Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner

Music and Art

Wagner - The Ring Cycle in Leipzig

7 days From £2,950

30 April 2019

This city’s rich history of classical music leaves nothing to be desired, especially when it comes to The Ring Cycle being performed in its composer’s birthplace. Richard Wagner’s innovations and artistic legacy are proudly celebrated here. Allow yourself to be transported by his monumental music drama, performed over four nights in Leipzig’s modern opera house.

No trip to this Saxony city is complete without stepping into the worlds of other famous German composers: local boys Mendelssohn, Schumann and Bach. Their world-famous music is immortalised by museums and the houses they lived in, preserved as monuments to their genius. We spend time discovering more about their lives through personal artefacts and unique exhibitions, and the knowledge of our expert guide will give us a broader view of Leipzig’s rich musical heritage. So, join us on this cultural exploration of Germany and immerse yourself in its sounds & sights.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Local transport
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Accommodation
  •  Expert guide
  •  Professional tour manager

Led by...

Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden grew up in a medical/musical family where music-making was part of everyday life.

Book Now £2,950

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £785

Tour highlights:

  • Take a private tour of the Blüthner Piano Factory
  • Be treated to a private recital
  • Interval snacks at the Opera House
  • Enjoy a personal meeting with the Chairman of the Leipzig Wagner Foundation
  • Experience a privileged view of the Opera House with a special tour

Tour details

Dates 30 April 2019 - 6 May 2019
Duration 7 days
Cost £2,950 Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £785 Balance due by 5 February 2019
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code ZOL19A

Book Now or call 01453 823328 if you have any questions

30 April 2019: Itinerary

We fly to Berlin from London. Upon arrival, we travel to Leipzig and check in to our hotel. This evening, we are welcomed by the Chairman of the Wagner Foundation at the opening of the festival.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Steigenberger Grand Hotel, Leipzig

Today we start with a talk on the operas. After, we discover the delights of Leipzig. Following a stop for lunch, we walk to the Opera House for the first performance of this tour, Das Rheingold. Later, we sit down to dinner at our hotel.

All meals included

Hotel: Steigenberger Grand Hotel, Leipzig

Our day begins at the Opera House, where we experience a private tour. Lunch follows. Later, we have our second opera of the week, Die Walküre.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Steigenberger Grand Hotel, Leipzig

We begin with a private tour at the Blüthner piano factory and then we head to the apartment where Robert and Clara Schumann lived where we are treated to a piano recital. Here we enjoy a brief piano recital before going to lunch at the Gohliser Schlösschen. Our afternoon is free and tonight’s dinner is at a local restaurant.

All meals included

Hotel: Steigenberger Grand Hotel, Leipzig

Depart for Mendelssohn House, where he lived and died. Next, visit Grassi Museum and the newly renovated Museum of Musical Instruments, home to over 5,000 instruments including three 16th century clavichords and a Gothic harp. Later, we enjoy our third performance.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Steigenberger Grand Hotel, Leipzig

This morning we visit the Bach Museum, as we are treated to a private recital. Our final opera awaits us later, the great Götterdämmerung, known as “Twilight of the Gods”.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Steigenberger Grand Hotel, Leipzig

Fly home to London from Berlin Airport.

Meals include: Breakfast

30 April 2019: Additional Info

30 April 2019: Accommodation

Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof is a former exhibition building in the heart of Leipzig, 2 minutes walk from the St. Nicholas Church. In the immediate vicinity you will also find the pedestrian zone and the market with the Old Town Hall and the historic Naschmarkt. All the rooms have air-conditioning, are soundproofed and are conveniently equipped with a flat-screen TV, desk, safe, as well as coffee and tea making facilities. The hotel has a spa, Free WiFi, a fitness area and a restaurant and bar.

30 April 2019: Enquiries

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