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VERDI’S Requiem and WAGNER’S Parsifal bdr

VERDI’S Requiem and WAGNER’S Parsifal
Hamburg, Berlin
You have an opportunity to hear the rarely performed “Requiem” by Verdi, in Hamburg. You will also hear in Hamburg, Tosca by Puccini and Aida sung by Khristin Lewis. In Berlin you will hear Falstaff by Verdi and Parsifal by Wagner in the recently renovated Statsopera Under den Linden, with Daniel Barenboim conducting. 
Opera Performances
In Hamburg:
Opera
March 24 – Tosca by Puccini at the National Opera 
March 25 – Aida by Verdi at the National Opera 

Concert
March 27 – Requiem by Verdi at the National Opera

In Berlin: 
Opera
March 28 – Falstaff by Verdi at the Staatsopera Unter der Linden 
March 30 – Parsifal by Wagner at the Staatsopera Unter der Linden 

Concert
March 29 – Berlin Philarmonie t.b.a.
Itinerary
  • Thursday, March 22. (D)* DEPART FOR HAMBURG
    Depart this evening aboard any airline of your choice to Hamburg, Germany arriving the next morning. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
  • Friday, March 23. (B,D). HAMBURG
    Upon arrival at the Hamburg airport, take a taxi to the deluxe FAIRMONT HOTEL VIER JAHRESZEITEN, where we stay five nights. We will reimburse you the taxi fare. Briefing and cocktails at the hotel. Gala Welcome dinner at a gourmet restaurant. 
  • Saturday, March 24. (B). HAMBURG
    This morning we will take a sightseeing tour of the city by bus. This evening we will see the opera Tosca by Puccini at the National Theater. 

    The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany. Hamburg is a major port on the river Elbe and an important financial center for centuries. It is the seat of Germany’s oldest stock exchange and Germany’s second largest bank, Berenberg Bank. Hamburg is also known for several theaters and a variety of music shows. From 1960 to 1962, the Beatles launched their career by playing at various music clubs in the city
  • Sunday, March 25. (B). HAMBURG
    This morning we will take a walking tour of this second largest city in Germany. Among the sights are the City Hall, churches of St. Micheals and St. Jacob, Counting House buildings and the Old Town. Afternoon is free. This evening we will see the opera Aida by Verdi at the National Theater.
  • Monday, March 26. (B,L). LUBECK – HAMBURG
    Today we drive on a full-day excursion to visit LUBECK, the leading city of the Hanseatic League which from 13th to the 15th century dominated the sale of salt produced in the mines nearby, throughout the present-day Germany and Scandinavia. They have left behind ancient works of art and Gothic architecture among them, the entrance gate to the city, the cathedral St. Mary’s church, the holy spirit Hospital and the Town Hall. Lunch on route. Afternoon, return to Hamburg. 
  • Tuesday, March 27. (B). HAMBURG
    Morning is free to take a boat trip available near our hotel to sail on the Alster Lake and the canals winding through the city. This evening we will see the concert Requiem by Verdi at the National Theater.  
  • Wednesday, March 28. (B). HAMBURG – BERLIN
    Today we will drive southeast to arrive in Berlin, where we stay four nights at the deluxe RADISSON BLU HOTEL. By special arrangements, our rooms are in Business class on the upper floors with a beautiful view of the historical and the new heart of Berlin. This evening we will see the opera Falstaff by Verdi at the Staatsoper Unter der Linden.  
  • Thursday, March 29. (B). BERLIN
    Morning sightseeing tour to include Alexanderplatz, the Town Hall, the Palace of the Republic, and the Humboldt University. We drive through the Brandenburg Gate for a tour of former West Berlin to see Potzdamer Platz, the newly restored parliament, the Reichstag, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Charlottenburg Palace, the shop-lined Kurfurstendamm and Emperor William Memorial Church. Afternoon at leisure. This evening we will hear a concert in the Berlin Philharmonie, program to be announced. 

    Berlin became the capital of a newly founded Germany in 1871 and expanded rapidly during the Industrial Revolution. It lost its position as a capital to Weimar at the end of the First World War in 1918 until it was moved back by the Nazi party and Hitler in 1933. Then again, in 1945, at the Potsdam meeting it was divided into two cities, the East under the control of communists and the west a de facto West German exclave surrounded by the Berlin Wall. Following German unification in 1990, Berlin once again become the capital of all – Germany.  
  • Friday, March 30. (B). BERLIN
    This morning we walk to the Museum Island with the famous Pergamum Museum, which we will visit. Afternoon at leisure. This evening we will see the opera Parsifal by Wagner at the Staatsoper Under der linden.
  • Saturday, March 31. (B). BERLIN
    This morning we drive northwest to Potsdam to see San Souci an elegant baroque palace and visit Cecilienhof where Truman, Stalin, and Churchill signed the Potsdam Agreement to divide Germany after the Second World War. Afternoon free. This evening we will have our Gala Farewell Dinner at a gourmet restaurant. 
  • Sunday. April 1. (B). BERLIN – BACK HOME
    We will provide transfer from the hotel to the airport for departure aboard your flight back home arriving the same afternoon. Auf Wiedersehn. See you on another H.A.T. Tour. 
    * B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner (including wine)

LAND COST
Double: $6,950 per person
Single Supplement: 1,150 per person
Deposit: $2,000 per person
Balance due: December 22, 2017
TOUR INCLUDES
  • 1st Category orchestra level seats in theaters
  • Four operas and two concerts 
  • Deluxe centrally located hotel
  • Buffet breakfast daily, 2 dinners with wine, and one lunch. 
  • Welcome reception with cocktails
  • Excursion trip to Lubeck 
  • Private sightseeing in each city
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Deluxe intercity coach services
  • Transportation to and from theaters
  • Baggage handling
  • Guide, driver, and bellboy gratuities
  • Complete package with details of all operas listed
  • Transfers between airports and hotels on published arrival and departure days only

AIRFARE
Airfare is not included. Please make sure that your airline ticket reads from home to Hamburg and from Berlin 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 Hamburg and return from Berlin back home.
INSURANCE
Trip cancellation is highly recommended. We can arrange it for you. Some polices wave pre-existing 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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Clients Comments:

Since we’d never been on a H.A.T. tour, we really didn’t know what to expect from the Northern Italy tour we’ve now just completed. Would the hotels be as good as suggested by the website? What would the city tours and tour guides be like? How good would the seats at the operas be? Would the inter-city transportation runs smoothly? Etc. Well, suffice to say that the tour exceeded our highest expectations!! The hotels, tours, tour guides, seats, and transportation were all terrific — and, most important, Grethe and Aspee were there to make sure everything ran smoothly; to iron out the wrinkles that do inevitably occur on a tour, especially in Italy; to act as enthusiastic cheerleaders for our group; and to be charming and interesting travel companions. Keeping the group small also worked very well, maximizing enjoyment of the city tours and creating opportunities for wonderful new friendships. Count us in for future H.A.T. tours! (Northern Italy 2011, Western Europe 2012, Central Europe 2013, East Germany 2014, Northern Italy 2015)

Warren Azano and Judyth Pendell, United States
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