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Welsh National Opera Cardiff

Date for 2019: 15 – 17 February
Un ballo in maschera and The Magic Flute

Welsh National Opera
Tosca and Don Giovanni
Private visit to Fonmon Castle
Guided tour of Cardiff Castle
Staying at the Holland House Hotel Cardiff
21 – 23 February 2018 (2 nights)

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Welsh National Opera, a world class opera company is recognised both in this country and internationally for its artistic excellence.  The company seems to rise to even greater heights when performing in their home city of Cardiff in the iconic Wales Millennium Centre.  Top price raised stall seats to attend the production revivals of two great operas whilst staying at the four star Holland House Hotel in the centre of Cardiff.

Tosca set during the turbulent backdrop of Rome during the Napoleon invasion is an apt setting for this thrilling story of love, lust, loyalty and corruption. Puccini’s exquisite melodies, orchestration and fabulous arias have made Tosca one of the best-loved operas in the world. The cast includes Claire Rutter performing  Floria Tosca and Mario  - Gwyn Hughes Jones

Don Giovanni based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale. The cast includes Donna Elvira  - Elizabeth Watts,  Don Giovanni  - Gavan Ring

On Thursday there will be a private visit and tour of Fonmon Castle.    Built in the 13th century, set within beautiful woods and gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan.  During the English Civil War, it was bought by Colonel Philip Jones, a direct ancestor of Sir Brooke Boothby, the present owner.  There will be an early finger buffet lunch before returning to Cardiff for an afternoon tour of Cardiff Castle.  Cardiff’s historic prosperity owes much to the wealth and resources of the Marquis of Bute, but his open chequebook also provided unlimited funds to embellish his castles. The magnificent gothic fairytale fantasy work of William Burgess can be seen at in the superb interiors of the castle.  As an alternative to the castle you might prefer to sit back and tour the city in a “hop on hop off” bus – entry/tickets will be provided for one or other.

Pre-performance dining will be in the hotel on the first evening and at the Wales Millennium Centre on the second.  Taxis will transfer you to and from the venue before and after the operas.

Wednesday 21 February:  Check into the hotel before meeting for an early welcome drink and dinner transferring afterwards to the WMC and this evening’s performance of Tosca.

Thursday 22 February:  Morning visit and tour of Fonmon Castle, early refreshments before returning to Cardiff to visit the Castle.  Return to the hotel mid-afternoon.  Transfer to the WMC for dining in the fresh restaurant and the evening performance of Don Giovanni.

Friday 23 February: Check out of the hotel after a leisurely breakfast.  You might wish to visit Museum of Wales which has the amazing Davies Sister’s impressionist collection before departing for home.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Top price stall seats for both operas Two nights’ accommodation and breakfast, one dinner in the hotel and one in WMC.
  • Entries, coaching, transfers to operas.
  • Finger buffet lunch.
  • Heritage Touring representative.


Price per person: £455
Single supplement: £18 pn (£36)
Non-refundable deposit: £150 pp


The train service to Cardiff is excellent and the hotel a 5 minute taxi ride from Central Station. There is parking at the hotel - charges apply.

Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.