The Great Houses of Ireland

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

September 15-21, 2019 Ireland

Join NEHGS this September as we explore the finest houses and gardens in and around Co. Kilkenny. From the grand Castletown, Ireland’s largest and most important 18th century country house, to the intimate Dangan Cottage, the charming home of Christopher Moore, to Kilfane Glen, one of the finest 18th century romantic gardens in Ireland, the best of the Emerald Isle will unfold for us.

Based at Mount Juliet, a glorious five-star hotel that began life in the 18th century as a country house, we’ll experience locally-inspired cuisine, be accompanied by the finest expert guides, and have privileged access, all part of a carefully paced itinerary. There is no better way to discover the allure of Ireland.

Mount Juliet, Courtesy of Mount Juliet

Palladio in America

Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo

May 16-22, 2020 Virginia

Possibly the most important architect who ever lived, the 16th century Italian Andrea Palladio has left an amazing architectural legacy around the world. In America, Virginia is home to some of the finest Palladian architecture in the country. From our base in Richmond, we will see the best of it, as filtered through British designs and famous Americans like Thomas Jefferson.

There will be private visits to public places like Mount Vernon, the Governor’s Palace at Williamsburg, and Monticello, in addition to special visits to private homes like Westover, Mount Airy, and Berkeley Plantation, one of the first plantations in America, and so much more!

Our home for this enchanted stay will be the luxurious AAA Five Diamond Jefferson Hotel, a 19th century Beaux-Arts palace in downtown Richmond that features striking architectural details, including a Tiffany stained-glass rotunda.

Virginia State Capitol, Richmond

The Mayflower Embarkation

May 31-June 6, 2020 Plymouth and London, England

We will return to England for our third tour, where we will visit Plymouth, Southampton, London, Harwich, and Canterbury, among other locations, as we illuminate the moments before the embarkation of the Mayflower in 1620—a journey that would change the world.

Mayflower II, an exact replica of the original Mayflower

A New England Sojourn

June 17-21 and September 2-6, 2020 Massachusetts

Our experts will lead two exclusive three-day visits to historic sites in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts associated with the Pilgrims, including Plymouth, Provincetown, Boston, Duxbury, and elsewhere.

A resident of Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts

Villas and Gardens of Rome

October 12-18, 2020 Rome

No place can compare to Rome. And no time is better than autumn in the Eternal City, where we’ll have exclusive access to some of the most private and elusive places in the Italian capital. From the great villas built in and around the city, to the most secret gardens, the best of Rome will unfold for us.

There will be exclusive, private visits to the Sistine Chapel and the Galleria Borghese, lunches and dinners at the Palazzo Patrizi, the Villa Medici, and the American Academy in Rome, special visits to the Casino dell’Aurora Pallavicini Rospigliosi and the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, and so much more!

We’ll be based at the luxurious Hotel de la Ville, noted for its confluence of classical Roman design and contemporary cool. Housed in an 18th century palazzo at the top of the Spanish Steps, the hotel has breathtaking views of the city and features three restaurants, an enchanting courtyard, and a Sicilian-inspired spa.

Villa Borghese, Rome

An English Country Christmas

December 1-6, 2020 England

When winter beckons and Christmas is just around the corner, what could be better than spending time in England, the country that almost invented Christmas?! And no place is more redolent of the Yuletide season than Shropshire, where gingerbread was invented!

We’ll be staying at Weston Park, one of England’s grandest country houses, where we will be the only occupants. There will be crackling log fires in the library, invigorating warm beverages, holiday stories, art that tells the Christmas story in the brush strokes of the Old Masters, laughter amid crisp, cold walks in the ancient deer park, and Christmas gifts for everyone!

This seasonal tour will feature visits to ancient English homes, scenes and settings that inspired Charles Dickens, and even a church where young passengers on the Mayflower worshipped before their voyage four hundred years ago. There will also be the chance to sample seasonal fare and local specialties, including gingerbread, a Christmas wine tasting at a 200-year-old wine merchant, a visit from carolers, a Christmas fair, and more!

By Kind Permission of Trustees of the Weston Park Foundation