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Germany: A Musical Journey
Commences Frankfurt 08 May and ends Frankfurt 30 May 2018

  • Tannhäuser at Wartburg Castle, Eisenach
    Tannhäuser at Wartburg Castle, Eisenach
  • Neuschwanstein, Germany
    Neuschwanstein, Germany
  • Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
    Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
  • Dresden
    Dresden
  • Heidelberg
    Heidelberg
  • Erfurt
    Erfurt
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price AUD 12,650
  • Program Code GCTGM18
  • Single Supplement AUD 1,350
  • Program Leader George Dibley
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 21 Nights
    • 2 - Bad Homburg
    • 3 - Thuringia
    • 3 - Hamburg
    • 3 - Berlin
    • 2 - Leipzig
    • 2 - Dresden
    • 3 - Munich 
    • 2 - Stuttgart 
    • 2 - Frankfurt 

Commences Frankfurt 08 May and ends Frankfurt 30 May 2018

Tour Highlights

  • 12 Operas or musical performances by some of Germany's premier musical institutions
  • Private concert at Bach House in Eisenach and an Organ Concert at the Leipzig Gewandhaus 
  • Visit great merchant towns like Hamburg, Lubeck, Leipzig and Frankfurt and royal capitals including Erfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Dresden and Berlin, as well as culturally important towns like Heidelberg, Weimar and Bayreuth
  • Visit to the Reichstag Dome in Berlin and Wagner's home in Bayreuth  
  • View the charming spa resort of Bad Homburg and the spring countryside of Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria
  • Visit the magnificent castles of Wartburg, Woerlitz, and Heidelberg, as well as magnificent palaces of Linderhof, Ludwigsburg, Cecilienhof and Sanssouci

Tour Overview

Following on from the success of our 2016 program, we have once again put together a very special program for the music lover who is also interested in exploring German history and the place of music in German culture. From the beginning of European history, its geographic location has made Germany a crossroads of trade and cultures. The loose framework of the Holy Roman Empire permitted a myriad of social and political forms and cultural traditions to flourish and this has resulted in deeply rooted regional differences that are still to be found. This variety also found expression in the patronage of music. Ruling houses of greater and lesser wealth and powerful merchant city states all supported musical development in different ways. We visit great merchant towns like Hamburg and Leipzig and royal capitals like Munich, Stuttgart, Dresden and Berlin, as well as culturally important towns like Weimar, Erfurt and Bayreuth. 

However, the undoubted highlight will be our musical program. There are a total of 12 performances, plus a lecture recital on authentic instruments at the Bach Museum in Eisenach. We start with an undoubted highlight, a rare and impressive performance of Wagner's Tannhäuser, at its original setting of the mighty Wartburg Castle in Thuringia. We attend five other operas. Puccini’s La Rondine in Hamburg, Verdi’s  La Traviata and Rossini’s Barber of Seville in Berlin, Mozarts’s Marriage of Figaro in Dresden and a contemporary opera, Wunderzaichen in Stuttgart. There are two ballets. In Hamburg, there is eminent choreographer, John Neumeier’s adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull and in Munich, at the elegant National Theatre, we see Raymonda to Glazunov’s beautiful score. There are two concerts drawn from Spring Music Festivals. In Dresden we hear L’Arpeggiata, an innovative  baroque/jazz fusion ensemble, and in Leipzig we attend a highlight concert from their French Organ Festival. A concert in the delightful Court Chapel of the Munich City Palace will enhance our visit there and we will conclude our musical program with a performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio St Paul in Frankfurt’s rebuilt Alte Oper.

Tour Inclusions

    • 21 nights in en-suite hotel accommodation
    • Typical local breakfast  daily and 11 dinners
    • Touring by comfortable  and modern  coach
    • Transport, lectures  and field trips as indicated
    • 12 operas / musical performances 
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet
 

George Dibley

Golden Compass Tour Leader George Dibley

George Dibley has been involved in educational travel for more than 20 years, initially as a part of his work in adult education at the University of Auckland where he was Assistant Director. Subsequently he worked for an educational travel company planning programs and leading groups of North Americans visiting Australia and New Zealand and leading groups to various European destinations. Over the years he has led groups in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.


He has a special interest in music and with a colleague has led many special interest opera tours to various European destinations. His broader interests include the visual arts, architecture and gardening. In the role of tour leader, he enjoys the opportunity to introduce and explore the social history contexts that give extra meaning and pleasure to encounters with new places.


With a daughter and new granddaughter in Bergen, Norway, he has in recent years become a regular visitor to Scandinavia.

Moderate

This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass's UK, European and North African educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass UK. This gives you a cost saving by cutting out the middle-man and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

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  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
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  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Your booking form will then be forwarded electronically to the UK for processing.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe or North Africa. Your contract is direct with Golden Compass in the UK.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be taken by Golden Compass from you in Australian dollars.

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