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A Grand Tour of Italy

From the 17th century, a cultured gentleman made a European Grand Tour, collecting art, anecdotes and experience along the way. Italy was his most important destination. In this four-part course, we examine the art and history of the Bay of Naples, Rome, Florence and Venice. Armchair travellers, as well as those planning a trip, will contextualise their knowledge of Italy’s great artists and key moments. And we make sure to go beyond the beaten track of well-known museums, to... [More]
$142 Limited inc GST / $128
A Grand Tour of Italy

<p>From the 17th century, a cultured gentleman made a European Grand Tour, collecting art, anecdotes and experience along the way. Italy was his most important destination. In this four-part course,

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Three English Music Cities

The onset of Beatlemania in the 1960s, put London and Liverpool on the map as iconic rock music cities. In the same decade, Manchester made its mark with the emergence of the Hollies and Herman’s Hermits. Punk, new wave, ‘Madchester’ and ‘Britpop’ saw all three cities consolidate their reputations as dynamic creative hubs. In this course we will discuss the music heritage of each city and track down the locations where it all happened. From Carnaby Street and Abbey Road to Salford... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Three English Music Cities

The onset of Beatlemania in the 1960s, put London and Liverpool on the map as iconic rock music cities. In the same decade, Manchester made its mark with the emergence of the Hollies and Herman’s

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Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens are well known for their extraordinary beauty. They are miniaturised idealised landscapes. Some are for strolling around. Others are used as aids to meditation and contemplation. Others extend the interiors of architecture outside. And yet, one feels one is missing a deeper layer of meaning in just visiting the gardens. Indeed, their highly abstract and stylised nature demands a greater level of description and understanding. Join John McBride as he places the... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
Japanese Gardens

<p>Japanese gardens are well known for their extraordinary beauty. They are miniaturised idealised landscapes. Some are for strolling around. Others are used as aids to meditation and contemplation.

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Exploring Kamakura and Kanazawa

Kamakura and Kanazawa are two beautifully preserved feudal, warrior cities. Kamakura is a coastal town, 50 minutes by train from Tokyo. It became the political centre of Japan in 1192 when Minamoto Yoritomo chose the city for his new military government. Kamakura is referred to as the Kyoto of Eastern Japan. Kanazawa is on the Sea of Japan side of Japan but has recently been linked to Tokyo by the bullet train, and is now reachable within a few hours. Kamakura is a centre of Zen... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Exploring Kamakura and Kanazawa

<p>Kamakura and Kanazawa are two beautifully preserved feudal, warrior cities. Kamakura is a coastal town, 50 minutes by train from Tokyo. It became the political centre of Japan in 1192 when

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Across Java by Train

Train travel is the best way to see Java. Imagine sitting in a window seat watching the mountains, lakes and terraced rice fields roll by, while you follow your journey on the map and are served food and drink. There is a network of railway lines that extend all across Java and as far as the ferry crossing to Bali. Travel is inexpensive, your itinerary is flexible as you can usually book a seat the day before travel and there are usually some reasonable hotels close by the railway... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Across Java by Train

Train travel is the best way to see Java. Imagine sitting in a window seat watching the mountains, lakes and terraced rice fields roll by, while you follow your journey on the map and are served food

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Fabulous Europe on a Budget

A European holiday doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. In this course we learn how to keep down the costs of your next continental adventure, whilst getting the most out of your travels. Affordable transport, accommodation and off the beaten track sight seeing are all covered in this session. We also explore how to pack light, where to eat and finally spend a little time looking at itinerary planning. [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Fabulous Europe on a Budget

A European holiday doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. In this course we learn how to keep down the costs of your next continental adventure, whilst getting the most out of your travels.

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Who was William Shakespeare?

Some of us may have come to Shakespeare just recently. Still, it’s never too late to look at what is so special about him, by embarking on a wonderful journey from Stratford-upon-Avon to London to explore this man and his times. Shakespeare was born in just the right place at the right time; Elizabethan England. In this first part of a two part series, we visit Stratford-upon-Avon and examine his early days. SUGGESTED READING On Shakespeare – John Bell, Allen & Unwin, 2011... [More]
$35 Limited inc GST
Who was William Shakespeare?

<p>Some of us may have come to Shakespeare just recently. Still, it’s never too late to look at what is so special about him, by embarking on a wonderful journey from Stratford-upon-Avon to London to

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Siena: Tuscany's Gothic Glory

Siena often gets less than a day from the travellers flocking to her famous (and over-crowded) rival, Florence. But Siena has a history of medieval power and wealth, thanks to its location on the Via Francigena and its significant papal connections, and it was among Italy’s most innovative cities in both the Gothic and Mannerist periods of art and architecture. It’s time to re-evaluate this elegant town, which is well-placed for both language study and excursions into the iconic... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Siena: Tuscany's Gothic Glory

Siena often gets less than a day from the travellers flocking to her famous (and over-crowded) rival, Florence. But Siena has a history of medieval power and wealth, thanks to its location on the Via

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New Zealand's Food and Wine Regions

Contrary to popular belief, New Zealand produces more than just the Sauvignon Blanc varietal etc. Come along as we explore some of the well known and boutique producers of some of the New World’s finest Pinot Noirs, the aromatic Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Rieslings and Sparkling wines from the Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago regions. Plus we’ll match these with some highly recommended restaurants and foodie experiences. [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
New Zealand's Food and Wine Regions

Contrary to popular belief, New Zealand produces more than just the Sauvignon Blanc varietal etc. Come along as we explore some of the well known and boutique producers of some of the New World’s

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