Heraldic is a niche company for travellers offering a range of escorted informative short breaks to cultural events and historic places in the British Isles and Europe. Our tours encompass visits to opera houses, country houses, cathedrals, galleries and gardens allowing travellers to capture the essence of a place in an unhurried manner.
Each tour is carefully paced to inform, educate and provide time for relaxation and leisure.
It is a good opportunity to meet people who enjoy discovering the wealth of history and the rich stories around some of our greatest landmarks. Mature travellers are especially welcome and it is hoped they will enjoy the lively mixture of informative talks, visits, meals together and free time to explore or relax. Groups are small and convivial with numbers around 12 to no more than 20 unless indicated.
All our tours begin at the hotel to enable you to make your own arrangements for travel in a way that is flexible for you. We not only encourage mature travellers (you must be 18 or over to join us) travelling together, but also single travellers. We are happy advise on restaurants, cafes and places to see during your free time. If you are one of the increasing number of single travellers you are welcome to join us for meals and visits during any free time as you wish. Our tours are a good way to make new friends and spend time in the company of like-minded people.
2018 offers the chance to hear Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Leipzig performed over four consecutive nights in May. In July we are in Verona for the spectacular opera festival in the Roman arena. The year begins with visits to hear Opera North at their home in Leeds and Welsh National Opera performing all three of their winter season operas in Bristol. A short break in Llandudno is also planned for April. WNO has some excellent reviews under their new dynamic conductor, Tomas Hanos, who gave a riveting account of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead last autumn.
Opera companies will be producing their programmes for the next season early in each year and we will announce our autumn opera tour season in our newsletters and on the website.
Our tour director for opera tours and breaks is Adrian Hawkins, a trained musician, who shares his enthusiasm for the music in informative and entertaining opera talks designed for lovers of opera and those who are experiencing opera for the first time. Each day is planned to include sightseeing visits to houses, galleries or other places of interest and time for relaxation and fresh air before each performance.
Our hotels are chosen for their comfort and convenient locations. Almost all our chosen hotels have four stars and provide comfortable rooms and good dining. Occasionally we offer a three star hotel where the comfort level and service are comparable.
All bookings can be secured with a deposit by simply sending in the completed booking form together with a cheque or payment by bank transfer. Once your place is secured you will be advised when the tour has reached the minimum number before the balance is due.
This year we include short opera breaks in European cities. As we live in the age of low-cost air travel our tours begin at the hotel giving you the flexibility of booking from a nearby airport or travelling by rail. We are happy to help with planning your journey and advising the best routes and prices.
We remind travellers to or from Europe they must have a valid passport or identity card.
This year we are not charging single supplements on most of our tours from April onwards.
Prices are for a double room and we only charge a single supplement where strictly necessary. Hotel supplement charges are often absorbed by us in order to give you the best value and an affordable price.