Turandot at the Budapest Summer Festival, 07 June 2019
Indulge yourself in the beauty of opera in beautiful Budapest. Glorious music performed as part of the Budapest Summer Festival on the open-air stage on Margaret Island. We add cultural visits in and around Budapest including a Sightseeing Tour, guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament, visit to the Great Jewish Synagoue and guided tour of the stunning Museum of Fine Arts. 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.
• Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes • Three-nights in the Danibus Grand Hotel Margitsziget with breakfast • Highlights of Budapest sightseeing tour • Guided tour of the Hungarian National Parliament • Visit to the Great Jewish Synagogue • Guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts • Pre-performance dinner on two evenings • Turandot on th eopen-stage on Margaret Island • Private coach and guide assistance as per the programme
Your tour will start with flight to Budapest. Flight departs Dublin at 07:20 and arrives Budapest 11:20 (flight times subject to change at airlines discretion). On arrival in Budapest, meet your local guide and transfer to the 4* Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget where you are booked for three-nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
The Hotel: A stay at the Grand Hotel Margaret Island will leave you feeling like royalty from the turn of the 20th century. The fin-de-siècle architecture is as elegant as it comes, and huge windows offer stunning views over the Danube or the ancient trees of Margaret Island. Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget is a 4-star hotel in the parklands of Budapest’s Margaret Island and is just a 10 minute drive from the city centre. Rooms are air-conditioned and offer en-suite bathroom with bath and hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, safe deposit box and minibar.
Free day to explore Budapest at your leisure.
In the evening, meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Budapest is Hungary’s capital and largest city with a population in excess of 1.7 million residents. 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.
This morning after breakfast, you will join your local guide for a full day 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.
Tour duration: 09:00 to approximately 16:00
As part the tour, we will take a interior guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament Building. Home to the Holy Crown of Hungary, you’ll explore its impressive interior, see the Session Room, the Great Vaulted Hall and the central staircase. Soak up the history behind the walls of Hungary’s largest building as your guide provides history behind this magnificent building.
Lunch will be served in one of Budapest’s local restaurants.
After lunch, we continue seeing the sights of this majestic city.
Evening at leisure.
Today, we visit the Great Jewish Synagogue and the completely renovated and newly re-opened Museum of Fine Arts.
Dohány Street Synagogue is one of Budapest’s most striking monuments. Marvel at this, the largest synagogue in Europe and indeed the second-largest in the world. Referred to as the “Great Synagogue,” it is not only a stunning architectural marvel but also an important part of Budapest’s Jewish history and heritage. Learn about the history of the Synagogue as you explore with your local guide.
Then it is on to the Museum of Fine Arts, which has just re-opened after the most comprehensive reconstruction project in its history. Originally opened in 1906, the Museum of Fine Arts is reputed to be among Europe’s most prominent museums. Its multi-faceted collections and their historical continuity coupled with the large number of masterpieces undoubtedly earn it a prestigious place among public collections. The Museum of Fine Arts displays the treasures of international and Hungarian art spanning from ancient times to the end of the eighteenth century, while its large-scale temporary exhibitions attract hundreds for thousands of visitors. This is a must-see for all visitors to Budapest.
This evening, a two-course pre-opera dinner will be taken in the hotel restaurant and afterwards walk with your guide to the Margaret Island open-air stage for the evening performance of Puccini’s Turandot performed as part of the Budapest Summer Festival.
Venue: Margaret Island open-air stage
Performance: Turandot Opera in three acts Performance
Start time: 20:00
Puccini’s last and perhaps most astonishing work is his first opera based on a fairy tale, but with burning, repressed romantic desire at its core. The premiere of this frenetic and epic musical piece features star soloists such as the excellent young Romanian soprano Cristina Pasaroiu and Argentine opera legend José Cura in both the lead and title roles. The story of the Chinese princess actually comes from a Persian tale. Besides Gozzi, Schiller also adapted it. Puccini was very fond of the story and took an active part in the work of his librettists, G. Adami and R. Simoni. “Of all Gozzi’s stage works, I consider Turandot the most natural and human of Gozzi’s plays,” the conductor wrote to Adami in 1920. The work features an ambitious construction and a distinct, exotic sound, but all this is overshadowed by the final duet and grandiose lyricism of the tale, which was left without a finale. The opera was finally finished by Puccini’s pupil and friend, Franco Alcano, on the basis of Puccini’s precise notes. Its world premiere was in Milan’s La Scala in 1926.
Walk back to your hotel at the end of the hotel.
Meet your local guide for transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight. Flight departs at 17:05 and arrives Dublin 21:05 (flight times subject to change at airlines discretion).
A stay at the Grand Hotel Margaret Island will leave you feeling like royalty from the turn of the 20th century. The fin-de-siècle architecture is as elegant as it comes, and huge windows offer stunning views over the Danube or the ancient trees of Margaret Island. Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget is a 4-star hotel in the parklands of Budapest’s Margaret Island and is just a 10 minute drive from the city centre. Rooms are air-conditioned and offer en-suite bathroom with bath and hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, safe deposit box and minibar.