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Spring and early summer are the perfect time of the year to take a short break to a European city or a relaxing countryside holiday, and Easter provides the perfect excuse.The weather is warming up so that you can enjoy a delicious al fresco lunch or dinner before summer crowds arrive. -M ADE H A number of exhibitions are taking place, such as the fascinating Fabergé exhibition in Vienna including some of the OR O IL famous jewel encrusted eggs.We have also selected our favourite Rooms with a View, the best Canal Cities in Europe and a selection of Personal Favourites selected by Kirker experts. For those who enjoy a morning of sightseeing e xp e rt ad sin ce 1 vice before retreating to a relaxing garden or a swimming pool in the afternoon, see page 4 for the perfect City Retreats. 986 E R EL N Cooking schools have become more popular than ever, and we have selected our favourites on page 7, whilst Six of I N G R AV T the Best Summer Music Festivals are highlighted on the back page. Not only are there many wonderful reasons for a short break at this time of year, but we are also able to offer exceptional value for money including complimentary nights at selected Kirker hotels and a chance to travel in style with our exclusive new British Airways upgrade offer - see below for details. Our expert reservations team look forward to hearing from you soon on 020 7593 2283.

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Granada

Six of the Best Classic City Breaks

Prices are per person and include flights (Eurostar for Paris), transfers, accommodation with breakfast, Kirker Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing, and the services of the Kirker Concierge to book concert and opera tickets or reserve a table for a delicious dinner.

Paris

Venice

Royal ****

The Royal is housed in an attractive building dating from the 19th Century and has a wonderful location a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. The 58 bedrooms are all furnished in a classical style.

Monaco & Grand Canal **** Deluxe The Monaco is one of Venice’s most famous hotels. Located just 50 yards from St. Mark’s Square and almost opposite Harry’s Bar, it combines traditional Venetian elegance with modern design. Breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel’s canal-side restaurant or on the terrace in fine weather.

3 nights for the price of 2 until 11 May (excl. 16-20 April) - price from £499, saving £120

4 nights for the price of 3 - price from £998, saving £210

Includes 48 hour museum pass, Seine cruise & Metro tickets.

Includes Doge’s Palace, Accademia or Guggenheim tickets and water taxi transfers.

Rome

Grand Hotel De La Minerve ***** Superior

This fine hotel has one of the best locations in Rome; in the heart of the historical city centre, overlooking the Roman Pantheon. The 135 spacious bedrooms are decorated in classical style and spectacular views can be enjoyed from the rooftop terrace. 4 nights for the price of 3 for Sunday arrivals - price from £899, saving £200 Includes entrance tickets to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel or Villa Borghese.

Lisbon

Seville

Lapa Palace ***** Deluxe

Casa No.7 - A boutique private hotel

Set in beautiful landscaped gardens, this luxurious hotel has indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools (open all year), health spa, a gastronomic restaurant, a bar and 109 individually decorated rooms (many with balcony). Located in a smart residential district to the west of the city centre (10 minutes by taxi).

Built in 1847 and owned by the charming Gonzalo del Rio (a member of the Gonzalez-Gordon sherry family), Casa No.7 is a delightful town house with just six beautifully furnished bedrooms, and a fine collection of antiques and works of art. This is a real Spanish home located in the heart of the old town.

3 nights for the price of 2 all year - price from £839, saving £206 Includes 48 hour ‘Lisboacard’ for entrance to the city’s best museums and monuments, and free public transport.

4 nights for the price of 3 all year (excl. Fri & Sat night stays) - price from £669, saving £94

Ask the Kirker Concierge for details of opera & concert performances in your chosen destination.

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Budapest

Art’otel **** Superior

This boutique hotel is a virtual art gallery dedicated to artist D. Sultan, whose paintings are shown throughout. The 165 designer bedrooms and suites combine modern architecture and facilities with Hungarian baroque traditions. It has an excellent location in Buda on the banks of the Danube opposite the spectacular Houses of Parliament. 4 nights for the price of 3 until 30 April & 1 - 24 July - price from £589, saving £58

British Airways Club Class Offer Book your spring or summer holiday by the end of April and take advantage of our exclusive British Airways Club Europe special offer - the perfect way to start your holiday in style. Upgrade for as little as £120 per person return and enjoy lounge access at Gatwick or Heathrow’s Terminal 5, seats at the front of the aircraft and a complimentary meal and drink service during the flight, including champagne on request: ideal for celebrating a special occasion.


Six of the Best Rooms With A View A great holiday experience is all about finding the perfect excuse to indulge yourself so that you come home feeling inspired and re-energised – and a great view from your hotel room is an excellent way to start every day. We are delighted to recommend some of our favourite hotels with exceptional views. Prices include flights, transfers or hire car, accommodation with breakfast and the services of the Kirker Concierge. ** Please note that summer swimming pools often open in April or May, weather depending, please call for further details **

Venice

Monaco

Londra Palace **** Deluxe

Small, luxurious and located right on the waterfront; just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square, the Londra Palace is managed by our great friend Alain Bullo. It is one of our favourite hotels in Venice, not least for its magnificent vistas and Kirker clients are given rooms which guarantee a sublime view of San Giorgio and the Lagoon. It has a bar, a comfortable lounge, a restaurant, the ‘Do Leoni’ with a terrace and 53 bedrooms which are amongst the finest in the city. 4 nights for the price of 3 all year - price from £998, saving £200 Prices based on deluxe room with lagoon view. Includes Doge’s Palace, Accademia or Guggenheim tickets and water taxi transfers.

Port Palace **** Deluxe

Ideally located a few steps from the Place du Casino, the Port Palace is perfect for those looking for a boutique hotel experience and contemporary luxury. All of the 50 spacious rooms have great views of the Royal Palace and the harbour. The gastronomic ‘Mandarine’ restaurant has the only Michelin-starred resident chef in Monaco and offers fine al fresco Mediterranean dining on the large terrace overlooking the water. 4 nights for the price of 3 all year - price from £799, saving £175 Prices based on deluxe room with harbour view. Includes complimentary entrance to a wide range of museums & attractions and one way helicopter/one way private car transfers.

Lake Maggiore

Granada Casa Morisca *** Superior

With its excellent location in the Moorish Albayzin district of Granada, this former 15th Century town house is now a charming family-run hotel. A typical Andalucian feature is the beautiful Moorish courtyard decorated with a terracotta tiled floor and a pretty fountain. The 14 bedrooms are all simply but beautifully decorated in a traditional style. Mosaic tiles adorn the whitewashed walls and all rooms have cool stone floors. Breakfast is served in the vaulted basement and there is a small terrace garden with views of the Alhambra above. 3 night price from £855 Prices based on Mirador room with views of the Alhambra. Includes complimentary entrance to the city’s best attractions including the Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens.

Grand Hotel Majestic **** Deluxe

With its formal gardens and fine old villas, Pallanza is the most beautiful town on Lake Maggiore. This delightful, privately owned hotel has a majestic setting on the shores of the lake with wonderful views of the mountains and the picturesque island of San Giovanni. Recently renovated, it has an indoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a small private beach. The town is a short walk away and from there you can explore the famous Borromeo Islands by ferry. 5 nights for the price of 4 until 29 May and 24 Aug - 4 Oct - price from£969, saving £140 Prices based on deluxe room with lake view.

Madeira

Capri

Jardins do Lago *****

Punta Tragara **** Deluxe

This charming Madeiran country house was built in the 18th Century and overlooks Funchal, just one mile from the city centre. It stands in beautiful botanical gardens and is a great place to relax and unwind. It is decorated with great style and has 40 bedrooms all facing south over the gardens and the sea. There are two restaurants, a semi-covered heated swimming pool, tennis court, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath. 7 nights for the price of 6 in May - price from £1,098, saving £130 Prices based on room with panoramic garden view.

The Punta Tragara stands at the end of the path that connects Capri Town (15 minutes’ walk) with the steps that lead down to the sea. It is the only hotel to look directly onto the beautiful Faraglione Rocks and the views are breathtaking. Built of sandstone and recently renovated to a very high standard, it is decorated with many antiques and works of art. There are 44 bedrooms - all with balconies or terraces, extensive gardens and sun terraces and two open-air seawater swimming pools. 3 nights for the price of 2 to 31 May - price from £1,098, saving £270 Prices based on prestige room with sea view.

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Six of the Best Exhibitions

Whether you are fascinated by Fabergé’s glittering jewels, enthralled by El Greco’s vibrant images or inspired by the style of Belle Epoque Paris, there are some special exhibitions this year across Europe. The magnificent Mauristhuis collection of Dutch Masters will be on show in Bologna before returning to the Hague for the museum’s highly anticipated grand re-opening in June. The Kirker Concierge will pre-book entrance tickets before you travel so that your time is spent enjoying the show not queuing outside. Prices include flights or Eurostar for Brussels & Paris, transfers, accommodation with breakfast, exhibition tickets and the services of the Kirker Concierge.

Toledo - The Greek Of Toledo

Vienna - The World Of Fabergé

Eugenia de Montijo **** Deluxe

Ritz Carlton ***** Superior

The 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco is celebrated in Toledo with the largest ever exhibition of this pioneering artist’s work. Until 14 June. This elegant hotel is located just 300 metres from the cathedral. Decorated throughout in classical style, it has 40 comfortable rooms, a light and airy lounge and a gastronomic restaurant. 4 nights for the price of 3 all year - price from £598, saving £83 Why not combine your stay in Toledo with 3 nights at the 4* Emperador in Madrid? Supplement from £499 including transfers between the cities.

A glittering collection of the works of master jeweller to the Tsars, Carl Fabergé, including several of his famous Easter eggs is on show at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. Until 18 May. This is one of the newest 5 star hotels in Vienna and opened in 2012. It is well situated on the Ring in the centre of the city and consists of four historic Palais from the 19th Century which have been extensively renovated to create a luxurious, contemporary design hotel. 3 nights for the price of 2 in May or June when booked by 30 April - price from £845, saving £212

El Greco - The Burial of the Conde Orgaz, Santo Tomé, Toledo

Prices include Fabergé exhibition entrance tickets

Bologna - The Girl With A Pearl

Brussels - Francisco De Zurbarán,

Ghisilardi Fava by a host of Dutch works by Rembrandt, Hals and Steen, from the Mauritshuis Museum in the Hague. This is the last stop on the Mauritshuis collection’s world tour before it returns home to the Hague (see below). Until 25 May.

one of the most important Spanish Baroque painters, this exhibition is held in the Art Deco exhibition rooms of Brussels’ Centre for Fine Arts. Until 25 May.

Earring Vermeer’s famous masterpiece is joined at Palazzo

Grand Hotel Majestic ***** Deluxe This is the best hotel in town: grand, traditional and located just two minutes’ walk from the Piazza Maggiore. Set in an historical building and furnished with antiques and original works of art, the Majestic has an excellent gastronomic restaurant.

Johannes Vermeer - Girl With a Pearl Earring

3 nights for the price of 2 in April - price from £699, saving £143 4 nights for the price of 3 in May - price from £842, saving £143 Prices include Palazzo Ghisilardi Fava entrance tickets

Master Of Spain’s Golden Age Devoted to

Amigo ***** Deluxe

A member of Rocco Forte Hotels, this famous property is in one of the city’s best locations, just behind the Grand’Place and City Hall. The hotel has 174 beautifully designed modern bedrooms decorated in cool creams and expensive soft furnishings. There is a bar, a wonderful Italian restaurant ‘Bocconi’, and a comfortable lobby lounge. 3 nights for the price of 2 for weekend stays - price from £485, saving £122 Price includes Francisco de Zurbarán exhibition entrance tickets

Francisco de Zurbarán - Saint Casilda ca

The Hague - Mauritshuis Grand

Paris - Paris 1900, The City Of

Rijksmuseum, the Hague’s Mauritshuis holds a treasure trove of over 800 pictures, including many from masters of the Dutch Golden Age such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Franz Hals and Rogier van der Weyden. The gallery reopens on 27 June 2014 after a refurbishment and expansion which has taken over two years.

art, film, costume, jewellery, furniture and sculpture recreates the ‘Belle Epoque’ era in an exhibition designed to recall the great Exposition Universalle of 1900. At Petit Palais until 17 August.

Re-Opening Although lesser known than the nearby

Des Indes ***** Deluxe

Located on a leafy square in the heart of the city, this famous luxury hotel has played host to royalty, emperors and heads of state and was originally built in 1858 as the residence of King William III’s personal advisor. The hotel has some grand classical features and a recent redesign by Parisien interior designer Jacques Garcia has added a chic, contemporary style. 3 nights price from £638

Rembrandt Self Portrait

Entertainment This collection of over 600 pieces of

Royal ****

The Royal is housed in an attractive building dating from the 19th Century and has a wonderful location a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. The 58 bedrooms are all furnished in a classical style. 3 nights for the price of 2 until 11 May (excl. 16-20 April) - price from £499, saving £120

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec - Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero in “Chilpéric”

Includes entrance tickets to the ‘Paris 1900’ exhibition at Petit Palais

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Six of the Best City Retreats

During the spring and summer, one of the delights of a short break is being able to explore the sights and restaurants of a great city such as Rome, but retreat to a haven of tranquility just outside the city in the warm afternoons. A number of Kirker hotels offer the benefits of quiet, relaxing gardens, perhaps a summer swimming pool and sublime views, combined with easy access by shuttle, train or boat into the heart of the city. Prices include flights, private transfers or hire car, accommodation with breakfast and the services of the Kirker Concierge. ** Please note that summer swimming pools often open in April or May, weather depending, please call for further details **

Venice

Florence

Excelsior *****

One of the most historic hotels of Europe, the recently refurbished Excelsior on the Venice Lido maintains an air of sophistication. With a private beach, swimming pool and large terraces, it is perfect for those who enjoy combining a relaxing seaside location with easy access to St. Mark’s Square and the attractions of Venice just 20 minutes away by complimentary motor boat. All 197 rooms overlook the sea or the Venice skyline and are furnished in a Moorish style. 4 nights for the price of 3 all year (excl. Jul & Aug) - price from £947, saving £145 Includes Doge’s Palace, Accademia or Guggenheim tickets and water taxi transfers.

Villa La Massa ***** Deluxe

This noble 16th Century residence is set within extensive gardens on the banks of the River Arno. There is an excellent riverside restaurant, a summer swimming pool and bicycles for exploring the beautiful surroundings, whilst a hotel shuttle transports guests to the heart of Florence in just 15 minutes. The three Tuscan villas contain 37 carefully restored bedrooms furnished with antiques and local Florentine fabrics. 3 nights for the price of 2 until 30 Apr & 3 - 31 Aug - price from £858, saving £212. 4 nights for the price of 3 from 1 May - 2 Aug & 1 - 27 Sept - price from £1,197, saving £225 Includes Uffizi Gallery, Accademia or Bargello tickets.

Rome

Marrakech

Villa Grazioli ***** Superior, Frascati

Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa *****

Built in 1580, the Villa is set in a peaceful location in the Frascati region with wonderful views of the Eternal City. The original decoration has been restored and the public rooms are spectacular, with intricate frescoes. The 58 bedrooms are furnished with simple elegance and there is an excellent restaurant with a large terrace and a summer swimming pool. Rome is easily accessible in 40 minutes – a shuttle bus operates to Frascati rail station. 3 nights for the price of 2 all year - price from £499, saving £84. Includes Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel or Villa Borghese tickets.

This luxury boutique residence lies in the heart of the Palmeraie region, a mere 15 minute taxi from Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna Square. The 28 guest rooms and villas are set in five acres of colourful gardens and patios. There are two restaurants, a state-of-the-art hammam and spa and two swimming pools. Spring Offer: Book by 30 April for stays 1 May - 21 June - 4 night price from £979, saving £62 4 nights for the price of 3 from 22 June - 30 August - price from £795, saving £185 Why not combine your stay in Marrakech with 3 nights at the 4* Superior Kasbah Bab Ourika in the Atlas Mountains? Supplement from £375 including transfers. Includes a walking tour of the Medina.

Cannes

Barcelona

Le Mas Candille ***** Deluxe, Mougins

Miramar ***** Superior

This beautiful converted 18th Century Provençal farmhouse is located close to the centre of the mediaeval village of Mougins and just 8km from Cannes. It is set on a series of terraces in a mature and tranquil park, has some wonderful views and offers exceptional cuisine. The hotel’s zen-like Shiseido Spa has a soothing ambience with an outdoor Jacuzzi and a Japanese garden. The 39 bedrooms all have private balconies or terraces. 4 nights for the price of 3 from 25 April - 10 July & 7 September - 11 October - price from £899, saving £185

The Miramar has a unique location on Montjuïc hill, overlooking the city and the sea - just a short taxi ride from the port and ‘Las Ramblas’. With over 8,000 square metres of gardens and an outdoor swimming pool, the hotel enjoys the rare commodities of space and tranquillity but the galleries, shops and tapas bars of Barcelona are only a few minutes away. All 75 bedrooms are stylishly furnished in a contemporary fashion, most have their own terrace with views overlooking the gardens, the city or the sea. Special offer price from £829, saving £60

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Six of the Best Canal Cities

Before the arrival of the railway, canal networks were vital trading links that helped to make cities such as Venice, Amsterdam and Bruges wealthy and powerful.Today, these urban waterways lend a distinct character to a city, reflecting light back on the streets and buildings around, offering a glimpse of history and providing a wonderful perspective from which to see the sights at a gentle pace. Prices include flights (Eurostar for Bruges or Paris), transfers (excluding Bruges), accommodation with breakfast and the services of the Kirker Concierge

Bruges In the 14th and

Venice The ultimate canal

15th Centuries canals made Bruges one of the world’s most important trade centres, and the city’s wealthy merchants constructed the opulent stone palaces and churches which still form the historic centre.

Heritage **** Superior

The Heritage is a Relais & Châteaux property located just 100 metres from the Market Square and is housed in an attractive classical building dating from 1869. It is privately owned and is decorated throughout in a traditional style. 4 nights for the price of 3 for mid-week stays in Apr/Jun/Jul & Aug - price from £497, saving £109 Change trains in Brussels - transfers on request. Includes a 72hr museum pass.

city, Venice was built on the lagoon and is still only navigable by water. From the majesty and maelstrom of the Grand Canal, to the silence and elegant decay of Venice’s hidden side canals, the waterways are the lifelines and personality of this city.

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Ca’ Dei Conti **** Superior

Formerly a patrician palace, the Ca’ Dei Conti is a family-run, boutique hotel with just 35 rooms and a small terrace. It overlooks a canal and is five minutes’ walk from St. Mark’s Square. All bedrooms are decorated in classic 18th Century style. 4 nights for the price of 3 all year - price from £659, saving £90 Includes Doge’s Palace, Accademia or Guggenheim tickets and water taxi transfers.

St.Petersburg

Stockholm

During the summer months, one of the best ways to appreciate St Petersburg’s baroque palaces is to cruise the network of canals criss-crossed by elegant bridges which link the city’s many islands.

One of the world’s most beautiful cities, Stockholm spans 14 islands with abundant canals and waterways linked by bridges and ferry services. Visit the island of Djurgården on the ferry to see the Skansen open-air museum and the spectacular Vasa Museum.

Angleterre **** Superior

Nobis ***** Superior

Housed in two historic buildings, the Nobis combines tradition with a contemporary Scandinavian aesthetic. Several restaurants include ‘Caina’, which serves award-winning Italian cuisine, whilst the 201 bedrooms are furnished with wood, stone, leather and glass. There is a relaxation centre with sauna and treatment rooms. 3 nights for the price of 2 from 16 April - 4 May & 20 June - 10 August - price from £796, saving £145

Amsterdam

The Angleterre offers comfortable and stylish accommodation in a superb location in the heart of the city. Recently refurbished, its 192 bedrooms are comfortable and well furnished. Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the ‘Borsalino’ brasserie where there is live music most evenings. Other facilities include a lively bar, fitness centre, small plunge pool and a sauna. 4 nights for the price of 3 from 1 April - 12 May & 1 July - 24 October - price from £1,179, saving £123 Includes Russian visa service.

Paris Napoleon started

With the reopening of the magnificent Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum last year, there has never been a better time to revisit Amsterdam – with its tree-lined canal district, flanked by traditional Dutch merchants’ houses.

a series of Parisian canals, and today the Canal Saint Martin is a favourite spot for many Parisians in the spring and summer, between the north-east of the city and the River Seine, which it joins just south of Bastille.

La Tremoille **** Deluxe

Ambassade **** Deluxe

The Ambassade consists of 10 beautiful 17th Century Dutch houses, overlooking the Herengracht and Singel canals. With a wealth of original paintings, porcelain, antique clocks and furniture, this small, privately-owned, very characterful and exquisitely furnished hotel offers impeccable service and attention to detail. 3 night price from £869 Includes Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum entrance.

Located in the heart of Paris, close to the famous designer boutiques of Avenue Montaigne and the Champs Elysées, La Tremoille is a contemporary luxury hotel. Each of the 93 comfortable bedrooms are beautifully designed with exquisite fabrics. ‘Le Louis2’ (closed on Sunday) La Tremoille’s restaurant and bar offers a delicious French menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 3 nights for the price of 2 for weekend stays until 12 May & 16 July - 25 August - price from £679, saving £200 Includes 48 hour museum pass, Seine cruise & Metro tickets.

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Six Of The Best Personal Favourites Our experienced reservations team are passionate about travel, whether discovering new destinations or re-visiting familiar favourites and are keen to share their enthusiasm for their best loved cities, hotels and sights. The recommendations below are some personal favourite holidays chosen by a selection of the team. Call 020 7593 2283 to speak to an expert, or visit our website to read the staff profiles and personal destination reviews written by all members of the team. Prices include flights, private transfers, accommodation with breakfast, Kirker Guide Notes as appropriate and the services of the Kirker Concierge.

Sarah Jones - Rome After my recent visit, Rome has firmly cemented itself as one of my favourite European destinations, with its fascinating history, exquisite art and incredible food. Our guided tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel was an absolute highlight and a must for any art or history enthusiast – ask the Kirker Concierge to arrange a private guide. Having seen the sights in Rome, there seemed no better way to end our trip than relaxing on the rooftop of our hotel, the Bernini Bristol, sipping a cool glass of Prosecco and watching the sun set over this beautiful city. 3 nights for the price of 2 at the 5* Superior Bernini Bristol - price from £689, saving £165. For more information email sarah.jones@kirkerholidays.com Includes entrance tickets to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel or Villa Borghese.

Alex Carey - Iceland Over the last few years the Northern Lights have attracted more and more visitors to Iceland for the first time. However, this is a destination to visit at any time of the year. Nothing matches the view of glaciers and spectacular waterfalls glistening in the sunshine on the south shore or exploring the incredible geysers of the ‘Golden Circle’ in the long, bright days of spring and summer.The perfect finale to any holiday to Iceland is an al fresco dip in the soothing thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon to rest your weary limbs amid clouds of steam. It is sheer bliss and you will come back a new person. 3 night price from £1,149 at the 4* Superior Hotel Borg including a stop at the Blue Lagoon en-route to/from the airport. Ask Alex or the Kirker Concierge for advice regarding Superjeep excursions. For more information email alex.carey@kirkerholidays.com

David Lugg - Paris

Marcus Williams - Madeira

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With Paris only 2 hours 50 minutes away by Eurostar, a short break here is an effortless experience, but the sheer array of hotels and restaurants available make it difficult to get exactly right without expert advice. For a special occasion, there is no more palatial establishment than the George V. Poised in the centre of the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’, the hotel exudes glamour and opulence, with acres of polished marble, spectacular floral arrangements and the buzz of Parisian and international high society. For a memorable dinner, ask the Kirker Concierge to book a table at the two Michelinstarred Le Cinq. 2 night price from £1,498 at the George V, including Standard Premier Eurostar and private transfers. For more information email david.lugg@kirkerholidays.com

Includes 3 complimentary dinners - one in each of the hotel’s restaurants.

Includes 48 hour museum pass, Seine cruise & Metro tickets.

Just three hours from London and in the same time zone, Madeira makes a perfect short break destination, with beautiful views, botanical gardens and a long, warm summer which starts now. The local food and wine is also wonderful, and the highlight for me had to be a guided tour of the Blandy’s Madeira Wine Lodge, revealing how the grapes are sourced, processed, matured and bottled – ask the Kirker Concierge to book this before you go. As well as the rich, golden wine and Madeira cake, the island produces fresh tropical fruits, which are best enjoyed for breakfast on the terrace at Reid’s Palace Hotel. Special spring offer for stays at the 5* deluxe Reid’s Palace until 30 June - price from £1,565, saving £215

Ben Williams - Alaçati, Turkey The perfect blend of relaxation and historical sights has attracted increasing numbers of discerning travellers to the small Aegean town of Alaçati. Whitewashed stone houses on cobbled streets have now been lovingly converted to boutique hotels, artisan shops and restaurants specialising in the best fresh local produce. Meanwhile the 2,000 year old ruins of Ephesus, as well as the vibrant modern city of Izmir, are within an hour’s drive. Popular for summer holidays, the warm climate and smaller crowds also make Alaçati a perfect destination for late spring or autumn. 3 night price from £688 in high season staying at Incirli Ev (boutique guest house). For more information email ben.williams@kirkerholidays.com

Kathryn Irons - Bologna Bologna is one of those cities everyone who has visited raves about, but it was only recently that I was able to discover why. Almost untouched by tourists, and still lined with the beautiful colonnades (built to shelter one man and his horse from the elements), Bologna was home to the important Bolognese School of painting and also makes a convenient base to visit the nearby art cities of Padua, Mantua and Florence. A Kirker favourite, the Corona d’Oro, is nestled within the historical centre; an ideal location to explore the plethora of excellent restaurants – ask the Kirker Concierge to book a table at one of our favourites before you go. 4 nights for the price of 3 at the 4* Superior Corona d’Oro in April, May & June - price from £789, saving £132. For more information email kathryn.irons@kirkerholidays.com

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Six of the Best Cookery Schools

Delicious local cuisine is often the highlight of a short break, and many of us long to recreate our favourite dishes at home. A number of Kirker hotels now offer the chance to learn from experienced local chefs in their own kitchens and come home with not just memories and souvenirs, but a new skill to share with friends and family. The selected holidays below all include a cooking lesson. Prices include flights, private transfers or hire car, accommodation with breakfast and the services of the Kirker Concierge. ** Please note that summer swimming pools often open in April or May, weather depending, please call for further details **

Bordeaux

Basilicata

Le Saint James *****

Palazzo Margherita ***** Deluxe

A gastronomic paradise and the perfect base from which to explore the vineyards of Bordeaux, Le Saint James has 18 strikingly modern rooms with wonderful views over the city, an outdoor swimming pool and a small vineyard which produces the hotel’s own wine. The Michelinstarred restaurant serves innovative French cuisine which guests will learn to recreate in the state-of-theart cooking school.

Experience the traditional cooking of Basilicata in the large, welcoming kitchen of Francis Ford Coppola’s lovingly restored 19th Century palazzo in the hill-top town of Bernalda, 1hr 40mins from Bari airport. The local chefs give daily, hands-on classes demonstrating how to prepare typical regional dishes using the region’s abundant fresh produce. The palazzo offers an authentic Italian experience and the nine beautiful rooms have sumptuous bathrooms, original marble and tiled floors and frescoed ceilings.

4 nights for the price of 3 until 2 July - price from £855, saving £195.

3 night price from £1,135 Book by 30 April and enjoy a complimentary cookery lesson during April, May or June.

Price includes a cookery lesson and complimentary lunch.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Florence Helvetia e Bristol ***** Deluxe

Our favourite hotel in the centre of Florence is the perfect place to learn to make your own authentic pasta. The location is perfect – in the very heart of Florence – service is exemplary, and Kirker clients have always been especially well looked after. There are just 67 bedrooms, stylishly furnished in traditional Florentine style. After an afternoon cooking lesson, a delicious dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel’s fine restaurant, ‘Hostaria Bibendum’ – or on the street-side terrace in fine weather. 4 nights for the price of 3 all year - price from £1,259, saving £185 Price includes an afternoon cookery lesson and dinner.

Kasbah Tamadot ***** Deluxe

A Kirker favourite, this stunning property is perched high in the Atlas Mountains, just an hour from Marrakech. The 27 bedrooms and suites, including nine luxury Berber tents, all have superb views; there is a large heated infinity swimming pool, a spa with indoor pool and a great restaurant. Local chefs teach guests to create their own Moroccan tagine using traditional wood burning stoves on a terrace overlooking the valley below. 4 nights for the price of 3 from 1 May - 31 July - price from £1,279, saving £260 Price includes a Moroccan cooking class and dinner.

Verona

Rioja

Villa Del Quar **** Deluxe

Viura **** Superior

Discover the secrets of fine Italian gastronomy in the kitchen of Michelin-starred Restaurant Arquade at the Villa del Quar. This lovely 16th Century villa is located seven kilometres from the centre of Verona, with seven hectares of land including a magnificent summer swimming pool, and the hotel’s own vineyards – reputed to produce some of the region’s finest Valpolicella wines. The 21 bedrooms are each different, but all are stylish and individually decorated with antique furniture. Special spring offer for April & May - price from £849, saving £135 Price includes a cookery lesson in the kitchen of Restaurant Arquade.

Just 1hr 20mins drive from Bilbao, the Viura is a great base from which to visit the fabulous vineyards of the Rioja Alavesa wine region, and experience the typical cuisine of the Basque Country. A visually stunning example of contemporary architecture, the Viura has 33 spacious, modern bedrooms with large picture windows overlooking the surrounding countryside. There is a gastronomic restaurant (closed Mondays), and classes will teach you to create your own ‘pintxos’, or Basque tapas, and match them with local wines. 3 night price from £665 Price includes a ‘pintxos’ class with local wines.

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Six Of The Best Mu sic Festivals

Our escorted holidays include exclusive Kirker chamber music festivals on land and at sea as well as visits to some of Europe’s leading music festivals such as the Bach Festival in Leipzig, the Verona Opera Festival & the Macerata Opera Festival. Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, accommodation, meals & sightseeing as described and the services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer. Single supplements on request.

The 9th Kirker Ischia Music Festival

The Kirker Chopin Festival In Mallorca

A SEVEN NIGHT HOLIDAY | 13 OCTOBER 2014

SIX NIGHT HOLIDAYS | 25 SEPT & 1 OCT 2014

Join pianist Tim Horton on the idyllic island of Ischia. Classical guitarist Gary Ryan, tenor Thomas Hobbs and violist Simon Rowland-Jones will also perform in the lovely concert hall overlooking the garden, next to the villa where the Sir William and Lady Walton lived. We stay at the 4* Albergo San Montano a few minutes’ drive from La Mortella with spectacular views of the Bay of Naples. Price from £1,998 for seven nights including seven dinners and seven concerts.

Our 2014 Chopin Festival is based in picturesque Banyalbufar, on the glorious north coast of Mallorca. Pianist Benjamin Frith, soprano Ilona Domnich, and guitarist Manus Noble will play three concerts at the monastery in Valldemossa. They will be joined by the actors Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul, and pianist Lucy Parham, in two evenings of words and music telling the tale of the passionate relationship between Frederic Chopin and his mistress.

The 10th North Norfolk Music Festival

The Bach Festival In Leipzig

Price from £1,698 for six nights including six dinners, two lunches & five concerts.

A SIX NIGHT HOLIDAY | 17 JUNE 2014

The North Norfolk Music Festival presents its concerts in the 13th Century church of St Mary’s in the picturesque village of South Creake. This year our tour will be there at the opening Gala Concert with the Doric String Quartet in the Marble Hall at Holkham, the seat of Viscount Coke. Floreat Sonus will give a choral concert on the Feast of the Assumption, the pianist Louis Schwizgebel, tenor John Mark Ainsley and virtuoso violinist Ben Baker will also perform. Price from £948 for four nights including four dinners & five concerts.

Leipzig is one Europe’s greatest musical cities. Wagner was born and Mendelssohn died in the city, Robert Schumann married Clara Wieck here and JS Bach spent twenty-seven years living and working in Leipzig. This six night holiday has been planned around the Bach Festival and will include seven concerts, including two performances by the Gewandhaus Orchestra. We will visit Köthen where Bach worked as Kapellmeister at the court of Prince Leopold von AnhaltKöthen. A walking tour of Leipzig and a visit to Schumann’s birthplace in Zwickau is also included. Price from £2,248 per person for six nights including seven concerts, five dinners & two lunches.

The Kirker Music Festival At Sea

Opera at the Arena di Verona

A 10 NIGHT CRUISE | 9 - 19 OCTOBER 2014

FOUR NIGHT ESCORTED HOLIDAYS 3 & 31 July & 4 SEPTEMBER

A FOUR NIGHT HOLIDAY | 14 AUGUST 2014

to amsterdam, copenhagen & oslo

Newcastle - Amsterdam - Oslo - Copenhagen - Newcastle Enjoy a series of exclusive chamber music concerts by highly acclaimed musicians on board Fred.Olsen’s Black Watch during our new ten night music cruise. There will also be visits to opera houses and major galleries, including Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Special Guest: former Director of the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Elaine Padmore, will be on board giving insights into running one of the world’s most important opera companies. Prices from £1,670 per person for 10 nights including all concerts & meals on board and two private drinks parties.

The history of opera in the vast Roman arena in Verona dates back to 10 August 1913 when Aida was staged in a monumental production. Our three tours, which are based at the 4* Palazzo Victoria a few minutes’ walk from the arena, provide the opportunity to attend Aida, Carmen, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and Romeo et Juliette, depending on your chosen date. Price from £1,778 for four nights including two dinners, two performances with tickets in the first category in the arena (an optional third performance is available) and a walking tour of Verona.

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Published March 2014. Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person based on 2 sharing. Subject to availability.

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