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Verona Opera & Vineyards

6 days from £899*
Departing: June - September 2019
* Price shown: 23 June 2019 from LGW - EZY8447
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Experience a performance in one of the world’s most astonishing open-air venues

Take your seat at the world-renowned Arena di Verona, the almost perfectly preserved Roman amphitheatre at the heart of the exquisite city of Verona – the setting for Shakespeare’s timeless Romeo and Juliet. This very special break includes a stay on the shores of picturesque Lake Garda, a tour of the beautiful Brenta Riviera, a visit to ancient Padua and a memorable day amongst the vineyards of famous Valpolicella. And of course, tickets for your selected performance.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy five nights in Sirmione, on Lake Garda’s southern shores
  • Discover the elegant Riviera del Brenta and restored ancient Padua
  • Explore Villa Pisani’s glorious house and formal gardens
  • Visit a famous Valpolicella vineyard and olive oil producer to enjoy tastings and lunch
  • See Sirmione’s lakeside glories, including Maria Callas’ villa, on a short boat trip
  • Savour the unique experience of a famous opera performed in Verona’s astonishing Roman amphitheatre
  • Wander fair Verona, Romeo & Juliet’s exquisite city

What does the price include?

  • Five nights’ carefully chosen, dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel du Parc, Sirmione
  • Four evening meals at the hotel and a gourmet lunch in Valpolicella
  • An un-numbered gradinata ticket on the stone steps at the high point of the Arena di Verona (selected upgrade tickets available)
  • Return flights to Italy
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

The 97th Verona Opera Festival

Your break includes a night at the Opera and dependent upon your chosen departure date, you will experience one of four of the greatest operatic works of all time, performed by some of the world’s most talented artists.

Aida - Departing 23 Jun, 21 Jul, 25 Aug
Verona’s signature opera, is Giuseppe Verdi’s vast, sweeping tale of doomed love set against the background of ancient Egypt, with the soldier-hero Radames the object of affection for slave-girl Aida and princess Amneris.

Il Trovatore - Departing 30 Jun
Verdi’s The Troubadour is set in 15th-century Aragon, Spain. The tale of the Count of Luna, Leonora, the object of his affections, her lover Manrico - the troubadour of the title - and his mother, Azucena, unfolds with ultimately tragic consequences. Famed for its arias, sung by each of its leading players, it is said that a successful production of Il Trovatore is dependent simply upon securing the services of the world's four best opera singers!

Carmen - Departing 7 & 14 Jul, 1 Sep
George Bizet’s enduring masterpiece, with its popular arias and famous score, introduces a host of colourful characters, including the love-struck soldier Don Jose, dashing matador Escamillo and the eponymous fiery, sultry gypsy girl.

La Traviata - Departing 28 Jul
Verdi’s monumental tale of love and death is played out against the background of 19thcentury Parisian high society, and is widely regarded as opera’s greatest tragedy.

Your Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Italy, meet your tour manager and transfer to Sirmione. Your four-star hotel is set on a promontory jutting into Garda’s blue waters. Take a stroll along the shoreline, taking in your beautiful surroundings, before enjoying your first dinner at the hotel.

Day Two

After a relaxed breakfast, board the coach for the first of your included tours, taken in the company of your tour manager. Explore the verdant countryside of the Riviera del Brenta, a near 25-mile route alongside a 16th-century canal built to connect the Venetian lagoon with Padua. The route is lined with some extraordinarily beautiful and ornate villas, which were once weekend homes to Venetian nobility, who travelled along the waterway by burchiello boat. Enjoy discovering renowned Villa Pisani, the Queen of the Brenta villas, and a national museum that includes a stunning fresco on the ceiling of the grand ballroom.

The day is completed with a visit to lovingly restored, fun-loving Padua, a former Roman stronghold boasting the famous Scrovegni Chapel with its Giotti frescoes. Check out the museums, great churches and colourful markets, and wander through Prato della Valle, Italy’s largest town square. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day Three

Today sees you journey into the heart of the rolling Valpolicella wine-growing area north of Verona. Take in beautiful Fumane village and visit wine-estate Costa degli Ulivi. Learn about the production of high quality wines and olive oil using natural methods and, over a delicious three-course lunch of regional specialities, sample three of the celebrated Valpolicello wines – Classico, Ripasso and most famously Amarone. Return once again to Sirmione for the evening.

Day Four

After a morning at leisure, perhaps spent exploring Sirmione or visiting the 13th-century Rocca Scaligera castle on the shore, the highlight of the holiday sees you make the short journey to Verona. Lose yourself in the maze of 13th-century streets that formed the backdrop to Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers. Take a seat in a cafe in Piazza Bra, in the shadow of the great arena, to watch the world go by, or enjoy an early dinner at your leisure in one of a vast choice of restaurants and trattorie.

This evening, take your place in the amphitheatre, soaking up the atmosphere as darkness begins to fall and the stage is set for the performance of your chosen opera. Here, on warm summer nights, some of the world’s best-loved works are played out by some of its brightest talents, in front of a rapt audience drawn from all four corners of the globe. For opera buffs, enthusiastic amateurs or simply lovers of truly special occasions, a night at the Verona Opera Festival is a memorable experience to treasure forever.

Day Five

Enjoy the hotel and its surroundings and spend some time relaxing in Sirmione today. Explore the shore-side lidos, attractive waterfront promenade and selection of cafes and trattorie. You’ll also enjoy a short boat trip around the Sirmione peninsula for a cruise that will take in the sights of the castle, the crumbling ruins of the Roman villas of the Grotte di Catullo and the elegant, pastel-painted villa that was once home and refuge to opera star Maria Callas.

Day Six

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

 

Please note: On occasions when the opera performance takes place on a Thursday (Day Five), Days Four and Five as shown will be reversed.

Departure Airport Date Price From
BRS
BRS 23 June 2019 £999
BRS
BRS 30 June 2019 £1019
BRS
BRS 07 July 2019 £1089
BRS
BRS 14 July 2019 £1159
BRS
BRS 21 July 2019 £1169
BRS
BRS 28 July 2019 £1169
BRS
BRS 25 August 2019 £1159
BRS
BRS 01 September 2019 £1139
EDI
EDI 23 June 2019 £999
EDI
EDI 30 June 2019 £1019
EDI
EDI 07 July 2019 £1089
EDI
EDI 14 July 2019 £1159
EDI
EDI 21 July 2019 £1169
EDI
EDI 28 July 2019 £1169
EDI
EDI 25 August 2019 £1159
EDI
EDI 01 September 2019 £1139
EMA
EMA 23 June 2019 £999
EMA
EMA 30 June 2019 £1019
EMA
EMA 07 July 2019 £1089
EMA
EMA 21 July 2019 £1149
EMA
EMA 28 July 2019 £1169
EMA
EMA 01 September 2019 £1139
LGW
LGW 23 June 2019 £899
LGW
LGW 30 June 2019 £919
LGW
LGW 07 July 2019 £989
LGW
LGW 14 July 2019 £1039
LGW
LGW 21 July 2019 £1049
LGW
LGW 28 July 2019 £1049
LGW
LGW 25 August 2019 £1039
LGW
LGW 01 September 2019 £1019
LTN
LTN 23 June 2019 £899
LTN
LTN 30 June 2019 £919
LTN
LTN 07 July 2019 £989
LTN
LTN 14 July 2019 £1039
LTN
LTN 21 July 2019 £1049
LTN
LTN 28 July 2019 £1049
LTN
LTN 25 August 2019 £1039
LTN
LTN 01 September 2019 £1019
MAN
MAN 23 June 2019 £999
MAN
MAN 30 June 2019 £1019
MAN
MAN 07 July 2019 £1089
MAN
MAN 14 July 2019 £1159
MAN
MAN 21 July 2019 £1169
MAN
MAN 28 July 2019 £1169
MAN
MAN 25 August 2019 £1159
MAN
MAN 01 September 2019 £1139
STN
STN 23 June 2019 £899
STN
STN 30 June 2019 £919
STN
STN 07 July 2019 £989
STN
STN 14 July 2019 £1039
STN
STN 21 July 2019 £1049
STN
STN 28 July 2019 £1049
STN
STN 25 August 2019 £1039
STN
STN 01 September 2019 £1019

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately approximately two hours from Venice, forty five minutes from Verona, two hours from Treviso and one hour from Bergamo.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.