June 10-21, 2019 Music Lover’s Tour of Leipzig (for BachFest) and Prague

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Bach's grave in the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) in Leipzig

Bach’s grave in the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) in Leipzig

Highlights

  • 7 days at Leipzig during the International Bach Festival
  • 4 days in Prague (optional)

Leipzig

  • Several performances of the BachFest
  • private lecture by a notable Bach scholar
  • Thomaskirche and Frauenkirche
  • Gewandhaus Concert Hall
  • Bach Museum
  • Mendelssohn Museum
  • Grassi Collection of Musical Instruments
The Estates Theater in Prague is where Mozart's "Don Giovanni" was first performed, and where the opera scenes in "Amadeus" was filmed. We'll see it.

The Estates Theater in Prague is where Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” was first performed, and where the opera scenes in “Amadeus” was filmed. We’ll see it.

Prague

  • Antonín Dvořák Museum with a lecture by an international Dvořák scholar
  • National Opera House
  • Museum of Czech Musical History
  • Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge
  • Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Tours of each city led by local guide

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Performances

  • Verdi’s “Nabucco” at the Karlin Opera House in Prague
  • Performances in BachFest in Leipzig:
  • Bach’s Musical Offering and Overture iin B minor at the Nikolaikirche
  • Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt. Program: 2 concerti by Bach, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3
  • Recital at the Mendelssohn Museum, program to be announced
  • Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and other works by the Freiburg Chamber Orchestra at the Nikolaikirche
  • Bach’s Art of the Fugue and music by Mendelssohn by the German Chamber Orchestra from Bremen at the Thomaskirche
  • Bach’s English and French Suites performed by Sir András Schiff
  • You also have the option of attending other performances of the Bach Festival
  • Please read the “Information about the Performances on the Itinerary” on the Terms and Conditions page.

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Prague's Charles Bridge at night

Prague’s Charles Bridge at night

What’s Included in the Price

  • 11 nights in 4-star hotels (7 for Leipzig only)
  • Transportation from Prague to Leipzig to Budapest
  • Day trip to Dresden, transportation, tours and lunch included
  • Day trip to Halle, transportation and admission to the Handel Museum included
  • Public transportation passes in each city
  • Tickets to the performances listed above
  • Walking tours in each city led by local guides
  • All museum admissions listed in the itinerary
  • At least two meals a day (breakfast and lunch, or breakfast and dinner); drinks not included.
  • Hotel and restaurant gratuities
  • Maps of each city
  • David Nelson’s guidance and assistance at all times
  • Copious amounts of fun

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Itinerary

John Lennon Wall in Prague

John Lennon Wall in Prague

Note: This itinerary is subject to change.

Sunday, June 9 – Travel

  • Fly to Europe (overnight if you are leaving from North America). You can also travel to Prague a day or so earlier. Just let David Nelson know and he can arrange for your room in the group hotel.

Monday, June 10 – Prague

  • arrive in Prague
  • opening dinner
One of the outdoor stands in Prague's Old Town Square

One of the outdoor stands in Prague’s Old Town Square

Tuesday, June 11 – Prague

  • Walking tour with a local guide
  • Group Lunch
  • Some free time in the afternoon
  • Group dinner
  • Verdi’s “Nabucco” at the Karlin Opera House

Wednesday, June 12 – Prague

  • Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Group lunch
  • Czech Museum of Musical History
  • Dinner on your own
Antonín Dvořák's Bosendorfer piano in the Dvorak Museum in Prague.

Antonín Dvořák’s Bosendorfer piano in the Dvorak Museum in Prague

Thursday, June 13 – Prague

  • Lecture on Antonín Dvořák by an international Dvořák scholar
  • Lunch of your own
  • afternoon free
  • Group dinner

Friday, June 14 – Prague to Leipzig (arrival day in Leipzig for those doing Leipzig only)

  • Travel to Leipzig (approximately 5 hours)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Some free time
  • Group dinner
  • attend Bach’s “Musical Offering”
Leipzig's City Hall. We'll see the room and table where Bach signed his contract with the city leaders

Leipzig’s City Hall. We’ll see the room and table where Bach signed his contract with the city leaders

Saturday, June 15 – Leipzig

  • Walking tour of Leipzig with a local guide
  • Group lunch
  • Some free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner on your own
  • Gewandhaus Orchestra Concert, conducted by Herbert Blomstedt
Mendelssohn Museum in Leipzig

Mendelssohn Museum in Leipzig

Sunday, June 16 – Leipzig

  • Recital in the Mendelssohn Museum
  • Visit Mendelssohn Museum
  • Group Lunch
  • Free time
  • Dinner on your own
  • Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and other works at the Nikolaikirche

Monday, June 17 – Day Trip to Dresden

  • Take the train to Dresden (about 1 hour)
  • Tour Dresden with a local guide
  • Group lunch
  • Tour the Semper Opera House
  • Return to Leipzig
  • Dinner in Leipzig on your own
  • In the evening, you can attend an additional concert of BachFest

Tuesday, June 18 – Leipzig

  • Bach Museum
  • Group lunch
  • Free time
  • Dinner on your own
  • Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” and music by Mendelssohn at the Thomaskirche
Zwinger, a large ceremonial and historical building in Dresden

Zwinger, a large ceremonial and historical building in Dresden

Wednesday, June 19 – Leipzig

    • Grassi Museum of Musical Instruments
    • Group lunch
    • Free time
    • Dinner on your own

Bach’s English and French Suites performed by Sir András Schiff

Thursday, June 20 – Day Trip to Halle (Handel’s Birthplace)

  • Take train to Halle (about 25 minutes)
  • Visit Handel Museum
  • Visit Market Church, where Handel was baptized and performed as a child
  • Some free time in Halle
  • Lunch in Halle on your own
  • Return to Leipzig
  • Free time in Leipzig
  • Closing dinner
One of the organs Bach played. In Leipzig's Bach Museum.

One of the organs Bach played. In Leipzig’s Bach Museum.

Friday, June 21 – Travel

  • Travel back home, or stay to explore more of Europe

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Price

  • Leipzig and Prague $3475 per person, double occupancy
  • Leipzig only: $2275 per person, double occupancy
  • For a guaranteed single room, the single supplement is $600 (Leipzig and Prague) or $450 (Leipzig only).
  • For those traveling alone, you may be placed in a double room with another person of the same gender traveling alone. Depending on who signs up for the trip, you may be in a double or a single room, and will still pay the double-occupancy price. The only guaranteed single rooms are for those paying the single supplement.

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