Once in a lifetime experience - see Aida from a "gold seat" at the Verona Centennial Opera Festival, stay at 5* Due Torri Hotel, then leave on a 6* luxury cruise ship.

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2013 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi and the centenary of the Verona Opera Festival, at which the very first performance was Verdi’s greatest classical opera, Aida. Luxury travel agency Silver Compass are thrilled to be able to offer opera enthusiasts the opportunity to experience this landmark occasion in exclusive luxury, seated in prestigious “gold seats” in the world-famous arena, staying in the legendary Due Torri Hotel in Verona before joining luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas “Mariner” for an all-inclusive 6* Mediterranean cruise.

Arena di Verona

Arena di Verona

[the Verona Opera and Cruise package] is a very exciting package which is sure to provide an unforgettable experience for everyone, even if they are not opera enthusiasts.

As opera enthusiasts themselves, the luxury travel consultants at Silver Compass are already making arrangements for trips to Verona this summer for the world-renowned Opera Festival. They are thrilled to be able to offer a unique package, just released by Regent Seven Seas, which is sure to guarantee an unforgettable experience. Join Seven Seas Mariner® for an ultra-luxury cruise combined with an exclusive opportunity to see a spectacular performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida at the Arena di Verona with a 2-night pre-cruise stay at the 5* Due Torri Hotel in Verona.

Verona’s internationally acclaimed Roman amphitheatre has played host to many of the world’s most notable opera singers. To celebrate the first 100 years of the Arena di Verona Opera Festival, and to inaugurate the next century of great opera, the Centennial Festival 2013 will see the very well-known Plácido Domingo as Honorary Artistic Director; he will also be appearing as conductor and singer on this magnificent stage for some of the performances.

The opening performance for the Verona Opera Festival in 1913 was a spectacular production of Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Aida’, in the year of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. It is very fitting that for this year’s Centennial Festival, also the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth, Regent has reserved prestigious gold seats for a new production of Aida, providing the opportunity of a lifetime to experience Verdi’s lyrical work within this unforgettable setting.

Staying in Verona’s most renowned 5-star hotel, the palatial Hotel Due Torri is the perfect venue to experience Verona at its finest. Located right in the heart of the historic old city, this magnificent hotel is within walking distance from all Verona’s highlights including Piazza Bra, Balcony of Juliet and the Arena di Verona itself.

A unique operatic and cruise package, drenched in opportunities to soak up some of the Mediterranean’s cultural and historic hot-spots in all-inclusive, ultra-luxury style, only Regent provides this extraordinary way to experience the Mediterranean this summer.

Kit Williams, cruise expert from Silver Compass, said: “This really is a very exciting package which is sure to provide an unforgettable experience for everyone, even if they are not opera lovers. It is only being offered on this one date and is likely to prove very popular. With SS Mariner carrying just 700 guests we would urge anyone interested to get in touch quickly, while there is still availability.”

On board Seven Seas Mariner, everything is included without exception and without compromise, from flights to gratuities and all points in between. A refined and elegant all-suite, all-balcony ship, SS Mariner and her crew ensure a warm welcome and impeccable service.

The 12 night itinerary, departing from London on 26th June 2013, includes 2 nights in Verona, followed by a 10-night cruise from Venice to Athens, calling at ports in Croatia, Montenegro, Greece (including Zakynthos, Santorini , Rhodes and Mykonos) and Turkey (Ephesus).

The cruise fare for this Verona Opera and Mediterranean Cruise is from £3895pp (based on two people sharing a Category H Deluxe Suite), including flights, Opera tickets, Verona Hotel and pre-cruise programme and all-inclusive 10-night cruise.

For further information about this unique opportunity or other holidays to the Verona Centennial Opera Festival 2013, contact Silver Compass on 0208 305 0350 or info(at)silvercompass.co.uk.

About Silver Compass:
Silver Compass is an award-winning tailor-made travel agency based in London and Wiltshire with a passion for exceptional service. Members of the Association of Cruise Experts, their cruise specialists look after every detail and thrive on matching the right cruise line to the customer.

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