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Mon. Sept. 21: Milan
Arrival day in Milan (depart Vancouver Sunday, Sept. 20).
Enjoy a welcome reception this evening.
Accommodation for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Cavour, just a short walk from La Scala.

Tue. Sept. 22: Milan
Milan is a global capital of fashion and design and a financial hub known for its high-end restaurants and shops.It also boasts exemplary architecture from all periods.Free time today to visit the massive Duomo, a late-Gothic cathedral begun in1386 and enjoy the handsome Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an enclosed shopping arcade that borders on the world-famous La Scala.

Evening performance of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims.

Wed. Sept. 23: Milan - Parma
Transfer to Parma and accommodation for five nights at the 4-star Starhotels du Parc, situated next to the beautiful Duke’s Park.

Thu. Sept. 24: Parma
Today, a guided tour of the Teatro Farnese, a breathtaking wooden theatre dating back to the 15th century.
Next take a backstage a backstage tour of the Teatro Regio including the foyer, Ridotto Hall, Scenography and Costume rooms.

Evening performance of Verdi’s I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata at the Teatro Regio.

Teatro Verdi

Fri. Sept. 25: Parma
The morning 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.

Late afternoon transfer to Busseto and a performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the 300 seat Teatro Verdi.

Sat. Sept. 26: 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.

This evening a performance of Macbeth at the San Francesco del Prato Church, Parma.

Sun. Sept. 27: Parma - Mantua - Parma
Today’s excursion takes us to Mantua known for the architectural legacy of the Renaissance Gonzaga rulers who built the Ducal Palace.This imposing building houses the Bridal Chamber, decorated with Andrea Mantegna frescoes.The Gonzagas also built the Te Palace, known for the Chamber of the Giants where every surface is painted with mythological scenes.

Evening performance of Verdi’s Ernani (in concert) at Teatro Regio, Parma.

PalermoMon. Sept. 28: Parma - Milan - Palermo
Coach transfer to Milan’s Linate airport for the Alitalia flight to Palermo and accommodation for three nights at the 5* Grand Hotel Wagner.

Tue. Sept. 29: 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, while the huge neoclassical Teatro Massimo is known for its opera performances.Also in the centre are the Palazzo dei Normanni, a royal palace started in the 9th century and the Cappella Palatina with Byzantine mosaics.

Early evening performance of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Teatro Massimo.

Wed. Sept. 30: Palermo
Free day to explore on our own and perhaps to visit the busy markets including the Ballaro street market and the Vucciria, near the port.

Early evening performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Teatro Massimo.

Thu. Oct. 1: Palermo - Agrigento - Catania
Leave Palermo 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 Catania and two nights at the 4* Hotel Palace Catania.

Fri. Oct. 2: CataniaLady
Morning backstage tour of Teatro Massimo Bellini, named after the local-born composer Vinzenzo Bellini.Free time to explore the city’s wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, featuring the Fontana dell’Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral before anafternoon transfer to Taormina and free time for viewing the city including the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Grecan Roman theatre.

Evening performance of Italian Opera Arias at the Teatro San Giogio followed by a transfer back to Catania.

Sat. Oct. 3: Depart
Optional transfer to Catania airport.

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation for 12 nights at hotels listed, or similar
  • Welcome reception and daily breakfast
  • Seven opera tickets (premier tickets for Teatro Regio in Parma) and Italian Opera arias in Taormina
  • Airfare from Milan to Palermo
  • 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 Pre-tour & Catania Post-tour

Pre-tour and post-tour nights are available. Please ask for details.

Guild Members: Cdn. $8,230 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Non-Guild Members: Cdn. $8,330 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Single supplement: Cdn. $1,990

A non-refundable deposit of $2,700 per person is required at time of booking.
A second payment of $2,000 is due by April 15
The balance is due before July 22

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


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Prices quoted are in Canadian dollars based on a full tour, and airfares and foreign exchange rates in effect at time of printing (January 2020).We reserve the right to adjust the tour cost if there are exceptional price changes beyond our control.

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