Wagner's Ring Cycle in Budapest, 17 June 2020

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Der Ring des Nibelungen returns to Budapest’s Wagner Days festival in 2020. We will be there to see all four operas, staged on consecutive nights (as Wagner intended) once again with Ádám Fischer as he inspirational artistic leader and conductor. In between performances, we visit the key sights in the Hungarian capital, including a tour of the Hungarian Parliament. Enjoy the masterpieces of Wagner enhanced by the wonderfully clear and intimate acoustic of the Béla Bartók Concert Hall.

This special Wagner experience is a rare opportunity for opera lovers to hear Wagner's classic operas in unique adaptations tailored to the wonderful Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest’s Palace of the Arts. Budapest is one of the most magnificent cities in Europe. It is an enchanting city with beautiful palaces and castles. 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. During your free time, take time to spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca where the city’s fine 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, literally an institution in Budapest!


Inclusions

Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes • Five-nights in the 4* Arcadia Hotel with breakfast • Welcome dinner • Four lunches • Three buffet dinner breaks during the performances on 19, 20 & 21 June • Highlights of the Pest side of Budapest sightseeing tour, with a guided tour of Hungarian Parliament building and Heroes Square • Highlights of the Buda side of Budapest sightseeing tour visiting the famous lookout towers of Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church • Half-day excursion to Szentendre with lunch • Category one tickets for four performances at the Palace of the Arts: 18 June: Das Rheingold (18:00-21:00) 19 June: Die Walkure (16:00-22:00) 20 June: Siegfried (16:00-22:00) 21 June: Gotterdammerung (16:00-21:00) • Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with a morning flight to Budapest. Your flight with Ryanair departs Dublin at 10:05 and arrives in Budapest 14:05. On arrival in Budapest, meet your local guide and transfer to the 4* Arcadia Hotel Budapest where you are booked for five-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. The 4* Arcadia Hotel Budapest Opened in April 2014, Arcadia Hotel Budapest is very well located in central Budapest. The modern and elegant rooms are soundproofed and provided with a flat-screen satellite TV and air conditioning. Due to its central location, the hotel is surrounded by many restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. A welcome buffet meal will be served in the Trofea Grill Restaurant.

Day 2

This morning, join your local guide for a guided city tour of the Pest Side of Budapest. Today’s tour also includes a visit to the Hungarian parliament, located on the river Danube and one of Budapest’s most famous landmarks. The story behind the building of this great structure is fascinating. The parliament was built between 1885 and 1902 along the Danube and was, for a time, the largest parliamentary building in the world. With 691 rooms and staircases stretching for more than 12 miles (20 kilometers), the building is topped by a dome that sits 226 feet (69 meters) high in the sky. Your forty-five minute guided tour will explore the buildings impressive interior, including the Session Room and the Great Vaulted Hall. Explore this monumental building as you learn about Hungary’s parliamentary policies.

Afterwards, a two-course lunch will be served at Seasons Bistro.

Short walk back to the hotel after lunch.

Time to freshen up in the hotel and in the early evening, meet your local guide and fellow travellers for coach transfer to the MUPA Palace of the Arts for your first Wagner performance – Das Rheingold. Wagner: Das Rheingold - A music drama in four scenes (German-language performance, with projected subtitles in Hungarian) featuring the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra and Choir.

18:00 Performance start time Duration: 3 hours Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 3

Today, you have the morning free 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.

A pre-performance lunch will be served in one of Budapest’s local restaurants and afterwards coach transfer back to the hotel to freshen before transferring to the MUPA Palace of the Arts for your second Wagner performance, Wagner’s Die Walküre.

16:00 performance start time Wagner: Die Walküre - A music drama in three acts (German-language performance, with projected subtitles in Hungarian) featuring the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra and Choir. Duration: 6 hours, with two breaks of 50 and 60 minutes each.

A snack and drink will be provided during the first break in the Palace of Arts' BOHÉM Restaurant.

22:00 Performance end time Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 4

This morning, contine to learn the history of Budapest as we tour the Buda side of the city visiting the Castle district and the Gellert Hill.

Afterwards, a two-course lunch will be served in one of Budapest’s local restaurants.

Afterwards transfer to the Palace of the Arts for your third Wagner performance – Wagner: Siegfried, followed by post-performance dinner.

16:00 Performance start time Wagner: Siegfried - A music drama in three acts (German-language performance, with projected subtitles in Hungarian) featuring the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra and Choir (choir director: Zoltán Pad)

Duration: 6 hours, with two breaks of 50 and 60 minutes each.

A snack and drink will be provided during the first break in the Palace of Arts' BOHÉM Restaurant.

22:00 Performance end time Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 5

This morning, discover Hungary's history as you take a guided tour of Szentendre, known for its museums, galleries and artists. Here, your guide will lead you on a walk through the town and to the Caprice Hungarian Jewelry Center. There you can marvel at the pieces on display while learning about the manufacturing process.

An early three-course lunch will be served at the Rab Raby Restaurant.

After lunch, we transfer back to the hotel to freshen up and departure to the Palace of the Arts for your final Wagner performance – Götterdämmerung

16:00 Performance start time Götterdämmerung - A music drama in three acts (German-language performance, with projected subtitles in Hungarian) with the Hungarian Radio Choir (chorus master: Zoltán Pad) and Budapest Studio Choir (chorus master: Kálmán Strausz)

Duration: 6 hours, with two breaks of 50 and 60 minutes each.

A snack and drink will be provided during the first break in the Palace of Arts' BOHÉM Restaurant.

22:30 Performance end time

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

Day 6

Enjoy the morning and early afternoon at leisure. In the late afternoon, meet your local guide for coach transfer to airport for return flight. Flight departs Budapest at 17:25 and arrives in Dublin at 19:30 (please note that flight time are subject to change).

  Cost per person: €1,639pp
  Number of nights: 5
  Dates available: 17 June 2020

 

Single Supplement €179

 

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