“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!

Arts Council members save a lot on our ARTours.  So, Join Now!

Upcoming Art Tour


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.

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October 14-16, 2019

Join the Arts Council on a fun-filled trip to Eastern North Carolina. Explore the rich history, natural beauty, and the visual & culinary arts of this very special part of our state.

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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!

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December 5-9, 2019

Don’t miss the holiday lights, endless shopping, fabulous shows, and abundant splender that only New York City can offer. This ARTour includes three Broadway shows, accommodations at the historic Warwick Hotel, and plenty of leisure time to explore on your own.

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Frida Kahlo’s “Diego on my Mind” (1943; Oil on Masonite)


Wednesday, January 15, 2020
NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

Few artists have captured the public’s imagination with such force as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her husband, the Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera. Join the Arts Council on a day trip to learn about the myths that surrounded them, their significant bodies of work, friendships (and conflicts) with leading political figures, and their passionate, tempestuous personal relationships.

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April 12-24, 2020

Explore the wonders of Jordan and Egypt with the Arts Council and Tauck on this 13-day cultural journey from the Dead Sea to Cairo includes a 3-night cruise along the Nile, from Aswan to Luxor aboard a luxury riverboat. Rediscover the lost city of Petra; Dine at a Bedouin camp in the desert; Tour ancient Egyptian tombs and temples with expert guides.

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Renee Fleming, Branford Marsalis & Friends

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

Get your seats for this special, one-night-only event when two superstars, Renée Fleming and Branford Marsalis, share the stage with the North Carolina Symphony under the baton of Grant Llewellyn.

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Impressions from the Seine:

October 27 – November 4, 2020

Join the Arts Council & Tauck on a riverboat cruise down the River Seine to the coast of Normandy and back, featuring art and daily life in Paris, stops in historic villages and towns with a memorable visit to the beaches of Normandy.

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Plus Lisbon & Madrid

April 21 – May 3, 2021

Join the Arts Council and Tauck on a cruise through the heart of the world’s oldest and most beautiful wine regions. Over 2,000 years of winemaking history are etched into the jaw-dropping riverscapes of the Douro as it meanders gently from its source in the mountains of northern Spain to Porto where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Come for the history, the views, the tawny ports, ruby reds and Vinho Verde vintages the Douro is famous for, and a legacy of golden hospitality.

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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.