About Us

Classical Excursions specializes in exclusive architectural tours that emphasize the enduring excellence of the traditional, including architecture, art, music, gardens and archeology. Our study guides and lecturers are experts in their fields, opening doors to the extraordinary artistic, cultural and historical achievements of the Western World.

Classical Excursions also specializes in custom private tours and travel experiences for families, and private groups of all sizes. We can also arrange destination corporate events, retreats and conferences at many exclusive destinations world wide. We have been organizing excursions to Cuba for ten years.

Classical Excursions owners Thomas Hayes and Lani Summerville personally plan, administer and escort each architectural tour. Enlisting contacts local to each country, Classical Excursions offers unique learning tours and the experience of a lifetime by opening doors to rarely visited privately owned houses, gardens and art collections. From booking through meeting you at the airport, you have the personal attention of the owners throughout the entire process. Featured in Victoria Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country and endorsed by the American Institute of Architects, each tour is fully guided by experts in the fields of art and architectural history and also includes introductory lectures by local experts. Classical Excursions provides you with a detailed package for every tour, including daily itineraries, suggested reading lists, hotel information, historical background, maps and extensive biographical information about each guide prior to the tour.

Many of our specialty architectural tours are sponsored by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. Since these tours are endorsed by the AIA they are eligible for continuing education credits available through The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York.

We invite you to experience the Classical Excursions difference!

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