Hamburg State Opera, Kunsthalle and Elbephilharmonie

After decades of construction, controversy and cost overruns, Hamburg’s much anticipated Elbphilharmonie opened to huge critical and audience acclaim in January 2017. Boasting Germany’s oldest opera house (founded in 1678) and a very distinguished fine arts museum (founded in 1817) Hamburg’s already rich cultural life is further enhanced by the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall, adding yet another reason to visit this magnificent city proudly sitting astride the mouth of the Elbe.

Designed as a pre-tour to The Elbe Art and Music Cruise, this tour can be booked on its own.


**Fully booked – waitlist only. Please contact Renaissance Tours**


This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.


Suggested departure from Australia and New Zealand on Emirates / Qantas flights (via Dubai). Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist with your travel arrangements.

Early afternoon arrival and check-in to your hotel housed in the historic Broscheks building in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the Hamburg State Opera, Jungfernstieg, Alster Lakes and the Kunsthalle.

This evening, join Christopher for a talk on your two Hamburg performances, followed by a welcome dinner.


Begin your exploration of Hamburg with a morning tour of the ‘Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg’, which refers to Hamburg’s history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, and as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. See the impressive Town Hall Square, drive around the Inner Alster Lake and along elegant Jungfernstieg, and pass the churches of St Peter, St Michael and St Nicholas. The morning finishes with a cruise of Hamburg’s bustling harbour, the second-largest port in Europe after Rotterdam, and the ninth largest in the world.

After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the hotel mid-afternoon.

This evening, attend the Hamburg State Opera performance of Verdi’s Otello. Directed by Spanish theatre director Calixto Bieito and conducted by Paolo Carignani, the performance stars Carlo Ventre (Otello), Franco Vassallo (Iago) Oleksiy Palchykov (Cassio), Jürgen Sacher (Rodrigo), Denis Velev (Lodovico), Aleksandra Kurzak (Desdemona) and Nadezhda Karyazina (Emilia).


This morning, attend a concert by the Hamburg Philharmonic at the brand new (2017) Elbphilharmonie concert hall, located in the HafenCity (‘Harbour City’) quarter of Hamburg overlooking the Elbe River.

Conducted by Enoch zu Guttenberg the concert features Susanne Bernhard (soprano), Ingeborg Danz (alto), Werner Güra (tenor), Günther Groissböck (bass) and the KlangVerwaltung Choir performing J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 131 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (‘Choral’).

Following the concert, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, transfer to the Kunsthalle, Hamburg’s major fine arts museum. Highlights of the collection are medieval altars of Master Bertram and Master Francke, paintings by Dutch artists of the 17th century, masterpieces of German Romanticism, Impressionism and Modernism, as well as international contemporary art.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. If returning to Australia or New Zealand today, depart Hamburg on Qantas / Emirates flights (via Dubai). Arrival in Australia or New Zealand on the evening of Tuesday 12 June or morning of Wednesday 13 June.

Or, join our Elbe Art and Music Cruise beginning in Berlin later today. Please see separate brochure for details.


Per person, twin-share

AUD 2,350

Single supplement*

AUD 420

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Tour code


Final payment due

12 April 2018

Fitness level

Please see terms & conditions for fitness level definitions.

Suggested airline

Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current fares and specials.

Tour price includes

  • Three nights’ accommodations in Hamburg with daily breakfast (B)
  • Other meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=dinner) including wines
  • Comprehensive sightseeing including entrance fees as per itinerary
  • A-reserve tickets for the Hamburg State Opera and Hamburg Philharmonic concert
  • Pre-performance introductions and talks
  • Gratuities throughout
  • Transfer to Berlin (if joining Elbe Art and Music Cruise)

Tour price does not include

  • Flights
  • Transfers in Hamburg
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e. mini-bar, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Travel insurance


Your hotel
Renaissance Hotel Hamburg****+

NB. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted