Itinerary

Thu 18 Jul

Independent arrival at Hartwell House & Spa, one of England’s fine stately homes, set in over 90 acres of gardens and park in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Vale of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Welcome dinner in the two AA Rosette restaurant.

Fri 19 Jul

Travel to Wormsley for a private visit to the Getty Library which houses one of the finest private collections of books and manuscripts in the country. Feast on a gourmet picnic in the grounds before the evening performance of Britten’s haunting opera Turn of the Screw.

Sat 20 Jul

Independent visit to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the gilded State rooms and priceless collections then wander around the landscaped parkland and formal gardens, followed by lunch at Blenheim or the adjacent picturesque village of Woodstock. Return to Garsington Opera to enjoy afternoon tea with champagne prior to the UK stage premiere of Offenbach’s enchanting opera Fantasio.

Sun 21 Jul

Today is an opportunity to rest and relax at Hartwell House with its beautiful gardens or visit the Spa, set in a former orangery. In the evening a three-course dinner will be served during the long interval of the performance of Don Giovanni.

Mon 22 Jul

Independent departure.

Programme

19 Jul 18.35

TURN OF THE SCREW BrittenInc

D: Louisa Muller

C: Richard Farnes

Cast: Ed Lyon, Sophie Bevan, Kathleen Wilkinson, Katherine Broderick

New production

20 Jul 18.05

FANTASIO OffenbachInc

D: Martin Duncan

C: Justin Doyle

Cast: Hanna Hipp, Jennifer France, Huw Montague Rendall, Timothy Robinson, Brian Bannatyne-Scott

UK stage premiere

21 Jul 17.45

DON GIOVANNI MozartInc

D: Michael Boyd

C: Douglas Boyd

Cast: Jonathan McGovern, David Ireland, Camilla Titinger, Sky Ingram

New production

Independent Travel

ARRIVAL INFORMATION: If travelling to Hartwell House by car, the nearest stations are Haddenham & Thame Parkway and Aylesbury with regular fast and comfortable services from London Marylebone and Birmingham. Haddenham & Thame Parkway is the quickest service with some trains taking just 35 minutes from London.

Prices per person

Tour price £2250
Single room supplement £320
Deposit required £600
Tour code GAR1

Tour price includes: Group transfers from and to included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two dinners, one lunch, afternoon tea with champagne, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.