Carpenter Holidays

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Wednesday 20 May 2020 to Thursday 28 May 2020

Borromean Islands, Lake Maggiore

This holiday takes us from the grandeur of Lake Maggiore in the north of Italy, via Cremona, Lucca and Florence to the "Eternal City" of Rome. We begin in Stresa at the five-star Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees overlooking Lake Maggiore and as well as enjoying a private performance from a local folk group, we take a tour of the three Borromean Islands - Isola Madre, Isola Pescatore and... read more

Wednesday 10 June 2020 to Monday 22 June 2020
Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera

This is the second holiday led by Kayleen Asbo and Stephen Carpenter. "Enchanted Austria" is available either as one holiday of 12 days, or two separate six-day holidays. Part One, "Beethoven's Vienna", will take us to Vienna from Wednesday 10 to Tuesday 16 June 2020, and Part Two, "In the footsteps of Mozart and Schubert" to Salzburg and Schwarzenberg from Tuesday 16 to Monday 22 June... read more

Tuesday 1 September 2020 to Monday 7 September 2020


Stresa is situated on the western shore of Lake Maggiore, one of the most beautiful locations in Italy. The International Festival runs for a week in early September and this year features music from the Baroque and Classical periods, including an all-Beethoven programme celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. As well as enjoying five concerts, we will explore the... read more

Friday 11 September 2020 to Thursday 17 September 2020

Melrose Abbey

Following the successful trip in 2018, Carpenter Holidays, in association with Hannick Reizen, will be repeating the "Mendelssohn in Scotland" holiday in September 2020, this time linking the Mendelssohn pilgrimage with concerts at the Lammermuir Festival. If you admire Mendelssohn’s music and particularly his Hebrides Overture or Scottish Symphony and want to learn more about what... read more

Tuesday 22 September 2020 to Friday 2 October 2020
Fingal's Cave, Isle of Staffa

Fingal's Cave, Isle of Staffa

This holiday is the third collaboration between Carpenter Holidays and Kayleen Asbo. The "Romantic Scotland" experience will focus on great figures of the early 19th century including the Scottish novelist, Sir Walter Scott, who influenced many other writers, artists and composers, and our journey through the Highlands will follow exactly in the footsteps of German composer Felix... read more