Wed 27 Dec
Lunchtime arrival in Innsbruck and transfer to the 4-star Natural Hideaway Kaysers Hotel, located approximately 30 minutes from Innsbruck city. This family-run hotel promotes relaxation in an idyllic Alpine setting on the Mieming Plateau. A welcome lunch will be served at the hotel, followed by the afternoon at leisure and dinner, also at the hotel.
Thu 28 Dec
Join your guide this morning for a visit to the baroque Cistercian Stams Abbey, one of the Tirol’s true architectural gems, and boasting a unique altarpiece depicting an intricate tree of life. We take a guided tour before returning to the hotel for a free afternoon. Dinner at the hotel before transferring to Innsbruck for the opera performance at the Landestheater.
Fri 29 Dec
Today we return to Innsbruck for a walking tour of the picturesque centre, seeing sights including the ‘Golden Roof’, decorated with 2,738 firegilded copper tiles to mark the marriage of Emperor Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza, the Imperial Palace and the Hofkirche. There will be free time for shopping and lunch before continuing on to Salzburg. Arriving in the early evening, we check in to upgraded rooms at the 5-star Radisson Hotel Altstadt, situated in the heart of the Old Town. Optional evening ballet performance at the Landestheater.
Sat 30 Dec
This morning we walk through Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace and home for many years. We visit his birth house where the Mozart family lived from 1747 to 1773, now a museum with the 2nd floor devoted to his operas, as well as many other sites of interest. The afternoon is at leisure before the evening opera performance at the Landestheater.
Sun 31 Dec
Today is free for your own exploration of the historic city, whose Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening we attend the New Year’s Eve gala concert at the Grosses Festspielhaus, followed by a festive dinner at the hotel.
Mon 1 Jan
Transfer to Salzburg airport for your homeward journey.
La Gioconda (Callas, Ferraro, Cappuccilli, Vinco; La Scala, Votto)
Maria Callas is on typically blistering form in the title-role on this 1959 recording, made in studio but crackling with all the energy of a live performance; the Italian mezzo Fiorenza Cossotto (then just 24) is scarcely less imposing as her love-rival Laura, and Antonino Votto wrings every last drop of melodrama from Ponchielli’s score. Newly remastered in 2014.
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28 Dec 19.30
LA GIOCONDA PonchielliInc
D: Alexandra Szemerédy & Magdolna Parditka
Venue: Landestheater, Innsbruck
29 Dec 19.30
THE NUTCRACKER (ballet)£65
Music: Tchaikovsky with additional music by Philip Glas
Choreography: Peter Breuer
Venue: Landestheater, Salzburg
30 Dec 19.00
LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN OffenbachInc
D: Alexandra Liedtke
C: Adrian Kelly
Venue: Landestheater, Salzburg
31 Dec 19.00
NEW YEAR GALA CONCERTInc
Programme to include: tbc
Venue: Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg
27 Dec London Gatwick – Innsbruck dep: 08.50 arr: 11.50
1 Jan Salzburg – London Gatwick dep: 12.15 arr: 13.15
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£380|
|Club Europe flight upgrade from||£350|
|Land-only tour price||£1895|
Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one lunch, three dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, best available ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.