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Verona Opera Holidays

Break Available: SOLD OUT
3 nights

Price per person: From £985 (Incl Flights)

For lovers of the opera, the Arena di Verona is the most dramatic setting for a truly memorable evening. Enjoy an opera in the Central Stall seats, with stunning sets, while crystal clear acoustics surround you.

Combine this great experience with a visit to Lake Garda and the wonderful Isola Del Garda or enjoy wine tasting in Valpolicella.

Highlights

  • Attend the Arena di Verona open-air Roman arena for the opera in the Best Seats (Free Complimentary Upgrade to Gold Central Stall)
  • Verona Card providing free access to many local museums and churches
  • Hotel located within 5-10mins walk from the arena and main sights
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DAY 1
Fly to Verona and Private transfer to your hotel

DAY 1
Fly to Verona and Private transfer to your hotel

Fly to Verona where you private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your centrally located hotel. This transfer is private to you, we do not do group transfers.

All of the hotels we use are within a 10mins walk to the opera arena and many sights, so you are free to wander as near or as far as you please without needing a taxi.

On arrival at your hotel, your Gold Central Stall opera tickets and your Verona pass will be at reception. The Verona Pass offers you access to most monuments, churches and museums in Verona. It also comes with a useful map detailing where the sights are, along with their opening hours. It makes it very easy for you to prioritise the main sights of interest, and navigate this small city. Our “Must See” spots in Verona

Start your Verona Opera break by exploring Verona at your leisure. With plenty of fantastic restaurants, you will certainly be spoilt for choice! Our top tip; head to one of the restaurants just outside the arena. If any opera is being performed, you will get to experience the incredible acoustics, while enjoying a chilling glass of Prosecco!

Where to dine in Verona

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DAY 2
Attend the Verona Opera at Verona Arena

DAY 2
Attend the Verona Opera at Verona Arena

Breakfast and day at leisure to make full use of your Verona Card. We recommend you head to the arena to see the Roman arena before the incredible sets are installed this evening.

Then wander to the Arena shop, housed within the arena where you can purchase all manner of opera memorabilia including the libretto, CD’s of the performances, postcards and so much more.

For a final opera thrill, walk to the Opera Museum (AMO) to see the old sets and costumes worn by opera greats including Maria Callas.

Other main sights we recommend are Juliet’s Balcony, the Scaligieri Castle (Castelvecchio), and The Natural History Museum. All of these are free using your Verona Pass Card.

This evening, head to the arena for your opera in the Roman arena. You will be seated in the Gold Central Stall area, which we are currently offering as a Complimentary Free Upgrade, and are considered the very best tickets in the house. On the ground, halfway back and in the centre, affords you a complete view of the stage, whilst also being far enough back to take in the stunning sets. With the ground sloping down towards the stage, you don’t have to worry about heads being in the way!

Please click on the video link opposite. Video Courtesy of Fondazione Arena di Verona.

The Verona Opera 2019 schedule runs from 21 June – 7 September (Please note we are now fully booked for tall but the August dates):

La Traviata – 8, 17, 22, 30 August

Aida – 9, 18, 25, 28, 31 August

Carmen – 24, 27 August

Tosca – 10, 16, 23, 29 August

Carmina Burana – 11 August

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Wine Tasting in Al Cristo in Verona
  • Tasting Menu in Villa del Quar
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Wine Tasting in Al Cristo in Verona

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £90 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £100 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Al Cristo Wine Tasting, Verona
Al Cristo meal, Verona
Al Cristo Wine Tasting, Verona

Tasting Menu in Villa del Quar

This elegant Renaissance villa is set on a vast estate looking across vineyards, meadows and emerald lawns where a pool sparkles in the sun. The cuisine and the service are outstanding, and the attractive outdoor dining terrace supremely relaxing.  A private transfer will take you for your wonderful lunch or evening with a 4/5 course tasting menu.

The owners have also created a beautiful cellar for wine tasting, which dates to the Roman period and was last renovated in 1539! We can also organise wine tastings here before your dinner if you would like.

Price Per Person: From £145 includes meal (either lunch or dinner) and private transfers

Villa del Quar, Verona
Villa del Quar, Verona
Villa del Quar restaurant, Verona

DAY 3
Day at leisure

DAY 3
Day at leisure

Breakfast and day at leisure to make full use of your Verona Card or choose one of our optional trips. We would particularly recommend our Lake Garda day. This includes transferring to Lake Garda where you have a tour of Garda Island and some time to explore Sirmione.

Please see Optional Extra below for more information.

This evening you have at leisure. Alternatively, why not add in a second night at the Arena di Verona.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Lake Garda Day
  • Wine Tasting in Villa Novare
  • Byblos Spa Centre
  • Day visit to Palladium Villas of Vicenza
  • Second night at the Arena di Verona Opera
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Lake Garda Day

This is our Number 1 recommended Optional Extra. Be ready for your early start where your private driver will transfer you to Lake Garda. Then take the boat over to stunning Garda Island. Waiting for you on Garda Island will be your guide who will give you a tour of the landscaped gardens and the house, with the incredible 360 degree views over the lake. The tour is done with one of the present inhabitants of the island, so they are able to provide a full background of the estate.

After the tour is completed, the boat will take you back to the mainland, where your private driver will transfer you onto Sirmione, on the bottom of the lake. Here you have time to wander through the castle, do some souvenir shopping and have lunch. We have several wonderful restaurants we can recommend and book a table for you (payable locally). Transfer back to your hotel with your private driver.

Price Per Person: From £245 includes private car transfers and tour of Garda Island, with free time on Sirmione. Please note the boat and the tour of the island consists of around 20-30 people in total, but you will be broken into smaller groups for the tour. Garda Island is closed on Saturdays.

Garda Island, Lake Garda, Italy
View of Lake Garda, Verona
Sirmione, Lake Garda, Verona

Wine Tasting in Villa Novare

Positioned in the heart of the Vallpolicello region surrounded by vineyards about half an hour outside Verona, you will find Villa Novare. The cellar is unique due to its age dating back to the 18th century and means that the wines such as Amarone are produced like it was in the past.

Your host will show you the cellars and tell you more about the history and viticultural tradition of the wines. Tasting is a part of the experience and you’ll have the chance to taste 4 different wines.

Price Per Person: From £165 includes tour, wine tasting and private transfers

Villa Novare Wine Tasting, Verona
Wine cellar at Villa Novare, Verona
Villa Novare garden, Verona

Byblos Spa Centre

Long hours sightseeing can really take their toll on the body, so why not book in a day at Byblos Spa Centre. You can indulge in a hydromassage and chromotherapy treatments at the pool, complete with sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Price Per Person: From £255 includes private transfers, 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Byblos Spa, Verona
Byblos Spa, Verona
Byblos Spa, Verona

Day visit to Palladium Villas of Vicenza

Today a private guide will take you to visit beautiful Vicenza, with the highlights being Villas Valmarana Al Nani and La Rotonda.

Villa La Rotonda was built in the 1570’s as a refined meeting point for Aristocrats and “literary idleness”, whilst Villa Valmarana Al Nani is situated in a beautiful wide 18th Century Park. You will also visit downtown Vicenza and see the Olympic Theatre, Pizza del Signori and Palladian Basilica.

Please note La Rotonda is only open to visit inside on Wednesdays and Saturdays, whilst Valmorana Ai Nani is open Tuesdays to Sundays.

Price per person: From £325

Villa Rotonda, Vicenza
Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza
Villa Valmarana, Vicenza

Second night at the Arena di Verona Opera

If you have really struggled to decide which opera to see in Verona, why not choose to do two! There are operas on most night of the week and with the Arena performing well-known and loved operas, there is bound to be plenty of worthy options.

Price Per Person: From £200 includes Gold Central (Best seats in the house) tickets

Aida di Verona opera performance
Aida performance, Verona
The Barber of Seville, Arena di Verona

DAY 4
Private transfer for flight home

DAY 4
Private transfer for flight home

Breakfast and at leisure, prior to your private driver transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Alternatively, if you have more time, why not extend your trip to include a a few nights in Lucca. During July and August the open-air arena hosts the Puccini Opera Festival, and is well worth an extra few days off work!

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Hotel Firenze

Hotel Firenze, Verona
Hotel Firenze, standard room, Verona
Hotel Firenze, Verona
Hotel Firenze bar, Verona

Hotel Firenze

This hotel in Verona is located in the historical centre of the city: within walking distance from Piazza Bra, the heart of the city where you can find the Arena.

Hotel Firenze is a modern, arty hotel.

All rooms are comfortable and elegantly furnished, with bathtub or shower with whirlpool system, computer and modem connections, air conditioning, ISDN phone connection, satellite TV, minibar and digital safe. The hotel is the perfect base for those wanting to travel onto other cities as it is within a 5 mins walk to the train station.

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Hotel Accademia

Hotel Accademia, Verona
Hotel Accademia, Standard room, Verona
Hotel Accademia, superior room, Verona
Hotel Accademia restaurant, Verona

Hotel Accademia

Hotel Accademia is one of Verona's few traditional hotels dating from the 19th century that were custom built. Situated in the centre of Verona it is located within easy reach of the Roman Arena.

The hotel is surprisingly quiet and tranquil with courteous and helpful, attentive staff. They are also one of the few hotels in Verona to have their own restaurant.

The bedrooms are large and well furnished, the high-ceiling guest rooms are conservatively traditional with excellent furnishings. Hotel Accademia is our most loved hotel and always attracts very positive feedback from clients.

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ll Sogno di Giulietta

ll Sogno di Giulietta

ll Sogno di Giulietta (Juliet's Dream) can lay claim to being the most romantic Relais in the world. Located in the courtyard made famous for being home to the statue and balcony dedicated to Shakespeare's Juliet.

You will find a restful, peaceful spot that nestles at the crossroads between reality and fantasy. The courtyard is closed to the public in the evening providing guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique garden once visited by Romeo.

All of the rooms are luxuriously decorated with antique rugs, magnificent drapes and objects D'art.

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Optional Extras
Wine Tasting in Al Cristo in Verona
Al Cristo Wine Tasting, Verona

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £90 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £100 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Tasting Menu in Villa del Quar
Villa del Quar, Verona

This elegant Renaissance villa is set on a vast estate looking across vineyards, meadows and emerald lawns where a pool sparkles in the sun. The cuisine and the service are outstanding, and the attractive outdoor dining terrace supremely relaxing.  A private transfer will take you for your wonderful lunch or evening with a 4/5 course tasting menu.

The owners have also created a beautiful cellar for wine tasting, which dates to the Roman period and was last renovated in 1539! We can also organise wine tastings here before your dinner if you would like.

Price Per Person: From £145 includes meal (either lunch or dinner) and private transfers

Lake Garda Day
Garda Island, Lake Garda, Italy

This is our Number 1 recommended Optional Extra. Be ready for your early start where your private driver will transfer you to Lake Garda. Then take the boat over to stunning Garda Island. Waiting for you on Garda Island will be your guide who will give you a tour of the landscaped gardens and the house, with the incredible 360 degree views over the lake. The tour is done with one of the present inhabitants of the island, so they are able to provide a full background of the estate.

After the tour is completed, the boat will take you back to the mainland, where your private driver will transfer you onto Sirmione, on the bottom of the lake. Here you have time to wander through the castle, do some souvenir shopping and have lunch. We have several wonderful restaurants we can recommend and book a table for you (payable locally). Transfer back to your hotel with your private driver.

Price Per Person: From £245 includes private car transfers and tour of Garda Island, with free time on Sirmione. Please note the boat and the tour of the island consists of around 20-30 people in total, but you will be broken into smaller groups for the tour. Garda Island is closed on Saturdays.

Wine Tasting in Villa Novare
Villa Novare Wine Tasting, Verona

Positioned in the heart of the Vallpolicello region surrounded by vineyards about half an hour outside Verona, you will find Villa Novare. The cellar is unique due to its age dating back to the 18th century and means that the wines such as Amarone are produced like it was in the past.

Your host will show you the cellars and tell you more about the history and viticultural tradition of the wines. Tasting is a part of the experience and you’ll have the chance to taste 4 different wines.

Price Per Person: From £165 includes tour, wine tasting and private transfers

Byblos Spa Centre
Byblos Spa, Verona

Long hours sightseeing can really take their toll on the body, so why not book in a day at Byblos Spa Centre. You can indulge in a hydromassage and chromotherapy treatments at the pool, complete with sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Price Per Person: From £255 includes private transfers, 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Day visit to Palladium Villas of Vicenza
Villa Rotonda, Vicenza

Today a private guide will take you to visit beautiful Vicenza, with the highlights being Villas Valmarana Al Nani and La Rotonda.

Villa La Rotonda was built in the 1570’s as a refined meeting point for Aristocrats and “literary idleness”, whilst Villa Valmarana Al Nani is situated in a beautiful wide 18th Century Park. You will also visit downtown Vicenza and see the Olympic Theatre, Pizza del Signori and Palladian Basilica.

Please note La Rotonda is only open to visit inside on Wednesdays and Saturdays, whilst Valmorana Ai Nani is open Tuesdays to Sundays.

Price per person: From £325

Second night at the Arena di Verona Opera
Aida di Verona opera performance

If you have really struggled to decide which opera to see in Verona, why not choose to do two! There are operas on most night of the week and with the Arena performing well-known and loved operas, there is bound to be plenty of worthy options.

Price Per Person: From £200 includes Gold Central (Best seats in the house) tickets

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Price per person: From £985 (Incl Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Complimentary Free Upgrade to Gold Central Stall tickets for the Arena di Verona (best seats in the house)
  • Verona Pass providing free access to most local sights
  • Centrally located hotel within easy walking distance of the arena
  • Private airport transfers
  • Flights

Departure Airports:

Gatwick everyday
Manchester – Wed & Sat only (both ways)
London Stansted – all days barring Sat & Tues (both ways)
Birmingham – Fri, Sat & Mon only (both ways)
Edinburgh – Wed & Sat only (both ways)
Southampton – Wed & Sat only (both ways)
Dublin – Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat (both ways)
Cardiff – Wed & Sat (both ways)

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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All arrangements worked faultlessly, including the airport transfers. Hotel was very good, and the seats at the opera were wonderful.

Stephen Harcombe

Thank you so much for organising our Verona Holiday. Everything about it was fabulous. We especially enjoyed the hotel Accademia, it was superb and just to our liking. We could not fault anything about the trip. The only downside was the heat. We would not normally choose to travel to Italy at that time of year but we were trying to fit it in around the opera and our availability. Thank you once again for your excellent organisation of our unforgettable trip.

Janet Cush

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