About Us

John and Helen Whibley have been involved in classical music all their lives. They are both cellists and studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London before playing in the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. John took over the management of the Manchester Camerata in 1975 and ran the orchestra, with help from Helen, for over twenty years.

After many years of organising tours for orchestras and groups of patrons, John and Helen started "Holidays with Music" in 1999.

In more recent years they have been joined by their son Richard and their daughter Catherine Hart.

John, Helen or Richard will accompany the groups on all of the holidays to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Although the holiday arrangements are made by us, we work in association with Specialised Travel Limited and are fully covered by their membership of ABTA and ATOL.

We hope that you enjoy reading through our holidays and will be tempted to join us.




Prices - Prices are correct as of  May 2016. However, with the uncertainty of exchange rates and fuel costs, we may have to increase prices during the year. Please phone us on 01663 746578 before booking.

Flights - Where possible, all holidays (except in the U.K.) include flights from London and Manchester. If you wish to travel from another airport or extend your stay, we may be able to arrange it for you. If you wish to travel independently we will make a deduction.

Single Rooms - Single room supplements are often expensive, but we do try to negotiate favourable rates.

Gratuities - Tips for tour guides, coach drivers and restaurant service are included.

Mobility - It is very important that you let us know, at time of booking, if you have difficulty walking. A few of our holiday destinations are a bit hilly, so if you are unsure about it, do phone us.

Dietary Requirements - It is usually possible to cater for special diets, but please let us know in advance.

Booking Form - There is a green booking form with this brochure. If you would like to come with us, please complete and return it.

Holiday Insurance  - Since January 2009, we have been unable to arrange Travel Insurance for you. However, as a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) we can introduce you to ABTASure, the only travel insurance recommended by ABTA. Please see "Travel Insurance" in the Booking Terms and Conditions.


The air holidays in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Our ATOL Number is ATOL2178


The air holidays on this website are ATOL
Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Our ATOL Number is ATOL2178