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WAGNER'S RING CYCLE LEIPZIG bdr

WAGNER'S RING CYCLE LEIPZIG
Leipzig
This city in Germany, once a part of the former East Germany, produced many famous composers. The birthplace of the reformation started by Martin Luther, is also the birthplace of Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach and Richard Wagner. It also served as the inspirational work place for Mendelssohn, Carl Maria von Weber and Robert Schumann. This area also gave rise to numerous literary giants, like Goethe and Schiller. We have arranged a whole day excursion to Weimar to see the houses of these legendary writers. HAT Tours have been operating opera tours to East Germany since 1982. 

Opera Performances
In Leipzig:  
May 10 - Das Rheingold
May 11 - Die Walküre
May 12 - Siegfried
May 13 – Götterdämmerung

CONDUCTOR – Ulf Schimer

CAST for Wagner’s Ring 

Wotan – Tuomas Pursio/ Lain Peterson
Siegmund – Burkherd Fritz
Siegfried – Thomas Mohr / Daniel Frank
Alberich – Pavlo Hunka / Peter Sidhom
Brünnhilde – Christiane Libor / Elisabet Strid 
Mime – Dan Karlstrom 
Hundig – Runi Brattesburg
Erda – Claudia Huckle
Itinerary
  • Monday, May 07. (D)* DEPART FOR LEIPZIG
    Depart this evening aboard any airline of your choice to Leipzig, Germany arriving the next morning. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
  • Tuesday, May 08. (B,D). LEIPZIG
    Upon arrival at the Leipzig - Hale airport, take a taxi to the deluxe RADISSON BLU HOTEL, where we stay six nights. We will reimburse you the taxi fare. Briefing and cocktails at the hotel. Gala Welcome dinner at a gourmet restaurant nearby. 
  • Wednesday, May 09. (B,D). WEIMAR - LEIPZIG
    Today we take a full day excursion southwest of Leipzig to WEIMAR, one-time capital of Germany after the First World War, to visit homes of the legendary writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Frederich Schiller. We will also see the house of composer Franz Liszt. Late afternoon return to Leipzig. This evening we will have dinner at a gourmet restaurant. 

    Weimar which is now the UNESCO World Heritage site was the focal point of German Enlightenment and world famous writers Goethe and Shiller, artists Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, architect Walter Gropius who founded the Bauhaus movement here and composer Franz List. It was the place where Germany’s first democratic constitution was signed after the First World War, giving its name to the Weimar Republic period in German politics (1918 -33), until the Nazis brought it back to Berlin.
  • Thursday, May 10. (B). LEIPZIG
    This morning we take a walk around the city where Richard Wagner was born. Among the sights to see near our hotel are Old City Hall, the Market place and the Auerbachs Keller. This evening we will see the opera Das Rheingold by Wagner at the Leipzig Oper.

    Leipzig today is Germany’s fastest growing city and is celebrated by the media as a hip urban center with a very high quality of living. For centuries, it was noted as a prime location for trade fairs and it is still renowned for publishers to come from all over the world to exhibit and sell their books. Since the reunification of Germany Leipzig has undergone significant changes with many high-rise buildings and the new Leipzig Opera house.

  • Friday, May 11. (B). LEIPZIG
    This morning we visit the Thomas Church where Johann Sebastian Bach played the organ and is buried. On Whit Sunday in 1539, Martin Luther gave a Sermon here to inaugurate the reformation. We also visit the home of composer Felix Mendelsohn. This afternoon we will see the opera Die Walküre by Wagner at Oper Leipzig. 
  • Saturday, May 12. (B). LEIPZIG
    Morning free to stroll around the nearby city center or visit the museum Grassi with its collection of arts and musical instrument or the Bach Museum. This afternoon we will see the opera Siegfried by Wagner at the Oper Leipzig. 

  • Sunday, May 13. (B). LEIPZIG
    Today is free to visit any of the museums in the city, the Egyptian Exhibits, the Fine Arts or in der Runden Ecke. This afternoon we will see the opera Gotterdammerung by Wagner at the Oper Leipzig.
  • Monday, May 14. (B). LEIPZIG – 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. 
LAND COST
Double: $5,950 per person
Single Supplement: 1,150 per person
Deposit: $2,000 per person
Balance due: February 04, 2018 
TOUR INCLUDES
  • Transfers between airports and hotels on published arrival and departure days only
  • Four operas
  • Orchestra level seats in theaters
  • Deluxe centrally located hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily, two dinners with wine, and three light meals during first inervals 
  • Welcome reception with cocktails
  • 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 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 Leipzig and from Leipzig 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 Berlin and return from Leipzig 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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