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WAGNER'S RING CYCLE MUNICH bdr

WAGNER'S RING CYCLE MUNICH
Munich
Munich, where Richard Wagner siphoned money from "mad" king Ludwig to finance his operas is staging his tetralogy of the Ring Cycle, sung by three world-renowned singers Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund, Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde, and Stefan Vinke as Siegfried.
The super-deluxe VIER JAHRESZETTEN KEMPINSKI hotel, 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 more than a week. 

Opera Performances
JULY 20 - Das Rheingold 
JULY 22 - Die Walküre
JULY 24 - Siegfried 
JULY 27 - Götterdämmerung

DIRECTOR - Kirill Petrenko
 
PRODUCTION - Andreas Kriegenburg
 
CAST
Wotan - Wolfgang Koch 
Siegmund - Jonas Kaufmann 
Siegfried - Stefan Vinke
Alberich - John Lundgren 
Brünnhilde - Nina Stemme
Mime - Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke 
Fricka - Ekaterina Gubanova 
Erda - Okka von der Damerau

Itinerary
  • Wednesday, July 18. (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 19. (B,D). MUNICH
    Upon arrival at Munich International airport take a taxi to the super deluxe centrally located VIER JAHRESZEITEN KEMPINSKI HOTEL, where you will stay 9 nights in Superior rooms. 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 20. (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 Das Rheingold by Wagner at the Bayerische Staatsoper. 
  • Saturday, July 21. (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. 
  • Sunday, July 22. (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 Die Walküre by Wagner, with Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde.
  • Monday, July 23. (B). MUNICH
    This morning we will visit the Munich Residence Palace which has been open to the public as a museum since 1920 and is today one of the most important palace museums in Europe. Afternoon at leisure.
  • Tuesday, July 24. (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. This evening we will see opera Siegried by Wagner at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Stefan Vinke as Siegfried and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde.
  • Wednesday, July 25. (B,L). MUNICH
    This morning we will drive about 60 km (36 miles) out east of Munich to see the amazing Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee. In 1873 King Ludwig II of Bavaria acquired the Herreninsel as the location for his Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee modeled on Versailles. Richard Wagner’s great opera cycles might not exist were it not for the support of his patron Ludwig II. His enormous fairy-tale castles which virtually bankrupted the country were the grand sets made flesh, No expense was spared for the staging of Wagner’s operas, which were often performed with Ludwig the sole member of the audience, and in return Wagner gave him his genius and his love. Lunch is included.
  • Thursday, July 26. (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 27. (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 Götterdämmerung by Wagner at the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Stefan Vinke as Siegfried and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde.
  • Saturday, July 28. (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: $7,950 per person
Single Supplement:  $1,250
Deposit: $2,000 per person
Balance due: April 18, 2018
TOUR INCLUDES
  • 1st Category orchestra level seats at the Bavarian State Opera
  • 9 nights in Superior rooms at the Deluxe Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Hotel
  • Buffet breakfast daily, 2 dinners with wine in gourmet restaurants and 3 light meals with wine during the first interval of the operas
  • Welcome Reception with cocktails
  • Guided tours as listed in the itinerary  by our special, state authorized Munich guide
  • Excursion to the beautiful Royal Palace at Herrenchiemsee, 60 km from Munich
  • Guide, driver and bellboys gratuities
  • Complete package with details of operas listed and on-site Tour direction
  • Transfers from airport and hotels provided on published arrival and departure
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.
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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Clients Comments:

We were impressed by the efficient transport arrangements, the excellent seats at each of the performances, and the first-class hotel accommodation (often walking distance from the opera house). But most of all, we realized that the primary goal of HAT Tours was that we should get maximum enjoyment from our tour. This meant their constant attention to those details that make the difference between a “by the-number” tour and really memorable experience, like getting premium tickets to Anna Netrebko’s Violetta in Vienna (to the detriment of their budget). We look forward to our next trip with Hat Tours, which is already confirmed for 2012. (Central Europe 2009, India 2010, Northern Italy 2010, Germany and Austria 2011, Southern Italy 2012).

Graham and Gay Sharman, United States
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