Travel information and contacts
The Oxford Alumni Travel Programme comprises of trips provided by the following tour operators:
ACE Cultural Tours
The Granary, Bury Farm, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5PB
+44 (0)1223 841055
Established in 1958, ACE Cultural Tours is the UK's most experienced operator of cultural travel. ACE offers many different itineraries, from one-day courses to extended study tours, covering every facet of the arts, from music to archaeology and from natural history to architecture. Each of their tours is designed to educate and to entertain and each combines three essential elements: interesting subjects, exciting destinations and stimulating leaders. ACE Cultural Tours provides tours for a number of educational institutions, including the University of Cambridge and NADFAS.
The Old Barn, Old Road, Alderbury, Salisbury, SP5 3AR
+44 (0)1722 713800
Founded and run by archaeologists, Andante Travels has grown to become one of the UK’s leading specialist tour operators. Nominated for the British Travel awards in 2012 and 2013 and winner of the Best Small Holiday Company for Customer Service in 2013, Andante tours are conceived, planned and led by articulate experts: archaeologists, historians, writers and broadcasters. All the trips are led by expert guide lecturers who are able to build up a vivid picture of life in the past with knowledge, good humour and skill. The University of Oxford Alumni Office began partnering with Andante Travels in 2014.
Cox & Kings
6th Floor, 30 Millbank, London, SW1P 4EE
0845 1633764 or from outside the UK +44 (0)20 78735000
13 Melloncroft Drive, Caldy, Wirral, CH48 2JA
+44 (0)151 6253425
Distant Horizons was established in 1996. Distant Horizons specialises in organising small group, scholar-led visits to some of the more unusual places in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. They have worked with many of the world’s leading museums and societies both in the UK and USA, creating unique itineraries designed for members of these organisations. Distant Horizons first worked with the Oxford Society on a trip to China in 1999.
All trips are led by distinguished scholars usually from the sponsoring organisation, whose role is to provide the framework that encourages the traveller to form their own feelings and thoughts about their travels. Although a number of informal lectures are given on each of their tours, it is quite often the informal teaching, in the teahouse or in the monastery that really brings home the history and culture of the country and its people. The travel experience is enhanced by using deluxe or best available facilities and organising special meetings with local specialists.
2nd Floor, Bedford House, 69-79 Fulham High Street, London, SW6 3JW
+44 (0)20 88462633
With more than 120 years of maritime experience and a fleet of 14 comfortable ships, Hurtigruten offers voyages that go beyond the realms of conventional cruises, providing specialist knowledge and expertise on journeys, and an opportunity to encounter environments, wildlife and local people.
The Hurtigruten ships have been an integral part of Norwegian coastal life for over a century. There are regular sailings which call into remote ports never visited by commercial liners, delivering freight and passengers to isolated communities lying amidst a backdrop of breathtaking fjords.
Temple World (Incorporating IMA Travel)
13 The Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2AL
+44 (0)20 8940 4114
Temple World has been creating educational tours for university alumni for more than a decade. Many hundreds of Oxonians have already enjoyed the very special atmosphere of their unique journeys - that combination of intellectual stimulation and bodily relaxation in the company of like-minded travellers.
Voyages to Antiquity
8 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JL
+44 (0)1865 302550
Voyages to Antiquity specialise in combining boutique-style cruising with cultural travel. They offer historical and cultural cruises in the Mediterranean and the Far East, creating a cruise experience for people who want to understand the history, art, myths and culture of the ancient world. Cruises include a full excursion programme with sightseeing in each port of call, overnight stays in ports to allow for exploration and experienced on-board lecturers to give talks on relevant subjects.