Canberra: The ‘Ancient Greeks’ from the British Museum & ‘Jeffrey Smart’ at the NGA – March 2022

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3 Mar – 5 Mar 2022


Canberra: The ‘Ancient Greeks’ from the British Museum & ‘Jeffrey Smart’ at the NGA – March 2022
Tour Highlights

Join classics scholar Dr Christopher Gribbin, for 3 days in Canberra to enjoy two exceptional exhibitions and a private tour of the ANU Classics Museum.



Draft itinerary currently under preparation

The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in opening hours and confirmation of private visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary, together with their tour documents, prior to departure. The tour includes meals indicated in the detailed itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner.

Canberra – 3 days

Day 1: Thursday 3 March, Arrive Canberra

Meeting Point: 11.55am foyer, Avenue Hotel. Please meet your group leader in the foyer of the hotel. At this time you will be asked to complete ASA’s Health Declaration Form, a copy of which will be sent to you prior to the commencement of the tour. We will then commence with a Welcome Meeting, during which a light lunch will be served.

In preparation for this afternoon’s visit, Dr Christopher Gribbin will give an introductory lecture. We then depart by coach for the National Museum of Australia. The British Museum holds one of the world’s most important collections of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. We tour the ‘Ancient Greeks’ exhibition, which features iconic objects from the British Museum that have never toured the Southern Hemisphere. ‘The exhibition explores the theme of competition through sports, politics, drama, music and warfare, illuminated by more than 170 objects’.

Following our guided tour of the exhibition there will be time at leisure to explore ‘Great Southern Land’, the museum’s new gallery which is due to open in early 2022. ‘Through 1200 objects, stories and experiences, the Great Southern Land gallery will help people understand Australia as a unique, ancient continent shaped by powerful forces, a place of biodiversity and beauty and the source of countless stories that connect us to this remarkable place we call home’.

In the late afternoon we return to our hotel for ‘Welcome drinks’. (Overnight Canberra) L

Day 2: Friday 4 March, Canberra
  • ANU Classics Museum: Talk & Guided tour with Em. Prof. Elisabeth Minchin FAHA
  • Canberra Museum+Gallery (CMAG): Curator led tour incl. The Nolan Exhibition
  • Canberra Glassworks

This morning we meet with Curator, Emeritus Professor Elisabeth Minchin, for a talk and tour of the ANU Classics Museum. Elizabeth is a former professor of classics at the Australian National University and the author of several books including Homer and Resources of Memory (2001), and Homeric Voices: Discourse, Memory, Gender (2007). The museum holds more than 600 objects from ancient Greece and the Roman world, including Egypt and the Near East. Among the collection, we may view pottery, glassware, wax tablets, and an array of writing implements. The museum is also home to several manuscripts, including a sixteenth-century volume of Cicero’s writings.

Next, we enjoy a curator-led tour of CMAG where we explore how artists have captured the development of Canberra through different lenses, and how this has shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape. The collection includes works by Douglas Dundas, Michael Taylor, AE Macdonald, JG Brown, and Landscape, painted by Elioth Gruner. One of his loveliest landscapes, it was painted in 1929 during one of his trips to the countryside around Canberra including the areas around Yass, Goulburn, Braidwood and Cooma.

Sir Sidney Nolan, one of Australia’s most important modernists, is best known for his depictions of the history and mythology of Australian bush life. His paintings on the theme of the 19th-century bushranger Ned Kelly are one of the greatest series of Australian paintings of the 20th century. We shall view The Nolan Collection which includes 24 works that Nolan gifted to the people of Australia in 1974. The works include paintings from the Kelly, Burke and Wills, and St Kilda series, as well as examples of the artist’s central Australian landscape and carcass works.

Following some time at leisure for lunch, we take a private tour of the Canberra glassworks. (Overnight Canberra) B

Day 3: Saturday 5 March, Depart Canberra

This morning we visit the ‘Jeffrey Smart’ exhibition which celebrates the centenary of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. The exhibition showcases more than 100 works of art, beginning with his early works from the 1940s to his last painting Labyrinth, completed in 2011.

We conclude our program with a farewell lunch. Our program concludes at approximately 3.00pm. BL



  • Canberra (2 nights): 4.5-star Avenue Hotel – a modern hotel located in the heart of Canberra’s CBD, adjacent to the Braddon dining and shopping precinct. Accommodation includes rooms with en suite bathroom.www.avenuehotel.com.au

Note: Hotels are subject to change, in which case a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation in a double/twin room for single occupancy throughout the tour. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

How to book

How to Book


Please complete the ASA RESERVATION APPLICATION and send it to Australians Studying Abroad together with your non-refundable deposit of AUD $500.00 per person payable to Australians Studying Abroad.

Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate

Commencing from November 2021 it will be a condition of travel that all group leaders and ASA travellers are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. All participants must send ASA a copy of their vaccination certificate at the time of submitting their Reservation Application Form. For information on how to obtain either a Covid-19 digital certificate or a certificate in PDF format please view the Australian Government Services Australia “What types of proof there are” web page.

Practical Information

Practical Information

The number of flags  is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

This 3-day tour involves:
  • A moderate amount of walking mainly during museum and gallery visits
  • You must be able to carry your own hand luggage. Hotel porterage only includes 1 piece of luggage per person

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the Terms and Conditions section given below.

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on visa requirements, health, photography, weather, clothing and what to pack, custom regulations, bank hours, currency regulations, electrical appliances and food. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers see: www.smartraveller.gov.au

Tour Price & Inclusions

Tour Price & Inclusions

AUD $1760.00 Land Content Only

AUD $295.00 Single Supplement

Tour Price (Land Content Only) includes:
  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms with private facilities in the 4-star Avenue Hotel, Canberra
  • Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch & D=dinner
  • Drinks at the farewell meal. Other meals may not have drinks included.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Airport transfer on departure date if departing on the ‘ASA designated’ flight
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person
  • Lecture and site-visit program
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of audio headsets for site excursions
  • Tips for the coach driver, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tour Price (Land Content Only) does not include:
  • Airfare to Canberra
  • Personal spending money
  • Airport-hotel transfer on arrival date
  • Luggage in excess of 20 kg (44 lbs)
  • Travel insurance
Tour Map

Tour Map

Terms & Conditions

A deposit of $500.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on an ASA tour.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 75 days before departure: $500.00**
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

**This amount may be credited to another ASA tour departing within 12 months of the original tour you booked. We regret, in this case early-bird discounts will not apply.

We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation.

Unused Portions of the Tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions or services of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Will the Tour Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

Limitation of Liability

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ASA will not be liable for any claim (e.g. sickness, injury, death, damage or loss) arising from any change, delay, detention, breakdown, border closures, cancellation, failure, accident, act, omission or negligence of any tour service provider or authority however caused (contingencies). You must take out such travel insurance as is available against such contingencies.

ASA’s liability in respect of any tour cancelled or changed will be limited to the partial refund of amounts you have paid, less an administration fee of $500 and other costs and charges of third party service providers. No compensation will be payable to you by ASA where ASA cancels or changes a tour, or any part of a tour.

ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate and in the best interests of health, safety and wellbeing of tour participants. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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