Mon 30 Dec
Arrive late afternoon in Bologna and transfer by coach to Parma (approx. 1 hour). Check-in at the 5-star Grand Hotel della Ville, located within walking distance of the historic centre and all the main sights. A welcome dinner will be served in a the hotel.
Tue 31 Dec
Travel this morning to Cremona for a guided tour of the Cathedral followed by a visit to the unique Violin Museum and a brief performance on a historical violin. Return to Parma with a little time at leisure before an early New Year’s Eve dinner at the restaurant Angiol d’Or, known for its regional cuisine. After dinner, walk the short distance to the Teatro Regio for the opera performance which will end with a celebratory toast to 2020!
Wed 1 Jan
Start the New Year with a special morning concert at the Auditorium Paganini, followed by lunch at the Centro Produzione Musicale Arturo Toscanini. In the afternoon there will be a walking tour of Parma taking in many of the city’s attractions, including the Cathedral and baptistery. Dinner and the evening are at leisure.
Thu 2 Jan
Join your guide this morning for a tour dedicated to Verdi. Visit first his birthplace in the village of Le Roncole before heading to Busseto to visit Casa Barezzi, where Verdi gave his first public performances and met his future wife Margherita Barezzi, then to the intimate and ornate Teatro Verdi. The tour ends with a tasting of the award-winning salami Culatello di Zibello, a true local delicacy. After lunch head to the village of Sant’Agata where you will spend time at Villa Verdi, the great composer’s home for many years. Return to Parma and the rest of the day at leisure.
Fri 3 Jan
Transfer to the airport for the homeward flight.
31 Dec 21.00
DIE FLEDERMAUS StraussInc
Venue: Teatro Regio di Parma
1 Jan 10.45
NIKOLAJ ZNAIDER ConcertInc
C: Nikolaj Znaider
Violinist: Nikolaj Znaider
Programme includes works by Max Bruch, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
Venue: Auditorium Paganini
30 Dec London Heathrow - Bologna dep: 14.25 arr: 17.35
3 Jan Bologna - London Heathrow dep: 12.40 arr: 14.05
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Club Europe flight upgrade from||£250|
|Land-only tour price||£1995|
Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two lunches, two dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopsis, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.