Walking on sunshine...

In June 2015 we held our first singing holiday on the beautiful Greek island of Spetses. It was a great success and has now become an annual June event. We also run several other singing holidays during the year (so don’t panic if you can’t do June). LCV has teamed up with John Joannou (from the City branch), an excellent independent travel agent, to set up LCV Travel. The week (or two if you like) combines some rehearsal time with a lot of downtime and fun. Just ask anyone who has been what it was like - for many people this holiday has become an annual fixture in their diaries.

Single week 2018

£534

  • 7 nights from £534(1)
  • Departure on Monday 11 or 18 June 2018

Both weeks 2018

£816

  • 14 nights from £816(1)
  • Departure on Monday 11 June 2018

Included in the cost

  • 7 nights' accommodation on the island of Spetses. Bed & breakfast throughout.
  • Private Coach Travel from either Athens airport or city (from a fixed city pick-up point) to Kosta with a stop at Epidaurus (UNESCO World Heritage Centre) on the outbound journey and Corinth Canal on the return
  • One ferry crossing (15 minutes) and transfers to/from our Spetses accommodation
  • Exclusive use of a traditional Spetses villa with a large garden and pool. Further accommodation is in a boutique hotel (just a minute’s walk from the villa) which has had great feedback from LCV guests in previous years.
  • Singing workshops: up to 90 minutes’ rehearsal per day (one day off) learning new repertoire (specifically arranged for the holiday), with a public performance/concert at the end of the week.

Not included

  • Flights to/from Athens
  • Extra nights’ hotel stay in Athens
  • Any extension/increase of stay in Spetses or further travelling after the holiday.
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Lunch, dinner, other meals and drinks
  • Additional organised tours/trips/events

Important notes

(1) Costs are a “from” cost depending on number of people sharing a room.(2) If, once you are there, you decide to extend your singing holiday from one week to two, given this is an activity-based holiday, we ask you to book and pay for any extension via LCV Travel and not make arrangements individually with any accommodation provider. We would prefer to book and manage both your flights and accommodation in order to ensure everyone in the group is on board the correct transfers to/from each destination and all appropriate medical/dietary requirements are met. We make no extra charge for managing your flights.Friends and family are welcome too. There is no need to be an active member of LCV to attend the holiday.However, please note the holiday is not suitable for children. There are no crèche facilities and the activities are very much based around adults.

For more info or to book

Please contact John Joannou (not Richard) for more information or to book your place.

To reserve your place, we require a non-refundable £100 deposit and you will subsequently have first choice of Spetses accommodation – villa or boutique hotel. This will be on a first-come first-served basis and each week will be capped at approximately 30 people.

If you are interested, please let us know by contacting John Joannou at johnjoannou@live.co.uk or call +44 (0)7763 120 452.

What our LCV travellers say

Flawlessly organised, packed with fun, laughs & of course plenty of singing!!  Although I sing in a choir I’m not actually a member of LCV but my sister is. I was made to feel so welcome and didn’t feel like an outsider at all!

Spetses 1

I have been twice to Spetses with LCV and have thoroughly enjoyed myself both times. It is a beautiful island but really it is going away with a group that brings the joy. Lots of singing, drinking and eating and getting to know each other. I particularly enjoy hiring a quad bike and touring the island, stopping off at the little beaches on the way. Nobody ever wants to go home. I find this sort of organized holiday really helpful as it enables me to have a great holiday with a really nice bunch of people. I highly recommend Spetses with LCV.

Spetses 2

The LCV trip to Spetses is special. It gives a chance to sing in the open air at our hotel under the lemon trees or in the town square and to share this with lovely people who have a passion for singing. The island is calm and attractive with good Greek food and generous hospitality always on offer from those living on Spetses.

Spetses 3

My LCV holidays on Spetses have been brilliant. The island is beautiful, the villa is relaxing and the singing lessons under olive tree are a delight. I have made some great LCV friends who I wouldn’t have got to know had I not gone to Spetses.

Spetses 4

A holiday on a beautiful Greek island with daily singing by the pool under a magnificent olive tree, enjoying the delights of Greek cuisine in various restaurants by the sea, swimming in a secluded cove in turquoise waters, a fun boat ride around the island, a concert and a pool-party, a bit of culture in Athens and Epidaurus, and above all the opportunity to spend time with a group of fun and friendly people. Oh and did I mention singing, lots of singing?

Spetses 5

The Spetses holiday is great fun – singing in the morning next to the pool, spare time in the afternoon on an idyllic island and then a tailor-made group of people to enjoy Greek food with in the evening! I have really enjoyed the holidays, made friends and learnt some new songs.

Spetses 6

I joined LCV in May of 2015 – and at my very first rehearsal I heard about the new singing holiday in Spetses arranged for June that year.   If I wasn’t already thrilled to find such a friendly, inclusive choir – to hear that they also arranged holidays … I was over the moon! The tricky part was that the holiday was in only a few weeks’ time and I didn’t know anyone yet!  But took the plunge anyway and signed up, what’s the worst thing that could happen? It turned out to be the absolute best thing I could have done. The week away was a brilliant way of getting to know some of the people I’d met at rehearsal that much better and also gave me the opportunity of building friendships with others that I would probably have never met. Plus singing every day really increased my confidence level. To anyone who might be feeling they are too ‘new’ to sign up for a holiday – my advice would be to jump right in – you won’t regret it!

Spetses 7

Loved every minute of the Spetses trip (both of them): swimming in the pool, rehearsing under the olive tree, fantastic food, lots of singing and great company!

Spetses 8

Spetses was a fabulous combination of song, sun and souvlaki! It was wonderfully rejuvenating to spend time singing on a stunning island with enjoyable company. A brilliant holiday.

Spetses 9

A relaxing, friendly and fun singing holiday on a lovely Greek island As well as daily singing practice in the villa garden there is the opportunity to explore the island by foot, boat, bike, horse & cart, or quad bike or simply chill on a beach, by the pool or, in one of the many bars or restaurants. 

Spetses 10

I had originally not considered the trip too much as I just wasn’t sure what a ‘Choir trip’ would involve or what the atmosphere would be like… it wasn’t until a couple of days prior that I seriously considered it as an option and upon a last minute impulse, I decided to come just the day before Spetses stared and flew out to Greece the following morning!

And what a success that last minute decision was. For starters, the villa is beautiful and feels like home. The island is truly stunning with loads of beautiful beaches to laze on, nice restaurants and bars and plenty of fun activities to do to fill in the week – my favourites were a day spent quad biking and another day spent exploring the island coast by boat!

Beyond that, it was an incredibly joyful experience. I only really knew the Swans before going so was a bit nervous I wouldn’t fit in, but by the time I left Athens airport at lunch on day 1 I was already proven wrong and welcomed into a Spetses family. This group have become important friends and since then, having this core group of LCV friends, I’ve been able to massively expand the friendships I have throughout the rest of LCV, making every rehearsal even more fun than they were before. As well as this, the singing is such fun and the opportunity to sing in a small group vastly improved my confidence when singing in general. A particular highlight for me was the open mic night in the villa back garden. The atmosphere was so nurturing, joyful and filled with love and encouragement that it genuinely brought me to a few secret tears. 

If you’re considering taking the trip, my advice is to stop hesitating and just book it. You won’t regret it (and you won’t get stuck paying for expensive flights because of a last minute change of mind like I did!)

Spetses 11

Last year’s Spetses trip was one of my favourite and most relaxing holidays.  It was a great opportunity to get to know new people, learn new music and take some time out in a beautiful location that seemed like it was there ‘just for us’.  The supportive small-group setting and the LCV musical talent on display at the Spetses open mic evening inspired me to do more practice when I got home.  I will definitely be going back.

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