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
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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.

Vinius Opera House 600 x 400
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* £350 (single room supplement £40 per night)
For all the above at Hotel Amberton 4* £330 (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 2014

All performances will start at 6.30pm unless shown otherwise.

FEBRUARY 2014

Fri 21. CORNET-Onute Narbulaite
Sat 22. CORNET-Onute Narbulaite
Wed 26. LE NOZZE DI FIGARO-Mozart
Thu 27. LE NOZZE DI FIGARO-Mozart
Fri 28. Ballet. GISELLE

MARCH 2014

Sat 1. OTELLO-Verdi
Sun 2. Ballet. LA BAYADÈRE
Thu 6. LOHENGRIN-Wagner 6pm
Fri 7. Ballet. COPPÉLIA
Sat 8. EUGENE ONEGIN-Tchaikovsky
Wed 12. Ballet. CURLIONIS
Thu 13. LA TRAVIATA-Verdi
Fri 14. Ballet. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Sat 15. THE MERRY WIDOW-Lehár
Wed 19. CARMEN-Bizet
Thu 20. Ballet. RED GISELLE
Fri 21. WIENER BLUT-J. Strauss
Sat 22. Ballet. LA BAYADÈRE
Wed 26. ERNANI-Verdi
Fri 28. Ballet. TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (music Wagner)
Sat 29. CORNET-Onute Narbulaite
Sun 30. Ballet. BARBORA RADVILAITE 6pm
Mon 31. Concert WDR Rundfunkorchester. Conuctor-Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Pianist-Anna Vinnitskaya. Rachmaninov. Pagannini Variations and Brahms. Symphony No. 2 6pm

APRIL 2014

Tue 1. Ballet. BARBORA RADVILAITE
Fri 11. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE-Rossini
Sat 12. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE-Rossini
Sun 13. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE-Rossini 6pm
Wed 15. Ballet. COPPÉLIA
Thu 16. Ballet. TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (music Wagner)
Fri 17. OTELLO-Verdi
Tue 22. L’ELISIR D’AMORE-Donizetti
Wed 23. Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Sat 26. Ballet. BARBORA RADVILAITE
Wed 30. ERNANI-Verdi

MAY 2014

Fri 2. ERNANI-Verdi
Sat 3. Ballet. CURLIONIS
Tue 6. LA TRAVIATA-Verdi
Fri 16. Ballet. THE SNOW QUEEN (music Prokofiev)
Sat 17. Ballet. THE SNOW QUEEN (music Prokofiev)
Sun 18. Ballet. THE SNOW QUEEN (music Prokofiev) 12 noon
Wed 21. LOHENGRIN-Wagner 6pm
Thu 22. Ballet. TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (music Wagner)
Fri 23. Ballet. ANNA KARENINA (music Tchaikovsky)
Sat 24. Concert. The London Symphony Orchestra. Violin soloist-Leonidas Kavatos and Conductor-Daniel Harding. Programme TBA 6pm
Sun 25. DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss 6pm
Wed 28. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE-Rossini

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 at Night 448 x 336
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