CONTENTS AND COSTS
per person, sharing a double
supplement for single occupancy: $925.00
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select four-star hotels
3 nights at the
3 nights in Stavanger at the Radisson Blu
1 night in Arendal at the Clarion Tyholmen
2 nights in Oslo at the
Overnight Ferry, Commodore Class
Oslo to Copenhagen
3 nights in Copenhagen at the Comfort Hotel, Vesterbro
Breakfast each day
Lunch or dinner on 10 days
Flight (tourist class) from Stockholm to Stavanger
Ground transport by
Tours with expert guides
At least five performances
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You may tentatively reserve space on the tour by submitting the online form, accessed via
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We will send your official reservation form and your place will be guaranteed according to the date we receive that form,
along with your deposit.
if at least 10 opt in
Afternoon departure from Houston, arriving in Stockholm about noon the following day
Morning departure from Copenhagen, arriving in Houston early that same afternoon
Advantages of Group Air
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in group air arrangements,
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Monday August 14: Depart Houston - by far the best itinerary (and pricing) is on KLM (partner with Delta and Air France), with a single change of planes each direction, arriving in Stockholm around noon Tuesday. We are planning to request a group rate as soon as we are allowed to, at the end of September. Please indicate on the reservation form if you are interested in flying with the group.
August 15 - 17: Stockholm, with a performance at the Drottningholm Opera Festival. The Drottningholm Court Theater, located just outside Stockholm, focuses on 18th-century opera, exploring an important work by Haydn, Handel, Gluck or Mozart each summer, with an emphasis on authentic performance practice. Completed in 1766 for the royal court, it has been preserved in its entirety. The original stage machinery allows for quick changes of scenery and includes moving waves, trapdoors, cloud carriages, and wind and thunder machines. The festival was inaugurated in 1946, making it one of the longest running in Europe. In 1991, the Drottningholm Court Theater was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will enjoy a theater tour and picnic supper before the performance.
Of course, we will provide a walking tour of Old Town Stockholm, through its maze of winding medieval alleyways and intimate squares, stopping to admire ancient churches and the Royal Palace. There will also be ample free time for you to explore Stockholm on your own, visit museums or take the optional daytour to Uppsala, Sigtuna, and Skokloster Palace* we will offer.
We will take a short flight to Stavanger on the 18th.
August 18 - 20: Stavanger, situated on the southwestern coast of Norway, is the country's third largest city and one of the oldest communities in Norway, tracing its roots as far back as the 12th Century. It's been a vibrant commercial center for centuries and is well known today as a popular recreation area, boasting several nearby lakes and a mild maritime climate.
We’ll stroll through Gamle Stavanger, Stavanger’s old town, with more than 170 small, mostly whitewashed, wooden houses built at the end of the 18th and early 19th century; as Europe’s best-preserved wooden house settlement, it is protected by a special preservation law. We pass the harbor area with its quaint fish and farmers market to Stavanger Cathedral. Built of stone in the 12th and 13th century, it is one of the few churches in Scandinavia that has kept its original design. We pass shopping streets on our way to Valbergtårnet, the old watch and fire tower, offering great views as well as tempting displays of arts and crafts.
The Fjords of Norway are considered the finest unspoiled travel destinations in the world – and Lysefjorden and Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) may be the most impressive of all. We will take a cruise from Stavanger harbor, sailing through the Lysefjord to view waterfalls, idyllic islands and magnificent scenery – and of course the icing on the cake, Pulpit Rock.
Stavanger provides the perfect environment for one of Norway's top chamber music festivals, which brings world-renowned soloists and new talents together to perform chamber music in fresh, ad hoc ensembles. You'll be able to attend at least two performances and our hotel is close to the main concert venues, making it likely that you will run into performers in nearby cafes and restaurants or just in passing on the streets.
August 21 - 22: Norwegian coast road with an overnight in Arendal. On our way, we make a stop at the picturesque harbor village, Sogndalstrand - the only village in Norway where both the wooden buildings from the 1700s and 1800s and the surrounding cultural landscape are protected. Next we stop in Kristiansand for lunch and, if time permits, a quick tour of Posebyen, the Old Town, with Northern Europe's longest continuous collection of wooden houses. We spend the night in the small harbor town of Arendal, right by the sea and next to Old Town Tyholmen, whose four-story town hall is one of the largest wooden buildings in Norway. The next day, as we continue to Oslo, we visit Risør - an enchanting seaside town with little white painted wooden houses, fishing boats, and endless pine trees - with a lunch break in the Sandefjord/Tønsberg area.
August 22 - 24: Oslo, with performances at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival. A walking tour from the hotel will take us to the Domkirche, City Hall, Parliament, and Akershus Castle, ending up at the Opera House where we'll have a special tour. Designed by Oslo-based architectural firm Snøhetta and costing around €500 million to build, the Opera House, which opened in 2008, has been designed to resemble a glacier. Our visit will include a walk on the roof, which was designed to act as a 'carpet' of sloping angles and flat surfaces. The symbolism obviously works well: locals love to sprawl out across it on sunny days and sunbathe.
We will include a visit to the National Gallery, Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. The gallery's central attractions include Edvard Munch's The Scream and Madonna, among others, along with a fine collection of modern French works (Matisse, Cezanne, Van Gogh). A PhD art historian will guide us through the collection, with a special focus on Norwegian art (Munch, Gude, Astrup, Backer, Werenskiold, Krohg, Dahl etc.)
On the afternoon of the 24th , we will embark on an overnight ferry to Copenhagen. Enjoy the view heading out through the Oslo Fjord from the deck or one of the cafés or bars onboard. Overnight in premium Commodore class cabins, with all the amenities of a fine hotel room.
August 25 - 27: Copenhagen with concerts at the Tivoli Festival. One of Scandinavia’s largest classical music events, the Tivoli Festival hosts many performances over a period of five months, in the fabulous Tivoli Gardens in central Copenhagen. Most concerts have a star-studded line-up with internationally recognized conductors, singers, and
Our city tour will include City Hall Square, Magstraede, Christiansborg Palace, Gammel Strand, Copenhagen Cathedral, Church of the Holy Spirit, Nikolaj Kirke, King’s New Square, and the Amalienborg Palace. We'll also offer an optional all-day excursion to Roskilde to visit its 13th-century cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Viking Ships Museum, and Frederiksborg Palace, the "Dutch Versailles."*
August 28: Return to the United States