Itinerary

Mon 2 Dec

Afternoon arrival in Madrid and transfer by coach to the 4-star Hotel Indigo. Centrally located on the Gran Vía in the heart of city, it is only a 5-minute walk to Teatro Real. Welcome drinks and canapés will be served in the hotel with the evening free for you to dine in one of the many excellent restaurants that Madrid has to offer.

Tue 3 Dec

The day starts with a visit to the world-famous El Prado Museum which this year celebrates its bicentenary. Your guided tour will focus on many of the Spanish Masters on display, notably El Greco, Ribera, Velázquez and Goya. Lunch is in a local restaurant with the afternoon at leisure before the opera performance that evening at Teatro Real.

Wed 4 Dec

Today is a full-day excursion outside of the city to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance, this vast complex was conceived by Philip II who wanted a building that would serve as a palace, a monastery and as a burial place for his father, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant before the return to Madrid and the evening at leisure.

Thu 5 Dec

Transfer by train to Barcelona (approx. 3 hours) and check in at the 4-star superior Hotel Barcelona Center, located in the heart of the Eixample district. There will be time to rest and relax before transferring to the Gran Teatre del Liceu for that evening’s double-bill, which will include interval drinks at the theatre.

Fri 6 Dec

Join your guide this morning and discover the work of the unique Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. You will visit Casa Batlló -considered to be one of his masterpieces - and Casa Milà, the last building Gaudí designed before devoting himself completely to the construction of the Sagrada Familia. The tour ends with a farewell lunch in a local restaurant and the rest of the day at leisure.

Sat 7 Dec

Spend the morning at leisure for either last-minute shopping or sightseeing, then transfer to the airport for your homeward journey.

Programme

3 Dec 20.00

IL PIRATA BelliniInc

D: Emilio Sagi

C: Maurizio Benini

Cast includes: Javier Camarena, Sonya Yoncheva, George Petean, Marin Yonchev, Felipe Bou, María Miró

Venue: Teatro Real, Madrid

New production. Co-production with Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Please note that tickets to Teatro Real will be confirmed closer to the date of departure.

5 Dec 20.00

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI Mascagni / LeoncavalloInc

D: Damiano Michieletto

C: Henrik Nánási

Cast includes: Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak, Elena Pankratova, Mercedes Gancedo, Gabriele Viviani, Duncan Rock, Elena Zilio, Vicenç Esteve

Venue: Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Co-production with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden

Flights

British Airways

2 Dec London Heathrow - Madrid dep: 12.55 arr: 16.15

7 Dec Barcelona - London Heathrow dep: 14.15 arr: 15.40

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £2095
Single room supplement £310
Club Europe flight upgrade from £350
Land-only tour price £1950
Deposit required £450
Tour code SPA2

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, three lunches, welcome drinks and canapés, interval drinks, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, best available ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.