May 10 - 26, 2019
17 days
$11,850per person, twin share (land content only). $1,595 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Robert Gay
May 10 - 26, 2019

Tour Leader

Robert Gay$11,850per person, twin share (land content only). $1,595 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
  • Tour Info
  • Itinerary
  • Tour Leader
  • Hotels
  • Inclusions

Overview

Enjoy nine performances at northern Europe’s leading venues, including three at the Bergen International Festival, on this 17-day tour. The performance program, which will be released in May 2018, is complemented by tours of leading galleries, such as Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and The Hague’s Mauritshuis, visits to the historic cities of the Hanseatic League, and the sublime scenery of Norway. Musical history, background talks on performances, contemporary architecture – from the Elbphilharmonie, to Renzo Piano’s Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo and Henning Larsen’s Copenhagen Opera House – and fine dining round out the program.

Enjoy

  • Fine performances in some of northern Europe’s newest venues, including Hamburg’s stunning Elbphilharmonie
  • The Bergen International Festival, Norway’s most significant and dynamic performing arts fair
  • Contemporary architecture and urban rejuvenation powered by the arts: Renzo Piano, Henning Larsen, Herzog & de Meuron
  • The influence of the Scandinavian landscape on the music of this region
  • The 19th century and the quest for national identities
  • Old Masters and modern masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum and Mauritshuis
  • Great cities of the Hanseatic League: Bremen, Lubeck, Hamburg and Bergen

Highlights

Performances

Nine performances of opera, orchestral music and chamber music are included. Details to be announced in May 2018.

Amsterdam

  • Concert by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Opera by the Dutch National Opera

Hamburg

  • Concert at the Elbphilharmonie
  • Opera by the Hamburg State Opera

Copenhagen

  • Opera by the Royal Danish Opera, or a concert by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at the Koncerthuset

Oslo

  • Opera at the Oslo Opera House

Bergen

  • Three performances at the Bergen International Music Festival

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–3 Arrive in Amsterdam, attend performances; visits to the Rijksmuseum, The Hague and Delft.

Days 4–7: Visit Bremen en route to Hamburg, attend performances at the spectacular Elbphilharmonie. Explore the historic centre and harbour of Hamburg and take a day trip to Lubeck.

Days 8–10: Travel to Copenhagen, attend a performance and survey the National Gallery’s remarkable collection.

Days 11–12: In Oslo, admire the Renzo Piano-designed Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Viking Ship Museum. Enjoy opera in the harbourfront opera house.

Days 13–17: Journey by train and boat to Bergen, where the tour concludes with three performances at the Bergen International Festival.

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

Getting There

Emirates and Singapore Airlines have flights into Amsterdam and connecting flights out of Bergen. Contact us for competitive quotes and bookings.

Detailed Itinerary

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming months. Bookings are open for this tour, however if you would like to receive the detailed itinerary booklet once available, please register your interest below and we will send you a copy.

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.

Since 1987, Robert Gay has managed to combine his passion for music and his love of teaching with his enthusiasm for travel. He has visited the great opera houses and concert halls of Europe and America and heard most of the great singers and instrumentalists of the last half-century. Robert was President of the Sydney Schubert Society for eighteen years, and for several years was a guest lecturer for ADFAS.

After gaining a BA, Dip. Ed. from the University of Sydney, Robert trained as a lyric baritone in London and Munich before turning to the field of music education with a position at 2MBS-FM. He has taught music history courses at Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education since 1985. Robert’s musical expertise ranges wide, from baroque to modern. He particular enjoys placing works in their larger contexts – musical, biographical, social and historical.

In the early days, Robert always designed his tours to include a visit behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ – whether it was Berlin, Dresden, Prague or Budapest – thereby providing fascinating insights into a world which has now largely disappeared. His tours, which total nearly 90, have regularly featured the great musical cities of Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Russia, as well as Scandinavia and the United States of America.

“It has been an enormous privilege to have travelled the world for the last 30 years taking groups of music lovers to the great musical and cultural cities of Europe and America,” Robert says. “There is something magical about music – an art form which only truly lives as it is performed – which seems to bind people together so effortlessly and harmoniously.”

“I have always been a great believer in ‘the spirit of place’,” says Robert. “You can read and research and google all you like, but it cannot for a moment match the thrill of standing in the beautiful villa on the shores of Lake Lucerne where Wagner and his beloved Cosima first lived together; or of hearing a service in Bach’s unassuming St Thomas’s church in Leipzig; or seeing a performance in the old Paris Opéra, the auditorium ‘crowned’ by its superb Chagall ceiling celebrating both opera and ballet. Such experiences are treasurable and unforgettable!”

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Hotels

Hotels will be selected principally for their central location, often within walking distance to the museums, galleries and performance venues visited on tour. We generally use a range of 4-star hotels, suitable to group stays, throughout all our tours.

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.

Deposits

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 Academy 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

Academy 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 Academy 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 Academy 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 Academy 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.

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

Fitness rating

Grade 2
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A Grade 2 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:
Frederick Steyn 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
(outside Sydney)
frederick@academytravel.com.au

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