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OPERA TOUR TO ITALY (article first published : 2002-04-20)

If opera, Italy, architecture, history and shopping are your passions, then contact Rennies Travel Direct on 086 110-0155 and secure your place on Chris Meintjes’ 10-day Italian operatic celebration, leaving from Johannesburg International Airport on July 17.

Take in Milano, Montecatini, Lucca, Torre del Lago, Firenze, Mantova, Verona and Venice and each fascinating element of these romantic cities, as Chris imparts his wealth of knowledge. Share the wonders of Italy, its opera, culture and greatest landmarks and sites - be they historical or of a retail nature!

From La Scala, one of the world’s most well-known opera houses and the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, which houses memorabilia of the opera world. To a full-day excursion of majestic Florence and the Roman ruins of Verona, to the waterways of Venice or a healing, restorative spa bath at the world famous Montecatini Terme - this trip promises to satisfy all your senses.

Your operatic feast begins with the staging of Otello at the Teatro degli Arciboldi in Milan, followed by a performance of Turandot at the Torre del Lago where the Puccini festival will take place. In Verona you will be treated to two of Italian opera's undisputed favourites, Aida directed by Franco Zeffirelli and conducted by Daniel Oren, and Il Trovatore in the Arena di Verona.

Kathy Harris, Travel Services Director of Rennies Travel comments: “Rennies Travel is exceptionally proud to be associated with a tour of this unique nature and high calibre. Chris and his opera tour are back by popular demand, so if you didn’t make it last time, don’t miss out again. We have also included some great value added items in this tour, which really set it apart and make it worthwhile."

This tour is all about quality, offering excellent 4-star accommodation, show tickets and extremely good seating for all four shows, guided tours, travel insurance, meals and flights and a chance to indulge yourself.

The cost of the tour is R28,539 per person sharing and includes value-added extras such as porterage, admission and booking fee to The Last Supper in Milano, and Premier Club Lounge access. The price of the package, however, is subject to currency fluctuations and/or airfare increases, until full and final payment is received.

Those interested in celebrating the wonder of Italy and opera through Chris Meintjes’ tour should contact Rennies Travel Direct on 086 110-0155 as soon as possible as space is limited.




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