Saturday, Day 1 – Arrival
From 1 to 3 in the afternoon, we’ll await you in the lobby of a lovely Georgian town house hotel in historic Bath. Rooms will be ready by approximately 2 pm, so those who arrive before that time can relax in the inviting sitting rooms of the hotel. Check in and make yourself comfortable.
An introductory stroll through the gracious city of Bath
After a pre-concert supper (included) we’ll enjoy our first performance – The Sixteen in the magnificent Bath Abbey.
Sunday, Day 2- Bath and Wells
Breakfast (included every day)
Guided walking tour of Bath, followed by a countryside drive to the Cathedral town of Wells, England’s smallest city, which gets its name from the springs that bubble into a pool in the bishop’s garden, then burble through the streets of town. After a delicious lunch (included) we’ll visit the splendid Cathedral, dating from the 12th century, with its vast inverted arches (known as scissor arches) and rare and beautiful medieval clock, arriving in time for the pure young voices of the Sunday afternoon Evensong.
Return to Bath in time for an evening concert of Mozart and Beethoven in the Assembly Rooms.
Monday, Day 3- Avebury and Lacock
The mysterious stone circle of Avebury awaits – we’ll walk among the stones and stop for a pint at the Red Lion, the only pub WITHIN a stone circle.
Then on to the stopped-in-time hamlet of Lacock, a National Trust village of centuries-old gabled and stone-tiled cottages. We’ll enjoy lunch (included) at The George Inn, an historic pub dating back to the 1300’s.
We’ll return to Bath, for an evening concert of Schubert, Brahms and Ravel in the Assembly Rooms.
Tuesday, Day 4 – Bath
A leisurely morning in Bath to do as you please – perhaps a visit to the Fashion Museum on Bennett Street, or the Jane Austen Centre on Gay Street?
At 1 pm we’ll enjoy a marvelous concert by the Gailliard Wind Quintet in the magnificent Guild Hall, a masterpiece of Neoclassical decoration.
Free time in the afternoon, before a delicious dinner (included) with a leading Bath couple in their elegant and historic home.
Wednesday, Day 5- Heart of the Cotswolds
A day in the Cotswolds, those quintessentially English honey-colored villages set in gently rolling hills. We’ll enjoy the mellow stone buildings, village greens and medieval market places of this matchless part of Great Britain, stopping first in the mellow riverside hamlets of Lower and Upper Slaughter, then Bourton-on-the-Water, where we’ll take time to stroll along the Windrush River and stop by delightful Cotswold boutiques. Choose a spot for lunch, then we’ll make our leisurely way through the lush landscape to the tiny town of Bibury. On the way back to Bath we’ll stop for tea (included) by the fireside in an elegant country estate. We’ll complete the day with evening concert of Schubert, Ravel and Debussy in the Guildhall.
We’ll stop for supper (included) after the concert at a Bath favorite.
Thursday, Day 6 – Bath
We’ll take a few hours in the morning to further enjoy the lovely countryside near Bath, before a leisurely lunch (included).
Free time in the afternoon, then we’ll complete the week with a gala concert – pianist Sir András Schiff with the works of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart- in the Assembly Rooms.
Friday, Day 7 – Departure
Goodbyes to new-found friends before departing Bath on your journey homeward.
* Events subject to Bath Mozartfest program, and will be finalized in September