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TRAVEL FOR THE ARTS
NEW RING CYCLE
NEW DESTINATIONS FOR 2019 AND 2020
SPRING LIBRETTO 2019
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ESCORTED TOURS AND BESPOKE HOLIDAYS
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welcome to the world of
OPERA, BALLET CLASSICAL
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.
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.
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on a tour depending on availability.
On all of our tours we can arrange private extension
options before or after the group tour. Please contact
us for further details.
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We are closed on UK public holidays. There is an answerphone
and we will return any out-of-hours telephone calls on the next
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so please get in touch with us to discuss your
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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.
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.
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
Casting will be confirmed closer to the date of departure.
TBILISI STATE THEATRETBILISI
TBILISI STATE THEATRE © GIORGI SHERMAZANASHVILI
TBILISI STATE THEATRE
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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