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Exclusive Tour for Opera Fans and Art Enthusiasts

"Viva La Mamma" 14 days Opera- and Cultural Tour Cape Town 2012

only on this tour included:
Gaetano Donizetti´s „Viva La Mamma“ in the "Artscape" Cape Town

14th February 2012 – Flight to South Africa

Scheduled nonstop Flight from Frankfurt to Cape Town late evening today. You will arrive on the following morning. Connecting flights from european airports other than mentioned in the specification can be handled on request basis. (-/-/-)

15th February 2012 – Welcome to Cape Town!

After Immigrations and Customs you will be welcomed by your Tour Guide who will accompany and guide you for the following days. Private Transfer from CT International Airport to The Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town, well situated in the historic centre of the city with it’s museums, St. Georges Cathedral and art galleries. Your rooms will be available from 2 pm. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (-/-/-)

16th February 2012 – Exclusive Artscape: Iziko South African National Gallery and Old Town House

After breakfast meet your Tour Guide in the lobby who will take you on a walking tour to parts of Cape Town. Visit the Iziko South African National Gallery, where Curator Hayden Proud will lead us on a private viewing of the many treasures of 18th and 19th Century paintings not normally on show. Walk to the „Iziko Old Town House“ Built in 1755, it is the second oldest surviving building in Cape Town and in 1906 served as it’s first City Hall! Today it houses the „Michaelis Collection“ of old Dutch and Flemish masters, with works by Frans Hals, Willem van Aelst, Jan Steen and many others. Light lunch in the garden of the Iziko Old Town House. Hayden Proud will guide us through this beautiful collection and its intriguing history in Cape Town. Walk back to the Hotel. (F/L/-)

17th February 2012 – Cape of Good Hope (optional programme)

Please join us as part of the optional programme on a tour to Cape Point, where the wonderful nature reserve and the sheer splendour of the views are a sight to behold! En route, we visit the unique South African penguins colony of Boulders rocks and pass through the naval base at Simonstown. On the return, we have booked a restaurant situated right on the rocks at the old fishing village of Kalk Bay where the seafood is mouth watering.

Should you prefer to make your own arrangments today, please feel free to choose this option. (F/-/-)

18th February 2012 – Franschoek

Admire the pittoresque landscape on your way to the old French Hugenot town of Franschoek nestled in the beauty of one of the best wine producing areas in the Western Cape. Ex-opera singer, Shirley Parkfelt welcomes you to the vineyard „La Chataigne“. Shirley’s late husband was a Swedish industrialist and the sole inheritor of a collection of Chinese porcelain, notable 18th century paintings of China and early books. This is a very personal glimpseinto a traditional home with it’s surprising hidden collectionsand is followed by the pure enjoyment of exquisite La Chataigne wines on the verandah. We continue with a traditional Cape wine testing at Solms Delta vinery and have some time wander through the town for a while until we arrive at the„La Motte wine farm“ where a concert featuring a Hungarian woodwind trio is to be held. A finger supper follows with desserts in the La Motte restaurant. Late evening you will have your transfer back to your Hotel in Capte Town. (F/-/-)

19th February 2012 – Opera „Viva La Mamma“ by Gaetano Donizetti

The morning is free at your leisure. Transfer to the „Artscape“ Cape Town in the afternoon. Enjoy a very unique highlight of this exclusive cultural tour: Gaetano Donizetti´s comic Opera „Viva La Mamma“.The bizarre photo of a young man in drag drawing your attention on our header sheets is non other than baritone Siyabulela Ntlale, who sings the lead role of Donna Agata. The production is privately financed and produced by The Richard Wagner Society of South Africa (RWS) and is the fourth opera staged by the Society, which strives to create opportunities and nurture the voices of talented young South African singers. The RWS production of The Flying Dutchman in January 2011 was a sold-out success which was supported by many visitors from overseas, who came especially for the performance. After the performance - which is late afternoon – enjoy superior cuisine at a charming local restaurant. A bus transfer will be supplied from the „Artscape“ to the restaurant and from there back to the Hotel. (F/-/D)

20th February 2012 – Parliament and District Six Museum

Today a short walk brings us to the seat of Parliament situated just 10 minutes from your hotel. First we enjoy the public tour of Parliament and then have the privilege of being guided by the curator through the art collection of Parliament, which consists of many fascinating works on paper and in watercolour as well as oil. We are shown the magnificent 126 metre long Keiskamma Tapestry, which draws it’s inspiration from the historic Bayeux Tapestry and forms a historic record of the different peoples of South Africa, their varied and colourful cultures, wars, rural life and arts. Lunch at a city restaurant, housed in a beautiful building by the architect Herbert Baker and which has a surprise in one of it’s seminar rooms – a life sized vibrant sculpture of Archbishop Desmond Tutu the Nobel Peace Prize winner depicted in a very jovial mood! Fittingly, after seeing this icon of the struggle for freedom, we visit the District 6 Museum which recalls the history of many of the Cape coloured people who once lived in the city area and were forcibly removed during the Apartheid years. Walking back to the Hotel late afternoon. (F/L/-)

21st February 2012 – Contemporary South African Art in Stellenbosch

After breakfast transfer to the university town of Stellenbosch by bus driving through the beautiful landscape of the Cape-Wine-Region. The Rupert Museum is located in the historical district of the university town Stellenbosch. This private tour guides you around the unique private Rupert art collection. On view are over 350 works, that can be regarded as the premier collection of contemporary South African art from the period 1940 to 1970. Enjoy your lunch at a nearby restaurant. Just a short walk away you willl see the Stellenbosch Museum, a fine documentary of the architectural development of Stellenbosch. The museum consits of four different houses each reflecting the lifestyle and interior of four different epochs. Enjoy a wine testing of 4 and 5 star Cape wines at one of the best vineyards in the Stellenbosch Wine district. In a nearby restaurant you have the opportunity to enjoy a casual supper on your own account. Late evening you will return to your Cape Town Hotel. (F/L/-)

22nd February 2012 – Castle of Good Hope, Bokaap qnd exklusive baroque concert

This morning we visit the Castle of Good Hope, home to the William Fehr collection of Dutch ceramics, tableware and silver from the 17 and 18 centuries and treasures brought to South Africa by the Dutch East India Company. We continue late morning to the Bo-kaap district and lunch at a local Cape Malay restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. In the evening we continue towards the mountain and the private home of Willem Kroesbergen, a retired Dutch harpsichord builder, for a concert of baroque music for harpsichord and soprano. Snacks as welll as a glas of wine will be served in the garden with it´s glorious views accross the city. (F/L/-)

23rd February 2012 – Groote Schuur, Rhodes Memorial and Irma Stern Museum

After breakfast coach to Groote Schuur, residence of the Prime Minister of the Cape. Visits are not open to the public and we have secured permits for you to see the stylish Cape manor house and it’s art collection which will be shown by a private guide. At lunchtime we take the coach and wind our way up the mountainside adjacent to the University of Cape Town campus to the Rhodes Memorial. There is ample opportunity for photographs of Devil’s Peak and the vistas across the city below. Lunch will be at the Rhodes Memorial restaurant. In the afternoon we go to a neighbouring suburb to visit the Irma Stern Museum housed in the home of the world famous painter, whose works fetch fortunes at the auction houses of Europe. Irma drew influence from the German expressionists and is known for her vibrant technique and richness of palette. (F/L/-) )

24th February 2012 – Table Mountain (optional programme) and private Recital of the Richard-Wagner-Society of South Africa

During the day you have time free at your leisure until the evening event.

If you have booked the optional programme you will be guided by your tour guide to the most famous sightseeing spot of Cape Town: Relish the breathtaking view of the city from the top of Table Mountain that you will reach by cableway. (weather depending). In the afternoon you will return to the Hotel and complete your optional programme.

Early evening Transfer for a private piano recital and farewell evening at the Richard-Wagner-Society South Africa. Enjoy a piano recital in the home of the President of The Richard Wagner Society South Africa. Afterwards join members for a glas of wine and snacks and enjoy the views of the Sea Point beachfront Evening transfer back to your Hotel. (F/-/-)

25th February 2012 – Kirstenbosch and Opera Gala at the „Artscape“

Spend another day with exceptional sightseeing. Our programme today is to view the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens one of the greatest of all the floral kingdoms in the world.The garden was established in the early 20th Century to preserve the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa such as fynbos and cycads that can be viewed there. Return to your Hotel in the afternoon. Transfer to the „Artscape“ complex early evening to have a snack dinner at the „Artscape“ News Cafe. Thereafter we continue to the „Artscape“ Opera House for a Gala evening with both local and overseas singers accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Transfer back to your Hotel after the performance. (F/-/-)

26th February 2012 – Good bye South Africa!

Today time at your leisure until departure from the Hotel early afternoon. Transfer from the Hotel to CT International Airport early afternoon. Check-In and return flight to Frankfurt or your connecting destination. (F/-/-)

27th February 2012 – Welcome home

Arrival in Frankfurt in the morning and your connecting destination during the day. (-/-/-)

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