Day 1 - Flight to Berlin, lunch in Luckau, coach to Dresden
Our odyssey begins with an early morning Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Berlin Schönefeld. In order to streamline our journey, special priority booking (Speedy Boarding) has been arranged for both the outgoing and the return journeys. On arrival in Berlin, we are met by Peter and Tom and, once we have all gathered, we transfer by coach to Dresden via the district of Dahme-Spreewald and the beautiful city of Luckau - often dubbed ‘the pearl of Lower Lusatia’. In Luckau we have an included lunch at our carefully selected restaurant, and - with time permitting - we take a brief afternoon walk through the historic centre of the city. We then continue our journey to Dresden to check in for six nights at the Westin Bellevue Hotel. After some time for relaxation from the journey, we enjoy a private drinks reception followed by dinner, both of them served in our hotel.
Day 2 - Dresden, New & Historic Green Vaults, Cathedral & organ recital
Today is spent in Dresden and after the morning lecture, we make our way over the Augustus Bridge into the city centre to view the treasures of the New Green Vault. This museum contains work by the royal goldsmith Johann Melchior Dinglinger as well as other outstanding masterpieces of historic Baroque jewellery. After free time for a coffee break, we accompany Tom for a visit to the Historic Green Vaults, magnificently restored following extensive damage in the last war. After the Vatican, the Historic Green Vault, founded in 1733, is said to be the oldest museum in the world. Following an included lunch, we make our way to the Catholic Cathedral where the resident organist will delight us with a private recital and a guided tour of the building. Peter will also play the organ here. We then hope to have a private viewing of the Dresden Palace Chapel (to be confirmed nearer the time). The evening is at leisure, or you may wish to go to a concert or the opera. Tickets will be organised through Tailored Travel.
Day 3 - Pirna & Pillnitz and Weber & Wagner
Today is spent in the picturesque Elbe Valley and our first port of call is the town of Pirna. Although famous for his scenes of Dresden, Bellotto painted many more scenes of Pirna during his German visit and his canvasses capture beautifully the architectural detail of the town’s church spires, all set against a backdrop of lush vineyards and wood clad hills. Our explorations of the city will also take in the 16th century church of St Marien. We then return to our coach for a scenic ride through ‘Little Saxony’, with Graupa as our destination. Once there, we visit two Wagner museums, first, the Lohengrinhaus; and, second, the Hunting Lodge, where Jeremy will give a piano recital of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. Wagner spent the summer of 1846 in Pirna when he was employed as Royal Saxon Court Conductor in Dresden. We continue on to Pillnitz for lunch and afterwards visit the gardens of the famous Pillnitz Palace, sited on the banks of the Elbe. Our last excursion of the day is to the Carl Maria von Weber Museum for a guided tour of the collection.
Day 4 - A musical study morning, the Albertinum, private evening concert
Today we have a special study morning (9.30 to 12 30) with Julia, Jeremy and Peter. Together they will perform and discuss a selection of music - mainly Romantic - written by composers who had an association with Dresden and its surrounding regions. Music will include Weber’s Adagio and Allegro transcribed for cello and piano by Gregor Piatigorsky, Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro Op 70, as well as Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata in D minor Op 40. After an included lunch, we spend the afternoon in the Albertinum, a magnificent Renaissance Revival building (1884-87) housing a collection of paintings ranging from Caspar David Friedrich to Ludwig Richter, and sculptures from Auguste Rodin to the 21st century. After an included dinner in our hotel we enjoy a private evening concert with Jeremy and Julia.
Day 5 - Grave of Weber, tour of Freiberg, Silbermann Organ Museum
The Catholic Cemetery of Dresden famously contains the graves of a range of eminent musicians and before we depart by coach to spend time in Freiberg we will visit the resting places of Franz Seydelmann (composer), Josef Tichatschek (first Rienzi and Tannhäuser in Wagner’s operas) and Carl Maria von Weber (the first great German Romantic composer). In Freiberg we visit the Cathedral and have the resident organist take us on a private tour of the building, as well as treat us to a private organ recital. After lunch, we go to Frauenstein to visit the magnificent Silbermann Organ Museum which documents the life and work of the great 18th century Saxon organ builder, Gottfried Silbermann. We then return to Dresden for an evening at leisure.
Day 6 - Gemäldergallerie at the Zwinger, a walk through historic Dresden
Our penultimate day is spent once again in Dresden and after a morning lecture, we walk to the Gemäldergallerie at the Zwinger to view the old masters. Works here include paintings by Raphael, Rubens, Vermeer and Bellotto. Tom and Peter will guide us around the collection, but there will be plenty of time to explore the galleries at leisure. After an included lunch, we re-visit the Zwinger to view the porcelain museum and we follow this with a walk through the city, taking in sights such as the Bruhlsche Terrace, the New Synagogue and the Church of our Lady. Later we return to the Dresden Palace where it will be possible to visit rooms not yet seen on the tour. Alternatively, the remainder of the afternoon could be spent at leisure. A farewell dinner is served in the hotel this evening.
Day 7 - Meissen Porcelain factory, Albrechstburg & the Cathedral of Meissen
After we have checked out of our hotel, we travel to the Meissen Porcelain Factory to experience 300 years of porcelain history as well as to view a range of masterpieces from the past and the present factories. We then take the coach into Meissen to the famous panoramic elevator and ride up to the Albrechstburg and the Cathedral for a swift viewing of the buildings. The Albrechtsburg is a late Gothic castle that dominates the town centre of Meissen, and adjacent to it is Meissen’s Gothic Cathedral built between 1260 and 1410. We relax over an included lunch prior to transferring to Berlin airport for our return flight back to London.
NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Flight details may be subject to change. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply. This holiday and the flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Tailored Travel's ATOL number is 5605.
Tour limited to 24 passengers
Lectures by Peter Medhurst including a special study morning with Julia & Jeremy on Day 4
Tom Abbott - tour manager & art specialist
Jeremy Limb - pianist
Julia Debruslais - cellist
Private recitals from the resident organists at Dresden’s Catholic Cathedral & Freiberg Cathedral
Piano recital by Jeremy of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll at the Hunting Lodge in Graupa on Day 3
Private evening concert with Jeremy and Julia on Day 4
Centrally located 4* hotel
Dinners included on days 1, 4 & 6
Included lunches every day
All excursions, entrance fees, guided tours & gratuities included
Scheduled flight from London Gatwick to Berlin
Executive coach in Germany
Personal audio headsets on days 2 to 6
New & Historic Green Vaults
Pirna & Pillnitz
Grave of Weber
Guided tour of Freiberg
Silbermann Organ Museum
Gemäldergallerie at the Zwinger
Walk through historic Dresden
Meissen Porcelain factory
Cathedral of Meissen
We stay six nights at the centrally located 4* Westin Bellevue in Dresden (www.westinbellevuedresden.com/en). Located on the banks of the River Elbe, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and a bar. We have Classic Rooms (Deluxe Rooms available at a supplement - see below) with ensuite facilities and featuring television, telephone, hairdryer, an in room safe and air conditioning. Dinner is included in our hotel on the evenings of days 1, 4 and 6, whilst the remaining three days are on bed and buffet breakfast basis.
Single Classic Room supplement £149
Single Deluxe Room supplement £249
Upgrade to Deluxe Room (twin/double) supplement - £100 per person
Local accommodation tax to be paid directly to the hotel
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