Adelaide Festival 2018


Join us next March for the 2018 Adelaide Festival, featuring the Australian premiere of the new international opera sensation Hamlet, fresh from its premiere in Glyndebourne, along with a wealth of theatre and music performances by celebrated Australian and international artists.

In the company of ABC broadcaster Mairi Nicolson, attend eight Festival performances, including Robert Lepage’s The Far Side of the Moon, and Kings of War by Dutch theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Enjoy intimate chamber music programmes at UKARIA, the purpose-built music hall nestled amongst the Adelaide Hills, for performances by the Australian String Quartet, the Tinalley Quartet, soprano Taryn Fiebig, and other leading musicians.

Alongside the Festival, choose from a selection of optional tours in and around Adelaide, including the David Roche Museum, Carrick Hill and Magill Estate Penfolds winery.

Arrive in Adelaide and make your way to your hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other arrangements.

In the afternoon, join Mairi and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing and cocktail reception in the Ballroom at The Playford Hotel. Afterwards, attend Australian composer Brett Dean’s opera Hamlet, conducted by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Nicholas Carter and directed by Festival co-director Neil Armfield. With performances in Australia exclusive to Adelaide following its 2017 premiere at the UK’s Glyndebourne Festival, Shakespeare’s arguably most famous play is reconfigured into libretto and music that mirrors both the Bard’s murky narrative and the perpetual opera themes of life, death, love and betrayal.


After breakfast, attend a talk by Mairi on the next couple of days’ performances. In the afternoon, head to Her Majesty’s Theatre for Robert Lepage’s The Far Side of the Moon, an inventive solo theatre piece that has been performed in over 45 cities worldwide.

This evening, depart for the Adelaide Town Hall for a recital by Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter performing works by Brahms and Mahler.


Enjoy a morning at leisure or choose one of three optional tours (additional cost) in and around Adelaide city. The three optional tours include the Magill Estate Penfolds, the twentieth century period home of Carrick Hill and the David Roche Museum. See next page for further details and prices.

In the evening, return to the Adelaide Town Hall for a concert by clarinettist Sabine Meyer with the Alliage Quintett. A dynamic coupling of clarinet with saxophone quartet plus piano, the ensemble performs arrangements of orchestral works, including Stravinksy’s The Firebird, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and ‘Venus’ from Holst’s The Planets.


After breakfast, attend a pre-performance talk by Mairi. The rest of the morning is at leisure.

In the afternoon, travel to the UKARIA Cultural Centre, located in Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills. After dinner, attend an evening concert with works by Bach, Pärt, Lior and Nigel Westlake, performed by the internationally acclaimed Tinalley String Quartet, soprano Taryn Fiebig, and other guest artists.


Today, travel to UKARIA for a full day of music amidst hills and valleys, with a morning performance of works by Elgar, Brett Dean and English Renaissance composer, John Dowland, and featuring the Australian String Quartet and soprano Taryn Fiebig.

After lunch, enjoy a performance in the same splendid setting for a programme including Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata 7 and Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, with pianist Daniel de Borah. The concert ends with Richard Strauss’ tragic toned Metamorphosen, with the ASQ joined by Simon Cobcroft, cello, Imants Larsen, viola and Stephen Newton, bass. Return to Adelaide in the early evening.


This morning, enjoy a morning at leisure, with a suggestion of a guided walking tour of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Enjoy a special farewell lunch with Mairi and fellow travellers at Adelaide’s famous Jolley’s Boathouse on the Torrens River.

In the evening, head to the Festival Theatre for a performance of Kings of War by Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Labelled an epic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III into one explosive production, the focus on leadership in times of conflict draws parallels between England’s medieval monarchs and contemporary politics.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.


Per person, twin-share from

AUD 3,950

Single Supplement* from

AUD 750

Deposit, per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

Tour prices

The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel
Per person, twin-share  AUD 3,950
Single Supplement*  AUD 750

The Mayfair Hotel
Per person, twin-share  AUD 4,250
Single Supplement*  AUD 1,050

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

19 January 2018

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness levels definitions.

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in a choice of two centrally-located hotels with breakfast daily (B)
  • Category 1 tickets for Hamlet and all other Festival performances included in itinerary
  • Pre-performance talks by your tour leader, ABC broadcaster Mairi Nicolson
  • Return coach transfers to Her Majesty’s Theatre and UKARIA. All other venues are walking distance from hotels.
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception), including wines with meals
  • Tips for local guides and drivers

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on tour arrival and departure
  • Optional tours
  • Airport porterage
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.)
  • Travel insurance (recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel options

The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel ****+
Situated in the heart of Adelaide’s arts and cultural precinct, the Playford Hotel’s boutique-style accommodation offers contemporary comforts coupled with a warm Art Nouveau feel. The Playford Rooms come with high-speed broadband internet access, Foxtel and access to the hotel’s Health Club with indoor heated pool, spa and sauna, open 24 hours for guest use.

The Mayfair Hotel *****
The Mayfair Hotel offers five star accommodation and contemporary dining in the heart of the city. A beautifully restored 19th century building, the chic, polished rooms feature Wi-Fi, rainfall showerheads and a complimentary range of L’Occitane skincare products. Hotel amenities include dry cleaning service, the stylish Mayflower Restaurant, and a rooftop cocktail lounge with terrace.

NB. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.


David Roche Museum
9:30am – 12pm Thursday 8th March – $100 per person

Featuring an extensive array of Rococo and Neoclassic artworks and antiques, the David Roche Museum displays David Roche’s private lifetime collection within his North Adelaide home. With more than 3,000 items on display, including clocks, pottery, porcelain, metalware, furnishings and textiles, and each room decorated with its own unique wallpaper and colour scheme, the museum has been recognised as a “hidden jewel” of Adelaide. Cost includes entry, tea, guided tour and return coach transfers.

* This tour will operate with a minimum of 20 people

Carrick Hill 
9:00am –1:00pm Thursday 8th March – $100 per person
Constructed in 1939, Carrick Hill is one of the best intact period homes in Australia. Built with oak wall panelling, fireplaces, windows, doors and a Tudor staircase brought from Staffordshire, the English manor-style home and Edwardian-style garden features the original contents of the house. The interiors, with its collection of drawings, antiques, paintings and furniture, span nearly five centuries. Cost includes entry, tea, guided tour and return coach transfers.

* This tour will operate with a minimum of 20 people 

Magill Estate Penfolds
9:30am –1:00pm Thursday 8th March – $100 per person

One of the few urban vineyards in the world, and the birthplace of some of Australia’s most famous wines, Penfold’s Magill Estate Cellar Door offers visitors a glimpse into the history of Australia’s wine making industry. Explore the vineyards and original working winery with a tasting of a selection of The Penfolds Collection wines. Cost includes entry, guided tour, wine tasting and return coach transfers.

* This tour will operate with a minimum of 20 people

To avoid disappointment, we suggest you reserve your optional morning tour at the time of booking on the main tour.