The Jewel of the Baltic

Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius is one of jewels of the Baltic but of all the Baltic cities it is perhaps the least known by UK tourists.

Expectations that Soviet style architecture will predominate should be dismissed; the city boasts many fine examples of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical styles and the standards in its hotels is comparable with any western city.

The city is not overwhelmingly big but there is much to see. A good place to start is the main square which is dominated by the gleaming white cathedral and the hill on which stands the Gediminas Tower.

The tower can be reached by a convenient funicular and from the top a great panorama of the town can be seen with its quaint cobbled streets and ancient church spires.

Outside the city is the nearby town of Trakai, the country’s former capital with its beautiful lake which surrounds its impressive medieval castle. Further afield there is the fascinating spa town of Druskininkai. Thanks to the exertions of its indefatigable mayor, the spa resources and hotel accommodation have been developed to the highest standards.

Trakai

Trakai-Castle

Vilnius Opera House

The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet perform to a very high standard and unlike many former communist opera houses which have steadily increased their ticket prices, those in Vilnius are still at bargain levels, as are the prices at the city’s hotels. The company presents works of the standard repertoire with a fairly traditional approach but they also present new operas and ballets by Lithuanian composers and choreographers.

Previously…

On an Operas Abroad visit a wonderful production of Carmen was experienced with a wonderful passionate Carmen and very imaginative staging which included for some scenes removing all the backdrops to create a huge performing space reaching to the back wall of the theatre. This same production is in the programme for 2013-2014.

Another fine production is Halévy’s La Juive (see video below). This production has been in the companies repertoire for many years and it has been instrumental in reviving interest in this formerly neglected work.

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The Packages include

Private airport transfers airport/hotel/airport
Three hotel nights with breakfast
A guided tour of Vilnius (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes the main sights are visited including Vilnius’ University)
A best category ticket for your choice of performance at the opera house.

Package price

For all the above at Hotel Narutis 5* £370 (single room supplement £40 per night)
For all the above at Hotel Amberton 4* £350 (single room supplement £30 per night)

Extra Night

One extra night at Hotel Narutis 5* £75 per person sharing, in a single room £85.
One extra night at Hotel Amberton 4* £45 per person sharing, in a single room £60.

Prices are subject to availability and variation at the time of booking.

Hotel Narutis *****

This is a small, intimate hotel, located in Vilnius’ Old Town. The Gediminas Tower, the Cathedral Area, the Grand Duke’s Palace and the Presidential Palace are all within 600 yards. Its facilities and services include non-smoking rooms, facilities for disabled guests, a lift, safety deposit box, air conditioning, 24 hour front desk, luggage storage, room service, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing service, gift shop, tour desk, two restaurants, bar, breakfast in the room, sauna, spa, wellness centre, massage, hot tub, library, Turkish bath, indoor pool and free WiFi in all areas.

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Hotel Narutis Room 600 x 400

Hotel Amberton ****

The hotel is just across the road from the cathedral and other sights which can are also within easy walking distance are the Grand Duke’s Palace, the Gediminas Tower, the National Museum, the Presidential Palace and Gediminas Avenue, the main shopping area. It has spacious rooms and the facilities include non-smoking rooms, facilities for disabled guests, lift, safety deposit box, allergy-free room, air-conditioning, 24 hour front desk, luggage storage, room service, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing service, gift shop, restaurant, bar and free WiFi in all areas.

Hotel Amberton 600 x 400

Hotel Amberton Room 600 x 400

Important Information

Flights are not included in the price but we will be pleased to book them for you.

There are direct flights to Vilnius with Wizzair from Luton and with Ryan Air for Stansted. From Heathrow there are indirect flights with LOT (via Warsaw) , with Brussels Airlines (via Brussels) and with SAS (via Copenhagen). From Gatwick there are Air Baltic flights (via Riga) and Lufthansa do flights from London City Airport (via Frankfurt).

Operas Abroad will be pleased to arrange a package including visits which as well as Lithuania also feature Latvia and Estonia.

LITHUANIAN NATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET

Fri 18 Sep 2015 MANON-Massenet

Sat 19 Sep 2015 MANON-Massenet

Wed 23 Sep 2015 Ballet LA BAYADÈRE

Thu 24 Sep 2015 ALEXANDER’S FEAST-Handel

Fri 25 Sep 2015 Ballet BOLERO+

Sat 26 Sep 2015 MANON-Massenet

Wed 30 Sep 2015 Ballet CARMEN

Thu 1 Oct 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss

Fri 2 Oct 2015 Ballet COPPÉLIA

Sat 3 Oct 2015 LA TRAVIATA-Verdi

Wed 7 Oct 2015 Ballet BARBORA RADVILAITE

Thu 8 Oct 2015 CORNET-Narbutaite

Fri 9 Oct 2015 Ballet SWAN LAKE

Sat 10 Oct 2015 FIDELIO-Beethoven

Wed 14 Oct 2015 Ballet BOLERO+

Thu 15 Oct 2015 THE MERRY WIDOW-Lehár

Fri 16 Oct 2015 Ballet LA BAYADÈRE

Sat 17 Oct 2015 MANON-Massenet

Wed 21 Oct CARMEN-Bizet

Thu 22 Oct Ballet RED GISELLE

Fri 23 Oct 2015 ALEXANDER’S FEAST-Handel

Sat 24 Oct 2015 Ballet CIURLIONIS

Wed 28 Oct 2015 WIENER BLUT-J. Strauss

Thu 29 Oct 2015 Ballet CARMEN

Fri 30 Oct 2015 EUGENE ONEGIN-Tchaikovsky

Sat 31 Oct 2015 Ballet BARBORA RADVILAITE

Wed 4 Nov 2015 Ballet CARMEN

Fri 6 Nov 2015 Ballet GISELLE

Sat 7 Nov 2015 Ballet BARBORA RADVILAITE

Fri 20 Nov 2015 Ballet EGLE THE QUEEN OF GRASS SNAKES

Sat 21 Nov 2015 Ballet EGLE THE QUEEN OF GRASS SNAKES

Thu 26 Nov 2015 THE FLYING DUTCHMAN-Wagner

Fri 27 Nov 2015 Ballet RED GISELLE

Sat 28 Nov 2015 CORNET-Narbutaite

Sun 29 Nov 2015 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Wed 2 Dec 2015 Ballet COPPÉLIA

Thu 3 Dec 2015 Ballet BOLERO+

Fri 4 Dec 2015 Ballet EGLE THE QUEEN OF GRASS SNAKES

Sun 6 Dec 2015 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Wed 9 Dec 2015 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Thu 10 Dec 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss

Fri 11 Dec 2015 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Sat 12 Dec 2015 LA TRAVIATA-Verdi

Sun 13 Dec 2015 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Thu 17 Dec 2015 Ballet SWAN LAKE

Fri 18 Dec 2015 THE MERRY WIDOW-Lehár

Sat 19 Dec 2015 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Sun 20 Dec 2015 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER at 12.00 & 6.30pm

Wed 23 Dec 2015 WIENER BLUT-J. Strauss

Thu 31 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini

Sat 2 Jan 2016 LA BOHÈME-Puccini

Sun 3 Jan 2016 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Wed 6 Jan 2016 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Thu 7 Jan 2016 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss

Fri 8 Jan 2016 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Sat 9 Jan 2016 ALEXANDER’S FEAST-Handel

Sun 10 Jan 2016 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Wed 13 Jan 2016 Concert MOZART’S REQUIEM

Thu 14 Jan 2016 WIENER BLUT-J. Strauss

Fri 15 Jan 2015 Ballet SWAN LAKE

Sat 16 Jan 2016 LA BOHÈME-Puccini

Sun 17 Jan 2016 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Wed 20 Jan 2016 LA TRAVIATA-Verdi

Thu 21 Jan 2016 Ballet THE BLUE DANUBE

Fri 22 Jan 2016 Ballet THE BLUE DANUBE

Sat 23 Jan 2016 MANON-Massenet

Sun 24 Jan Ballet 2016 THE NUTCRACKER

Thu 28 Jan Ballet 2016 TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Fri 29 Jan 2016 L’ELISIR D’AMORE-Donizetti

Sat 30 Jan 2016 Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Wed 3 Feb 2016 Ballet THE SNOW QUEEN

Thu 4 Feb 2016 Ballet THE SNOW QUEEN

Fri 5 Feb 2016 LA BOHÈME-Puccini

Sat 6 Feb 2016 Ballet CARMEN

Tue 9 Feb 2016 Ballet CARMEN

Fri 12 Feb 2016 Ballet CARMEN

Sat 13 Feb 2016 Ballet LA BAYADÈRE

Sun 14 Feb 2016 L’ELISIRE D’AMORE-Donizetti

Wed 17 Feb Ballet THE NUTCRACKER

Thu 18 Feb 2016 ALEXANDER’S FEAST-Handel

Fri 19 Feb 2016 Ballet GISELLE

Sat 20 Feb 2016 MANON-Massenet

Fri 4 Mar 2016 DON CARLO-Verdi

Sat 5 Mar 2016   DON CARLO-Verdi

Sun 6 Mar 2016 DON CARLO-Verdi

Wed 9 Mar 2016 Ballet SWAN LAKE

Thu 10 Mar 2016 LA BOHÈME-Puccini

Sat 12 Mar 2016 THE MERRY WIDOW-Lehár

Wed 16 Mar 2016 MANON-Massenet

Thu 17 Mar 2016 Ballet BARBORA RADVILAITE

Fri 18 Mar 2016 Ballet BARBORA RADVILAITE

Sat 19 Mar 2016 EUGENE ONEGIN-Tchaikovsky

Wed 23 Mar 2016 Ballet SWAN LAKE

Thu 24 Mar 2016 FIDELIO-Beethoven

Wed 30 Mar DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss

Thu 31 Mar Ballet BOLERO+

Fri 1 Apr 2016 LA BOHÈME-Puccini

Sat 2 Apr 2016 Ballet TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Wed 6 Apr 2016 CARMEN-Bizet

Thu 7 Apr 2016 Ballet THE BLUE DANUBE

Fri 8 Apr 2016 Ballet THE BLUE DANUBE

Sat 9 Apr 2016 Ballet EUGENE ONEGIN-Tchaikovsky

Thu 14 Apr 2016 THE FLYING DUTCHMAN-Wagner

Fri 15 Apr 2016 Ballet CIURLIONIS

Sat 16 Apr 2016 DON CARLO-Verdi

Fri 29 Apr 2016 Ballet DON QUIXOTE

Sat 30 Apr 2016 Ballet DON QUIXOTE

Wed 4 May 2016 Ballet THE BLUE DANUBE

Thu 5 May 2016 Ballet THE BLUE DANUBE

Fri 6 May 2016 DON CARLO-Verdi

Sat 7 May 2016 Ballet CARMEN

Wed 11 May 2016 MANON-Massenet

Thu 12 May 2016 Ballet CIURLIONIS

Fri 13 May 2016 Ballet DON QUIXOTE

Sat 14 May 2016 FIDELIO-Beethoven

Wed 18 May 2016 EGLE THE QUEEN OF GRASS SNAKES

Thu 19 May 2016 ALEXANDER’S FEAST-Handel

Fri 20 May 2016 Ballet SWAN LAKE

Sat 21 May 2016 LA BOHÈME-Puccini

Thu 26 May 2016 Concert THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Conductor Antonio Papano, Violin Soloist Nikolaj Znaider. Beethoven Concerto for violin & Elgar’s Symphony No. 3.

WONDERFUL PLACES TO VISIT

Gate of Dawn 448 x 336

Vilnius Cathedral 448 x 336

Gediminas Tower 448 x 336

Vilnius St-Annes Church 448 x 336

Vilnius Architecture 448 x 336

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