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Opera at La Fenice in Venice

Venice 4 nights Price from £2,248 per person
Departs: 08 Oct 2023, 04 Feb 2024, 15 Sep 2024
Departs: 08 Oct 2023

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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. The latest exquisitely restored La Fenice opened its doors in 2003. Along with the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and La Scala, Milan, La Fenice has always been one of the top three opera houses in Italy. During the 19th century many operas were first performed at La Fenice, including two of Verdi’s greatest and most popular works, ‘La traviata’ and ‘Rigoletto.’ Tickets for one performance is included, as are several walking tours and accommodation in one of Kirker's favourite hotels.


The Itinerary

There will be a selection of carefully planned walking tours to some of the city’s churches and galleries. At the Accademia, the ‘National Gallery of Venice’, we see works by the most important Venetian artists from the 14th to the 17th centuries and the more modern Peggy Guggenheim collection at the palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal where she lived. Visits to the jewel-like Santa Maria Miracoli, to Santa Maria della Salute, Santi Paolo e Giovanni, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and to Carpaccio’s fabulous cycle of the story of St. George in the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni will all be included. There will be free time each afternoon for independent exploration during which you can use your included Venice pass to visit the Palazzo Ducale, the Museo Correr and the Archaelogical Museum.


The Hotel

We stay at the 4* deluxe Monaco & Grand Canal, one of Venice’s most famous hotels. Located just 50 yards from St. Mark’s Square, the entrance leads into a stylish lobby from where a grand staircase takes you up to the beautiful restored 18th century former Venetian theatre, complete with original fresco ceilings. The 92 bedrooms have recently been renovated and breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel’s canalside restaurant or on the terrace in fine weather.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Return water taxi transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners – one at the hotel and one at a local restaurant
  • One opera ticket in the stalls at La Fenice
  • Sightseeing as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 12.55 arrive Venice 16.10
Depart Venice 16.05 arrive London Heathrow 17.20

Depart London Heathrow 13.05 arrive Venice 16.20
Depart Venice 12.45 arrive London Heathrow 14.20


Departure Dates and Prices


08 Oct 2023

Status Limited

Price from£2598

Single Supp.£672

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04 Feb 2024

Status Available

Price from£2248

Single Supp.£498

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15 Sep 2024

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Price from£2598

Single Supp.£598

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Included Hotels


Monaco & Grand Canal
Venice, Italy, Europe

The Monaco is one of Venice’s most famous hotels. The entrance leads into a stylish lobby from where a grand staircase takes you up to the beautifully restored 18th century former Venetian theatre, complete with original fresco ceilings.

Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

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Music Programme

A wonderful Venetian weekend for opera lovers with two works by Verdi, made even more special by their close associations with the city.

I due Foscari (10 October 2023)
First performance given at the Teatro Argentina, Rome on 3 November 1844.

Francesco Foscari: Luca Salsi
Jacopo Foscari: Francesco Meli
Lucrezia ContariniL Anastasia Bartoli
Loredano: Riccardo Fassi

Francesco Foscari (1373-1457) was the longest reigning Doge in the history of the Venetian Republic. The opera is based on Lord Byron’s play The Two Foscari which paints the family in such an unflattering light that when Verdi finally settled on the play as his next subject, the premiere was not given in Venice for fear of drastic censorship but in Rome.

La traviata
(11 October 2023)
First performed at La Fenice, Venice on 6 March 1853.

Violetta: Rosa Feola
Alfredo Germont: Piero Pretti
Giorgio Germont: Gabriele Viviani

Robert Carsen’s much loved production is a permanent fixture at La Fenice and is equally admired for Patrick Kinmonth’s designs and costumes. If you’ve ever wondered what happens to her loyal servant, Annina at the end of the opera, Robert Carsen provides a telling and heart warming clue.

You have a choice of two operas. If you would like to attend the second performance, tickets cost £215.

 A wonderful pairing of two of the most popular operas performed on consecutive evenings. Adolfo Corrado, unanimous winner in Cardiff at the 2023 BBC Singer competition begins his conquest of the opera world singing the role of Colline.

La boheme by Puccini (6 February)
Conductor: Stefano Ranzoni
Mimi: Claudia Pavone
Rodolfo: Celso Abelo
Musetta: Miriam Battistelli
Colline: Adolfo Corrado

Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini (7 February)
Conductor: Renato Palumbo
Rosin: Marina Comparato
Figaro: Alessandro Luongo
Dr Bartolo: Omar Montanari

You have a choice of two operas. If you would like to attend the second performance, tickets cost £215.

 Turandot by Puccini (18 September)

It’s always a pleasure to enjoy Puccini’s last opera in a more intimate setting, where the characters take on more human dimensions than when than when it’s performed in larger theatre.

Conductor: Francesco Ivan Ciampa
Turandot: Jose Maria Siri
Calaf: Fabio Sartori
Liu: Selene Zanetti

Recent Testimonials

Opera at La Fenice in Venice

By Mrs B, York, 04 February 2019

The Tour Leader was extremely helpful & knowledgeable about the places we visited. Indeed she made our holiday very special. We really cannot fault Kirker in your management or organisation. Well done!

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Opera at La Fenice in Venice

By Mrs C, Cheshire, 02 October 2017

Having visited Venice before, I already had some knowledge but Louisa Warman was outstanding and the visits to La Fenice have fulfilled a long held ambition. The Hotel Moncao & Grand Canal is in the perfect situation. We loved it all!

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Opera at La Fenice in Venice

By Ms H , 18 November 2016

All so civilised and relaxed. Just the tonic needed. What a nice surprise the welcome bottle in one’s room, many thanks. Liked the tour leader’s leisurely approach. Very informative – I will look at church paintings with different eyes now. It was good to see old masters and contemporary paintings.

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Opera at La Fenice in Venice

By Mrs B, 18 November 2016

My first visit to Venice and it was brilliant - the hotel couldn't have been in a better location, the itinerary was well chosen and very interesting and Siân Walters a knowledgeable and friendly tour leader.

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