Cultural Tours & Music Holidays
Our Cultural Tours & Music Holidays programme includes a range of holidays that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes and interests. Whether you wish to learn more of the history and art of a particular region, experience one of our exclusive Kirker Music Festivals or enjoy a classical concert or opera performance, we are confident you will find something that will whet your appetite for travel. All our escorted holidays are led by a guest lecturer who will help you experience the best of what your chosen destination has to offer, but will always allow plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings at a leisurely pace with the company of your fellow travellers.
Read the Key Features below for more information on our escorted holidays.
Palladian Villas & The Art of the Veneto
6 nights | Departs 8 October 2022 - prices from £1,879
Based in Padua, the historic university city, we will discover the work of 14th century master Giotto, one of the pioneers of the Italian Renaissance, and explore the Veneto countryside surrounding the city. It is here, as the wealth of Venice spread inland, that great architects designed elegant residences for the merchants and gentry. The most famous of these architects was Andrea Palladio, who built on ancient principles of classical architecture to design villas with the most perfect proportions.
All our escorted holidays are led by carefully selected lecturers who will help you experience the best of what your chosen destination has to offer, but we will also allow plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings at a leisurely pace with the company of your fellow travellers. The key features of our Cultural Tours & Music Holidays are listed below (click on each section to expand and read more).
We operate our tours with a smaller number of participants to ensure a more personal experience. Typically, there will be between 10 and 22 passengers. All our cultural tours and music holidays are in the company of a tour leader and, where necessary, there will also be a local guide available to help with the smooth running of your holiday.
We always take great care when selecting the hotels and they vary from small, family-run 3 star hotels to luxurious 5 star properties. To us, location and atmosphere are just as important as star rating. Several of the hotels we have selected this year are included in our Short Breaks brochure and have long been popular favourites with Kirker clients. Whilst the tour price is invariably based on flights departing from London, we would be delighted to quote for a flight from your local airport. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements, please call us for a quote for ground arrangements only.
The secret of these tours, which often include private openings and visits that would not be possible for the independent traveller, is the detailed planning that goes into every holiday to ensure that you have an unrivalled experience. They are designed to make the most of the time spent in each location but, once the tour has started, you are perfectly at liberty to opt out of a particular day’s activity if you prefer to relax or explore independently. We have built-in relaxation time in each of the tours – and have, in many instances, included dinners in good local restaurants which will give you more of an opportunity to experience the local flavour.
Our lecturers are a dedicated and loyal team of distinguished academics who have known Barry Cheeseman, and other members of the Kirker team, personally for a number of years.
These music holidays are different from the others included in our programme in that we have prepared a special programme of music exclusively for Kirker clients and have engaged international musicians of the highest calibre. Artists, concert programmes and venues have all been carefully arranged and we like to think the atmosphere on these holidays will be more akin to a country house party where audiences and musicians alike will share in the uniqueness of the festival. Because the festivals are exclusively for our clients there will be a larger number of participants than on our other escorted holidays.
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A selection of videos to give you a flavour of our Cultural Tours and Music Holidays