as well as Howard Theatre at Downing College, University of Cambridge designed by Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects

  • Private reception hosted by John and Erica Simpson at their London home

Four and five-star accommodations, including the Goring Hotel in Belgravia, London, have been arranged along the way.

For further information, contact Tom Hayes, contact@classicalexcursions.com, 413-243-4155.

The tour price is $3,890 per person, based on double occupancy. A single supplement of $900 per person applies. Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects, Wikimedia Commons/Teninger, Wikimedia Commons/Cj1340, Highgrove


Genoa, Turin & Milan: Exceptional Private Estates, Gardens & Historic Sites

October 14-21, 2017

Tour arranged by Exclusive Cultural Tour Programs

Optional Extension: The Lakes – Saturday, October 21st to Wednesday, October 25th (departure): 4 days / 4 nights

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to offer this exceptional tour offering a rare opportunity to savor unique architecture, decor, art collections and gardens in Genoa, Turin, and Milan, with an optional extension to Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. The expert lecturer for this tour is John R. Tschirch, renowned architectural historian, writer, and photographer.

Contessa Violate Balbo Di Vinadio, maiden name Contessa dei Conti Brandolini, will accompany the group to emblematic private residences and sites, where we will be welcomed by their distinguished hosts.

Highlights of the tour include:

Genoa:

  • Private visit to the Castello Mackenzie, a historical manor offering a perfect example of Gothic Revival architecture. Built between 1893 – 1905, it was designed by Gino Coppedè, renowned Art Nouveau architect

  • Private reception at the Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The palace, built in the 16th century by the Lombard architect Giovanni Battista Castello, called Il Bergamasco, features admirable stuccowork and magnificent frescoes by Bernardo Strozzi. Here, the group will be welcomed by renowned architect Marquessa Cattaneo Adorno

  • Visit to the historic center of Casale Monferrato to admire its many splendid palazzi, dating from the 15th to the early 19th century, restored to baroque and neo-classical style

  • Private visit with the Owner to the Castello di Camino. Built in the 11th century and enlarged at the end of the 18th century, surrounded by a sumptuous park, overlooking the Basso Monferrato hills, Castello di Camino is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Italy, both for its architecture and its perfect state of preservation

  • Truffle discovery during the Alba White Truffle Festival & Lunch at a private estate in Racconigi, a baroque residence of French influence built in 1773 by architect Carlo Ceppi

  • Visit to the exquisitely well preserved 15th-century small town of Saluzzo, with cobbled streets, churches, and elegant palaces, perched on a hill overlooking a vast, lush plain, followed by a Private reception at the marvelous historic residence of an aristocratic family


Turin:

  • Dinner at the exclusive, members-only club Societa del Whist Accademia Filarmonica, of the Piedmont aristocracy and the elite, housed in a magnificent palace with exceptional décor

  • Private visit & Lunch at a historic residence with admirable décor and works of art, welcomed by the owners, an aristocratic Italian family

  • Dinner at the private residence of a distinguished art collector

  • Private visit to the Bramafam Revello garden & Lunch with the owner, Paolo Pejrone, student of Russell Page and among Italy’s leading garden designers

  • Private visit to the residence gardens of a distinguished Italian family, one of Italy’s most splendid examples of garden design, with Paolo Pejrone

  • Private visit to the Villa Silvio Pellico, a magnificent 18th-Century villa with an extraordinary garden designed by Russell Page


Milan:

  • Lunch at the prestigious, aristocratic, members-only club Circolo dell’Unione, whose members are of the old nobility of Milan and Lombardy, with admirable architecture and décor.

  • Early evening visit to Cenacolo Vinciano to view The Last Supper, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, closed to the public during our visit.

  • Private cocktail reception at the famous Galleria Lia Rumma, welcomed by Lia Rumma, a leading contemporary art gallerist presenting works of her private collection, including artists Michelangelo Pistoletto, Anselm Kiefer and William Kentridge.

  • Private visit and tea with Martina Mondadori Sartogo, founder of the new magazine Cabana, at her family residence designed by legendary decorator Renzo Mongiardino

  • Farewell dinner with prominent architect Piero Baldissera Castellini and his son, renowned interior designer Nicolò Castellini Baldissera, at their family residence Casa degli Atellani


Optional Extension: Lake Maggiore & Lake Como:

The tour of Lake Maggiore & Lake Como will be led by Steven Desmond, an architectural historian and landscape consultant specialized in the conservation of historic parks and gardens. Author of “Gardens of the Italian Lakes”, Steven lectures at Oxford University and at the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies. He is an advisor on historic gardens to the National Trust and broadcasts for the BBC. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and Professional Associate of the Royal Horticultural Society.

  • Luncheon with Conte Jacopo Cicogna Mozzoni at his magnificent Villa Cicogna Mozzoni on Lake Maggiore, one of the most elaborate gardens of northern Italy displaying unique Renaissance frescoes.

  • Private visit to the Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta, inspired by the Medici villas in Tuscany, first built in 1585 by Count Pirro I Visconti Borromeo with architect Martino Bassi. This vast estate, with its sumptuous gardens spreading over 10 acres, houses an exceptional collection of mosaics, statues, frescoes, and more, by the leading artists of the time, including Francesco Brambilla, Marco Antonio Prestinari, Camillo Procaccini, and Giovanni Battista Volpino

  • Luncheon with the owner Azzurra Sommi Picenardi at Villa Sommi Picenardi, where the group will admire a beautiful example of a terraced Italian garden

  • Private visit to Villa Della Porta Bozzolo in Casalzuigno, built in the 16th century with an impressive Baroque terraced garden and water features added in the 18th century

  • Private visit to Villa Balbianello, where the natural setting on a promontory and the architectural harmony of the villa and garden make for one of the most impressive gardens of the area

  • Visit to Isola Bella with its monumental Baroque palace & majestic Italian gardens, offering a series of terraces planted with roses, oleanders and pomegranates, descending to the Lake

  • Farewell dinner at the historic and exemplary private residence of an aristocratic family on Lake Como


For more information and to register: Please email Pamela Huntington Darling: pdarling@exclusiveculturaltours.com; or call (Paris, France) Tel. +33 1 45 67 62 81. Website: www.exclusiveculturaltours.com

The tour price is $9,000 per person based on double occupancy. The tour price is $10,000 for single occupancy. For the optional extension, the tour price is $4,400 per person based on double occupancy and $4,800 per person for single occupancy. Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

To make your required donation, click here.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Casalmaggiore Provincia, Wikimedia Commons/Daderot, Wikimedia Commons/Henry Kellner


Japan: Architectural, Decorative Arts & Garden Treasures - Sold Out

November 10 -20, 2017

This tour is currently sold-out.

Tour arranged by Exclusive Cultural Tour Programs

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to announce an exclusive tour of the treasures of Japan, during which participants will be received by members of the Japanese cultural elite for exclusive visits of historic estates, offering a rare opportunity to savor unique architecture, art collections, and gardens in Kyoto, Nara, Naoshima Island, Nikko, and Tokyo.

Highlights of this tour include:

Kyoto:

  • Walking tour with an expert of Japanese wooden architecture in the old Gion district to explore traditional architecture of tea houses, restaurants, and geisha houses

  • Private visit to the Katsura Imperial Villa and Gardens, one of Japan’s most important large-scale cultural treasures. The villa and garden in their present forms were completed in 1645 as the residence for the Katsura Family, members of Japan’s Imperial Family

  • Curator-led visit to the Kyoto National Museum, one of Japan’s oldest and most distinguished museums, hosting a wide variety of Japanese archaeological relics, sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy, costumes, and paintings

  • Curator-led visit to the Miho Museum, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, located in the Shiga mountains outside Kyoto. The Museum houses Mihoko Koyama’s private collection of Asian and Western antiques. Highlights of the collections have been featured in traveling exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996

  • Exclusive Tea Ceremony inside the Sagawa Museum, an architecturally unique museum where the tea room is constructed under the water garden to resemble a floating isle. You will admire raku bowls, masterpieces crafted by the ceramic artist Raku Kichizaemon, 15th generation member of the Raku family. For 450 years, successive generations of the Raku family have passed down the raku technique and tradition without any modification

  • Visit to the Sanjusangendo Temple, built in 1164, known for its Hall of Thirty-Three Bays, Japan’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 large wooden statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy

  • Visit to the emblematic complex of Nara, former capital of Japan from 710 to 794, where eight temples, shrines, and ruins remain and collectively form “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site, accompanied by an architectural historian. Discover en-route the Great Buddha at the Todai-ji Temple complex

Teshima Island & Naoshima Island:

  • Accompanied by a curator, we will visit the Teshima Art Museum, housing one of the most intriguing contemporary installations in Japan, uniting the creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa. The museum stands on a hill, overlooking the Seto Inland Sea; in this setting, nature, art and architecture come together in limitless harmony

  • Visit to Naoshima Island, Japan’s major destination for avant-garde art and architecture with unique buildings designed by architect Tadao Ando and outdoor artworks by world-renowned artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Niki de Saint Phalle, Dan Graham, and Michelangelo Pistoletto

  • Curator-led visit to the Chichu Art Museum, where we will admire works by Claude Monet, Walter De Maria, and James Turrell. We will also visit the Lee Ufan Museum

Tokyo & Nikko:

  • Lunch at the Park Hyatt Tokyo’s New York Grill to savor the best wagyu (Kobe beef) in Tokyo and admire a stunning view of the city

  • Tour by private luxury coach to admire the architectural treasures of Tokyo, designed by world-renowned architects such as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Tange Kenzo, and Tadao Ando

  • Visit to the Meiji Shrine complex, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. Surrounded by a large forested area, the main shrine buildings offer a peaceful atmosphere contrasting with the densely built-up and bustling city of Tokyo

  • Dinner at the members-only Tokyo American Club, an extravagant and magnificent contemporary complex, designed by the acclaimed American architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, where we will be welcome by prominent members

  • Stroll in Ueno Park, followed by a curator-led visit to the Nezu Museum, founded in 1941 to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art that Nezu Kaichir (1860-1940) had passionately built

  • Visit to one of the last traditional kimono makers, Yasutaka Komiya, designated as a “holder of important intangible cultural property” and as an “honorary citizen of Tokyo,” using old dyeing techniques, hand paintings and gold embroidery

  • Day trip to Nikko, a stunning concentrated consortium of Japan’s spectacular temples, with gorgeous mountain scenery, waterfalls, huge ponderosa pines, cedars, and fall foliage

  • Visit to Ryuzu Waterfall and Lake Chuzenji, as well as the elegant Italian Embassy Villa, a former summer residence of the Italian Ambassador to Japan, located on the southeastern shore of Lake Chuzenji

  • Farewell dinner at the private residence of a distinguished art collector

This tour will be led by Dr. Monika Hinkel, lecturer and curator in the field of Japanese art, architecture and gardens. Dr. Hinkel is a Research Associate of the Japan Research Centre at SOAS, University of London, the only Higher Education institution in Europe specializing in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Dr. Hinkel was Curator of Japanese art at the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne, and spent three years as a Guest Researcher at the Gakushuin University in Tokyo.

Participants will enjoy five-star accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto, the JR Hotel Clement in Takamatsu, and the Capitol Hotel Tokyo.

For more information and to register: Please email Pamela Huntington Darling: pdarling@exclusiveculturaltours.com; or call (Paris, France) Tel. +33 1 45 67 62 81. Website: www.exclusiveculturaltours.com

The tour price is $10,995 per person double occupancy; $12,990 single occupancy. Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

To make your required donation, click here.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Martin Falbisoner, Wikimedia Commons/Kimon Berlin, Wikimedia Commons/Jaycangel, Wikimedia Commons/Gorgo


Private Palm Beach - Sold Out

December 3 - December 6, 2017

This tour is currently sold-out.

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

We have wealthy industrialist Henry Flagler to thank for founding the town of Palm Beach, Florida. Attracted by the area’s warm, balmy weather and tropical environment, Flagler, whose own estate Whitehall, designed by Carrère and Hastings in 1902 and is still visited by the public, helped establish Palm Beach as a premiere locale for the winter social season. It soon became a resort town with lavish hotels and opulent residences designed by such architects as Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, Howard Major and Clarence Mack.

Over 100 years of graceful evolution that has never faltered, Palm Beach is world-renowned for its extraordinary beauty and quality of life. The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art invites you to join this Private Palm Beach tour of some of the city’s most significant homes and interiors.

For further information, contact Tom Hayes, contact@classicalexcursions.com, 413-243-4155.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Flickr / Ray_LAC


Sir Edwin Lutyens and Imperial New Delhi

February 10 - 17, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

Further details to be announced soon.

Optional Add-On Tour: The Golden Triangle & Beyond: Agra, Jaipur, and the Shekhawati Region of India, which includes Agra, Jaipur and Nimaj scheduled for February 17–24, 2018, immediately following the main tour.

For further information, contact contact@classicalexcursions.com, 860-926-4895.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Laurie Jones


Private Houses & Estates of Aiken, South Carolina

March 22 - 25, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

Further details to be announced soon.

For further information, contact contact@classicalexcursions.com, 860-926-4895.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.


Florentine Palaces

April 24 - 29, 2018

Tour arranged by Martin Randall Travel

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to offer this exclusive tour of private palaces of the Florentine Renaissance, along with Medieval, Baroque, Neo-Classical, and 19th-century architectural examples. This tour will be led by Professor Fabrizio Nevola, Chair and Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter, specializing in urban and architectural history of Early Modern Italy.

Tour highlights include:

  • Visit to the Palazzo Vecchio, a sturdy fortress at the civic heart of Florence with outstanding interiors and lavish frescoes by Ghirlandaio in the sala dei gigli and by Bronzino in the Chapel of Eleanor of Toledo

  • Visit to the Palazzo Lanfredini, home to the British Institute where the Director will host a talk with a drinks reception

  • Tour of Palazzo Davanzati, built in the second half of the 14th century in one of the oldest quarters of Florence, as well as the 15th century Palazzo Strozzi and Palazzo Rucellai, which demonstrates the introduction of Greek and Roman features to Florentine palaces in the 1440s by Leon Battista Alberti

  • Private visit to Palazzo Budini Gattai, designed by Renaissance architect and sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati

  • Visit to the Bargello, a medieval palazzo, which houses Florence’s finest sculpture collection with works by Donatello, Verocchio, and Michaelangelo

  • Visit to the Palazzo Marucelli Fenzi by special arrangement, constructed for the Castelli family in the 16th century by Gherardo Silvani and later enlarged by the Marucelli family. This palazzo contains paintings by Sebastiano Ricci

  • Tour and lunch hosted by the owner at Palazzo Corsini al Prato, acquired in 1621 by Filippo Corsini, with most of the palace and gardens dating to his refurbishment of the property

  • A day in the hills and countryside surrounding Florence, including a visit to and lunch at Villa Poggio Torselli, a 17th century house which has recently undergone award-winning restoration

  • Visit to Villa Gamberaia, one of the loveliest gardens in Italy located in picturesque Settignano, as well as Villa La Pietra, created by Arthur Acton which as one of the largest Anglo-American gardens set in 57 acres with fine vistas, a green theater, and 180 statues

  • Special visit to the baroque Palazzo Corsini al Parione, the main facade of which faces the Arno

  • Tour of the Uffizi which has masterpieces by every major Florentine painter as well as international Old Masters

  • Visit to the privately owned Palazzo Gondi by special arrangement, designed in 1490 by Giuliano de Sangallo, the favorite architect of Lorenzo de Medici

  • Visit to the chapel in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi with exquisite frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli

Accommodations include a stay at the 5-star Hotel Savoy, located centrally in the prestigious Piazza della Repubblica, a short walk from the Uffizi and the Duomo.

For booking, please visit Martin Randall’s website or call 800.988.6168.

The tour price is £3,190 per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is £3,890.
Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program. Make your donation here.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Ho Visto Nina Volare, Pixabay, Flickr/Gary Ullah, Wikimedia Commons/Terrasque


Great Country Houses & Gardens of Northern Ireland and the Republic

Date TBD

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

Further details to be announced soon.

For further information, contact contact@classicalexcursions.com, 860-926-4895.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Humphreys


Sir Edwin Lutyens' Country Houses of Southwest England

May 18- 25, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

Further details to be announced soon.

For further information, contact contact@classicalexcursions.com, 860-926-4895.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.


18th Century Sweden: The Golden Age of Gustavian Style

June 16 - 24, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

Further details to be announced soon.

For further information, contact contact@classicalexcursions.com, 860-926-4895.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Holger Ellgaard.