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Finland: Savonlinna Opera

Finland: Savonlinna Opera

Finland: Savonlinna Opera Overview

We experience the magic of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Verdi's La Traviata performed in a Finnish mediaeval castle set in a lake, travel through silver birch forest for chamber music concerts at Kuhmo on the Russian border and enjoy exploring the attractive capital Helsinki on a guided tour running 19 - 26 July 2020.

The midsummer Opera Festival at Savonlinna in Finland is internationally famed, not just for the calibre of the performances, but also for its magical setting in a mediaeval castle rising dramatically out of the lake. Further north, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival attracts artists and audiences from all over the world. It has consistently been ranked amongst the world’s top music festivals.

Our visit features forest walks and boat trips to explore this idyllic region of silver birch forest and tranquil lakes, 3 chamber music concerts, plus 2 opera performances.

In Kuhmo, we encounter the vast forests of the archetypal Finnish landscape and between Savonlinna and Helsinki we travel along the old King’s Road, where the brightly painted wooden houses reflect both Swedish and Russian architectural influences.

We finish the trip in Finland’s lively and attractive capital, Helsinki. In summer, the city enjoys long hours of sunshine, pavement cafés flourish and impromptu art shows and street theatre entertain passers-by. We wander the wide, tree-lined avenues admiring the beautifully preserved Art Nouveau facades, Alvar Aalto’s contemporary architectural masterpieces and the fine Neo-Classical buildings which line the busy quaysides. During the week, we sample Finland’s summer specialities such as reindeer, fish from the lakes, wild forest mushrooms and tangy Arctic cloudberries.
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Finland: Savonlinna Opera by Samson, 10 Aug 2019
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Good music, good opera, good food, wonderful lakes-and-forest scenery read more

Finland: Savonlinna Opera by Beep, 31 Jul 2019
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The tour covered a lot of distance in a very beautiful part of Finland. Hotels and particularly choice of restaurants were ... read more

Finland: Savonlinna Opera by Consigliere, 29 Jul 2019
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A great combination of music festivals and the natural beauty of Karelia in summer ! read more

Finland: Savonlinna Opera by Doug, 27 Aug 2018
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Terrific tour in every way. read more

Finland: Savonlinna Opera by KaTy, 25 Jul 2017
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A tour of Finland with wonderful walks, music,food and wine.. Best tour I have ever been on. read more

Finland: Savonlinna Opera by music and lakes lover, 27 Jul 2016
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This was an exceptionally well-organised, all-inclusive week, relaxed and fun but with memorable music events (Kuhmo chamber ... read more

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Finland: Savonlinna Opera by Samson, 10 Aug 2019
Traveller rating:

Good music, good opera, good food, wonderful lakes-and-forest scenery read more

Finland: Savonlinna Opera by Beep, 31 Jul 2019
Traveller rating:

The tour covered a lot of distance in a very beautiful part of Finland. Hotels and particularly choice of restaurants were ... read more