Welcome to Australia’s finest collection of expert-led cultural and special interest tours in the areas of art, architecture, music, opera and gardens.
To offer unique and uplifting experiences for the discerning traveller and the opportunity to travel with like-minded people to enjoy cultural pursuits including opera, music, ballet, art and gardens around the world.
In 2016 Renaissance Tours celebrates 20 years of operation.
It all started when Hugh Hallard, founder and director, was asked to arrange a tour for the Patrons and Friends of The Australian Opera (now Opera Australia) to the Chicago Lyric Opera production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in March 1996. The success of this tour led to a long-term association between Opera Australia and Renaissance Tours, now in its 15th year – and over 100 opera tours later!
In 1999 The Australian Ballet – and 25 loyal supporters – travelled to New York for a week of performances, including Stephen Pages’ Rites. This led to our tradition of ‘supporters’ tours’ when Australia’s leading performing arts organisations travel abroad and perform on the world stage. In 2002 we began our program of Music Lovers’ Tours for the supporters of the Sydney Symphony, since expanded to also include the supporters of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. This year also saw our first tour for the Friends of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.
In 2002 we were asked to arrange our first tour – to Russia and the Ukraine – for the discerning members of the Art Gallery Society of NSW, a collaboration which has built up to more than 10 tours annually.
After many requests, in 2009 we launched our first Garden Discoveries tour, a program which has quickly found a place in our collection of cultural and special interest tours.
The Renaissance Tours office is located in the heart of the Sydney city centre and is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
Level 4, 47 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
GPO Box 5068, Sydney NSW 2001