Offering an exceptional opportunity for culture curious solo travellers to share an interest with like-minded people, Martin Randall Travel, return with an expanded collection of departures designed exclusively for solo travellers. Following the success of 2018’s range, new destinations have been added for 2019, including Modern Art on the Côte d’Azur and Essential Jordan, complete with a first-rate lecturer to stimulate minds, while a tour manager takes care of ticketing and travel.
Of course, solo travellers are welcome on all Martin Randall Travel tours, but these dedicated departures offer an added benefit. In each case, the format of the tour remains the same as its other departures, but with the bulk of the basic price of a single supplement being absorbed by Martin Randall Travel.
NEW solo departure for 2019:
Modern Art on the Côte d’Azur
Picasso, Matisse, Chagall & their contemporaries
21–27 March 2019
Drawn by the light and climate, ground-breaking artists transformed the French Mediterranean into a nexus of modern art. This Nice-based tour celebrates their enduring genius with visits to museums and houses associated with Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and Renoir. Highlights include the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (for both its art collection and extraordinary gardens) and the Picasso Museum at Antibes, housed in his former studio in the Château Grimaldi. Led by Mary Lynn Riley, Côte d’Azur resident and specialist in 19th- and 20th-century modern and contemporary art.
Prices from £2,910 pp includes return LHR flights, travel by private coach, accommodation with doubles for sole use, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/modern-art-on-the-cote-dazur
NEW solo departure for 2019:
The major Nabataean, Roman, Christian & Islamic sites
26 October–3 November 2019
No one forgets Petra – “that rose-red city, half as old as time” whose sandstone cliffs were carved into towering facades by the Nabataeans. But as you will discover on this nine-day tour, theirs wasn’t the only civilisation to flourish in this harsh but spectacular land. At Jerash, walk the streets of the magnificent Roman city, Gerasa; at Karak, gaze from mighty Crusader walls; and in Qasr Amra inspect exquisite – and decidedly secular – frescoes from the early days of Islam. Led by Sue Rollin and Jane Streetly, co-authors of the ‘Blue Guide to Jordan’.
Prices from £4,590 pp includes return LHR flights, travel by private coach, accommodation with doubles for sole use, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/essential-jordan
Pictures and palaces in the imperial capital
28 September–5 October 2018 & 13–20 September 2019
Reflect on the royals of Russia on this 8-day tour of St Petersburg, the ‘window on the West’. Explore the magnificent architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries and enjoy visits to the Hermitage art museum (housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanovs) concentrating on specific aspects of the collections and with free time to pursue individual passions. A visit to the world’s largest collection of Fabergé works at Shuvalov Palace also reveals the best of Russia’s creative decadence. Led by Dr Alexey Makhrov, a Russian Art Historian and graduate of St Petersburg Academy of Arts.
Prices from £3,170 pp includes return LHR flights, private coach transfers, accommodation with doubles for sole use, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/st-petersburg
Civilisations in Sicily
Mediterranean crossroads: 300 years of creativity
12–24 November 2018 & 18–30 March 2019
The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, Sicily’s colourful past is showcased on this popular thirteen-day tour around the Italian island, with a November and March departure created exclusively for solo travellers. Conquered by contrasting civilizations across the ages, the eclectic influences of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Norman, Spanish and Italian rulers is explored under the tutelage of expert lecturers. From glittering Norman mosaics to Greek temples and an Arab-Norman Palace, explore the entirety of Sicily with minimal inconvenience and only three hotel changes. Includes travel by hydrofoil to the mainland to visit the infamous Riace Bronzes at The National Archaeological Museum in Reggio di Calabria. Led by art historian, Dr Philippa Joseph.
Prices from £4,640 pp includes return flights, travel by private coach, accommodation with doubles for sole use, most meals with drinks, the talks by the lecturer and all taxes and tips.
For further information, please call 020 8742 3355 or visit www.martinrandall.com/sicily
For further information please contact Liz Brown or Lucy Stickling on 020 3948 9743.
Notes to editors:
Martin Randall Travel is the leading specialist in cultural tours, organising a unique series of all-inclusive music festivals and around 300 small-group tours every year in the UK, continental Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, China, Japan, the Americas and Australasia.
All aspects of our cultural tours have been carefully researched, tried and arranged by members of MRT staff, including the most authentic restaurants and comfortable hotels. There are no hidden extras. The price covers nearly everything, including wine with meals and all tips. We do not levy surcharges for fuel or for any other reason.
Martin Randall Travel has won numerous awards, most recently Best Holiday Company for Customer Service (2016), and Best Special Interest Holiday Company (2017) at the British Travel Awards.