CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF MUSIC WITH 10 DAYS IN EUROPE
Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF MUSIC WITH 10 DAYS IN EUROPE
10 Day/3 Country Opera Tour
April 6 - 15, 2019
Small Group of 26
We Are Proud To Partner With This Foundation
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is a 501c3 Foundation. Their mission is to elevate the human spirit and enhance community through the power of the voice in music.
Through performances across a range of musical genres, they seek to expand the audience for the vocal arts and to discover and develop new vocal talent from around the corner and around the world.
They also seek to be an economic engine for our region, adding to the recreational activities, the fine cuisine, and the alluring shops. They provide the possibility to perform and experience vocal music in the pure mountain air and exceptional natural beauty of the Catskills.
We are proud to be donating a portion of the proceeds to their foundation.
April 6 - Arrival in Zagreb. Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport you will be welcomed to Croatia by your local English-speaking Tour Leader. Private transfer to your hotel where you will be assisted with check-in procedures. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Tonight enjoy dinner in a local restaurant of Zagreb. 3 nights Hotel Accommodation in Zagreb Center. (D)
April 7 - Full Day in Zagreb. Croatia's capital, Zagreb, is the heart of its economic, political and cultural life. This dazzling cosmopolitan city, surrounded by parks and woodland, is located between the Sava River and the slopes of Mount Medvednica. With over a thousand years of tradition, Zagreb is bursting with historical treasures. The main areas of interest are Gornji Grad (Upper Town), and Donji Grad (Lower Town). In the former you will find art galleries, the parliament building and the cathedral, and in the latter; excellent museums, open-air markets, the stunning Croatian National Theatre, trendy boutiques and bustling café culture. Today’s lunch and dinner will be at leisure. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)
April 8 - Varazdin & Trakoscan Castle. Today’s sightseeing takes you to the beautiful old city of Varazdin, in the northern part of Croatia, lying close to its borders with Hungary, Austria and Slovenia. Owing to its charm and fine baroque architecture, Varazdin has been historically dubbed ‘Little Vienna’. The city, whose rich history goes back to the 12th century, was home to the region’s wealthiest nobles, landowners, artisans and artists, especially in the late 1700s, when the city flourished and became the capital of Croatia. Nowadays Varazdin is the administrative, political, economic and cultural center of North Croatia with a population of around 50,000. Accompanied by your private guide, explore this charming city, renowned for its Old Town; the old baroque fortress housing the town museum, the 500-year old City Hall; one of the oldest in Europe, and its cemetery, one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Afterwards continue to the 13th Century Trakoscan Castle, from where you can find stunning views of the nearby lake. The castle boasts original furnishings, a fascinating ethnographic collection and romantic gardens. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant. Enjoy a performance at the Croatian National Theatre: TBD! Tonight’s dinner will be at leisure. (B, L)
April 9 - Transfer to Ljubljana. Head north today into Slovenia, stopping in charming Maribor, the second largest city in the country, surrounded by attractive countryside and vineyards. On arrival, receive a warm welcome from your local guide who will take you on a half-day tour. Walk along pretty streets to the center of the old town, to Maribor’s 15th century castle, where you take in its wonderful Knights’ Hall, baroque chapel and rococo staircase. See the Slovenian National Theatre before sampling the superb local wine at Old Vine, the most celebrated wine cellar in Slovenia. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant in Maribor. Continue to Ljubljana in the afternoon. Today’s dinner will be in a traditional restaurant of Ljubljana. 3 nights Hotel Accommodation in Ljubljana. (B, L, D)
April 10 - Gastronomic Ljubljana. Experience the gastronomic delights of Slovenia during your walking tour of Ljubljana, which has been the capital city of Slovenia for almost 200 years and is characterized by its beautiful Baroque architecture. Visit the Three Bridges area, the cathedral, the PleCnik open market, Prešern Square, Ljubljana Castle and Congress square. Along your tour you will stop in some restaurants, markets and bars to taste Ljubljana’s gourmet gems and your guide will give you an insight about the local cuisine and show you the hidden places of this magical city. The tour will be customized following your taste and dietary preferences. Today’s lunch and dinner will be at leisure. (B)
April 11 - Day Trip to Lake Bled & Bled Castle. Spend the morning visiting Lake Bled and Bled Castle. The Castle stands on a rock approximately 100 meters above the lake with wonderful views of the town, lake and countryside. The castle museum has a large collection of armor and weapons from the 16-18th centuries, your tour also include a boat to St. Mary Island. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant in Bled. Later today travel out to Bohinj, a region which sits in a valley stretching from Soteska to Ukanc. On the south side, it is enclosed by the Lower Bohinj Mountains, and on the north by the Triglav mountain range, which boasts Slovenia’s highest mountain: Mount Triglav (2864 m). Bohinj is divided into the Upper and Lower Bohinj valleys which are home to twenty-four villages. Spend a few hours walking around one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps. During the summer, the pearl of the valley, Lake Bohinj, invites bathers and as with the stunning Sava Bohinjka River, it is also enjoyed by kayakers and fishermen. Tonight you'll enjoy the ballet performance of "Giselle" at the Slovenian National Opera & Ballet Theatre. Today’s dinner will be at leisure. (B, L)
April 12 - Transfer to Trieste w/ stop at the Postojna
Caves. Leave Ljubljana with your private vehicle for Trieste. En route stop at the wonderful Postojna caves. The famous caves of Postojna have been enchanting visitors for over 180 years. An electric train takes you to the core of the 21-kilometre-long system of caverns. Explore one of the most spectacular cave formations in the world with huge stalactites and stalagmites forming extraordinary shapes in massive, cathedral- like caves. Lunch after the visit. After lunch continue your journey to Trieste. 3 nights Hotel Accomodation in Trieste. (B, L)
April 13 - Full Day in Trieste. Once the main seaport of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Trieste is generally considered to be off the beaten tourist track due to its location. During your tour today, witness traces of its modern cosmopolitan history discovering hidden gems along the way. Allow yourself to be captivated by its dramatic history as you enter the heart of the city, Piazza dell’Unita’ d’Italia. Framed by the Palazzo del Comune, which is topped by two Moors who ring the bell in the clock tower, this is one of Italy’s largest squares! Next, continue to the hill of San Giusto, the focal point of the city’s pre-modern history, and named after the patron saint of the city. Here, you can visit the Cattedrale di San Giusto, built on the ruins of a first-century AD Roman structure. Today’s lunch and dinner will be at leisure. Tonight you'll enjoy the opera performance of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste. (B)
April 14 - Full Day Gastronomic tour of Istria. Depart Trieste in the morning by private vehicle with your guide and travel to Grožnjan; on the way you will stop at a cozy winery, whose owner is passionate about producing internationally-awarded fine wines. Visit the wine cellar and get familiar with the technology and the process of wine production prior to a tasting of five different wines accompanied by warm bread, Istrian prosciutto, cheese and olives. Next, you visit the marvelous and mysterious town of Grožnjan, a hilltop town and the artistic heart of Istria, with its narrow streets, stone built houses, lots of flowers, art galleries and ateliers. From Grožnjan continue to the only winery in Istria where wine matures not only in wooden barrels but also in real amphoras! Every wine enthusiast will be delighted with their elegant and sophisticated wines which are presented worldwide. Sample some of these amazing wines accompanied by Istrian prosciutto, sheep’s milk cheese, Istrian bacon, and olives, followed by a local desert wine – momjanski muškat and Istrian sweets. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical Istrian “konoba”, a type of family- owned restaurant offering traditional and local dishes such as homemade pasta, a rare Istrian beef called boškarin, wild asparagus and truffles (payable locally). Finally, enjoy a wine tasting in one of the most famous Croatian wineries that carefully combines. Here, family tradition is complemented by modern technology. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. Farewell dinner in an elegant restaurant of Trieste. (B, L, D)
April 15 - Departure. Today you will be privately transferred to Trieste or Venice airport. (B)
$5,299*/person Double Occupancy
$900 Single Supplement
$1,500/PERSON DEPOSIT DUE BY 9/14/18
Save $250/person when deposited before 9/14!
Pricing Includes: 9 Nights Luxury Hotel, English-speaking Tour Leader, All Transportation & Transfers, Tours & Performances as Listed, Daily Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
Pricing Does NOT Include: Airfare, Gratuities, Meals Not Listed or Travel Protection, which can be purchased separately for an additional cost.
*Pricing is based on small group size of 26 people and today's currency exchange rate.
**Itinerary subject to change until 2019 performance schedule is confirmed!!
9/14/18 - $1,500/person
11/30/18 - Second Payment
1/25/19 - Final Payment Due