St. Petersburg 6 nights
Peter the Great was a man with a vision. He was determined to show the world that Russia was not a backward nation rooted in tradition but one that was modern and forward thinking, looking to the West, not the East for its inspiration and ideals. Today, the legacy of his ambitions and achievements is displayed in abundance.
Combine the finest art galleries and museums of Belgium & the Netherlands with a programme of sublime concerts given by the acclaimed Aquinas Trio. During the day explore independently or choose to join an optional excursions in the historic art cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Ghent, as well as Rotterdam
The Aquinas Piano Trio will give five concerts on board, together with viola player Simon Rowland-Jones. Piano trios by Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saens and Rowland-Jones will be performed alongside sonatas for violin, cello and piano. Barry Cheeseman will be in conversation with the musicians, and Ger van den Munckhof will give two illustrated talks on Dutch and Flemish art.
Prices range from £1,470 per person for outside cabin to £3,145 per person for a Premier Suite.
Departure date 17 March 2020
Trip Code KIRKANT
Muscat 6 nights
Known as the Pearl of Arabia, Oman simultaneously surprises with its diversity – of landscape, history and culture – and encapsulates the epitome of the Arabian experience. This itinerary combines the best of the country in a leisurely tour: from azure sea to jagged mountains and the vast dunes of the Wahiba Sands. You will learn about the fascinating mediaeval history of the region, see modern Muscat’s astonishing architecture, and absorb the natural environment, including the hustle of traditional souqs, the colour and sounds of local fishing villages, and the unique atmosphere of the desert at night.
Return flights, Six nights’ accommodation with breakfast, Five dinners, Five lunches, All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities, The services of the Tour Lecturer and a local guide.
Departing 10 October 2019
Trip Code KIRKOMA
Italian Lakes 7 nights
We will visit the elegant Villa Balbianello, beautifully sited on its promontory. Afterwards we will sail across the lake to the lovely resort of Bellagio for some free time. We will drive inland to the Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, a private villa with a splendid interior and views out across the garden to the mountains beyond. Lunch at one of Europe’s finest hotels, the Villa d’Este, is also included in our tour.It is on the shores of the lake in the neighbouring village of Cernobbio. We stay in the 4 star Grand Hotel Imperiale in Moltrasio, a small village on the shores of the lake. Optional excursion to La Scala for a performance of L’elisir d’amoreby Donizetti
Return flights from London Heathrow to Milan, Accommodation including breakfast, Five dinners and one lunch at the Villa D'Este, All concerts and talks as described, All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described, The services of the Tour Leader and local guide
Departing 23 September 2019
Trip Code KIRKCOM
On this incredible fully escorted coach holiday, you’ll see the world famous German Passion Play in Oberammergau, as well as visiting some of Austria and Germany’s amazing cities and sights. A holiday to Austria would not be complete without a stop-off in Salzburg, explore the quaint narrow shopping lanes, and perhaps sample a strudel and coffee in one of the many pavement cafés. In contrast you’ll spend time in stunning Kitzbühel, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
But let’s not forget the highlight of this holiday… the Oberammergau Passion Play 2020. You’re guaranteed to experience an afternoon and evening filled with emotion as you witness this once every ten year event, the perfect way to end this unique and exciting holiday!
8 nights hotel (including one night in the Oberammergau area) with continental breakfast, 1 lunch, 6 evening meals, Ticket for the Oberammergau Passion Play, Convenient local joining points
Trip Code LEGOMA
Departs 8th August 2020
On this incredible fully escorted coach holiday, Incorporate the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play with an exciting tour taking in some of Italy's finest destinations. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to the Tuscan countryside, Rome, The Vatican, Florence Venice and Lake Garda, you'll get a true taste of Italy most famous destinations before moving into Bavaria where we will attend the once-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play. 2020 will mark the 42nd of the play of 'life and death' and is an experience certainly not to be missed.
13 nights hotel (including one night in the Oberammergau area) with continental breakfast, 1 lunch, 11 evening meals, Ticket for the Oberammergau Passion Play, Convenient local joining points
Trip Code LEGPAS
Departure date 6th July 2020
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