Art and history between Augsburg and Stuttgart
18 - 25 Jun 2017 (8 Days)
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Present-day ‘Schwaben’ encompasses parts of the German federal states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. To many Germans, Swabia is the land of the thrifty, of wheeler-dealers and inventors: the Fuggers of Augsburg were once the world’s mightiest bankers, while today the Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall is Germany’s biggest building society; Mercedes and Porsche are both based in Stuttgart, and Albert Einstein hailed from Ulm.
Yet, in terms of cultural tourism – apart from the odd stopping point on the renowned Romantic Road – the region between Augsburg and Stuttgart has quite unjustly been left off the international itinerary. A paleolithic lion man, carved from a mammoth tusk, ‘roars’ in Ulm, while wonderful 15th-century wood and stone carvings await in the picture-perfect towns of Nördlingen and Blaubeuren. Augsburg, home of the Holbein family of painters, will present itself as a proud Renaissance metropolis, with outstanding museums, while James Stirling’s postmodernist Staatsgalerie at Stuttgart and the Sammlung Würth in Schwäbisch Hall harbour first-class collections of 20th-century art. Mediaeval churches dominate the centres of Ulm and Schwäbisch Gmünd, while Baroque abbeys and Rococo pilgrimage churches at Wiblingen, Günzburg and Neresheim adorn the lovely countryside of rolling hills and dramatic rock formations of the Swabian Jura. This new Art Pursuits Abroad Study Tour will introduce you to this underrated part of Germany and enhance your knowledge of German art and culture from pre-history to the present.
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The programme details for this Art History Cultural Study Tour are as follows:
Morning flight at c. 9am with British Airways from London Heathrow to Munich. By coach to Augsburg — Roman Augusta Vindelicorum and the present-day capital of Bavarian Swabia. Augsburg’s trade in metals gave the city the cutting edge in finance, from which rose the Fugger dynasty, Europe’s leading bankers in the 16th century. Augsburg also played a pivotal role during the Reformation with the declaration of the Peace of Augsburg (1555) and the famous decree ‘cuius regio, eius religio’. Our first visit to the city will include the cathedral with stained glass windows dating to c. 1100, and the Fugger family chapel with marble reliefs designed by Albrecht Dürer. Continue to Ulm and your three-star hotel.
A morning walk through Ulm, which rose as an important trade centre specialising in textiles, at the point where the Danub becomes navigable. Its main landmarks are the minster, begun in 1377, and the town hall of c. 1400, both featuring works by the early Renaissance sculptor Hans Multscher. The minster’s 161m high spire is the world’s tallest, while its 1470s choir stalls feature a marvellous ‘portrait gallery’ of pagan and biblical sages. After lunch, visit Blaubeuren in the eastern foothills of the Swabian Jura. Its former Benedictine abbey preserves one of the great Late Gothic altarpieces by the Ulm woodcarver Michel Erhard. Nearby, the deep blue water of the ‘Blautopf’ spring reminds us of the geological history of this karst landscape with its inextricable and widely ramified cave system.
Full-day coach excursion to Stuttgart. The beginning of the 13th century saw the disintegration of the Duchy of Swabia and the rise of local noble families, amongst them the House of Württemberg whose counts, dukes and kings made Stuttgart their capital. Today, the Altes Schloss houses a museum of arts and crafts presenting precious objects of the ducal art chamber and Swabian mediaeval sculptures. The Neue Staatsgalerie gained world fame through James Stirling’s postmodernist building of 1984 and houses an exquisite collection of German art of the 20th-century, including works by Max Beckmann, Oskar Schlemmer and Anselm Kiefer. The Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart maintains an extensive collection of paintings by Otto Dix, together with George Grosz one of the chief exponents of Neue Sachlichkeit.
Coach excursion to the picturesque town of Schwäbisch-Gmünd, home of Peter Parler, head of one of the largest masons’ shops of the late mediaeval German empire. Prague cathedral may be Parler’s most famous work, but his Minster of the Holy Cross is an exquisite example of German ‘Sondergotik’ and the earliest proponent of a South German hall church. Its interior is particularly rich in statuary, while its treasury comprises over 300 objects from the 15th-century onwards. The delightful Rococo Liebfrauenkirche in Günzburg is a late work by Dominikus Zimmermann, creator of the world-famous Wieskirche.
A second morning in Ulm will take us (by coach) to the former Benedictine abbey of Wiblingen, just south of the city. Rebuilt from 1714 its architectural styles range from Late Baroque to Neoclassicism, while its Rococo library hall is of the most beautiful in Europe. Back in the centre of town, the municipal museum illustrates the history of the city, with special focus on the guilds who contributed much to the city’s wealth. Highlights include the famous 40,000-year-old ‘Lion Man’ carved from mammoth ivory and Hans Multscher’s town hall statues. The rest of the day is free for independent visits.
Full-day coach excursion to Schwäbisch Hall, made prosperous by nearby salt springs and by the Heller coin minted here under the Hohenstaufen emperors. This picturesque little town was brought into the limelight of Germany’s cultural scene in 2001, when the business magnate and maecenas Reinhold Würth opened the Kunsthalle Würth, presenting temporary exhibitions of masterpieces from his collection of modern art. This was joined in 2008 by a fine permanent display of ‘Old Masters’ in the former Church of St John, including Riemenschneider sculptures and — since 2012 — Hans Holbein the Younger’s famous Darmstadt Madonna. The Benedictine abbey of Grosscomburg features a rare Romanesque chandelier of c. 1130 and a gilded and enamelled altar frontal of the same period.
Nördlingen on the Romantic Road retains its historic townscape, shaped in the 14th and 15th centuries. Raised to the rank of an Imperial Free City by Emperor Frederick II in 1215 it developed into a powerful and wealthy local trading hotspot, surrounded by perfectly preserved town walls of 1327. The town’s uncontested masterpiece is the high altarpiece of the parish church of St George created by Niklas Gerhaert von Leyden and Friedrich Herlin in the 1460s. Return towards Ulm via nearby Neresheim, a magnificent former Benedictine abbey church designed in the 1740s by Balthasar Neumann, the most sought-after architect in central Europe at the time.
Return to Augsburg for a second visit, focusing on two more of the town’s major museums. At the Maximilianmuseum, occupying a splendid Renaissance palace, we will explore the city’s rise as a specialised centre of gold artefacts and cabinets, which were produced in large numbers and of outstanding quality for export throughout Europe. The Staatsgalerie Katherinenkirche stars Dürer’s Portrait of Jakob Fugger ‘the Rich’ as well as paintings by Hans Holbein the Elder and Hans Burgkmair who had their workshops in town. After lunch continue to Munich airport for a flight scheduled to land at London Heathrow c. 5.30 pm.
Please note that at this stage the programme is still provisional. Although we aim at the greatest degree of accuracy from the outset, some details, especially the order of visits, may be subject to change.
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This Art History Cultural Study Tour includes:
- Scheduled return flights (economy class) with British Airways between London Heathrow and Munich
- Transfers between airport and hotel and excursions by private coach
- Seven nights B&B in the family-run three-star superior Hotel Goldenes Rad (goldenes-rad.com/en/) situated by the minster – hotel bar and lounge area – deluxe rooms are finished to a high standard, fully air-conditioned and furnished in a contemporary style – room safes, but no minibars
- Four dinners and one lunch
- Guided visits to monuments and museums listed in the programme
- Services of of two lecturers
- Detailed programme and study notes
- All entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters
- Small Group between 12 and 22 participants
- Three dinners and seven lunches
- Transport between home and London Heathrow
- Travel insurance. We strongly advise you to be covered by adequate travel insurance.
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The price of this tour is £2,180.00 per person, based on two people sharing.
Options available are: Double room for sole use supplement £180.00. The price of this tour without flights £2,030.00.
Deposit payable at the time of booking £200.00 per person.
Specific fitness requirements for this Study Tour:
There is a fair amount of walking through the towns listed in the programme. All on well paved and mostly level ground. As ever, museum and church visits require prolonged periods of standing, not always offering seats for all. Coach journeys are generally around one hour, with the exception of the excursion to Schwäbisch Hall (approx. two hours each way, but absolutely worth it).
Please note that all our Study Tours involve a significant amount of standing and walking, often across uneven ground, over cobbled streets, or up and down steps and inclines. While we do not have an upper age limit for participants, we require you to have a level of fitness which does not spoil other participents' enjoyment of the holiday and you should be able to walk at a reasonable pace and / or stand for at least thirty minutes without aid or requiring a rest.
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Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card (Maestro or Visa Debit cards - free of charge). We also accept credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard only), but these incur a 2% handling fee to contribute to the charges levied upon us by card companies. Please note that this handling fee is non-refundable under any circumstances.
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A list of what is included in the price of a tour is given in each tour's description. The basic tour price is per person sharing a double room and includes VAT.
We require that you have adequate holiday insurance, covering medical treatment, repatriation, loss of property and cancellation charges. We also recommend that you carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which can be obtained from the Department of Health.
AGE AND FITNESS
All our tours involve a significant amount of standing and walking, often across uneven ground, over cobbled streets, or up and down steps. While we do not have an upper age limit for participants, we require you to have a level of fitness which does not spoil other participants' enjoyment of the holiday and you should be able to walk or stand for at least thirty minutes without aid or requiring a rest.
If you are in any doubt as to whether a particular tour is suitable for you, please ring us to check before placing your booking. If you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your study tour or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of your chosen study tour and/or making the booking.
In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your participation in our study tour develops after your booking has been confirmed. If we reasonably feel unable to accommodate properly the particular needs of the person concerned, we must reserve the right to decline their reservation or, if full details are not given at the time of booking or the condition/disability develops after booking, cancel when we become aware of these details. You further agree to accept the authority and decisions of Art Pursuits Abroad and our tour lecturer or manager whilst on your study tour. If in the opinion of any such person(s) your health endangers the safety or smooth running of the study tour we reserve the right to cancel your study tour or your participation in any part of it and shall have no further liability to you..
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CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES BY YOU
If you have to cancel your booking, we will make a charge to offset costs incurred on your behalf. Charges vary according to the period of notice given. Up to 57 days before the tour the deposit is forfeited. Thereafter, a percentage of the total cost of the tour will be due:
- Between 56 and 29 days: 40%
- Between 28 and 15 days: 60%
- Between 14 days and 3 days: 80%
- Within 48 hours: 100%
We take as the day of cancellation that working day on which we receive written confirmation of your cancellation. Your travel insurance policy may cover you for at least some of your losses.
If you want to make a change after your initial booking, we shall endeavour to try to satisfy your requirements once we have received written confirmation from you, but we shall make a charge to reflect any cost involved in this.
CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES BY ART PURSUITS ABROAD LTD
We do our utmost to provide the tour programme as confirmed, but we reserve the right to modify or cancel the tour and any of its ingredients if unforeseen circumstances arise. If a programme change represents a significant loss to the tour, we will offer compensation. If you decide to cancel because the alternative offer were not acceptable, we will give a full refund. We also reserve the right to cancel the tour if there are insufficient bookings up to eight weeks before departure. If we have to cancel the tour, we will offer a full refund.
COMPLAINTS AND PROBLEMS
If something goes wrong, please inform a member of our staff as soon as possible. We will then endeavour to put things right quickly. If a problem cannot be resolved while on tour, you will need to send us a written report within 28 days of your return, giving full details of your complaint. We will then endeavour to agree a reasonable level of compensation, if appropriate. In the unlikely event that agreement cannot be reached, you may wish to take advantage of the independent dispute resolution scheme offered by AITO - details available on request.
YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION
In accordance with the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Art Pursuits Abroad Limited are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Art Pursuits Abroad Limited.
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We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where we are unable to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).
If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.
FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED RAIL-BASED PACKAGES AND INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS
In accordance with the Package Travel, Page Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Art Pursuits Abroad Limited that do not include flights are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements in the unlikely event of the insolvency of Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd.
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OUR LIABILITIES TO YOU
We accept responsibility for ensuring that all parts of the tour are supplied as described and that all services reach a reasonable standard. However, we shall not be liable for the failure or improper performance of these services where such failure or improper performance is attributable to the fault of the client, or the unforeseeable or unavoidable actions of an unconnected third party or to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our or our suppliers control. Our obligations and responsibilities shall also be limited where international conventions in respect of air carriers apply.
These conditions form part of your contract with Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd and are governed by English law. All proceedings shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
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In accordance with The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Art Pursuits Abroad Limited are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Art Pursuits Limited.
FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED AIR HOLIDAYS
Art Pursuits Abroad Limited air holidays are ATOL Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 6436. All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate
FOR ART PURSUITS ABROAD LIMITED RAIL-BASED PACKAGES AND INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS
In accordance with the Package Travel, Page Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Arts Pursuits Abroad Limited that do not include flights are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements in the unlikely event of the insolvency of Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd.
Consumer Aware: Your booking is insured by IPP Ltd and its panel of insurers. This insurance is only valid for passengers who book and pay directly with/to Art Pursuits Abroad Ltd. For further information see www.ipplondon.co.uk.
OUR LIABILITIES TO YOU
We accept responsibility for ensuring that all parts of the tour are supplied as described and that all services reach a reasonable standard. However, we shall not be liable for the failure or improper performance of these services where such failure or improper performance is attributable to the fault of the client, or the unforeseeable or unavoidable actions of an unconnected third party or to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our or our supplier’s control. Our obligations and responsibilities shall also be limited where international conventions in respect of air carriers apply.
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