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Heraldic Tours & Travel: 2018 Tour Preview

Cultural Tours for the Curious

June & September 2018
Treasures of Yorkshire

Harrogate and Harewood

In the second of our Yorkshire Treasure escorted tours we visit Harewood House, the fortified manor of Ripley Castle, Ripon Cathedral, Newby Hall and Harrogate's RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr.

July 2018
North Country Steam Experience

Steam to the Fells, Dales and Coast

An exceptional opportunity to explore the north by rail with both mainline and heritage steam. Highlights include premier dining on the Settle and Carlisle line, the Scarborough Spa Express, the KWVR at Haworth, steam on the North York Moors to Whitby and narrow gauge steam. Illustrated talks on railways and a specialist tour of the National Railway Museum are included.

July & August 2018
Opera in Verona - Puccini • Verdi

Turandot/Barber of Seville • Aida • Nabucco

Three exceptional operas set in the fabulous Roman Arena. Staying at the Hotel Accademia in the heart of the old city and close to the Piazza Bra we enjoy three nights of spectacle under the stars. The atmosphere in the Arena is one of near tangible magic and is one of the great cultural events of the Italian summer. A five-day tour exploring the city’s landmarks including illustrated talks on each of the operas.

September 2018
WNO in Cardiff – Verdi & Prokofiev

La Traviata ∙ War and Peace

We visit Cardiff for Verdi’s eternally popular La Traviata and Prokofiev’s lavishly opulent setting of Tolstoy’s classic. Welsh National Opera goes from strength to strength under conductor Tomàš Hanus and this production promises to be an unmissable event in the opera calendar. Ambitious and epic in scale it seeks to evoke the grandeur of Russian society in the 1800’s. We will stay at the 4* Future Inn in Cardiff Bay with illustrated opera talks and a visit to the National Museum with its outstanding collection of impressionist paintings.

Dates: 21 – 23 September | 3 days

Prices: £695 per person for a double room

September 2018
Cathedrals & Abbeys of Yorkshire

Yorkshiremen were instrumental in the Pilgrimage of Grace against Henry VIII. We explore what has survived as either magnificent church or glorious ruin. We visit Beverley Minster, Selby Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey, Byland Abbey, Fountains Abbey, York Minster and Ripon Cathedral.

September 2018
Mozart and Meistersinger in Munich

La Nozze de Figaro ∙ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Klaus Florian Vogt and Wolfgang Koch sing Walther and Hans Sachs with conductor Kiril Petrenko in Wagner’s epic comedy.

Dates: 28 September – 1 October | 4 days

Prices: £2200, special deposit applies | Please register your interest

October 2018
Opera North – Puccini & Lehar

Tosca ∙ The Merry Widow

Powerful drama and tragedy followed by effervescent comedy at the Grand Theatre in Leeds. There will be a visit to Harewood House and illustrated lectures on each of the operas. Accommodation is at Quebecs Hotel in the heart of the city close to the station.

Dates: 3-5 October | 3 days

Prices: £650 | Please register your interest

October 2018
Opera in Dresden

Carmen ∙ Moses und Aron ∙ Figaro ∙ Fidelio

A rare opportunity to hear Schoenberg’s profound masterpiece about Jewish identity together with Bizet’s melodious bestseller, Beethoven’s unique liberation opera and Mozart’s sparkling comedy at the historic Semperoper in the heart of Dresden. The tour includes a visit to Leipzig and historic sites in Dresden.

Dates: 9 - 13 October | 5 days

Prices: £1798, special deposit applies | Please register your interest

October 2018
Opera & Art in Milan

Ernani at La Scala

A five day cultural break in the heart of Milan staying at the comfortable Hotel de Ville (4*). At La Scala there will be a performance of Ernani. Verdi’s opera is based on the play by Victor Hugo and was hugely popular, being the first full length opera to be recorded.

The cast includes, Francesco Meli (Ernani), Ailyn Perez (Elvira), Simone Piazzola (Don Carlo) with conductor Adam Fischer.

There will be visits to the La Scala Museum and the Casa Verdi as well as the Duomo, the Brera Gallery and the Leonardo’s last Supper at Santa Marie delle Grazie.
An optional performance of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera may be available.
This tour begins at the hotel to enable flexibility with travel.

Dates: 24-28 October | 4 Days

Prices: £1737 | Please register your interest

November 2018
Mozartfest in Bath

A five day celebration of Mozart

Staying in the centre of Bath at the Abbey Hotel (4*). This annual festival of music is very popular.
This year there will be over 17 concerts with guest artists including The Hallé.
The Tallis Scholars and La Nuova Musica. There are limited places and tickets sell fast. Early booking is essential.

Dates: 13-18 November | 6 Days

Prices: Available shortly | Please register your interest

November 2018
Opera in Paris – Verdi ∙ Donizetti ∙ Rossini

Simon Boccanegra ∙ Elixir d’amour ∙ La Cenerentola

Verdi’s powerful opera of political and family intrigue; Donizetti’s sparkling yet tender comedy at the Opera Bastille together with Rossini’s finest writing for solo voice and ensembles at the Palais Garnier.

Staying at a hotel close to the Bastille, this affordably priced cultural break includes a tour of the Palais Garnier and a visit to the Picasso Museum. Each day includes free time to explore the city after lunch.

The tour begins at the hotel allowing independent travel. We are happy to assist with travel arrangements and Eurostar bookings.

Dates: 21-24 November | 4 days

Prices: £1597 | Please register your interest

December 2018
Opera & Christmas Markets in Berlin

Tales of Hoffmann ∙ Andre Chenier ∙ Tosca

Join us for three nights of opera in Berlin in the lead up to Christmas. Offenbach’s magical opera and Puccini’s passionate drama join with Giordano’s lyrical opera, with its glorious tenor role, to create a three-night feast of music in the run up to the festive season. We visit the superbly restored Museuminsel complex including the Pergamon Museum and also explore Daniel Libeskind’s visionary Jewish Museum. Each day also includes free time to explore this flourishing restored city.

Dates: 4-7 December | 4 Days

Prices: Available July 1st | Please register your interest

New Tours for 2019

  • Opera & Ballet in Paris
  • The Ring in Geneva
  • Ludlow Song Festival
  • Berlin Festtage
  • Opera in Llandudno
  • The Ring in Leipzig
  • Verona Opera Festival
  • Three Choirs Festival

Dates: throughout 2019

Prices: Available 2019 | Please register your interest