Sydney Opera Tour
From $3950.00 per person
Join us on our five day tour to Sydney, where we get to experience the joy and heartache of the world’s most popular opera at Sydney’s best night out watching La Traviata on the Sydney Harbour. We also get to enjoy an evening performance of Carmen held at the Sydney Opera House. While on tour, we’ll explore the sights of Sydney including a drive out to Bondi Beach, a guided tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, a guided behind the scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House, a guided tour of the NSW Art Gallery, and a buffet dinner on Sydney Harbour.
Tuesday 24 March – Saturday 28 March 2020
Day 1 – Tuesday 24 March 2020
HOME CITIES TO SYDNEY (D)
Today you are transferred to Auckland International Airport (other ports on application) for our flight to Sydney. Welcome to Sydney! Radiating from the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, Australia’s largest city stretches from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the foot of the Blue Mountains. On arrival at Sydney Airport, we transfer to Darling Harbour where the rest of the day is free for us to do our own exploring or recover from our flight after checking into our accommodation.
Accommodation: Novotel Darling Square, Sydney – 3 nights
Day 2 Wednesday 25 March 2020
SYDNEY SIGHTSEEING (BD)
Embark on a city sights tour this morning visiting the historical Rocks area, where the First Fleet landed in 1788 to establish Australia’s first European settlement. Your touring also includes a stop for a great photo opportunity at Mrs Macquaries Chair to see spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison and million-dollar mansions. There is much more exploring to do today and your next destination is Bondi Beach. This is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches but there is no time to get in the water as you keep travelling with your guide on board to share stories and point out areas of interest. Back at the Sydney Opera House we take a private, essentials tour allowing us to see behind the scenes of this most recognised building. Still in the heart of Sydney is the Royal Botanic Gardens, where you spend some time looking through Australia’s oldest botanic garden learning about the people and plants that tell the story of Australia’s 200-year history. You head to King Street Wharf this evening to join a Dinner Cruise – the views are stunning as you cruise Sydney’s beautiful harbour.
Day 3 Thursday 26 March 2020
Have you ever wondered how the spectacular sets and magnificent costumes you see on stage are made? This morning we will be visiting the Opera Centre for a guided behind the scenes tour to see the production workshops. Staging an opera involves a thrilling combination of highly talented people from many disciplines – milliners, wig makers, cobblers, costumiers, designers, carpenters, model makers, scenic artists, choreographers, music and language coaches, stagehands, directors, musicians and conductors, not to mention the singers. On completion of our tour, we return to the hotel for some free time. Darling Harbour is right on our doorstep with lots of restaurants, cafes and eateries. Tonight, we will be heading to the Sydney Opera House for the evening performance of Carmen in the Joan Sullivan Theatre. Carmen tells the story of the naive soldier Don Josè who abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts the army when he falls under the alluring gipsy’s spell. When he loses her love to the dashing toreador Escamillo, the scene is set for jealousy and vengeance. Bizet’s seductive melodies and fiery Spanish rhythms conjure a world of desire, defiance and doom, in some of the world’s best-loved music, including the Habanera, Seguidilla, Flower Song and Toreador Song.
DAY 4 Friday 27 March 2020
HISTORY, ABORIGINAL ART AND OPERA (B)
Meeting a specialist guide this morning will be our window into Sydney’s interesting history. We do a short walk around some of Sydney’s most notorious streets that shaped the way the city has established itself. After some time to purchase lunch, we visit the NSW Art Gallery where we have a guide to explain the specifics of the Aboriginal Art displayed at the gallery. Our day is about to get even better as we prepare for the magical Opera performance of La Traviata with the stage on the water of Darling Harbour. Experience the joy and heartache of the world’s most popular opera at Sydney’s best night out. Fireworks light up the sky at every performance. A giant chandelier shimmers over the harbour stage. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is “the ultimate Sydney experience”. This is truly a magical setting and one we will remember as a highlight of our time in Australia.
DAY 5 Saturday 28 March 2020
SYDNEY TO HOME CITIES (B)
We farewell Sydney with the sounds of La Traviata still fresh in our minds! The short transfer this morning will have us at Sydney Airport in plenty of time for our flight back to Auckland to complete our Sydney Opera Tour.