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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We have combined the magical Dead Sea – one of the world’s great natural phenomena, with the warm waters of Eilat for a perfect Sun, Sea and Salt self-drive holiday in Israel.

4 Nights Sun, Sea and Salt self-drive holiday from £725.00 per person. Depart Luton on the 19th of November – 2 Nights at Herods Dead Sea Hotel on a room and breakfast basis and 2 Nights at Agamim Hotel in Eilat on a room and breakfast basis. Return flights are from Eilat Central via Tel Aviv to Luton. Car Hire; collect your car from Tel Aviv Airport on the 23rd of November – Hyundai Automatic or similar (sat nav optional) Drop off your car down town Eilat on the 21st of November. Other Dates or Longer durations available.

One of the fun parts about driving yourself is that you have the freedom to get off at various points along the journey. Once you leave Jerusalem about 25 minutes into your drive, you will get to sea-level, which is marked with a sign, and is a great photo opportunity.

When you arrive to Ein Bokek, the award-winning Herods Dead Sea hotel invites you to a luxurious, rejuvenating and majestic experience on the shores of the Dead Sea. Located on its own private beach, feel at one with the sublime landscape while enjoying pure tranquillity and pampering in the exclusive Herods Dead Sea Hotel.

The Herods Dead Sea Spa offers a variety of heated and health-promoting pools: a sweet water pool, sulphur pools, indoor heated pool with water from the Dead Sea and Jacuzzi pools as well as luxury spa facilities, therapeutic and leisure body treatments: Turkish bath-house, solarium facility, mud pack treatments – baths and facials, hydrotherapy and saunas (wet and dry).

After your 2 night’s relaxation by the Dead Sea, continue to drive down south, straight down to Eilat, which is a few hours further away.

Agamim Hotel is located in a quiet area of Eilat’s North Beach, a short distance from the resort’s promenades and beaches. The hotel features attractively furnished, air-conditioned rooms, all with private facilities including satellite TV, telephone, safe and private balconies overlooking the lagoon. All of the hotel’s wings are arranged in a U-shape around the main lagoon, and the public areas (the restaurant, reception desk, and so on) are concentrated in a separate area, so that guests enjoy complete privacy and a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere. The Agamim’s hospitality style is attentive, pampering and stress-free.

Agamim means ‘Lakes’, and, true to name, the Isrotel Agamim Eilat spreads out across spacious grounds; magnificent swimming pool and boasting a fresh, modern design in which natural materials reflect the colour and texture of the local landscape.

The Isrotel Agamim’s main feature is the one-of-a-kind swimming pool (heated in winter), lying at the centre of the property and including waterfalls, fountains and bridges. Its three streams run along the hotel’s guest wings, allowing guests staying in Deck rooms to enter the water from their terrace and swim into the central pool. There is also a children’s pool, a well-equipped fitness room (pay locally, minimum age 16) and wet & dry sauna, plus a spa (minimum age 16), specialising in unique health treatments, children’s club (minimum age 4 with adult supervision) with a wide range of games and a video games arcade.

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to Sun, Sea and Salt self-drive holiday to Israel and for further information.

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