Sat 29 December
Late morning arrival in Berlin and transfer to Dresden (approx. 2 hours by coach) to check in at the 4-star Westin Bellevue Hotel, located on the banks of the Elbe opposite the Semperoper. Welcome dinner in the hotel.
Sun 30 Dec
Join your guide this morning for a walking tour of Dresden, which has been stunningly rebuilt since 1945. The highlights include the world-renowned Semperoper, the Zwinger Palace, the Catholic Hofkirche, Dresden Castle and the Taschenberg Palais. The afternoon is free before the early evening performance at the Semperoper.
Mon 31 Dec
Today we take a guided tour of the Old Masters’ Picture Gallery within the Zwinger Palace, whose world-famous collection includes works from six centuries of European painting. In the afternoon there is the option to attend a modern production of La traviata at the Semperoper, or enjoy some time at leisure, before toasting in the New Year at the hotel’s Gala Dinner with music.
Tue 1 Jan
This morning we visit the Historic Green Vault (subject to confirmation). One of Europe’s most sumptuous treasure chambers, the Vault was the treasury of August the Strong, built between 1723 and 1730, and contains objects of amber, ivory, gilded precious-stone vessels and valuable natural products such as ostrich eggs and rock crystals, along with the portraits of the Electors of Saxony who acquired these treasures. There will then be some time at leisure before the mid-afternoon performance at the Semperoper, followed by a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Wed 2 Jan
Transfer to Berlin airport for your homeward flight.
Programme at the Semperoper Dresden
30 Dec 18.00
C: Franz Welser-Möst
Programme includes: Excerpts from J Strauss Die Fledermaus
31 Dec 16.00
LA TRAVIATA Verdi£195
D: Andreas Homoki
C: Stefano Ranzani
Cast: Iulia Maria Dan, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Antonio Yang, Grace Durham, Tom Martinsen, Jiří Rajniš, Alexandros Stavrakakis, Matthias Henneberg, Birgit Fandrey
1 Jan 16.00
LA BOHÈME PucciniInc
D: Nach Christine Mielitz
C: Daniele Callegari
Cast: Angela Gheorghiu, Elena Gorshunova, Stephen Costello, Sebastian Wartig, Jiří Rajniš, Tilmann Rönnebeck, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, Bernd Zettisch
29 Dec London Heathrow – Berlin dep: 12.45 arr: 15.35
2 Jan Berlin – London Heathrow dep: 16.30 arr: 17.25
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Club Europe flight upgrade from||£250|
|Land-only tour price||£1950|
Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, three dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.