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  • St Petersburg, Winter Palace.
  • Florence, Descent of Christ into Limbo (detail) by Bronzino in the Basilica of Santa Croce.

Welcome to The Cultural Travel Company, the leading specialist in cultural holidays


We visit some of the most evocative places in Europe and the UK, and our programme covers many cultural highlights.

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Palermo, Palatine Chapel


From art and archaeology to music and history, we examine a range of fascinating subjects accompanied by expert speakers.

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Château Chenonceau

Holiday types

The Cultural Travel Company offers a carefully-selected range of cultural holidays such as city trips, in-depth journeys and musical events.

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Athens, small metropolis

Expert speakers

Always highly qualified, often distinguished, our speakers provide commentary and insight which is authoritative and thought-provoking, but presented in a way that is accessible and engaging. They are also congenial travel companions.

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Dr Philippa Joseph

Most popular holidays

Villas of the Veneto Palladian country houses in Venice’s hinterland

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Gothic Splendour in France The great cathedrals of the High Middle Ages

13 - 17 Sep 2018 £1,150
Chartres Cathedral, detail from porch, ©Pack-Shot/shutterstock
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A highlight for me is the visit to San Marco, Venice's most ancient and symbolic monument, built as the palatine chapel, architectural apparatus of the Venetian state. Glittering mosaics above reflect celestial light, marble mosaics below are of stone from the earth; with the celestial above and the terrestrial below, the basilica encapsulates a medieval idea of the universe.

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Rubens, Disputation of the Holy Sacrament, in St Paul's Church (Paulskerk) Antwerp

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Madrid, Royal Palace


Allegorical Figure of Music, Laurent de la Hyre (1649).