Kirker Holidays has extended its expertise to the Far East with the launch of its 2016 Cultural Tours & Music Holidays brochure.

Appearing in the operator’s programme for the very first time, Japan is the focus for a 12-night small group tour, accompanied throughout by a Japanese guide and Kirker tour escort.

Examining the cultural life of the country, Gardens, Temples & Cities of Japan combines the bustle of Tokyo and ancient beauty of Kyoto with the tranquil ‘shrine island’ of Miyajima, a cruise on the still waters of Lake Ashi, rail travel by Shinkansen service (bullet train) to Hiroshima and a visit to the largest wooden building in the world - the Todai-ji Temple in Nara. Departing on May 13 and November 6, 2016, prices lead in at £4,785 per person.

For discerning travellers keen to venture to North America for their holiday next year, the operator has also added The Galleries & Museums of Washington DC, Philadelphia & New York, an eight-night tour that encompasses some of the cities’ most important heritage sites, from George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon to the collections of fine and decorative art in Philadelphia and New York. Prices lead in at £3,795 based on April 23 and October 22 departures.

Also new to the company’s Cultural Tours selection next year are four holidays – two in France and two in Italy - that can be taken either as separate five-night short breaks, or combined to create comprehensive ten-night itineraries.

Departing on April 13 and September 21, Ravenna, Urbino & Ferrara costs from £1,428, whilst Parma, Cremona & Mantua (departing on April 18 and September 26) costs from £1,498. Booked together as a ten-night tour of northern Italy’s art cities, the price is from £2,598.

Meanwhile, two new exclusive Music Festivals have been added to the 2016 programme. A six-night Kirker Music Festival in Salamanca stays at the Hacienda Zorita and features a programme of Spanish music from four centuries, performed by Flamenco guitarist José Luis Montón, soprano Amaia Azcona Cildòz, pianist Luis Bravo and La Ritirata, one of Europe’s foremost Baroque ensembles. Departing on May 6, prices lead in at £2,240.

Alternatively, a seven-night stay at the five-star Hotel Botanico in Puerto de la Cruz for the Kirker Music Festival in Tenerife offers a series of private concerts by violinist Marcia Crayford, viola player Simon Rowland-Jones, cellist Moray Welsh, pianist Paul Janes, and organist, Christopher Monckton. It departs on January 30 and costs from £2,395.

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