Opera & Music Festivals in Salzburg, Munich, Bregenz & Verona
Opera & Music Festivals in Salzburg, Munich, Bregenz & Verona
23 JULY–5 AUGUST 2017 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, EIGHT OPERA & MUSIC PERFORMANCES & A PRIVATE RECITAL
Enjoy premium seats to the highly sought after Salzburg Festival, Munich Opera Festival, Bregenz Festival and the Opera Festival of Arena di Verona. Travel through breathtaking scenery and explore the beautiful cities of Salzburg, Munich, Bregenz, Verona and Mantua.
Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1560
Final payment due: 22 May 2017
Premium seats to three performances at the renowned Salzburg Festival. 2017 marks the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth and we are lucky enough to be attending Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo performed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. We will also be attending a chamber music performance with Cuarteto Casals, Igor Levit and Markus Hinterhäuser, and a performance by The Tallis Scholars and Klangforum Wien conducted by Emilio Pomárico.
Premium seats to Giordano's Andrea Chénier at Munich Opera Festival with opera star Jonas Kaufmann performing the lead role.
Premium seats to a second performance at the exclusive Munich Opera Festival, Donizetti's La Favorite.
Premium seats to Bizet's Carmen at the Bregenz Festival. The performance will take place on the striking outdoor stage with its backdrop of Lake Constance.
Premium seats to Verdi's Aida and Verdi's Nabucco at the spectacular outdoor Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre built in the 1st century and still in use today.
An exclusive private opera recital arranged exclusively for guests of Hayllar Music Tours with Welsh tenor Joshua Owen Mills.
Private tours of the picturesque cities of Salzburg, Munich, Bregenz, Verona and Mantua, in which we visit some of their historically important and spectacular buildings.
Day trips that include travelling through scenic Bavarian countryside to visit Oberammergau and fairytale Schloss Neuschwanstein, and a journey through the spectacular Alps from Bregenz to Lake Como in Italy.
Background talks by Elizabeth Hayllar.
Travel in a small group. A maximum of 20 people will be confirmed on this exclusive tour.
Elizabeth Hayllar has enjoyed an international career working and touring with the world’s greatest orchestras and artists, collaborating with renowned opera houses and festivals. Drawing on her vast experience she crafts expertly planned tours which provide guests with unique and unforgettable experiences of classical music as well as rich encounters with history, art, architecture and culture. Elizabeth is also a presenter on Fine Music 102.5.
Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1560Final payment due: 22 May 2017
1ST OF 4 NIGHTS AT CROWNE PLAZA SALZBURG – THE PITTER
We arrive at our hotel, the elegant Crowne Plaza – The Pitter, conveniently located just steps away from the Mirabell Palace and Gardens and a 10-minute walk from the historic Old Town. In the evening we meet for an introduction over drinks and canapés with our Tour Leader, Elizabeth Hayllar.
2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT CROWNE PLAZA SALZBURG – THE PITTER
In the morning there is a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar on this evening’s performance. We then take a guided walking tour through the picturesque Old Town of Salzburg, which lies between the Salzach River and the surrounding mountains. Salzburg is rich in buildings constructed from mediaeval times to the 20th-century and we can expect to see many examples of beautiful gothic and baroque architecture. The combination of open spaces, such as the Domplatz and the small market squares, narrow streets and many shops and coffee houses present an attractive and historically important area which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour ends at the ancient Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, one of the oldest monasteries in the German-speaking area and the oldest monastery with a continuous history since its foundation in 696. Following our tour we have a lunch of traditional Austrian cuisine.
The afternoon is free and in the evening we will be attending two performances at the renowned Salzburg Festival. The first will be a chamber music performance with Cuarteto Casals, Igor Levit and Markus Hinterhäuser. The second will be a performance by the Tallis Scholars and Klangforum Wien with conductor Emilio Pomárico.
3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT CROWNE PLAZA SALZBURG – THE PITTER
This morning we travel by private coach to Hellbrunn Palace. The Palace is a magnificent renaissance building, and we enjoy a guided tour through its spacious, landscaped grounds, which feature the unique and entertaining Wasserspiele (trick fountains). The afternoon is free to explore and in the evening we meet for a gourmet three-course dinner, at which specialties of Austrian cuisine will be offered.
4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT CROWNE PLAZA SALZBURG – THE PITTER
Following breakfast, Elizabeth Hayllar will take us through the program for this evening’s opera performance. The afternoon is then free, giving you the opportunity to rest or wander at will through beautiful Salzburg, possibly calling in at the house where Mozart was born, or visiting the Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s best preserved and largest mediaeval castles. The fortress can be reached on a modern funicular railway which leads from the heart of Salzburg's Old Town up to the city's most visible landmark in just 54 seconds. From the top there are panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. In the evening we attend our third performance at the Salzburg Festival. 2017 marks the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth and we are lucky enough to be attending Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo performed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists.
1ST OF 4 NIGHTS AT PLATZL HOTEL MÜNCHEN
SALZBURG TO MUNICH:
This morning we travel through spectacular Austrian and German countryside to the elegant city of Munich, where we settle in to the Platzl Hotel München, a refined family-run hotel conveniently located in the city centre, five minutes' walk from Marienplatz square. In the afternoon we travel by private coach to visit Schloss Nymphenburg, the summer residence of the Bavarian kings. It is a stunning building exhibiting both baroque and rococo styles and surrounded by beautiful gardens. We uncover the delights of the palace on a guided tour, including the intriguing Gallery of Beauties, a series of portraits of beautiful women, not only ladies at the court, but women from all classes of society. Afterwards, there is time to wander through the palace gardens. In the evening we attend a private opera recital arranged exclusively for guests on the tour. Following the recital we enjoy drinks and the opportunity to talk with the performers.
2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT PLATZL HOTEL MÜNCHEN
In the morning Elizabeth Hayllar will give a talk about the opera we will attend this evening. We then embark on a guided walking tour of the architecturally fascinating city of Munich. Our tour takes us to famous city landmarks, such as the Viktualienmarkt, with its stalls of gourmet Bavarian food and the Frauenkirche, Munich’s well-known Cathedral. We are also taken to see Marienplatz, the city’s central square, and the decorative buildings that surround it such as the Neues Rathaus, the neo-gothic New Town Hall, and the Altes Rathaus, the elegant Old Town Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening we come together for dinner before attending our first performance at the renowned Munich Opera Festival, Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier with opera star Jonas Kaufmann performing the lead role. The Festival was founded almost 140 years ago and is held at the magnificent Bavarian State Opera House.
3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT PLATZL HOTEL MÜNCHEN
This morning after breakfast we attend a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar on the evening’s opera. We then have a guided tour of the Alte Pinakothek, one of the oldest art galleries in the world. It houses 700 works of European painting from the 14th to the 18th centuries, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci. The afternoon is free to rest before this evening’s performance; however, close by to the Alte Pinakothek is the Neue Pinakothek, with such highlights as the paintings of the German Romantics and French Impressionists, including works by Caspar David Friedrich, Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh, which you might like to visit. This evening we enjoy our second performance in the Munich Opera Festival, Gaetano Donizetti's La Favorite .
4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT PLATZL HOTEL MÜNCHEN
Today we go on an excursion through the beautiful countryside of winding roads, green fields and high mountains in the German state of Bavaria to the fairy-tale Schloss Neuschwanstein. The castle was built by King Ludwig II, an admirer of Wagner, and the King used characters from Wagner’s operas as an inspiration for the decoration of many of its rooms. Next we visit a highlight of Bavarian rococo architecture, Wieskirche. It is said that after tears were seen on a statue of Christ in 1738, pilgrims flocked to the area to see the statue and consequently this splendid pilgrimage church was commissioned and built. It is strikingly situated on a small rise in a meadow at the foot of the Alps. Our final stop today is Oberammergau, the town famous for its Passion Play, and for its many buildings with their beautifully painted (and usually religious-themed) facades. At the end of the day we return to our hotel in Munich.
1ST OF 2 NIGHTS AT HOTEL GERMANIA BREGENZ
MUNICH TO BREGENZ:
In the morning we set out through impressive countryside to the Alpine city of Bregenz. On the way we call in to the town of Ottobeuren and enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent basilica standing on one side of the town square. The basilica, built between 1737 and 1766, is a parish church as well as part of the monastery, and it is one of the most ornate baroque and rococo buildings in the world. We have lunch and then continue on to Bregenz, nestled at the foot of Pfander Mountain. In the afternoon we go on a special tour to explore behind the scenes of the Bregenz Festival and see the world’s largest floating stage close up. In the evening we dine at an excellent restaurant in the centre of Bregenz.
2ND OF 2 NIGHTS AT HOTEL GERMANIA BREGENZ
Following a talk this morning by Elizabeth Hayllar on the evening’s opera, we have a guided walking tour that includes the historic old town, where many streets and buildings have preserved their charm and old world character, and there are remnants of the 13th-century town walls. We take the cable-car and enjoy the spectacular six minute trip up the mountain. From the summit there are even more wonderful views of the town, Lake Constance and the surrounding countryside. In the evening we attend a performance of Bizet's Carmen on the lakeside stage at Bregenz Festival, with the stunning backdrop of Lake Constance and the surrounding countryside.
1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT DUE TORRI HOTEL, VERONA
BREGENZ TO VERONA:
Today we travel from Bregenz through breathtaking, scenic Switzerland to Verona, in Italy. On the way we stop at spectacular Lake Como for a delicious lunch. In the late afternoon we arrive at five-star Due Torri Hotel, a 14th century palace, conveniently situated in the historic centre of Verona. The evening is free.
2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT DUE TORRI HOTEL, VERONA
This morning Elizabeth Hayllar will give a talk on the two operas we will be attending in Verona. We then set off on a guided walking tour of central Verona to discover the city’s history, architecture and culture. The tour includes the busy Piazza Brà and Piazza delle Erbe, in antiquity a Roman Forum and today one of the most picturesque squares in Italy. We see the Scaligeri family’s elegant gothic tombs, and we stroll through the Piazza dei Signori featuring, on its north side, the 15th-century Loggia del Consiglio, Verona’s finest renaissance structure, and the opulent Palazzo degli Scaligeri. The afternoon is free and in the evening we walk together to Arena di Verona, the beautiful and remarkably well-preserved first-century Roman amphitheatre, where we attend a performance of Verdi's Aida (ed. Storica 1913).
3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT DUE TORRI HOTEL, VERONA
EXCURSION TO MANTUA:
This morning we travel by private coach to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mantua, famous for its artistic and cultural heritage. On arrival we enjoy a private guided walking tour of central Mantua to help us to understand and enjoy its history, architecture and artistic legacy. We proceed to an exclusive private guided tour of the Teatro Bibiena. This beautiful theatre designed in late baroque or early rococo style by Antonio Galli Bibiena, who also provided the monochrome frescoes featured in the interior. A few weeks after its official opening in December 1769, 13-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed a resoundingly successful concert here. His father, Leopold Mozart, wrote of the theatre: “In all my life, I have never seen anything more beautiful of its kind.” We then have a guided tour of the grand Ducal Palace with its some 500 rooms. Built between the 14th and the17th century by the Gonzaga family as their royal residence, the buildings which comprise the palace are connected by corridors and galleries and are enhanced by inner courtyards and wide gardens. We return to Verona and in the early evening we enjoy our farewell dinner at a gourmet restaurant in Verona. We then attend for our second performance, Verdi's Nabucco at the spectacular Arena di Verona.
Following our final buffet breakfast at the hotel, the tour concludes.
Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1560
Performances: Premium tickets for the following performances: three performances at the Salzburg Festival; two performances at Munich Opera Festival and Arena di Verona; one performance at Bregenz Festival; attendance at an exclusive private recital.
Tour Leader and Talks: Tour leadership and background talks by Elizabeth Hayllar.
Hotels: 13 nights’ accommodation in luxurious hotels including:
− four nights at Crowne Plaza Salzburg – The Pitter
− four nights at Platzl Hotel München
− two nights at Hotel Germania Bregenz
− three nights at Hotel Due Torri, Verona
Porterage of one piece of luggage at the hotel.
Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach.
Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning, four lunches and three dinners, wine with each meal. Drinks and canapés on arrival in Salzburg and drinks following the private recital.
Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides at some sites.
Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and for meals included in your itinerary.
Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack.
International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone (02) 8091 2545 or email email@example.com
Airport Transfers: Transfers to/from airports and hotels at the beginning and end of tours. These can be arranged at an additional cost.
Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.
Visas: Costs associated with obtaining visas for countries visited on your tour. Please note that Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to enter Austria, Germany and Italy.
Travel Insurance: Please note that you are required to have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for the duration of your tour. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact us at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.
Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar.
Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time.
The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.
All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for 1–2 hours, standing for long periods of time in museums, art galleries etc and embarking/disembarking coaches.
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