Bayreuth & Nürnberg: August 11 - 19, 2017
NÜRNBERG: August 12 & 13. Immediately prior to Bayreuth, our Tour will begin in Nürnberg, the location of the closest major airport to Bayreuth. Our two nights at the first-class Victoria Hotel will enable you to recover from jet lag before we transfer by bus to Bayreuth and the long operas.
Our activities in Nürnberg include a dinner at Gastof Pillhofer adjacent to the hotel on our first evening (August 12th), and a morning walking tour to view the highlights of the medieval/Renaissance city – Die Kaiserburg (‘Imperial Castle’) residence of the Holy Roman Emperors; and the 14th century Frauenkirche with its Männleinlaufen mechanical clock.
BAYREUTH: August 14 – 18. Wagner ‘aficionados’ will be thrilled by the news that we are able to repeat last summer’s exhilarating experience at Germany’s famed Bayreuth Festival for FOUR of Richard Wagner’s towering music dramas – Tristan und Isolde (the well-received 2015 staging); Parsifal (the new ’16 staging which was our Tour members’ unanimous favorite); Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (the eagerly anticipated new production for ’17); and Die Walküre (a chance to encounter the most lyrical segment of thecurrent controversial ‘Ring’). Our Bayreuth immersion will include five nights at the Bayerischer Hof, the leading hotel in the town of Bayreuth, including a full buffet breakfast. We will also include pre-opera lunch each day (on the 17th, it will be dinner) either at the hotel or across the street at the Weihenstephan. During the long intermissions at the opera house, several restaurant options are convenient for dinner. We plan to walk to the performances (about ten minutes each way), but taxis are readily available if you prefer. We look forward to being in the center of the town to enjoy the reverential ambience of the Festival, where formal ‘black tie’ attire is strongly recommended. (No rooms are available for any extra nights.)
Our Bayreuth dates will be August 14 (Parsifal, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen); August 15 (‘Meistersinger’, led by Philippe Jordan); August 16 (‘Tristan’, led by Christian Thielemann); and August 18 (Die Walküre, led by Marek Janowski). Our tickets will be scattered throughout the remarkable theatre (where there are no poor seats), and everyone will be seated equitably in different locations for each opera. (No performance on the 17th. Casts TBA later. There are no titles in Bayreuth.)
In addition to the generous meals at the hotel, we will also include two sightseeing excursions. First, a morning excursion will include Wahnfried (Wagner’s house and museum), and the fanciful Baroque park of the Eremitage on the outskirts of Bayreuth. Second, we will enjoy a tour of the romantic wooded scenery of Frankische Schweiz, passing through several picturesque villages. We will stop at the 18th century church of Gössweinstein and will enjoy an afternoon ‘coffee and cake’ at the Café Krone.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $7,880
Single Occupancy: $8,530