Itinerary

Tue 10 Sep

Late afternoon arrival in Bucharest and transfer to the 5-star Radisson Blu, located within a short distance on foot to the ornate Romanian Athenauem, the city’s main concert hall. Welcome dinner in the hotel or a local restaurant.

Wed 11 Sep

Walking tour of the Old Town. Wander through the narrow streets and take in the mix of history, local culture, architecture and churches, particularly the 18th-century Stavropoleos monastery. The oldest landmark is the Old Court, the residence of medieval princes, including the notorious Vlad the Impaler. Lunch and early afternoon at leisure. The late afternoon’s concert programme is a blend of Romanian and Russian music. After the performance, there may be the possibility to meet the renowned Siberian violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov.

Thu 12 Sep

Morning tour of Bucharest with its boulevards and curious blend of pre-war Art Nouveau grandeur and post-war brutalism that make for a unique and evocative aesthetic. Highlights include the gargantuan Parliament Palace, erected under the Ceausescu regime in the 1980s and the world’s second largest administrative building after the Pentagon. Head then to the shores of Herăstrău Lake and the National Village Museum, one of Europe’s oldest open-air museums. Lunch and the afternoon at leisure before a special recital by Sir Bryn Terfel.

Fri 13 Sep

Full day tour to the town and mountain resort of Sinaia. Visit the Art Nouveau splendour of Pelisor Castle and Peles, the world's first castle fully powered by locally-produced electricity. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and there will also be a visit to the George Enescu Memorial House. Return to Bucharest for the evening concert.

Sat 14 Sep

Spend the morning at leisure before a farewell lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the airport for the evening flight home.

Programme

11 Sep 17.00

ORCHESTRE PHILHARMONIQUEInc

C: Maxim Vengerov

Violin: Maxim Vengerov

Cello: Gautier Capuçon

Programme includes: Enescu - Ballade for Violin and orchestra

Tchaikovsky - Andante Cantabile in B major

Venue: Romanian Athenaeum

12 Sep 17.00

ORCHESTRE PHILHARMONIQUE DE MONTE CARLOInc

C: Gareth Jones

Baritone: Sir Bryn Terfel

Programme includes: Verdi - ‘L’onore! Ladri!’ from Falstaff

Wagner - ‘Was duftet doch der Flieder’ from Die Meistersinger

Venue: Romanian Athenaeum

13 Sep 19.30

OSLO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRAInc

C: Vasily Petrenko

Piano: Leif Ove Andsnes

Programme includes: Øyvind Torvund - New Work for Orchestra

Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16

Venue: Grand Palace Hall

Tickets are on request and further details will be provided in the Spring. *Please note that Travel for the Arts cannot confirm this meeting with Maxim Vengerov until closer to the performance date.

Flights

British Airways

10 Sep London Heathrow - Bucharest dep: 11.50 arr: 17.10

14 Sep Bucharest – London Heathrow dep: 19.25 arr: 20.55

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1835
Single room supplement £320
Club Europe flight upgrade from £400
Land-only tour price £1695
Deposit required £400
Tour code BUC1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one dinner, two lunches, 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.