Journey to Canberra to explore a selection of Australia’s leading national cultural and artistic institutions, including two major international exhibitions.

At a Glance

  • Explore the National Museum of Australia’s Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition with an exclusive curator-led tour
  • Take in the breathtaking masterpieces of French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin at the National Gallery of Australia before opening hours
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Parliament House of Australia’s extensive art collection
  • Delight in the sophisticated gourmet scene of the national capital

Visit the National Museum of Australia on a curator-led tour to marvel at the impressive Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition, showcasing more than 220 pieces spanning over 3,000 years of Egyptian civilisation and culture.

Then, during an exclusive early-access guided tour, discover the enduring works of French post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin in a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

Go behind the scenes at Parliament House, visit the National Portrait Gallery and delight in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum.


01 – 05 September 2024 (5 days)

Tour leader

Alan Dodge

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Arrive in Canberra on suggested Qantas flights and make your own way to the hotel for check-in from 2:00pm. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including a private transfer to the hotel, pre-tour accommodation and a room category upgrade.

Meet Alan and fellow travellers at the hotel at 17:00 for a welcome briefing and talk before dining at one of Canberra’s acclaimed restaurants.


This morning, visit Parliament House and enjoy a special guided tour with exclusive access to restricted areas of this international award-winning building. Step beyond the storied marble halls to uncover one of the country’s most significant, but lesser-known, art collections.

Then, visit the Canberra Museum and Gallery, which celebrates the rich contribution of the Ngunnawal people to the Canberra region and also manages the Nolan Collection on behalf of the Australian people. Appreciate the role the Gallery plays in the care and promotion of Sir Sidney Nolan’s iconic paintings and early drawings.

After lunch, transfer to the National Portrait Gallery to enjoy an introduction to the permanent collection by one of the Gallery’s curators. Explore the extensive art displays, which feature approximately 3,000 portraits across a range of mediums.

Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure.


This morning, visit the National Arboretum and enjoy the panoramic views over Yarralumla and Lake Burley Griffin. Discover the world-class display of miniature trees, created by some of Australia’s leading artists, from the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.

Then, continue to the National Museum of Australia for a private, curator-led tour of the Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition, which includes stunning objects from the remarkable collection of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities.

Return to the hotel in the afternoon and enjoy some time at leisure before dinner at a local restaurant.


Begin the day with an exclusive before-hours visit to the exhibition Gauguin’s World: Tōna Iho, Tōna Ao at the National Gallery of Australia. Experience the timeless works of French Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin and gain fresh insights to Gauguin’s life and work, his artistic influences and his historical significance. Marvel at some of his most well-known masterpieces, many of which were produced in the Pacific region.

Continue exploring the National Gallery of Australia, featuring the nation’s most impressive collections of art, with a private tour of its permanent display with more than 155,000 works of art, including the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Afterwards, enjoy some free time to stroll through the Sculpture Garden, which features almost 30 artistic productions by prominent sculptors such as James Turrell and Fujiko Nakaya.

This evening, join Alan and fellow tour members for a special farewell dinner at one of Canberra’s fine restaurants.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour, and travel insurance (strongly recommended).



Per person, twin share

AUD 4,250

Single supplement

AUD 475

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 1,500

Final payment due

01 July 2024

Room category upgrade available on request; please enquire with us.

Tour price includes

  • Four nights’ accommodation in a centrally-located four-star superior hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine with meals
  • Insights by tour leader Alan Dodge, former senior curator of European and American Art and senior advisor of special exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including entrance fees and tours as per itinerary
  • Transportation on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and wait staff

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure (contact Renaissance Tours for assistance)
  • Airport porterage
  • Hotel porterage
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel
Canberra – Hotel Kurrajong Canberra****+

N.B. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

More Details

Tour code: RT2405

Fitness level: Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.

Suggested Airline: Qantas
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Australia.

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