Beethoven in Bonn, departing 05 September 2018

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The prestigious Beethoven Music Festival, takes place annually in the magnificent German city of Bonn. The festival, held annually since 1845, is now a world-renowned event and features more than sixty concerts at more than 25 venues. The festival offers more than seventy concerts by top international orchestras, leading ensembles, prominent soloists and up-coming young artists along with an extensive accompanying programme of cultural events. This tour offers a wonderful mix of music, history and art. You will visit the historic cities of Bonn and Cologne. Tour highlights include performances by MDW Sinfonieprchester and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment with conductor Adam Fischer. This tour is not just for lovers of Beethoven but for everyone who is an admirer of culture and art.

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Bonn,River Rhein2, copyright Michael Sondermann, Bundesstady Bonn

Bethiven-Haus, copyright Michael Sondermann, Bundesstady Bonn

 

 

Inclusions

• Return flight from Dublin, taxes

• Four nights in the Hilton Hotel in Bonn with breakfast • Lunch x 3, Dinner x 2

• Category 1 tickets to two performances o Evening concert featuring MDR Sinfonieorchester and Marino Formenti (piano): B. Lang Piano Concerto (world premiere), Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 and Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, op 28. o Evening concert at Kreuzkirche Church featuring Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Adam Fischer (conductor): Beethoven Overture from J W von Goethe’s tragedy ‘Egmont’, Hayden Symphony No 101 and Beethoven Symphony No 5.

• Programme of excursions including city tour of Bonn, visit to Beethoven’s House, boat trip on the River Rhine, excursion through the Ahr Valley, guided tour of Cologne Cathedral and guided tour of Wallraf-Richartz Museum

• Friendly, knowledgeable and professional local guide • Transfers and local guide according to the program

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with a morning flight to Dusseldorf. Your flight with Aer Lingus departs Dublin airport at 06:50 and arrives in Dusseldorf at 09:40 (flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).On arrival in Dusseldorf, meet your local guide and transfer to the 4* Hilton Bonn Hotel where you are booked for four-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. A group lunch will be served at the hotel and afterwards, your local guide will take you on a short walking orientation tour.

The afternoon is free for you to settle in, take a rest or perhaps enjoy a stroll around the city. Your hotel: 4* Hotel Hilton Bonn. Address: Berliner Freiheit 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany.Located a 6-minute walk from Beethoven House museum Overlooking the River Rhine, Hilton Bonn offers a fantastic location in the heart of the city center. Many attractions are within a few minutes’ walk, including the beautiful town hall and a multitude of museums. With comfy rooms and suites, a great restaurant and bar, relaxing wellness facilities, and modern event space, whatever brings you to the city, you can do it in style at Hilton Bonn.

This evening is at your leisure. Perhaps try dinner in your hotel or sample one of Bonn’s many local restaurants.

Day 2

After breakfast, set off on today’s guided sightseeing tour of Bonn. Today’s tour begins with a city tour by coach and then continues on foot with a guided walking tour ‘Following in Beethoven’s Footsteps’.  After free time for lunch (at own expense) at the “Im Stiefel” Inn which was frequently regularly by Ludwig van Beethoven and his family in the 18th century, the tour continues on to Beethoven’s House which houses the largest Beethoven collection.  Here you will enjoy an exclusive concert and learn all about Beethoven’s character, his life and his work.

Afternoon at leisure.

 

In the evening, meet your fellow travellers for pre-concert dinner in your hotel. After dinner, transfer to the Concert Hall at the World Concert Centre for the first of your evening performances.

Concert start time: 20:00 (with category 1 tickets)

Programme

Marino Formenti – Piano

MDR Sinfonieorchester

 

Conductor: N.N.

- B. Lang: Piano concerto (premiere)

- L. v. Beethoven: Piano concerto no. 3

- B. Lang: Piano concerto (repetition)

- R. Strauss: “Till Eugenspiegel‘s Merry Pranks”. Tone poem op. 28

 

Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the evening.

 

Day 3

After breakfast, set off on today’s Romantic Rhine excursion. Today’s excursion focusses on the Romantic River Rhine, from which Bonn takes its name ‘‘Gate to the Romantic Rhine”. This is by far the most beautiful part of Germany’s biggest river. In the 18th century, many artists and intellectuals came here to reflect on their works.

The day will begin with a short walk from your hotel to the departure pier (approx 10 minutes). Your tour begins with a cruise from Bonn Rolandseck where you visit the Arp Museum. The Arp Museum is one of the most attractive art museums in the Rhineland with impressive architecture. Consisting of the historic station building and the modern building by the American architect Richard Meier, the museum affords impressive views across the Rhine to the mountains of the Siebengebirge.

Group lunch at Arp Museum, In the afternoon, we take a boat trip from Rolandseck to the village of Königswinter. Here you will take your seat on the small tram through the narrow streets of Königswinter. The tram stops at the base station of the oldest cog railway in Germany, and from here you will take the oldest cog railway in Germany, the Drachenfelsbahn, to the stunning Drachecburg Castle. Listen as you are enthralled by the historic background of this castle. After a coffee break and free time to explore at your leisure, return to Bonn by boat returning to your hotel at approximately 18:00.

This evening is at leisure.

Day 4

Today’s excursion takes us firstly to the Valley of the river Ahr where you will see the Bridge at Remagen and then on to the former government bunker in the valley of the river Ahr.

Bridge at Remagen: On 7 March 1945 an advance unit of the 9th US Armored Division, led by LT Karl H. Timmermann, an American of German descent, reached the last intact bridge, just after the German defenders twice failed in their demolition attempts. The capture of the bridge is known as the "Miracle of Remagen". General Eisenhower stated that "the bridge is worth its weight in gold". In the days immediately following, the German High Command made desperate attempts to destroy the bridge. Hitler irately convened a court-martial which condemned five officers to death, four of whom were actually executed in the Westerwald Forest. On 17 March 1945 the bridge collapsed.

Former Government bunker: Located approximately 25 kilometres south of Bonn, the former Government bunker in the valley of the river Ahr was one of the most top secret buildings in the history of the federal Republic of Germany. During the Cold War, a secret underground bunker for the West German government was constructed to protect a chosen few in case of an atomic attack. It was built between 1960 and 1972 inside two abandoned railway tunnels that were built as part of the Strategic Railway, maintained and kept in a working condition for about 30 years and decommissioned in 1997. In 2008, it opened as a museum and a small part of the once-secret site is now open to the public. The museum entrance is nestled into a hill, amidst a backdrop of dense forest and vineyards overlooking the town of Ahrweiler.

Group lunch at the former Marienthal Abbey. Admire the old monastery ruins while relaxing over your lunch in one of Germanys famous wine regions. After lunch, transfer back to your hotel.

In the evening, meet your fellow travellers for pre-concert dinner in your hotel. After dinner, transfer to the Kreuzkirche Church for the second evening performances. Concert start time: 20:00 (with category 1 tickets) Programme Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment Conductor: Adam Fischer - L. v. Beethoven: Overture from J.W. von Goethe’s tragedy “Egmont” - J. Haydn: Symphony no. 101 - L. v. Beethoven. Symphony no. 5 Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 5

Today, we check out of the hotel and make our way to the airport for the return flight visiting Cologne on route.

The first stop in Cologne is the Wallraf Richartz Museum. The Wallraf invites you to come face to face with great masterpieces of European art as your embark on a voyage through 700 years of art history. The museum has one of the world’s leading collections of mediaeval painting, with Stefan Lochner’s “Madonna of the Rose Bower” as its greatest attraction. Other highlights include works by the Baroque masters, ranging from Rubens and Rembrandt to Murillo and Boucher, the German Romantics, French Realism, and Impressionism.

Lunch at leisure.

After lunch, take a guided tour of the famous Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s most visited site. Find out why the people of Cologne tried to build “the largest church in the world”, how difficult it was to realise this enormous project and why it was not completed until the 19th century, after work had stopped for almost 300 years. You will be enchanted by the wonderful stained-glass windows from various centuries, and by the impressive Gero cross, the oldest preserved large crucifix in the Occident and the shrine of the Three Magi, an outstanding example of the Rhenish-Maasland goldsmiths art and simultaneously proof that Cologne was one of the major occidental centres of pilgrimage.

Time permitting, the visit of the cathedral will be followed by a walking tour through the centre of Cologne, followed by transfer to the airport for the return flight. Flight departs Dusseldorf at 21:00 and arrives Dublin 21:50 (flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).

Accommodation

Overlooking the River Rhine, Hilton Bonn offers a fantastic location in the heart of the city center. Many attractions are within a few minutes’ walk, including the beautiful town hall and a multitude of museums. With comfy rooms and suites, a great restaurant and bar, relaxing wellness facilities, and modern event space, whatever brings you to the city, you can do it in style at Hilton Bonn.

Extra Information

Booking Information:

• Price is inclusive of one piece of hand luggage. Checked in luggage is extra according to airline fees at time of booking. Please advise at the time of booking should you wish to check-in a bag.

• Single supplement of € applies.

• A non-refundable / non-transferable deposit of €319 per person is required at time of booking (by debit card, cheque or credit card) • Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure.

• Minimum numbers required to travel or deposit refunded. • Prices, flight times & listed itinerary are subject to change • Booking terms and conditions apply Flight and tour timings are subject to change.

  Cost per person: €1,829pp
  Number of nights: 4
  Dates available: Departure: 05 September 2018

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