Itinerary

Thu 23 Jul

Afternoon arrival in Helsinki and travel by coach to Savonlinna (approx. 4 hours). Check in at the stylish Hotel Seurahuone in the centre of Savonlinna, adjacent to the Market Square and Passenger Harbour, with magnificent views over Lake Saimaa. A welcome dinner will be served that night at the nearby Lighthouse restaurant.

Fri 24 Jul

Join your guide this morning for a walking tour of Savonlinna. Visits include Olavinlinna Castle where you will go backstage and witness the challenges of staging opera in a medieval castle. Lunch and the rest of the day are at leisure with the option of the opera performance that evening.

Sat 25 Jul

Check-out in the morning and transfer (approx. 30 minutes) to the Punkaharju Resort, a relaxing water amusement park. After checking-in, head to the nearby Finnish Forest Museum at Lusto for a diverse and illuminating insight into the significance of forests for the Finnish people. Return to the resort, stopping en route for lunch at Punkaharju Hotel. Time to relax before boarding the steamer for dinner and a stylish journey to Savonlinna for that evening’s celebratory Gala. After the performance, you will return by coach to Punkaharju.

Sun 26 Jul

Check-out and transfer to the beautiful landscape of Heinävesi for a visit to the New Valamo Monastery, a tranquil centre of Orthodox religious life and culture, where you will sample the monks’ homemade wine and a buffet lunch. Return to Savonlinna via Kerimäki church, reputedly the world’s oldest wooden church, and back to the Seurahuone Hotel for your final night. After the opera that evening, there will be a farewell dinner in the medieval halls of Olavinlinna Castle.

Mon 27 Jul

Transfer to Savonlinna airport for the homeward flight via Helsinki.

Programme

24 Jul 19.00

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Rossini£165

D: Kari Heiskanen

C: Evelino Pidò

Cast includes: Annalisa Stroppa, Tuomas Katajala, Roberto de Candia, Michele Pertusi

Please note that this production contains some nudity.

25 Jul 19.00

KARITA MATTILA – THE GRAND FESTIVE GALAInc

C: Hannu Lintu

Soprano: Karita Mattila

Programme to include arias from operas by Strauss, Wagner and Janáček

26 Jul 19.00

WERTHER MassenetInc

D: Fabrizio Melano

C: Yordan Kamdzhalov

Cast includes: Aljaž Farasin, Ivana Srbljan, Domen Križaj, Vanja Zelčić, Giorgio Surian, Robert Kolar, Marko Fortunato

New production

Flights

Finnair

23 Jul London Heathrow - Helsinki dep: 10.20 arr: 15.15

27 Jul Savonlinna - Helsinki dep: 14.05 arr: 15.00

Helsinki - London Heathrow dep: 17.00 arr: 18.05

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 £2555
Single room supplement £435
Business class flight upgrade from £350
Land-only tour price £2240
Deposit required £450
Tour code SAV1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two lunches, three dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, wine tasting, top category tickets for The Barber of Seville and Werther, and second category ticket for Karita Mattila, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.