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Opera & Art in Dresden

Dresden 5 nights Price from £2,272 per person
Departs: 22 Apr 2020
Departs: 22 Apr 2020

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Dresden’s Semperoper is one of the most important and historic opera houses in Europe. Designed by Gottfried Semper in 1841 and then again, after a fire in 1878, it was destroyed in the closing months of WWII, reopening in 1985. The opera house sits in the heart of Dresden’s historic centre, close to the banks of the Elbe. The Semperoper has strong associations with Wagner and Richard Strauss; nine of Strauss’s operas received their first performances in Dresden. Immediately after the re-unification of Germany, an immense project to restore the city to its former glory began and today it is easy for visitors to understand the importance of Dresden’s place in the cultural history of Germany.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Five night's accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners and two lunches
  • Tickets for two operas
  • All sightseeing as described, all entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer and a local guide.


  • Day 1 - Fly to Berlin

    We fly to Berlin and on arrival transfer to Dresden where westay at the 4 star Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe which is superbly located in the heart of historic Dresden, next to the Neumarkt and overlooking the Frauenkirche. Behind the traditional façade, the hotel has well-appointed bedrooms, a restaurant and a bar.
  • Day 2 - Frauenkirche

    We meet our local guide and embark on a walking tour of the city, including a visit to the Frauenkirche, which had lain in ruins from 1945 until its reconstruction between 1994 and 2004. Later we will go to the Albertinum with its important art collection of German Romantic and Realist art, including works by Caspar David Friedrich and Max Liebermann, as well as paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin and others.
  • Day 3 - Green Vaults

    This morning we will visit the Historic Green Vault and the New Green Vault where we will see displays of many of the treasures from the collections of the Electors of Saxony. In the afternoon we see one of Europe’s most important collections of Old Masters at the Zwinger Gallery.
  • Day 4 - Pillnitz

    Today we enjoy a boat ride along the Elbe to Pillnitz, the summer residence of the Electors of Saxony. We visit the palace and the Carl Maria Weber Museum in the vineyards close to Pillnitz before returning to Dresden.
  • Day 5 - Schloss Wackerbarth

    This morning we go to Schloss Wackerbarth, surrounded by terraced vineyards. It was once a retreat for the Saxon court and today it is at the heart of Saxony’s burgeoning wine producing region. We have a wine-tasting and lunch before returning to the city.
  • Day 6 - Flight home

    We drive to Berlin for the flight back to the UK.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart London Heathrow 12.55 arrive Berlin Tegel 15.40
Depart Berlin Tegel 14.40 arrive London Heathrow 15.40

Departure Dates and Prices

22 Apr 2020

Status Available

Price from£2272

Single Supp.£298

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Anton Crayton

Anton Crayton

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Music Programme

24 April: Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini.
Sebastian Wartig is Figaro, Taylor Stayton is the Count and Jana Kurucova is the wily Rosina.

25 April: La bohème by Puccini.

Maja Kovalevska is Mimi and Tomislav Muzek is Rodolfo.

Optional performance: Platée by Rameau (23 April) was written for a haute-contre, a rare type of high tenor voice and is a rarely performed satirical work about an ugly frog. It was composed to celebrate the marriage in 1745 of the Dauphin to the Spanish Infanta, Maria Theresa, well known for her unprepossessing looks. Instead of getting the composer into serious trouble, it was rapturously received at its first performance at Versailles. £69 per ticket.

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