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Kirker bookings and coronavirus

01 August 2022

Many thanks to all Kirker customers for your patience over the last 2.5 years and for your continued enthusiasm for travel – your support and positive approach is very much appreciated.  We are currently experiencing a significant increase in the number of new enquiries which has resulted in a very…

Update re: travel to Russia

03 March 2022

In light of the continuing situation in Ukraine, Kirker has suspended all holidays to Russia until further notice. We continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the latest FCDO travel advice. If you have an existing booking to Russia we will contact you in due course, but please call…

Join the Kirker Team

24 November 2021

NEW VACANCY    Graduate Travel Consultant     Kirker Holidays is looking for an articulate new recruit who has an interest in travel and European Culture.  You will probably have studied Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, History of Art or European languages to degree level and will be able to enthusiastically share this…

Coronavirus and Museums

27 July 2020

Coronavirus & Museums The very positive news is that most museums and local attractions have now re-opened – and it is the perfect time to visit whilst visitor numbers are much lower than usual.  Although each destination has interpreted ‘best-practice’ slightly differently, the principles tend to be consistent, and the…

TTG Luxury Travel Awards 2020 - Specialist Luxury Operator of the Year

10 February 2020

Kirker was awarded Luxury Specialist Operator of the Year 2020 in the third annual TTG Luxury Awards at the Rosewood Hotel in London. TTG was established as Travel Trade Gazette in 1953, as the world’s very first weekly travel trade newspaper, and the awards recognise the top luxury travel businesses…

Kirker Holidays at the Association of British Operators to Italy

06 December 2019

Kirker Holidays were invited as part of a select group to a special trade event to showcase Italy, hosted by the Association of British Travel Operators to Italy. Our very own Sales guru and Italy expert, Harry Richmond (who has visited many times and even lived in the country) provided his…

Cultural Tours & Music Holidays 2020

24 October 2019

Kirker's new brochure for Cultural Tours & Music Holidays is out now - featuring a wide range of small group escorted holidays to destinations throughout Europe and beyond.  Highlights include Kirker's popular range of exclusive Kirker Music Festivals at venues including Ischia in the Bay of Naples, Lake Como, Mallorca,…

Autumn Concert at St Marylebone Church

23 October 2019

Over 80 clients took their seats at St Marylebone Parish church on an autumnal evening, for Kirker’s annual London Concert, featuring an ensemble of chamber musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  Music professors Carole Presland, piano, and Simon Rowland-Jones, viola, were accompanied by talented young musicians Ben…

Autumn Concert at Pallant House Gallery

03 October 2019

Kirker Holidays had the pleasure of hosting over 80 clients at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester on Tuesday 1st October for a private concert and a visit to the acclaimed Ivon Hitchens exhibition. After exploring the exhibition and enjoying a private talk on this local Sussex artist, the audience took…

Summer Concert St Cross Winchester

28 June 2019

On the grounds of the remarkable Grade 1 listed Hospital of St Cross in Winchester, dating back to 1132, Kirker hosted a concert and champagne reception for 140 clients last week. Guests admired the medieval architecture and explored the exceptional gardens before the concert in the intimate Norman church at…

Stilgoe & Stilgoe in aid of the Orpheus Centre

17 June 2019

Last week, more than 100 guests gathered for an enthralling evening of entertainment in the company of Sir Richard Stilgoe, his son Joe Stilgoe and students from The Orpheus Centre. Kirker sponsored the event, including a champagne reception, musical performances and supper, and we were delighted to raise more than…

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing – Private View at the Queen’s Gallery

13 June 2019

The Queen’s Gallery welcomed a group of Kirker clients to an exclusive private view of the exceptional exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing earlier this week.  Following a nationwide series of exhibitions, the Queen’s Gallery has brought together the Royal Collection’s set of more than 200 Leonardo drawings,…

The Kirker RGS Lecture with Edmund de Waal

21 May 2019

  The annual Kirker Lecture in aid of Venice in Peril took place on 14 May 2019 at the Royal Geographic Society, with a fascinating talk given by artist and author Edmund de Waal.  A record 700-strong audience filled the RGS’ Ondaatje Theatre for the talk, which coincided with Edmund’s…

The Kirker Spring Lecture at the RGS 2019

14 May 2019

The Kirker Spring Lecture at the RGS in aid of Venice in Peril Fund   Edmund de Waal “The Ghetto of Venice - A Place of Exchange”   on Tuesday, 14th May 2019 Doors open 6pm, lecture begins 7pm at The Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR(Visitor…

The Kirker Spring Lecture at the RGS

24 April 2018

The Kirker Spring Lecture at the RGS in aid of Venice in Peril Fund   “The Food of Venice and the Lagoon” given by Russell Norman Russell Norman, founder of Polpo Restaurants, shows how the culinary traditions of Venice are no less important than its people and its stones. on Tuesday,…

Kirker presented with Venice award

12 November 2016

On 12th November 2016, the City of Venice presented Kirker Holidays with a special award for Kirker’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cultural Tourism’ over the 30 years since the company’s foundation in 1986. This prestigious award was presented to Ted Wake, Joint MD of Kirker Holidays, by the Deputy Mayor -…

Kirker wins Sunday Times Travel "Value for money" award

04 May 2016

Kirker was delighted to receive the Gold award for "Best Value Travel Company" in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine's 2016 Value For Money awards. The panel of judges was tasked with finding the best value company, which is "not necessarily the cheapest, but is always competitively priced and great quality".…

John Julius Norwich at the Royal Geographical Society

20 April 2016

Kirker welcomed the inimitable John Julius Norwich to the Royal Geographical Society in London to speak at our annual spring lecture in aid of the Venice in Peril Fund. The 11th in the series of lectures was a sell-out success, with well over 600 guests filling the auditorium for a riveting…

"The Pageant of Venice" at Gladwell & Patterson

19 January 2016

We were delighted to renew an old friendship with the art gallery Gladwell & Patterson in Knightsbridge, to help open their new exhibition "The Pageant of Venice" on Tuesday 19th January. On a wet January day, over a hundred guests joined us in the elegant gallery on Beauchamp Place, to…

Cultural Tours & Music Holidays 2016

19 October 2015

Kirker's new Cultural Tours & Music Holidays brochure is available now - call 020 7593 2284 to request your copy in the post, or view the brochure online. Our latest programme of escorted tours comprises a wide range of destinations throughout Europe and beyond. Favourites such as Sicily, St Petersburg and the Italian Lakes return, and…

Ted Wake discusses the Euro-crisis on ITV's "This Morning"

02 July 2015

Kirker's Ted Wake was a guest on ITV's This Morning yesterday, joining presenters Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden on the sofa to discuss the impact of the Euro crisis in Greece on travellers planning summer holidays to the region. If you missed it, you can watch the whole programme online…

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