What Our Travel Clients Say...

Just some of the wonderful feedback we have received from clients......

" I feel very privileged to have participated in a number of Music Lovers Tours with OPERATIF! both overseas and in Australia, and am looking forward to more with wonderful feelings of excitement, pleasure, delight and confidence. As with previous tours there are many 'returnees' the surest indication of satisfaction! Our accommodation is always first rate re location if in a city and ambience if in the countryside. Variety of concerts, music and dinners is first rate and then, there are those extra treats that are so memorable. You have the ability to meld individuals into a convivial group whilst each is free to participate as desired. Many thanks!    Fay T, Sydney. (Many tours))
 
" A big thank you for planning and escorting us on our memorable three week musical Bohemian Tour. We saw such beautiful cities from Salzburg, to Vienna, Prague and Budapest and sat in their stunning theatres. All that we did together, including our musical Danube dinner cruise was wonderful. The lovely central hotels made it easy for us to wander in and out at our leisure and you were both always at our service. We had many unexpected inclusions and the whole tour far exceeded my expectations. This truly was my dream 'Tour of a Lifetime. I, like many other repeat OPERATIF! travellers, look forward to joining you on future Tours. Thank you sincerely.     Margaret B. Stafford (Bohemia Tour)
 
" I so thoroughly enjoyed traveling with you to Italy on our wonderful Viva Verdi tour in October. It was truly the trip of a lifetime for me. Thank you both very much for your careful planning and convivial direction of the trip. It was really a fantastic experience. I have been fortunate to visit Italy five times, but it is a place one never can get enough of. You both made it very delightful indeed! I really enjoyed the focus on the life of Verdi and our visits to so many places of musical significance. Our evenings at the opera were unforgettable.     Christina P., Adelaide. ( Viva Verdi )
 
 
 
" Dear Jennifer & Stewart, what a wonderful 8 days we had in New Zealand. Our time in the Northland was great. The five days on the boat - incredible. What a magnificent vessel with the best crew, terrific meals and glorious views. (I am going to run out of adjectives soon.) What more could you ask for? We loved all the concerts (the morning one was my favourite – a trip down memory lane). We are looking forward so much to our next two tours with you.    
Christine & Bob – Sydney (Musical Cruise Charter NZ)
 
" Superb accommodation, wonderful musical experiences, great dining and wining delights and lots of fun with like-minded guests. A totally delightful experience which I have enjoyed 4 times now and intend to repeat again next year in Bella Italia !!    
June K. Landsborough, (Bohemia tour)
 
" Dear Jennifer and Stewart, a big thank you is not enough for all your care and dedication. I had an unforgettable 3 weeks with you and your nice group of people, also Paolo. What ever we did,Operas,Concerts and Restaurants also Hotels, all 1st Class. The whole Tour far exceeded my expectations. Truly it was a dream. Like others I look forward to joining you again in the near future. Very Happy I did!!!!!! Thank you again, Love you !!!   
Estela G. Double Bay

 
 
 
" Stewart, you had an almost indecent amount of energy while we were away and obviously put in a lot of hard work on this trip. Thank you for last lot of photos you sent. We particularly loved Salzburg ( did not want to leave), Vienna and the Mozart dinner show in Prague. The amazing variety of Operas were wonderful too and as always, the dinners and wine were superb! The fact that you both sang on my birthday was icing on the cake. Travelling with you both is like having a family holiday - catching up with old friends and meeting new. Wishing you all the best with your future trips."      Christine & Bob, Sydney (Bohemia tour)
 
" Dear Jennifer and Stewart, we so enjoyed Viva Verdi this year and all the interesting side visits in addition to the operas. We think often about how well organised the tour was, best seats, nice hotels etc. Warmest wishes,     Rhonda & Duncan C. Sydney (Viva Verdi tour)
 
" What can I say? No more than a sincere THANK YOU to you, for all your inspiration when planning this tour and for all the forward planning that must have taken place to ensure that our tour was the success that it was. The musical programme was varied and most enjoyable, from the formal opera house occasions to the more relaxed evenings when local musicians played during dinner. Your excellent organisation, choice of hotels and the time I enjoyed in the company of ‘kindred spirits’ further added to the memorable and unforgettable experience, one that I will treasure and continue to reflect on and recall."      
Gwenyth K. Victoria, (Bohemia tour)
 
" Thank you both so much for all the very hard work you put into the Opera in Paradise trip. It was a very full and very enjoyable week on Norfolk Island. All the concerts presented such beautiful music – I think we were all transported to a special musical heaven. I was anyway! Stewart, I once requested another Opera in Paradise and you replied that it was a lot of work. I now have much more idea of what you meant with so many of us to accommodate, organise meals and tours for and then present wonderful concerts as well! Your brains must have been working overtime. You both did a great job and it all worked so well. We look forward to seeing you in the future.     Chris D. Northern Beaches, (Opera in Paradise - N. I. tour)
 
 
 
" I have just returned from my 3rd OPERATIF! tour. Each one seems better than the previous. Music is the main focus but there is plenty more on offer as well. Spectacular local tours and visits, well appointed accommodation, delicious meals and wonderful wines all make for memorable trips and events within them. Like-minded people contribute to the shared enjoyment. I always recommend your tours - but you have to experience one to appreciate the quality.     Kezia S, Sydney ( Bohemia tour)
 
" Hi Jennifer and Stewart, I'm still floating down very, very gently and slowly from the northern part of Italy - Milano - where my long-held dream to attend an opera at La Scala was superbly fulfilled! Such a wonderful night being there with friends I'd just met on your magical tour. Thank you both again for a really memorable musical tour, not to mention all those delicious dinners, and special visits we all enjoyed. Most of these places are still in my mind - and I'm sure will be there for a long time.    
Barbara B. Blue Mountains NSW, (Viva Verdi tour)

 
" Hi Jennifer and Stewart, Just to let 'Mr & Mrs Duck' know, the ducklings from the west coast are safely home.Thank you for organising such an enjoyable tour and especially the small details which make your tours stand out from others. I'm looking forward to the details of the proposed Italian Tour in 2019. Much appreciation,   
Clair & Julie, Perth (Opera on the Harbour tour)
 
 
 
 " Dear Jennifer and Stewart, What a FABULOUS experience! Not only a Wonderful opera on Sydney Harbour, but great accommodation, great food, lovely new friends....Oh, and, the Weather!! How did you arrange that??!!!All in all, I couldn't have enjoyed it more, so thanks again ! I hope to be able to join you again in the not-too-distant future. Love to you both,    Bonnie, California, (Opera on the Harbour tour)  ❤️
 
" What an excellent group to travel with and all the organising so well done by you, Stewart and Jennifer. All I have to do is pack my bag and travel along! I've done many tours with you now...Italy and Sicily, Turkey, Samoa and Central Europe, each of them wonderful. Fellow travellers have the common bond of a love of all types of music and culture which we get heaps of. Thank you and see you again soon!     Linda G. Sunshine Coast (Bohemia tour )
 
" Dear Jennifer & Stewart, a HUGE thank you for a wonderful trip to the UK. You are both fabulous people, great organisers and 'protectors' of those in your group. It was a most memorable feast of places and activities and of course, music. I look forward to the next! Regards,     Rose M. Redcliffe (Wales & England tour)
 
 
 
" All of us enjoyed your unique mode of travel & I just wish to thank all five of you amazing artists for your enormous personal effort & skills in putting those memorable concerts together for our enjoyment. You add a magic to a delightful travel experience & I know it’s the detailing that makes it all work. Thanks too for seeing to all our various needs.   
Trish S. Sydney ( Musical Cruise Charter, Bay of Islands)
 
" Dear Jennifer and Stewart, it was a very successful tour and I thank you very much for your great organisation. Andre was as good as ever and it was great to feel the atmosphere he created. The Stamford Plaza was a super hotel, very comfortable rooms and wonderful views over the river. It was a real treat to be looked after so well, with all the lovely choices for breakfast and the super sea food lunch. We would certainly recommend La Vue for a wonderful meal too, the service and food top quality. Full marks for that choice of venue. Many thanks again for a most enjoyable musical tour. Kindest regards 
Fleur, NZ (Andre Rieu in Brisbane)


" I cannot thank you enough for my "Wonderful Trip of a Lifetime". It was so very much more than I had preconceived !! I feel that I have visited so many different countries on our tour around the little island of Sicily...Ancient Rome, Greece, Spain, Arabia and of course Italy. - Margaret, Sunshine Coast ( Southern Passion, Italy & Sicily)


" Dear Jennifer & Stewart, thank you for an interesting and rewarding trip. Your tour itinerary outlined a wide range of places and museums as well as musical, cultural and culinary experiences – and you delivered! As well, we had good hotels, good opera seats and good bus drivers –especially Roberto!  Everyone would have had a highlight. For me the day trip from Parma with your wonderful local guide, visiting Le Roncole, Casa Barezzi, Villa Verdi at Sant' Agata and the Renata Tebaldi Museum was a top-class experience. Your attention to detail was excellent. You even organized good weather. Best wishes for OPERATIF's upcoming tours.    
Peter J. Sydney, (Viva Verdi tour)