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WAGNER'S RING CYCLE DRESDEN bdr

WAGNER'S RING CYCLE DRESDEN
Dresden
There is a unique opportunity to see the Ring performed in the beautiful Semper Oper sung in German with English supertitles. Christian Thielman conducts the famous staatskapelle Dresden orchestra of Willy Deoker’s in co-production with the Teatro Real Madrid, “The Ring of the Nibelungs” by Richard Wagner.
Opera Performances
JANUARY 29 - Das Rheingold 
JANUARY 30 - Die Walküre
FEBRUARY 01 - Siegfried 
FEBRUARY 04 - Götterdämmerung

CAST
Wotan - Vitalis Kowaljous
Siegmund - Peter Seiffert
Siegfried - Andreas Schager
Brünnhilde - Petra Lang
Alberich - Albert Dohmen
Mime - Gerhard Siegel
Fricka - Christa Mayer
Erda - Janina Baechle
Hundig - George Zeppenfeld
Gunther - Boez Daniel
Hagen - Albert Pesendorfer
Gertrude - Edith Halter

Itinerary
  • Saturday, January 27. (D)* DEPART FOR DRESDEN
    Depart this evening aboard any airline of your choice to Dresden, Germany arriving the next morning. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
  • Sunday, January 28. (B,D). DRESDEN
    Upon arrival at Dresden International airport take a taxi to the deluxe KEMPINSKI TASCHENBERG HOTEL, where you will stay 8 nights. We will reimburse you the taxi fare. Briefing and cocktails at the hotel. Gala Welcome dinner at the hotel.

  • Monday, January 29. (B). DRESDEN
    Morning sightseeing by bus for an orientation tour of this city made famous by Augustus the Strong, to see the rococo and baroque architecture started by him. This evening we will see the opera Das Rheingold by Wagner at the Semper Oper. 

    DRESDEN, splendidly situated on the banks of the Elbe River, is known as the “Florence of the North,” and has long held an attraction for artists. Dresden has been home to Friedrich Schiller, master of German poetry and drama, who while spending the years 1785 to 1787 here wrote the drama Don Carlos, upon which Verdi based his opera of the same name, and the Ode to Joy, which forms the text of Beethoven's Ninth, or Choral Symphony. Composer Carl Maria von Weber lived and worked here, as did Richard Wagner. Besides the Zwinger Palace, Dresden's second major attraction is the rebuilt Semper Opera, named for its architect, Gottfried Semper. Wagner and von Weber conducted and many Richard Strauss’ operas had their premiers here.
  • Tuesday, January 30. (B). DRESDEN
    This morning we will take a walking tour to see Dresden’s most famous landmark the Frauenkirche, The Procession of Princes and the surrounding palaces. This afternoon we will see the opera Die Walküre by Wagner at the Semper Oper
  • Wednesday, January 31. (B). DRESDEN
    This morning we will visit the Green Vault Museum to see the fantastic collection of precious objects. Afternoon free. 
  • Thursday, February 01. (B). DRESDEN
    This morning we will visit the Zwinger Palace to see the huge collection of Old Masters from Rembrandt Ruben. This evening we will see the opera Siegfried by Wagner at the Semper Opera. 
  • Friday, February 02. (B). DRESDEN
    Today is free to stroll around or visit any of the fine museums near our hotel. Afternoon free.
  • Saturday, February 03. (B,D). DRESDEN
    Today is free to re-visit the Zwinger Palace or the Green Vault. This evening we will have dinner at a gourmet restaurant. 
  • Sunday, February 04. (B). DRESDEN
    Today at leisure. This afternoon we will see the opera Götterdämmerung by Wagner at the Semper Oper.
  • Monday, February 05. (B). DRESDEN – BACK HOME
    We will provide transfer from the hotel to the Dresden airport for departure Morning departure aboard your airline 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: $4,950 per person
Single Supplement: 1,150 per person  
Deposit: $2,000 per person
Balance due: Oct 27, 2017.
TOUR INCLUDES
  • Airport – hotel transfers on published days only
  • Up front Orchestra level seats 
  • Four operas 
  • Buffet breakfast daily and two dinners with wine in gourmet restaurants
  • Three light meals during an interval 
  • Welcome reception with cocktails
  • Private guided tours 
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • 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 Dresden and from Dresden 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 Dresden and return from Dresden 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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PO Box 46876
St. Petersburg, Florida, 33741

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