• Enjoy two dazzling operatic favourites, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, at Rīga’s beautiful National Opera House
• Delve into Latvia’s mythological and literary heritage with Imants Kalniņš’s I Played, I Danced
• Daytime visits include the Baroque palace of Rundāle, built for the Dukes of Courland in the 18th century, and the beautiful Art Nouveau buildings of Alberta Street
a former ACE Bursary student, who is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depart London Gatwick 0925 on Air Baltic, arriving Rīga 1405. Transfer to Hotel Metropole, Rīga, for five nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by guided walk around Riga's old town: churches of St peter and St John, Town Hall Square, Cathedral, Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. Evening Festival performance: Imants Kalniņš I Played I Danced.
Morning lecture followed by guided walk around Rīga’s old town: churches of St Peter and St John, Town Hall Square, cathedral, Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. Evening festival performance: Imants Kalniņš I Played, I Danced.
Morning canal trip and some free time. Afternoon: Latvian National Museum of Art (the largest and most diverse collection of national art in Latvia). Evening festival performance: Mozart Don Giovanni.
Morning lecture followed by guided walk to Alberta Street (beautiful Art Nouveau buildings) and Art Nouveau Museum. Afternoon: Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum. Evening festival performance: Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades.
Free morning. Depart Rīga 1550, arriving Gatwick 1640.
8 Jun — 13 Jun 2020
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“An excellent tour, which I much enjoyed” – ACE customer on previous Rīga Opera Festival tour with Nicholas Wearne
FITNESS & PRACTICALITIES
While this tour is not especially strenuous, participants should be prepared for walking across uneven terrain. They should also be comfortable undertaking walking tours of up to two hours and standing in galleries and museums. Some visits may include climbing steps.
Cost of £1895 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £195.
Flight reduction: £200.