• Celebrate the Feast of Saint Sylvester among the palaces, galleries and music halls of Bavaria
• Attend two spectacular performances with the Bavarian State Opera – The Marriage of Figaro and Die Fledermaus – alongside a New Year’s Eve concert
• Explore the Bavarian countryside with an excursion to Mittenwald, home to a wonderful violin museum
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart London Heathrow 1210 on British Airways, arriving Munich 1505. Transfer to the Hotel Torbräu for six nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by guided tour of the Bavarian State Opera (subject to confirmation) and a visit to the Alte Pinakothek (Old Masters collection). Evening performance at the Bavarian State Opera: Mozart The Magic Flute.
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve Morning visit to Munich Lenbachhaus (Blue Rider School of painting) followed by optional walk in the English Garden. New Year’s Eve performance in Munich Residenz followed by celebratory dinner at the hotel. Option to view New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Marienplatz.
New Year’s Day
Morning visits in Munich followed by a celebratory lunch, free afternoon and independent dinner.
Whole day excursion to Mittenwald with visit to violin-making museum and workshops.
Morning lecture followed by excursion to Nymphenburg Palace (birthplace of Ludwig II). Evening performance at the Bavarian State Opera: Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus.
Depart Munich 1245, arriving Heathrow 1400.
29 Dec — 4 Jan 2021
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This tour is not expected to be particularly strenuous, however please note that there will be plenty of urban walking as well as periods standing in galleries. Pavements may be icy at this time of year. Most visits are local however our visit to Mittenwald will include a longer coach journey, and participants should meet our usual fitness requirements.
Our base for this tour will be the splendid four-star Hotel Torbräu, situated in the heart of Munich just minutes away from Marienplatz, the central square that is home to the flamboyant neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus. This traditional and classically decorated hotel, occupying lovingly restored and modernised buildings, is one of the oldest in Munich. Enjoying excellent reviews for its charm, comfort and location, as well as for its high levels of service, the hotel is the perfect base for our New Year exploration of the city.
Cost of £3295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, three lunches, three dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities. Twin bedded rooms on request.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £290. Double room for single use supplement on request.
TOUR CODE: NYMU20
Own flight reduction: £185