Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston, South
Not scheduled for 2009 unless there is demand.
Contact us if you are
The play is the thing...and opera, music, and dance too...
The Washington Post calls the Spoleto Festival "one of the best arts
festivals in this country." The Boston Globe says, "Alluring, romantic,
and surprising. Charleston is incomparable always, but especially during the
annual Spoleto Festival USA."
Our tour includes three nights in Charleston, five Festival performances, and time
for sightseeing and wonderful shopping. The Old City Market features
Charleston’s famous coiled sweetgrass baskets, crafts, afghans, local cookies,
and candies. Charleston is justly famous for its quality antique shops, featured
in the winter Town & Country Travel magazine. In addition, many of the
world’s most famous stores are here plus an array of specialty boutiques.
Charleston’s Low Country cuisine guarantees we’ll eat well
- she crab soup, crab cakes, oysters, shrimp, and
southern barbecue are just some of your options.
The Spoleto Festival calendar for 2007 was announced as of the last week in
January. Piccolo Spoleto, an auxiliary celebration of the arts, with
hundreds of free and modestly priced events, has not been announced.
The SWT Tours program is our recommendation for a varied Spoleto Festival
experience. They are our choices. There are, however, many alternatives.
The key to seeing exactly what you want is early communication between us.
You can go to the Spoleto Festival website,
www.spoletousa.org, for alternative choices or contact
for answers to your questions.
The itinerary that follows was for our 2007 tour.
Thursday, June 7
Arrive in Charleston.
Transfer on your own to our hotel. According to your arrival time, we
will plan on local sightseeing or a festival performance (not included in tour
5 p.m. Westminster Choir Ensemble or Violin Recital of new work by
8 p.m. Swan Lake starring premiere ballerina Nina Ananiashvili,
formerly of the Moscow Ballet Theatre, now leading the state ballet of Georgia,
in a virtuoso performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic.
Friday, June 8
5 p.m. Spoleto Festival Orchestra performs Hayden Symphony No, 82; Stravinsky’s
Pucinella Suite; Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun.
8 p.m. Philip Glass, one of the most influential composers of our time, presents
his new work (Book of Longing) based on legendary poet and singer Leonard
Cohen’s recently published poetry collection. Performed by an ensemble of
singers and musicians with Glass at the keyboard.
Saturday, June 9
2 p.m. Aurelio’s Oratorio, a 70 minute circus theatre spectacle performed by
Aurelia Thierree inspired by European circuses. Nothing is as it seems.
Performance is imbued with magical, visual wit. The Independent in the UK says
“the best circus tricks are timeless.”
8:30 p.m. The Gate Theatre from Dublin presents The Constant Wife, W.
Somerset Maugham’s timeless clever comedy about marriage and infidelity.
Sunday, June 10
Depart for home. If you book a late flight home, you will have more time
for shopping and/or time to visit a couple of historic houses or take another
walking tour (there is a Civil War walking tour and an architecture tour).
$1,475 (USD) includes 3 nights hotel (single room, no single supplement),
Festival tickets, 3 dinners, and Sunday morning walking tour. Price does not
include airfare, transfer to and from airport (10 miles), breakfast, lunch, wine
or alcoholic beverages at meals, other optional walking tours or visits to
Our hotel is The Holiday Inn Historic District. Although it lacks the
ante-bellum charms of many of Charleston’s leading hotels (priced from $300 to
$600 per night), our hotel has plenty to recommend it -- gentler prices and a
great location (we can walk to most Festival performances). TripAdvisor calls it
"the best hidden gem in the world."
Many people like to book tours at the last minute and sometimes we can accommodate these late comers, but not where Festival tickets are concerned. If you are interested in this tour,
please contact us right