Ljubljana Festival in partnership with the Mezzo television channel
From 27 August to 30 August 2024

From €3,500 per person

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    La Fugue and the Mezzo television channel have joined forces to offer you an unforgettable stay in Slovenia, and to take you to the heart of an exceptional musical program. Mezzo is the international reference for the broadcasting of classical music on television, and brings you to one of Europe’s most important summer music events: the Ljubljana Festival. The biggest names share the Festival stage: the dazzling pianist Bruce Liu, the talented violinist Vilde Frang, the unmissable tenor Juan Diego Flórez, the great maestro Antonio Pappano with the famous London Symphony Orchestra and the innovative conductor Oksana Lyniv, will be your performers for three unique evenings. Journalist, bassoonist and writer Antoine Pecqueur will accompany you on your journey, and will deliver two fascinating lectures to help you learn all about Slovenia, its musical history and its musicians.


    Dive into the heart of Central Europe and discover the enchanting splendor of Slovenia, where history blends harmoniously with modernity. Your journey takes you to Ljubljana, the charming capital nestled between alpine peaks and the serene banks of the Ljubljanica River. This picturesque city dazzles with its diverse architecture, where Baroque, Art Nouveau and medieval influences blend harmoniously.


    Stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town, lined with buildings with colorful facades and red-tiled roofs, witness to a rich historical past. Let yourself be captivated by the imposing Ljubljana Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the city, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of this Slovenian jewel.


    And as the haunting melodies of the Ljubljana Classical Music Festival echo through the cobbled streets, let yourself be transported to a world of musical virtuosity in the very heart of this city where art and culture meet in a spellbinding symphony.

    In partnership with the TV chain Mezzo
    The program
    Suggested flight from Paris 
    August 27, 2024
    Lecture by Antoine Pecqueur
    August 27, 2024
    Operatic Arias Concert
    August 27, 2024
    Bled's Castle
    August 28, 2024
    Visit of Ljubljana
    August 28, 2024
    London Symphony Orchestra Concert
    August 28, 2024
    August 29, 2024
    Goriška Brda wine county
    August 29, 2024
    Lecture by Antoine Pecqueur
    August 29, 2024
    London Symphony Orchestra Concert
    August 29, 2024
    Return flight or travel extension
    August 30, 2024
    Caves of Škocjan
    August 30, 2024
    Tartini Festival
    August 30, 2024
    August 31, 2024
    Tartini Festival
    August 31, 2024
    Breakfast on board a traditional Istrian boat
    September 1, 2024
    Return flight

    Suggested flight from Paris: 13h15 Paris CDG//15h05 Ljubljana (direct flight Air France – duration: 1h50)


    Arrival in Ljubljana, welcome and private transfer to your hotel.


    We’ll attend the first lecture by Antoine Pecqueur about Carlos Kleiber, the renowned conductor, and his strong attachment to Slovenia to get us into the Festival mood.


    At 8pm, Cankarjev dom :




    RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra

    Oksana Lyniv:  Musical Director

    Juan Diego Flórez: Tenor


    On our first evening at the Ljubljana Classical Music Festival, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra will share the stage with renowned tenor Juan Diego Flórez. Acclaimed for his exceptional voice and unrivalled talent, Juan Diego Flórez will enchant audiences with his remarkable charisma and expressiveness. Accompanied by one of Slovenia’s leading symphony orchestras, renowned for its artistic excellence and significant contribution to the national and international music scene, he will perform an exquisite repertoire. This fusion between the orchestral virtuosity of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and the vocal power of Juan Diego Flórez promises an unforgettable evening, where passion and emotion combine to create moments of pure musical magic.


    Dinner after spectacle


    After breakfast, we set off for Bled.


    Surrounded by the Alps, this lake has attracted visitors for centuries.


    We’ll cross the lake in the traditional Pletna boat to the iconic Bled Island.


    This traditional boat has been used on Lake Bled for centuries. Its origins date back to the 12th century, when the first Benedictine monks settled on the island in the middle of the lake. Hand-built from beech wood, Pletnas are characterized by their elongated shape and pointed bow.


    Our tour continues along the shore at Bled Castle, which also offers one of the finest views of the lake.


    Lunch at Bled Castle.


    We then return to Ljubljana and begin our journey through the city’s history, following the streets designed by Jože Plečnik.


    A visionary 20th-century architect, he left an indelible mark on Ljubljana’s architecture. His bold creativity and innovative approach shaped the city’s physiognomy, giving it a unique and timeless character. Plečnik transformed Ljubljana into a living work of art, harmoniously blending traditional and modern architectural styles. His iconic achievements, such as the Triple Bridge, the Central Market and the Žale Cemetery, testify to his deep understanding of local history and his desire to create spaces that inspire and unite the community.


    The tour continues at Ljubljana Castle, which has undergone many changes over the course of its rich and dynamic history. The castle’s location also offers magnificent panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.


    Return to hotel.


    Dinner at leisure before our musical rendezvous at Cankarjev dom.


    At 8pm, Cankarjev dom :




    London Symphony Orchestra

    Sir Antonio Pappano: Musical Direction

    Vilde Frang: Violin


    Program :


    – E. Elgar : Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

    – G. Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major “Titan


    Here it is, the long-awaited evening. The one with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). One of the world’s most prestigious and acclaimed orchestras. Founded in 1904, this London-based symphony orchestra is renowned for its artistic excellence and remarkable versatility. Led by celebrated conductors and collaborating with the most talented soloists, tonight’s LSO concert will be conducted by the newly-awarded Sir Antonio Pappano, and accompanied by Vilde Frang, whose captivating, expressive playing has earned her a place among the great performers of her generation.



    After breakfast, it’s time for a change of scenery, as our day begins in Nova Gorica, at the Franciscan monastery of Kostanjevica, a spiritual, cultural and historical center and a showcase for ecclesiastical art. This sumptuous building houses the tombs of the Bourbons, an extensive bookshop and a magnificent church. The Franciscans have guarded these treasures for 200 years, and between 1950 and 1964, Kostanjevica was the seat of the apostolic administrator for the Slovenian part of the Gorica archdiocese.


    In 1985, the entire Kostanjevica complex (the monastery and its library, the church and the Bourbon tombs) was declared a cultural and historical monument. It is therefore a key monument in Slovenia’s national cultural heritage.


    We’ll then continue our day in Slovenia’s Tuscany, the wine-growing region of Goriška Brda!


    Lunch will take place in a charming, bucolic farmhouse, where we’ll sample the local, seasonal flavors of traditional Slovenian cuisine. Indeed, Goriška Brda is not only a wine-growing region, but also a market-gardening one.


    The afternoon continues at a local winegrower for a private tasting. The winemaker will offer us an authentic experience and tell us the story of his vineyard. All that’s left is to say “Cheers”!


    We’ll attend Antoine Pecqueur’s second lecture, about the composer Tartini, nicknamed the genius of Piran, famous as much for his Sonata du Trille du Diable and his theories of sound, as for his fencing skills, before enjoying our final evening with the London Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Bruce Liu. This young Canadian pianist is one of those dazzling revelations whose precocious stage debuts, notably with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, followed by repeated victories in competitions, presaged a soloist’s temperament.


    Crowned first prize winner of the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2021, which propelled him onto the international scene at the age of twenty-four, Bruce Liu embraces an inclusive repertoire, from Bach to Prokofiev and Kapustin, not forgetting of course Chopin.


    Free dinner before our musical rendez-vous at Cankarjev dom.


    8pm, Cankarjev dom :




    London Symphony Orchestra

    Sir Antonio Pappano: Musical Director

    Bruce Liu: Piano


    Program :

    – H. Berlioz: Overture “Le Carnaval Romain”, Op. 9

    – F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

    – G. Holst: “The Planets”, Op. 32


    Our story with the Ljubljana Festival will come to an end this morning, and for those who wish, it will be possible to return to Paris (or elsewhere).


    Suggested return flight: 15h50 Ljubljana//17h50 Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle (direct Air France flight – duration: 2h)

    EXTENDED STAY IN ŠKOCJAN AND PIRAN — August 30 to September 1, 2024

    Friday August 30 Ljubljana/Škocjan/Piran


    Leaving Ljubljana, we head for the Škocjan caves on the Kras plateau in south-west Slovenia. These unique caves, where the River Reka forms Europe’s largest underground canyon, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The spectacular and fascinating site is over 3 kilometers long and 100 meters high. The caves promise visitors a unique experience.


    We’ll then head for the Adriatic coast, to Piran, where we’ll have lunch and explore the town.


    Following to Portorož, where we’ll check into the Kempinski Palace hotel (*****).


    We’ll plunge back into the enchanting world of classical music with the Tartini Festival, an annual event celebrating the legacy of the famous composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. Nestled in Slovenia’s picturesque countryside, this festival offers a musical experience of a completely different kind, featuring internationally renowned artists and masterful interpretations of the iconic works of Tartini and other classical composers in an enchanting setting where art and nature meet in harmony.


    Dinner at leisure before our musical rendezvous.





    Program to come



    Saturday, August 31  Piran/Istria (Croatia)

    After breakfast, we’ll head off to the Croatian part of Istria to discover the authentic and captivating world of truffle hunting.


    Accompanied by a team of experts and truffle dogs, we’ll embark on a truffle-hunting expedition in private family woods.


    After our hunt, we’ll return for a tasting of the truffles we’ve harvested.


    In the early afternoon, we’ll return to Portorož to enjoy a free afternoon on the coast.


    Dinner at leisure before our musical rendezvous.


    In the evening:



    Program to come



    Sunday, September 1  Piran/Ljubljana/Paris


    For breakfast, we’ll embark on a traditional Istrian wooden sailing boat to discover the secret corners of the Slovenian coast. This old boat has been completely renovated and boasts a large sun deck for complete relaxation.


    Departure at the end of the cruise.


    Suggested return flight: 15h50 Ljubljana//17h50 Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle (direct flight Air France – duration: 2h)

    Your accomodation

    Let yourself be seduced by the contemporary elegance and luxurious comfort of the Intercontinental Hotel Ljubljana, a must-see address in the heart of Slovenia’s capital. With its sophisticated design and breathtaking views of the city and the Julian Alps, this establishment offers an incomparable hotel experience in Ljubljana.


    Experience absolute luxury at the Kempinski Palace Hotel in Portoroz, a true gem on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast. Nestled in an enchanting setting, this prestigious establishment offers a perfect blend of historic elegance and contemporary, high-end services. With its majestic architecture, sumptuous suites and world-class facilities, this hotel embodies excellence and refined hospitality.

    Your expert lecturer

    “Slovenia is a paradise. The landscapes are sumptuous, and the capital Ljubljana is an architectural gem. We’re here on the border between the Latin and Slavic worlds. But this small country is also a musical paradise. Baroque composer Tartini, author of the famous “Devil’s Trill”, was born in the delightful coastal town of Piran (a little Venice!). And conductor Carlos Kleiber, one of the most fascinating orchestras of the 20th century, also hails from here.

    This cultural wealth is reflected every year at the Ljubljana Summer Festival,  undoubtedly one of the most important events on the European musical scene. And to top it all off, did you know that Slovenia is a wine-lover’s paradise? In particular, it produces sumptuous orange wines (maceration wines made from local grape varieties). Let’s discover the wonders of Slovenia together! “

    Antoine Pecqueur



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    Journalist and musician Antoine Pecqueur is a presenter on the Mezzo and Mezzo LIVE television channels. He also contributes to Radio France Internationale, Télérama and Alternatives économiques.


    A graduate of the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, Antoine Pecqueur plays bassoon in a number of European orchestras: Orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Anima Eterna, Ensemble Matheus… He also pursues a career as a chamber musician and co-founded a new musical collective: Les Affranchi.e.s.


    He is the author of several books: Géopolitique du rail (ed. Autrement), Atlas de la culture (ed. Autrement), Les espaces de la musique, L’architecture des salles de concert (ed. Parenthèses), Les plus beaux opéras du monde (ed. La Martinière) and Les écrans sonores de Stanley Kubrick (ed. du Point d’exclamation).

    Price per person

    Basic package from August 27 to 30 in a double room: €3,500

    Basic package from August 27 to 30 in a double room for individual use: €3,850



    The price of this trip includes: accommodation in a double room with breakfast – tourist tax – visits and transfers mentioned in the program – cocktails and meals (drinks included) mentioned in the program – first-category show tickets – Antoine Pecqueur’s lectures – repatriation assistance.


    The price of this trip does not include: return flight Paris/Ljubljana – free meals and meals not mentioned in the program – extras.


    Accompanied stay on site.


    Program and prices are subject to change by the Festival, or by government decision, due to possible health constraints.


    Extended stay from August 30 to September 1 in double room: €2,410

    Extended stay from August 30 to September 1 in a double room for individual use: €2,780

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