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 members.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ Saint Augustine

Our ARTours travelers enjoyed 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 ARTour!

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

Pink Martini is part big band, classical ensemble, salsa troupe, & all fun! The lush sounds of the North Carolina Symphony with Maestro Joseph Peters back this popular group in a vibrant show that includes the silky, sultry voice of singer China Forbes.

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March 10-12, 2024
Charleston, South Carolina

Join the Arts Council for the 2024 Charleston Heritage Symposium scheduled in Charleston, a historic South Carolina seaport renowned for its landmark buildings, magnificent homes, & gracious hospitality. The title of this year’s Symposium is “Charleston – New World, New Voices.”

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Explore Rome, Florence, & the
Umbrian & Tuscan Countryside

April 11–23, 2024

Join the Arts Council & Collette Tours on this small-group journey through Italy’s roads less traveled, discovering endless treasures from Rome to Umbria to Tuscany, while taking in marvels of food, wine, culture, & history along the way.

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May 15 – 17, 2024

Join the Arts Council to explore North Carolina’s first colonial capitol…Edenton. Located on Edenton Bay where the Chowan River meets the Albemarle Sound, Edenton offers an extensive historic district with architecture spanning 300 years. Designed by the Edenton Historical Commission, this tour immerses you in the history, sights, & sounds of what Forbes Magazine calls the “South’s prettiest small town.”

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May 30 – June 2, 2024
Charleston, SC

Spoleto Festival USA transforms Charleston, SC into a global arts epicenter. Drawing dynamic & accomplished artists from around the world and set against the backdrop of Charleston’s shops, restaurants, and uniquely preserved historic downtown, Spoleto is a truly unique experience.

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Start & End in Marseille, France

October 5-13, 2024

Join the Arts Council & Tauck on this small-group, hands-on immersion into the local food, wine, art, & landscapes of Provence. Enjoy idyllic walks that inspired Cezanne, art on the grounds of a Provençal chateau, tour with a van Gogh art scholar in St. Remy, Roman ruins of Glanum, a farewell at a private family-owned winery in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, & much more…

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NOTE 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 registration date on ALL ARTours. NO refunds after advertised final payment due date unless substitute traveler is found—at which time transfer fees, if applicable, will be withheld. Trip cancellation insurance is available upon request and must be purchased at registration.

If you are interested in joining one of our ARTours, please contact Katherine MacRae at 910-692-2787 or via Email.