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- Exclusive tour of the Sydney Opera House for VIVID 2015
- Choose from a shorter tour of the theaters or a longer tour with backstage access and an included meal
- Learn behind-the-curtain secrets from your knowledgeable guide at the Sydney Opera House
- See how the UNESCO World Heritage-listed building transforms during VIVID Sydney
- Gain exclusive access to restricted areas inside the world-famous Sydney Opera House
- Enjoy a hearty meal while overlooking Sydney Harbour (if option selected)
- Watch an audio-visual presentation on the history of VIVID (if option selected)
What You Can Expect
One-Hour VIVID Morning or Evening Tour:
During your 1-hour special tour of the opera house, your guide shares the storied history of this famous venue since it opened in 1973, along with real-life dramas and industry secrets from behind the curtains. Begin with a viewing of the VIVID LIVE show reel, which explains the development of this popular annual light-art festival. Afterward your guide leads you into areas that are normally off-limits to the general public, such as the opera house recording studio. See the theaters, foyers and live music stages that are part of the VIVID LIVE music program, and keep your camera handy for photos from insider vantage points. You may be able to witness the lighting of the sails on the evening tour, a memorable experience of the Sydney Opera House during VIVID.
Backstage VIVID Tour with Breakfast or Dinner:
This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, making it an even more intimate experience of the opera house and VIVID. Start by meeting your guide and hearing about the opera house's fascinating history, including the controversies that emerged during its construction. Stroll around the theaters in the large complex and get the inside scoop from your guide about the inner workings of the different performance venues. Get an exclusive chance to see the brand-new recording studio and scenery dock. Go backstage for a peek at the rehearsal space and dressing rooms that are normally accessible only to performers and staff. You might even catch an artist rehearsing or warming up, or see the crew setting up for a VIVID LIVE musical performance. You also can step on the same stage where countless celebrated performers have entertained many audiences.
Your small-group backstage tour is topped off with a delicious meal. As you chat and dine with your small-group companions, you can ask your guide further questions about the opera house. The continental breakfast is served in the green room, with a hearty full breakfast that includes hot and cold options accompanied by tea or coffee. The dinner takes place on the Broadwalk, which offers amazing views of Sydney Harbour. A selection of hot and cold dishes are served with options for various dietary needs. The small-group tour lasts approximately two hours in total.
If you want to have limited views of the opera house (because there are performances later in the evening) and want to have loud music so that you cannot hear the guide then this is the tour for you. However, if you want to see the opera house maybe a day tour is better. I could not wait to get out through with this tour!