Opera in Northern Italy: Bel Canto to Verismo

Mar 28 - Apr 11, 2019
$11,595per person, twin share (land content only). $2,360 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Robert Gay
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Opera is an iconic Italian art form, and where better to enjoy it than the place of its birth? This new 15-day tour takes you to eight performances of the great Italians, from Verdi and Rossini to Puccini and Giordano. Performances at historic venues – including La Fenice, La Scala and the Teatro Regio – are complemented by visits to the places where the composers lived and worked, allowing you to appreciate the history, and the personalities, behind the music. Staying in Venice, Milan, Parma and Turin, this musical journey is rounded out with visits to world-class museums and fine dining.


  • The world of Italian opera, from the bel canto of Rossini and Bellini to the stirring verismo of Puccini and Giordano
  • World-famous opera houses: La Fenice in Venice, La Scala in Milan and the Teatro Regio in Turin
  • The beautiful lakes and art-filled small cities to northern Italy
  • Fine gastronomic traditions: prosecco, prosciutto and ‘slow food’ in Turin
  • In-depth performance analysis, expanding your musical knowledge and increasing your enjoyment


Best available tickets to eight outstanding performances are included.

In Venice

  • Concert of chamber music at the Chiesa di San Vidal
  • Verdi’s Otello at Teatro La Fenice
  • Verdi’s La traviata at Teatro La Fenice

In Milan

  • Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Teatro alla Scala, conducted by Ottavio Dantone and starring Marianne Crebassa
  • Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at Teatro alla Scala, conducted by Riccardo Chailly and starring Marcelo Alvarez

In Parma

  • Giordano’s Andrea Chénier at Teatro Regio di Parma

In Modena

  • Handel’s Serse at the Teatro Comunale di Modena

In Turin

  • Bellini’s La sonnambula at the Teatro Regio

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

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 Venice, attend operas at La Fenice, explore Venice’s historic architecture and marvel at Titian and the Bellini in the Accademia.

Days 5–8: Travel to Milan via Donizetti’s Bergamo, an elegant hillside town. Attend operas at La Scala, admire masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Veronese and Caravaggio at the Brera, enjoy lunch at Lake Como’s stunning Villa d’Este.

Days 9–11: In Parma, investigate Verdi’s early years and visit his Villa Sant’Agata. Explore Renaissance Parma and medieval Modena, two of Emilia-Romagna’s refined centres.

Days 12–15: In Turin, attend an opera at Teatro Regio and marvel at the Egyptian Museum.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

Emirates offers flights into Rome and out of Milan from most Australian 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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Mar 28 - Apr 11, 2019
$11,595per person, twin share (land content only). $2,360 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Robert Gay


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

Jamal Fairbrother 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
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