Dresden & Prague | May 18-28, 2022



5 Dresden, 4 Prague

The perfect opportunity for music lovers to visit two stunning cities, while both play host to festivals affording rich and varied concert opportunities.

In Dresden it's Rusalka at Semperoper, a unique organ experience at the Frauenkirche, choral highlights both at the Kulturpalast and in Leipzig as well as a very special visit to Blüthner pianos. The Dresdner Musikfestspiele offers a host of musical activities to complete your visit. Opera at the National Theatre and Estates Theatre in Prague is enhanced by behind the scenes experiences and architectural, cultural and culinary highlights abound. The Prague Spring Festival will be in full swing and the city alive with the sound of music. This is truly a music lovers dream!

From $6,699
*Includes round trip airfare from New York City

Featured Highlights

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Bach Experience

Experience the world and music of J.S.Bach in a manner that does all but turn back time itself. As the modern day successor to Bach, the Thomaskantor is your host and guide through the Thomaskirche where the great composer directed the Thomanerchor for over 25 years. Then visit the Bach Museum next door before returning to hear the choir rehearse.

The Legacy of J.S.Bach

National Theatre

Following a private tour of Prague's National Theatre, you will have the opportunity to meet a soloist, conductor, or director from tonight's performance. In the evening, return for a performance of The Bartered Bride and enjoy Smetana's comic work in the leading opera house of his home country.

A Nation's Showcase

Frauenkirche

Painstakingly rebuilt brick by brick, the modern day church boasts a 4,876 pipe Kern organ that brings to life the great works of J.S. Bach. This private experience includes a visit to the organ loft with the resident organist followed by a Q&A and a simply magnificent organ recital.

Restoration & Recital

Estates Theatre

A private experience hosted by a Mozart scholar at the beautiful Estates Theatre, the only remaining theatre in which the great composer conducted, where he presented the world premiere of Don Giovanni and where you will later enjoy a performance of this iconic opera.

Mozart & The Rake

Semperoper Experience

Attend a performance at the Dresdner Philharmonie by Amarcord, a choral quintet comprised of former Thomanerchor members. Following the concert, enjoy lunch with an ensemble member who will share insights into life in Leipzig at one of the world's most famous choirs, giving intriguing context to our visit in Leipzig the following day.


Photo: Kulturpalast Dresden-Mosaik by Fyona A. Hallé

Symphonious Saxons

Blüthner Experience

Stop in Störmthal for a special visit to the Blüthner piano factory where Julius Blüthner's successors continue his legacy by building the finest hand-crafted pianos. A member of the Blüthner family will welcome you with glass of champagne while relating the turbulent history of the company, as well as showing you how the pianos are made. Later, there will be a short recital in the factory's own concert hall with works by Schumann and Mendelssohn.

Signed by Blüthner

Meissen Fabrik

In Meissen, we explore the winding cobbled streets and the magnificent cathedral. Afterwards enjoy an exclusive tour of the world-renowned Porcelain Manufactury which includes not only a display of porcelain from the past 300 years, but also a chance to watch skilled artists mold objects, sculpt the delicate blossoms and paint flowers on plates and teacups.

Meissen Masterworks

Art Nouveau Experience

The Municipal House is one of the most significant public buildings in the Art Nouveau style, with original artwork by Alfons Mucha. It is the place where the Czechoslovak Republic was proclaimed in 1918 and you can celebrate this historic event with a glass of champagne on the very balcony where it happened. Your evening in the Art Nouveau style will continue with dinner in the spectacular surroundings of the Municipal House Restaurant.

Art Nouveau

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Comfort

  • 5-star hotels in city centers
    1. Dresden: Hotel Gewandhaus Dresden
    2. Prague: Hotel Aria
  • On-site Encore Travel Concierge
  • Private Coach

Gastronomy

  • Welcome Cocktail Reception
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Seven selected lunches or dinners including:
    1. Alte Meister (Dresden)
    2. Villa Richter & Municipal House Restaurant (Prague)

Music

  • Four public performances
    1. The Bartered Bride at Prague National Theatre
    2. Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre
    3. Amarcord at Dresdner Philharmonie
    4. Rusalka at Semperoper
  • Three private performances
    1. Frauenkirche organ recital
    2. Piano recital at Bluthner Piano Factory
    3. Private chamber concert at the Estates Theatre
  • Dresden Music Festival (optional)
  • Prague Spring Festival (optional)

Culture

  • Art Nouveau tour of Municipal House
  • Meissen Manufactury
  • Frauenkirche guided visit
  • Guided walking tour of Dresden
  • Guided walking toour of Prague
  • Leipzig historical walking tour

SPOTLIGHT: HOLESOVICE & LETNA

While the breathtaking views of Charles Bridge or Hradcany are clearly can't miss highlights on your trip to Prague, the districts of Holesovice and Letna have so much to offer travelers. Both are amongst the most sought after places to live in Prague, and offer a Bohemian feel with a booming art scene that includes the National Gallery and several wonderful independent galleries. Surrounded by great restaurants, fascinating architecture, and beautiful parks, there's tons to see during your down time.

Watch this video to learn about some of the popular destinations, or speak with your Travel Concierge to customize the perfect activity for your specific interests.

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