OPERA TICKETS FOR THE VERDI FESTIVAL IN PARMA AND THE MASSIMO THEATRE IN PALERMO ARE IN HIGH DEMAND AND SUPPLIERS ARE REQUIRING IMMEDIATE DEPOSITS.
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PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY OF THESE TICKETS.
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WE HOPE TO INCLUDE ONE ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE IN CATANIA OR PALERMO.DETAILS WILL BE ADVISED WHEN AVAILABLE, AND THIS WILL BE OFFERED AS AN OPTION.

TOUR SCHEDULE
(subject to minor change)

Wed. Oct. 12:Milan
Arrival day in Milan (depart Vancouver Tuesday, Oct. 11).
4:00 p.m. backstage tour of La Scala (tour timing and feasibility depends on the rehearsal schedule) followed by a welcome reception at the hotel.
Overnight accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Cavour, in the city centre.

Thu. Oct. 13:Milan – Cremona - Parma
Bus transfer to Parma with a stop in Cremona, a small city in the Lombardy region, famous for its production of high quality violins. Visit a violin maker’s shop and tour the Violin Museum dedicated to master violin maker Stradivarius of Cremona. Accommodation in Parma for five nights at the 4-star SINA Hotel Maria Luigia, a short walk from the Teatro Regio.

Fri. Oct. 14:Busseto Excursion
Full day tour visiting Verdi’s homelands including a guided tour of his birth house, Teatro Verdi and Casa Barezzi Museum. Afternoon visit to VillaVerdi in Sant’Agata.Teatro Verdi, Busseto
8:00 p.m. performance of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Regio in Parma.

Sat. Oct. 15:Parma
Today, a guided tour of the Teatro Farnese, a breathtaking wooden theatre dating back to the 15th century.Next take a backstage tour of the Teatro Regio including the foyer, Ridotto Hall, Scenography and Costume room.
6:00 p.m. performance of Verdi’s Quattro Pezzi Sacri at the Teatro Regio.

Sun. Oct. 16:Parma
The day is free to visit such attractions as the Duomo di Parma, a stunning example of Romanesque architecture and the octagonal Baptistery made of pink marble from Verona.5:00 p.m. performance of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino at the Teatro Regio.

Mon. Oct. 17:Parma - Bologna - Parma
Today we visit Bologna, the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region and an old university city.Its Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafés and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petroni.Among the city’s many medieval towers are the two towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda. There is a guided tour followed by free time.

Tue. Oct. 18:Parma - Milan - Catania
Coach transfer to Milan’s Linate airport for the 12 noon flight to Catania and accommodation for three nights at the 4* Hotel Palace Catania UNA Esperienze.

Wed. Oct.19:Catania
Free time to explore the city’s wide boulevards full of baroque buildings. Stroll along Via Etnea Catania’s main promenade-like shopping street and enjoy views of Mt. Etna. This afternoon transfer to Taormina with free time to view the city including the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Grecan Roman theatre.
8:00 p.m. performance of Italian Opera Arias at the Teatro Nazarena followed by a transfer back to Catania.

Thu. Oct. 20:Catania
Morning guided tour of Catania including the Piazza del Duomo, featuring the Fontana dell’Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral.

Fri. Oct. 21:Catania - Agrigento - Palermo
Leave Catania this morning for Agrigento, a hilltop city on Sicily’s southwest shore. It’s known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of the Temples, a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples. There is a guided tour of the site. Continue to Palermo and three nights at the 5* Grand Hotel Wagner.

PalermoSat. Oct. 22:Palermo
Palermo is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily and today’s excursion shows us the 12th-century Palermo Cathedral which houses royal tombs and the typical Ballaro street market. Continue to Monreale with panoramic views of the Conca d’Oro and view the fine mosaics in the town’s great Norman Cathedral.

Sun. Oct. 23:Palermo
Free day to explore on our own.
8:00 p.m. performance of Verdi’s Nabucco at Teatro Massimo.

Mon. Oct. 24:Depart Palermo


Tour includes:

  • Accommodation for 12 nights at hotels listed, or similar
  • Backstage tour of La Scala
  • Welcome reception and daily breakfast
  • Four 1st category opera tickets and VIP tickets for Italian Opera arias in Taormina
  • Airfare from Milan to Catania
  • Guided tours as described in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Coach and driver for tours and transfers
  • Gratuities to drivers and guides
  • Full-time Italian tour escort
  • Vancouver Opera Guild Tour Director
  • $300 donation to the Vancouver Opera Guild ($400 for non-members)

Not included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare (Great Expeditions will be pleased to assist with airline reservations)

Milan Extension (Oct. 24 – 26) includes:
One way airfare Palermo to Milan, two nights accommodation at the Hotel Cavour and ticket to Giordano’s Fedora at La Scala.
Per person twin: $1260 Single: $1450
Please ask for details.


TOUR COST
Guild Members: Cdn. $7,530 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Non-Guild Members: Cdn. $7,630 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Single supplement: Cdn. $1,980


RESERVATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is required at time of booking and before April 04
A second payment of $2,000 is due by July 05
The balance is due before August 31

CANCELLATIONS
All payments are non-refundable unless space can be resold.


COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that tour members purchase trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect themselves against money loss in the event of cancellation due to personal or family illness.We also offer comprehensive insurance which includes trip cancellation/interruption plus excess hospital/medical benefits, baggage and travel accident.Some exclusions for pre-existing conditions do apply.Insurance premiums are age banded.
Please ask for an insurance quote at time of booking..


PRICES
Prices quoted are in Canadian dollars based on a full tour, and airfares and foreign exchange rates in effect at time of printing (March 2022).We reserve the right to adjust the tour cost if there are exceptional price changes beyond our control.


For further information, please contact:
Elisabeth Dawson 604-922-8008
or
Genny MacLean (Great Expeditions) 604-738-5535


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CARRIER’S RESPONSIBILITY
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