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The Verdi Festival in Parma

The Verdi Festival in Parma

Parma

The annual Verdi Festival takes place in one of Italy’s most beautiful historic cities, Parma. It is here in the countryside around Parma that Verdi was born, grew up and lived for much of his life. The special charm of Parma’s Verdi Festival is that performances take place not just in the Teatro Regio, one of the loveliest theatres in Italy, but also at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto when singers from the Verdi Voci Competition get a chance to perform.

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The Kirker Jazz Festival with the Joe Stilgoe Trio

The Kirker Jazz Festival with the Joe Stilgoe Trio

London

Singer, pianist and songwriter, Joe Stilgoe brings his uniquely entertaining style of performance to three private concerts held at the Royal Over-Seas League in St James’s.

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Christmas in Venice

Christmas in Venice

Venice

Christmas brings a unique atmosphere to La Serenissima, returning Venice to a place of brooding mystery and beauty. It’s a time for the cognoscenti to enjoy the city’s undimmed charms in peace and solitude.

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CERN & Mont Blanc: Dark and Frozen Matter

CERN & Mont Blanc: Dark and Frozen Matter

Geneva

Join readers of New Scientist magazine to discover the world's greatest physics laboratory, accompanied by particle physicist Darren Price.

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Roman Cuisine with Valentina Harris

Roman Cuisine with Valentina Harris

Rome

Chef, writer and broadcaster Valentina Harris grew up and learned her cooking skills in Rome, a city which has an extraordinary culinary tradition dating back two millennia. This carefully-crafted new itinerary will take you...

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Christmas on the Côte d'Azur

Christmas on the Côte d'Azur

Nice

The Côte d'Azur has attracted artists since the 19th century, and the unique microclimate and glowing light which brought Monet, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso to the Riviera makes this the perfect destination for an elegant Christmas escape.

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The Buxton International Festival

The Buxton International Festival

The Buxton International Festival was originally founded to present little known operas in the town's magical opera house, designed by Frank Matcham, yet the Festival has extended its remit considerably in the past decade or so with one of the most varied and wide-ranging programmes of any UK festival.

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La Palma & Tenerife: Astronomy and Volcanoes

La Palma & Tenerife: Astronomy and Volcanoes

Tenerife

Visit an array of telescopes and take part in expert-led stargazing at Europe's most important astronomy sites in La Palma and Tenerife. Accompanied by New Scientist Astronomer Abigail Beall, you will also visit rare sub-tropical rainforests, volcanoes and ancient cave petroglyphs.

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Reims and Champagne

Reims and Champagne

Champagne

This tour offers an insider’s view of Champagne in the company of wine expert Tim Clarke. The heart of the Champagne region is a relatively compact area to the east of Paris around Reims and Epernay.

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Baroque Opera in Sweden

Baroque Opera in Sweden

Stockholm

Built across 14 of the 20,000 islands that shelter the city from the Baltic, Stockholm is a revelation and undoubtedly one of the world's most elegant capitals. The number of Swedish opera singers who enjoy top-level careers and who grace the world's stages is nothing less than astonishing.

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The North Norfolk Music Festival

The North Norfolk Music Festival

The North Norfolk Music Festival was founded in 2005 by Kirker’s very own Barry Cheeseman and musician Simon Rowland-Jones. Back then it was a series of just three concerts but over the years it has developed into two weeks of mus...

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The Three Choirs Festival in Worcester

The Three Choirs Festival in Worcester

Artistic Director, Samuel Hudson has chosen the environment to be the theme of the 2024 Three Choirs Festival, which is to be held in the city of Worcester. Our selection of evening concerts at Worcester Cathedral include a Rossini rarity...

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Nuremberg & Franconia

Nuremberg & Franconia

The cultural heart of Germany, Franconia is home to some of the most evocative and well-preserved mediaeval art and architecture in Europe.

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The Flemish Art Cities of Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp

The Flemish Art Cities of Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp

Ghent

Our tour to these three great Flemish art cities was inspired by the long-awaited reopening of Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA) in September 2022, and while this wonderful museum may be the highlight...

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Puglia & Basilicata: The Lands Between the Seas

Puglia & Basilicata: The Lands Between the Seas

Lecce

Puglia, the ‘heel’ of Italy, is an ancient land that produces more olive oil and wine than any other region of Italy. It is highly fertile despite its harsh limestone landscape typical of the Mezzogiorno. It was this remote corner...

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Art Galleries of the Netherlands

Art Galleries of the Netherlands

Amsterdam

Amsterdam has one of the world’s greatest concentrations of exceptional art collections and our tour in the company of Dutch art historian Ger Van Den Munckhof will transport you to Holland’s 17th century Golden Age and back again...

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The Birth of Modern Medicine: Paris & Montpellier

The Birth of Modern Medicine: Paris & Montpellier

Paris, Montpellier

From mummified écorché figures to bone-lined catacombs, during this tour you will discover the foundations of the modern science of medicine in two French cities: Paris, where the ‘Paris School’ of hygiene and hospital...

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The Villa Medici Giulini Collection

The Villa Medici Giulini Collection

This is a very special and unusual opportunity to join a private house party for Kirker clients, hosted by Fernanda Giulini whose private villa is the base for our visit.

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The Gardens of Dorset & Somerset

The Gardens of Dorset & Somerset

Expert horticulturalist and popular Kirker tour leader Kirsty Fergusson will escort this highly anticipated new itinerary ‘behind the scenes’ of some of the most wonderful gardens in the south-west of England.

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The Gardens and Galleries of Cornwall

The Gardens and Galleries of Cornwall

Cornwall’s unique microclimate makes it the perfect destination for a spring escape, and the warmth combined with the special quality of the light here has – much like the French Riviera – long attracted both artists and horticult...

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Seville & Andalucia

Seville & Andalucia

Seville, Andalucia

Based in the city of Seville this itinerary has been carefully designed to give you plenty of time in this beautiful and historic city with its impressive cathedral, important art collections and famous tapas bars in the Barrio de...

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Wines of Rioja & Northern Spain

Wines of Rioja & Northern Spain

A superb wine tour through Rioja and Old Castile to discover some of Spain’s greatest vineyards and enjoy the legendary hospitality of the bodegas. We will travel through the Basque Country, La Rioja and Castile, visiting both fam...

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Art of the Cote D'Azur

Art of the Cote D'Azur

Nice

French artists began to discover the attractions of the Côte d’Azur and the iridescent quality of the region’s dazzling light towards the end of the 19th century. Monet was the first artist to be lured to the Riviera, arriving the...

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The 24th Sibelius Festival in Lahti

The 24th Sibelius Festival in Lahti

The annual Sibelius Festival in Lahti, about an hour from Helsinki, has long been one of our most popular music holidays so we are delighted to be returning for all seven Sibelius symphonies in 2024. We will attend all three evening concerts...

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The Kirker Jazz Festival at the Star, Alfriston

The Kirker Jazz Festival at the Star, Alfriston

Our second Kirker Jazz Festival will be held at Alex Polizzi’s stylish hotel in the picturesque and historic village of Alfriston, and stars the multi award-winning pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock. One of the finest and most...

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The Kirker Ischia Music Festival

The Kirker Ischia Music Festival

Ischia

Our annual visit to the beautiful and verdant island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples is a highlight in the Kirker calendar.

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Avila, Salamanca & Historic Castille

Avila, Salamanca & Historic Castille

Our tour to the province of Castile will include visits to Zamora, Segovia as well as Salamanca and Ávila, home to the best preserved medieval city walls in Spain.

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The Puccini Opera Festival

The Puccini Opera Festival

Lucca

Giacomo Puccini was born into a musical family in Lucca on 22 December 1858. As a boy Puccini sang in the choir of the Cathedral of San Martino and later received his musical education at the conservatory in Milan.

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Ancient Egypt & The Nile Valley

Ancient Egypt & The Nile Valley

Cairo & Giza, Luxor, Aswan

The Nile Valley was the cradle of early civilisation, where a sophisticated society created some of the world’s most enduring monuments – from the Pyramids and Sphinx, to the great temples at Karnak, Luxor and Aswan and the extraordinary tombs...

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The Kirker Music Festival at Chilston Park, Kent

The Kirker Music Festival at Chilston Park, Kent

Our newest UK Music Festival takes place in the Garden of England, at the elegant Chilston Park Hotel on the edge of the Kent Downs. This is a verdant corner of the country, with vineyards, orchards and great gardens...

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The Vineyards of Sussex

The Vineyards of Sussex

With it’s warm, dry climate and chalk soils, Sussex is at the heart of the English wine revolution, and is the first UK wine region to be awarded PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) Status. In the company of drinks writer and wine expert Jonathan Ray...

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The Heritage & History of Malta & Gozo

The Heritage & History of Malta & Gozo

Malta, Gozo

Malta and Gozo are small islands but there is a great deal of fascinating history on each, which will satisfy even the most demanding of travellers. They have beautiful coastlines, attractive fishing ports, pretty villages often d...

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Two Dinners and Three Lunches

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Ravenna, Urbino & Ferrara

Ravenna, Urbino & Ferrara

Ravenna, Urbino

The first of our two holidays to this region focuses on three historic cities in the western part of Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche. Ravenna was the last capital of the Western Roman Empire, and remains a treasury of some of the wor...

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Carcassonne & Albi

Carcassonne & Albi

Carcassonne

This tour is based at the pinnacle of the mediaeval citadel of Carcassonne where we stay at the luxurious Hotel de la Cité, built into the ramparts with panoramic views of the countryside.

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The Kirker Music Festival at the Tresanton, St. Mawes

The Kirker Music Festival at the Tresanton, St. Mawes

Our annual visit to Olga Polizzi’s fabled Hotel Tresanton in St.Mawes combines a relaxing spring escape in Cornwall with a series of world-class chamber music recitals, and is a highlight of the Kirker calendar.

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Three dinners

Lamorran Gardens

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Bordeaux - Wine Capital of the World

Bordeaux - Wine Capital of the World

Bordeaux

At the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, the elegant city of Bordeaux is not only one of France’s most charming, but has become a byword for fine wines over the course of many centuries. Since the Kingdom of Aquitaine, the English have enjoyed the wines of Medoc, Margaux...

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Wine & Opera in Vienna

Wine & Opera in Vienna

Vienna

One of the world’s great centres of art and music, Vienna is also in the centre of Austria’s winemaking regions, between the beautiful Danube Valley vineyards and Burgenland on the Hungarian border. The city itself...

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Lake Geneva & Wines of Lavaux

Lake Geneva & Wines of Lavaux

Lausanne

The tranquil shores of Lake Geneva have inspired artists and writers for centuries, from Mary and Percy Shelley to Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward, Richard Burton and Audrey Hepburn, who all lived ovelooking the water...

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The D-Day Landing Grounds in Normandy

The D-Day Landing Grounds in Normandy

This tour is designed to tell the story of the famous D-Day landings in June 1944 that launched the invasion of France and opened the Battle for Normandy that led directly to the capture of Paris in August. Thereafter, the Allies ...

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The Metropolitan Opera & Galleries and Museums of New York

The Metropolitan Opera & Galleries and Museums of New York

New York

We return to The Met this season for a programme of carefully selected operas starring a very impressive line-up of the world’s finest singers.

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Freud's Vienna: The Three Schools of Psychoanalysis

Freud's Vienna: The Three Schools of Psychoanalysis

Vienna

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and former Chair and Fellow of the Freud Museum London, Dr Dany Nobus, will lead this fascinating new itinerary to Freud's Vienna. We will explore the history of Freud, Adler, Frankl and the birth of the Viennese Schools of Psychoanalysis...

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Umbria - The Essence of Italy

Umbria - The Essence of Italy

Umbria

Perugia, the capital of Umbria and one of the finest cities in Italy is the centre from which we explore this fascinating region. Umbria is filled with historic art towns, perched on their hilltops with wonderful views of the rolling Umbrian countryside planted with olive groves and vineyards. 

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Wines of Alsace

Wines of Alsace

A fascinating cultural blend of French and Germanic influences, Alsace is a region of half-timbered mediaeval towns, delicious cuisine which combines French refinement with hearty Germanic ingredients such as Choucroute...

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Glorious Gardens of the Scottish Highlands

Glorious Gardens of the Scottish Highlands

Despite its northerly latitude, the Highlands of Scotland, warmed by the effects of the Gulf Stream and cultivated by some of the country’s most skilled and passionate horticulturalists, is home to a surprising diversity of...

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La Serenissima Baroque Music at Hintlesham Hall

La Serenissima Baroque Music at Hintlesham Hall

The award-winning baroque music ensemble La Serenissima present a unique festival this summer in the elegant surroundings of Hintlesham Hall, which brings together the music and history of England, Vienna and...

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The Kirker Music Festival at The Star, Alfriston

The Kirker Music Festival at The Star, Alfriston

We are looking forward to returning to Alex Polizzi’s hotel in the picturesque and historic village of Alfriston for our second Kirker Music Festival. Music is at the core of our stay at The Star, with three concerts in the Old Ch...

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Kepler's Prague

Kepler's Prague

Prague

Join astronomer and lecturer Martin Girffiths for a journey to the heart of early modern science on our tour of mediaeval Prague in the footsteps of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler.

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Tenerife - The Nature & History of a Volcanic Island

Tenerife - The Nature & History of a Volcanic Island

Tenerife

Tenerife, the largest island in the Canaries archipelago, is a volcanic island with an unspoilt and dramatic interior and a beautiful coastline. Perfectly preserved villages with colourful painted houses, pretty squares and...

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The Bay of Naples

The Bay of Naples

Naples

The ancient and imperial history of Naples and its glorious Bay is so powerfully etched into the minds of travellers to the region that it often comes as a shock to remember that, after the fall of the Roman Empire, Naples was reb...

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The Kirker Music Festival on Lake Como

The Kirker Music Festival on Lake Como

Lake Como

We will be returning to the romantic and beautiful shores of Lake Como for another Kirker Music Festival at the lakeside Hotel Imperiale in Moltrasio.

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The Kirker Music Festival, Tenerife

The Kirker Music Festival, Tenerife

Tenerife

Escape from the rigours of the British winter for a week of music-making in the sub-tropical Canary Islands. We return to Tenerife for our exclusive festival, staying at the splendid 5* Hotel Botanico surrounded by lush gardens in...

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Villas & Gardens Around Rome

Villas & Gardens Around Rome

Rome

Italy not only has many of the greatest 16th and 17th century gardens in Europe, it also has some which have been extensively restored and indeed created in the 20th century. We visit two of these at Ninfa and La Landriana.

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Gardens of the Riviera

Gardens of the Riviera

There are many great gardens dotted along the Côte d’Azur between St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the border with Italy. Along with the artists, many gardeners were drawn to the Riviera, attracted by both its climate and its beauty.

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Turin & Piedmont

Turin & Piedmont

Turin

The first capital of a unified Italy, Turin enjoys a stunning location surrounded by the Alps and the vineyards of the Piedmont countryside, with the River Po flowing through its centre. The seat of the Savoy dynasty since the 16t...

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Opera at La Fenice in Venice

Opera at La Fenice in Venice

Venice

La Fenice in Venice is one of the world’s most historic opera houses. Inaugurated in 1792 the opera house has, like its namesake the phoenix, been destroyed by fire and rebuilt, both in 1836 and 1996.

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Bohr's Copenhagen: Physics Past & Future

Bohr's Copenhagen: Physics Past & Future

Copenhagen

Join author, journalist and scientist Manjit Kumar, for a fascinating holiday to the Danish capital, the birthplace of quantum physics. It was here that Niels Bohr (7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962) founded the Institute of Theoretical Physics...

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Jordan - The Land of T.E. Lawrence

Jordan - The Land of T.E. Lawrence

Amman

The sight of the Great Treasury of Petra is one of the most thrilling travel experiences you will encounter, giving the visitor a great sense of discovery and something very special to savour.

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The Aldeburgh Festival

The Aldeburgh Festival

Founded by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears in 1948, the Aldeburgh Festival passes a landmark anniversary this summer. Known for its commitment to contemporary music and composers, the Festival’s summer programme always combines favourite pieces with brand new works.

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Art & Opera in Lisbon

Art & Opera in Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon, ‘City of the Navigators’, was once the heart of Europe’s maritime power and memories of this Golden Age are still clearly evident today. Our four-night tour will uncover the city’s glittering, powerful history hidden beneath its friendly façade.

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The Italian Lakes - Gardens & Villas of Lakes Como & Maggiore

The Italian Lakes - Gardens & Villas of Lakes Como & Maggiore

Lake Como

One has to go far to find a more perfect and peaceful landscape than the shores of Lake Como, where this tour is based. Tranquil, serene and timeless, the mountains that fringe the crystal waters provide a dramatic backdrop as do ...

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The Grandeur of Rome

The Grandeur of Rome

Rome

The 3rd century AD saw Rome at its Imperial peak, a densely populated city spreading out over its seven hills, a testament to the power and wealth of the vast Roman Empire. Many of the glorious buildings and sites survive today bu...

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Opera at La Scala, Milan

Opera at La Scala, Milan

Milan

La Scala, Milan is, for most opera lovers, the world’s most revered and important opera house. The theatre opened in 1778 with a performance of an opera by Salieri and since then many of the greatest Italian operas

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Sicily - An Enigmatic Island

Sicily - An Enigmatic Island

Syracuse, Agrigento

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily’s strategic importance has given it a violent, eventful and colourful history. Doric temples, Roman mosaics, elegant and powerful Norman architecture and a wealth of Baroque and Rena...

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Renaissance Art in Florence

Renaissance Art in Florence

Florence

Since the birth of the Renaissance, Florence has been one of the most important destinations for discerning travellers with an appreciation of art, but it was the Grand Tourists of the 18th century who made Florence an essential component in a cultural education...

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The Kirker Music Festival in Mallorca

The Kirker Music Festival in Mallorca

Mallorca

On the spectacular and dramatic north coast of Mallorca, far from the mass tourism of the south-east, is the pretty village of Estellencs in the dramatic Tramuntana Mountains. Mallorca has long been associated with Frederic Chopin.

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Byzantine & Ottoman Istanbul

Byzantine & Ottoman Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the world’s most fascinating cities and has a colourful and complex history, spanning many centuries. Our five night holiday will introduce you to both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods; spanning 1,600 years fro...

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The Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo

Brussels

The Battle of Waterloo was one of the epic contests of all time with the three greatest generals of the age present along with 200,000 troops from nine countries. The outcome of the battle was perched on a knife edge until the very last hour of daylight...

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Villas & Gardens Around Lisbon

Villas & Gardens Around Lisbon

Lisbon

The vast wealth which came from Portugal’s maritime empire in the 16th and 17th century funded and inspired the creation of a host of mansions and palaces as well as their elaborate gardens in the countryside surrounding the city of Lisbon.

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Nobel's Stockholm: Celebrating Science Through Space & Time

Nobel's Stockholm: Celebrating Science Through Space & Time

Stockholm

Built across 14 of the 20,000 islands that shelter the city from the Baltic Sea, Stockholm is undoubtedly one of the world’s most elegant capitals. It is also a haven of scientific thinkers, from Alfred Nobel, to Carl Linnaeus, and Jons Jacob Berzelius, one of the fathers of modern chemistry...

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The Scottish Enlightenment: Edinburgh and Glasgow

The Scottish Enlightenment: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Edinburgh

Discover Edinburgh’s and Glasgow’s most famous scientific thinkers, and how their work underpinned emerging ideas for understanding the world from the 16th century onwards. Explore key sites and moments from the Scottish Enlightenment...

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The Gardens of Sussex & Kent

The Gardens of Sussex & Kent

Join garden writer and popular Kirker tour leader, Kirsty Fergusson as she opens the gate to some very special Sussex and Kent gardens, for a spectacular display of midsummer colour and contrasts. The tour includes three private gardens...

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The Kirker Music Festival at The Grand, Eastbourne

The Kirker Music Festival at The Grand, Eastbourne

The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is the majestic setting for a summer Kirker Music Festival. Explore the Eastbourne seafront and charming old town, as well as join our excursions to Charleston Farmhouse and the Towner Gallery.

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The Kirker Music Festival in Suffolk

The Kirker Music Festival in Suffolk

This picturesque corner of Suffolk, with its rivers and marshes, is closely associated with the artists Constable and Gainsborough, as well as the composer Benjamin Britten, who was born in Lowestoft and lived and worked in nearby...

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Sightseeing

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Parma, Cremona & Mantua

Parma, Cremona & Mantua

Our second tour to this relatively unknown corner of northern Italy is based in Parma, a city synonymous with the very best food and produce in Italy, and includes visits to the art cities of Cremona and Mantua.

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The French Revolution

The French Revolution

Paris

Join Hugh Macdonald-Buchanan as he traces the story of one of history’s most important events. The French Revolution burst on the scene at Versailles where Louis XVI had convened the Estates General in 1789...

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Art, Opera & Ballet in Paris

Art, Opera & Ballet in Paris

Paris

The Opéra de Paris presents an extraordinary range of operas and ballets each season – casting, repertory and musical depth are of the highest international calibre. In the company of Parisian resident and opera expert Patrick Bade...

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Palladian Villas & The Art of the Veneto

Palladian Villas & The Art of the Veneto

Padua

Masters of Renaissance art and architecture designed classical buildings across the Veneto for the sophisticated gentry of the sixteenth century; the most famous of these architects was Andrea Palladio.

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Savonlinna Opera Festival

Savonlinna Opera Festival

The Savonlinna Opera Festival began in 1912 thanks to the efforts of Finnish soprano Aino Acktè who saw that the romantic setting of Olavinlinna Castle on Lake Saimaa would be a perfect stage for opera...

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Gardens of Marrakech

Gardens of Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech is an intoxicating destination for all the senses, and the city and its surroundings are also home to a number of remarkable gardens.

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Bologna - Italy's Gastronomic Heart

Bologna - Italy's Gastronomic Heart

Bologna

Join Italian food expert Valentina Harris for a tour of the culinary heartland of Italy, based in Bologna, known as “la dotta, la grassa, la rossa” for its ancient university, rich cuisine and terracotta rooftops. Broadcaster, chef and author of books including ‘Italian Regional Cookery’, Valentina...

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Liguria & The Cinque Terre

Liguria & The Cinque Terre

Pisa

One of the most beautiful coastal regions in Italy, stretching between Monaco and Tuscany and with a dramatic range of mountains as its backdrop, Liguria is also one of the least visited.

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Christmas in Dresden

Christmas in Dresden

Dresden

Crowned by the Frauenkirche, which had lain in ruins since the end of World War II until it was re-consecrated in 2005, the historic quarter of Dresden has been completely and sensitively restored and the ‘Florence on the Elbe’ has regained its position as one of Europe’s greatest cultural centres.

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American Ballet Theatre of New York

American Ballet Theatre of New York

New York

This summer, New York offers a uniquely tantalising confluence of events in the ballet world: a landmark exhibition devoted to the Ballets Russes, and two important productions by The American Ballet Theatre.

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Ballet tickets

Two dinners

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The Grange Festival

The Grange Festival

Located in rolling Hampshire parkland, The Grange is a magnificent, neo-classical house that lies at the heart of the Baring family’s estate close to Winchester.

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The Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton

The Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton

The elegant Derbyshire spa town of Buxton in the heart of the Peak District is home to Frank Matcham's stunning opera house, which hosts the wonderful International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.

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The Science of the Waterways

The Science of the Waterways

Explore the science of the canals of England and Wales while visiting six of the seven British wonders of the waterways, including Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Standedge Tunnel and Bingley Five Rise Locks.

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Boat cruises

Lecturer

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Budapest & The Vineyards of Tokaji

Budapest & The Vineyards of Tokaji

Budapest

Join The Spectator’s drinks editor Jonathan Ray and classical music columnist Richard Bratby for a very special trip to Hungary, combining the grand capital Budapest, with the celebrated vineyards of Tokaji. We shall spend three days in Budapest, taking in the famous Széchenyi baths and a night at the Hungarian State Opera, as well as a private cruise on the Danube and dinner at the fabled Gundel restaurant in Budapest City Park.

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Rossini Festival in Pesaro

Rossini Festival in Pesaro

Held every summer in Pesaro, where the composer was born in 1792, the Rossini Festival has always attracted the world’s greatest bel canto singers. Marilyn Horne, Montserrat Caballe, June Anderson, Rockwell Blake, Chris Merrit and Juan Diego Florez are just a few of those who have sung in Rossini’s hometown.

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