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Kirker New Cultural & Music Tours 2014

Kirker Holidays has launched the latest edition of its Cultural Tours & Music Holidays brochure, adding 14 new tours including escorted itineraries to Albania, Ukraine and Northern Italy as well as three poignant trips marking the centenary of World War I

Led by experts in military history, the three World War I commemorative itineraries include a three-night weekend break hosted by Wolfson College, Oxford, which examines the myriad aspects of war: from the military and historical perspective to the way in which it was interpreted by poetry, music, literature and painting. As well as talks by Hugh Macdonald-Buchanan, Dr Neil Faulkner and the writer/historian Peter Parker, the itinerary includes a musical programme by Stephen Lodges (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano), Joshua Ellicott (tenor) and Simon Lepper (piano). Taking place from July 4 2014, the price is £995 per person - with no single supplement.

The other World War I tours are a six-night trip on September 29 2014 to Ypres, Arras and Amiens in Belgium and an eight-night Istanbul & Gallipoli tour to Turkey departing on June 3 2014.

Kirker’s Cultural Tours selection for next year now includes an 11-night tour to Albania, Greece & Macedonia. It includes visits to the capital, Tirana, the Old Town of Gjirokäster (UNESCO site) and the well-preserved 7th century archaeological site of Butrint, as well as scenic and historic sightseeing in neighbouring Greece and Macedonia. Departing April 30 and October 1 2014, the price is £1957 per person – with no single supplement.

Other new options include a seven-night tour 'Basque France & the Foothills of the Pyrenees' based in Biarritz, and a seven-night tour to the beautiful but little-known region of Liguria in northern Italy.

Kirker is offering seven exclusive music festivals in 2014 including two new festivals at sea onboard Fred. Olsen's Black Watch. Departing from Dover on June 16 2014, the Kirker Midsummer Cruise to Ireland & the Scottish Isles is an 11-night musical odyssey featuring Melvyn Tan (piano), the Doric String Quartet, Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano), James Baillieu (piano) and Simon Rowland-Jones (viola). Shore visits include Tobermory, Stornaway, Belfast and Dublin, whilst clients are also invited to join the on-board Kirker Choir, coached by Choir Master, Christopher Monckton. The cruise price starts from £1995 per person.

Also new for next year is the Salzburger Easter Festival, a seven-night holiday featuring four performances of works by Mozart and Richard Strauss (whose 150th birthday falls next year), given by the Dresden Staatskapelle in the city’s impressive Grosses Festspielhaus. Departing April 9 2014, prices start from £2547 per person.

Details of all holidays at www.kirkerholidays.com


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Date Published:
30th September 2013


David Betterton
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