The Puccini festival in Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany in the summer season is a glorious sight, and opera in the hometown of Giacomo Puccini, is enough to take any opera lover’s breath away.

Forty thousand people come from far and wide to the annual Puccini festival which lights up Torre del Lago. You will be captivated by the open air Teatro dei Quattromila, with performances by some of the world’s finest singers, all set within a charming Tuscan countryside atmosphere.

Pucinni’s repertoire, Madam Butterfly, Tosca, et al, has never sounded finer than with the backdrop of the streets the composer himself walked throughout his life.

The festival attracts famous names, such as Plácido Domingo, drawn by the warmth of the crowd, as much as the gorgeous weather in July.

While you’re there, you won’t be content to stay in Torre del Lago itself. You will also want to visit nearby towns and villages. A must-see is nearby Lucca, a city of cobbled streets and pretty piazzas located between the Apuan Alps and the majestic Tyrrhenian coastline, with the Lake Massacinocoli not far away. It’s a perfect place to visit by car or bike, so you can take in the ever-changing landscape as you go.

On the Puccini trail, you can visit his home, and the house where he was born in 1858; and also the home of Galileo Chini, the first set designer of Puccini’s last opera, Turandot, which is in the city of Viareggio.

And if you need reviving after all the sight-seeing, do pop in to the art nouveu café Gran Caffè Margherita of Viareggio. It is the place that Pucinni went after a hard day’s work on his music and a place he relaxed with friends. You might be inspired yourself…

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Budapest City Tour with a Jewish Twist

Destination: Budapest
  Budapest City Tour with a Jewish Twist 24 – 27 October 2018 3 Nights from £650 per person Includes: BA flights from Heathrow 3 nights Room only in a two bedroom apartment at the Corinthia Return private transfers City Tour with Cruise Jewish Heritage 3 hour walking tour Friday 24 August Fly Heathrow to Budapest 20.55 / 00.25 Private transfer on arrival to the Hotel Corinthia The 5-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest on the Grand Boulevard offers access to its Royal Spa, 3 restaurants, an elegant café and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. The UNESCO-protected Andrassy Avenue and the Oktogon metro station are only 350 yards away from the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. In the newly opened Royal Spa you can enjoy several relaxation areas, saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, a fitness room, mud baths, seaweed baths and a wide variety of treatments. Guests have free access to the Royal Spa when booking most of the rooms, while the spa area can be used for an additional fee when booking the Superior room. The large guest rooms of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest are all air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Saturday 25 August This action-packed itinerary which begins at Elisabeth Square, is split between land & water and offers a crash course in the last 1000 years of Hungarian history. First travel to see the stunning Opera House and drive over to Buda. Stop in the Castle District for a short stroll and discover the main attractions of the area before walking to Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion. Here, you can take in the beautiful panoramas. Next, your guide will take you to the Gellért Hill (Citadel) to show you one of the city’s most spectacular viewpoints of Budapest, so don’t forget your camera! See the famous Central Market Hall, followed by the largest Synagogue of Europe whilst in Pest before passing by Europe’s largest thermal spa, and the Budapest Zoo. Stop at the Heroes’ Square and undergo a spot of statue spotting (with statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes). You will take the Andrássy Avenue back to downtown Pest, pass by the St Stephen’s Basilica and by the exterior visit of the impressive neo-gothic House of Parliament. After this unforgettable city tour it is time to take to the water for a relaxing our one-hour river cruise and enjoy the nicest view the city can offer you. Sunday 26 August Travel through Budapest’s historic Jewish Quarter on a walking tour and learn about the community that remains active there today. See the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Raul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, the Jewish Museum and more, as your guide discusses in-depth the Jewish heritage behind the streets that you pass. With a 2-hour and 4-hour route to choose from, you’ll hear about the community’s past and the important role that the Jewish culture plays in contemporary Hungarian society. Highlights of the Jewish history tour of Budapest are enjoying a casually paced walk around Budapest’s important Jewish sites Visit the Jewish Museum, Dohány Street Synagogue, Jewish quarter and more Enter the noteworthy Kazinczy Street Synagogue and enjoy cake from a local kosher bakery (Grand Tour only) Learn all about Hungary’s Jewish history, heritage and culture from an expert guide. Your tour will begin at the Dohány street Synagogue, where your local guide will meet you. As you walk through the city streets, you’ll hear about the Jewish community in Budapest, both past and present. Essential Tour: (approximately 2.5 hours) This option offers a concise route for travellers on a stricter schedule. The Essential Tour will begin with a step inside the biggest synagogue in Europe, the Dohány Street Synagogue. While inside you’ll explore the Jewish Museum, which hosts an impressive exhibit of pieces from Hungarian and Eastern European artists. Your guide will then take you to Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, named for the man credited with saving the lives of thousands in the Jewish community. You’ll pass through the old Jewish Quarter, once a ghetto during the Second World War, as well as Heroes’ Temple, which pays homage to lives lost during WWI. Grand Tour: (approximately 4 hours) For a more comprehensive option, choose the Grand Tour, which picks up where the Essential Tour leaves off. You’ll make your way to the Jewish Quarter, where kosher bakeries and restaurants are located, along with other synagogues and memorials. Admire the Gozsdu Courtyard, an old passageway currently converted into bustling bars and restaurants and popular with locals and visitors alike. You’ll also visit Carl Lutz Memorial Park, named after another famous figurehead during WWII, as well as the Rumbach Street Synagogue. After a stop at the center of the orthodox community, the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, you’ll pause for some sweets at the kosher Frohlich Bakery and Café. You’ll also be given a 10% discount by your guide to the kosher restaurant, Carmel, to be enjoyed later in the evening on your own if you wish. Monday 27 August At your leisure to explore by yourself some of the sights you have seen in more details, during the previous two days. Private taxi transfer back to the airport from your hotel for your flight: Budapest / Heathrow 17.20 / 19.00 Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this special offer to Budapest City Tour with a Jewish Twist and for further information.
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Budapest City Tour with a Jewish Twist
Destination: Budapest

 

Budapest City Tour with a Jewish Twist

24 – 27 October 2018

3 Nights from £650 per person

Includes:

BA flights from Heathrow
3 nights Room only in a two bedroom apartment at the Corinthia
Return private transfers
City Tour with Cruise
Jewish Heritage 3 hour walking tour

Friday 24 August

Fly Heathrow to Budapest 20.55 / 00.25

Private transfer on arrival to the Hotel Corinthia

The 5-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest on the Grand Boulevard offers access to its Royal Spa, 3 restaurants, an elegant café and free Wi-Fi in all rooms.

The UNESCO-protected Andrassy Avenue and the Oktogon metro station are only 350 yards away from the Corinthia Hotel Budapest.

In the newly opened Royal Spa you can enjoy several relaxation areas, saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, a fitness room, mud baths, seaweed baths and a wide variety of treatments. Guests have free access to the Royal Spa when booking most of the rooms, while the spa area can be used for an additional fee when booking the Superior room.

The large guest rooms of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest are all air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

Saturday 25 August

This action-packed itinerary which begins at Elisabeth Square, is split between land & water and offers a crash course in the last 1000 years of Hungarian history.
First travel to see the stunning Opera House and drive over to Buda. Stop in the Castle District for a short stroll and discover the main attractions of the area before walking to Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion. Here, you can take in the beautiful panoramas.
Next, your guide will take you to the Gellért Hill (Citadel) to show you one of the city’s most spectacular viewpoints of Budapest, so don’t forget your camera! See the famous Central Market Hall, followed by the largest Synagogue of Europe whilst in Pest before passing by Europe’s largest thermal spa, and the Budapest Zoo. Stop at the Heroes’ Square and undergo a spot of statue spotting (with statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes).
You will take the Andrássy Avenue back to downtown Pest, pass by the St Stephen’s Basilica and by the exterior visit of the impressive neo-gothic House of Parliament. After this unforgettable city tour it is time to take to the water for a relaxing our one-hour river cruise and enjoy the nicest view the city can offer you.

Sunday 26 August

Travel through Budapest’s historic Jewish Quarter on a walking tour and learn about the community that remains active there today. See the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Raul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, the Jewish Museum and more, as your guide discusses in-depth the Jewish heritage behind the streets that you pass. With a 2-hour and 4-hour route to choose from, you’ll hear about the community’s past and the important role that the Jewish culture plays in contemporary Hungarian society. Highlights of the Jewish history tour of Budapest are enjoying a casually paced walk around Budapest’s important Jewish sites Visit the Jewish Museum, Dohány Street Synagogue, Jewish quarter and more Enter the noteworthy Kazinczy Street Synagogue and enjoy cake from a local kosher bakery (Grand Tour only) Learn all about Hungary’s Jewish history, heritage and culture from an expert guide. Your tour will begin at the Dohány street Synagogue, where your local guide will meet you. As you walk through the city streets, you’ll hear about the Jewish community in Budapest, both past and present. Essential Tour: (approximately 2.5 hours) This option offers a concise route for travellers on a stricter schedule. The Essential Tour will begin with a step inside the biggest synagogue in Europe, the Dohány Street Synagogue. While inside you’ll explore the Jewish Museum, which hosts an impressive exhibit of pieces from Hungarian and Eastern European artists. Your guide will then take you to Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, named for the man credited with saving the lives of thousands in the Jewish community. You’ll pass through the old Jewish Quarter, once a ghetto during the Second World War, as well as Heroes’ Temple, which pays homage to lives lost during WWI. Grand Tour: (approximately 4 hours) For a more comprehensive option, choose the Grand Tour, which picks up where the Essential Tour leaves off. You’ll make your way to the Jewish Quarter, where kosher bakeries and restaurants are located, along with other synagogues and memorials. Admire the Gozsdu Courtyard, an old passageway currently converted into bustling bars and restaurants and popular with locals and visitors alike. You’ll also visit Carl Lutz Memorial Park, named after another famous figurehead during WWII, as well as the Rumbach Street Synagogue. After a stop at the center of the orthodox community, the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, you’ll pause for some sweets at the kosher Frohlich Bakery and Café. You’ll also be given a 10% discount by your guide to the kosher restaurant, Carmel, to be enjoyed later in the evening on your own if you wish.

Monday 27 August

At your leisure to explore by yourself some of the sights you have seen in more details, during the previous two days.

Private taxi transfer back to the airport from your hotel for your flight:

Budapest / Heathrow 17.20 / 19.00

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this special offer to Budapest City Tour with a Jewish Twist and for further information.

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