Tailor-made Holidays for lovers of Opera, Operetta and Classical Music
Helen and Carl Smith
We have been organising holidays to Austria visiting the Operetta Festivals at Bad Ischl, Baden and Morbisch for almost 20 years. We started up C and H Travel Ltd in 2006 out of a desire to share the beauty of Austria and the wonderful music to be experienced there with a wider audience. We have now expanded into other destinations too, including Hungary, German, Italy and the UK.
Some of our holidays are unescorted and designed for the independent traveller. We do of course make all the arrangements for you including booking of tickets, hotels, transfers etc. In addition, we will also be offering escorted holidays to Bad Ischl and Baden in July and August 2019 and we will be personally available as your representatives during your stay. This means that whilst you are free to enjoy your holiday at your own pace, we can be on hand as and when required to help you make the most of your stay.
We have over 30 years experience in the tourism and hospitality industry having previously owned and run restaurant and hotel businesses. For 11 years Carl was Quality Development Manager for South West Tourism.
We are both musicians with particular interest in Operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan and musical theatre. We co-founded "Cascade" in South Devon in 1998 - a performing group specialising in operetta and musical theatre whose aim is to raise money for charity. We have been delighted to donate many thousands of pounds to various charities from the proceeds of our various concerts.
In 2005 we staged a Gala Concert in Torquay to celebrate the centenary of "The Merry Widow" (Lehar) with full chorus, orchestra and soloists. We followed this in 2006 with an Operetta Gala featuring "Die Fledermaus" (Strauss) and "The Gypsy Princess" (Kalman). Our 2006 production enabled us to donate £ 1500.00 to the Children's Hospice South West. In May 2011 we staged a "Rodgers and Hammerstein Gala Concert" at the Princess Theatre in Torquay, featuring a full concert orchestra and 50 singers. £ 1000.00 was donated to charity following this concert.
We are members of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society, The Johann Strauss Society, The Jacques Offenbach Society and The Anglo-Austrian Society.
Since 2012, we have made our home in Brittany, France, but all of our holidays are still organised by our UK based Company C and H Travel Ltd.
We have combined our love of Austria, our passion for music and our expertise in tourism to bring you an unforgettable holiday experience - we very much look forward to hearing from you!