UK Classical Music Tour

UK Classical Music Tour

From $ 16,390 AUD

Description

Join Martin Butler and Cathy Elliott on this extensive tour of England and Scotland. You will explore bustling cities, travel through quaint villages across rolling hills, discover pre-historic sites and marvel at natural and manmade wonders as you travel from Land’s End to the Highlands of Scotland.

This is the most in depth tour for music aficionados we have created!

$16,390pp* twin share departing Adelaide. Price includes flights, concert tickets, all tours and much more – take a look at the amazing list of inclusions!

Download the pdf brochure to find out more. (The brochure includes a day-by-day itinerary and a comprehensive list of the spectacular musical performances you will experience along the way!)

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Trip Name
UK Classical Music Tour
Days
33
Overview
Join Martin Butler and Cathy Elliott on this extensive tour of England and Scotland. You will explore bustling cities, travel through quaint villages across rolling hills, discover pre-historic sites and marvel at natural and manmade wonders as you travel from Land’s End to the Highlands of Scotland.

This tour will take in notable landmarks and famous locations and incorporates the very best of Britain - town and country.

Of course no music tour is complete without a selection of performances and this tour includes 11 of the best that Britain has to offer. Listen to the London Philharmonic as they perform Debussy, Dvorak and Prokofiev and as the Philharmonia Orchestra delights your ears with Shostakovich. The varied programme includes piano concertos, visiting orchestras, Russian opera in Scotland and violin concertos from all the loved composers.

This is the most in depth tour for music aficionados we have created. Just look at the list of inclusions!

Itinerary

Day 1 – Wednesday 25 April
Adelaide to London
This morning depart Adelaide on your flights to London with Cathay Pacific. Upon arrival in London this evening you will be transferred to your hotel, located in the heart of England’s vibrant and bustling capital.
Accommodation: Strand Palace Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 – Thursday 26 April
London
Start your day with an orientation tour of the capital followed by a guided tour of Handel House. After a busy morning, stop and relax at the Luggage Room in Mayfair for afternoon tea.

You will have time to freshen up at your hotel before a lovely dinner at a local restaurant followed by your first concert of the tour – Helen Grime’s Mahler Symphony No 9.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Strand Palace Hotel (or similar)

Day 3 – Friday 27 April
London
This morning take a short walk to visit the Twining’s Tea Shop and Museum, the oldest tea shop in London, and discover 300 years of innovation, creativity and master-blending.

Then head across the bridge for a walking tour of Southbank including the Shakespeare Globe exhibition, Tate Modern and a backstage tour of the Southbank Centre/Royal Festival Hall.

You will have plenty of time in the late afternoon to further explore the area and relax over dinner before heading back to the Festival Hall to enjoy the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Strand Palace Hotel (or similar)

Day 4 – Saturday 28 April
London
Further discover the sites of London today with a tour of the Coliseum Theatre. Here you will discover the secrets of London’s largest theatre. Considered to be Matcham’s Masterpiece, the theatre quickly became known as ‘The People’s Palace’ – it was affordable to enter but also a place that would inspire a sense of wonder and excitement.
Continue the morning with a tour of the Houses of Parliament, taking in 1,000 years of history, modern day politics, stunning art and architecture.

This afternoon relax and enjoy a different perspective of London with a cruise down the River Thames to Greenwich. Here you will have free time to explore the streets and markets of Greenwich—take a stroll through Greenwich Park, visit the last remaining tea clipper, the Cutty Sark, or stand on the Greenwich Mean Time.

Your private coach will take you back to the hotel and on to dinner at the award winning restaurant – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – for a gastronomic experience you will never forget.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Strand Palace Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 – Sunday 29 April
Cambridge Day Tour
Head out of London today for a tour of the historic varsity City of Cambridge. Explore its stunning architecture and college buildings, with entrance to King’s College and its Chapel. Whilst you are in Cambridge, why not take a punt down the Cam River?

Upon returning to London this afternoon your time is free to unwind and enjoy dinner before heading back to the Festival Hall for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s performances of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 4
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Strand Palace Hotel (or similar)

Day 6 – Monday 30 April
The Jurassic Coast and Exeter
Leave London today bound for Devon and Cornwall. On the way enjoy a stop at Salisbury for its famous Cathedral and a coffee break.

Then head along the Jurassic Coast past The Needles, Old Harry Rock and Durdle Door before arriving into Exeter.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Jury’s Inn Exeter (or similar)

Day 7 – Tuesday 1 May
Exeter to Newquay
The morning is spent exploring Exeter. No visit to this city is complete without a visit to the beautiful Exeter Cathedral. Dating back over 900 years this Cathedral is one of England’s finest examples of Gothic architecture. From here it is off to the quayside area before departing Exeter for Newquay. Enroute you will stop at Launceston Castle and then Golitha Falls. The evening is at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Headland Hotel Newquay (or similar)

Day 8 – Wednesday 2 May
Cornwall
A full day is spent touring and sightseeing in Cornwall. Your day starts with a visit to Marazion before a short boat ride or stroll to St Michael’s Mount; depending on the tides. Here there will be time to visit the castle, explore the gardens and admire the views before travelling to Pothcurno. This small village is home to the unique Minack Theatre. Created by Rowena Cade this open-air theatre is perched high on the cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, no visit to Cornwall would be complete without a trip to Land’s End.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Headland Hotel Newquay (or similar)

Day 9 – Thursday 3 May
Bath & Bristol
It is time to say goodbye to Cornwall and continue the tour to Bath and Bristol.

Before leaving Cornwall explore the history, myths and legends of Tintagel Castle, said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Built in 1233 half on the mainland and half on jagged headland, the castle offers dramatic views of the North Cornwall coast.

This afternoon you will arrive at one of Britain’s most beautiful cities –  The UNESCO World Heritage site of Bath. Enjoy some of Britain’s grandest Georgian architecture by foot as you are taken on a walking tour of this magnificent city. A visit to Bath is not complete without a visit to the famous Roman Baths—a complex of bathhouses constructed by the Romans above Bath’s natural hot springs.

A short drive brings you to your final stop today in Bristol where you will have time to check in to your room, enjoy a lovely dinner at the hotel’s restaurant before taking a stroll to Colston Hall. Here you will be mesmerised by Colston Halls’ resident orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and their performance of ‘Into the Light’.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson Blu (or similar)

Day 10 – Friday 4 May
The Cotswolds & Birmingham
Today you will weave your way through the rolling hills of The Cotswolds passing unspoilt and quaint villages.
The first stop is Cheltenham to learn more about one of England’s most respected composers, Gustav Holst – his life, his music and his family and friendships.

Take in the view of England’s prettiest village, Bourton-on the-Water, whilst enjoying a cup of tea and a scone or spend your time wandering around this delightful village.
Continue your countryside ramble with a stop for lunch at Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswold’s highest town. You will have time to explore this beautiful market town and its impressive Square, surrounded by town houses, shops, antique centres, cosy cafes and inns.

Your final stop for the day is the Elgar Birthplace Museum in Worcester. The museum offers a fascinating insight into the life and music, family and friends, and musical inspirations of Sir Edward Elgar. After a busy day, sit down to a hearty meal in the cosmopolitan city of Birmingham.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn (or similar)

Day 11 – Saturday 5 May
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Delve into William Shakespeare’s life with a full day guided tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon, a historic market town in the heart of England. Your time here includes visits to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway Cottage and the Holy Trinity Church. You will also have free time to further explore the town.

This evening is yours at leisure to discover the vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene of Birmingham, world famous for its curries.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn (or similar)

Day 12 – Sunday 6 May
Birmingham
Embark on a morning guided city tour where you will get an insight into the city’s history, industrial and music links whilst exploring the diverse quarters.

After lunch explore one of the world’s finest concert halls with a guided tour of Symphony Hall and learn about the world-famous acoustics and design. At the end of the tour, take a seat in the Circle to witness a performance by the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn (or similar)

Day 13 – Monday 7 May
The Lake District
Today you head north to the tranquil setting of the Lake District which inspired many great literacy figures. Enroute to Britain’s most popular National Park, you will make a stop at the ancient abbey of Chester Cathedral. Pilgrims and visitors have made their way to Chester Cathedral since the Middle Ages and it remains one of the most visited places in the North West of England.

Later today, delve into the world of literature with a visit to the home of Britain’s most famous poet, William Wordsworth. Take a tour of Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum where Wordsworth produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems, and his sister Dorothy wrote her famous Grasmere Journals.

Enjoy the evening at your luxury lakeside hotel. Relax with stunning lake views, dine in the award winning hotel restaurant or take a leisurely lakeside stroll.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lodore Falls (or similar)
Day 14 – Tuesday 8 May
Ayr & Glasgow
Sit back and relax for the next few hours and enjoy the scenery as you make your way further north to Ayr and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. The Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son, housing the world’s most important collection of his works and personal belongings.

This afternoon you will arrive into Glasgow where the remainder of the day is free.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novotel Glasgow Centre (or similar)

Day 15 – Wednesday 9 May
Glasgow
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Glasgow today starting with a morning city tour—Glasgow is home to over 90 public parks and gardens and over 50 architectural wonders. Your tour includes a visit to the Kelvinrose Art Gallery and Museum.

The afternoon is yours to further explore the city. All the major museums and galleries in Glasgow are free to visit as well as gardens, parks and historic buildings.

This evening make your way to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for the RSNO’s performance of Under the Skin of Brahms.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novotel Glasgow Centre (or similar)

Day 16 – Thursday 10 May
Glasgow to Edinburgh
Enjoy exploring the region between Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Start your day touring the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots at Stirling Castle. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, commanding magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Bringing you back to current times, enjoy a visit to Helix Park in Falkirk to see The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures – a true feat of engineering.

End your day in the historic city of Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and your home for the next three nights.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tigerlilly Hotel (or similar)

Day 17 – Friday 11 May
Edinburgh
Further explore the city’s rich history and natural beauty with a full day guided tour—including a visit to the Edinburgh Royal Castle, home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels, and entrance to the HMY Britannia.

This evening enjoy another performance from the RSNO, Der Rosenkavalier, at Usher Hall.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tigerlilly Hotel (or similar)

Day 18 – Saturday 12 May
Edinburgh
Today is free for you to continue to explore Edinburgh – the city centre, Grassmarket, The Royal Mile, West End, Leith, Stockbridge, South Side—the choice is yours.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Roxburghe Hotel (or similar)

Day 19 – Sunday 13 May
Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Today is a busy day, visiting sites between Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Set in the picturesque village of Falkland, your first stop is Falkland Palace and Garden, one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces. Built between 1504 and 1541 by James IV and James V, this palace was the favourite retreat of the Stuart Dynasty, especially Mary Queen of Scots.

Continue over the River Tay to Dundee to board the HMS Unicorn, one of the oldest and best preserved warships. The Unicorn served as part of the deterrent fleet through the Victorian era and then as the naval headquarter ship in Dundee.

Head inland to Kirriemuir to visit the birthplace of author and playwright JM Barrie. Most famous for being the creator of Peter Pan, relive the life and work of JM Barrie in his childhood home.

Journey along spectacular coastline along the Angus Coastal Route passed picturesque seaside resorts such as Monterose, Inverbervie and Stonehaven before arriving at your final destination for the day, Aberdeen.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Mercure Caledonian Hotel (or similar)

Day 20 – Monday 14 May
Aberdeen to Inverness
Another full day today takes you from Aberdeen to Inverness via Balmoral, Cairngorms National Park and Cawdor.

Home to the Royal Family since 1852, Balmoral Castle is your first port of call. Unlike other castles and royal palaces in the United Kingdom, Balmoral is privately owned by the Queen, having been bought for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert.

Continue on your scenic drive through Cairngorms National Park to wet your whistle at the Glenfiddich Distillery, one of the last family-owned distilleries in Scotland. You will have the chance to see how their whiskies are created by craftsmen with generations of understanding, tour through the still house where you can see how the stillmen capture the sweetest part of the distillate, explore the generations of gently maturing casks and end with a
tutored nosing and tasting of four world-renowned single malts.

Feeling much warmer from your whisky experience, enjoy the afternoon at Cawdor Castle, a 14th Century private fortress which is still home to the Cawdor family. Enjoy exploring the castle’s three gardens – the Walled Garden, the Flower Garden and the Wild Garden.

After a busy day, sit down to a well-earned three course dinner at your hotel in Inverness, the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel. One of the only listed art deco hotels in Inverness, it is set in nine acres of parkland overlooking the Moray Firth.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Macdonald Drumossie Hotel (or similar)

Day 21 – Tuesday 15 May
Culloden and Loch Ness Day Tour
Your Highland day trip day includes the Culloden Battlefields, Loch Ness and a visit to Urquart Castle. Be transported back to 1745 whilst standing on the windswept moor at the Culloden Battlefields where the Jacobite rising came to it’s end in one of the most harsh battles in British history.

Continue your tour of the Highlands with a cruise on the Loch in search of the famous Loch Ness monster. Immerse yourself in Scotland’s famous legend, discover the areas rich history and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
After your cruise follow the banks of Loch Ness to the north shore where Urquart Castle sits on a rocky promontory. Walk through 1,000 years of medieval history and the lives of the castle’s noble residents through the Great Hall, Grant Tower and the prison cell said to have held Gaelic bard Domhnall Donn.

Back in Inverness, enjoy an evening at the Scottish Opera and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Macdonald Drumossie Hotel (or similar)

Day 22 – Wednesday 16 May
Inverness to Fort William
This morning you will travel a couple of hours to where three lochs meet – Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh – to explore the 13th century Eilean Donan Castle. This castle is probably one of the most recognized and photographed castles in Scotland, taking prime position on shortbread tins and calendars. Here you can climb the steps of the Keep Door, discover the Billeting Room with a fascinating collection of artefacts, or be awed in the Banquet Hall with timber ceiling beams shipped from British Columbia during its restoration.

You will then continue past several lochs to Fort William. However before you settle in to your hotel you will make a detour to view the Jacobite Monument in Glenfinnan, a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who fought and died in the risings. The monument of a lone kilted highlander was built here in 1815.

And for fans of the Harry Potter films, you will also have a chance to view the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, a 21-arched viaduct served by the Jacobite Steam Train, giving passengers a stunning view of the monument and Loch Shiel.
Enjoy free time this evening in Fort William.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Nevis Bank Inn (or similar)

Day 23 – Thursday 17 May
Three Isles Day Tour
The star attraction today is to visit Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa, inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebridean overture. The cave tunnels 250 feet into the rock and its roof is 70 feet above the sea, making the acoustics spectacular! You may also get up close and personal with the local residents, fondly know as the ‘clowns of the sea’ – Puffins.

On your day trip to the Three Isles, you will also experience many other wonders of this region. The Isle of Mull offers  spectacular scenery and unspoilt beaches. Wildlife is also abundant here. The tiny Isle of Iona is surrounded by turquoise waters and white sandy beaches and is home to what is thought to be 48 medieval kings.

Arriving back on the mainland later this evening, you will enjoy a dinner before resting your heads in a nearby hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Dalmally Hotel (or similar)

Day 24 – Friday 18 May
Oban to Manchester via Loch Lomond
Today enjoy a breath-taking journey through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park with its sparkling lochs, rolling hills and sprawling forests. This area inspired Sir Walter Scott to write his epic poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’.

Just outside of the Park stands the 14th century Doune Castle, home of Regent Albany and one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland. Enjoy spending time exploring the castle which has been featured in many movies and television series such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones.

Continue on to Manchester later this evening for dinner at the Midland Hotel, your home for the next three nights.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Midland Hotel (or similar)

Day 25 – Saturday 19 May
Manchester
After breakfast embark on a morning city tour of Manchester including a guided tour of Bridgewater Hall. Your tour guide will tell you about the history and architecture of this iconic international concert hall and you will have the chance to visit parts of the building not usually open to the public, including the atmospheric undercroft where you can see how the hall is built on giant springs!

The afternoon is yours to further explore the city before returning to the Bridgewater Hall, a short walk from your hotel, for a performance by the BBC Philharmonic.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Midland Hotel (or similar)

Day 26 – Sunday 20 May
Manchester
Continue to enjoy the sights of Manchester with a free day. Like most cities in the United Kingdom, a large number of attractions in Manchester are free including Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry and the People’s History Museum.  You may also like to visit Stoller Hall, Manchester’s newest performance venue which opened in April 2017.

This evening return once more to the Bridgewater Hall for another spectacular performance, this time by Halle Manchester, the city’s own symphony orchestra.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Midland Hotel (or similar)

Day 27 – Monday 21 May
Manchester to York
Bid farewell to Manchester and head cross-country to York via the Pennine Moors. Situated on the edge of the Pennines is the small village of Haworth, made famous by the Bronte Sisters. Enjoy free time wandering around the cobbled streets, perhaps visiting the Bronte Patronage Museum or relax in one of the many coffee shops.

The next two nights will be spent at the Principal Hotel in York. Located just steps from the train station, this hotel of late-Victorian architecture offers views of the York Minster from the elegant Garden Room.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Principal Hotel (or similar)

Day 28 – Tuesday 22 May
York
Explore York’s Roman, Viking and Medieval heritage on your morning city tour. A stay in York is not complete without a visit to the York Minster, one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals housing a collection of priceless international treasures.

Enjoy a free afternoon to get lost in the spider’s web of narrow streets within the city’s 13th century walls, visiting the many museums, cafes and restaurants this city has to offer.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Principal Hotel (or similar)

Day 29 – Wednesday 23 May
York to London via Chatsworth House
Today is the last leg of your circuit around the United Kingdom before returning to London for the last two nights.

Your final stop before heading back to the capital is at Chatsworth House in the Peak District, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. You could spend hours at Chatsworth House with over 30 rooms to explore housing 4,000 years of art work including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese. The gardens are just as impressive with areas including the Rose Garden, Cottage Garden, Kitchen Garden and Sensory Garden.

Upon arrival in London later in the afternoon, recount your day over a 3-course meal in a local restaurant before being transferred to the Barbican Centre where Thomas Ades and the Britten Sinfonia mix the music of Beethoven and Gerald Barry in their performance Ades, Barry and Beethoven.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Strand Palace Hotel (or similar)

Day 30 – Thursday 24 May
London
Enjoy today on your own to visit museums, galleries or to stroll through one of London’s many bustling parks. In the evening you may like to catch a West End Musical or enjoy a final dinner at one of London’s finest Michelin Star restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Strand Palace Hotel (or similar)

Day 31 – Friday 25 May
London
Make the most of your final morning by doing and seeing the must-dos on your list.
Reminisce on the last four weeks over a meal to remember at the famous Duck and Waffle whilst overlooking stunning views of London.
As your flight is not until later this evening you will have access to your hotel room until 4pm.
You will be transferred back to Heathrow Airport for your Cathy Pacific overnight flight to Hong Kong and through to Adelaide.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 32 – Saturday 26 May
In Transit

Day 33 – Sunday 27 May
Adelaide
You will arrive into Adelaide early this morning…
Welcome Home!



Trip Dates

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Inclusions

    • Escorted by Cathy Elliott and Martin Butler from Adelaide
    • Return Economy Class flights Adelaide to London
    • Private airport transfers including a local assistant
    • 30 nights hotel accommodation in 4 star properties, including feature stays in Newquay, The Lake District, Inverness and York
    • 30 breakfasts
    • 1 afternoon tea at the Luggage Room London
    • 1 welcome dinner in London
    • 1 specialty dinner at the 2 Michelin Star restaurant ’Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’
    • 6 additional dinners
    • 1 farewell lunch at “Duck and Waffle”
    • Tickets to 10 concerts throughout the UK
    • Tickets to the Scottish Opera in Inverness
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach throughout the UK
    • Entrances to over 35 attractions and sites including museums, galleries, gardens, castles, churches & historic sites
    • Local guides/assistants for local sightseeing tours in London, Cambridge, Cornwall, Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, York
    • Guided tour of Handel House Museum – Day 2
    • Guided tour of the Shakespeare’s Globe exhibition – Day 3
    • Behind the scenes tour of the Royal Festival Hall – Day 3
    • Guided tour of the Coliseum Theatre – Day 4
    • Guided tour of the Houses of Parliament – Day 4
    • Thames River Cruise from Westminster to Greenwich – Day 5
    • Return boat trip St Michael’s Mount – Day 9
    • Guided tour of the Symphony Hall in Birmingham – Day 12
    • One hour Loch Ness cruise – Day 22
    • Three Isles Day Tour in Scotland – Day 24
    • Guided tour of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester – Day 25
    • Tipping

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