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Upcoming ABR Cultural Tours

ABR is delighted to present regular cultural tours in partnership with Academy Travel. See below for information about upcoming tours or click here for information about past ones.


ABR Vienna Tour 2024

15-27 October 2024


‘The 2023 ABR tour of Vienna and its museums and galleries was led superbly by Peter Rose and Christopher Menz. Based at an excellent inner-city hotel, the tour was complemented by premium seats to two operas at the Vienna State Opera and several world-class concerts, including the Vienna Philharmonic at the famous Musikverein. This was an outstanding experience for lovers of fine art, architecture and music.”

Dr Alastair Jackson AM


Following the spectacular success of our recent sold-out tour of Vienna, Australian Book Review and Academy Travel will repeat the tour in the second half of October 2024.

The tour (limited to twenty guests) will be led by Christropher Menz, ABR’s Development Consultant and a former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Christropher has led countless international tours, and this will be his fifth for ABR/Academy Travel. He will be joined by Michael Weymayer. Michael, who lives in Vienna, proved a highly popular and informative manager/guide during this year’s tour.

The focus of the thirteen-day tour is Art and Music. It will take in the spectacular collections amassed by the Habsburgs over centuries, the musical heritage of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, and the striking modernist architecture of the city. Vienna (where we will be based throughout the tour) is an ideal city for an extended stay, and the program has been designed to make the most of its many attractions. The tour also includes excursions to Schönbrunn, Klosterneuburg and the Wachau Valley. The program will feature six concerts and performances, including two at the Vienna State Opera.

Full details of the musical offerings will become available in the first half of 2024, following the announcement of the 2024/25 seasons by major orchestras and companies. Guests can expect to see some of the world’s leading conductors, singers and soloists.

For further preliminary information and to hold a place on the tour, please visit Academy Travel’s website.

ABR Adelaide Festival Tour 2024

1–9 March 2024 (Sold out)

Following on from our successful 2022 and 2023 Adelaide Festival tours, ABR and Academy Travel will be hosting another cultural tour to Adelaide to coincide with Adelaide Writers’ Week and the best of the 2024 Adelaide Festival.

This tour is now sold out.

Inaugurated in 1960, Writers’ Week and the Festival are unmissable highlights on Australia’s cultural calendar. Through ABR participants will enjoy special access to Writers’ Week events and some of the featured writers. Academy Travel is the only travel company to be a partner sponsor of the Adelaide Festival, guaranteeing access to excellent tickets and the opportunity to meet artists and directors.

There’s also time to enjoy the collection and Festival exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia and trips to the Penfolds Magill Estate and the Adelaide Hills. Accommodation is at the Intercontinental Hotel, adjacent to Writers’ Week and Festival venues.

The tour is led by ABR Editor and CEO Peter Rose – an award-winning author – and by Christopher Menz, popular Academy Travel tour leader and former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

This is a nine-day tour and the group is limited to just twenty participants.

Visit the Academy Travel website for more information.