Experience Milan, Verona, Ljubljana and More



DATES: May 23 - June 2, 2023

PRICE: $6,999 (From Dulles International Airport)
PRICE: $5,799 (Land Only; Book your own airfare)

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Join WMPA Traveling Friends and Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Music Director Ulysses James as we celebrate his 38-year tenure while touring the musical, cultural and culinary highlights of northern Italy and Slovenia. This musical journey combines much loved cities and lesser known gems, with cultural and musical elements woven in, many of which are unique to this program and offer a privileged 'behind the scenes' experience.

Our time in and around Milan includes a rich array of musical and cultural experiences that will live long in the memory. Experience Teatro Alla Scala on a level rarely available with special access to the theatre workshop and a VIP welcome backstage prior to the performance. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Como and the gardens of Villa Melzi overlooking the waters off Bellagio. Visit the Swiss town of Lugano, savor the regional specialties of Lombardy, listen to a virtuoso perform on an original Stradivarius in Cremona and take in musical history at the birthplace of Ambrosian chant in Milan. In Verona we enjoy time to explore the lovely town and take in world class music at an evening concert, then travel to stunning Sirmione for breathtaking vistas across Lake Garda. The road to Slovenia takes in stunning Roman mosaics and a delightful seaside lunch before reaching the musical city of Ljubljana. Discover its treasures on a guided visit, then head into the Lake region around Bled for the International Wildflower Festival and truly magical mountain scenes. Capping this memorable program is a private chamber concert in a unique underground setting, plus a performance in Ljubljana at the ballet or to hear the talented Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

This program will be limited to 30 guests, so sign up today to reserve a spot.

What's Included:

Comfort and Cuisine

  • Expert Tour Manager
  • Private touring coach with facilities onboard
  • 4-star hotels in city center locations
    1. Milan: Starhotel Rosa
    2. Verona: Hotel Accademia
    3. Ljubljana: Eurostars uHotel
  • Hotel porterage
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Selected meals featuring regional cuisine
  • All necessary tipping included


  • Lake Como by boat
  • Gardens of Villa Melzi
  • Visit Bellagio & Lugano
  • Walking tour of Verona
  • Roman mosaics at Aquileia
  • Postojna Caves visit
  • International Wildflower Festival
  • Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'


  • Private visit to Ansaldo workshop of La Scala
  • VIP tour and reception at Teatro alla Scala
  • Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' at La Scala
  • Ambrosian Chant musical lecture
  • Private 'Stradivarius' Recital
  • Cremona Luthier visits
  • Chamber concert in Postojna Caves
  • Concert tickets in Verona
  • Concert tickets in Ljubljana

Dear Friends,

Participate with me in a trip filled with breathtaking beauty, delicious cuisine, local immersion, and, of course, incredible musical highlights. Italy has always held a special place in my heart, and I'm eager to visit Slovenia. I can't wait to share the history, culture, music, and architecture of these fascinating locales with you.

This program has been meticulously designed to be a truly unforgettable experience. We can look forward to a VIP backstage tour and reception at Teatro alla Scala, followed by a performance of Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier'; delicious regional cuisine, and fabulous accommodations, including centrally located 4-star hotels.

This trip will feature many fantastic musical, cultural and culinary highlights, not to mention several delightful surprises. It is guaranteed to be a truly unique and wonderful journey, and I hope you will join me!

Warmest wishes,
Maestro James

Experience Italy


On Wednesday, November 2nd, the team at Encore Experiences hosted an informational Zoom meeting to discuss the upcoming WMPA trip to Italy and Slovenia. Alongside Margaret Ballard, Carolina Mousset, Maestro James and Judy Borisky Metzgar, the long-time WMPA tour organizer extraordinaire, we discussed this fantastic itinerary in great detail.

We have made a portion of the recording available online, but please make sure to email our staff at experiences@encoretours.com with any questions you may have.

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