Silvester in Berlin: Opera and Music, 29 December 2018

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Our New Year’s Eve opera and music tour includes three-nights in cultural Berlin allowing you to immerse yourself in Germany’s rich cultural history. Berlin is a vibrant, dynamic and cosmopolitan city, and is one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. The city offers a myriad of things to do and see, such as: interesting museums and art galleries; magnificent music and opera houses, fabulous and fascinating buildings such as the Reichstag Parliament and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden now re-opened having been closed since 2010. As part of your tour, you will see the city sights on a guided city tour and hear all about the history of Jewish Berlin on a walking tour. In your free time, enjoy the many museums on offer, do some shopping or simply relax and enjoy a coffee at one of Berlin’s many cafés. The tour highlight is a New Year’s Eve concert in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The Berlin Staatskapelle will play the New Year’s Eve concert.

Inclusions

• Return flight from Dublin, taxes and transfers • Three-nights in the five star Hotel Bristol with breakfast • Performance of the Barber of Seville in the Deutsche Oper • New Year’s Eve Concert performance in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden • Guided coach tour of Classic Berlin • Jewish Life in Berlin historical walking tour • Welcome lunch • New Year’s Eve three-course dinner • Post-opera three-course dinner • Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with an early morning flight to Berlin airport. Your flight with Aer Lingus departs Dublin airport at 07:00 and arrives Berlin airport 10:20. On arrival, meet your local guide for coach transfer to the 4* Leonardo Hotel Berlin Mitte where you are booked for three-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion)

After lunch, see the city sights on a guided city tour by coach. Your city tour will take you past the famous sights of Berlin including; The Kurfürstendamm, the most popular boulevard in Berlin; The Emperor William Memorial Church, a monument to peace and reconciliation, and the internationally famous symbol of Berlin's desire to rebuild itself in the aftermath of the war; The Brandenburger Tor, (The Brandenburg Gate), Berlin's most famous landmark, The Reichstag; the seat of the German Bundestag or federal government and The Gendarmenmarkt, considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 2

Today, join your local guide for a 3-hour guided walking tour of Jewish Berlin, with lunch.

Jewish life in 'Scheunenviertel'

This morning, visit the Jewish quarter in Berlin and learn about the city’s Jewish heritage from the 17th century to today. Learn about past and present Jewish life and see the New Synagogue, one of Berlin’s most significant Jewish landmarks (from exterior as the Synagogue has announced it is closed for renovations until April 2018). See landmark sites like the “Block of Women” Memorial, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the New Synagogue and much more. Visit the Anne Frank Exhibition.

After lunch, return to your hotel. 

In the early evening, meet your local guide and fellow travellers for coach transfer to the Deutsche Oper for the evening performance of The Barber of Seville (with second category tickets)

18:00 The Barber of Seville - Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868) Melodrama buffo in two acts Libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based on a drama by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Baumarchais First performed on 20. February, 1816 in Rome Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 29. November, 2009

3 hrs / 1 interval

After the performance, a three-course dinner will be served in the hotel

Day 3

Free day to explore the sights of Berlin at your leisure.

In the early evening, meet your local guide and fellow travellers for coach transfer to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for the New Year’s Eve Concert

18:00 Silvester Concert in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Conductor, Piano – Lahav Shani Trumpet – Till Bronner Staatskapelle Berlin Till Bronner Orchestra

After the performance, a three-course dinner New Year’s Eve dinner will served in the Restaurant Aigner

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

Day 4

Full day at leisure for independent exploration. In the early evening, transfer with your local guide to Berlin airport for your return flight. Flight departs Berlin at 19:00 and arrives Dublin 20:20. (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion)

Extra Information

Booking Deposit

Booking deposit is €450 pp. Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure date. No credit card charge on deposit payments.

Hand Luggage

One standard piece of hand luggage is included in your tour price. (10 kilos). Checked in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel, prices may vary. Please note this must be booked with a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. Bags booked within 14 days prior to travel will incur an administration fee of €25 per piece.

Special requests

It is important to advise us at the time of booking of any special requests or requirements i.e. wheelchair assistance, special dietary requirements etc. We will endeavour to facilitate these requirements however they cannot be guaranteed.

Passport

It is your responsibility to ensure your passport will be valid for your holiday. Please contact IFC should you have any queries regarding your passport. EU passport holders do not require a visa to travel within the EU. As a rule of thumb for European travel your passport should be valid until your intended date of return to Ireland. For travel outside the EU a validity of a minimum of 6 months beyond your return date is required. A visa may be needed for your holiday and information regarding this will be sent closer to travel. Travel Insurance IFC strongly recommends travel insurance and can offer a competitive quotation if not already purchased. The EHIC is a European Healthcard available to all EU citizens and is recommended to carry for travel within Europe. Please check www.ehic.ie for more information. IMPORTANT: If you have purchased travel insurance with IFC. If you or any person travelling has a pre-existing medical condition then you must declare that condition to Health Check

  Cost per person: €1,359pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: 29 December 2018

Single Supplement €239

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