20792
Germany
Classical Germany: The Music of Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden
Find out why Germany has a history of music like no other as you discover world-famous concert halls and attend high-caliber performances on this perfectly composed adventure.
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Program No. 20792RJ
Length
13 days
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13 days
12 nights
23 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Transit
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Berlin
D
Berlin Mark Hotel

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:00 PM.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Unless otherwise noted, dinners on this program are typically a three-course set menu. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Berlin - Old and New Capital
Berlin
B,L,D
Berlin Mark Hotel

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Expert-led field trip by boat to Berlin Mitte, the district of the most important landmarks of the German capital. On the Spree River, we pass Museum Island with the major museums; the Berlin Cathedral, once part of the destroyed Prussian Imperial Castle on the Schlossplatz, the topographical center of the capital; the government quarter with the German Parliament, the Reichstag; Schloss Bellevue, today the Berlin home of the Federal President.

Lunch: At a local restaurant. Unless otherwise noted, lunches on this program are typically a 2-course set menu.

Afternoon: Enjoy an hour of free time to relax. Then hear a lecture on "The History of Germany and its Capital." Follow history from the creation of one German state out of a loose league of sovereign duchies and kingdoms in the late 19th century to the recent reunification.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Attend a concert or opera.

DAY
4
Berlin - Capital of Classical Music
Berlin
B,L
Berlin Mark Hotel

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Expert-led field trip to the Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall. Wildly controversial at first, its unique architecture and acoustics has become a model for many other concert halls all over the world. Continue the morning with a visit to the Museum of Music Instruments, which contains a collection of over 3,500 musical instruments from the 16th century onward. It is one of the largest and most representative musical instrument collections in Germany. The collection includes the precious flute collection of Prussian king Frederick the Great and the original harpsichord from Sanssouci Castle's music room. Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach played this harpsichord while serving the king for 26 years.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture: "Berlin - The Capital of Music." With the Philharmonic Orchestra and the excellent Symphonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle and State Opera, the Kammer and Rundfunksymphonie Orchestra, the German capital certainly occupies the world’s highest ranks when it comes to classical music and opera. This lecture introduces the world of music and “who's who” in this attractive center of classical music.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Attend a concert or opera.

DAY
5
Behind the Scenes Music
Berlin
B,L
Berlin Mark Hotel

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Go behind the scenes of Berlin music institutions. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with a member of one of the famous Berlin Orchestras. Then enjoy an expert-led walking excursion of the central district of Berlin Mitte, passing the Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt in the direction of Museum Island.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Berlin on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet or on the Road Scholar website. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Free evening to attend a concert or opera on your own.

DAY
6
Self-Guided Excursions
Berlin
B
Berlin Mark Hotel

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: You are free for the day to explore Berlin at your own pace. You may wish to wander to Museum Island, explore the area around Alexanderplatz with Nikolaiviertel and the DDR Museum, or visit the Jewish Museum, a phenomenal building designed by Daniel Libeskind.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue your self-guided exploration.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Meet your group for a drink and share the stories of your day.

DAY
7
Potsdam, Transfer to Leipzig
Leipzig
B,L,D
Art Hotel Ana Symphonie

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Transfer by bus to Leipzig. En route, we visit Potsdam, a World Heritage Site since 1990 and undoubtedly one of Germany's most beautiful cities. It is surrounded by a string of lakes and the Havel River. Expert-led visit to Sanssouci Castle, summer residence of Prussian King Frederick the Great, which is situated on a beautiful terraced hill overlooking the town of Potsdam. It is a huge complex of garden landscapes and palaces. Sanssouci Palace itself is considered the major work of Rococo architecture in Germany.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Leipzig. Time to settle in. Orientation walk.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Leipzig Music History, Thomas Church
Leipzig
B,L
Art Hotel Ana Symphonie

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: "Leipzig and Dresden - Cradles of Great Music." Both cities of roughly 500,000 inhabitants only, Leipzig and Dresden are associated with many famous composers from the 17th century onward. These composers include Heinrich Schütz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann, Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Wagner. Both cities pride themselves on their world famous concert halls and great orchestras and choirs. The Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Gewandhaus concert hall have cultivated classical music in Leipzig for over 250 years, while the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sächsische Staatskapelle both perform at the famous Semper Opera House. Both the history of St. Thomas's Boys Choir and the Dresdner Kreuzchor span almost over eight hundred years. This lecture introduces the music history and life in these Saxon cities.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Thomaskirche. The St. Thomas Church is the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor and where his remains currently lie. Take a few hours to explore the old town on your own.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Free evening to attend a concert or opera on your own.

DAY
9
Leipzig Concert Halls
Leipzig
B,D
Art Hotel Ana Symphonie

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Excursion either to the Opera House, de Gewandhaus, or the Mendelsohn House. Learn about the history of the two leading music halls, Gewandhaus and Leipzig Opera. Participate in a discussion with a musician from the Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time in Leipzig to spend as you wish. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet or on the Road Scholar website. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Attend a concert or opera.

DAY
10
Transfer to Dresden
Dresden
B,L
Art 'Otel Dresden, by Park Plaza

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Transfer to Dresden. Upon arrival, start with an expert-led walking field trip of the old town. Pass by such sites as the Frauenkirche, Dresden Castle, the Semperoper opera house, and the Zwinger palace.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy an expert-led visit of the Dresden Semper Opera, an opera house rich with history and located on the river Elbe in the old city.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Enjoy a concert or opera.

DAY
11
Richard Wagner, Pillnitz Castle
Dresden
B,L
Art 'Otel Dresden, by Park Plaza

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: Learn about composer Richard Wagner who spent his childhood in Dresden and studied music in Leipzig and Dresden. After the performances of his operas "Rienzi" and "The Flying Dutchman" in Dresden, he was appointed as the Royal Saxon music director of the court orchestra for life. On your way to Graupa, take a bus excursion through Loschwitz, Dresden’s Villa quarter.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Richard Wagner Museum in Graupa, where the composer once vacationed. See such items as photographs, letters and sheet music on display. On the way back, visit Pillnitz Castle, summer residence of August the Strong. The grand castle and park grounds directly situated on the banks of the Elbe River are considered a perfect example of the chinoise style, an amalgamate of the architecture of the Far East and the Baroque.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Green Vault
Dresden
B,D
Art 'Otel Dresden, by Park Plaza

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Visit to the "Green Vault," one of Europe's finest treasure collections, recently reopened after 68 years. It was amassed by Augustus the Strong, the 18th-century Prince of Saxony.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Dresden. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet or on the Road Scholar website. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. In the late afternoon, attend your final concert or opera.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Transit
B

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Taxi transfer to the airport for departures. This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.