Itinerary

Mon 8 Jun

Lunchtime arrival and transfer to the 4-star Hotel Bristol Palace, an elegant Art Nouveau hotel in the heart of Genoa, close to the Ducal Palace and Teatro Carlo Felice. The hotel's beautiful and delicate spiral staircase was a cinematic inspiration to Alfred Hitchcock, who was a regular guest. Time to relax or explore the city before a welcome dinner in the hotel that night.

Tue 9 Jun

Join your guide this morning for a tour of the medieval heart of the city, one of the largest historic centres in Europe. Starting at Piazza Caricamento, you will wander through the ancient narrow streets (caruggi) and absorb the rich history of this once powerful maritime republic. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure, with a preperformance apéritif before the opera that night.

Wed 10 Jun

This morning you will explore some of the grandeur of Genoa, starting at the 16th-century Villa del Principe. The interiors have recently been restored by the Doria Pamphilj family and feature a wealth of frescoes, tapestries and wooden furnishings. Continue on to the Palazzo Reale, a former residence of the Savoy dynasty, with terraced gardens, exquisite furnishings, a fine collection of 17th-century art and a gilded Hall of Mirrors. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure with dinner that night in a private villa in the nearby fishing town of Sori.

Thu 11 Jun

Check-out and transfer (approx. 2 hours) to Turin, where you will stay at the luxurious 5-star Grand Hotel Sitea. The day is then free for you to spend as you wish. Once again, there will be a pre-performance apéritif before the opera that night.

Fri 12 Jun

Join your guide for a morning walking tour of the highlights of Turin. Visits will include the splendid Piazza San Carlo, lined with churches and palaces, the 15th-century Cathedral and the baroque Palazzo Carignano, birthplace of the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. The tour will end with lunch in a local restaurant, followed by the rest of the day at leisure.

Sat 13 Jun

A half-day excursion to Venaria Reale, a grandiose estate just outside Turin. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the largest royal residences in the world and has only recently been rescued from ruin. Among the jewels in its crown are the royal apartments and their collections, the Great Gallery, vast gardens and parkland and the spectacular Stag Fountain. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure with a farewell dinner that evening in a local restaurant.

Sun 14 Jun

Spend the morning at leisure, before transferring to Turin airport for the late afternoon flight home.

Programme

9 Jun 20.00

MANON LESCAUT PucciniInc

D: Andrea Battistoni

C: Davide Livermore

Cast includes: Maria Josè Siri, Riccardo Massi, Stefano Antonucci, Matteo Peirone

Venue: Teatro Carlo Felice

11 Jun 20.00

SIMON BOCCANEGRA VerdiInc

D: Sylvano Bussotti

C: Pier Giorgio Morandi

Cast includes: Carlos Álvarez, Rebeka Lokar, Michele Pertusi, Roberto Aronica, Roberto de Candia

Venue: Teatro Regio

Flights

British Airways

8 Jun London Gatwick - Genoa dep: 09.00 arr: 12.05

14 Jun Turin - London Gatwick dep: 17.30 arr: 18.30

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

SHOULD YOU WISH TO EXTEND YOUR STAY BEFORE OR AFTER THE GROUP TOUR, PLEASE CONTACT US.

Prices per person

Tour price £2395
Single room supplement £450
Club Europe flight upgrade from £300
Land-only tour price £2240
Deposit required £395
Tour code GEN1

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