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21st July, 2021

Saga Cultural Odyssey Tours

These holidays have been specially curated to bring you some real cultural immersion and a chance to indulge your passions. Each tour is led by a Saga Host and an expert lecturer from prestigious institutions such as Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Astronomical Society, so you can come away with a deep understanding of the culture and your chosen interest.

Not only will a Saga Cultural Odyssey Tour provide you with an unforgettable, immersive experience, but you’ll be travelling in style, too. No hire car fuss, no arranging coaches or buses - each of these holidays comes with a VIP door-to-door travel service.

Here are some holiday highlights to get excited about.

Art and Ballet in St Petersburg

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg

This once-in-a-lifetime holiday includes a 7-night stay at the Hotel Angleterre, a 5-star hotel overlooking St Isaac’s Cathedral.

You’ll get a chance to explore the rich artistic heritage of St Petersburg with exclusive tours and backstage visits of renowned cultural sites like the Hermitage, ballet performances, and the Russian State Museum – all in the company of an eminent art historian.

Astronomy in South Africa

Milky Way

This unique astronomy holiday is one for the stargazers.

An unmissable opportunity to combine spectacular safaris by day and view the wonder of African skies with expert astronomers by night. This is a tour de force of stars, museums, wildlife, and wine. It begins in London with a lecture in the Royal Astronomical Society headquarters, and includes visits to the South African Observatory, Franschoek (the food capital of South Africa), and Kruger National Park.

Historic Journey though Sicily

Ruins of Taormina Theatre, Sicily

Known for its fascinating history, Sicily is sure to please those with an interest in ancient civilisations.
A specialist lecturer accompanies you on this tour, from Palermo (4 nights) to Syracuse (6 nights). Visit the Ancient Roman mosaics at Villa Del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site known to be one of the biggest collections of Roman mosaics in the entire world. From royal apartments to old island cities, this holiday has it all.

Shakespeare’s Italy

Gondolas along the Gand Canal in Venice, Italy

Six nights in Bassano and three nights in Rome – what could be better for the avid readers of Shakespeare?

Discover the playwright’s inspirations in Padua, Venice, Verona, Mantua, and Rome alongside a Shakespearean actress. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the background of Romeo & Juliet, see a striking performance at Rome’s Globe Theatre, and visit other significant historical sites, it’s time to visit Shakespeare’s Italy on a SCOT holiday.

Three fantastic holidays with the Royal Academy of Music

Inside Canterbury Cathedral

First, a weekender-holiday jam-packed with exclusive music events, this short break in London is not to be missed by music lovers – it even includes a private concert.

Visit the Royal Academy of Music, its theatres, and museums, and experience a magical solo piano performance (and more!).

Another holiday in the UK, gives you the opportunity to make the most of Canterbury’s cobbled streets, plus exclusive concerts and talks from a music expert.

Don’t miss the guided tour of the Canterbury Cathedral, originally built in the 6th century, a walking tour of the city, and three private concerts.

Finally, enjoy a scenic river cruise on board Spirit of the Rhine, where you’ll be entertained on board by a string quartet and pianist from the Academy. Plus, a special performance at Amsterdam’s famous Concertgebouw.

Istanbul: City of Empires

Blue Mosque and the Bosporus, Istanbul

Ever dreamed of stepping on the soil of emperors and sultans?

This Saga Cultural Odyssey Trip includes 7 nights in Istanbul and days spent exploring its history, including the influences of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. Explore the Hippodrome and Dolmabahçe Palace, and enjoy two private boat trips on the deep blue Bosphorus.

Spain's Golden Age and its Legacy

Gran Via, main shopping street in Madrid

A 7-night stay in Madrid that spans key museums, covenants, and palaces of this magical city, this exploration of the Golden Age of Spain will leave you dazzled.

You’ll be accompanied by an art expert as you traverse Madrid’s artistic history, from The Prado to Casa Museo Lope de Vega and everything in between.

Modernism in Catalonia

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Another art-filled 7-night stay, this Barcelona getaway will leave you with incredible memories and a sun tan to match!
Delve into the modernist movement and immerse yourself in the incredible architecture and culture of the city that has been home to the likes of Gaudi and Miró.

You’ll get to see the thirteenth century Barcelona Cathedral, Guell Palace, Museu Nacional de Art de Catalunya, Montserrat and the Guell crypt, and more – with accompanying talks to satisfy your curiosity.

Musical and Cultural Heritage of Andalusia

New Bridge in Ronda, Spain

Andalusia: a truly rich tapestry of music, art, and cultural heritage.

On this tour, you’ll be accompanied by an art expert, exploring Seville and some of its most significant sites, museums, and restaurants. You’ll even have an exclusive viewing of a private art collection and a private operatic performance by a soloist in a Casa Palacio!

This magical cultural experience will truly impress on you the beauty and richness of Seville.

Discover More with Saga

These special interest holidays are more than just ‘time away’, they’re immersive experiences that have been meticulously designed to give you a true taste of the culture. Relax, adventure, and indulge, with Saga’s Cultural Odyssey Tours!

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