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MUNICH FESTIVAL
Munich
The super-deluxe Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, a block away from the opera house, with its bountiful breakfast every morning and The Spa on the top floor, with stunning views across Munich’s roof tops will be your accommodation for a whole week.
 
You will see five operas by legendary composers - Verdi, Donizetti, Janacek and Rossini and a Festival of arias by Christian Gerhaher in the Bayerische Staatsoper. We have selected the time frame to hear stellar singers including Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Dimitri Platanias and Liudmyla Monastryska, Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek, Simone Piazzola and Christian Gerhaher. To top it off, we have added an excursion to the Linderhof Palace, built by the "mad" King Ludwig II of Bavaria. 
Opera Performances
In Munich

July 14 - Jenufa by Janacek at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek
July 15 - Nabucco by Verdi at Bayerische Staatsoper, with Dimitri Platanias and Liudmyla Monastryska
July 16 - Lucia Di Lammermoor by Donizetti at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Simone Piazzola and Diana Damrau
July 17 - Festival songs by baritone Christian Gerhaher at the Bayerische Staatsoper 
July 19 - La Forza del Destino by Verdi at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros
July 21 - Semiramide by Rossini at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona
Itinerary
  • Wednesday, July 12. (D)* DEPART FOR MUNICH
    Depart this evening aboard any airline of your choice to Munich, Germany arriving the next morning. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
  • Thursday, July 13. (B,D). MUNICH
    Upon arrival at Munich International airport take a taxi to the super deluxe centrally located KEMPINSKI HOTEL, where you will stay nine nights. We will reimburse you the taxi fare. Briefing and cocktails at the hotel. Gala Welcome dinner at a gourmet restaurant.

    Munich has more to offer than the BMW car factory and the 110 million gallons of beer brewed annually. For a city of its size, it has one of the finest collections of art within one museum, the Alte and Neue Pinekothek and the Deutsches Museum started in 1903, to show one of the most important collections of scientific and technical matters in the world. Munich’s cultural wealth, its atmosphere – a blend of gayety, tolerance and respect for traditions have combined to make it one of the most appreciated German cities.

  • Friday, July 14. (B). MUNICH
    Morning sightseeing of this third largest city in Germany begins with a drive around the city to see the Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Summer Olympic, the BMW headquarter, Nymphenburg Palace and the 2 square miles of the English gardens with several beer gardens. This evening we will see the opera Jenufa by Janacek at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek.
  • Saturday, July 15. (B). MUNICH
    This morning we will take a walking tour of the Old City founded by the monks of the Benedictine Order to see Marienplatz, the city hall with its famous Clock Tower, the churches of Our Lady, Holy Spirit and St. Peters and to see Richard Strauss Fountain with bas reliefs showing scenes from his opera Salome. This evening we will see the opera Nabucco by Verdi at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Dimitri Platanias and Liudmyla Monastryrska.
  • Sunday, July 16. (B). MUNICH
    Today is free to stroll along any of the four Grand Royal Avenues of the 19th century with magnificent official buildings leading to music quarters, state ministries and palaces. This evening we will see the opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Simone Piazzola and Diana Damrau.
  • Monday, July 17. (B). MUNICH
    This morning we drive south-west to see the Linderhof Palace, built by the “mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria to see the Venus Grotto which he added as a scene from Wagner’s opera Tannhauser. We will return to Munich in the afternoon.This evening we will hear the festival songs with baritone Christian Gerhaher.
  • Tuesday, July 18. (B). MUNICH
    Today you are free to visit the famous Museum Square of Munich with the Alte (old) Pinakothec or Neue (new) Pinakothec and Art galleries with their fabulous collection of fine arts.
  • Wednesday, July 19 (B). MUNICH
    Morning visit to the Resident Palace, close to our hotel. This evening we will see the opera La Forza del Destino by Verdi at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros.
  • Thursday, July 20. (B,D). MUNICH
    Today is free to stroll around the Marienplatz and see the open - air markets nearby. This evening we will have our Gala Farewell dinner at a gourmet restaurant.
  • Friday, July 21. (B). MUNICH
    Today is free to window shopping at the famous shops across the street from our hotel, ranging from Georgio Armani to Gucci. This evening we will see the opera Semiramide by Rossini at Bayerische Staatsoper, with Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona.
  • Saturday, July 22. (B). MUNICH – BACK HOME

    Morning departure aboard your airline back home, arriving the same afternoon. Auf Wiedersehn. See you on another H.A.T. Tour. We will arrange transfer for your flight.


    * B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner (including wine)

LAND COST
Double: $6,850 per person
Single Supplement: $1,100
Deposit: $2,000 per person
Balance due: April 12, 2017
TOUR INCLUDES
  • Top Category seats at the Bavarian State Opera
  • Nine nights at the Super Deluxe Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski
  • Buffet breakfast daily and two dinners with wine in gourmet restaurants
  • Welcome reception with cocktails
  • Private guided tours and an excursion to Linderhof Palace
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Baggage handling
  • Guide, driver and bellboys gratuities
  • Complete package with details of all operas listed
AIRFARE
Airfare is not included. Please make sure that your airline ticket reads from home to Munich and from Munich back home. We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. We can assist you at no cost to find the most convenient flights from home to Munich and return from Munich back home.
INSURANCE
Trip cancellation is highly recommended. We can arrange it for you. Some policies wave pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 15 days of receiving the deposit.
VISA
American, Canadian, and Australian passport holders travelling to Schengen Area countries must hold a passport valid for at least 90 days beyond the duration of the stay in those countries, with at least two blank pages. The Schengen area includes 26 European countries, who abolished passport and other border control between their common borders. Most, but not all, are members of the European Union. Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are Schengen Area countries although they are not EU members. 
In general, it is recommended that your passport should be valid for six months beyond the dates of travel.

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