Itinerary

Fri 29 Dec

Afternoon arrival in Zurich and transfer to the 4-star Hotel Ambassador à l’Opera, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group and situated across the road from the Opera House. Welcome drinks and canapés will be served at the hotel.

Sat 30 Dec

Join your guide for a walking tour of Zurich’s old town focussing on the sites where the Reformation took its first steps in Zurich in 1519 under Huldrych Zwingli, who became the pastor of the Grossmünster church. We see St Peter’s church boasting the largest clock face in Europe, the Fraumünster with windows by Chagall and Giacometti, and the statue of Zwingli on the bank of the Limmat River. Afternoon at leisure before walking to the Opera for the evening performance.

Sun 31 Dec

Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. We walk to the Opera for the early evening New Year’s Eve performance, followed by dinner in the hotel which offers the perfect view of the spectacular fireworks which light up the city just after midnight.

Mon 1 Jan

Transfer to Zurich airport for your homeward flight.

 

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Programme

Programme

30 Dec 19.00

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST PucciniInc

D: Barrie Kosky

C: Marco Armiliato

Cast: Catherine Naglestad, Brandon Jovanovich, Scott Hendricks, Pavel Daniluk, Cheyne Davidson, Jamez McCorkle, Yuriy Tsiple

31 Dec 18.00

LE COMTE ORY RossiniInc

D: Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier

C: Diego Fasolis

Cast: Cecilia Bartoli, Rebecca Olvera, Liliana Nikiteanu, Lawrence Brownlee, Oliver Widmer, Nahuel Di Pierro

Flights

British Airways

29 Dec London Heathrow - Zurich dep: 13.05 arr: 15.50

1 Jan Zurich - London Heathrow dep: 13.10 arr: 14.10

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1995
Single room supplement £510
Club Europe flight upgrade from £250
Land-only tour price £1795
Deposit required £450
Tour code ZRH1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, welcome drink and canapes, 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.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Zurich - it was a wonderful way to start the New Year!”

Mr and Mrs P, Hampshire