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    TRAVEL FOR THE ARTS

    FESTIVAL DELLA VALLE D’ITRIA

    BUENOS AIRES AND BEYOND

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    RARE DONIZETTI IN BERGAMO

    NEW RING CYCLE IN CHICAGO

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    NEW DESTINATIONS FOR 2019 AND 2020

    SPRING LIBRETTO 2019

    www.travelforthearts.com +44 20 8799 8350 [email protected]

    OPERA, BALLET CLASSICAL MUSIC

    HOLIDAYS ESCORTED TOURS AND BESPOKE HOLIDAYS

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    OPERA, BALLET CLASSICAL MUSIC HOLIDAYS Travel for the Arts offers you the opportunity to visit countries across the globe with small like-minded groups of friendly aficionados to enjoy a high-level of performing arts in a relaxed manner. Our tours are all carefully planned, expert-led and we strive to bring you knowledgeable speakers, the best tickets and, on occasion, the chance to meet the artists themselves.

    A broad selection of tours and new destinations have been added for you to choose from in this Spring libretto. These include an award-nominated Festival in Puglia, a World Premiere in Wexford, a World Premiere staging in Bergamo, a highly-anticipated Ring cycle in Chicago and an incredible voyage to South America - an exciting new destination! In addition, we have joined forces for the first time with Hastings Horizons who have put together a fascinating musical journey along the Ganges.

    We pride ourselves on offering unique and unforgettable experiences for opera, ballet, classical music and arts lovers - whatever your tastes.

    BOOKING DETAILS Details of all tours featured in this brochure are available on our website www.travelforthearts.com. Many of our holidays are taken up very quickly after the brochure launch, so we would encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in making a booking.

    MAKE AN ENQUIRY You can make an enquiry about one of our tours in three ways: • Call us on 020 8799 8350 • Email [email protected] • Visit our website www.travelforthearts.com

    and make an enquiry by going into the tour. In addition we can offer a 7-day option to hold places on a tour depending on availability.

    EXTENSIONS On all of our tours we can arrange private extension options before or after the group tour. Please contact us for further details.

    OPENING HOURS Our office hours are Monday – Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm. We are closed on UK public holidays. There is an answerphone and we will return any out-of-hours telephone calls on the next working day if you leave your name and telephone number.

    Flights for our tours are usually arranged from London airports. However we are able to look into flights from any other airport, subject to availability, so please get in touch with us to discuss your

    requirements. *Additional costs may apply.

    Fly from regional airports*

    All information is available on our website www.travelforthearts.com. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in this brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme under ATOL no.2178. When you pay for a flight inclusive holiday you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

    SIEGFRIED BY LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO © TODD ROSENBERG

    COVER IMAGE: DIE WALKÜRE BY LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO © CORY WEAVER

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    MOUNTAINS, MUSEUMS AND MUSIC IN GEORGIA

    Price from £1875 pp

    10 – 17 June 2019 Tour code: TBS1

    NEW DESTINATION | NEW PRODUCTION

    Another exciting new destination for 2019 is Georgia. A country at the intersection of Europe and Asia, its natural beauty boasts the imposing Caucasus Mountains and the world’s oldest wine-producing region. Its capital city, Tbilisi, runs along the twisting valley of Mtkvari River and is known for its abundance of medieval architecture and churches as well as the charm of its Old Town. In addition, this tour will allow you to explore ancient crafts and experience Georgian hospitality via its food and famous Georgian wines.

    MON 10 JUN Late departure for the overnight flight to Tbilisi.

    TUE 11 JUN Early morning arrival in Tbilisi and check-in at the 5-star Iota Hotel. Relax before joining your guide for an afternoon tour of this charming city. Visit the historic district of Metekhi, the ancient Narikala Fortress, the legendary 17th-century sulphur baths as well as the Great Synagogue, the Sioni Cathedral and a visit to the National Museum of Georgia. Dinner is at a traditional Georgian restaurant followed by a folk show.

    WED 12 JUN Spend the morning at the Art Museum of Georgia with artefacts that showcase the skill of Georgian goldsmiths. At the Cloisonné Enamel School you will have the chance to make your own piece of jewellery before exploring the Rustaveli National Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in the country. The afternoon and dinner are at leisure before the evening’s opera performance.

    THU 13 JUN Depart for the ancient capital of Mtskheta, an important religious centre, stopping en route at the 6th-century Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Spend time in Mtskheta before the scenic drive towards the Kazbegi region and Gergeti Trinity Church overlooking the Caucasus Mountains. Dinner and an overnight stay in Kazbegi.

    FRI 14 JUN The morning is in Kazbegi with an opportunity to learn how traditional Georgian felt is crafted. Travel back to Tbilisi via the historic Ananuri castle complex and Château Mukhrani for a tour of Prince Bagrationi’s castle and taste the wine produced at this award-winning winery. Return to Tbilisi for dinner at the Iota Hotel.

    SAT 15 JUN Today’s excursion is to the Kakheti region, Georgia’s oldest wine-producing region and an area rich in history. Visit the 11th-century Alaverdi Monastery and the small town of Telavi, once the capital of the Kakheti kingdom. Continue to Vardisubani and witness local craftsmen making Qvevri, egg-shaped earthenware vessels used to store wine. Lunch is at the Shumi winery in Kvareli. The afternoon will be spent in Tsinandali and its historic winery. Tour the museum and garden before returning to Tbilisi.

    SUN 16 JUN Travel along the Silk Road to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin, and visit the Stalin Museum before proceeding to the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe. Return to Tbilisi via the Sarajishvili Brandy Factory where you will sample some of the brandies made at this prize-winning company. Dinner and the evening at leisure.

    MON 17 JUN Time for last-minute sightseeing or shopping in Tbilisi before transferring to the airport for the flight home.

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    Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, three dinners, one lunch, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.

    FLIGHTS Georgian Airways 10 Jun London Gatwick - Tbilisi dep: 22.50 arr: 06.40 (+1) 17 Jun Tbilisi - London Gatwick dep: 19.00 arr: 21.20 Flight schedules are subject to alteration. Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

    PRICE (PER PERSON)

    Tour price £1875 Single room supplement £350 Business class flight upgrade from £1200 Land-only tour price £1645 Deposit required £400

    PROGRAMME AT THE TBILISI STATE THEATRE

    12 Jun 20.00 MACBETH Verdi Inc D: Daniele Abbado C: Zaza Azmaiparashvili Cast includes: Soloists of the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre New production from Teatro Reggio di Parma

    Casting will be confirmed closer to the date of departure.

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    TBILISI STATE THEATRE © GIORGI SHERMAZANASHVILI

    TBILISI STATE THEATRE

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    FESTIVAL DELLA VALLE D’ITRIA

    Price from £2000 pp

    29 July - 2 August 2019 Tour code: BRI1

    NEW PRODUCTIONS | NEW TOUR NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

    Set in the beautiful Itria Valley in the heart of Puglia, Martina Franca is home to the Festival della Valle d’Itria, recently nominated for ‘Best Festival’ in the 2019 International Opera Awards. This year’s festival offers two rarely-performed operas - Ecuba and Il matrimonio segreto - directed by one of the great masters of Italian theatre, Pier Luigi Pizzi. Both are set in the open-air courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale, whilst the third opera - L’ammalato immaginario - will be charmingly presented in a local masseria.

    MON 29 JUL Arrive late morning in Bari and transfer to Martina Franca (approx. 75 minutes). Check-in at the 4-star Park Hotel San Michele, conveniently located close to the centre. Spend the afternoon at leisure before dinner in a local restaurant.

    TUE 30 JUL Start the day with guided visits to two picturesque local towns, Alberobello

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