June 9-20, 2020 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
  • Thomaskirche and Frauenkirche
  • 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
  • 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

  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra performing Mahler’s Symphony No.4
  • Performances in BachFest in Leipzig:
  • Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis; Gewandhaus Orchestra, choir of the Leipzig Opera
  • Recital at the intimate salon room of the Mendelssohn Museum
  • Concert by J.S. Bach and other Bachs of music for chamber orchestra with baritone soloist; Berlin Baroque Soloists
  • Bach Cantatas at the Nikolaikirche; Emmanuel Music Boston
  • Music of the Bach Family at the Kupfersaal; MDR Kammersymphonie
  • 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
  • Day trip to Dresden, transportation, walking tour, opera house tour, 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.

Monday, June 8 – 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.

Tuesday, June 9 – 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

Wednesday, June 10 – Prague

  • Walking tour with a local guide
  • Group Lunch
  • Czech Museum of Musical History
  • Group dinner

Thursday, June 11 – Prague

  • Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Group lunch
  • Free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner on your own
  • Concert: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler’s 4th Symphony
Antonín Dvořák's Bosendorfer piano in the Dvorak Museum in Prague.

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

Friday, June 12 – Prague

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

Saturday, June 13 – 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 Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
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

Sunday, June 14 – Leipzig

  • Attend recital in the Salon Room of the Mendelssohn Museum
  • Mendelssohn Museum
  • Group lunch
  • Walking tour with a local guide
  • Group dinner
Mendelssohn Museum in Leipzig

Mendelssohn Museum in Leipzig

Monday, June 15 – Day trip to Dresden

  • Take the train to Dresden (about 1 hour)
  • Tour Dresden with a local guide
  • Group lunch
  • Tour of 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 16 – Leipzig

  • Bach Museum
  • Thomaskirche, Bach’s most important church; site of his grave
  • Group Lunch
  • Afternoon concert at the Paulinium
  • Dinner on your own

Wednesday, June 17 – 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
  • Group lunch in Halle on your own
  • Return to Leipzig
  • Free time in Leipzig; dinner on your own
Zwinger, a large ceremonial and historical building in Dresden

Zwinger, a large ceremonial and historical building in Dresden

Thursday, June 18 – Leipzig

  • Grassi Museum of Musical Instruments
  • Group lunch
  • Free time in afternoon
  • Dinner on your own
  • Concert of Choral Cantatas at Nikolaikirche

Friday, June 19

  • Museum of Fine Arts to see Klinger’s statue of Beethoven
  • Lunch of your own
  • 5pm concert of chamber orchestra music at Kupfersaal
  • Closing dinner at Auerbach’s Keller, Leipzig’s most famous and historic restaurant
One of the organs Bach played. In Leipzig's Bach Museum.

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

Saturday, June 20 – 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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  • Be sure to choose the options you want on the “Which Trip” menu.

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