Andre Rieu: A European Romance

Andre Rieu: A European Romance

11 June - 9 July 2019

Join Bonnie & Jess as we bring you one of the most extraordinary musical journeys: the Waltz King Andre Rieu Live in Maastricht, plus six incredible operas in some of the most magnificent opera houses in the world.

$18,950 NZD
per person
twin share
Single Supplement
- ADD $6,980 NZD
Initial Deposit On Booking
$3,000 NZD
Second Deposit Due 5 December 2018
$4,000 NZD
Final Balance Due 11 February 2019

Andre Rieu: A European Romance

  • Experience the Exceptional

    Andre Rieu Live in Maastricht, his hometown and where his DVD’s are filmed plus 6 other performances.

    All the following shows are on in our cities but we are unable to confirm these until we receive final dates regarding Andre Rieu Live in Maastricht 2019, Vienna Boys’ Choir, La Boheme in Dresden, Romeo and Juliet and Rigoletto in Berlin, Nabucco and Macbeth in Prague.

    Tours and visits to some of the most beautiful cities in the world: Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, Amsterdam and Maastricht.

    Visit the home towns of many famous composers including Bach and Handel.

    Care, love and music provided by our escorts, couple Bonnie and Jess.

  • Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel

    We begin and end our tour with flights to and from Dubai on Emirates. As we arrive into Dubai early in the morning we have arranged another night’s accommodation so we can go to our rooms immediately. On return we arrive into Dubai late at night so we will again have access to our rooms immediately.

  • Bristol Hotel

    Vienna, Austria’s capital is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cosy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence, is one of Vienna’s most popular sights.

    HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • A night of Strauss and Mozart music at the famous Kursalon with dinner in the Restaurant Johann.
    • Vienna State Opera performance
    • Vienna Boys Choir singing Mass in their resident chapel, The Royal Court Chapel which is part of the Royal Apartments, in the Hofburg Complex.
    • Half-day guided city sightseeing tour including the City Ringstrasse with guided tour of the State Opera House, Town Hall, House of Parliament, and also including entrance to the magnificent Saint Stephens Cathedral.
    • Guided tour of the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens.
    • Guided tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Museum of Fine Art, part of the Hofburg Complex.
    • Concert at the Musikverein, with supper afterwards at Demel Cafe for Sachertorte.

    • Welcome Dinner at the Schönbrunn Palace and Concert in the Orangerie for an evening of Strauss and Mozart.

  • Boscolo Prague Hotel

    Prague is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is among the most visited cities on the continent. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

    HIGHLIGHTS include:

    La Traviata and Turandot at the State Opera of Karlin.
    • Dinner at our beautiful hotel.
    • A full-day guided city sightseeing tour including the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Hradcany, Strahov Monastery, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Charles Bridge and the Golden Lane.
    • A guided tour of Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral (Prague’s most recognisable landmark).
    • Day trip to Cesky Krumlov.
    • Full free day off in Prague.

  • Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski

    Dresden, capital of the eastern German state of Saxony, is distinguished by the celebrated art museums and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town.

    Highlights include:

    La Boheme at Dresden Semperoper.
    • Our city highlights tour with our local guide including the Zwinger Palace which was formerly part of the Dresden fortress.
    • Visit to Gemaldergalerie Alte Meister Art Gallery, whose works originate from the 15th to the 18th Century. It houses Italian paintings of the Renaissance and Baroque as well as Dutch and Flemish paintings of such masters as Rubens, Vesmeer, Titan and many more.
    • Full-day return boat ride from Dresden to Meissen. Discover the Saxon Wine Route by paddle steamer with a visit to the Albrechtsburg, stroll through the town, and explore the porcelain factory.
    • Free time in Dresden.
    • On route to Leipzig we stop at Colditz Castle, famous as a POW camp in WWII, for a tour and time to wander in the village.

  • Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof

    Leipzig is a city in the eastern German state of Saxony. Composer J.S. Bach is buried in the late-Gothic St. Thomas Church, known for concerts by its boys’ choir. St. Nicholas Church was a meeting point for the “Monday Demonstrations,” which led to the 1989 overthrow of communism.

    HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • City tour which will include a visit to the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) which is most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach was choir director from 1723 until his death in 1750 and where his remains currently lie.
    • Visits to St. Nicholas Church, Bach Museum and Mendelssohn’s house.
    • Free time in Leipzig.

  • Hotel am Steinplatz

    Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th century history include its Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. On route we will stop in Halle, the native town of Handel and explore the town and its importance in his life.

    HIGHLIGHTS include:

    Rigoletto at Staatsoper.
    • Tour of Berlin with our local guide, including the Brandenburg Castle and the Pergamon Museum which consists of 3 museums in 1.
    • Visit the Musikinstrumenten-Museum of Berlin which contains Benjamin Franklin’s glass harmonica and an extensive collection of Baroque wind instruments.
    • Tour to Potsdam UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes walking tour of Old Market Square, Town Hall, Babelsburg Castle.
    • Boat tour of Potsdam admiring the countless palaces and wonderful parks from the Hohenzollern Dynasty and see a true piece of history.
    • Brandenburg Gate and Check Point Charlie.
    • Visit beautiful Sanssouci Palace and park in a guided tour.

  • Hotel Estherea

    Amsterdam is such an attractive city with its 17th century historical atmosphere, buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares, combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis!

    HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • Introductory cruise along the canals, seeing this beautiful city and its tree-lined views.
    • Walking tour of Amsterdam, including Anne Frank House, Berighoff historic houses area and the famous floating flower market.
    • Visit the van Gogh Museum – the world’s largest collection of works by this mad but talented artist.
    • Paint preparation demonstration in Rembrandt’s reconstructed studio and visit his house where he lived between 1639 and 1658.
    • Visit Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ premier art trove, showcasing Rembrandt, Vermeer and van Gogh as well as 7500 other masterpieces over dozens of galleries.
    • Tour to the countryside of the Netherlands to Marken.
    • Visit a clog maker on the way and enjoy a short boat ride to Volendam. Visit a cheese factory before continuing on to Zaanse Schans for a close-up look at the windmills of the Netherlands in this open air museum.

  • Hotel Kasteel Bloemendal

    This is our chance to see Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra live as the Waltz King returns, once again, to his hometown of Maastricht and to Vrijthof Square. Join us for an extraordinary summer night of magnificent music in this magical setting! (Final date and details to be confirmed)

    HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • Premium tickets to Andre Rieu Live in Maastricht 2019.
    • Walking tour of Maastricht.
    • Boat tour of Maastricht.

  • We will stay at a smart airport hotel tonight for ease of travel for our return flight to Dubai the following day.

This trip includes

  • Return economy airfares on Emirates Airline Auckland - Dubai - Vienna//Amsterdam - Dubai - Auckland including all taxes.

  • All accommodation as listed in itinerary - Vienna (4 nights), Prague (4 nights), Dresden (3 nights), Leipzig (2 nights), Berlin (4 nights), Amsterdam (5 nights), Maastricht (1 night), Dubai (4 nights including early check-in). All in 4 or 5 star specialty hotels, many of them boutique hotels or castles!

  • Extraordinary music experiences including Andre Rieu Live in Maastricht 2019, Tosca at Vienna State Opera, Mozart Mass sung by Vienna Boys Choir, Mozart and Strauss concert at Schonbrunn Palace, Turandot and La Traviata in Prague, La bohème in Dresden, and Rigoletto in Berlin.

  • Special flavours including visits to Handel’s house in Halle, van Gogh and Rembrandt houses and museums, Potsdam UNESCO World Heritage Site, Colditz Castle tour and full day tour to Meissen and porcelain factory tour.

  • All tours and excursions as listed in itinerary including city tours of Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, Amsterdam and Maastricht.

  • All entrances as per our itinerary, all museums and houses as listed, cheese factory and boat day cruises as listed.

  • All breakfasts, 10 dinners, 7 lunches, all tips, all taxes and all porterage are included.

  • Escorted by Bonnie and Jess. Limited to 30 passengers.

  • EXPLORING TOUR

    This is still a moderately paced tour, but you will be required to walk longer distances, walk on cobblestones and stand in museums. To really get the best out of this tour you need to be able to stand or walk for a couple of hours comfortably, be it at a leisurely pace.

  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    • All trips are subject to change but any changes will be of equal or greater value.

    • Deposits refundable until final payment date minus any costs incurred, or an administration fee of up to $150.

    • Travellers need to be independently mobile and fit to travel.

    • Travellers are required to obtain comprehensive travel insurance for all international trips.

    Please refer to terms & conditions on our booking form.

PLACES WE STAY

The Luxury Hotel Bristol, Vienna is located right next to the Vienna State Opera and has been an inspiring meeting point for Vienna’s cultural elite since 1892.

Boscolo Prague Hotel, part of the Autograph Collection of luxury private hotels is a beautiful 5 star hotel located in the center of Prague, about ten minutes’ walk from Wenceslas Square. 

Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski, Dresden was built in the 18th century by a Saxon King as a pledge of love to his mistress and is located directly in Dresden’s historic city centre. 

Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof, Leipzig is housed in a former exhibition building in the heart of Leipzig, approx. 2 minutes’ walk from the St. Nicholas Church. 

Hotel Steinplatz, Autograph Collection, Berlin is set in a beautiful Art Nouveau building from 1913 is our centrally located luxury boutique hotel.

Estherea, Amsterdam is an exquisite family owned hotel situated in a row of 17th century buildings on the Singel, Amsterdam’s oldest major canal. 

Hotel Kasteel Bloemendal, Maastricht is a romantic castle, built in 1795 and fully restored in 1995; a perfect hotel when experiencing our romantic Andre Rieu concert.

MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS

Preimum tickets for Andre Rieu Live in Maastricht 2019 (confirmed)

Performances at some of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, including La Boheme, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Turandot, Vienna Boys’ Choir, andVienna State Opera.

 

Travel Insurance

Every customer is required to take out insurance for all international travel when taking a trip with Operatunity Ltd. We have our own travel insurance broker and we invite you to ring direct for your insurance requirements.

Phone Harriet on 09 3629038 Or email [email protected]You are of course welcome to make your own insurance arrangements for travel, just be sure that your insurance policy covers you extensively especially when travelling to certain countries such as USA with its high health costs.

 

MOBILITY

Operatunity provides group senior travel and with this in mind we plan trips to suit our target market. But not every trip is created equal in terms of mobility. We want to give you the best possible experience but that will only be achieved if you are able to enjoy everything that our trips have to offer.
Most of our long haul trips require a better level of mobility. We will look after everyone as well as we possibly can, but we cannot look after one at the expense of the rest of the group. We also cannot have one person slowing the rest of group to the point where the group is not able to enjoy every experience we are able to provide.
With this in mind we have put a mobility clause into every trip. Under each explanation here I have popped a statement. Ask yourself if this is ‘you’, when booking on a trip.

None of the following mobility clauses preclude you from ordering a wheelchair at the airport if required.

1. GENTLE TOUR This tour will suit most people, even with a stick or a walker, but sorry not someone in a wheelchair. The activity level is gently paced, but you still need to be able to get on and off buses easily. There will be walking, but not a lot. “I love travelling, but at a gentle pace. I like to avoid stairs or too much activity, but I am able to get on and off buses easily.” 

2. EASY TOUR This tour will suit people with a stick, but not a walker. You will be required to walk to get from place to place and stand in museums, but it is designed to be an easy tour with lots of times to rest, travel on a coach and walk easy leisurely distances.  ”Walking is fine. I can get on and off a coach. I am happy to stand for an hour or two in museums and galleries and gently stroll through places of interest. I am happy to climb the odd set of stairs.” 

3. MODERATE WALKING TOUR This tour requires a better level of fitness with no wheelchairs or walkers. Generally, there may be times when we can’t get the coach close. In some of our Pacific Island tours we will need you to transfer onto a tender and walk on soft sand. We also will have much longer flights and long walks through airports. “I like walking at a moderate pace. I love to keep my days full and experience everything the tour has to  offer. Stairs, tender transfers and cobblestones don’t bother me.” 

4.  EXPLORING TOUR This is still a moderately paced tour, but you will be required to walk longer distances, walk on cobblestones and stand in museums. To really get the best out of this tour you need to be able to stand or walk for a couple  of hours comfortably, be it at a leisurely pace.  “I like to spend most of the day exploring. Whether walking historic neighbourhoods on cobblestones at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, I want my days full. Stairs don’t bother me and I am keen to see and do as much as I can with the odd day off to recuperate.” 

  • Operatunity is a company specialising in music lovers tours to the senior market. Each trip has been especially planned to include music and arts experiences and has a level of friendliness and care which cannot be found anywhere else! Our trips are packed with features not found anywhere else

  • Yes we have lots of people who travel on their own. We endeavour to match you up with someone who lives close to you or is close in age to you. Often you will get a chance to meet with your matchup or ring them before you leave on your trip. You also may prefer to travel solo and pay the single supplement price. We travel as a happy band so there will be lots of chances to meet people. You will find fellow music lovers and those with other similar interests. In fact those like the nicer things of life so you will travel with like-minded people.
    It is also important to remember that our singers are our escorts so you will see at least a couple of familiar faces as you leave.

  • If you live outside of Auckland, we can arrange travel and accommodation on your way to meet up with our group. We have access and can book domestic airfares in conjunction with Air New Zealand international airfares. Plus we can book your pre and post tour accommodation if required.

  • It is compulsory for our international trips and highly recommended for our domestic tours. 

  • No as most airlines offer various special meals and any restaurants we visit are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements.

  • While we will endeavour to provide the best possible experience and care, all travellers must be fit to travel and be independent. All trips are catering for a senior market but some trips will suit better than others. Some trips also carry an advisory note as they require a higher level of fitness.

  • We ask that you can walk at least 100 metres unaided and be able to get on and off buses with little or no assistance. We cater for a senior market but it is important that you do not jeopardise the enjoyment of others by requiring more care and holding up the rest of the group. Talk to our office or staff at concerts and any advisory notes for individual trips to get a better idea of your suitability for each trip.

  • We stay at 4 and 5 star character hotels, avoiding package, tourist or big hotel chains. We choose  hotels with a more personal feel often with historic content or hotels of beauty and character, centrally located or in parks, by the water, or with beautiful gardens.

  • Breakfast is included daily, and many dinners and lunches are also included as per our itinerary.

  • There are no hidden costs. Included in the trip are tips, taxes, porterage, breakfast, meals where specified, inclusions listed in the itinerary, entry fees where listed in the itinerary, concert/show tickets where listed in the itinerary, tour escorts and local specialised guides. 

  • Some of our trips sell out very quickly and we recommend you make your booking as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 

  • We will ask you to pay an initial deposit when making your booking. We will then follow up for a second deposit and then a final balance payment prior to travel.

  • All deposits up until final payment are refundable minus any costs the company may incur.

    After final deposit refunds are unlikely and the refund becomes an insurance claim. We do not charge a cancellation fee.

  • Our numbers vary from destination to destination, please contact our office for further information.  We have a minimum number required to operate a tour. Should minimum numbers not be met, a full refund will be made. 

  • For international trips, all guests must have a valid passport that does not expire earlier than at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. 

  • Music is a key element in making our experiences special. There are special experiences and events every day, such as themed dinners, impromptu concerts, music, art tours with art experts and garden tours with garden experts.

  • Most hotels now have internet connection and all hotels have telephones in the room or at reception. If using your mobile telephone check calling and text rates, and disable data roaming before leaving New Zealand. Consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card. And you can keep in touch using social media such as Facebook. We have a copy of your next of kin details in case of emergency and we are also happy to help out with texts, phone calls and emails if you can’t get in touch with your family and need to while away. We are also happy to help out with getting your phones, ipads and cameras to work if needed while away.

  • We spend less time travelling between regions, allowing more time to enjoy experiences when you arrive. We avoid one night stops and “conveyor belt” travel, so you really can capture the local colour and vitality of the region. Our trips are planned so that there is a balance of included activities and free time for you to relax or do some exploring on your own.

  • Contact Operatunity Travel 

    Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Mail your booking form to PO BOX 132 150, Sylvia Park, Auckland 1644
    Email: [email protected]

  • Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Email: [email protected]

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