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Planning a cultural holiday: what to include

18 July 2015

Read our tips for making the most of the local culture when you go on holiday.

Hermitage Museum
A visit to the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is a must for art-lovers

A cultural holiday means different things to different people. Whether you want to immerse yourself in modern dance or see famous paintings in the flesh, a cultural holiday could give you a new perspective, broaden your horizons and show you something new to tell your friends back home about. You might even discover a new passion to pursue.


This summer, why not visit the home of your favourite music genre? For example, if you’re a country fan, there’s only one place to go – Nashville, Tennessee. Entertainment is guaranteed in Music City’s world famous honky-tonk bars. For something more traditional, Mozart’s beautiful Baroque hometown of Salzburg, Austria, is the most glorious place to hear his music . Closer to home, Dublin has a flourishing live music scene, with traditional Irish music sessions attracting locals and tourists alike.


If you feel a bit let down by the British summer, some Latin heat could be just what you need. San Juan, Puerto Rico is the perfect place to learn a spicy salsa; Havana is the home of the rumba and mambo; and in Seville, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the fiery Flamenco.


Some theatres are as impressive as the productions they host, and Italy is home to two of the finest. The Teatro di San Carlo in Naples is the world’s oldest working theatre, well known for its opulent decor. Further north in Milan is the Teatro Alla Scala, one of the most revered opera venues in the world, famous for its excellent acoustics, luxurious interior and world-class performances.


Almost every village, town and city has something to show you, from local handmade crafts to cutting-edge architecture. Here are three renowned galleries that house artwork from all over the world and turn any trip into a cultural holiday:

The Louvre, Paris – home of the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City – the largest museum in the western hemisphere, the Met houses everything from European paintings to an impressive Egyptian collection and rooms dedicated to American arts and crafts.
State Hermitage, St Petersburg – within the grounds of the stunning Winter Palace you’ll find Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, Gauguin and so much more.

Whatever art form you enjoy on your cultural holiday, if you’re 50 or over, take Saga Travel Insurance with you. Our comprehensive policy covers many pre-existing medical conditions and includes up to £10 million medical expenses cover and access to an English-speaking travel advice line.


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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