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Opera Extravaganza at Ayers Rock (Uluru)

Opera Extravaganza at Ayers Rock (Uluru)

8 - 17 December 2020

Join Sue, John, Russell and Jess on a musically magical journey to Uluru, Sydney and Melbourne to experience once in a lifetime music events; Opera at Ayers Rock in the Field of Light and The Marriage of Figaro by Opera Australia, The Secret Garden starring Anthony Warlow, and The Happy Prince at Sydney Opera House, plus a private concert in Dame Nellie Melba's own music room.

$8,890 NZD
per person
twin share
Single Supplement
- ADD $2,970 NZD
Initial Deposit On Booking
$1,500 NZD
Second Deposit Due 28 May 2020
$2,000 NZD
Final Balance Due 26 August 2020

Opera Extravaganza at Ayers Rock (Uluru)

  • Set amongst the Field of Light under the stars, overlooking Uluru is an exclusive gala concert featuring opera’s most loved hits presented by some of Opera Australia’s finest singers.

    Set in the luxurious poolside surrounds of our hotel, Opera Australia presents the joyous final act of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, playfully staged under majestic ghost gums with ornate costuming and a gourmet dinner.

    Sounds of Silence, a magical evening with a stunning sunset and star gazing!

    Presented by Australian Ballet at the Sydney Opera House, The Happy Prince.

    Starring Anthony Warlow, The Secret Garden is a heart-warming magical musical based on the literary classic.

    Numerous special experiences including Christmas in Melbourne and private concerts from our hosts.

  • Sir Stamford Hotel (2 nights)

    Our fabulous 5-star hotel is centrally located in Sydney only a stone’s throw from the Opera House, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, The Rocks and Royal Botanic Gardens.

    HIGHLIGHTS today include:

    • We fly to Sydney today with a city highlights tour included on arrival.

    • Then it’s off to Boronia House, an amazing historic house for high tea before checking into our beautiful 5-star hotel Sir Stamford, conveniently located close to the Opera House.

    • This evening is the first of our many theatrical events: The Happy Prince, the ballet presented by the Australian Ballet at the Sydney Opera House

  • Highlights today include:

    • Today we enjoy a full day off to visit friends or do some Christmas shopping. You may like to check out the iconic Christmas markets located at the Rocks, within walking distance of the hotel.

    • Tonight we meet for a gala dinner and concert from our hosts in the ballroom of our beautiful hotel entitled Melodies and Memories, a celebration of beautiful songs from a bygone era and very in keeping with our historic hotel and ballroom.

  • Sails in the Desert Resort (3 nights)

    Our hotel is a 5-star hotel at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort set amongst ghost gums and flowering native shrubs in the very heart of Australia.

    HIGHLIGHTS today include:

    • This morning we head to Uluru (Ayers Rock) on our direct Virgin Airlines flight arriving around lunch time.

    • The afternoon is free to settle and enjoy the beautiful hotel in its stunning surroundings.

    • This evening is one of our many premium events as we transfer to Uluru for our sunset dinner the Sounds of Silence, set against the backdrop of the Field of Light. Included in the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers a magical evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. It includes dinner and drinks, as well as a star talker who points out stars only seen in this densely blackened region with no city streetlights to detract from the dazzling constellations.

  • HIGHLIGHTS today include:

    • A visit to one of the most famous landmarks in Australia and a guided tour around Uluru to learn more fascinating stories and its significance to the indigenous people.

    • Travel to the beautiful Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), aboriginal for “many heads”. It is a group of more than 36 rounded red domes rising from the desert floor. The tallest is said to be around 546 metres high.

    • Set in the luxurious poolside surrounds of Sails in the Desert, Opera Australia presents a performance of the joyous final act of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, playfully staged under majestic ghost gums with ornate costuming and atmospheric lighting. One of Mozart’s most famous operas, this light-hearted work touches on themes of forgiveness and reconciliation. The performance will take place as we enjoy a sumptuous gala 3-course dinner inspired by the award-winning Tali Wiru, a signature dining experience.

  • HIGHLIGHTS today include:

    • The chance to join Uluru Camel Tours on a 45-minute journey through the sand dunes of central Australia with the original “trains of the desert” (Optional, own cost).

    • If camel riding is not for you, we can join the indigenous Maraku Arts for a dot painting lesson or simply relax at the hotel.

    Opera at Ayers Rock (Uluru) - This is an exclusive gala concert featuring opera’s most loved hits. Some of Opera Australia’s finest singers will perform under the stars, accompanied by a chamber orchestra in this uniquely Australian setting. As the sun sets over the desert backdrop, the performers will be illuminated by the spellbinding colours of 50,000 glass spheres in the Field of Light.

  • Today we leave this magical region and travel to our next destination Melbourne to experience the magic of Christmas in the most European of Australian cities. During the Christmas Festival, the city transforms into a wonderland of light, sparkles and decorations.

    Langham Hotel, Melbourne (4 nights)

    On the south bank of the Yarra River, this stunning 5-star hotel is within easy access of the city’s business district, fashion, shopping, sport, parks and gardens, restaurants, cafés and nightlife! Close by are the Arts Centre, National Art Gallery of Victoria and Federation Square.

    • Tonight we rest after a long day of travel.

  • HIGHLIGHTS today include:

    • This morning we are off for a city tour, which includes seeing the lovely Christmas decorations of Melbourne and enjoying the sights of this pretty city.

    • We will stop off at some the most famous Christmas decorated sites and streets along the way to enjoy Melbourne in its best Christmas attire.

    • Time to stop off at Queen Victoria Market for a little while for some shopping.

    • This evening we meet in the ballroom of our hotel and enjoy a family style soirée: Soirée Musicale, complete with mulled wine and Christmas cake as your hosts present to you an informal evening of fun, jokes, lovely music and singalongs.

  • HIGHLIGHTS today include:

    • Time off today to do your own Christmas shopping or wander enjoying the atmosphere of Christmas in Melbourne.

    • Light dinner at the iconic Windsor Hotel before our show.

    • This evening is yet another of our amazing shows: The Secret Garden the musical based on the beloved book by the same name and starring Australia’s greatest music theatre singer, Anthony Warlow.

    • On the way home from the show tonight we enjoy a drive to see the famous Christmas lights of Melbourne!

  • HIGHLIGHTS today include:

    • Today we are off to Dame Nellie Melba’s house in the Yarra Valley to enjoy a house tour, lunch and a special recital from Jessica Hindin on violin in Dame Nellie Melba’s own music room; but first, a stop at the chocolate factory for top ups of Christmas chocolate supplies!

    • Tonight we enjoy our own Christmas event in the Alto Room overlooking the city of Melbourne, complete with music from our hosts, Christmas dinner, decorations and Christmas carols entitled An Olde Fashioned Christmas.

  • Home today with luggage full of shopping, tummies full of yummy food and hearts full of the most extraordinary melodies presented in the most extraordinary settings!

This trip includes

  • Return economy airfares Auckland-Sydney // Melbourne-Auckland with Air New Zealand (flights from Wellington and Christchurch on request) plus internal airfares Sydney-Uluru // Uluru-Melbourne.

  • 9 nights’ accommodation all in 5-star hotels: 2 nights at Sir Stamford Hotel, Sydney, 3 nights at Sails in the Desert Resort, Uluru and 4 nights at the luxury Langham Hotel, Melbourne.

  • Once in a lifetime experiences in Uluru including an Opera Gala set amongst the Field of Light and Uluru, The Marriage of Figaro final act set amongst the ghost gums with gourmet dinner, sunset dinner Sounds of Silence with backdrop of Uluru and star gazing, plus guided tour around Uluru to learn more fascinating stories and its significance to the indigenous people.

  • Six other incredible musical events The Happy Prince presented by Australian Ballet, The Secret Garden starring Anthony Warlow, plus four concerts Melodies and Memories, Soirée Musicale, An Olde Fashioned Christmas and An Afternoon with Jess presented by our hosts: singers Susan Boland, John Cameron, Russell Dixon with the talent of Jessica Hindin on violin.

  • Other exceptional experiences including night city tour of Melbourne’s Christmas Lights, Christmas city tour of Melbourne, high tea at Boronia House, Christmas supper with music, time off in Uluru for relaxation or own tours like Sunrise Camel ride (own cost).

  • Tour to the Yarra Valley with chocolate tasting and lunch, wine tasting, tour and violin recital in Dame Nellie Melba’s house!

  • A day off in both Sydney and Melbourne to go Christmas shopping and enjoy the festive decorations in all the shops and iconic malls, meet friends or enjoy your own tours.

  • All breakfasts, 1 high tea, 1 lunch, 5 dinners and 1 supper, all tours, tips and taxes are per our itinerary

  • Hosted by Susan Boland, John Cameron, Russell Dixon and violinist Jessica Hindin.

  • 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 including short walks to get to the concerts, but it is designed to be an easy tour with lots of times to rest, travel on a coach and walk easy leisurely distances.

  • 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.

MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS

Opera at Ayers Rock (Uluru) - This is an exclusive gala concert featuring opera’s most loved hits. Some of Opera Australia’s finest singers will perform under the stars, accompanied by a chamber orchestra in this uniquely Australian setting. As the sun sets over the desert backdrop, the performers will be illuminated by the spellbinding colours of 50,000 glass spheres in Uluru’s Field of Light.

Marriage of Figaro, Uluru (Finale) - Set in the luxurious poolside surrounds of Sails in the Desert, Opera Australia presents a performance of the joyous final act of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, playfully staged under majestic ghost gums with ornate costuming and atmospheric lighting and a gourmet dinner.

Sounds of Silence, Uluru (Confirmed) - One of our many premium events we transfer to Uluru for our sunset dinner Sounds of Silence. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers a magical evening of dining amidst a stunning sunset changing into a sparkling outback night sky. It includes dinner and drinks, as well as a star talker who points out stars only seen in this densely blackened region with no city streetlights to detract from the dazzling constellations.

The Secret Garden, Melbourne (to be confirmed at time of printing) - Based on the much-loved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this heart-warming story comes to life on-stage with the same magical qualities, in this sophisticated take on the literary classic. Australia’s leading man Anthony Warlow will once again create theatrical magic in the role of Archibald Craven.

 

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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