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NORTHERN ITALY
Venice, Milan, Turin
Treat yourself to a Dream Opera Tour to hear Bellini’s opera Norma in Venice at La Fenice and Verdi’s Aida in Milan, where on the occasion of Franco Zeffirelli’s 95th birthday, Teatro alla Scala Production will stage this performance, with its Chorus, Ballet company and orchestra. This is an exceptional tour of this year we are offering you. 
Opera Performances
In Venice:
May 15 – La Traviata by Verdi at Teatro La Fenice
May 16 – Norma by Bellini at Teatro La Fenice, with Mariella Devia

In Milan:
May 18 – Aida by Verdi at Teatro alla Scala 

In Turin:
May 22 – Il Segreto di Susanna by Wolf Ferari and La Voix Humaine by F.Poulenc at Teatro Regio 
Itinerary
  • Sunday, May 13 (D)* DEPART FOR VENICE
    Depart this evening aboard any airline of your choice to Venice, Italy. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
  • Monday, May 14. (B,D). VENICE
    Upon arrival at the Marco Polo International airport in Venice, take a water taxi to the centrally located BAGLIONI HOTEL LUNA where we stay three nights. We will reimburse you the taxi fare. Reception and cocktails at the hotel. Gala Welcome dinner at the hotel. 
  • Tuesday, May 15. (B). VENICE
    Morning sightseeing of this fascinating city between the sea and the sky are the Basilica of St. Marks, the Doges Palace, Rialto Bridge and St. Mary of Salvation church. Afternoon free. This evening we will see the opera La Traviata by Verdi at the Teatro La Fenice. 

    Venice built on 117 islands has 15 canals and 400 bridges. The famous gondolas have been traditional means of transport for centuries. Venice has a reputation for intrigue, politics and arts. Its school of paintings exemplified by Bellini, Lotto, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto and Canaletto later influenced the impressionists. Among its musicians was Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1743).
  • Wednesday, May 16. (B). VENICE
    Today is free to shop or take a water bus to see the fine collection of paintings in the Accademia, the Guggenheim and Santa Maria della Salute church. This evening we will see the opera Norma by Bellini at the Teatro La Fenice, with Mariella Devia. 
  • Thursday, May 17. (B,D). PADUA – MILAN
    This morning we will drive west, first to stop in Padua to see the Scrovegni Chapel with its most beautiful early 14th century fresco by Giotto and his team showing the lives of Christ and of the Virgin. Afternoon arrival in Milan where we stay three nights at the centrally located Hotel de la Ville. Dinner at a gourmet restaurant. 
  • Friday, May 18. (B). MILAN
    Morning sightseeing of this dynamic city. Among the sights to see is the beautiful Duomo, the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral and the third largest Catholic Church in the world – after the Vatican and the one in Seville. Afternoon free to take in the Pinacoteca di Brera or any of the other museums in the city. This evening we will see an opera Aida by Verdi at La Scala opera house, to celebrate Franco Zefferilli’s 95th birthday. 

    MILAN is just not very Italian. All the Milanese do is work to make money and they refuse to indulge in the myth of la-dolce-vita. The city has its origin from Celtic settlements, which were subdued by the Romans in 222 B.C. In 312 A.D., Emperor Constantine published the Edict of Milan making Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. On Christmas day, 800 AD, Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as the Holy Roman Emperor in the Cathedral of Milan. To the Milanese people, all that is just history.
  • Saturday, May 19. (B). MILAN
    This morning we will visit the Villa Resposa which Verdi funded and had it built for retired musicians and singers to live free for the rest of their lives. Afternoon free. 
  • Sunday, May 20. (B). ALBA - TURIN
    Today we drive west to stop first in ALBA to visit one of the wine museums in the famous Piedmont region where the "King of Italian reds", Barolo, and the fragrant Nebbiolo come from. Lunch en route. This afternoon we continue our drive west to arrive in Turin where we stay three nights at the centrally located GRAND HOTEL SITEA.
  • Monday, May 21. (B,D). TURIN
    Morning sightseeing of this elegant and prosperous city begins with a drive along the wide Via Roma Avenue from Piazza San Carlo, exhibiting a graceful example of city layout planning of the 17th Century, with the churches of San Carlo and Santa Christina symmetrically placed on the south end and the Cathedral placed at the north end. We will visit the Cathedral San Giovanni, where behind the high alter is the Chapel of the much-contested Holy Shroud. Gala Farewell dinner at a gourmet restaurant. 

    Turin is to Italy what Detroit is to the U.S.A. It is here that the Italian motor industry, represented by Fiat and Lancia, was born. The textile and leather industries are also highly developed here. Yet, the city center is lined with arcades, beneath which are attractive shops selling highly reputed articles made in Turin itself. The wines of the Piedmont are nearby and with the famous vermouths of Martini and Cinzano, accompanied by the good cooking of the region, give its people a certain sense of being connoisseurs.
  • Tuesday, May 22. (B). TURIN
    Today is free to take in any of the many fine museums in the city, the Egyptian Museum or the Museum of Automobiles. This evening we will see two operas at Teatro Regio di Torino, Il Segrato di Susana by Wolf -Ferari and La Voix Humaine by F. Poulenc. 
  • Wednesday, May 23. (B). TURIN – BACK HOME
    We provide transport to the Turin International airport for you to take your flight back home arriving the same afternoon. Arrividerci See you on another H.A.T. Tours.
LAND COST
Double: $6,950 per person
Single Supplement: $1,250
Deposit: $2,000 per person
Balance due: February 13, 2018
TOUR INCLUDES
  • 1st Category orchestra level seats in theaters
  • Deluxe centrally located hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily, 3 dinners with wine in gourmet restaurants and one lunch 
  • Welcome reception with cocktails
  • Private sightseeing in each city
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Intercity coach services
  • Transportation to and from theaters
  • Baggage handling
  • Guide, driver and bellboys gratuities
  • Complete package with details of all operas listed
  • Transfer between airports and hotels on published arrival and departure days only
AIRFARE
Air fare is not included. Please make sure that your airline ticket reads from home to Venice and from Turin back home. We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. H.A.T. Tours does not accept liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with this tour. 
INSURANCE
Trip cancellation is highly recommended. We can arrange it for you. Some policies wave pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 15 days of receiving the deposit.
VISA
American, Canadian, and Australian passport holders travelling to Schengen Area countries must hold a passport valid for at least 90 days beyond the duration of the stay in those countries, with at least two blank pages. The Schengen area includes 26 European countries, who abolished passport and other border control between their common borders. Most, but not all, are members of the European Union. Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are Schengen Area countries although they are not EU members. 
In general, it is recommended that your passport should be valid for six months beyond the dates of travel.
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Clients Comments:

The 2017 Vienna Ring Cycle tour which also included operas in Budapest and Bratislava was an outstanding experience from overture to applause. Everything from the choice of first class hotels to the inclusion of prime orchestra seats was handled with exceptional professionalism. Nothing was too much trouble to Swati and Alistair, and their incredible personal attention to details left little to chance. This was my first tour of any kind and frankly had never been interested in joining a tour group. But, when I discovered that the maximum group size was 15, I look a leap of faith and booked. As it transpired, there were only 2 of us and I feared that perhaps the tour would be canceled, but HAT Opera Tours do not cancel. We enjoyed the same if not higher level of extraordinary and personal service that a larger group might have received. This tour was a retirement gift to myself. Though I have no performing musical talent, I have been passionate about opera since a small child listening to my father’s records. I am currently serving as the President of Greensboro Opera, a professional regional opera company in North Carolina. I chose this particular tour because of a love of Wagner’s Ring Cycle having seen live performances at Covent Garden, the Met and in San Francisco, plus several video productions. The clincher for me was the promise of prime seats that I knew I could not book myself. Added to that, having all of the logistics of hotel selection, transportation between cities, guided tours, taxis etc. taken care of, made choosing HAT Opera Tours a no brainer. HAT Opera Tours has the advantage of over 35 years of experience specializing in opera tours. They have built up extensive contacts with superior English speaking guides and have established relationships with first class hotels and opera houses. They know their stuff and they deliver the goods! I can not wait to take my next HAT Opera Tour!

Janet Hendley, USA
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