Itinerary

Mon 10 Aug

Afternoon arrival at Verona airport and transfer to the elegant 4-star Hotel Colomba d’Oro in the heart of Verona, conveniently located a very short walking distance from the Arena di Verona. Welcome dinner that evening in a local restaurant.

Tue 11 Aug

Join your guide this morning for a walking tour of Verona, taking in the medieval and Roman Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, as well as Casa di Giulietta to view the balcony where Juliet was said to have received Romeo’s declaration of love. A travel pass is included for independent visits to three notable churches. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure for you to further explore this historic city. There is the option that evening to attend the performance of Verdi’s Nabucco.

Wed 12 Aug

A full-day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Mantua. You will visit the Palazzo Ducale, originally the residence of the powerful Gonzaga family, which houses exceptional frescoes by Mantegna in the Camera degli Sposi (Bridal Chamber), demonstrating the artist’s masterful use of perspective and trompe l’oeil. Other visits include the Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara. After lunch in a local restaurant you will continue to the baroque Teatro Scientifico del Bibiena, the Basilica di Sant’Andrea and catch a glimpse of the Casa di Rigoletto. Return to Verona for the evening and dinner at leisure.

Thu 13 Aug

The day is free for you to spend as you wish. The performance that evening is a new production of the classic double-bill of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.

Fri 14 Aug

Spend the morning exploring nearby Castelvecchio. Built in 1350, this huge fortress was severely damaged both by Napoleon and in World War II, but ingeniously restored under the guidance of the renowned Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, who constructed bridges over exposed foundations and filled gaping holes with glass panels. The complex is now home to a diverse collection of statuary, frescoes, jewellery, medieval artefacts and paintings. There will be a farewell lunch in a local restaurant with time to rest and relax before that evening’s performance of Turandot.

Sat 15 Aug

Spend the morning and lunch at leisure before transferring to the airport for the afternoon flight home.

 

POST-TOUR EXTENSION

Sat 15 Aug

Spend the day at leisure before the evening performance of La traviata.

Sun 16 Aug

Spend the morning and lunch at leisure before transferring to the airport for the afternoon flight home. Please ask for a quote.

Programme

11 Aug 20.45

NABUCCO Verdi£212

13 Aug 20.45

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI Mascagni / LeoncavalloInc

D: tbc

C: tbc

Cast: tbc

New productions

14 Aug 20.45

TURANDOT VerdiInc

D: Franco Zeffirelli

C: tbc

Cast: tbc

15 Aug 20.45

LA TRAVIATA VerdiRQ

D: Franco Zeffirelli

C: tbc

Cast: tbc

Flights

Easyjet

10 Aug London Gatwick - Verona dep: 13.15 arr: 16.20

15 Aug Verona - London Gatwick dep: 16.50 arr: 17.55

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 £1995
Single room supplement £445
Land-only tour price £1745
Deposit required £400
Tour code VRN1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two lunches, one dinner, 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.