The Vienna Ring
It’s springtime in Vienna and what better way to enjoy this magical season in a city steeped in opera and music than with opera aficionado Scott Curry for the Vienna State Opera’s production of Wagner’s Ring. Directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, this production will feature a cast of world-renowned singers including Bryn Terfel, Petra Lang, Stefan Vinke and Mihoko Fujimura.
Renaissance Tours has obtained an allocation of the finest seats in the house for Wagner’s Ring in Vienna and we invite you to book now to secure your place on this magnificent tour.
Given there will be a few days between the Ring performances, we are in a unique position to include a trip across the border to glorious Budapest, where we will take in the Hungarian State Opera’s performances of Strauss’s Elektra and Massenet’s Werther, as well as some of the city’s most enchanting museums, palaces and gardens.
In addition to the Ring cycle, attend the Vienna State Opera performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and/or concerts of the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Vienna’s Tonkünstler orchestras (these are optional and subject to availability).
Suggested late-evening departure from Australia on Qantas/Emirates (via Dubai) to Vienna. Renaissance Tours can assist you with these travel arrangements.
Arrive in Vienna around lunchtime. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Briefing and welcome dinner in the evening.
Drive along Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse and enjoy a private guided tour of the beautiful Liechtenstein Garden Palace, in a stunning park setting and home to one of the world´s largest and most important private art collections. Lunch will be in a restaurant near our hotel. The remainder of this afternoon is at leisure.
Evening performance: Das Rheingold
In the morning, join Scott for a talk on this evening’s performance. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this most beautiful of European cities. We suggest a visit to the captivating Leopold Museum and/or the Museum of Modern Art and the Kunsthalle (MUMOK).
Evening performance: Die Walküre
Travel by private coach from Vienna to Budapest, stopping en route at the gorgeous Schloss Hof to enjoy the estate’s springtime gardens. After lunch, proceed to Budapest arriving late afternoon. This evening is at leisure.
After breakfast, depart on a full-day tour to Godollo Palace, one of the most important and largest monuments of Hungarian palace architecture. It is famous for being a favourite palace of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary, and in 1998 its 26-hectare English park was declared a nature reserve. The grounds’ botanical curiosities are much appreciated by visitors, especially at this time of the year. This evening is at leisure.
After breakfast join Scott for a pre-performance talk, followed by a guided tour of Budapest’s ‘new’ city of Pest with a visit to the Liszt Academy. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Evening performance: Werther (Hungarian State Opera)
Join a guided morning walking tour of ‘Buda’, the old city, dominated by the 18th century neo-Baroque Palace. Visit the Gothic-style St Matthias’ Church and enjoy views of the Danube and the ‘Pest’ side of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Our suggestion is to visit the Hungarian National Museum, a treasure trove of history, art and archaeology of Hungary.
Evening performance: Elektra (Hungarian State Opera)
Return to Vienna via the Austrian state of Burgenland, stopping at Eisenstadt, the seat of the Eszterházy Hungarian noble family and where Haydn served as music director for over 40 years. Eisenstadt’s major attraction is the Esterhazy palace, built in 1364 but restored by Count Esterhazy in the 1660s initially in baroque and later in classical style.
Arrive in Vienna in the late afternoon. This evening is at leisure.
After a pre-performance talk, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Our suggestion is to attend one of the marvellous Sunday morning concerts in Vienna (to be advised).
Evening performance: Siegfried
This morning visit the Liechtenstein City Palace, an architectural jewel and a magnificent aristocratic residence in the heart of the city, close to the Burgtheater and the Volksgarten. Following an extensive renovation, the palace has been restored to its former glory. Held to be the first major building of the High Baroque age in Vienna, the palace boasts Baroque stucco ceilings that complement the opulent Rococo Revival interiors, original furnishings and exquisite parquet flooring by Michael Thonet. This afternoon is at leisure.
Evening performance (optional and subject to availability from mid March):
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Musikverein)
This morning visit the Theater an der Wien, one of Vienna’s most beautiful and intimate theatres that has enchanted audiences for over two centuries with its outstanding acoustics. This private tour includes a unique visit of the foyer, the auditorium, the stage and downstage and dressing-room areas.
This afternoon is at leisure.
Evening performances (optional and subject to availability):
Eugene Onegin (Vienna State Opera)
Tonkünstler Orchestra (Musikverein)
This morning, attend a pre-performance talk followed by a farewell lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Evening performance: Götterdämmerung
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. If you are returning to Australia today, we recommend a mid-afternoon departure from Vienna on Emirates / Qantas flights via Dubai. Arrival in Australia evening of Friday, 12 May. Renaissance Tours can assist you with all your travel arrangements.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking
Final payment due
28 February 2017
Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.
Please contact Renaissance Tours to assist you with all your travel arrangements to and from Australia.
Australian passport holders do not require a visa for Austria and Hungary.
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in centrally located hotels with daily breakfast (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Wines with meals
- Category 1 tickets for all performances
- Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation throughout in comfortable air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours for assistance)
- Optional performances (8 & 9 May)
- Transfers on arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service, etc.
- Travel insurance (recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours for assistance)
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NB. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted