If you love opera and you love to travel, why not combine the two and go on one of the many opera tours to Europe organised by a variety of tour operators. Here is a small selection to whet your appetite.
Opera Tours Italy offers small-group opera holidays which take your love of classic Italian opera to new levels of appreciation and enjoyment. From the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, Lucca to the Verona Opera Festival, their fully-escorted opera holidays in Italy include the best seats at some of the world’s most iconic opera venues, accommodation at high-quality hotels and the chance to spend time in the company of experts and like-minded travelling companions. And, this being Italy, you’ll also get to enjoy some of the best, authentic local cuisine. Food, wine and opera – what better combination.
JMB Travel has been specialising in opera trips for over 30 years. Their wide choice of destinations and venues includes 13 different Opera Houses and 10 Opera Festivals where well over 50 different productions are performed during the season.
Their holidays include the best opera tickets and accommodation in a choice of hotels all of which have been especially chosen for their quality, charm and location. They also offer a choice of air travel or hotel and opera tickets only. Their opera destinations include Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dresden, Madrid, Milan, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Venice, Vienna and Zurich. They also organise trips to opera festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Bayreuth, Bregenz, Munich, the Rossini Festival at Pesaro, Torre del Lago, Salzburg, Savonlinna, Verona and the Wexford Festival Tour.
This family-run business has been creating memorable experiences for opera lovers for over 35 years. Their itineraries include Northern Italy (Turin, Milan, Parma and Bologna), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia), Southern Germany (Stuttgart and Munich), East Germany (Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig), Scandinavia (Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen) and central Europe (Prague, Vienna and Budapest). They also organise trips to opera houses in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia and Finland.
Travel for the Arts organises over 100 tours a year to the greatest opera houses and music festivals of the performing arts world. For opera lovers they offer a variety of tours including Strauss and Wagner in Lyon, Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Berlin, Wiesbaden and Budapest, Verdi’s La Traviata at La Scala in Milan, Verdi’s Don Carlo and Mozart’s Idomeneo in Florence, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Salome by Richard Strauss in Linz and the Riga Festival in Latvia which includes Gounod’s Faust, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Bizet’s Carmen.
Their team of specialists has a wealth of experience in travel, music and the arts and they regularly travel as tour managers to ensure that they keep up-to-date with their destinations.
Travel Department’s opera holidays include flights, transfers, carefully chosen accommodation, city tours or excursions with expert local guides and a night out at a world-famous opera performance. These include Verdi’s Don Carlo in the Staatsoper (State Opera) in Berlin, a night at the Erkel Theatre in Budapest for a performance of Verdi’s Nabucco, a performance of Dvorak’s Rusalka or Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the National Theatre in Prague, a special open air performance of Puccini’s classic opera Tosca in Torre del Lago on the banks of Lake Massaciuccoli and an unforgettable performance of Verdi’s Aida at the Arena di Verona.
Opera Break offers a one-stop shop for opera packages to La Scala in Milan, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the State Opera in Prague, Arena di Verona in Verona, the Staatsopera in Budapest, the Teatro Comunale di Firenze in Florence and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
On the Opera Break website you can choose your own flight, hotel and opera tickets quickly and easily. The prices shown on the website are always the final prices and include all surcharges so there will never be any unpleasant surprises after you book.
Italy has plenty of wonderful venues and settings for opera and the Opera Classics breaks operated by Italian Short Breaks takes in some of the best. From La Fenice in Venice (a beautiful ornate opera house) and La Scala in Milan, known for being synonymous with opera, to the Verona Arena where operas are performed in an ancient Roman amphitheater. For the more intrepid there are stone steps high up in the arena. For everyone else, there is seating with cushions.
The Opera Classics breaks include Verona Opera and the Palio, Operatic Indulgence in Venice, Verona and Milan, La Fenice Opera Venice Weekend Break, Verona Opera and Lake Garda and Puccini Opera Festival Indulgence Break. All of the breaks on offer are perfect for those who love opera, or in the case of Verona, want to combine opera with a beautiful, open-air, historical setting. You can experience your opera break in style with the very best seats in the opera houses, accommodation in 4-star hotels with private airport transfers and private guided tours at some destinations to make your trip even better.
From the Verona to Tallinn, Prague to St Petersburg, Passionate About Opera can open doors to the leading opera houses of the world putting you in the front row, box or balcony. If you are celebrating something special, Passionate About Opera will organise a surprise getaway where they do all the legwork and you take the credit – they’re very good at keeping secrets! They also offer a personal service to help you create your ideal short break or holiday taking in your favourite performances in some of the world’s best locations. Their opera destinations include Bologna, Budapest, Verona, Moscow, Naples, Rome, Salzburg, Tallinn and St Petersburg.
Operas Abroad offer opera breaks to Central and Eastern Europe’s most famous opera houses and spectacular opera festivals in Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary. Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey. Their latest tours include trips to the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth.
If you would like to visit one of Europe’s leading opera houses but prefer to travel independently, Kirker will book tickets for any opera in over 50 classical cities using their network of appointed local ticket agents. Their most popular opera houses include La Fenice Venice, the Staatsoper Vienna, the Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper Berlin, La Scala Milan, Semper Opera Dresden and Arena di Verona.
Opera tours to Europe
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