Tue 27 Mar
Afternoon arrival in Venice and transfer to Trieste by coach (approx.2.5 hours) to check in at the 4-star deluxe Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace, situated on the seafront and just 5 minutes walk from the Teatro Verdi. A drink will be served on arrival at the hotel, followed by a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.
Wed 28 Mar
Join your guide for a morning walking tour of the ancient city of Trieste, named Tergeste in pre-Roman times. We begin on the hill of San Giusto where we see the ruins of the Forum, the Basilica and the Tempio. We continue to the churches of Sant’Antonio Nuovo and the Serbo-Orthodox San Spiridione, and then visit the great squares; Piazza della Borsa with its magnificent neo-classical Palazzo, Piazza Verdi where the Teatro Verdi can be seen, and Piazza Unità d’Italia which overlooks the sea. We finish the tour with a light lunch in a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure and evening concert.
Thu 29 Mar
Today we take a full-day excursion to the spectacular Castello di Miramare and the nearby town of Aquileia. The castle was the residence of Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg and his wife Charlotte, and boasts rich collections of paintings, ivory and porcelain, while the stretch of water in front of the castle is a Marine Nature Reserve for the protection of flora and fauna. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant, followed by a visit to Aquileia, where we see the UNESCO listed Roman ruins and the Patriarchal Basilica, with magnificent Byzantine mosaic floors. Return to Trieste to prepare for the evening performance.
Fri 30 Mar
Transfer to Venice airport for your homeward flight.
Programme at the Teatro Verdi
28 Mar 20.30
Orchestra d’Archi Italiana
C and Cello: Enrico Bronzi
Programme: Works by Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Schönberg
29 Mar 20.30
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR DonizettiInc
D: Giulio Ciabatti
C: Fabrizio Maria Carminati
Cast: Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk, Piero Pretti, Devid Cecconi, Gianluca Buratto
27 Mar London Heathrow – Venice dep: 08.55 arr: 12.05
30 Mar Venice – London Heathrow dep: 13.10 arr: 14.30
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£240|
|Club Europe flight upgrade from||£250|
|Land-only tour price||£1355|
Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two lunches, one dinner, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.