11 July 2016, 01:00
Celebrate the music of Gilbert and Sullivan
Two themed music talks
Six included tours
Gilbert & Sullivan fans can enjoy five on board concerts performed by expert hosts Matthew Craven and Judith Buckle on river cruise ship Douro Queen next summer.
The couple perform popular songs from the great Victorian opera duo whose best-known work includes HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.
The Saga-exclusive river cruise also features two talks to enrich the musical experience while sailing through the glorious Douro Valley.Guests fly to Oporto on August 2, 2017, from a choice of regional airports, and excursions include:
• Casa de Mateus Palace
• Tour and lunch at Quinta da Avessada
• Visit to Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo
• Sightseeing in Salamanca
• Tour of Lamego
• Port wine cellar visit in beautiful Oporto
The recently refurbished 65-cabin Douro Queen also offers guests a taste of floating luxury with a pool and loungers on the sun deck, panorama lounge and a bar.
The restaurant serves international cuisine with buffet-style breakfasts and lunches, plus sumptuous four-course dinners.
All cabins are outside facing and cabins on the upper deck have a balcony, while those on the main deck have large picture windows. All cabins are en suite and have twin or double beds, as well as a television, hairdryer and a safe.
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Judith studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a member of the BBC Singers before joining the London Savoyards travelling around the world aboard the QE2. She has performed more than 40 principal roles worldwide.
Matthew ventured onto the stage 40 years ago when he joined the chorus in a production of L’elisir d’amore. He has performed roles in music hall, plays, musicals, operetta and opera. He now runs Cameo Opera with his wife Judith, performing more than 120 shows each year.
For details call free on 0800 300 400 or visit saga.co.uk/river-cruises
Seven nights from £1,349 flying from London Gatwick on August 2, 2017, with regional departures from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester. Price includes UK travel package, return flights and transfers, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, welcome cocktail party, porterage, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount if passenger has own insurance.