November 2018


  • DBS18 Old_Government_House_Parramatta
  • dbs18 doyles watsons bay
  • DBS18 Barenboim

An artistic extravaganza in Sydney

They will be performing the four Brahms’ Symphonies, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Eroica, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 Unfinished in three consecutive evening concerts in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

To make it even more of an event, we are adding two other Opera House performances; The final night of the Australian Ballet’s new production of Spartacus set to the music of Aram Khachaturian, and Patrick White’s early play, A Cheery Soul, produced by the Sydney Theatre Company, making five special evening performances.

You will be able to walk to the Opera House from your hotel, the beautifully restored Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, the former Fairfax newspaper headquarters and the Bank of NSW, our own Italianate version of New York’s Flat Iron Building. This will be your base for the duration of the tour, and if you should find the walk around to the Opera House difficult, we will organize a taxi for you.

Additionally, we will be including a pre-breakfast back-stage tour at The Opera House, a cruise on Sydney Harbour, another up the river to Parramatta, and a visit to the Art Gallery of NSW where there will be an exhibition of 65 pieces from the Hermitage Collection of Modern Art. And there still will be plenty of free time to catch up with Sydney friends or visit other places of personal interest.

This is a very special event, so get in early to secure your place. If you live locally, or will be staying with friends in Sydney, we can offer the package without accommodation. First preference will go to those choosing the whole package. This is a time to make an occasion of it and experience living in the heart of Sydney.

YOUR TOUR LEADER: Len Amadio has had a distinguished career in music administration in the ABC and subsequently in senior arts positions in the South Australian Government. He has served on many National Boards and Committees including the Adelaide Festival, Opera Australia, Australian Youth Orchestra and the ABC. He has travelled extensively in Europe, North America and South East Asia, and led 24 previous tours for Alumni Travel including eighteen to Europe. Within Australia he led a highly successful tour to the Adelaide Ring Cycle, and the 2013 and 2016 Opera Australia Melbourne Ring productions. Len commenced our successful series of Epsom House chamber music weekends in Hobart with Seraphim Trio, and has led the last two Coriole Music Festival tours. He continues to promote the performance of good music in Australia wherever he can.



Arrive into Sydney in your own time. When we have the flight plans of all members of the party, we’ll put you in touch with others flying in at a similar time, to create a taxi share.

1900: Meet your fellow tour members in a private welcome dinner at the hotel. The dinner will include beverages. (D)


0615: Meet in the hotel lobby to start on your early morning opera back-stage experience. The group will be divided into two for the tour and then breakfast will be provided at the Opera House.

Free time to explore the city. (Interstate visitors will be given an OPAL card, giving you $20 worth of access to Sydney’s trains, buses and ferries. You can recharge your card if necessary.)

1830: Meet in the Lobby for the walk to the Opera House for your Spartacus performance at 1930. If you want to do your own thing and go privately, you will already have your ticket. Refreshments during the interval.

After the performance, return to your hotel. Let us know if you will need assistance. (B)


Breakfast at the Hotel.
Free day today

1800: Walk to the Opera House for the first of your concerts with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin. Starts at 1900hrs. Brahms’ Symphonies No. 1 and 2. Refreshments included during the Interval. (B,R)


Breakfast at the Hotel. Free morning.

1130: Meet in the hotel lobby. Walk to Circular Quay to take the ferry to Watson’s Bay departing at 1210pm. The journey takes about half an hour with stops along the southern side of the Harbour.

Walk around to Doyles on the Beach Restaurant, where we will enjoy lunch looking out at the view of Sydney Harbour.
After lunch there will be free time. Those who would like to work off the lunch can walk up to The Gap, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the sand-stone cliffs on either side.
Take the ferry back to the city. Free time.

1800: Walk to the Opera House for the second of your concerts with Barenboim concerts. Starts at 1900hrs. Brahms’ Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4. Refreshments included during the Interval. (B,L,R)


Breakfast in the hotel.

0930: Meet in the lobby and then walk to Circular Quay to take your ferry up the Parramatta River, the main river flowing into Sydney Harbour.

In Parramatta, slated to be one of the three mega-cities making up greater Sydney, and now its demographical centre, we will pick up our coach and visit two of the earliest buildings following European settlement in Sydney: Old Government House and Experiment Farm Cottage. Both tell interesting stories about how the European settlers, trying to cope with the scenically beautiful but unproductive harbourside setting of the colony, began to exploit the more fruitful river flats further inland along the Parramatta River.

Lunch at Old Government House.

Return by coach to the city in the early afternoon. Free time.

1800: Walk to the Opera House for the third of your Barenboim concerts. Starts at 1900hrs. Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony Eroica and Schubert’s 8th Symphony Unfinished Refreshments included during the Interval. (B,L,R)


Breakfast in the hotel.

1030: Meet in the lobby and board the coach to the Art Gallery of NSW. If you would like to walk, you will be given a route map.

Meet at the Gallery at 1100. You will be given a guided tour of the Hermitage Modern Art Exhibition, followed by lunch in the cafeteria. Free time to explore the Gallery’s collections.
The coach will leave for the hotel at 1600, or at an agreed time.

1800: Farewell drinks at the hotel.

1900: Walk to the Opera House Drama Theatre, where you will be enjoying Patrick White’s play A Cheery Soul produced by The Sydney Theatre Company, starting at 2000. Refreshments included. (B,L,R)


Breakfast in the hotel.
You will be assisted if necessary to make your own way to the airport for your journey home. We will check who you might be able share a taxi with, because of similar flight departure times. (B)


TOUR PRICES (includes GST):
Land only per person, twin share $3,580.00
Single supplement $1,250.00
Without accommodation, per person $2,465.00

• 6 night’s accommodation twin share, with private facilities at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
• Premium Category seats at 3 Concerts with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Staatskapelle
Berlin in the Concert Hall
• Circle B Reserve category ticket to Spartacus in the Joan Sutherland Theatre
• A Reserve category ticket to A Cheery Soul in the Drama Theatre
• Admission to the Hermitage Modern Art exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Comfortable air- conditioned coach travel,
• Breakfast (B) daily and other meals as indicated in the itinerary: 1 dinner (D), 3 lunches
(L) plus Interval refreshments (R) and Farewell Drinks. Wine and other beverages included
with meals
• Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
• Expert tour leader throughout

• Transportation to and from Sydney and airport transfers. Airfares can be purchased in
addition. Please specify requirements at time of booking or you can check: www.qantas.com
or www.virginblue.com.au
• Travel Insurance
• Meals not listed in itinerary
• Items of personal nature (telephone, laundry, etc.)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the advertised program, circumstances may dictate minor adjustments. If this occurs an appropriate substitute will be made.

I’m Interested…How Do I Book?
Fill in the online Booking Form, read and agree with our Terms & Conditions, select your payment option for your deposit of $450.00 per person to Alumni Travel and Submit. Upon receipt of your Booking Form and deposit, you will receive a confirmation of your place in writing.

The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the tour cost and will be fully refunded if the arrangements can not be confirmed or the tour is cancelled by Alumni Travel. Final payment for the tour needs to be received at least 60 days prior to tour departure. An invoice will be sent to you about a fortnight before the final payment becomes due.

Any cancellation from the tour needs to be done in writing. The cancellation date will be taken from the day your written cancellation is received by Alumni Travel. Because of the tour cancellation charges imposed by our various suppliers, the following cancellation charges apply, per person:

Over 60 days $100.00 – Administration Fee
59 – 40 days 25% of tour cost
39 – 10 days 50% of tour cost
Within 10 days 100% of tour cost

If a difference occurs between these cancellation conditions and those imposed by our suppliers, then the conditions of the supplier shall apply.

There is no refund before or after travel has commenced or for any unused portion of the tour, either in regard to the standard group arrangements or separate independent arrangements.

Any payments by credit card will be subject to a 2% non-refundable Merchant Administration Fees.

At the time of booking and paying your deposit, we recommend that you purchase personal travel insurance. Ensure it is appropriate for your travel arrangements as well as providing for cancellation charges detailed on this page.

If you would like Alumni Travel to assist you with any additional arrangements pre or post tour, please contact our office for assistance at time of booking. All arrangements need to be finalised at least 30 days prior to your departure.

An administration fee of $30.00 per amendment will be charged for any changes made to any reservation within 30 days prior to your departure. Any additional charges imposed by our suppliers will also be payable.

In the event that passenger numbers do not reach the minimum number of tour participants (12, excluding the tour leader) required for the tour, it may be necessary to either surcharge or cancel the tour. If such an event does occur, you will be notified at least 60 days prior to the tour departure.

Tour prices have been calculated on the basis of exchange rates and tariffs at time of print and are subject to change up until final payment has been received. Once final payment is received, no surcharges will apply. Should you decide to cancel your arrangements on the basis of a change in the tour price, normal cancellation charges will apply.

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