Budapest to the Baltic: A Musical Journey

May 28 - Jun 13, 2020

Tour Leader

Robert Gay
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From Franz Liszt and Hungarian folk music to the phenomenal vocal soloists and choirs of Latvia, explore the landscape, traditions and music from Central Europe to the Baltic.

From Liszt, Lehar, Bartok and Chopin to modern-era performers such as Leopold Stokowski, Andris Nelsons, Lucia Popp, Emanuel Ax and Arthur Rubinstein, Central Europe and the Baltic States have a fine musical heritage. Inspired by the landscape and traditions of the region, this musical history is also influenced by the neighbouring Germanic and Russian worlds. Take a trip from Budapest through the Tatra Mountains and north to the shores of the Baltic, enjoying performances at a range of historic venues in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Latvia, culminating with three performances at the Riga Opera Festival.


Performance Program

Best available tickets to eight outstanding performances are included. The performance program will be announced from September 2019 onwards.


  • Concert by the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the Grand Hall of the historic Liszt Academy
  • Wagner’s Parsifal by the Hungarian State Opera at the Erkel Theatre
  • Chamber music by Brahms and Fauré played by members of the renowned Budapest Festival Orchestra


  • A performance at the Krakow Philharmonie or the Krakow Opera House


  • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
  • Massenet’s Werther by the Polish National Opera at the Wielki Theatre


  • Three performances at the Riga Opera Festival

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed above if you wish to make a booking.

Your Tour Leader

Robert Gay is one of Australia’s leading music tour leaders and music educators. He has designed and led more than 80 performance based tours to Europe and the US.


Days 1–4: In Budapest, with performances and walking tours of Buda and Pest, visits to the Bartok and Liszt museums, and the Empress Elizabeth’s castle at Godollo.

Day 5: Travel north through Slovakia, with a night in the Tatra Mountains.

Days 6–8: In Poland stay in Krakow, enjoying a performance and walking tours.

Days 9–12: In Warsaw, tour the Royal Route, visit Wilanow Palace and attend performances, including a Chopin concert in Łazienki Park.

Days 13–17: Fly to Riga. Attend performances at the Riga Opera Festival, enjoy a walking tour and trips to Rundale Palace and the seaside town of Jurmala.

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed above if you wish to make a booking.

Getting There

The tour begins at our hotel in Budapest and ends at our hotel in Riga. Finnair has the best routing into Budapest and out of Riga, from most Australia cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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May 28 - Jun 13, 2020
$9,850per person, twin share (land content only). $2,270 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Robert Gay

Limited Availability

A limited number of places remain on this tour and as such, internet bookings are not taken. Please contact our travel consultant listed below if you wish to make a booking.

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Tour Consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:

Jemma York 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
(outside Sydney)