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Opera, Music, Art & History in Scandinavia & St Petersburg


OPERA, MUSIC, ART & HISTORY IN SCANDINAVIA & ST PETERSBURG

9–21 JULY 2019 (13 DAYS) | FIVE PERFORMANCES & AN EXPLORATION OF ST PETERSBURG, SAVONLINNA, HELSINKI & STOCKHOLM

Attend five performances in magnificent venues, two operas in the medieval castle of Olavinlinna, in Finland, and three performances in the stunning Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre in St Petersburg. Enjoy the delights of art, architecture and history in the exciting cities of Stockholm, Helsinki, Savonlinna and St Petersburg. Do all this against a background of northern European and glaciated Scandinavian landscapes as we travel by luxury coach and overnight ferry to our destinations.

AUD$9,750 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

LOYALTY CLUB PRICE: AUD$9,262.50

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,950

Final payment due: 6 May 2019

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST ONLY

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Tour Leader Elizabeth Hayllar

tour leader

Elizabeth Hayllar

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Overview | Opera, Music, Art & History in St Petersburg & Scandinavia


Overview

Overview | Opera, Music, Art & History in St Petersburg & Scandinavia


Overview

performances

  • Premium seats to three performances of either opera or ballet at The Stars of the White Nights 2019 International Ballet and Opera Festival, at the famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre in St Petersburg.

  • Verdi's I masnadieri (a new production from Teatro alla Scala and Director David McVicar) and Rigoletto at the Savonlinna Opera Festival performed in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle.

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to Verdi's Masnadieri and Rigoletto at the Savonlinna Opera Festival performed in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle.

  • Premium seats to three performances of either opera, music or ballet in The Stars of the White Nights 2019 International Ballet and Opera Festival, at the famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre in St Petersburg.

  • Background talks by Elizabeth Hayllar about the music we will hear. 

  • Exclusive private tours of the beautiful and historic cities of Stockholm, Helsinki, Savonlinna and St Petersburg.

  • Private guided tours of art galleries, remarkable palaces and historic churches in the cities of Stockholm, Helsinki, Savonlinna and St Petersburg.

  • An overnight ferry journey from the heart of Helsinki to Stockholm.

  • An exclusive private tour of the Drottningholm Palace Theatre, one of the few 18th-century theatres in Europe that is still used as a theatre with its original stage machinery.

  • Travel in a small group (maximum 20 people), stay in luxurious hotels, travel by private coach and enjoy fine dining.

tour leader

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.

Hotels

GRAND HOTEL STOCKHOLM

This luxurious 5-star hotel is situated on the waterfront with beautiful views of the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. It is located next to the National Museum. The hotel is home to the classic Veranda Restaurant, renowned for its traditional smorgasbord, and to the large, elegant Cadier Bar which makes the most of the fantastic views over the harbour, Old Town and Royal Palace.  

HOTEL KÄMP, HELSINKI

The 5-star Hotel Kämp is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building, and is centrally located in the heart of Helsinki, opposite Esplanade Park, a 6 minute walk from Helsinki Cathedral and a 10 minute walk to the Boulevardi shopping street. The spacious rooms combine historical elegance with modern facilities and the Kämp Spa offers a traditional Finnish sauna, steam bath and a spa lounge. 

SOKOS HOTEL SEURAHUONE, SAVONLINNA

The hotel is conveniently located on Savonlinna’s Market Square, right by Lake Saimaa, it provides a magnificent view over the lake. The medieval castle of Olavinlinna where the opera festival takes place is just a few hundred metres away. It is a basic 3-star hotel; however, the best in town. The hotel has a rooftop restaurant with beautiful views across the lake and a sauna complex which also has lovely views of Lake Saimaa.

HOTEL ASTORIA, ST PETERSBURG

Conveniently located in the heart of St. Petersburg, the luxurious 5-star Art Nouveau Hotel Astoria, built in 1911, is directly across from St Isaac’s Cathedral, and is a short walk to leading attractions such as Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and the Mariinsky Theatre. The hotel has a cafe, a cocktail bar and an upscale Italian restaurant, and an elegant afternoon tea is served. Amenities include a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a 24-hour gym.

9–21 JULY 2019 (13 DAYS)

AUD$9,750 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,950

Final payment due: 6 May 2019

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST ONLY

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Itinerary | Opera, Music, Art & History in St Petersburg & Scandinavia


Itinerary

Itinerary | Opera, Music, Art & History in St Petersburg & Scandinavia


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | TUESDAY 9 JULY 2019

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS AT GRAND HOTEL, STOCKHOLM

STOCKHOLM:

We arrive at our luxury 5-star hotel, situated on the beautiful waterfront in central Stockholm, and settle in. 

In the evening we meet one another and our Tour Leader, Elizabeth Hayllar, over a delicious dinner featuring Swedish specialties. 

DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 2019

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS AT GRAND HOTEL, STOCKHOLM

STOCKHOLM:

In the morning we take a guided stroll through Gamla Stan, Old Stockholm, founded in 1252, and one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Our walk winds along narrow winding cobblestone streets, taking us to the Stortorget, a public square and the city’s historical centre. It is lined with beautiful 17th and 18th century buildings, the most impressive being the Börshuset, the former stock exchange built in the 1770s, and now the Swedish Academy, the Nobel Library and the Nobel Museum. 

We visit Storkyrkan, Stockholm’s medieval Cathedral, built in 1279. Since 1527 the Cathedral has been a Lutheran church and Sweden’s foremost cathedral. The 2010 wedding of T.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel took place here. 

After our walk we return to the hotel for a short break and then in the afternoon we travel by coach to Drottningholm Palace, one of Stockholm's three World Heritage Sites. We go on a guided tour of the Drottningholm Palace Theatre, one of the few 18th-century theatres in Europe that is still used as a theatre with its original stage machinery. We spend some time enjoying other features of the palace, such as the Chinese Pavilion and the imposing Baroque gardens. After we return to the hotel our evening is free.  

DAY 3 | THURSDAY 11 JULY 2019

1ST OF 1 NIGHT ON FERRY STOCKHOLM TO HELSINKI
 
STOCKHOLM TO HELSINKI:

This morning we have a guided tour of the Stockholm Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world. It is the Swedish King’s official residence and the daily place of work for the King and Queen as well as for the various departments that make up the Royal Court. It is built in baroque style and modelled as a Roman palace. The more than 600 rooms are divided between seven floors with a state apartment facing the city and smaller living rooms facing the inner courtyard. In addition to the Royal Apartments there are three museums steeped in regal history: the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum that portrays the palaces medieval history and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities. 

After the palace tour we travel to the island of Djurgarden, where we visit the fascinating Vasa Museum which, with its over a million visitors a year, is the most visited museum in Scandinavia. In 1628 the Vasa, a 69 metre-long warship sank in the middle of Stockholm on its maiden voyage. It was salvaged in 1961 and painstakingly restored for almost 50 years. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and being decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures, it is an art treasure as well as an historical delight. 

A coach will take us from the museum to board the overnight ferry to Helsinki. In the evening we enjoy dinner on board.

DAY 4 | FRIDAY 12 JULY 2019

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS AT HOTEL KAMP, HELSINKI

HELSINKI:

In Helsinki we have breakfast on board and then a private coach takes us to view some of the architectural wonders and best-known landmarks in Helsinki. These include the National Museum of Finland, an example of national romanticism, and Finlandia Hall, an iconic multi-purpose building designed by world-renowned Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. We see Finland's imposing parliament building which combines neoclassicism and early 20th-century modernism and we visit the remarkable Sibelius Monument, which showcases a three-dimensional experience of the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.  We see the Helsinki Music Centre, an example of modernist architecture, which is a concert venue with a soundproof glass exterior and an open interior. We visit Temppeliaukio Church, built inside a massive block of natural granite, where natural light floods the interior through 180 vertical glass window panes that connect the dome and granite wall. We also visit the round wooden structure that is the ecumenical Kamppi Chapel.

After our introduction to Helsinki we arrive at our luxurious hotel, Hotel Kämp, conveniently located in the heart of Helsinki, opposite Esplenade Park, a 6 minute walk from Helsinki Cathedral and a 10 minute walk to the Boulevardi shopping street.

Our afternoon and evening are free.

DAY 5 | SATURDAY 13 JULY 2019

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS AT HOTEL KAMP, HELSINKI

HELSINKI:

This morning we enjoy a private guided walking tour which emphasises the rich history and culture of Helsinki. Our stroll includes the main entrance of Helsinki Central Railway Station, classified as an example of Art Nouveau architecture, but containing features that would later come to define Art Deco, the Finnish National Theatre, built in the style of National Romanticism, and the impressive neo-renaissance Ateneum Art Museum. We stroll along Esplanadi, alive with markets, music and performers, and then visit Helsinki Cathedral, an imposing neoclassical-style building and the Eastern Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral, its Russian-Byzantine architecture modelled on a 16th-century church near Moscow. Uspenski Cathedral is a spectacular sight from the city, and from the cathedral there is a panoramic view of the city below. Our tour finishes in a busy Market Square, situated near the city centre and on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Here there are shops, restaurants, food stalls and local wares.

Those who wish may return to our hotel, however, you might prefer to stay and browse in the markets.

The afternoon is free. One possible way to spend a stimulating and informative afternoon would be to catch a ferry to Suomlinna, an 18th-century sea fortress and nature area with centuries-old artillery and defensive walls. The journey by ferry, which leaves from one side of the Market Square, takes 15-20 minutes and offers magnificent views of Helsinki from the sea. On the island are walking trails between popular sights like the King’s Gate drawbridge and Suomenlinna Museum, which presents military and maritime history. There is also a brewery and several waterside restaurants.

In the evening we enjoy a dinner of Finnish specialties.

DAY 6 | SUNDAY 14 JULY 2019

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT SOKOS HOTEL SEURAHUONE, SAVONLINNA

HELSINKI TO SAVONLINNA: 

This morning, after a late departure, we drive to Lake Tuusala and visit the homes of three members of an important community of Finnish artists and musicians who lived here in the early 20th-century.

Our first visit is to Halosenniemi, the lakefront residence and studio of Pekka Halonen (1865-1933) painter, in the national romantic style, of Finnish landscapes and people. Initially Halonen’s home and studio, it is now a gallery and home museum. 

We then visit the villa of Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. His home, Ainola, named after his wife, Aina, is the house where Sibelius died and is buried. We will have a private guided tour of Ainola.

Our final visit is to Villa Kokkonen, the fascinating home of composer Joonas Kokkonen (1921– 1996). On arrival at the Villa we have a delicious home cooked lunch followed by an artistic guided tour. 

Following our visits we relax in our coach as we continue our journey to Savonlinna in the heart of Finland’s lake district. On arrival we check into our hotel, Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, conveniently located on Savonlinna’s Market Square, right by Lake Saimaa and a short walk from the medieval castle of Olavinlinna where the opera festival takes place.

The evening is free.

DAY 7 | MONDAY 15 JULY 2019

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT SOKOS HOTEL SEURAHUONE, SAVONLINNA

SAVONLINNA:

In the morning we will attend a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar which focuses on tonight’s performance of Verdi's I masnadieri at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

We then enjoy a leisurely private guided walking tour around the centre of Savonlinna, which is built on islands close by Olavinlinna castle and Lake Saimaa. The tour includes the town market place and Linnankatu, the old city centre with its cobbled streets and picturesque wooden buildings. We then visit medieval Olavinlinna Castle, built as a fortification to protect the strategically important Savo region by repelling Russian attacks from the east and holding control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. It is not a huge castle, but it is beautifully preserved and quite impressive sitting on an island located amid spectacular lake scenery.

The afternoon is free and, in the evening, we attend the opening night performance of Verdi's I masnadieri of the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Founded in 1912 this is the Finnish cultural event which is best known internationally, and it attracts an annual total audience of around 60,000. The opera performances take place in the great courtyard of medieval Olavinlinna Castle, a unique auditorium with excellent acoustics which is protected by an awning from wind and rain.

DAY 8 | TUESDAY 16 JULY 2019

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT SOKOS HOTEL SEURAHUONE, SAVONLINNA

SAVONLINNA:

In the morning we attend a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar about the second performance we will hear at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Verdi's Rigoletto.

We then enjoy a cruise on Lake Saimaa, Europe’s fourth largest lake and the heart of Europe’s largest lake district. It is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty as well as for the sanctuary it gives to certain endangered species. In summer the lake offers a panorama of rich blues and vibrant greens. Narrow straits lead to open waters sprinkled with forest-covered islands and quiet beaches. The lake is surrounded by rocky cliffs and the typical woodland of cold temperate regions which are dominated by taiga and forests of birch, poplar, and conifers.

The afternoon is free and, in the evening, we attend our second performance of the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Verdi's Rigoletto.

DAY 9 | WEDNESDAY 17 JULY 2019

1ST OF 4 NIGHTS AT HOTEL ASTORIA, ST PETERSBURG

SAVONLINNA TO ST PETERSBURG:

This morning we set out in our private coach on our journey to St Petersburg in Russia. It is fascinating and enjoyable to travel from Finland into Russia across the northern glaciated landscape, with its many lakes and forests. We will break our journey with lunch.

In the afternoon we arrive at our luxury 5-star hotel, Hotel Astoria, in central St Petersburg and settle in. 

In the evening we enjoy a delicious dinner featuring Russian specialties. 

DAY 10 | THURSDAY 18 JULY 2019

2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT HOTEL ASTORIA, ST PETERSBURG

ST PETERSBURG:

This morning we visit the impressive Hermitage Museum, the second largest museum of art and culture in the world. Only part of its collection of over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world, is on permanent display. We will have a private guided tour of some of the most significant treasures on display, including in the royal apartments.  

The afternoon is free and while there is a private coach to return you to our hotel, you might like to remain at the Hermitage after our guided tour to pursue your own particular interests in art, or to browse among the treasures. 

In the early evening Elizabeth Hayllar will give a talk on the performance we will see this evening. We then attend an opera, concert or ballet performance at The Stars of the White Nights 2019 International Ballet and Opera Festival, which is the prestigious main event of the year at the famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre. 

DAY 11 | FRIDAY 19 JULY 2019

3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT HOTEL ASTORIA, ST PETERSBURG

ST PETERSBURG:

Today we immerse ourselves in Russian history in this spectacular city and its surroundings. 

In the morning we travel in our private coach to the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) to visit the spectacular 18th-century rococo Catherine Palace, summer residence of the tsars. It was named after Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia herself for two years after her husband's death. We have a private guided tour, enjoying both the exterior with its elaborately decorated blue-and-white facades, and the interiors with their sumptuous decorations and furnishings.  

We have time for lunch and, on our journey back to the hotel we have a guided coach tour to see some of St Petersburg’s famous landmarks, including the Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox basilica and the fourth largest cathedral in the world, the Peter & Paul Fortress, original citadel of St. Petersburg, and the Church of the Spilt Blood, a colourful Russian-style church. 

In the early evening we attend a talk on the performance we will see this evening with our Tour Leader, Elizabeth Hayllar.  We then attend an opera, concert or ballet performance at The Stars of the White Nights 2019 International Ballet and Opera Festival. 

DAY 12 | SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019

4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT HOTEL ASTORIA, ST PETERSBURG

ST PETERSBURG:

In the morning we travel in our private coach to visit the magnificent palaces and gardens in Peterhof. These were originally laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, but expanded by his daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who extended the Grand Palace and greatly expanded the stunning gardens and the famous system of fountains, including the spectacular Grand Cascade. On our guided tour we find beauty, magic and history all in the same place. 

We return to the hotel and the afternoon is free. However, if you choose you can be driven to the Nevsky Prospekt, one of the best-known streets in Russia and the city's foremost shopping street, where you might like to spend time strolling and shopping before you return to the hotel in your own time.

In the early evening we attend a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar on the performance we will see later in the evening.

We then attend our third opera, concert or ballet performance at The Stars of the White Nights 2019 International Ballet and Opera Festival.

DAY 13 | SUNDAY 21 JULY 2019

Following our final breakfast at the hotel, the tour concludes.

Please note: The festivals will announce their 2019 programs in late 2018 and early 2019. There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on final confirmation of evening performances. 

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Inclusions | Opera, Music, Art & History in St Petersburg & Scandinavia


Inclusions

Inclusions | Opera, Music, Art & History in St Petersburg & Scandinavia


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

9–21 JULY 2019 (13 DAYS)

AUD$9,750 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,950

Final payment due: 6 May 2019

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium seats to three performances of either opera, music or ballet at The Stars of the White Nights 2019 International Ballet and Opera Festival at the Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre in St Petersburg and to two operas in the Savonlinna Opera Festival performed in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle.
    Please note: The venues and festival will announce their 2019 seasons in late 2018 and early 2019. There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on final confirmation of evening performances. 

  • Tour Leader and Talks: Tour leadership and background talks by Elizabeth Hayllar.

  • Hotels: 13 nights' accommodation including:
    - Two nights at the 5-star Grand Hotel Stockholm
    - One night on the ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki in an A-class sea view cabin;
    - Two nights at the 5-star Hotel Kämp, Helsinki;
    - Three nights at the 3-star Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, Savonlinna (please note: this functional hotel is the best in town. All rooms have twin beds); 
    - Four nights at the 5-star Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.
    - Porterage of one piece of luggage at each hotel.

  • Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. 
  • Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning. Six lunches/dinners with wine, soft drinks and tea/coffee.

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides will be used at some sites. 

  • Visas: Australian passport holders require a visa for Russia. The visa will be obtained by Hayllar Music Tours and is included in the tour price.

  • Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and meals included in your itinerary.

  • Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.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.

  • 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 them at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com 

  • 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

SMALL GROUP SIZE

The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED - LEVEL 1

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.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

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