Budapest Spring Festival, 05 April 2018

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Offering the very best in classical music, opera, jazz and folk music, the Budapest Spring Festival is the largest cultural event in Hungary. A multitude of venues throughout the city welcome both, Hungarian and international performers. Budapest celebrates its 38th Spring Festival in 2018.

Indulge yourself in the Budapest Spring Festival 2018 with IFC. Glorious music performed in the Palace of the Arts and opera in the Erkel Theatre. We add cultural visits in and around Budapest including a Sightseeing Tour, visit to the famous Budapest Synagogue and a guided tour of the stunning National Art Gallery.

Budapest is an enchanting city with beautiful palaces and castles. See the city sights as you are chauffeured along Budapest's elegant boulevards to Heroes’ Square, across the mighty Danube and up to Gellert Hill. Look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest - the two sides linked by the Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. Visit the Castle District and enjoy the amazing views from the Fisherman’s Bastion over the exquisite Parliament building, one of the largest in Europe. During your free time, be sure to spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca where the city’s museums and monuments, churches and synagogues, historic squares and buildings are within easy reach or enjoy a relaxing visit to one of Budapest's famous thermal baths.

 

Inclusions

  •  Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes
  •  Four-nights in the 4* Carat Boutique Hotel Budapest with breakfasts
  •  Highlights of Budapest sightseeing tour
  •  Visit to the Budapest Jewish Synagogue
  •  Guided visit of the Hungarian National Art Gallery
  •  Pre-performance dinner on two evenings
  •  Opera in the Erkel Theatre; The Magic Flute (with category 1 tickets)
  •  Performance by Fima Bronfman (piano) and the Vienna Philharmonic in the Palace of the Arts (with category 1 tickets)
  •  Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with flight to Budapest. (please note that airline and flight times cannot be advised as the flights have not yet opened for sale). On arrival in Budapest, meet your local guide and transfer to the 4* Hotel Catat Budapest where you are booked for four-nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

The 4* Carat Hotel Budapest 1061 Budapest, Király utca 6, Hungary

The Hotel Carat Budapest is a boutique Hotel located in the very centre of Budapest, just 100 m from the Deak Ferenc Square metro hub. It features a wellness area and offers free Wi-Fi. All of the elegantly furnished rooms in the Carat hotel are air-conditioned and have a satellite TV. The Great Synagogue, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Andrássy Avenue and the Opera House are just a few steps away.

This evening is at your leisure. Perhaps try dinner in the hotel restaurants or in one of Budapest’s many local restaurants. We would be happy to advise you on recommended places to eat.

Day 2

Budapest is Hungary’s capital and largest city with a population in excess of 1.7 million residents. Tt is Hungary’s principal cultural, commercial, industrial, political, and transportation center and covers an area of roughly 525 square miles. The city’s primary allure is the beautiful Danube River as it gracefully meanders its way through the city.

This morning after breakfast, you will join your local guide for a city tour of this beautiful city via coach. See all the key sites including the Margaret Bridge, the House of Parliament, the Royal Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, and much more. After your city tour, enjoy the afternoon at leisure for independent sightseeing.

Evening

Join your fellow travellers for a buffet style dinner in the Trofea Restaurant, located within walking distance from your hotel (100m) and afterwards transfer to the Palace of the Arts for evening concert performance; Fina Bronfman & The Vienna Philharmonic. (with category 1 tickets).

Performance Start time: 7.30pm

Fima Bronfman (piano) and the Vienna Philharmonic Venue: Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Müpa Budapest,

1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

2. Stravinsky: Petrushka

The Uzbekistan-born Israeli-American Yefim Bronfman is one of today’s brightest pianist stars. His recording of Bartók’s three piano concertos was acknowledged with a Grammy Award in 1997. The conductor’s rostrum will be occupied by the Columbian Andrés Orozco Estrada, who lives in Vienna and currently fills key positions in three orchestras: the Houston Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Coach transfer back to your hotel at the end of the hotel.

Day 3

Today, you have a free day for independent sightseeing or perhaps take the time to simply relax and unwind. Spend your free time enjoying the city sights, indulging in some shopping or enjoying famous Budapest Spas.

This morning, visit the famous Budapest Synagogue, the largest Jewish house of worship in the world outside New York City. Built in 1859, the synagogue has both Romantic and Moorish architectural elements. Inside, the Hungarian Jewish Museum contains objects relating to religious and everyday life, as well as the Holocaust Memorial Room, which relates the events of 1944–45.

Afterwards, marvel as you are guided around the Hungarian National Art Gallery. The Gallery was established in 1957 as the national art museum. It is located in Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary and its collections cover Hungarian art in all genres, including the works of many nineteenth- and twentieth-century Hungarian artists.

This evening, pre-opera dinner will be taken in the Kaltenberg House Restaurant and afterwards transfer to the Erkel Theatre, for the evening performance of The Magic Flute (opera) (with category 1 tickets).

Performance:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’S Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Performance Start time: 7pm

"The Magic Flute is like a mirror: gazing into it, we see ourselves and find whatever it is we are looking for." (János Leibner). The combination of Mozart's marvellous music and Schikaneder's coming-of-age storyline has something to tell us at every stage of life. No matter if you are discovering or rediscovering the work this blend of the ethereal and riveting entertainment is always thrilling to watch. Miklós Szinetár's production is suffused with the opera's rich world of symbolism, with the sun always rising at the end.

Performance Venue: The Erkel Theatre

The Erkel Theatre is named after one of the greatest Hungarian opera composers, Ferenc Erkel. It was erected 101 years ago. In 2007 the building was closed and after a break of almost six years the Hungarian government decided to invest in its renovation. The theatre re-opened in 2013 and is known as Budapest’s second opera house. Coach transfer back to your hotel at the end of the hotel.

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and following breakfast check-out. Meet your local guide for transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight

Extra 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 €145
  •  A non-refundable / non-transferable deposit of €250 per person is required at time of booking (by debit card, cheque or credit card). No surcharge on deposit payments. Please note a 2% surcharge is payable on balances paid via 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. Please note that flight times are subject to change at airline discretion and changes to flight times are out of our control.
  •  Booking terms and conditions apply

  Cost per person: €889pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: 05 April 2018

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