Easter in Baden-Baden with Elina Garanca, Lang Lang and the Berlin Philharmoniker, departing 19 April 2019

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Take in two music concerts in Baden-Baden’s famous Festspielhaus; Lang Lang & Kirill Petrenko Beethoven/Tchaikovsky with Lang Lang and the chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Verdi: Requiem - Verdi’s stunning mass for the dead performed by a dream cast. With a capacity of 2,500 seats, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is one of the largest classical music venues in Europe. The building features a unique architecture as it sits on the bed of a former railway station, whose neo-classicist structure serves as the entrance hall of the Festspielhaus. The reconstructed Festspielhaus was designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer in the mid-1990’s and is known worldwide for its excellent acoustics.

Nestling on the French border, the historic town of Baden-Baden is a charming blend of French and German cultures, mixing its grand Art Nouveau villas with a wave of modern boutiques and chic cafés. Elegant and sophisticated, Baden-Baden offers a delightful townscape of tree-lined avenues, grand buildings and boutiques alongside its legendary thermal baths. Explore the ruins of the 2000-year-old Roman baths; visit the Belle Epoque Kurhaus and splash some cash at the extravagant Baden Baden Casino; or relax in the flower-lined parklands lining the Oos River. Famous for its historical significance as one of the great spa towns of the 19th century, Baden-Baden now enjoys a reputation for its outstanding range of cultural performances.

Inclusions

• Return scheduled flight from Dublin to Frankfurt • Four nights in the three-star Holiday Inn Express in Baden-Baden with breakfast • Welcome lunch on arrival • Guided walking tour of Baden-Baden • Visit to the famous Baden-Baden Casino • Excursion to the Black Forest • Guided tour of Heidelberg and Heidelberg Castle • Performance of Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Muti, Elina Garana and the Berlin Philharmoniker in the Festspielhaus • Beethoven/ Tchaikovsky with Lang Lang and the chief conductor designate of the Berlin Philharmoniker in the Festspielhaus • Pre-concert dinner x 2 • Free time for independent sightseeing

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with a morning flight to Frankfurt, flight departs Dublin at 07:00 and arrives into Frankfurt airport at 10:10. (please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion)

On arrival in Frankfurt, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to the 3* Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Baden-Baden where you are booked for three-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

On arrival in Baden-Baden, relax over a welcome lunch in one of Baden-Baden’s local restaurants – The Kurhaus. The Kurhaus was built between 1821 and 1824 by Friedrich Weinbrenner and offers a unique Belle Epoch styled elegance. After lunch transfer to your hotel.

Your hotel: The 3 Holiday Inn, Baden-Baden

A pretty U-shaped sandstone building close to the lush gardens of Lichtentaler Allee, Holiday Inn Express Baden-Baden is a peaceful base for your visit to this genteel German town. After a complimentary buffet breakfast in the sunny Great Room, take your coffee onto the terrace to enjoy views of the picturesque Black Forest. The hotel’s convenient location puts all of Baden-Baden's main attractions within easy walking distance. Stroll beside the meandering River Oos and admire the Belle-Epoque mansions on Lichtentaler Allee, 500 metres from Holiday Inn Express Baden-Baden. You can play for high stakes at the glamorous Spielbank casino, and unwind in the soothing waters of Caracalla Spa, both just 20 minutes' walk from the hotel.

You have the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure for independent sightseeing.

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Festspielhaus, © Festspielhaus Baden-Baden 

Day 2

After breakfast, meet your local guide and fellow travellers for a morning walking tour of Baden-Baden. You guide will show you the town’s many places of interest and give you an insight to the town’s tales and legends. Today’s today includes a visit to the world famous Baden-Baden Casino: With a history dating back over 250 years and fashioned on the lines of French royal palaces, the Baden-Baden Casino is, and always has been, a temple to the alluring game of chance. You will be amazed at its extravagant interior.

The afternoon and evening is at your leisure.

In the evening meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for the short walk to the Festival Hall to attend the first of your evening performances.

Copyright: the Festival Hall c Monika Rittershaus

18:00: Verdi: Requiem Verdi’s stunning mass for the dead performed by a dream cast

The essence of Verdi’s Requiem can be found in the words “Libera me” (“Free me”). The great composer employs every means at his disposal to portray man as prisoner of himself, with both his fear of death and yearning for salvation.

Programme Giuseppe Verdi Messa da Requiem In Latin with German and English surtitles. Cast: Riccardo Muti - Conductor Vittoria Yeo - Soprano Elīna Garanča - Mezzo-Soprano Francesco Meli - Tenor Ildar Abdrazakov - Bass Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Berliner Philharmoniker

Performance ends at approx.: 19:45 

After this concert, dinner will be taken in the Mamalina Italian restaurant

After dinner, short walk back to the hotel with your local guide.

Day 3

In the morning, take a backstage tour of the Festival Hall: As the curtain falls, there are still many unanswered questions. But not any more! You will get to go where no one else is allowed, step on the stage, explore the orchestra pit, and discover what goes on behind the scenes as a qualified Festival Hall guide regales you with the many tales of the theatre.

Afternoon at leisure to explore independently.

In the early evening meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for the short walk to the Festival Hall to attend the second of your evening performances.

18:00: Lang Lang & Kirill Petrenko Beethoven/Tchaikovsky with Lang Lang and the chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Beethoven’s only minor-key concerto, which pays tribute to Mozart, features a breathtakingly beautiful slow movement. The work will be followed by Tchaikovsky’s most popular symphony, whose dark and brooding beginning eventually leads to a radiant conclusion.

Performance ends at approx 20:00

Programme Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37 Peter I. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64

After this concert highlight you will enjoy dinner in the AIDA restaurant of the Festival Hall.

After dinner, short walk back to the hotel.

Day 4

Today, enjoy the scenery and the spectacular views over the Rhine valley and Vosges Mountains as we take an excursion into the Black Forest. The Black Forest Panoramic Road, known locally as the Schwarzwaldhochstraße, is BadenBaden’s direct link to the wonderful world of the Black Forest. Starting in Baden-Baden, the road heads south towards the town of Freudenstadt, passing places of interest such as the Mummelsee mountain lake, and the peaks of the Schliffkopf, the Alexandraschanze and the Kniebis.

Evening at leisure.

Day 5

This morning, enjoy breakfast in the hotel restaurant and check out.

On the way to Frankfurt Airport, we stop at Heidelberg, known for its famous castle, where your local guide will show you around Heidelberg’s Old Town. Your guide will enthral you with stories which about the town’s most interesting sights including the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit), the Jesuit Quarter and Germany’s oldest University. Every stop in the Old Town has an interesting story to tell. The route also leads through the main street, one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe.

Lunch is at your leisure.

In the afternoon, visit the world-famous Heidelberg Castle, a byword for German Romanticism. The castle ruins rise majestically over the roofs of the old town, but for five hundred years it was home to the Prince Electors of the Palatinate. Afterwards, transfer to Frankfurt airport for the return flight.

Flight departs Frankfurt at 20:50 and arrives Dublin 21:55 (please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion)

Accommodation

The 3 Holiday Inn, Baden-Baden

A pretty U-shaped sandstone building close to the lush gardens of Lichtentaler Allee, Holiday Inn Express Baden-Baden is a peaceful base for your visit to this genteel German town. After a complimentary buffet breakfast in the sunny Great Room, take your coffee onto the terrace to enjoy views of the picturesque Black Forest. The hotel’s convenient location puts all of Baden-Baden's main attractions within easy walking distance. Stroll beside the meandering River Oos and admire the Belle-Epoque mansions on Lichtentaler Allee, 500 metres from Holiday Inn Express Baden-Baden. You can play for high stakes at the glamorous Spielbank casino, and unwind in the soothing waters of Caracalla Spa, both just 20 minutes' walk from the hotel.


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 €329. • A non-refundable / non transferable deposit of €350.00 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 • KP/IFC Booking terms and conditions apply Flight and tour timings are subject to change.

  Cost per person: €1,819pp
  Number of nights: 4

Single Supplement €329

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