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Intro | Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin


Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin

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Intro | Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin


Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin


MUSIC & ART IN BUDAPEST, PRAGUE, LEIPZIG & BERLIN

20 SEPTEMBER–3 OCTOBER 2017 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, FIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES & A PRIVATE RECITAL

Hear some of the finest orchestras in Europe perform in their historic homes on this magnificent tour of the cultural capitals of Central Europe. Enjoy a private recital with musicians from the Budapest Festival Orchestra, explore historically significant and picturesque sites such as Cesky Krumlov, Potsdam, and Quedlinburg.

$8590 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1600

Final payment due: 18 July 2017

PLACES AVAILABLE

tour leader

sandy burnett

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Overview | Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin


Overview

Overview | Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to a performance by the acclaimed Budapest Festival Orchestra under Music Director Iván Fischer of a staged concert version of Mozart's Don Giovanni featuring one of the world’s most popular Don Giovannis, Christopher Maltman.

  • Premium seats to a performance by the internationally renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with violinist Leonidas Kavakos performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor.

  • Premium seats to a performance of Verdi's La Traviata at the National Theatre in Prague.

  • Premium seats to a performance of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Daniele Gatti at the iconic Berlin Philharmonie

  • Premium seats a second music or opera performance in Berlin.

  • A private recital by members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra exclusively for guests of Hayllar Music Tours, as well as the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal of the orchestra. 

  • Exploring the spectacular European cities of Budapest, Prague, Leipzig and Berlin including visits to notable art galleries and museums.

  • Day trips to the picturesque old city of Cesky Krumlov, fascinating Colditz Castle, the charming town of Quedlinburg and to an extravagant palace in Potsdam. 

  • Travelling in a small group. A maximum of 20 people will be confirmed on this exclusive tour.

tour leader

Sandy Burnett enjoys a varied career that embraces conducting, broadcasting, playing double bass, and communicating his passion for music across many musical styles.

His conducting credits include a complete cycle of Bach cantatas, as well as work with the Southbank Sinfonia, the Guildhall Big Band, Tallis Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End where he spent many years as musical director.  

Sandy’s radio series for Ireland’s RTÉ Lyric FM, Great Moments in Classical Music, recently won silver in the Specialist Music category of the PPI Radio Awards. He spent a decade as one of the core team of music presenters on BBC Radio 3. Committed to spreading the love for classical music, he gives many pre-concert talks and discovery concerts, and regularly leads lecture trips for Martin Randall Travel, Kirker, and ACE Cultural Tours. He is delighted to be collaborating with Hayllar Music Tours for the first time.

20 SEPTEMBER–3 OCTOBER 2017

$8590 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1600

Final payment due: 18 July 2017

PLACES AVAILABLE

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Itinerary | Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin


Itinerary

Itinerary | Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2017

1ST OF 4 NIGHTS AT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL BUDAPEST

ARRIVE BUDAPEST:

Arrive at our five-star hotel, InterContinental Budapest, conveniently and charmingly located on the River Danube, and facing Buda Castle on the opposite bank. This luxury hotel is equipped with a sauna and swimming pool. 

In the evening we meet for an introduction over drinks and canapés with our Tour Leader, Sandy Burnett, who will outline what is to come over the duration of the tour.

DAY 2 | THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2017

2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL BUDAPEST

BUDAPEST:

In the morning we have a guided walking tour through the Buda Castle and palace complex. Once the domain of Hungarian kings, it is now a fascinating mélange of history and architecture from the mediaeval to the baroque, which dominates the city skyline. We visit the gothic-style St. Matthias Church, and experience panoramic views over the Danube and the Pest side of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion, which was built as a lookout tower in the 19th-century. The afternoon is free and in the evening we will meet for a gourmet dinner featuring local cuisine.

DAY 3 | FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2017

3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL BUDAPEST

BUDAPEST:

This morning we have a rare opportunity to sit in on a closed rehearsal of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. During the afternoon we have free time to allow for rest, further exploration of the city or possibly a visit to the hot baths of Budapest! The city is rich in thermal waters with healing qualities, and you can still experience traditional Turkish baths dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. In the evening we will attend an exclusive private concert with members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra at Iván Fischer’s home theatre. The event will include drinks and canapés.

DAY 4 | SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL BUDAPEST

BUDAPEST:

In the morning Sandy Burnett will give a talk on today’s performance.  Then we take a guided tour through the late 19th-century neo-gothic National Parliament, which graces the Pest side of the Danube and is spectacular and beautiful both inside and out. Our afternoon is free. You could perhaps visit some of the very beautiful art nouveau buildings in Budapest, of which the art nouveau museum, the Magyar Szecesszioh Haza, is an attractive example. In the afternoon we attend a performance by the Budapest Festival Orchestra with world renowned Music Director Iván Fischer of a staged concert version of Mozart's Don Giovanni featuring one of the world’s most popular Don Giovannis, Christopher Maltman. 

DAY 5 | SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2017

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL PARIS PRAGUE

BUDAPEST TO PRAGUE WITH EXCURSION TO CESKY KRUMLOV:

This morning we travel by private coach from Budapest to the mediaeval city of Český Krumlov with its Heritage-listed castle dramatically situated on a sheer cliff above the Vltava River. On arrival we have lunch, followed by a guided tour of the city to learn about its history, legends, architecture and culture. Our tour also includes a visit to the castle complex, with its many buildings and palaces, as well as to its gardens and courtyards. Following our visit we continue by private coach to the spectacular city of Prague. After our busy day the evening is free.

DAY 6 | MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2017

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL PARIS PRAGUE

PRAGUE:

This morning Sandy Burnett will give a talk on the evening’s music. This will be followed by a guided walking tour through Prague’s Old Town, once a mediaeval settlement separated from the outside world by a semi-circular moat and wall, and connected to the Vltava River at both ends of the moat. Our walk takes in the vibrant, picturesque Old Town. Other notable places included on our tour are ancient churches and the Old New Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. The afternoon is free and in the evening we will attend a performance of Verdi's La Traviata at the spectacular National Theatre.

DAY 7 | TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2017

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL PARIS PRAGUE

PRAGUE: 

We begin today with a guided tour of spectacular Prague Castle, which sits in majesty on a hill looking over the surrounding city and the Vltava River. Some of our best photographs of the city will be taken from here. In our exploration of Prague Castle we visit St. Vitus Cathedral, and we tour the old castle, Vladislav Hall and St. George's Basilica. The afternoon is free. You can rest, shop or perhaps visit the Mucha Museum, a small museum dedicated to the life and work of the great Czech art nouveau artist, Alphone Mucha (1859-1939.), which is opposite our hotel. We will meet in the evening for a delicious dinner featuring local specialities.

DAY 8 | WEDNESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2017

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL FUERSTENHOF LEIPZIG 

PRAGUE TO LEIPZIG: 

In the morning we leave Prague for Leipzig. On the way we visit the historically fascinating Colditz Castle, which has served a diverse range of purposes in its 1000-year history. It was a Royal Hunting Lodge, a psychiatric hospital and most famously a notorious German military prison during World War II, considered by the German military authorities to be escape-proof. It was reserved for Allied Prisoner of War Officers and Allied prisoners of significant status. A guided tour of the Escape Museum reveals the escape artefacts and uniforms produced by the ingenious prisoners of war, and describes the legendary escapes they made. Following our visit we continue to Leipzig. The evening is free to become acquainted with this fascinating town and our home for the next three nights.

DAY 9 | THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2017

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL FUERSTENHOF LEIPZIG

LEIPZIG:

Leipzig is an important centre of music and music history, and today allows for a leisurely exploration of its most significant sites. In the morning Sandy Burnett will give a talk on the music we are to hear the following evening. We then visit St. Thomas’ Church, a Lutheran church built in 1212, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as Kapelmeister from 1723 to 1750. Bach’s remains were brought here in 1950 from St John's Church, which was destroyed during the World War II. Next we visit the Bach Museum in Bose House opposite St. Thomas’ Church. This is a baroque building, originally built in the 16th-century and then rebuilt in 1711 by Georg Bose who was a rich merchant and often entertained J.S.Bach in this house. The exhibition ‘Bach in Leipzig’ gives information about Bach’s life and works. The afternoon is at leisure. You might like to visit Mendelssohn’s house, which has, since 1997, been made into a museum in honour of this brilliant German composer and conductor. We come together this evening for a dinner featuring local specialties. 

DAY 10 | FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2017

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL FUERSTENHOF LEIPZIG

EXCURSION TO QUEDLINBURG:

This morning we set off on an excursion to the charming town of Quedlinburg, the first capital of Germany. This beautiful mediaeval town survived the war undamaged, and the entire town has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town has a fascinating history. King Heinrich I was crowned the first King of Germany in Quedlinburg in 919AD; and his widow, Mathilde, founded a convent for aristocratic women in 936. The town was subsequently ruled by women for 800 years. The Abbesses of the convent ruled the city until 1802, when Napoleon invaded and disbanded the Abbey. Following our tour, time is allowed to explore the city. We then return by private coach to Leipzig. 

This evening we attend a performance by the world renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the oldest municipal concert orchestra in the world, of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor with violinist Leonidas Kavakos and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. Few orchestras have contributed as much to the development of symphonic musical tradition as the Gewandhaus Orchestra. For example, the orchestra performed all the Beethoven symphonies during the composer’s lifetime and presented the world’s first complete Bruckner cycle and first Shostakovich cycle. Felix Mendelssohn was Music Director from 1835-1847.

DAY 11 | SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT REGENT BERLIN

LEIPZIG TO BERLIN:

This morning we farewell Leipzig and travel to Potsdam where we explore Sanssouci Palace, the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Sanssouci Palace is often counted among the German rivals of Versailles, although this intimate palace built in the rococo style is far smaller than its French counterpart. Sanssouci Palace is also known for its extensive, ornate and beautiful gardens. After our visit to the Palace, time will be allowed to explore the gardens before we continue onto Berlin. In the evening we will attend a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, often considered the best orchestra in the world, with Conductor Daniele Gatti. The program includes Paul Hindemith Symphonie Mathis der Maler and Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 73. The performance will take place at the Berlin Philharmonie acclaimed for both its acoustics and its architecture. 

DAY 12 | SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2017

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT REGENT BERLIN

BERLIN:

This morning Sandy Burnett will give a talk on the music we will hear in the evening. We then travel to Museum Island on which there are five world-renowned museums. We will enjoy a guided tour of the Pergamon Museum which holds an incredible collection of classical treasures including the Roman Market Gate of Milet, and the Ishtar Gate with the Processional Way from Babylon. The afternoon is free to explore the capital. You may like to explore one of the other four museums and the Berlin Cathedral, which is also on the island. This evening we will attend a second opera or music performance in Berlin. 

DAY 13 | MONDAY 2 OCTOBER 2017

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT REGENT BERLIN

BERLIN:

In the morning Sandy Burnett will talk to us about the music we will hear on our final evening. We then leave for a guided tour of the Gemäldegalerie which boasts one the world’s most significant collections of European art from the 13th to 18th-century including masterpieces by Bruegel, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens and Rembrandt. Our afternoon is free for some last minute shopping or rest for this evening's concert. On our final evening we will enjoy a dinner featuring delicious German cuisine.

DAY 14 | TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER 2017

Following our final buffet breakfast at the hotel, our tour concludes.

Please note: The venues will announce their 2017 seasons in late 2016 and early 2017. There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on final confirmation of evening performances. 

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Inclusions | Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin


Inclusions

Inclusions | Music & Art in Budapest, Prague, Leipzig & Berlin


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

20 SEPTEMBER–3 OCTOBER 2017

$8590 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1600

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium tickets for the following performances: performances by the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; a performance at Prague's National Theatre, performances at the Berlin Philharmonie and Berlin Konzerthaus; attendance at an exclusive private recital by members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
    Please note: The venues will announce their 2017 seasons in late 2016 and early 2017. There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on final confirmation of evening performances. 

  • Tour Leader and Talks: Tour leadership and pre-concert talks by Sandy Burnett. 

  • Hotels: 13 nights' accommodation including:
    - four nights at the luxury five-star InterContinental Hotel Budapest located in the heart of Budapest beside the landmark Chain Bridge. With impressive views of the Danube and the Royal Palace, the hotel boasts one of the city’s most sought-after locations. 
    - three nights at the five-star Hotel Paris Prague. Conveniently located in the centre of the city, it is a short walk from Wenceslas Square and opposite the Mucha Museum.
    - three nights at the five-star Hotel Fuerstenhof, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Leipzig located in the heart of the captivating city of Leipzig. 
    - three nights at the five-star Regent Berlin Hotel. Offering luxurious modern comforts, this hotel is enticingly close to Friedrichstraße, a major cultural and shopping street in central Berlin, and to the German Historical Museum.      
    Porterage of one piece of luggage at each hotel.

  • Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. 

  • Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning, five lunches/dinners, wine each meal. Drinks and canapés on arrival in Budapest and following the private recital in Budapest. 

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides at some sites. 

  • Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and for meals included in your itinerary.

  • Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com 

  • Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.

  • Visas: Costs associated with obtaining visas for countries visited on your tour. Please note that Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to enter Hungary, the Czech Republic or Germany. 

  • Travel Insurance: Please note that you are required to have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for the duration of your tour. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact us at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com 

  • Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar.

  • Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time.

SMALL GROUP SIZE

The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED - LEVEL 1

All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for 1–2 hours, standing for long periods of time in museums, art galleries etc and embarking/disembarking coaches.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

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MUSIC & ART IN BUDAPEST, PRAGUE, LEIPZIG & BERLIN 2017

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20 SEPTEMBER–3 OCTOBER 2017 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, FIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES & A PRIVATE RECITAL

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