Budapest: Opera, Music & the Christmas Markets: departing 30 November 2018

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Experience beautiful Budapest on our 2018 Budapest: Opera, Music and the Christmas Markets tour. Known as 'the Pearl of the Danube' Budapest is a beautiful city which offers much to see and do. Our tour offers you the chance to see this stunning city as well as enjoying The Magic Flute in the Erkel Theatre and Brahms: The German Requium in the Palace of the Arts.

Budapest is one of the most magnificent cities in Europe. Admire the magnificant architecture of Hungary’s parliament building, walk the famous Andrásy Avenue – starting from the historic Heroes Square and stretching almost as far as the St Stephen's Basilica. See the city sights on a city tour 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. As part of your stay, you will also visit the glittering Budapest Christmas Markets and enjoy mulled wine and cake. Admire the traditional handicrafts and the beautiful, festive lights and start your christmas shopping. During your free time spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca and marvel at the city’s fine museums and monuments, churches and synagogues, historic squares and buildings. And if you have time after all that, enjoy a relaxing visit to one of Budapest's famous thermal baths, literally an institution in Budapest!

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with an afternoon flight to Budapest. Flying with Aer Lingus, your flight departs Dublin at 14:00 and arrives into Budapest airport at 18:00. Please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion. On arrival in Budapest, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to the 4* NH Budapest City Hotel, where you are booked for three-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

The NH Budapest City Hotel The NH Budapest City hotel is located on the Pest side of the river. Some of Budapest’s star attractions are right on the doorstep, and the nearby metro station whisks you to the city's main attractions including the Danube River, famous Parliament building, the Castle and the Synagogue.

This evening is at your leisure. 

 

Day 2

After breakfast, join your local guide for a city tour of Budapest (via coach). Budapest is Hungary’s capital with a population in excess of 1.7 million. It 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. Your city tour will finish at the main Budapest Christmas Market will mulled wine and Christmas cake at Vorosmarty Square.

After a busy morning, you have the afternoon free for independent sightseeing. Visit the glittering Budapest Christmas Markets and enjoy mulled wine and the beautiful, festive lights or perhaps take time to spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca.

In the early evening, meet your local guide for coach transfer to the Kaltenberg Restaurant for a two-course pre-concert dinner. After dinner, transfer to the Palace of the Arts for the evening performance of Brahms: The German Requium.

Brahms: The German Requium

Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

Performance start time: 19:30 Conductor: Gábor Hollerung Soprano Miksch Adrienn Bass Krisztián Cser Budapest Academy of Chorus Budafoki Dohnányi Orchestra Taken from the Palace of the Arts website

The German Requiem (Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45) Johannes Brahms's week-long musical work completed in 1868. On the one hand, his specialty is that he does not really measure his genre, he is rather an oratorio, and on the other hand that the composer used German text while the former requiemes were written in Latin texts. In German, the word ein ("one") can be interpreted as a strong reference to German text. Brahms himself composed the text from various parts of the Scriptures, from psalms, gospels, apostle letters, prophets books, and even in two cases he used the apocryphal parts of the Bible. His creation is a testimony of deeply perceived faith, in which crying, the pain of death is replaced by consolation and the assurance of eternal life. The humor of the general human validity of the requiem, the supernatural and humanism of the denominations is given by the last line of the quotation from the appearances of John: "because they rest from their tiredness, and their works follow them." That is, man is made immune to his work and his work. At the end of the German requiem, the composer was barely thirty-five years old. Music historians generally agree that the deaths of Brahms were crucial to the creation of the work. He began composing the composition in 1856, when Robert Schumann, his former patron, the death of the other tragic event, died in 1865, and in the fifth batch he became involved in the musical mood of the piece.

Director: Budafoki Dohnányi Orchestra, Müp

Return transfer by coach at the end of the evening.

Day 3

Free day at leisure to discover the beauty of Budapest.

In the early evening, a two-course pre-opera dinner will be served in the restaurant in your hotel. After dinner, coach transfer to the Erkel Theatre for the evening performance of The Magic Flute (with category 1 tickets).

Performance start time 19:00

End time: 22:00 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Opera in Two acts

"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 as a young lover, a parent, or with the wisdom of old age, 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. (taken from the Erkel Theatre website) Venue: Erkel Theatre The Erkel Theatre opened its gates as the Peoples’ Opera on 7 December 1911. Designed by Dezső Jakab, Marcell Komor and Géza Márkus, only traces of the original construction can be seen today. The redevelopment works the building has gone through over the years are worthy of an academic study. The theatre has been the Hungarian State Opera’s second performance venue since 1951. Since its opening, the Erkel Theatre has been the country’s largest auditorium. It currently seats up to 1819 people.

Return transfer by coach at the end of the evening.

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and following breakfast check-out. In the late afternoon, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to airport for your return flight. Flight departs Budapest at 18:40 and arrives Dublin at 20:55. Please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion

Accommodation

The NH Budapest City hotel is located on the Pest side of the river. Some of Budapest’s star attractions are right on the doorstep, and the nearby metro station whisks you to the city's main attractions.

  • a 10-minute walk to the Danube River and famous Parliament building
  • close to Margaret Island, for tranquil walks and cycle rides
  • a metro ride away from the castle and synagogue

 

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 €117
  •  A non-refundable / non-transferable deposit of €250 per person is required at time of booking (by debit card, cheque or credit card). 
  •  Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure.
  •  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.
  • Please note that performance schedule and artists can be changed at the venues discretion. in the unlikely event that this should happen, we will seek to replace the evening event with an appropriate substitute. 
  • Travel insurance has not been included in your holiday price and we strongly recommend customers have adequate travel insurance for the duration of your trip. IFC in conjunction with Accident & general can offer a fully comprehensive insurance that covers you from the date of issue until you return from your holiday. Please note: if you have any pre-existing medical condition you would need to contact a health check number which we will advise at the time of booking.
  • Booking terms and conditions apply

  Cost per person: €639pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: 30 November 2018

Single Supplement €117

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