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Opera in Berlin: departing 28 May 2020
|4 days and 3 nights|
Opera in Berlin
4-days, only €989pps
Direct flights from Ireland
BOOKING DEPOSIT 50%
Balance due 56 days prior to
tour departure date
Luxuriate in Opera in Berlin and discover Berlin’s rich historical architecture. Berlin is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city and is ranked as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. Enjoy three-nights in the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Berlin, and immerse yourself in the cities rich cultural history. There is a plethora of things to do and see in Berlin. The city offers world renowned art galleries and museums in the world and the highest standards of opera. During your stay in Berlin, you will enjoy two opera evenings; Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner) in the Deutsche Oper and L’Elisis D’Amore (Donizetti) in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Day 1 – Thursday 28 May 2020
Your tour will start with a morning flight to Berlin. Flying with Aer Lingus, flight departs Dublin at 06:45 and arrives
into Berlin airport at 10:05. (please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion)
On arrival in Berlin, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to the 4* Hotel Park Inn, Alexanderplatz where you are booked for three-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
Your hotel: 4-star Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
The 4-star Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz is located in the historial ane new centre of Berlin, next to the famous Berlin TV tower. The tallest hotel in Berlin, the Park Inn by Radisson in Mitte, combines stunning views with an unrivaled location. The hotel is within walking distance to iconic landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate while Museum Island, home to 5 world-renowned museums, including the Pergamon Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, and the Bode Museum and a Berlin must-visit is just one kilometer away,
After lunch, meet your local guide and depart for your “Highlights of Berlin City” tour. See the city sights including Charlottenburg Palace, Checkpoint Charlie, the Branderburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Potdamer Platz and the Reichstag Building.
Evening at leisure.
Day 2 – Friday 29 May 2020
Today, join your local guide for a 3-hour guided walking tour of Jewish Berlin.
Jewish life in 'Scheunenviertel' This morning, visit the Jewish quarter in Berlin and learn about the city’s Jewish heritage from the 17th century to today. Learn about past and present Jewish life and see the New Synagogue, one of Berlin’s most significant Jewish landmarks (from exterior as the Synagogue has announced it is closed for renovations until April 2018). See landmark sites like the “Block of Women” Memorial, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the New Synagogue and much more. Visit the Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt, a 1940s-era factory where workshop owner Otto Weidt protected his blind and deaf Jewish workers from persecution during the Holocaust.
Afternoon at leisure.
In the evening, meet your fellow traveller for pre-performance buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant and afterwards transfer by private coach to the Deutsche Opera for the evening performance of Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner) in the Deutsche Oper.
Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner) in the Deutsche Oper
Performance Start time: 7.30pm
Tickets: category 2
Romantic opera in three acts Music and text by Richard Wagner
World premiere: 2nd January 1843 in Dresden
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin: 7th May 2017
In German language with German and English surtitles
ca 2 hrs 15 mins / no interval
The Dutchman is a cursed man, a driven man, an outsider. Richard Wagner encountered this stateless figure in the pages of Heinrich Heine, who suffused the romantic material with his characteristic irony. Wagner was uninterested in Heine’s broader storyline, which downplayed the Dutchman material. Wagner immersed himself in the story of the mysterious mariner, drawing for his first opera on this tale of a man searching for a woman who can offer him redemption. Roving restlessly in the borderlands of Life and Death, the Dutchman meets Senta, a woman who, in her own way, appears alien and without a place to call home and is yearning for a male character, a figment of her own fantasy – the Dutchman. The world is one of dream images, obsessions, projections and the fantastic, a world that has long since lost touch with reality. The character most affected by all this is the huntsman, Erik, arguably the only person in the story who is genuinely in love, but he is unable to reach the other characters, which are lost in their dreams. Written in 1841 and first performed in Dresden in 1843, Wagner’s opera builds on the tradition of German romantic operas as espoused by Weber and Marschner and is a departure from the grand opera style of his previous opera, RIENZI. Yet despite his mainstream approach, the work is an indication of Wagner’s development as a musical dramatist – and the first to place Wagner’s prime preoccupation, redemption through love in death, at the center of proceedings.
extract from Deutsche Oper website
Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.
Day 3 – Saturday 30 May 2020
Morning and afternoon at leisure.
In the evening, meet your fellow traveller for pre-performance buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant and afterwards transfer by private coach to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for the evening performance of L’Elisis D’Amore (Donizetti).
L’Elisis D’Amore (Gaetano Donizetti) in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Performance Start time: 7.30pm
Tickets: category 1
Love potions are all the rage in literature: just think of the medieval story of Tristan and Isolde, which – over 30 years before Wagner’s opera – also found its way into Donizetti’s work. Here, the somewhat simple-minded Nemorino is driven to speed up his advances to his cherished Adina by means of a magic potion offered to him by the quack doctor Dulcamara. However, as in Tristan and Isolde, taking the potion does not have the intended effect. When Nemorino meets Adina in a state of drunkenness – the intoxicating effect of the potion owing to its high-proof content – Adina turns away angrily and decides to marry the dashing soldier Belcore. It takes a second bottle of »love potion« and plenty of fortune for Nemorino and Adina to come together. In the end, however, the whole village community is convinced of the elixir’s effect. With the delightful naivety of his characters, Donizetti and his librettist Felice Romani take superstition and credulity for a ride in a lovingly tender manner. The music, which is said to have been written in just three weeks, also allows the protagonists touching, intimate moments, not least in the famous aria Una furtiva lagrima. The inexhaustible richness of its melodies makes L’elisir d’amore one of Donizetti’s most popular stage works, which now returns to the Staatsoper repertoire after a long break. extract from Staatsoper Unter den Linden website
Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.
Day 4 – Sunday 31 May 2020
Today, meet your local guide for coach transfer to airport for return flight. Flight departs Berlin at 22:05 and arrives Dublin 23:05 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion).
Flight and tour timings are subject to change
• Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes
• Three nights in the 4* Hotel Park Inn Alexanderplatz with breakfast
• Welcome lunch
• Three evening meals in your hotel
• Highlights of Berlin sightseeing tour by coach
• Jewish Berlin walking tour
• Backstage tour of the Opera House (subject to rehearsal schedule)
• Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner) in the Deutsche Oper (category 2)
• L’Elisis D’Amore (Donizetti) in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (category 1)
• Free time for independent sightseeing
• Private coach and guide assistance as per the programme
Price does not include
IFC strongly recommends travel insurance and can offer a competitive quotation if not already purchased. The EHIC is a European Healthcard available to all EU citizens and is recommended to carry for travel within Europe. Please check www.ehic.ie for more information. IMPORTANT: If you have purchased travel insurance with IFC. If you or any person travelling has a pre-existing medical condition then you must declare that condition to Health Check.
Extra Booking Information
Booking deposit is €350pp. Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure date. No credit card charge on deposit payments.
One standard piece of hand luggage is included in your tour price. (10 kilos). Checked in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel, prices may vary. Please note this must be booked with a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. Bags booked within 14 days prior to travel will incur an administration fee of €25 per piece.
It is your responsibility to ensure your passport will be valid for your holiday. Please contact IFC should you have any queries regarding your passport.
Between 15-20 participants
How strenuous is this tour?
There is some walking involved in the tour. The city tour is via coach with panoramic stops. The Jewish walking tour is a 3-hour walking tour.
Please note that this tour offer is based on opera in the Deutsche Oper and opera in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. This tour is based on the venue performance and not the performance. Please note that artists/performance can change at the venues discretion. Both the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden reserve the right to change the advertised arrangements of any performance in the event of illness or any cause beyond their control. This includes non-appearance of any named artist/orchestra. IFC have no control over performing artists and will substitute the performance should any changes out of our control be advised by the local venue.