• Enjoy three magnificent productions staged at Verona’s famous Arena, including Verdi’s Aida and Nabucco
• Attend a brand new production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci – a famously inseparable duo
• Explore the ‘fair Verona’ of Romeo and Juliet, and journey by boat across Lake Garda
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Depart London Gatwick 1315 on Easyjet, arriving Verona 1620. Transfer to Hotel San Luca, Verona for five nights. Evening introductory talk.
Morning walking tour of Verona: Arena, Castelvecchio, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and cloister. Free afternoon followed by early evening lecture. Evening performance at the Arena: Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo Pagliacci.
Further visits in Verona: Duomo, Ponte Pietra, Church of Sant’ Anastasia (exterior), Casa di Giulietta and Roman Theatre. Free afternoon followed by early evening lecture. Evening performance at the Arena: Verdi Nabucco.
Excursion by coach to Vicenza for Teatro Olimpico, followed by Vigardolo for Villa Valmarana. Free afternoon followed by early evening lecture. Evening performance at the Arena: Verdi Aida.
Excursion by coach to Lake Garda and its lakeside towns including Riva and Garda (weather permitting). By private boat to Limone on the north-western side of the lake, before crossing to Malcesine for farewell dinner at local restaurant.
Free morning. Depart Verona 1650, arriving Gatwick 1800.
2 Jul — 7 Jul 2020
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This tour involves a significant amount of walking over cobbles, up and down steps (sometimes without handrails), and potentially in hot sunshine or over wet pavements. A good level of fitness is required to complete the itinerary, although allowances can be made for those with less stamina. The walk from the hotel to the arena is on flat ground and takes around five minutes. Please note all performances are scheduled to begin at 2100.
Own flight reduction: £175
Cost of £2945 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, four dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £445. Single rooms available on request.