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Opera, Music & Art in Scandinavia & St Petersburg

OPERA, MUSIC & ART IN SCANDINAVIA & ST PETERSBURG

7–19 JULY 2020 (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$10,450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

LOYALTY CLUB PRICE: AUD$9,927.50

Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$2,250
Final payment due: 4 May 2020

Places Available


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


Overview

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


Overview

PERFORMANCES

  • Premium seats to two operas at the Savonlinna Opera Festival performed in the stunning medieval Olavinlinna Castle:

    - Bizet’s Carmen
    - Verdi’s La traviata

  • Premium seats to three operas at The Stars of the White Nights 2020 International Ballet and Opera Festival, at the famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre in St Petersburg.

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to two operas at the Savonlinna Opera Festival performed in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle.

  • Premium seats to three operas at The Stars of the White Nights 2020 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 Stockholm to the heart of Helsinki.

  • 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

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

Grand Hotel Stockholm is a luxurious 5-star hotel 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 smörgåsbord, and to the large, elegant Cadier Bar which makes the most of the fantastic views over the harbour, Old Town and Royal Palace. The hotel has a Nordic Spa & Fitness Centre.

HOTEL KÄMP, HELSINKI

The 5-star Hotel Kämp is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building, and is 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 elegant ground-floor Astoria Restaurant has a menu, spanning Russian classics and French and international dishes, all made to perfection. A bar offers a fine selection of beers, wines and cocktails. Afternoon tea is served at the hotel, and amenities include a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a 24-hour gym.

7–19 JULY 2020 (13 DAYS)

AUD$10,450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Single supplement AUD$2,250

Places Available


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


Itinerary

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


Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1 | TUESDAY 7 JULY 2020

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS AT GRAND HOTEL, STOCKHOLM

STOCKHOLM:

We arrive at the luxurious Grand Hotel Stockholm, 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 8 JULY 2020

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 along narrow winding cobblestone streets, leads 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.

We then have a guided tour of Stockholm Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world. The Swedish King’s official residence and the daily place of work for both the King and Queen, it is also home to the various departments that make up the Royal Court. Built in baroque style and modelled on a Roman palace, it has more than 600 rooms 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 our morning of exploration, the afternoon and evening are free to rest, to perhaps use the hotel’s luxurious hot spa, or to explore further this picturesque city. You might like to stroll along a famous, very scenic walk, the Montelius Path, which is not far from our hotel. It is a 500-metre long walking path with magnificent views, especially spectacular at sunrise and sunset, of Lake Mälaren, City Hall and Riddarholmen. The path presents the city views on one side, and charming houses on the other. The walk gives a good sense of Stockholm in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are terraces, park benches and picnic tables along the way, making it easy to stop and enjoy the view.

DAY 3 | THURSDAY 9 JULY 2020

1ST OF 1 NIGHT ON FERRY STOCKHOLM TO HELSINKI

STOCKHOLM TO HELSINKI:

This morning we travel to the island of Djurgarden and visit the amazing Vasa Museum which, with 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 a rich source of art and history.

We then travel by private 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 today 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 the visit, our coach will take us directly from the museum to the overnight ferry to Helsinki. In the evening we enjoy dinner on board.

DAY 4 | FRIDAY 10 JULY 2020

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 see 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 Esplanade Park, a 6-minute walk from Helsinki Cathedral and a 10-minute walk to the Boulevardi shopping street.

Our late afternoon and evening are free. You might take a stroll in the busy city area just outside our front door, or you might consider taking a traditional Finnish sauna, or steam bath in the Kämp Spa.

DAY 5 | SATURDAY 11 JULY 2020

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS AT HOTEL KAMP, HELSINKI

HELSINKI:

Helsinki is home to some great names in modern architecture and design, and creations of these architects can be found all around the city and within easy walking distance. On our walk we will admire the city's abundant and varied architecture: the Neoclassical Senate Square; the Art Nouveau district of Katajanokka; and the Modern University Library, Kaisa House. We also look at the Esplanadi area, showcasing works by great Finnish architects such as Aalto, Saarinen, Aarnio, Wirkkala and Sarpaneva. There we will also find the iconic interior designs of Marimekko and Aarikka, plus ceramics and glass from Iittala. 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 Suomenlinna, 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 12 JULY 2020

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT SOKOS HOTEL SEURAHUONE, SAVONLINNA

HELSINKI TO SAVONLINNA:

This morning 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 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 have a private guided tour of Ainola.

We then visit Halosenniemi, the lakefront residence and studio of the painter, Pekka Halonen (1865-1933), who painted Finnish landscapes and people in the national romantic style. Originally Halonen’s home and studio, the complex is now a gallery and home museum.

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 and 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. You might have dinner in the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, or visit its sauna complex. In both places you can enjoy the beautiful views across the lake.

DAY 7 | MONDAY 13 JULY 2020

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT SOKOS HOTEL SEURAHUONE, SAVONLINNA

SAVONLINNA:

This morning we enjoy a 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 early evening we will attend a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar which focuses on tonight’s performance at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

We then attend our first performance at Savonlinna Opera Festival, Bizet’s perennial favourite Carmen. 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 14 JULY 2020

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.

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. We enjoy lunch on board.

The afternoon is free and in the evening we attend our second performance at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Verdi’s much-loved La traviata.

DAY 9 | WEDNESDAY 15 JULY 2020

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.

In the late afternoon we arrive at our luxury 5-star hotel, Hotel Astoria, in central St Petersburg. The hotel is directly across from Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox basilica and the fourth largest cathedral in the world.

In the early evening we enjoy a delightful introduction to St Petersburg on a one-hour boat cruise, which takes in the spectacular architecture of this grand city. We will see some of the city’s famous landmarks including the Hermitage, the Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great and the Peter & Paul Fortress, original citadel of St. Petersburg.

We then enjoy a gourmet dinner featuring Russian classics.

DAY 10 | THURSDAY 16 JULY 2020

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 royal apartments.

The afternoon is free and while you may like to return to our hotel, you might prefer 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 at The Stars of the White Nights 2020 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 17 JULY 2020

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 visit the Church of the Spilt Blood, a colourful Russian-style church where we have a guided tour.

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 at The Stars of the White Nights 2020 International Ballet and Opera Festival.

DAY 12 | SATURDAY 18 JULY 2020

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 late afternoon is free. However, you might like to walk to the Nevsky Prospekt, one of the best-known streets in Russia and the city's foremost shopping street, where you could 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 at The Stars of the White Nights 2020 International Ballet and Opera Festival.

DAY 13 | SUNDAY 19 JULY 2020

TOUR ENDS

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

Please note: The festivals will announce their 2020 programs in late 2019 and early 2020. There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on final confirmation of evening performances.


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


Inclusions

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


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

7–19 JULY 2020 (13 DAYS)

AUD$10,450 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$2,250
Final payment due: 4 May 2020

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium seats to three operas at The Stars of the White Nights 2020 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 2020 seasons in late 2019 and early 2020. 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: 12 nights' accommodation including:
    - Two nights at the 5-star Grand Hotel Stockholm;
    - One night on the ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki in a Deluxe Seaview 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. Two lunches and four dinners with wine, water 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. If you live in Australia, 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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7–19 JULY 2020 (13 DAYS) | FIVE PERFORMANCES & AN EXPLORATION OF ST PETERSBURG, SAVONLINNA, HELSINKI & STOCKHOLM

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