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


D: tbc

C: tbc

Cast: tbc

Venue: Teatro Regio di Parma

1 Jan 10.45


C: Nikolaj Znaider

Violinist: Nikolaj Znaider

Programme includes works by Max Bruch, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

Venue: Auditorium Paganini

Cast to be confirmed closer to the date of departure.


British Airways

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

Tour price £2145
Club Europe flight upgrade from £250
Land-only tour price £1995
Deposit required £400
Tour code PMF2

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.