World-famous composers, magnificent opera houses and sumptuous voices – the music world is truly at home in Italy and Spain. Our exclusive package for fans of classical music and opera offers you the opportunity to enjoy exceptional moments of music between Sicily and Valencia. Here is an outline of our provisional itinerary:
31 Oct. Palermo
The city began as a Phoenician settlement, which was later conquered by the Greeks and then by the Romans. It still bears traces of the Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Hohenstaufens, all of whom together created a unique combination of cultures. The various cultures also left their mark on the music world. The Teatro Massimo in Palermo is the largest opera house in Italy. With its magnificent facade with six Corinthian columns and a large dome, which spans the opera hall and its 1300 seats, it is one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe. In the evening, you can go to the opera or alternatively you will enjoy an exclusive, private concert. 05 Nov. Valencia Valencia is no longer a hidden treasure. Since holding the America’s Cup in 2007, or perhaps even before, the city’s previously undiscovered beauty has seen an incredible development.
The opera house is located in Classical moments between Sicily and Spain – an expertly composed programme for music lovers. the “City of Arts and Sciences”, a new part of Valencia that boasts extravagant architecture. With its splendid architecture and comprehensive technology, the “Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia” is one of the world’s most important centres for theatre, opera and music. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, a well-known architect who was himself originally from the city of Valencia. In the evening, you can go to the opera or alternatively you will enjoy an exclusive, private concert. As the 2017 opera programme has not yet been fixed, the details of the programme and the costs involved will be provided at a later date. A special guest on board: • A music expert who will deliver presentations about the music world, filled with well-founded and fascinating facts. • A musician who will give two additional concerts on board.
A taste of Sicily, the most famous of the Balearic islands and a Spanish metropole: Malta – Valencia Syracuse: UNESCO World Heritage Site Cicero once described Syracuse as “the greatest and most beautiful of the Greek cities”. Up to a million people – three times the population of mighty Athens – are claimed to have lived there in antiquity. This city on the small island of Ortigia was later conquered first by the Romans, then by Arabs, Byzantines and Normans. They have left behind a unique architectural heritage: The UNESCO declared Syracuse a World Heritage Site in 2005 due to its archaeological importance.
The small volcanic island of Lipari Lipari is part of the Aeolian Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In some places, the island’s volcanic rock formations seem to resemble sculptures, and its cultural history stretches back 7,000 years. The tiny harbours are the place to come to if you want to absorb the infectious southern Italian lifestyle. Bathed in gold: the Cappella Palatina and its mosaics At the highest point of the medieval town centre in Palermo lies a castle whose roots can be traced back to the Normans.
From the outside this building seems imposing and spellbinding, but its interior charm is truly breathtaking – especially the “Cappella Palatina” and its design with Arab, Byzantine and Norman influences. Stained glass and gold mosaics on the walls, a wooden ceiling richly adorned with Arab ornaments, and an artistic marble floor are what give this former Palazzo Reale Chapel Royal its dream-like fairytale atmosphere. A lecturer accompanies the trip Knowledge, entertainment and facts – our expert is on hand to give you talks on a wide variety of specialist subjects.