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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

All Travel Program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.


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

All Travel Program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.


Private Houses & Estates of Aiken, South Carolina

March 15-18, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this tour of the unique community of Aiken, South Carolina. The town of Aiken features beautiful and well-preserved historic homes, and is surrounded by an outlying region rich in country estates, Georgian houses, thoroughbred stables, polo fields, and racetracks. During the tour, participants will have the exclusive opportunity to visit the finest residences in and around Aiken.

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.

Make your required donation here.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Bill Fitzpatrick

All Travel Program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.


Great Country Houses & Gardens of Northern Ireland

April 29-May 6, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this exclusive tour of the great country houses and gardens of Northern Ireland. This exclusive tour will be led by Lani Summerville and Mark Donnelly, and features a stay at the privately owned Ballywalter Park, an Italianate Palazzo built in 1846 and now the family home of Lord Dunleath, along with a three-night stay at the privately-owned Belle Isle Castle, home of Lord Nicholas Hamilton.

Tour highlights include:

  • A private tour and lunch with the owners at Seaforde House and gardens hosted by the owner Lady Anthea Forde, elder sister to the present Earl of Belmore, who was raised at Castle Coole. The house, which is typically not open to the public, was redesigned in the early 19th century and contains magnificent Greek-revival interiors. The renowned gardens contain rare plants and trees from around the world, as well as a maze

  • A visit to Mount Stewart, Newtownards, in County Down, which was originally built in 1804 by architect George Dance and later extended. Mt. Stewart’s gardens cover 80 acres and are considered the most complete in Ireland, thriving in the area’s subtropical microclimate. Overlooking Strangford Lough is the exquisite small banqueting pavilion inspired by the Temple of the Winds in Athens. The visit includes cocktails with Lady Rose Lauritzen in her private apartments at Mount Stewart, with a private tour of her personal gardens

  • A tour of Florence Court, Enniskillen, in County Fermanagh, an important Irish Georgian mansion. Florence Court features flanking arcaded wings with end pavilions constructed in the 1760s, as well as lavish Rococo plaster decoration and 18th century Irish furniture

  • A visit to Castle Coole, Enniskillen, in County Fermanagh, which is considered the finest neo-classical country house in Ireland. The Castle features Portland stone masonry, and still retains its original Regency furniture. the tour is hosted by Lord Belmore who will show participants the original architectural drawings of James Wyatt, who designed the Castle, from his personal collection

  • A three- night stay at the privately owned Ballywalter Park, hosted by Lord Dunleath. Built in 1846 for Andrew Mullholland and designed by the prominent Belfast architect, Sir Charles Lanyon, the house is the best-preserved example of the Italianate palazzo style in Ireland

  • A private visit and tea at Baronscourt, hosted by His Grace, Duke of Abercorn. The house was started in 1779 by the architect George Steuart, redesigned later on by architects John Soane and Richard and William Morrison. The interiors feature a classical rotunda encircled by a ring of Ionic columns, as well as a typical Morrisonian library redecorated by the prominent English decorator, David Hicks

  • A three-night stay at Belle Isle Castle, built in the 16th century and currently owned by the Duke of Abercorn for his son Lord Nicholas Hamilton to reside in

  • A private tour of and luncheon at Grey Abbey and gardens, the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Montgomery. The Georgian house was built in 1762 and has continuously been occupied by the Montgomery family

  • Lunch and tour of the privately owned Killyreagh House and gardens with the owners Lord and Lady Anthony Hamilton, brother to the Duke of Abercorn

  • A visit to the privately owned 18th century Finnebrogue House, which has been meticulously restored by the owner Noel Lamb

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.

Make your required donation here.

Image Credit: Flickr/Laurie Nevay, Flickr/Amanda Slater, Flickr/Charlie Dave, Lani Summerville

All Travel Program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.


Sir Edwin Lutyens' Country Houses of Southwest England

May 18-25, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to offer this exclusive tour of privately owned country residences by legendary architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in southwest England. Lutyens was one of England’s most prolific architects with more than 600 commissions in Great Britain, Europe, South Africa, India and the United States. He was considered the leading British architect of his generation, and today is considered an icon by architects and designers alike.

Renowned Lutyens scholar and author Gavin Stamp will give an introductory lecture and lead the group throughout the tour.

Highlights of this tour include visits to notable sites by Sir Edwin Lutyens, including Ashby St. Ledgers; Mells Manor in Somerset; as well as Abbotswood, Hestercombe, and Castle Drogo in Devon.

Please note that this itinerary is in formation and is subject to change.

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.

Make your required donation here.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Antony McCallum

All Travel Program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.


18th Century Sweden: The Golden Age of Gustavian Style

June 3-13, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this week-long excursion to discover the beautiful and unique Gustavian style of architecture and decoration in Sweden, which has attained great popularity in America. The Gustavian style originates from Gustav III, the King of Sweden from 1771 – 1792. During his reign, Sweden reached a peak of architectural and cultural sophistication. Gustav III’s influence transformed the country, setting a standard of style for most levels of Swedish society that continued well into the 19th century.

The tour will be led by Lani Summerville of Classical Excursions and Dr. Johan Cederlund, author of Classical Swedish Architecture & Interiors: 1650-1840. During the tour, participants will be exclusively hosted by the owners of such ancestral country manor houses as Elghammar. Swedish curators and historians will provide participants with exclusive tours, providing introductions to the classical works of such important Swedish architects and designers of the period as Hårleman, Rehn, Adelcrantz, the Masreliez brothers, Sergel, and many others.

Tour highlights include:

  • A five night stay in a five star hotel in the heart of historic Stockholm

  • A private tour of Sturehov Manor, renowned for its unique collection of Marieberg tile stoves and its original 18th century Gustavian interiors

  • Private tours of Drottningholm Palace, Palace Theatre, and the Chinese Pavilion. The Drottningholm Palace Theatre is considered to be one of the best preserved 18th century theaters in the world, still featuring the original sets and operating machinery

  • A private tour of the renowned Masreliez Rooms in Old Town, one of the few 18th century apartments left intact in Stockholm. Most of the interior wall paintings and paneling remain here, along with a wealth of period furnishings from the Gustavian era

  • A visit to Svindersvik Manor, one of the best preserved early Gustavian houses in Sweden, designed by Court architect Carl Harleman in 1740

  • A visit to the “Palladian” estate Elghammar, privately owned by Duchesse Christina d’Otrante, which contains all of its original Russian Empire and late Gustavian furnishings. This grand home was designed by the Court Architect of Catherine the Great, Giacomo Quarenghi

  • A day touring 18th century houses and collections such as Hammarby, Leufsta Bruk, and others, accompanied by renowned preservationist and author Lars Sjöberg

  • A visit to the privately owned 17th century Olivehult manor house, complete with original 17th & 18th century interiors

  • A private tour of Gunnebo, a stunning neoclassical masterpiece in Gothenburg

  • A special visit to the Tessin Palace and its French parterre garden. The palace was constructed as the home of royal court architect Nicodemus Tessin, and is now used as the official residence of the governor of Stockholm. The interiors are considered to be the best-preserved examples of 17th century French interiors in the world

  • A private visit to Gustav III’s pavilion at Haga

  • A lecture by Johan Cederlund, author of the landmark book Classical Swedish Architecture & Interiors 1650- 1840, and current Director of the Anders Zorn Museum & Collections in Mora, Sweden

    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.

Make your required donation here.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Holger Ellgaard, Flickr/Xiquinhosilva, Wikimedia Commons/ArildV, Wikimedia Commons/Holger.Ellgaard

All Travel Program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.


Normandy: Emblematic Private Châteaux, Estates, and Gardens

September 2018

Tour arranged by Exclusive Cultural Tour Programs

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Exclusive Cultural Tour Programs to present this tour of the châteaux, estates, and gardens of Normandy.

Further details to be announced soon.

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

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

Make your required donation here.

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Private Houses of Long Island's Gold Coast

October 11-14, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this tour of Long Island’s Gold Coast, which will include special events, lectures, and private access to splendid homes in this historic region. Paul J. Mateyunas, North Shore historian and author of the best-selling book, North Shore Long Island: Country Houses, 1890 – 1950, will accompany participants on this tour.

The North Shore of Long Island, also known as the “Gold Coast,” features early 20th century estates
designed by such renowned architects as Walker & Gillette, Delano & Aldrich, Carrère & Hastings and Richard Morris Hunt. Located just over one hour away from Manhattan, the fabled Gold Coast once hosted our country’s largest concentration of great country estates, inspired by English manor houses, Italian villas, and French chateaux.

Tour highlights include:

  • A visit to and meal at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club with a lecture by Bob Mackay

  • A visit to the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio designed by Delano & Aldrich

  • A tour of Templeton designed by legendary architecture firm, Carrère and Hastings

  • Dinner at Oheka Castle designed by Delano and Aldrich with lecture by architectural historian and guide Paul Mateyunas

Please note that this itinerary is in formation and is subject to change.

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.

Make your required donation here.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Mike Durkin; Flickr/Mike Durkin

All Travel Program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.