Packages combine city visits, shows

NEW YORK -- A number of packages are available combining performances at the Savonlinna Opera Festival with visits to Helsinki, Finland, or St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • EuroCruises is offering an Opera Cruise July 7 to 14, featuring two nights in the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, a four-night cruise on an 80-passenger ship and two performances at Savonlinna, "Faust" and "The Magic Flute."
  • Included are roundtrip air fare, meals on board, breakfasts, taxes in St. Petersburg and all transfers. Prices start at $3,165, double.

    Phone: (800) 688-3876

  • Finnair is adding connecting flights between Savonlinna and St. Petersburg through Lappeenranta, Finland, so culture lovers can get from one city to the other in under two hours. A visit to Helsinki can be arranged for the beginning or end of the package. Cultural tours of the cities also are available.
  • The airline is working in cooperation with Dailey-Thorp Travel and Norvista, which can arrange opera and tour packages around the flights.

    Dailey-Thorp Travel
    Phone: (800) 998-4677

    (800) 950-4768

  • Norvista has a four-night Savonlinna Opera Festival package available. Included are three nights in Helsinki, a city tour, one night in Savonlinna, tickets to one performance, daily breakfast and roundtrip air fare.
  • Prices start at $1,399 per person, double. Group rates are available.

    Phone: (800) 526-4927

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