Fri 2 Aug

Arrive at Verona airport in the afternoon and transfer the short distance to the 4-star Hotel Colomba d’Oro in the heart of Verona. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant, after which there is the option to relax or see Bizet’s Carmen at the Arena, conducted that night only by Plácido Domingo.

Sat 3 Aug

This morning enjoy a walking tour of Verona, taking in Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, the civic centre of Verona. A travel pass is included for independent visits to three notable churches. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure for you to further enjoy the splendours of this historic city. The performance that night is Verdi’s Aida in a production inspired by the first stage design of the opera which opened the Festival in 1913.

Sun 4 Aug

Depart for Vicenza for a tour of this picturesque city. Visits include the Basilica with its 8-sided tower and 17th-century frescoes, the Loggia del Capitano and the Palladian Teatro Olimpico with its stunning interiors and listed by UNESCO. The tour ends with lunch in a local restaurant before returning to Verona. That night the Arena hosts the ‘Plácido Domingo 50 Arena Anniversary Night’, with newly-staged acts from three of Verdi’s operas with other artists performing alongside the world’s great opera star.

Mon 5 Aug

Spend the morning and lunch at leisure before transferring to the airport for the afternoon flight home.



2 Aug 20.45

CARMEN Bizet£192

D: Hugo di Ana

C: Plácido Domingo

Cast includes: Ksenia Dudnikova, Ruth Iniesta, Elisabetta Zizzo, Mariangela Marini, Murat Karahan, Vitaliy Bilyy, Gianfranco Montresor, Roberto Covatta, Krzysztof Bączyk, Daniel Giulianini

3 Aug 20.45

AIDA VerdiInc

D: Gianfranco de Bosio

C: Francesco Ivan Ciampa

Cast includes: Maria José Siri, Martin Muehle, Violeta Urmana, Badral Chuluunbaatar, Krzysztof Bączyk, Rafał Siwek, Francesco Pittari, Yao Bo Hui

4 Aug 20.45


Programme: Excerpts from Nabucco, I due Foscari, Macbeth



2 Aug London Gatwick - Verona dep: 13.15 arr: 16.20

5 Aug Verona - London Gatwick dep: 16.50 arr: 17.55

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1895
Single room supplement £375
Land-only tour price £1750
Deposit required £450
Tour code VRN1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one dinner, one lunch, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first or second category ticket for each performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.

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