Itinerary

Wed 30 Sep

Afternoon arrival in Vienna and transfer (approx. 2 hours) to Brno. Check-in at the stylish 5-star Barceló Brno Palace, perfectly located in the centre of the city. There will be time to rest and relax before a welcome dinner that evening in a local restaurant.

Thu 1 Oct

Join your guide this morning for a walking tour of Brno. The tour starts at the Janáček Theatre, named after the Czech composer whose life and work is intrinsically linked with the city. You will see the magical curtain of water with its cascade of colour in front of the theatre before moving to Freedom Square with its six-metre tall granite bullet and then to Brno’s beautiful market square, as well as the monumental Cathedral of St Peter and Paul. Lunch is in a local restaurant with the afternoon at leisure. The concert performance that evening is at the Reduta Theatre, the oldest theatre in Central Europe, and where Mozart conducted as a young boy in 1767.

Fri 2 Oct

Transfer (approx. 2 hours) to the village of Hukvaldy where Janáček was born and spent his final years. This rural location provided the inspiration for many of the composer’s works and you will visit his birthplace – the local schoolhouse – which contains numerous photographs, letters and notes from the composer’s life, and the romantic ruins of the large 15th-century castle where Janáček would allegedly come to contemplate his compositions. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Return to Brno and the evening at leisure.

Sat 3 Oct

A morning visit to Villa Jurkovič, one of the many architectural gems in Brno. Built in 1906, the Slovak architect Dušan Jurkovič was much influenced by folk art which he incorporated into the design of his house and garden. There is also a fascinating exhibition of furniture that Jurkovič designed, plus photographs of other commissions that he undertook after he left Brno in 1919. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure before the opera performance that evening.

Sun 4 Oct

Transfer to Vienna for the afternoon flight home.

Programme

1 Oct 19.00

THE DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED Janáček RecitalInc

Tenor: Pavel Breslik

Piano: Robert Pechanec

NB This will be preceded by a piano recital

Pianist: Jan Jiraský

Programme to include works by Janáček, Bartók, Novák and Stravinsky

Venue: Reduta Theatre (Mozart Hall)

3 Oct 19.00

JENŮFA JanáčekInc

D: Claus Guth

C: Robert Kružík

Cast includes: Karita Mattila

Venue: Janáček Theatre

New production (Co- production with Covent Garden)

Flights

British Airways

30 Sep London Heathrow - Vienna dep: 11.35 arr: 15.00

4 Oct Vienna - London Heathrow dep: 14.50 arr: 16.20

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

SHOULD YOU WISH TO EXTEND YOUR STAY BEFORE OR AFTER THE GROUP TOUR, PLEASE CONTACT US.

Prices per person

Tour price £1695
Single room supplement £440
Club Europe flight upgrade from £350
Land-only tour price £1550
Deposit required £350
Tour code BRN1

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, top category tickets for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.