Friday, 30 March 2012

A Lord, a Director, a Floral Designer & Ghandi speaking onboard Crystal Cruises




Gandhi, US Generals, novelist Jeffrey Archer, celebrity floral designer Paula Pryke and the casting genius behind Modern Family are just a few of the highly-esteemed enrichment speakers scheduled to appear onboard ultra-luxury Crystal Cruises in Europe this year. The top-calibre Special Interest, Destination and Celebrity Guest Speakers will provide insight into global topics, local culture or their own life and wisdom on individual Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony voyages from May through December.

These speakers are the cream of the crop in their fields, with such luminaries as:

·         Arun Gandhi (9th May Barcelona to Southampton) – Peace activist, founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non Violence and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
·         Lord Jeffrey Archer (29th June Venice to Istanbul) – Best-selling author of 15 novels including Kane & Abel and the recent Clifton Chronicles series.
·         Paula Pryke (25th July Lisbon to Rome, “Floral Design” theme) – British celebrity floral designer.
·         Jeff Greenberg (24th May Dover to Rome) – Emmy Award-winning Casting Director of Modern Family and Frasier.
·         General Anthony Zinni (21st May Southampton to Hamburg) – Four-star U.S. Marine Corps General and former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
·         Dinesh D’Souza (13th July Monte Carlo to Lisbon) – Top public policy-maker and political conservative author.
·         Jon Sigurdsson (8th May New York to London) – Icelandic geologist who studies glaciers and volcanoes throughout Europe.
·         Owen Ullman (23rd July Stockholm to Copenhagen) – News editor of USA Today.
·         General Nick Halley (25th August Dover Round-Trip) – Military commander during Vietnam, Grenada and Desert Storm, and now leadership and terrorism expert.
·         Joel Harper (12th October Athens to Venice) – Celebrity trainer for Dr. Oz, Olympic medallists and PBS’s best-selling Firming After 50.
·         Eric Burns (5th November Istanbul to Barcelona) – Emmy Award-winning NBC News correspondent and former host of Fox News Watch.

Other noteworthy names joining Crystal’s European cruises include Astronaut Mark Kelly and wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and legendary football coach Don Shula as well as a host of other presenters, instructors and entertainers. As part of a new “Local Insights” programme this year, Crystal is also bringing onboard local European dignitaries and experts to share “insider” information on the region’s life and customs.

“Our world travellers are not only adventure-seekers, they’re knowledge-seekers, so our onboard presenters need to deliver smart, stimulating and shrewdly entertaining enlightenment that not only provides food for thought, but also sparks lively discussion among guests throughout our voyages,” says Philip Ordever, Vice President International Sales & Marketing. “As the ‘World’s Best’ cruise line, we bring nothing but the world’s best minds onboard to enrich guests’ overall holiday experiences."

Crystal sails through Europe on 35 seven- to 14-night voyages from March to December 2012, offering intimate, luxury access to the eastern and western Mediterranean, Greek Isles, Black Sea, northwest Africa, western Europe including Iceland and the British Isles, the Middle East, the western and eastern Baltic Sea, Scandinavia and Arctic Circle. Several voyages offer themed activities and entertainment, such as “Wine and Food”, “Golf”, “Big Band” and “Emerging Artists.”

Until 30th April, “Book Now” fares for Crystal’s luxury Mediterranean cruises start at £2,519 person/double occupancy for a seven-night voyage from Rome to Venice departing 6th August onboard Crystal Serenity. Price includes return scheduled flights, overseas transfers and seven nights in a deluxe stateroom with picture window on an all-inclusive basis with up to $500 per stateroom onboard credit. Shipboard credits of up to $3,200 per stateroom are available on selected Mediterranean voyages in 2012 if booked before 30th April.

Crystal’s award-winning, luxury cruises always include a diverse selection of thought-provoking, scholarly, and sophisticated enrichment activities that provide extensive onboard choices for cultured world travellers. 

For further information and reservations please call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Madonna in Abu Dhabi - package now on sale...

A once in a lifetime opportunity.  Experience the buzz of Abu Dhabi and the excitement of the world's greatest entertainer.

In partnership with the  Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi, we are offering a superb 5 star 3 night break on offer that includes tickets to Madonna's concert at Yas Island on 4 June. From only £825 per person you can enjoy:
  • Direct flights from London
  • 3 nights in a Deluxe room with breakfast daily
  • A Ticket for Madonna’s Abu Dhabi performance on 4 June
  • Transfers to/from concert venue
  • Private car transfers to/from Abu Dhabi airport
  • Airport taxes
Space is strictly limited so please do call us aap on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk to check availability and book.

All prices are per person and based on two adults travelling together and sharing a Deluxe room on a bed and breakfast basis. Booking restrictions apply, room and ticket charges non-refundable if cancelled. Only valid for departure on 3 June 2012 and must be booked by 10 April 2012. Subject to availability

Formula 1 off to exciting start as new packages go on sale

In true F1 style this weekend's Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix certainly had its fair share of excitement during torrential rain, causing some hairy moments and opportunities for the drivers to really show their skills.

For a round up of the action view the video clip at BBC Online here.


As the Formula One 2012 season is well and truly underway we have put on sale flexible packages to nearly all of the races up to India in October.  Our service is unique as we can use the expertise of our travel experts to tailor make your trip to witness the F1 action and excitement first hand at your chosen destination.

Formula One Grand Prix's on sale now:

Bahrain
Spain
Monaco
Canada
European (Valencia)
UK
Germany
Hungary
Belgium
Italy
Singapore
Japan
India

Click here to view the package examples, but remember we offer a tailor made service so can piece together your ideal trip.

Call us on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk to discuss your requirements.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Last Minute Spring Ski Savings at Stowe Mountain Lodge, Vermont

While many resorts around the US continue to show signs of a dwindling winter season, Stowe takes advantage of their recent  four feet of snowfall (and more on the way) with offerings for spring skiers looking for the best conditions in New England. In addition to the highest lift-accessed terrain in the Northeast, Stowe Mountain Resort offers visitors a luxury mountain experience unsurpassed by any resort in the Eastern U.S.
 “We’re extremely pleased with the recent snowstorms here in Stowe,” says Richard McLennan, Managing Director of Stowe Mountain Lodge.

“Our luxury ski-in/ski-out accommodations, state of the art snowmaking and recent snow fall, along with our abundance of  amenities and après-ski options, only solidifies our ability to offer the most distinguished skiing experience in the Northeast.”
In celebration of their recent snowfall and phenomenal conditions, just in time for spring skiing and snowboarding, Stowe Mountain Lodge is offering the March Madness promotion, which allows you to save more with each night stay you book:
-Stay 1 night, guests save 10%
-Stay 2 nights, guests save 20%
-Stay 3 nights or more, guests save 30%
-Offer is available through April 30, 2012

How to book: Call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk 

About Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge is a stunning alpine lodge, which forms the centrepiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a $400 million alpine village that has been in planning and development stages for the past 16 years.  As part of this new community, guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy five-star service, 312 guest rooms, a 21,000-square-foot spa and wellness centre, ski-in/ski-out access to over 100 legendary trails, exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp, and a heated outdoor pool. The lodge offers farm-to-table cuisine in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar. 

Monday, 26 March 2012

'Spring Specials' newsletter to start the Season...


Spring is officially here and we are pleased to bring to you our new 'Spring Specials' newsletter.  Full of great holidays ideas and offers for the forthcoming season, this latest mini version of our Travel Explorer newsletter is a must read for anyone thinking of break over the next few months.

We are busy working on our main summer edition but in the meantime we hope you enjoy reading this issue.  For further details of any of the holidays and tours featured please do call us on 01543 258631 or email us: vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Beverly Hills Hotel And Bungalows Turns 100







Beloved by entertainment royalty, a haven for the world famous, and now a century-old landmark, "The Pink Palace" introduces a variety of offerings to mark its milestone birthday year

When The Beverly Hills Hotel opened its doors on May 12, 1912, two years before the city of Beverly Hills was officially incorporated, it signaled the birth of the community and became a cherished second home to generations of entertainment names.

Known to insiders as "The Pink Palace," and featuring not only the luxury hotel and iconic Polo Lounge restaurant but also a collection of Bungalows which have welcomed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon and more, The Beverly Hills Hotel remains one of our nation's most enduring icons.
"Over the past century, The Beverly Hills Hotel has become a second home to celebrity icons, community leaders, social dignitaries and industry tycoons," said Edward A. Mady, regional director of West Coast USA and general manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel.  "As we turn 100 this year, a variety of special offerings have been created to capture the mystique of Hollywood's past and present, and pay homage to our coveted heritage," he adds.
The significance of this centennial year includes a look ahead to the future with the start of a thoughtful refurbishment program in March of 2012 to enhance the vibrancy of the hotel. "Through this loving and careful process, we plan to maintain much of the building's originality while adding elegant and sophisticated new touches," says Mr. Mady.

"The hotel's signature banana leaves, green and white stripes and famous pink exterior will remain a constant, while the lobby, Polo Lounge, guestrooms, and famed pool and cabanas will be stylishly refreshed to make us internationally relevant with today's luxury traveler," he adds.
To showcase its glamorous history, the hotel will be offering a life-size photo gallery in the lobby. Furthermore, dining surprises, a trove of packages and red carpet experiences will highlight the hotel's celebration all year long:

Dining and Entertainment
  • "Pop-Up 1912 Pricing" Selected once a week in each dining venue, one lucky table will be randomly selected to have their bill amount converted to 1912 dollars.
  • 100-Year Anniversary "These Walls Are Talking" Cocktail Menu at The Polo Lounge and Bar Nineteen12, featuring anecdotal potables that include a 100-year cocktail priced at $100 and served in an engraved collectible keepsake glass coupe with 100-year design.
  • Cocktail favorites include The Rebel, inspired by the pants-wearing Marlene Dietrich; The Recluse, a nod to Bungalow long-timer Howard Hughes, who left his Cadillac parked next to the hotel for two years - long enough for the tires to go flat and for plants to begin growing in and out of the car; and The Norma Jean, featuring Dom Perignon by the glass presented in loving memory of Bungalow resident Marilyn Monroe.
  • Label Champagne; vintage menu covers sharing historic photos taken at The Polo Lounge, Fountain Coffee Shop and Cabana Café; and a Happy Birthday cake in the Polo Lounge
Specialty Packages
  • The Centennial Celebration, offering luxury accommodations, two complimentary cocktails from  the "These Walls Are Talking" cocktail menu, keepsake 100-Year candle and chocolate truffle box, and daily American breakfast for two. Price begins at $660.
  • The Little Legends Family Package for young guests, featuring a kids' red carpet arrival with photo shoot and an autograph seeker, and complete with boa, sunglasses and top hat.  Little Legends also receive a VVIP welcome card, a choice of milk shake or ice cream sundae at The Fountain Coffee Shop, a personalized chocolate star "Walk of Fame" amenity, and an "I'm a Little Legend" 100-year tee-shirt. Price begins at $610
Spa
  • Celebration Spa Services, each priced at $100, including The Pink Palace Manicure and Pedicure, Diamond Anniversary Facial, and theCaviar Express Massage
If you would like to stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email us vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk.  We can integrate it into a longer tailor made itinerary and take care of all the arrangements for you.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Regent Seven Seas Cruises to increase fares from 1st April 2012



The countdown to the end of the month has begun as Regent Seven Seas Cruises announces their fares will increase on selected published 2012 sailings and 2013 spring itineraries from 1 April 2012.

With just over two weeks to go before the fares increase, here are Robert Broad Travel, we are  encouraging anyone considering a Regent cruise to book now.  By doing so, you will benefit from preferential fares as well as beating the rush and securing the suite/deck you would like.

As the most inclusive, ultra-luxury cruise line in the world, Regent's fares embody considerable value.  They include:
  • FREE flights and transfers
  • FREE Business Class flights on ALL Mediterranean and Baltic cruises (C-MS suites)
  • FREE 1-night hotel package on selected 2012 and all 2013 sailings
  • FREE and UNLIMITED shore excursions
  • ALL fine and speciality dining
  • ALL beverages
  • ALL gratuities, no service charges
  • and so much more.
To check availability, receive a personalised quotation and make a booking call Robert Broad Travel now on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk

Monday, 19 March 2012

Virgin Atlantic to launch new flight into Vancouver...




Virgin Atlantic's new service to Vancouver starts on the 24th May, running four times a week throughout the summer, from Heathrow. We are delighted to be able to use this new service as part of your next visit to Vancouver and British Columbia.

Vancouver is an amazing city, between the mountains and the ocean, and provides a gateway to the stunning sites and other delights of Canada's westernmost province, British Columbia. Kayak with whale, spot Grizzly bears, take a float plane ride to a remote lodge or simply relax in the lap of luxury at one of the province's magnificent hotels, resorts and spas. B.C. is renowned for its fabulous food and wonderful wine too and Robert Broad Travel can offer a selection of delightful tastes along the way.

For more details of tailor-made holidays to Vancouver and British Columbia contact Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk

Monday, 12 March 2012

Tourism To Japan Is Recovering



One-year on from the devastating Tohoku disasters, our Japan Tours & Holidays supplier reports its most buoyant February in all of its twelve-year history and an 8% increase in February sales compared with the same month in 2011.


Director Simon King commented: "These great results indicate a strong recovery of the inbound Japan travel market after the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. These figures are encouraging and Japan is looking forward to welcoming large numbers of UK visitors in 2012."


Many of the February bookings are for travel in April, during Japan's cherry blossom season, which last year saw a saddening and dramatic drop in visitors. This year, though, everyone - from ryokan owners to restaurant managers, and tour guides to taxi drivers - will be feeling much more positive because tourists are returning to Japan its most celebrated season.


We can recommend the following spots for cherry blossom viewing or hanami:


Tokyo - even in the world's most sprawling metropolis, the cherry blossom is abundant; Ueno Park and the traditional Hamarikyu Gardens become awash with pink during April.


Kamakura - an historical seaside temple town, located one hour from Tokyo. Follow the cherry blossom tree-lined path from the old town to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine - beautiful.


Kyoto - experience one of Japan's favourite cultural past-times and head to Maruyama Park, where families, friends and geisha gather under the cherry blossom trees to drink, eat and be merry.


Hikone - located close to Kyoto, the samurai town of Hikone is famous for its ancient castle, a national treasure whose beauty is enhanced by the blossoming cherry trees in its grounds.


Miyajima Island, Bay of Hiroshima - see the island's World Heritage temple buildings framed in cherry blossom pink; the bright red temple gate completes the unforgettable vista.


Sample itinerary: 'Golden Route', costing £1,640 pp including nine nights' accommodation in Tokyo, Hakone (near Mount Fuji) and Kyoto; daily breakfast; two evening meals; private guiding in both Tokyo and Kyoto, domestic transfers and more.



For those who wish to get involved and help the Tohoku communities rebuild their towns and lives, we can add a volunteering package, including transfers and full-board accommodation to any itinerary. This year, the 14-night A Northern Soul tour which visits Hiraizumi, Niigata and Sado Island, amongst other beautiful rural parts of northern Japanalso includes the option of two days volunteering in tsunami devastated towns.

To discuss planning your holiday or tour to Japan call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email us at vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk.


For a taster of the holidays we can offer to Japan visit our website here.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

We round up the latest Australia news...


New Sydney film festival set to impress audiences worldwide, New South Wales Cockatoo Island, located in Sydney Harbour, will play host to, what is set to be, one of the country’s most vibrant and dynamic film festivals - the Cockatoo Island Film Festival.  Set amongst the relics and ruins of historic convict life, the festival will be held over five days from 24-28 October and will be the largest festival of Australian screen content in the world.  A collection of local and international films and filmmakers will be on show amid yacht races, Australia’s largest BBQ and breakfast with the stars.  Cockatoo Island is Sydney Harbour’s largest island and was formerly an imperial prison, reformatory and shipyard. www.cockatoofilm.com 


Discover the stunning Kimberley region with new air safari, Western AustraliaTravellers will now have access to places very few people have ever laid foot on when the Ibis Aerial Highway opens in The Kimberley. From April, visitors can fly above the region's landscapes, including the black and ochre stripped Bungle Bungles, the waterfalls of the Mitchell Plateau and the breathtaking Horizontal Falls - described as 'one of the greatest natural wonders of the world' by David Attenborough.  From the ground, the new aerial highway is made up of 20 airstrips located at cattle stations, in lush national parks and in remote communities, making it easier for visitors to explore the vast wilderness of the region.  We can offer a five day air safari using the highway, including air and ground travel, 13 meals and 4 nights' accommodation in exclusive wilderness camps and lodges based on two sharing from £4,245 pp.


Experience the floating hotel on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
April is the perfect time to experience the Great Barrier Reef by night on the Fantasea Reefworld pontoon as it transforms itself into a private floating hotel.  Audiences inspired by the BBC documentary, ‘Great Barrier Reef’, can explore the splendour of the reef in a decidedly individual environment with Reefsleep.  Guests can sit back and watch the sun set from the top deck of the pontoon, or choose to experience the reef first-hand with a night dive or snorkel tour, where the reef is solely theirs to enjoy.  Accommodation packages include two days and one night at Reefworld, accommodating up to six guests.  Prices start from A$460 (approx £310) per adult in a bunk room with shared facilities. Tours depart from Hamilton Island. www.hamiltonisland.com.au/great-barrier-reef-overnight-trip/

New Taronga Zoo Aboriginal Discovery Tour – Nura Diya, New South Wales
A new Aboriginal wildlife tour at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, Nura Diya, will take visitors on a walk-through introduction to Australia’s unique wildlife from an indigenous perspective.  Framed by stunning views of Sydney Harbour and led by an Aboriginal Guide, visitors will hear Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and learn about the traditional uses of native plants for food, tools and medicine.  On the tour, visitors will see native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, emus and echidnas. Prices from A$99 (approx £67) per adult, A$69 (approx £46) per child. www.taronga.org.au/NuraDiya

New gourmet cycling tour in Victoria’s wine country
A new five-day cycling tour through Victoria’s award-winning wine regions will take travellers on a journey through boutique wineries, rail trails and picturesque country laneways.  Pleasem ask for more details...

Become a prisoner for a night at the Old Mount Gambier Gaol, South Australia
Once an operating prison from 1866 to 1995, the Old Gambier Gaol now provides boutique accommodation in the heart of Mount Gambier in South Australia.  Recently refurbished, the Old Mount Gambier Gaol offers rooms ranging from dormitory style to self-contained family units.  The Gaol is nearby to some of Mount Gambier’s local attractions, including the Blue Lake, located inside a dormant volcano and famous for changing colour twice a year, from a stunning blue to a startling grey. Please ask for more details.

Whale Shark swimming season kicks off in April, Western Australia
Swimming with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef is one of Australia’s must-do travel experiences and the 2012 season starts soon.  From March to June, the big friendly giants visit Ningaloo Reef to feed before leaving for another year.  Visitors can take the plunge with the world’s biggest fish and get up close as the massive creatures, some up to 16 metres in length, move through the water. Swimming and snorkelling tours start from A$375 (approx £252) www.australia.com/explore/icons/ningaloo.aspx

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Northern Territory
Darwin’s popular Mindil Beach Markets will open for the season in April, showcasing 260 stalls, from indigenous art, sculpture and didgeridoos to clothing and local food stalls.  As the sun goes down over Australia’s Top End, visitors can relax with a massage or take in the array of live music and performance art.  The markets are open every Thursday and Sunday evening between April and October.  www.mindil.com.au

New vintage festival event in Tasmania
West Tamar Valley in Tasmania will play host to a new event, Vintage in the Valley, from 7 - 8 April, 2012. Vintage in the Valley will take visitors on a harvest celebration at six of the most beautiful vineyards on the West Tamar Valley Wine Route. An additional six local wineries will join the celebration to present a bacchanal (moveable feast), where visitors can savour vintages complemented with fine local produce and lively entertainment.www.discovertasmania.com/event/vintageinthevalley

March events
24 March-15 April - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, New South Wales
In a first for Sydney, audiences can enjoy the sights and sounds of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Traviata performed on a floating stage on Sydney Harbour. Take a sneak preview of what the event will look like, overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Tickets from A$85 (approx £56) per person. www.operaonsydneyharbour.com.au

To plan your holiday to Australia call our resident Aussie Specialist Lisa now on 01543 258631 or email lisa@robertbroadtravel.co.uk

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Celebrate Spring in Ontario with a host of festivals and events


This week we take a look at what is coming up in Ontario this spring...

Shaw Festival -  (April until November)
The Shaw Festival celebrates the works of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. Located in picturesque and historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, the summer long festival is the only one of its kind in the world. The festival is spread over four theatres and this season includes two classic Shaw plays, The Millionairess and Misalliance. http://www.shawfest.com/

Vincent van Gogh: Up close (May- September)
Art enthusiasts are in for a real treat as the exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa explores van Gogh's representation of nature and his use of the close up view. The Up Close exhibit will feature approximately 50 paintings and a selection of Japanese prints, rarely displayed to the public before. This will be the first major project devoted to the Dutch artist by a Canadian institution for over two decades. www.gallery.ca/vangogh/

Canada Blooms (March 16-25)
Canada's largest indoor garden and flower show is held in Toronto and features a spectacular display of gardens and flowers along with lectures, demonstrations by gardening experts and competitons. http://www.canadablooms.com/

 
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival (March 31)
A pancake breakfast kicks off the world's largest one-day maple syrup festival. The whole event is geared up towards families with all proceeds going to local charities. http://www.elmiramaplesyrup.com/

Canadian Tulip Festival (weekends May 4-21)
The world's largest tulip festival blossoms in Ottawa, commemorating the beauty of spring and symbolizing international friendship. What began as a Dutch gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs has grown into an annual event featuring some three million tulips across the national capital region, with sites along a nine mile Tulip Route, family entertainment and an International Pavilion. http://www.tulipfestival.ca/

Stratford Shakespeare Festival (starts April until November)
2012 Oscar winner, Christopher Plummer, will be performing his autobiographical 'A Word or Two' at this renowned theatre festival in Stratford, which features the best in classic Shakespearean theatre as well as contemporary favourites. Other festival highlights this year include performances of 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'Henry V'. http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The Puccini Opera Festival at Torre Del Lago...


This summer, Puccini’s operas are performed in the idyllic surroundings of Torre del Lago, not far from Lucca where the composer was born in 1858. This year you can enjoy Tosca, Madame Butterfly and La Boheme in performances on the stage by the lake where Puccini spent much of his life. This tour is based at the modern 4* Celide, just outside the historic centre of Lucca.  Included is a walking tour of Lucca that takes in the churches that have close associations with the composer, and visits to two greatTuscan gardens,Villa Garzoni andVilla Reale at Marlia.There will also be a visit to Florence with a pre-booked admission to the wonderful Uffizi Gallery. 

The Operas
Tosca – a tale of lust, revenge and murder, where all three protagonists end up dead - still packs a powerful punch today.


La Boheme – the ill-fated love affair between the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress, Mimi still tugs at everyone’s heartstrings. Mimi’s death, announced by searing chords at the end of the opera leaves everyone reaching for the tissues.


Madame Butterfly – Sublime and ineffably moving, Madame Butterfly is a story of love, cynicism, cruelty and death. Surely Puccini’s most powerful opera?


DATE & PRICE 
19 July (two operas) £1,698pp
15 August (three operas) £1,798pp

SINGLE SUPP: £196

Prices based on two people sharing a double room


What's  included
  • Return British Airways flights to Pisa
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Pre-opera dinners at Torre del Lago
  • One dinner at a local restaurant in Lucca - two in July
  • Second category tickets for operas as described
  • All excursions as described
  • The service of the tour leader 
To book call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.ukobertbroadtravel.co.uk 


To view more Music Festivals, Opera Breaks and Cultural Tours click here to read the latest Spring newsletter

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Rooftops of Dubrovnik video...



This video was taken last week by our Director Oliver when he visited Dubrovnik and scaled the city walls.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Bella Italia evening

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Bella Italia evening, a set on Flickr.

Photographs taken from our Bella Italia evening held at Lichfield's Guild Hall on Wednesday 29th February 2012. The event arranged with the Lichfield Festival Association (LFA) to raise money for the Lichfield Festival