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Melbourne Showtime Spectacular

Melbourne Showtime Spectacular

3 - 10 May 2020

Join John, Lynette and Stuart for a fabulously musical seven nights in Melbourne! Madama Butterfly, Spirit of the Dance Spectacular, private parlour concert at Dame Nellie Melba’s house, Spamalot and Hamlet, plus concerts from your talented hosts!

$5,980 NZD
per person
twin share
Single Room Supplement
- ADD $1,800 NZD
Initial Deposit On Booking
$1,200 NZD
Second Deposit Due
$0 NZD
Final Balance Due 23 January 2020

Melbourne Showtime Spectacular

  • Join John, Lynette and Stuart on our second magically musical Melbourne tour, for seven musical experiences! 

    • A performance of Opera Australia’s production of Madama Butterfly by Puccini at the State Theatre.
    • The international dance sensation show Spirit of the Dance at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre. This breathtaking show delivers the powerful rhythms of Irish Dance combined with the passionate Latino rhythms of Tango, Flamenco and Red-Hot Salsa; "The worlds greatest Irish Dance show!"
    • A premium event: a private tour and concert at Dame Nellie Melba’s house entitled Victorian Parlour Songs (subject to availability).
    • A performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot, a musical comedy spoof of the famous musical Camelot, at the Melbourne Arts Centre
    • Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet at the Melbourne Arts Centre.
    • Plus, two of our own dinner concerts presented by our hosts: When Irish Eyes are Smiling complete with Irish jokes, singalongs and famous songs; Showstoppers, featuring the greatest tunes from the music theatre repertoire.

    We combine all this with luxurious accommodation at the Langham Hotel, and explore Melbourne city and it's surrounds; experience a Melbourne City tour, a day trip to marvel along the Great Ocean Road including Great Otway National Park Rainforest and Kenneth River, a day tour to Yarra Valley with wine tastings, and a backstage tour of the Melbourne Art Centre.

  • Langham Hotel (7 nights)

    HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • Brunetti Café for lunch following our flight.

    • We check into the luxurious Langham Hotel, our home for the next seven nights.

    • Tonight we enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel with music provided by John, Lynette and Stu, entitled Showstoppers, featuring the greatest tunes from the music theatre repertoire.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • Full day to the Great Ocean Road, the world-famous coastline with Colac, the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and The Razorback.

    • A drive through the Great Otway National Park Rainforest to witness some of Australia’s most amazing rainforest scenery.

    • Kenneth River, where we will hopefully see some cute koalas and colourful parrots.

    • The final stop will be at the quaint coastal town of Lorne for another epic beachfront view.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • City tour of Melbourne followed by high tea at the historic Windsor Hotel.

    • Our performance of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Hamlet tonight at the Fairfax Studio, Melbourne Arts Centre.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • A free day to shop or meet friends.

    • Dinner and a Guinness at an Irish pub followed by the international dance sensation show Spirit of the Dance at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre. This breathtaking show delivers the powerful rhythms of Irish Dance combined with the passionate Latino rhythms of Tango, Flamenco and Red-Hot Salsa to produce a thrilling, heart-pounding production that the International Post describes as “The World’s Greatest Irish Dance Show.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • Drive to the Yarra Valley.

    • Tour and talk at Dame Nellie Melba’s house including a talk about her life as the most famous opera singer of the early 20th century.

    • Wine tasting and lunch at the beautiful Coombe House.

    • A premium Operatunity event - a private concert from our hosts entitled Victorian Parlour Songs (subject to availability), a perfect concert for this setting in the music room of Dame Nellie Melba.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • Backstage tour of the Melbourne Arts Centre.

    • Free afternoon for shopping.

    • Dinner at the Art Centre prior to our performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot, a musical comedy spoof of the famous musical Camelot.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • Morning free to explore this vibrant city.

    • Afternoon performance of Opera Australia’s production of Madama Butterfly by Puccini at the State Theatre.

    • Final night dinner in the Alto Room, with stunning views over Melbourne and music from our hosts, entitled When Irish Eyes are Smiling, complete with Irish jokes, singalongs and famous songs.

  • • Today we are off home filled with great memories of music, history and hopefully lots of shopping.

This trip includes

  • Return Air New Zealand airfares Auckland/ Melbourne including all taxes. (Wellington and Christchurch to Melbourne, return, are available on request. Any extra costs will be the responsibility of the traveller).

  • Seven nights’ accommodation at the luxurious five-star Langham Hotel, Melbourne.

  • All shows and musical evenings: Opera Australia’s production of Madama Butterfly, a private concert at Dame Nellie Melba’s house entitled Victorian Parlour Songs (subject to availability), the dance spectacular Spirit of the Dance, the musical comedy spoof on Camelot, Spamalot, Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet at the Melbourne Arts Centre, plus our own dinner concerts, When Irish Eyes are Smiling and Showstoppers.

  • Hosted by John Cameron, Lynette Martin and Stuart Coats.

  • Numerous other special experiences and flavours including Melbourne City Tour with afternoon tea at the Hotel Windsor, Great Ocean Road tour with guide including 12 Apostles, Lorne and Otway National Park and backstage tour of the Melbourne Arts Centre.

  • Free time to explore this great city or catch up with friends.

  • All tours and entrances as listed in itinerary.

  • GENTLE TOUR

    This tour will suit most people 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.

  • 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 $300.

    • 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 (see photos below)

The Langham is positioned along the renowned Southbank Promenade overlooking the tranquil Yarra River. It comprises 387 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, all with natural light, many of which afford snapshot images of the Melbourne city, Yarra River and the Southgate thoroughfare.

MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS

• Opera Australia’s production of Puccini’s beloved sumptuous opera Madama Butterfly.

• The award winning Irish Dance show Spirit of the Dance coming to Melbourne as part of their world tour.

• A premium event: a private tour and concert at Dame Nellie Melba’s house entitled Victorian Parlour Songs (subject to availability).

• The comic production of Monty Python’s musical comedy spoof on Camelot, Spamalot.

• Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

• Two of our own dinner concerts, When Irish Eyes are Smiling and Showstoppers presented by hosts for this trip John, Lynette and Stu.

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 Harriet.lawrence@aon.comYou 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: travel@operatunity.co.nz

  • Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Email: travel@operatunity.co.nz

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