With Die Zauberflöte, The Merry Widow and Giulio Cesare at the Glyndebourne Festival; Le nozze di Figaro, Un giorno di regno and A Midusmmer Night's Dream at Garsington; Tosca and Così fan tutte at Covent Garden plus one additional performance (TBA).
Tours of the Churchill War Rooms, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The British Museum, Westminster Abbey, Oxford and more. Grand Hotel Brighton; Firmdale Covent Garden Hotel London; Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (Oxford-Garsington).
Our annual trek to the UK is one of our most popular tours—almost always sold out, and always eliciting superlative feedback.
Tickets for the Glyndebourne Festival are notoriously difficult to get, and it is easy to understand why: the productions, singing and playing are truly world-class, the venue—a lovely dedicated opera house on the Christie Estate in the East Sussex countryside—is unique and welcoming, and the overall experience is one of the finest to be had at any festival, anywhere. It is posh without being pretentious, and the sublime music, superb cuisine (especially the formal picnic with butler service!) and even the friendly and extremely helpful Festival volunteers make for an unforgettable opera experience. We hear three performances at the Festival in 2024. Our accommodation will be the luxurious, “Old World” Grand Hotel Brighton, where we enjoy Deluxe Ocean View rooms.
London is one of our favourite cities, with so much history and majesty in every direction. We will attend two performances at the Royal Opera House and a West End or Royal Shakespeare Company play (TBA). Our hotel is the Firmdale Covent Garden, a true gem, just a short walk from ROH. Touring will include Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The British Museum, the Churchill War Rooms and Westminster Abbey.
The Garsington Festival is held each summer on the grounds of Wormsley Estate, a 2500-acre park which includes an 18th century country house once owned by Sir Paul Getty. Getty purchased the property in 1986 and spent several years restoring the house and estate back to its former glory. Our performances and meals here are always a highlight of the tour, and this year we see three operas . Our hotel is the stately Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, one of the finest hotels in England, and whilst there, we dine in its Michelin 2-starred restaurant.
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TUESDAY, JUNE 25
Independent overnight flights to London.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the Grand Hotel Brighton.
18.30 Gather in the lobby for introductions; walk to The Ivy in The Lanes for a Welcome Dinner.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27
10.00 After breakfast, included daily, gather in lobby and walk to the Royal Pavilion for a guided tour.
16.00 Depart for Glyndebourne for a performance (Die Zauberflöte, Giulio Cesare or The Merry Widow). An elegant picnic is included during the interval at 18.45.
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
10.00 Depart for a tour of Anne of Cleves House, followed by a guided walk in Lewes, where there will be time for lunch. Back by 14.30.
16.45 Depart for Glyndebourne for a performance (Die Zauberflöte, Giulio Cesare or The Merry Widow). Dinner is included at Mildmay during the long interval (18.35)
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Brighton.
14.30 Depart early for Glyndebourne to explore the gardens before our performance (Die Zauberflöte, Giulio Cesare or The Merry Widow). Dinner is included at Middle & Over Wallop during the long interval.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30
09.00 Baggage collection. Please have yours ready outside your door. Keep items needed during the journey with you.
09.45 Depart for London, stopping on the way to tour Chartwell House, Winston Churchill’s country estate.
15.00 Arrive in London and check in at the Covent Garden Hotel.
19.00 Meet in the lobby and walk to dinner at nearby J. Sheekey.
MONDAY, JULY 1
10.00 This morning we meet guide Rick Jones for a highlights tour of the area near Trafalgar Square, with an inside visit at Westminster Abbey.
17.15 Meet in lobby and walk to the Royal Opera House for pre-curtain dinner in the lovely Balconies dining hall.
19.30 Curtain for Tosca.
TUESDAY, JULY 2
10.00 Depart for a guided tour of the British Museum. Back by 13.00.
17.15 Walk to the Royal Opera House for early dinner in the Crush Room before a performance of Così fan tutte.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
10.00 Depart by coach for a tour of the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms.
13.00 Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure. 19.00 A performance is included (TBA).
THURSDAY, JULY 4
09.15 Baggage collection. Please have yours ready outside your door. Keep items needed during the journey with you.
10.00 Depart for Oxford, stopping first to tour Hampton Court (90 mins; there will be time to grab a bite at the palace).
15.00 Check in at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
17.00 Depart for Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Garsington Opera (18.05 curtain). Dinner is included in The Boundary Room during the long interval.
FRIDAY, JULY 5
10.00 Depart for a guided tour of Oxford. Back by 15.00.
17.00 Depart for Verdi’s Un giorno di regno at Garsington Opera (18.05 curtain). Dinner is included in The Boundary Room during the long interval.
22.15 Return to the hotel.
SATURDAY, JULY 6
Enjoy the full day at leisure to stroll the grounds of Le Manoir.
13.00 Meet for a cocktail in the hotel bar before dinner in the Michelin 2- starred restaurant at Le Manoir.
17.15 Depart for Le nozze di Figaro at Garsington Opera (18.20 curtain). Farewell Dinner reception included in The Boundary Room during the long interval.
SUNDAY, JULY 7
Transfers (airport/rail/London) are included. Details will be imparted a few days prior.
Top Category seats for 8 operas and one additional performance
11 nights Deluxe accommodations (4 at the Grand Hotel Brighton, 4 at the Covent Garden Hotel London, 3 at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons Oxford)
Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 9 dinners
Private tours as listed
On-site Tour Direction
Comprehensive Tour Guidebook
Flights are not included in tour pricing. Return flights should be booked to London for arrival on June 26, return on July 7.
We provide airport/rail station—hotel transfers to Brighton for arrivals and on departure, within 3 days of the start/end of our tour from the cities listed above. We also provide transfers for group meals and performances that are beyond a 10 minute walk.
There is minimal walking with some stairs and cobblestones during the guided tours. As for all of our tours, we are happy to accommodate you regardless of your mobility level. Please make clear your mobility concerns at the time of registration. We provide transfers for group meals and performances that are beyond a 10 minute walk.
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