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London: A Walking Tour

Take a walk through this amazing city and 2000 years of history. Starting from Piccadilly, we visit the Duke of Wellington’s home, Carnaby Street, Westminster Abbey, Temple Church and finish with the Tower of London. SUGGESTED READING Peter Ackroyd, London, the Biography Peter Ackroyd, Thames, the Sacred River Edward Rutherfurd, London Stephen Millar, London’s Hidden Walks COURSE OUTLINE The founding and development of London. Important sites in London. London as the seat of... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
London: A Walking Tour

<p>Take a walk through this amazing city and 2000 years of history. Starting from Piccadilly, we visit the Duke of Wellington’s home, Carnaby Street, Westminster Abbey, Temple Church and finish with

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Travel Hints for Japan

Australians love the safe environment of travelling in Japan and their contact with Japanese culture. With a few travel hints this experience can be enhanced immeasurably. Discuss Japanese inns and cuisine, and the wonderful chances to attend Japanese festivals. Think about the timing of your visit, and which cities to visit. Tips on how to get around and get the most out of your stay including visits to hot springs. SUGGESTED READING Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Travel Hints for Japan

<p>Australians love the safe environment of travelling in Japan and their contact with Japanese culture. With a few travel hints this experience can be enhanced immeasurably. Discuss Japanese inns

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Visiting Northern Kyushu, Japan

Kyushu is the land of fire. At its centre is the worlds largest active volcano. Everywhere are thermal hot springs. It was the first area to be settled in Japan and prides itself as Japan’s cultural gateway to the world – initially to China and onwards across the Silk Road. After 1634 it was Japan’s only opening to Europe for 200 years through the little man-made island of Dejima. SUGGESTED READING Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960) John McBride – A... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
Visiting Northern Kyushu, Japan

<p>Kyushu is the land of fire. At its centre is the worlds largest active volcano. Everywhere are thermal hot springs. It was the first area to be settled in Japan and prides itself as Japan’s

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Destination Iran

An illustrated talk by Dr Virginia McGill who has recently returned from Iran. Come and learn about an unusual destination, a country with a turbulent history on the old Silk Road, a country which encompasses archaeological sites, blue tiled mosques, desert and mountain scenery, the famed city of Isfahan and a very welcoming population who cling to their Persian roots. All proceeds will go to UNHCR for Yemen. [More]
$20 Limited inc GST
Destination Iran

An illustrated talk by Dr Virginia McGill who has recently returned from Iran. Come and learn about an unusual destination, a country with a turbulent history on the old Silk Road, a country which

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A Virtual Visit to the Historic Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley offered the early colony an abundance of natural resources, including red cedar, coal, lime, salt and fertile land for agriculture. Explore Newcastle’s founding and then visit historic villages, vineyards and their heritage. SUGGESTED READING Macquarie’s Kingdom – Almis Simankevicius, Good Walking Books, 2004 The Wines & History of the Hunter Valley – James Halliday & Ray Jarrett, 1999 COURSE OUTLINE The founding of Newcastle Tour of Newcastle Christchurch... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
A Virtual Visit to the Historic Hunter Valley

<p>The Hunter Valley offered the early colony an abundance of natural resources, including red cedar, coal, lime, salt and fertile land for agriculture. Explore Newcastle’s founding and then visit

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Orkney and Shetland Islands: a virtual tour.

Wave-lashed islands of the North Sea, poised between Britain and Scandinavia geographically and historically, the Orkneys and Shetlands treasure their unique identity. Come along for a virtual tour of the history of these beautiful and bleak islands, from the archaeology of the Mesolithic past, to the traces of Romans, Celts, and Picts, to the exciting years when Vikings farmed, sailed, and built along their shores. Has Scottish and English sovereignty over the last three hundred... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Orkney and Shetland Islands: a virtual tour.

<p>Wave-lashed islands of the North Sea, poised between Britain and Scandinavia geographically and historically, the Orkneys and Shetlands treasure their unique identity. Come along for a virtual tour

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An Illustrated Guide to England through Women's Eyes

An illustrated guide through England finding the hidden stories of the famous but also finding the forgotten women by visiting their homes, their work, their walks, their travels, their churches, their inspirations, their portraits, their writings, their resting places from – duchesses to maids, politicians to philanthropists, saints to sinners, creative writers and artists to practical pioneers, all a rich tapestry of their struggles and ours. COURSE OUTLINE Westminster,... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
An Illustrated Guide to England through Women's Eyes

<p>An illustrated guide through England finding the hidden stories of the famous but also finding the forgotten women by visiting their homes, their work, their walks, their travels, their churches,

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A History of Vietnam and its People

Think of Vietnam today and most people will still think of the “American War”. But this is only part of the Vietnamese story. In this course we will look at the rich history of Vietnam that spans 2000 years. Vietnam has a rich religious and cultural heritage with the predominant Buddhist culture sharing over the centuries with Hindus, Muslims and Christians. In modern times, The French period has been more influential than the American period but both have had crucial impacts on... [More]
$145 Limited inc GST / $131
A History of Vietnam and its People

<p>Think of Vietnam today and most people will still think of the “American War”. But this is only part of the Vietnamese story. In this course we will look at the rich history of Vietnam that spans

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The Holy Land

We journey through the lands of some of the world’s oldest known civilisations – the lands of the Bible – Egypt, Jordan and Palestine. Modern day pilgrims in search of ancient wonders. SUGGESTED READING The Ark of the Covenant - R.Grierson & S. Munro-Hay, Weidenfield & Nicholson 1999 The House of David - Jerry M. Landy, Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1973 Jesus - A.N. Wilson, Sinclair-Stevenson 1992 The Trial - Gordon Thomas, Bantam 1987 Discoveries from the Time of Jesus - Allan Millard,... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
The Holy Land

<p>We journey through the lands of some of the world’s oldest known civilisations – the lands of the Bible – Egypt, Jordan and Palestine. Modern day pilgrims in search of ancient wonders.<br/><p><br/>

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Exploring Old Tokyo

Comparing an Edo period map of Tokyo from 1800 with today’s city we will explore the streetscape of Tokyo’s old quarters. Referring to woodblock prints of ancient city quarters such as Nihonbashi, Yanaka, Asakusa, Ueno and Ginza, learn how to navigate these areas of Tokyo today with an eye for history and knowledge of how this great city has grown. Many other practical insights, how to travel Tokyo and enjoy its food, museums and other historic sites will be provided along the way.... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Exploring Old Tokyo

<p>Comparing an Edo period map of Tokyo from 1800 with today’s city we will explore the streetscape of Tokyo’s old quarters. Referring to woodblock prints of ancient city quarters such as Nihonbashi,

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.