At a glance
|Duration:||4 nights/5 days|
|Best for:||Well-being, natural World and Opera lovers|
|Staying At:||Option of boutique hotels in Helsinki and Jarvisydan Resort or Hotel Punkaharju|
Set in the grounds of Olavinlinna Castle the summer 2019 programme that features both comic opera and operetta.
The season’s new production is Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, a whirl of a sitcom in which the twists and turns are exploited to the full in the direction by Kari Heiskanen. The Opera Festival Choir will have a magnificent chance to shine in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor in Kerimäki Church.
Two old favourites are back on the programme next year: Verdi’s Rigoletto, an agonisingly tear-jerking classic in which the drama unfolds in some of the world’s best-known arias, and Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, a carefree, thought-provoking story about cultural encounter – a topic that never ages.
By inviting along operas from elsewhere, the Festival allows Savonlinna audiences a chance to appreciate a performance tradition that has continued unbroken ever since the birth of the Verdi operas and operettas galore. La Scala, Milan is bringing to Savonlinna Verdi’s seldom-heard I masnadieri and a gala concert, while even the Castle swifts and swallows will start to dance in the Wiener Volksoper’s production of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.
Also on the programme for 2019 is the Timo Mustakallio Singing Competition renowned for its efficient jury work, once again talent-spotting promising singers for the star charts of the future.
Arrive at Helsinki Vantaa airport and meet your transfer who will take you to your Helsinki hotel and you can spend the rest of the day at your leisure enjoying Helsinki.
Day 2: Option A - Meet your transfer at your hotel who will take you to Helsinki Station
Take the VR Pendolino train from Helsinki to Mikkeli (2hours 30 mins) where you will pick up your hire car and make your way to your chosen hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure. *
Mikelli to Jarvisydan 1 hour 15 mins
Mikelli to Punkaharju 1 hour 45 mins
Option B - Meet you transfer at your hotel who will take you to the car hire centre downtown and make a gentle drive to your Lakeland hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure. *
Helsinki to Jarvisydian 3hrs 42 mins
Helsinki to Pukaharju 4hrs 10 mins
Option C- Meet your transfer at your hotel who will take you to Helsinki Station
Take the VR Intercity train from Helsinki to Savonlinna (4 hours 20 mins) where you will be picked up and taken to Jarvisydan Resort ( 50 mins) and enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure*
*Staying at Jarvisydian you will get complimentary entry to the fantastic spa both days of your stay. The spar is a feat of Finnish handicraft, the walls are real rocks and the roof is from 500-year-old wood from the bottom of the lake. The lake water runs into some of the pools. You experience real Finnish Culture in five different saunas and can also relax with one of the calming beauty treatments (for an extra cost)
Day 3: Daytime at your leisure however we can include some fantastic experiences for today
Take a morning boat trip out on lake Saimaa into the Linnansaari National Park to see if you are lucky enough to see the Saimaa ringed seals (there are only 400 left on the lake)
In the afternoon take a drive to the teahouse of Wehmais, a home from home, the teahouse is a traditional British tea room with a deli and shop. You can enjoy tea from over 100 different varieties. The Ritz in London offers around 14000 afternoon teas per year and the teahouse o Wehmais offers over 12000.
This evening you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Olavinlinna Castle for your evening at the Opera.
You will then be transferred back to your hotel after you have enjoyed the Opera
Day 4: This morning you will be departing your Lakeland accommodation and heading back to Helsinki via the option you arrived.
You will then spend a night at your chosen Helsinki hotel ** or will fly back to the UK
** If you stay in Helsinki-
In the evening we can include a visit to Lonna Island, a tiny island, just 150 m long, is part of the Suomenlinna district, located between Helsinki’s bustling market square and the Suomenlinna fortress island where ships were protected against naval mines in days gone by.
You can relax on the rocky shoreline, visit the museum and then have a 3-course dinner on Lonna’s popular restaurant and waffle bar, with its covered terrace.
Before your dinner you could also visit the public sauna and watch the summer sunset from the rocky shoreline.
Day 5: After breakfast you will be transferred from your Helsinki hotel back to Helsinki Vantaa airport