Welcome to our Verdi tour
– Information page for clients

Here we will build up a database of extra information pertaining to our tour. About three weeks out from the trip we will send you your ‘pack’ of flight tickets, your name badge, luggage label + our ‘what to pack’ advice

On this page, we will post information about our trip in October. This will include ‘nuts and bolts’ such as flight times as well as suggestions for free time during the tour and little helpful hints. We will of course add to the page more frequently as departure time gets closer. Do Bookmark this address and check from time to time to see if we have added anything new. If we’ve added some important information, we will alert you. About three weeks out from the trip we will send you your ‘pack’ containing your flight e-tickets, name badge, luggage label, the full day-to-day tour itinerary and our ‘what to pack’ advice.

* For general tips on Italy & European travel CLICK HERE


ex Brisbane :    EK435 departs at 9.00pm ( arrives 5.10am on the next day)

ex Sydney :      EK415 departs at 9.10pm ( arrives 5.40am on the next day)

ex Melbourne : EK407 departs at 9.15pm ( arrives 5.15am on the next day )

ex Adelaide :   EK 441 departs at 9.50pm ( arrives 5.30am on the next day

( some of you are travelling to Dubai ahead of the group, but you have your flight times )                                                     


All of our flights arrive in Dubai within about 30 minutes of each other. We will be meeting at the Brisbane flight’s luggage carousel once you have gone through immigration/passport control etc. Look out for other people with Music Lovers Tours badges and try to ‘clump’ as you come off your flight. Dubai is a big airport but mostly well-signposted ! There are assistants here and there if you need help too. We will walk out of the Customs area together, meet our coach and travel together to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel you will be free to go straight to breakfast, have a shower or a nap or all three. We meet to go for a late lunch at 1.30pm.


October –    EK 93 – Dubai to Bologna @ 9.30am ( arr 1.50pm )  ## (see below)

October – EK136 – Venice to Dubai   @ 3.50pm ( arr 11.35pm )   On arrival, we walk together to the Dubai Airport Hotel, inside the terminal. Our main luggage will have been through-checked all the way from Venice to Australia, so you will only have hand luggage with you.

October – Dubai to Australia :

Brisbane flight EK434 @ 10.35am ( arr 06.25am on 24th October )

Sydney flight   EK412 @ 10.15am ( arr 06.05am on 24th October ) 

Melbourne Flight EK406 @ 10.05am ( arr 05.25am on 24th October)

Travellers to Adelaide will choose  A/ Flying straight home after a 2.5 hour transit in Dubai or

                                                        B/ Staying over at the airport hotel, flying on the Melbourne flight next morning and continuing home to Adelaide on a Qantas domestic flight. ( this is what have chosen in the past )

## Some people are meeting us in Bologna or Reggio Emilia either at the Reggio Emilia hotel or at Bologna airport. If you are meeting us at the airport, you must have a working mobile phone that is turned on and you must be at Arrivals in plenty of time to meet us off the flight. It is hard to miss us but you will have Stewart’s mobile number if you need to make contact. If you are delayed getting to Bologna Airport, you will need to take a taxi or train to Reggio Emilia and meet us there. If you are meeting us at the hotel, we should arrive around 5pm, so please arrive around this time ( or later ) and find us as Stewart needs to do the Group check-in with his credit card guarantee and passport registration etc.

BUSINESS CLASS : If you have booked business class, then Stewart will do all of your bookings for the Emirates cars to collect you from home and take you home at the end of the tour. Stewart has sent you a confirmation, so please check this, including the pickup address for your departure. For this trip, we have also booked your Emirates car for the transfer to the hotel in Dubai as well as the departure back to the airport the next morning.

AIRLINE RULES FOR CERTAIN ITEMS : CLICK HERE to read about what you can and can’t take in the cabin with you ( and check thoroughly when packing )


We are expecting the Verdi Festival programme some time soon In the past we have been able to offer an extra optional opera in the Festival. We will advise as soon as we know.

WHAT IS WHAT’S APP ? – This is an App that you can download to your smartphone if you have one. Just search for WhatsApp. The App is widely used in Europe for communicating as it uses the internet rather than expensive phone providers. (Internet will be free at our hotels.) It is also a great way for us to contact all of you while we are on the trip ( e.g. if we want to delay a departure time the next morning. ) If you are already on WhatsApp or would like to be, send us an email with your mobile number and we will make a note of it or send you an invitation to join our WhatsApp group.   


— Buon giorno ( hello ) – pron = Bwon jawr-noh — Buona sera ( Good evening ) – pron = Bwona seh-ra — Buona notte ( Good night ) – pron = Bwona not-teh ( note the 2 x Ts )

Italian 101 – For a few basic words to enhance your ‘Italian experience’ ( created by Stewart )  CLICK HERE. 

START ON ITALIAN : If you’d like to do a little more, try the BBC Italian website — You’ll find useful little phrases, information and audio to download CLICK HERE

MORE TIPS : Museums and Restaurants  ( gathered from our own experiences )