Our weekend immersion in Shakespeare’s home town will be greatly enhanced by our accommodations for two nights at Stratford’s Arden Hotel. We are fortunate to have secured our reservations at this small hotel especially recommended by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). “The Arden Hotel is situated directly opposite our theatres, making it the ideal place to stay. The Arden has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment to create an elegant and sophisticated 45-bedroom boutique-style hotel. It boasts the stylish Waterside Brasserie, Champagne bar, and beautifully decorated rooms with views over the River Avon.” (RSC).For our annual Thanksgiving Tour, we are returning to London for the first time this year for a pair of operatic highlights at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House.  First, the company’s Music Director Antonio Pappano will be our conductor for Puccini’s melodic ManonLescaut, featuring the MET’s Sondra Radvanovsky in the challenging title role after her extraordinary triumph as Donizetti’s three Tudor Queens this season. Second will be Offenbach’s most enduring French work, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Hoffmann, Russian soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Antonia, and the versatile baritone Thomas Hampson portraying all four villains. A third musical evening will be a Chamber Concert in London’s intimate Wigmore Hall – one of the city’s most beautiful venues. With four nights at the Kingsway Hall Hotel ideally located a few blocks from the opera house, we have planned a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at Browns Restaurant in St. Martin’s Lane nearby Covent Garden.

The 400th Anniversary of William Shakepeare’s death is being widely honored this year throughout the English-speaking world. The second part of our Tour will take us to the Bard’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, where we will enjoy the revered Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of The Tempest, with the great English actor Simon Russell Beale in the pivotal role of Prospero. A second play in Stratford will be The Seven Acts of Mercy, an intriguing contemporary mystery involving Caravaggio’s eponymous painting. For a three-night weekend, we are fortunate to have confirmed accommodations at Stratford’s charming Arden Hotel adjacent to the theatres. Often not available, the small Arden is where everyone wants to stay in Stratford. 

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In recent years, we have appreciated the late fall as our preferred season to enjoy London, rather than the frantic summer months when traffic is stagnant and museums and restaurants are overcrowded. Our combination this year of Covent Garden’s highlights with a celebratory visit to Stratford (not often included on our music Tours) promises to be a rewarding Thanksgiving holiday for old and new friends. You should respond early to avoid disappointment, as space for Covent Garden and Stratford is very limited.

Accommodations in London for four nights with full buffet breakfast at the Kingsway Hall Hotel, a discovery for us which has proven to be notably popular. The Kingsway Hall is a comfortable, fully-serviced four-star property ideally located a few minutes walk from Covent Garden and within reasonable walking distance of many West End theatres. For our evening schedule, you will be grateful that we will not have to rely on early bus departures during London’s infamous rush-hour traffic. The Kingsway Hall’s public rooms include the Harlequin Restaurant and the Lounge Bar, and there is a small gym with Jacuzzi and steam room. Many attractive restaurants, cafés and shops are easily accessible in the Covent Garden neighborhood.

Our weekend immersion in Shakespeare’s home town will be greatly enhanced by our accommodations for two nights at Stratford’s Arden Hotel. We are fortunate to have secured our reservations at this small hotel especially recommended by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). “The Arden Hotel is situated directly opposite our theatres, making it the ideal place to stay. The Arden has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment to create an elegant and sophisticated 45-bedroom boutique-style hotel. It boasts the stylish Waterside Brasserie, Champagne bar, and beautifully decorated rooms with views over the River Avon.” (RSC).

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Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $5,580
Single Occupancy: $6,510