“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ Saint Augustine
We invite you to experience the Arts Council’s ARTours–arts-oriented trips designed to enrich your appreciation of familiar places and expand your knowledge of remote locations. Enjoy special museum visits, attend acclaimed musical and theatrical performances, visit artists’ homes and studios, and enjoy points of cultural interest and unique experiences as you share the companionship of fellow Arts Council of Moore County members.
Our ARTours travelers recently returned from an AMAZING trip to New Zealand! From holding kiwis (the animal kind) to eating at fine restaurants to taking in the breathtaking scenery. It was a trip of a lifetime. We would love for you to join us on a future tour!
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Upcoming Art Tours
Charleston and Trade Across the Seas
March 8 – 10, 2019
Charleston, South Carolina
Join the Arts Council for a delightful flower-filled spring weekend in this historic South Carolina seaport renowned for its landmark buildings, magnificent homes and gracious hospitality. The Charleston Heritage Symposium, as usual, has scheduled an outstanding roster of presenters
BELGIUM & HOLLAND
April 1 – 9, 2019 | Tour by Tauck
Join the Arts Council and Tauck to view nature’s spectacular annual springtime show on this memorable cruise through the inland waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium. Everywhere, a spot of local color—tulips, daffodils and hyacinths abloom in flower boxes or in grand gardens…in historic windmills preserving a vanished way of life…in gabled houses dressed in maritime lore along Amsterdam’s tree-lined canals…or in centuries-old Dutch and Flemish masterpieces.
WITH NC SYMPHONY
Friday, May 10, 2019
Meymandi Hall, Raleigh, NC
Pink Martini is part big band, classical ensemble, salsa troupe, and all fun! The lush sounds of the North Carolina Symphony back this popular group in a vibrant show that includes the silky, sultry voice of singer China Forbes.
SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
May 24-28, 2019
Celebrating 43 years, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston’s theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by world renowned artists, as well as emerging performers in opera, theater, dance, and music. Set against the backdrop of historic Charleston’s shops, restaurants, and uniquely preserved historic downtown, Spoleto makes for a truly unique experience.
GRAND TOUR OF IRELAND
June 18 – July 1, 2019
Delve beyond the sheep-dotted green landscapes to the cities and villages that span this beautiful magical land, all the way from Dublin to Belfast with ACMC and Go Ahead Tours. Mingle with Dubliners in traditional pubs, pick up a souvenir in Waterford, drive along the Ring of Kerry, and walk across Giant’s Causeway. This small-group tour is full, yet well-paced, showcasing Ireland’s many charms, both old and new. Explore with us…
THE AMERICAN WEST
September 15-25, 2019
Experience the American West, from Denver to Phoenix. Visit world-class art museums and National Parks, enjoy spectacular scenery, explore unique geological sites and learn about Native Americans culture and way of life. In Durango walk the same streets that cowboys and outlaws walked in the Wild West, and relive history with a journey aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Do this and more as you rediscover the American West.
ARTOUR TO KENYA
October 31 – November 9, 2019
Experience the thrill of being on Safari in Kenya that will captivate your heart and stir your soul. Designed by Akorn Destination Management, experience a classic and authentic African safari. It is said that if you visit Kenya, you will never shake the dust from your shoes; there is a magic there. Africa changes you!
Important information for all ARTours: You should be in good physical condition to fully enjoy our tours. The Arts Council cannot provide individual assistance during the tours and therefore reserves the right to decline to accept anyone on a tour who has a physical condition that could create a hazard to him/herself or could impact the enjoyment of other travelers on the tour.
Cancellation Policy: 35% of the total cost will be withheld for cancellation after the “Register by” date on ALL ARTours. NO refunds will be made after advertised “Final payment” date unless substitute traveler is found—at which time transfer fees, if applicable, will be withheld. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
If you are interested in joining any of these ARTours, please contact Katherine MacRae at 910-692-2787 or via Email.