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Opera, Music & Art in Central Europe | Hayllar Music Tours


Opera, Music & Art in Central Europe

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Opera, Music & Art in Central Europe

OPERA, MUSIC & ART IN CENTRAL EUROPE

9–21 SEPTEMBER 2020 (13 DAYS) | FIVE PERFORMANCES, AN EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE RECITAL & TALKS ABOUT THE MUSIC

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

AUD$10,650 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

LOYALTY CLUB PRICE: AUD$10,117.50

Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,900
Final payment due: Tuesday 7 July 2020

Places Available


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Overview | Opera, Music & Art in Central Europe


Overview

Overview | Opera, Music & Art in Central Europe


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • A performance by the acclaimed Budapest Festival Orchestra under Music Director, Iván Fischer.

  • A performance by the internationally renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

  • An opera performance at the National Theatre, or the Estates Theatre, in Prague.

  • A performance at the iconic Berlin Philharmonie.

  • A performance at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

  • A private recital by members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra exclusively for guests of Hayllar Music Tours.

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

  • Enjoy day trips to the picturesque old city of Český Krumlov, imposing Colditz Castle, the charming town of Quedlinburg and to an extravagant palace in Potsdam.

  • Travel in a small group (only 20 places available), attend exclusive events, stay in luxurious hotels, travel by private coach and enjoy fine dining.

tour leader

Graham Abbott

Sydney-born Graham Abbott is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium and in 1985 was awarded the ABC / Willem van Otterloo Conducting Scholarship, during the tenure of which he studied with Myer Fredman at the Sydney Conservatorium and also taught at that institution. In 1986 Graham was appointed Conductor-in-Residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide. He was Musical Director of Adelaide Chorus (now Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus) from 1986 to 1992 and made his professional orchestral debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 1987. Since then he has been a frequent guest conductor with all of the major Australian orchestras.

He has also conducted the Hunter Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Victoria (now Orchestra Victoria), the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Philharmonic, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Classical Players and many new music and early music ensembles. He was Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 1993 to 1997 and Musical Director of Melbourne Chorale from 1994 to 1997. During this period he conducted a vast range of music, from the Bach Passions to Australian premieres of Philip Glass symphonies, major Australian works and much standard repertoire.

An experienced conductor of opera, Graham’s repertoire includes Fidelio, Aida, Lélisir dámore, Julius Caesar, Orlando, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, La traviata, Il trovatore, Don Pasquale, Un ballo in maschera, and Pelléas et Mélisande. He was also Assistant Conductor for the Australian premiere season of John Adams’ Nixon in China at the 1992 Adelaide Festival, and in 2001-2002 was Music Advisor to Chamber Made Opera in Melbourne.

Hotels

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL BUDAPEST

The luxury 5-star InterContinental Budapest is located in the heart of Budapest on the River Danube 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. It has a gym and features a Turkish steam bath, a sauna and an indoor pool. The Corso Restaurant & Bar is a multifaceted location for delicious food and relaxing drinks.

HOTEL PARIS PRAGUE

5-star Hotel Paris Prague is an Art Nouveau style hotel founded in 1904. The hotel is conveniently located a 10-minute walk from Prague’s beautiful Old Town Square. The Wellness & Spa Centre has a sauna and cooling pool, whirlpool tub and steam room, plus massage rooms. The Sarah Bernhardt fine dining restaurant offers French, Czech and international cuisine.

HOTEL FUERSTENHOF LEIPZIG

Located in the heart of Leipzig, the 5-star Hotel Fuerstenhof Leipzig is a luxurious 18th-century hotel that is only a short walk from such sites as the zoo and the fine arts museum. The spa, AquaMarin, features a pool, saunas and a small but well-equipped fitness area. Restaurant Villers offers an outstanding culinary experience to discerning gourmets. Vinothek 1770 has a wide range of selected international wines and, in the Piano Bar, classical music and petit fours are offered.

REGENT BERLIN

The luxurious 5-star Regent Berlin is set in the heart of Berlin’s historic Mitte district, overlooking Gendarmenmarkt, an elegant, spacious square, and within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse and the Berlin State Opera. Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate are within 15 minutes walk. There is a full-service spa. The casual dining restaurant, Charlotte & Fritz, produces harmonic combinations of local, fresh cuisine, mainly using regional produce, with culinary influences from other countries and cultures.

9–21 SEPTEMBER 2020 (13 DAYS)

AUD$10,650 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Single supplement AUD$1,900

Places Available


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Itinerary | Opera, Music & Art in Central Europe


Itinerary

Itinerary | Opera, Music & Art in Central Europe


Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2020

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL BUDAPEST

ARRIVE BUDAPEST:

Arrive at our luxury 5-star hotel, InterContinental Budapest, with its magnificent views over the Danube and Buda Castle, and its luxurious sauna, steam bath and swimming pool. We recommend arriving at the hotel by 4:00pm.

In the evening we meet our Tour Leader, Graham Abbott, who will outline what is to come over the duration of the tour and we enjoy a gourmet dinner featuring local cuisine.

DAY 2 | THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2020

2ND OF 3 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 medieval 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.

In the afternoon we have the exciting opportunity of attending an exclusive private recital with members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The event will include drinks and canapés.

DAY 3 | FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2020

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL BUDAPEST

BUDAPEST:

This morning we take a guided tour through the 19th-century neo-Gothic National Parliament, which graces the Pest side of the Danube, and is spectacular and beautiful both inside and out.

The late morning and early afternoon are free to rest, explore the city further, or to visit and enjoy the 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. Or 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 early evening Graham Abbott will give a talk about the performance we will attend this evening. We then attend a performance by the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s with their world renowned Music Director, Iván Fischer.

DAY 4 | SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2020

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL PARIS PRAGUE

BUDAPEST TO PRAGUE WITH EXCURSION TO ČESKÝ KRUMLOV:

This morning we travel by private coach from Budapest to the medieval city of Český Krumlov with its heritage listed castle, dramatically situated on a sheer cliff above the Vltava River. Time is allowed for lunch on arrival, and then we have a guided tour which includes the history, legends, architecture and culture of the city. Our tour also includes a visit to the castle complex, with its captivating buildings, gardens and courtyards.

Following our visit, we continue by private coach to the beautiful, historic city of Prague and check into our Art Nouveau style 5-star hotel, Hotel Paris Prague. After our busy day the evening is free to rest, or enjoy the hotel’s spa, or restaurant, or possibly just wander outside and enjoy a coffee in the atmospheric Old Town.

DAY 5 | SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2020

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL PARIS PRAGUE

PRAGUE:

This morning we have a guided walking tour through Prague’s Old Town, once a medieval 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 Square which features various architectural styles. Other notable places in the Old Town included on our tour are ancient churches and the Old New Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter.

The afternoon is free. In the early evening we have a talk by Graham Abbott on this evening’s opera, before attending the opera at either the National Theatre, or the Estates Theatre. The National Theatre is the most significant theatre in the Czech Republic. Initially funded by public collections as well as donations by the nobility and the emperor, it was opened in 1881. After it tragically burned down the same year, there was a further generous response from the people in support of its restoration. The Estates Theatre is the venue where Mozart enjoyed fervent ovations after the premiere of his new opera Don Giovanni, and the only surviving theatre where Mozart conducted. It is one of the oldest European theatres, operating continuously since 1783.

DAY 6 | MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

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 take the 10-minute walk from our hotel to the Mucha Museum, a small museum dedicated to the life and work of the great Czech Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha (1859-1939), which displays paintings, posters, drawings and lithographs.

We meet in the evening for a delicious dinner featuring local specialities.

DAY 7 | TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2020

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 by private coach to the luxurious Hotel Fuerstenhof, which is conveniently located in Leipzig city centre and combines classic elegance with extraordinary hospitality and service. Our evening is free, and you might consider enjoying the hotel’s spa or restaurant.

DAY 8 | WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2020

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL FUERSTENHOF LEIPZIG

LEIPZIG:

Leipzig is an important centre of music and it holds an important place in the history of music; today we discover some of its significant places on a private guided walking tour. We visit St. Thomas’ Church, a Lutheran church built in 1212, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as Kapelmeister from 1723 to 1750. Our tour will also include an introduction to the Bach Museum in Bose House opposite St. Thomas’ Church. We will walk to the Mendelssohn House and the Schumann House where Robert and Clara Schumann lived, and which became an international meeting place of artists such as Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Wagner and Hans-Christian Andersen, at the beginning of the 1840s. We pass by the Edvard Grieg Memorial and Social Centre, formerly the publishing house where Edvard Grieg stayed when in Leipzig. We return to the hotel after our walk.

The afternoon is free. You might like to visit to one of the sites passed on our walk, such as Mendelssohn’s House, since 1997 a museum in honour of the brilliant German composer and conductor. You could, however, visit attractions a short walk from our hotel including St. Nicholas Church (10 minutes), Museum of Visual Arts (6 minutes) and the City History Museum (8 minutes). Also, there are plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants nearby.

In the evening we come together for a delicious dinner featuring local cuisine.

DAY 9 | THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2020

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL FUERSTENHOF LEIPZIG

EXCURSION TO QUEDLINBURG:

This morning we go on an excursion to the charming town of Quedlinburg, the first capital of Germany. This beautiful medieval 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. The town was ruled by women for 800 years after King Heinrich I’s widow, Mathilde, founded a convent for aristocratic women in 936. 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.

In the early evening Graham Abbott will give a talk about the music we will hear this evening. We then attend a performance by the world-renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the oldest municipal concert orchestra in the world. 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 10 | FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2020

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT REGENT BERLIN

LEIPZIG TO BERLIN:

This morning we depart 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.

We then continue onto Berlin. In the early evening Graham Abbott will give a talk about this evening’s concert. We will then attend a concert at the Berlin Philharmonie, acclaimed for both its acoustics and its architecture.

DAY 11 | SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2020

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT REGENT BERLIN

BERLIN:

This morning we have a private guided tour of the Gemäldegalerie which displays 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.

In the early evening Graham Abbott will give a talk about the opera we will hear this evening. We then attend an opera performance at Deutsche Oper Berlin. The building was largely destroyed in WWII and the new opera house was inaugurated in 1961. During the years of a divided Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin was the only opera house in the western part of the city.

DAY 12 | SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2020

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT REGENT BERLIN

BERLIN:

We begin today by travelling to Museum Island on which stands five world-renowned museums. We will have a private guided tour of highlights of the collection of classical antiquities at the Altes Museum. This impressive collection includes art of ancient Greece from the 10th to 1st-century BCE, stone sculptures, vases, craft objects and jewellery and a stunning collection of ancient coins in a richly diverse display. Art and archaeology of the Etruscans and the Roman Empire are also on view.

The afternoon is free. You may like to return to the hotel, or explore Berlin in your own way, or you might visit one of the other four museums and the Berlin Cathedral, which are also on the island.

In the evening we have a final gathering for a fine dining meal in one of Berlin’s best restaurants.

DAY 13 | MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2020

TOUR ENDS

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

Please note: there could be some variations in the ordering of events depending on final confirmation of evening performances.


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Inclusions | Opera, Music & Art in Central Europe


Inclusions

Inclusions | Opera, Music & Art in Central Europe


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

9–21 SEPTEMBER 2020 (13 DAYS)

AUD$10,650 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,900
Final payment due: Tuesday 7 July 2020

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium tickets for the following performances – a performance by the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, a performance at either the National Theatre or the Estates Theater in Prague, a performance at the Berlin Philharmonie and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Attendance at an exclusive private recital by members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

  • Tour Leader and Talks: Tour leadership and background talks by Graham Abbott.

  • Hotels: 12 nights' accommodation including:
    - Three nights at the 5-star InterContinental Budapest;
    - Three nights at the 5-star Hotel Paris Prague;
    - Three nights at the 5-star Hotel Fuerstenhof, a Luxury Collection Hotel;
    - Three nights at the 5-star Regent Berlin Hotel.
    - Porterage of one piece of luggage at each hotel.

  • Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Please note that occasionally, public transport is also used for short distance travel.

  • Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning. Drinks and canapés following the private recital in Budapest. Four dinners with wine, water and tea/coffee.

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

  • Airport Transfers: Transfers to/from airports and hotels at the beginning and end of tours. These can be arranged at an additional cost.

  • 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. If you live in Australia, Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact them 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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