Music lies at the heart of German culture, and no other country today can offer lovers of orchestral and vocal music an experience of such consistently high quality. Academy Travel’s annual musical pilgrimage to Germany is based, as always, on an outstanding line-up of eight performances by some of the world’s leading orchestras at first-class opera houses and uncovers the history of musical patronage in Germany. Gain a deep appreciation of the country’s musical genius as well as its modern revival, with long stays in major centres of musical excellence, background talks and musically-themed sightseeing.
Germany’s unrivalled musical heritage, stretching from Bach to Beethoven, the 19th-century greats and modern masters
Orchestral playing of the highest calibre, with leading soloists and conductors
Innovative operatic productions with fine casts of local and international singers
Encyclopedic collections of art, antiquities and decorative masterpieces
The impact of patronage on music, from aristocrats and emperors to the modern state
At least eight performances are included. Details will be published from June 2018 onwards. The itinerary may be varied slightly to include the best performances.
A concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Two operatic performances in Berlin, at the re-opened Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper
A concert by the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and by the choir of St Thomas Church, Leipzig
A performance at the Semperoper, Dresden Bayreuth
A performance at the Margravial Opera House, or in nearby Bamberg or Nuremberg
A performance at the Bavarian State Opera
A concert by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Days 1–5: In Berlin, attend three performances; visit outstanding museums, including the Neues Museum. Excursion to Potsdam’s Sanssouci.
Days 6–7: Explore Leipzig on music-themed walking tours. Attend performances in concert halls and churches, and discover the Grassi Museum.
Days 8–10: Marvel at Dresden’s renaissance, from the reconstructed Semperoper to the Green Vault’s extraordinary collections.
Days 11–13: Explore Wagner’s Bayreuth; attend the newly renovated baroque opera house.
Days 14–17: Travel to Munich via Nuremberg. Enjoy fine performances and an excursion into the Alps.
A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.
Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad and Emirates have daily flights from Australian capitals to Germany. Contact us for fares and bookings.
A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming months. Bookings are open for this tour, however if you would like to receive the detailed itinerary booklet once available, please register your interest below and we will send you a copy.
Dr Rosamund Bartlett
Is a cultural historian who has lectured and written widely on music. Her books include Wagner and Russia and Shostakovich in Context.
Rosamund Bartlett is a cultural historian with a particular interest in European Modernism, and in opera. She completed her doctorate at Oxford, and pursued an academic career for fifteen years before becoming a full-time writer and translator. During this time she served on the Council of the Royal Musical Association and organised several international music conferences which included collaborations with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Borodin String Quartet, and Oxford Contemporary Music. She maintains an active scholarly profile and is currently an Honorary Associate in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney. Her opera research has been supported by the British Academy and a Fernand Braudel Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.
She is the author and editor of several books, including Wagner and Russia, and Shostakovich in Context. As well as contributing to publications such as the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, she has written articles for the Royal Opera House, La Monnaie and Opera Australia. She has taken part in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, and been asked to give pre-concert talks including for the Proms, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Oxford Lieder Festival. In 2017 she was commissioned to translate the original libretto of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth for the Salzburg Festival. She speaks several languages, and has been travelling to Germany since she was a teenager, when she was an exchange student in Munich. She has extensive experience leading tours throughout Europe.
Hotels will be selected principally for their central location, often within walking distance to the museums, galleries and performance venues visited on tour. We generally use a range of 4-star hotels, suitable to group stays, throughout all our tours.
What is included in the tour price? Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.
What is not included in the tour price? Open-age tours do not include the following:
Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.
A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.
If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:
More than 60 days before departure: $500*
60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due
*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.
Unused Portions of the tour
We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.
Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.
Passport and Visa
A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.
Will the tour price change?
If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.
Will the itinerary change?
Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.
Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.
Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.