Tate and The Ultimate Travel Company today announce the launch of Tate Travels, a unique collection of holidays which aim to promote enjoyment and understanding of art.  The first of what is to be an annual programme, combining Tate’s distinctive pick of the best to see and do with The Ultimate Travel Company’s thirty years of experience arranging travel, begins with a behind the scenes visit to Tate St Ives for the opening of its summer exhibition. This is one of fourteen tours which will take Tate Travels from Mexico to Melbourne, Berlin to Barcelona and Champagne to Chicago, from May 2012 through to June 2013.

In the company of Hamish Anderson, Tate’s renowned wine buyer, a number of tours will focus on vineyard visits, tasting wines from his favourite suppliers, an experience that will match the best of art and architecture with the discovery of outstanding wines along the way.

Alex Beard, Deputy Director, Tate said: ‘We are delighted to partner with The Ultimate Travel Company in Tate Travels. Every expert-led tour booked will benefit Tate financially, contributing vital funds to support our mission to increase public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art through the Collection and an inspiring programme in and well beyond our galleries.’

Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director, The Ultimate Travel Company said: ‘We are very proud of our exciting new partnership with Tate. Together we have created a unique collection of escorted travel experiences that reflect Tate’s aim of promoting the enjoyment and understanding of art.  The first of our yearly programme of tours will visit some of the most artistically and culturally stimulating destinations around the world.  Each tour blending the traditional with the contemporary, offers wide-ranging benefits such as  access to seminal exhibitions, celebrations of regional cuisine and of course, the intimate knowledge of our local experts and curators’. 

In addition to the tours, the partnership will include an innovative Concierge Service from The Ultimate Travel Company. Exclusively for Tate Members, this bespoke travel service will also benefit Tate.

To find out more about joining a Tate Travels tour call 020 7386 4630 www.tatetravels.co.uk

Contact

For further information on The Ultimate Travel Company call Gloria Ward on 020 7386 4646 email gloria@theultimatravelcompany.co.uk.

For further information at Tate contact Ruth Findlay at Tate press office on pressoffice@tate.org.uk  Call 020 7887 8730 / 4939   Visit http://www.tate.org.uk/