Sydney Operas & Sights

Sydney Operas & Sights

27 March - 2 April 2019

Join Bonnie, Jess and Lucy in Sydney to see West Side Story, Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour, La bohème, Turandot and more, while we stay in the luxurious, 5-star Langham Hotel.

$5,978 NZD
Per Person
Twin Share
Single Supplement
- ADD $1,648 NZD
Initial Deposit On Booking
$1,500 NZD
Second Deposit Due
$0 NZD
Final Balance Due 7 December 2018

Sydney Operas & Sights

  • Experience the Exceptional

    The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, presented by Opera Australia, is a spectacular musical experience, reminiscent of the great European outdoor arenas like Verona. With the iconic Sydney Opera House as a background and fireworks during the show this is a musical production like nothing we have ever seen.

    We will also see two extraordinary operas at the Sydney Opera House, Puccini’s La bohème and Turandot (confirmed).

    Join our great team who escorted our Melbourne trip this year, Bonnie, Jess and Lucy, on this music filled trip to Sydney. This trip also includes great tours and music events, as well as staying at the magnificent Langham Hotel, one of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in Sydney.

  • We depart from Auckland (Wlg/Chch departures available on request).

    HIGHLIGHTS include

    • City Sights Tour including Sydney Harbour and The Rocks.

    • Lunch at the historic Rocks.

    • Welcome dinner at the magnificent Langham Hotel with music, entitled Waltz of my Heart from Bonnie and Jess.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • We begin our day with a private cruise to Watson’s Bay, enjoying Sydney Harbour, with views of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We are then transferred to the historic Vaucluse House for High Tea, with a chance to explore this beautiful house afterwards.

    • Drive back along the coastline and through some of Sydney’s most impressive real estate.

    • After a chance to relax we are transferred to the Sydney Opera House with time to wander and grab some dinner before we enjoy the first of our operas, Puccini’s famous love story La bohème.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • Full day foodies tour to the Hunter Valley, famous for its vineyards and gardens.

    • We explore this lovely area and visit Hunter Valley Chocolate Company, plus wine tasting.

    • Lunch at a fabulous vineyard with more wine tasting.

    • A tour of the Hunter Valley Gardens, spanning 60 acres, and including 8,000 roses on display. Don’t worry, we will have time to wander, and also explore the gardens more fully on their train tour.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • A free morning to experience The Rocks markets and do some shopping.

    • This afternoon we enjoy a matinee performance at the Sydney Opera House of Puccini’s Turandot, which features the most famous aria of all time, Nessun Dorma. Following the opera we enjoy a Chinese meal together, in keeping with the setting of Turandot.

  • HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • A free day today to enjoy our own shopping or tours.

    • The visually stunning and impressive production of Bernstein’s famous and lyrical show, West Side Story, is our highlight today. Opera Australia present a production on a scale to rival the famous outdoor productions at Verona. This new style of presentation for Sydney is mounted on a floating stage that cost millions of dollars to build in 2012, and has a world class cast.

  •  HIGHLIGHTS include:

    • A scenic drive over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore, exploring and shopping at places like Manly and Mossman.

    • Final night dinner in the ballroom of our hotel with entertainment from Bonnie and Jess. We bring you Sparkling Serenades and Sequins, so put on your glad rags tonight as we relive the glory of a bygone era where music, sparkling wine, gourmet food and glamour were the norm.

  • Following our final breakfast at the hotel, we board our flight back home full of great music, food, new friends and amazing memories of a fantastic city!

This trip includes

  • Return airfare including taxes Auckland / Sydney flying Air New Zealand (Ex Wellington and Christchurch upon request).

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in luxury at the 5 star Langham Hotel, considered one of the most luxurious hotels in Sydney.

  • Premium Reserve tickets to Bernstein’s most famous musical, West Side Story, spectacularly performed on a floating stage with the Opera House as its backdrop.

  • Premium Reserve tickets to Puccini’s famous operas La bohème and Turandot, both at the Sydney Opera House.

  • A welcome dinner at our fantastic hotel, entitled Waltz of my Heart with music from Bonnie and Jess.

  • A final night glamorous event at the Langham Hotel in their ballroom with music provided by Bonnie and Jess, entitled Sparkling Serenades and Sequins.

  • A city tour of Sydney, a private harbour cruise, a tour of Vaucluse House, high teas and lunches in iconic venues.

  • A full day scenic tour to the Hunter Valley including Hunter Valley Gardens with train tour, lunch, wine and chocolate tastings.

  • All transfers, taxes, tips and porterage included.

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 high tea and 3 dinners included.

  • Escorted by Bonnie, Jess and Lucy.

  • 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 $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.

MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome dinner at the magnificent Langham Hotel with music, entitled Waltz of my Heart from Bonnie and Jess.

Puccini’s La bohème and Turandot at Sydney Opera House.

Bernstein’s famous and lyrical show, West Side Story. Presented by Opera Australia, this new style of presentation for Sydney is mounted on a floating stage that cost millions of dollars to build in 2012, and has a world class cast.

Final night ballroom dinner entertainment by Bonnie & Jess, Sparkling Serenades and Sequins.

 

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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