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. They have been joined by their son, Richard, their daughter, Catherine Hart, and Jo Orme joined the company in 2014 as the office manager.

John, Helen or Richard 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 soon.


Prices - Prices are correct as of  June 2017. However, with the uncertainty of exchange rates and fuel costs, we may have to increase prices during the year. Please telephone 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 - Most of our holidays have the option of staying in a single room. 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 the time of booking, if you have any mobility difficulties. We can arrange for assistance at airports and for guests to stay in rooms on ground floors or near to lifts in hotels. A few of our holiday destinations are a bit hilly, so if you are unsure about it, do telephone us.

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

Booking Form - There is a booking form included with our brochure(s) if you receive this by mail. Alternatively, you can download a booking form at the bottom of this webpage. If you would like to reserve a place on a holiday with us, please complete and return the form to us, along with the relevant deposit.

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. We strongly advise our clients to take out travel insurance for U.K. holidays. Clients travelling with us overseas must have a valid travel insurance policy in order to join us.


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