Itinerary

Wed 1 May

Midday arrival at Venice airport and transfer to Vicenza by coach for check in a the 4-star Palace Hotel La Conchiglia d’Oro, situated outside the Old Town and within walking distance of the Teatro Olimpico. A welcome dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Thu 2 May

Join your guide for a walking tour of Vicenza and its renowned Palladian buildings, including Palazzo Chiericati, Teatro Olimpico and Palazzo Thiene, followed by lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is free for independent exploration. Dinner is at your hotel followed by the evening concert at the Teatro Olimpico.

Fri 3 May

Today we travel to Villa Foscari La Malcontenta, a UNESCO listed villa designed by Palladio in 1554 and situated on the banks of the Brenta Canal which flows between Venice and Padua. Upon arrival we will take a guided tour of the house and gardens and then board a public burchiello boat to cruise along the canal to Oriago for lunch in a local restaurant. Arriving back in Vicenza, dinner is then served at the hotel followed by the concert at the Basilica Ss. Felice e Fortunato.

Sat 4 May

Today we take an excursion to Venice, where a guided tour of the city includes the Palladian sights San Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore. Lunch is included in a local restaurant. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure on return to Vicenza.

Sun 5 May

Join your guide for a full-day tour to Castelfranco Veneto and the Palladian Villa Barbero di Maser, which contains frescoes by Veronese. We then continue to Villa Emo, which was designed by Palladio in 1559 for the Emo family. The tour will include lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Vicenza for dinner at the hotel and then transfer to Teatro Olimpico for the final concert.

Mon 6 May

Check out this morning and transfer to Venice for your homeward flight.

Programme

2 May 14.00

CONCERTInc

Orchestra: Cappella Andrea Barca

Director & Piano: Sir András Schiff

Violin: Erich Höbarth

Viola: Hariolf Schlichtig

Cello: Christoph Richter

Programme:

Beethoven Piano Concerto no.2 op. 19

Mozart Piano Quartet KV 478

Beethoven Piano Concerto no.1 op. 15

Venue: Teatro Olimpico

3 May 19.00

CONCERTInc

Orchestra: Cappella Andrea Barca

Director: Sir András Schiff

Choir: Schola San Rocco

Programme:

J Haydn The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross

Hob XX/2 (Choral version)

Venue: Basilica Ss. Felice e Fortunato

5 May 19.00

CONCERTInc

Orchestra: Cappella Andrea Barca

Director & piano: Sir András Schiff

Programme:

JS Bach Ricercare a 6

Mozart Symphony no.41 KV 551

Beethoven Piano Concerto no.5 op. 73

Venue: Teatro Olimpico

Flights

British Airways

1 May London Heathrow - Venice dep: 08.55 arr: 12.05

6 May Venice – London Heathrow dep: 13.00 arr: 14.20

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £2195
Club Europe flight upgrade from £300
Land-only tour price £1945
Deposit required £400
Tour code VCZ1

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