Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Christopher Allen

Dr Christopher Allen is an art critic and historian who graduated from the University of Sydney, has worked at the Collège de France in Paris and the National Art School, and is currently Senior Master in Academic Extension at Sydney Grammar School. He is the author of Art in Australia from colonisation to postmodernism (London, Thames and Hudson, 1997), French painting in the golden age (London, Thames and Hudson, 2003), and several other books. His most recent book, Jeffrey Smart: unpublished paintings 1940-2007 (Melbourne, Australian Galleries) was published in April 2008. He was art critic of the Financial Review from 2005 to 2008 and since 2008 has been national art critic for The Australian.


Current Tours:

Persian Paradox  |  24 September – 07 October 2018 (14 days)

From Homer to Caravaggio  |  13–27 April 2019 (15 days)

Crossroads of Culture: Cyprus  |  30 September – 12 October 2019 (13 days)



“Very patient and tolerant; knowledgeable and enthusiastic about art, history as well as languages. Christopher was well loved by the group – excellent for group dynamics”
Laura V.  |  Persian Paradox 2017


“Always amazing. Very knowledgable & a very pleasant person. Always happy to help with any matter”
Michael H.  |  Persian Paradox 2017


“Christopher was a very charming host and tour leader”
Judith C.  |  Persian Paradox 2017