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Cox & Kings appointed travel partner for the Royal Academy of Arts.

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Cox & Kings to offer tours on behalf of the Royal Academy of Arts

Cox & Kings is delighted to have been appointed as the travel partner for The Royal Academy of Arts for 2011 and has created a new collection of twenty expert-led art tours on behalf of the Friends of the Royal Academy, but open to anyone with a passion for the arts, architecture and archaeology. The programme features destinations all over the world and many of the tours include visits to artwork not normally accessible to the general public, or talks by curators of local exhibitions.

The tours are have been carefully designed by Cox & Kings’ experts in conjunction with the accompanying lecturers, to appeal to the enthusiast and expert alike, with the aim of enriching an understanding of often complex subjects. Through the expertise and enthusiasm of the Arts Treasures lecturers, the fascinating destinations come to life and the tours become truly enriching and educational experiences.

Cox & Kings will pay a fee to the Royal Academy for every booking on the arts tours programme and any booking on any Cox & Kings holiday from a Friend of the Royal Academy, which will contribute to the work of the Royal Academy.

There are 20 different tours departing throughout 2011, of which the following are a selection:

Ravenna: Mosaics and Marbles with Sally Dormer explores the 6th century mosaics at the Archiepiscopal Chapel and the beautiful Byzantine Church of San Pietro in Silvis. The 4 day / 3 night tour is priced from £975 per person.

Ancient Lands of Eastern Turkey with Konstantine Politis, a 7 day / 6 night tour, is priced from £1,395 per person. Exploring the legacy of the Greek, Roman, Persian, Byzantine, Armenian and Turkish heritage, this tour discovers some of the region’s greatest monuments, including the Ishak Pasha Palace and Sumela Monastery. A highlight of this tour will be meeting the world’s only reader of Urartian letters

Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand with Diana Driscoll visits some of the finest cities of Central Asia, at the heart of the ancient Silk Road: Bukhara, Samarkand, Kunya Urgench and Khiva. Priced from £1,945 per person this is a 12 day / 11 night itinerary.

Treasures of Rajasthan with Hilary Smith combines the imperial capital of Delhi and a visit to the National Gallery of Modern Art to see Indian and Colonial art since 1857, with the Mughal splendours of Agra and highlights of the former princely state of Rajasthan, including Jodphur’s blue-washed houses and the lakes and palaces of Udaipur. In Agra, a special visit to Kohinoor has been arranged to see exquisite hand crafted artefacts and ornaments, preserved by a family who were traditional jewellers of the Mughals. The 12 day / 10 night tour is priced from £2,695 per person.

Peruvian Treasures with David Drew is a 13 day / 11 night tour priced from £3,145 per person. The itinerary combines colonial architecture and Inca ruins with local community interaction and perhaps the world’s most breathtaking archaeological site in the world – Machu Picchu, in the 100th anniversary year of its rediscovery by Hiram Bingham.

All tours include international flights, transfers, sightseeing escorted by English-speaking guides, accommodation with breakfast daily and other meals as specified and are accompanied throughout by an expert lecturer.

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