At Cultural Tour Consultants, we know the benefits of cultural and educational travel. We have each experienced the thrill and satisfaction of intellectual discovery. We know foreign study broadens one’s horizon, expands one’s world view, brings excitement into the subject matter, and introduces travelers to new concepts. It is very often a life-changing experience and we are delighted to be a part of that!
German History Tour
History classes and WWII buffs can learn firsthand about the rise of the Third Reich and a divided, then reunited Germany. Visit Berlin, where in 1961, East German soldiers began laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. Experience the Holocaust Memorial and Jewish Museum. Pay tribute to the victims of the Nazi concentration camps at Bergen Belsen, Dachau or Buchenwald . Visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum and hear a Resistance fighter’s personal story, drive through the largest and most important border crossing at Marienborn, and visit the last remaining full boarder zone in Helmstedt. Or customize the history tour based on your studies.
Classical Antiquity Study Tour to Italy
Take your students to the source. History will come alive while visiting the actual places depicted in their text books. It is possible to see an abundance of Ancient Roman sites in one week’s time. You will of course visit the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Coliseum, and the Roman necropolis found under St. Peter’s Basilica. Take a day trip from Rome to Ostia Antica to view the archaeological site of the harbor city of Ancient Rome. The day’s activities can also include a visit to the ancient catacombs. We suggest you include a few days on the Amalfi Coast with visits to ancient sites while enjoying the spectacular beauty of the area. Journey back nearly 2000 years as you walk the streets of Pompeii, preserved under a blanket of ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the Isle of Capri, you will see the Villa Jovis, built by the Emperor Tiberius, and considered one of the best preserved Roman villas in Italy.
Archaeological Tour to Turkey
Heart of Ancient Greek civilization, the land was later an important Roman province. At the Empire’s demise, Istanbul became New Rome and the center of the vast Byzantine Empire for 1,000 years. It remained a world capital as the seat of the Ottoman Empire for the following 350 years. Turkey has more ancient Greek and Roman sites than Greece and Italy. The world-renowned archaeological sites include Troy, Pergamum, Aphrodisias, Aspendos, and Ephesus. Istanbul boasts Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya, and several mosques designed by the great architect Mimar Sinan under Suleiman the Magnificent. The Archaeological Museum is one of the best in the world. The most impressive Byzantine mosaics in the world are found in the small Chora Church. Turkey is a goldmine for study tours!
Art Appreciation Tour
Often sponsored by art institutes and universities of the U.S., an Art Appreciation Tour can be led by an artist or professor of art. The tour can include museum lectures and/or painting classes. Tour groups are often smaller due to size restrictions at museums and to allow for more personalized instruction. The most popular destinations for Art Appreciation Tours are Paris, Provence, and the French Riviera. A river-barge cruise chartered specifically for your group will take you past scenes which inspired many painters: home and gardens of Claude Monet, the Cathedral of Rouen, the fabulous city of Paris and her world-renowned museums, Rueil where Monet, Manet and Renoir came to paint the Seine River and Chatou where Impressionist painters met regularly. Or enjoy a week of painting and local exploration with lodging at a villa overlooking the Mediterranean and surrounded by gardens in the nature preservation area of the Esterel of the French Riviera.