June 11-23, 2017 International Bach Festival in Leipzig with an optional trip to Budapest

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Gewandhaus Concert Hall in Leipzig

Gewandhaus Concert Hall in Leipzig

Highlights

  • 7 days at Leipzig during the International Bach Festival
  • 3 days in Budapest (optional)

Leipzig

  • Thomaskirche and Frauenkirche
  • Gewandhaus Concert Hall
  • Bach Museum
  • Mendelssohn Museum
  • Schumann Museum
  • Grassi Collection of Musical Instruments

Budapest

  • Budapest State Opera House
  • Franz Liszt Museum
  • Hungarian Museum of Music History
  • Budapest Palace
  • Chain Bridge
  • Tours of each city led by local guide

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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

Performances

Leipzig

  • Monteverdi’s “Orfeo,” Gewandhaus
  • Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Paulus, Thomaskirche
  • Bach, St. John Passion Thomaskirche
  • Bach, B Minor Mass, Thomaskirche (pending ticket availability; currently this concert is sold out. If tickets do not become available, tickets to a different performance will be substituted.)
  • You also have the option of attending other performances of the Bach Festival

Budapest

  • Mozart’s “Cairo Goose,” Eiffel Art Studios
  • Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Budapest State Opera House
  • Verdi’s “It Trovatore,” Budapest State Opera

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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

What’s Included in the Price

  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels (10 with Budapest option)
  • Transportation from Leipzig to Budapest (Budapest option)
  • Day trip to Dresden, transportation, tours and lunch 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

Note: This itinerary is subject to change.

Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church), one of the churches in Leipzig where Bach worked.

Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church), one of the churches in Leipzig where Bach worked.

Sunday, June 11 – Travel

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

Monday, June 12 – Leipzig

  • Arrive in Leipzig
  • check into our hotel, relax, and begin to explore Leipzig
  • Group dinner

Tuesday, June 13 – Leipzig

  • Walking tour with a local guide
  • Group Lunch
  • Leipzig City Hall
  • Group dinner
  • Attend Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” at the Gewandhaus
Mendelssohn Museum in Leipzig

Mendelssohn Museum in Leipzig

Wednesday, June 14 – Leipzig

  • Mendelssohn Museum
  • Group lunch
  • Schumann Museum
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, June 15 – Leipzig

  • Bach Museum
  • group lunch
  • afternoon free
  • dinner on your own
  • Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Paulus at the Thomaskirche

Friday, June 16 – Leipzig

  • Grassi Museum of Musical Instruments
  • group lunch
  • afternoon free
  • dinner on your own
  • Bach’s St. John Passion at the Thomaskirche
Zwinger, a large ceremonial and historical building in Dresden

Zwinger, a large ceremonial and historical building in Dresden

Saturday, 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
  • free time in Dresden
  • take train back to Leipzig
  • dinner in Leipzig on your own

Sunday, June 18 – Leipzig

  • Collection of Historic Musical Instruments
  • Imperial Library
  • Group Lunch
  • Haydn Museum
  • Late afternoon and dinner on your own
Budapest's Chain Bridge crosses the Danube River in front of the Palace.

Budapest’s Chain Bridge crosses the Danube River in front of the Palace.

Monday, June 19 – Travel to Budapest (if you are doing the Budapest option) or travel back home if you are just doing the Leipzig portion of the trip

  • If you are ending your tour in Leipzig, this is the day you return home
  • If you are joining us for the Budapest option, we will take the train to Budapest
  • check into hotel
  • group dinner
Entrance to the auditorium of the Budapest State Opera House.

Entrance to the auditorium of the Budapest State Opera House.

Tuesday, June 20 – Budapest

  • Walking tour of Budapest with a local guide
  • group lunch
  • Franz Liszt Museum
  • Mozart’s opera, “The Cairo Goose” at the Eiffel Art Studios

Wednesday, June 21 – Budapest

  • Hungarian Museum of Music History
  • Budapest Castle
  • Hungarian National Gallery
  • group lunch
  • afternoon free
  • dinner on your own
  • Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Budapest State Opera
Historic sign on Franz Liszt's home, now a museum that we will visit.

Historic sign on Franz Liszt’s home, now a museum that we will visit.

Thursday, June 22 – Budapest

  • free day in Budapest
  • group dinner
  • Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”

Friday, June 23 – Travel

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

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Price

  • Leipzig: $2095 per person, double occupancy
  • Leipzig and Budapest: $3290 per person, double occupancy
  • For a guaranteed single room, the single supplement is $395 (Leipzig only) or $690 (Leipzig and Budapest).
  • 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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