12 days
Level 2 - Moderate

Richard Wagner Ring Cycle Tour to Leipzig, Germany

Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle or Der Ring des Nibelungen, WWV 86, is a cycle of four German-language epic music dramas. Odyssey Traveller's Wagner Ring Cycle Tour gives you the opportunity to see the extraordinary piece of work performed in Richard Wagner's city of birth, Leipzig, Saxony's most musical city. This 12 day tour includes four concerts at the Oper Leipzig, where the Oper Leipzig, together with the Gewandhouse Orchestra will perform this famous masterpiece. In this unique tour, we will not just experience this incredible operatic story but we will also learn about Wagner's life and influences of culture and family on his music, and about other musical greats who worked in the city. 

Along the way, you will explore Dresden, the stunning old town of Bayreuth and the amazing city of Munich. You will have the chance to stroll through these remarkable locations and see them through the lens of Wagner and other talented composers, discovering how Wagner met King Ludwig II and visiting the Walhalla memorial, a hall of fame that includes important artists, composers, and other German cultural icons. This travel experience offers beautiful cities, a symphony orchestra and breathtaking scenery - what more could you want?

Due to the special nature of this tour, we have limited the group size to 10 participants.

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Tour Notes
  • Tour dates will be confirmed once 2020 performance schedule is released by Leipzig Opera.
  • The itinerary for 2020 is subject to amendments.

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Overview: Upon arrival in Dresden make your own way to the hotel. In the late afternoon, we have a welcome meeting followed by dinner.

For those who arrive early, there will be time to visit some of the city’s fine art galleries as well as to learn about its more recent past.

Accommodation: 2 nights in Maritim Dresden Hotel or similar.

Overview: The tour starts with a half day tour around the city of Dresden. The focus of the guided tour is of Wagner related sites in Dresden. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe), a unique historic museum containing the one of the largest collection of treasures in Europe.

Accommodation: Maritim Dresden Hotel or similar.

Overview: This morning we transfer to the station and board a train to Leipzig. On arrival we’ll be met and transferred to our hotel with some free time to rest before tonight’s performance.

Tonight we enjoy a 5pm performance of “Das Rheingold,” followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: 5 nights at Victor’s Residenz or similar

Overview: This morning, we take a guided city tour of Leipzig that follows in the steps of Wagner. After the tour, you will have the afternoon to spend as you wish. We will reconvene for a 5pm performance of the second part of the ring cycle, “Die Walküre.”

Accommodation: Victor’s Residenz or similar

Overview: Today we visit Halle, famous as the birthplace of Baroque composer Georg Friedrich Händel. We take a guided walking tour of the city, including visits to Marienkirche and Händel museum.

Accommodation: Victor’s Residenz or similar

Overview: This morning, we visit the Museum of Musical Instruments, part of the University of Leipzig. It first opened in 1929 and today is considered one of the largest music instrument museums in Europe with a collection of approximately 10,000 objects. The collection includes valuable instruments and beyond, as well as music-related items from the Renaissance, Baroque and Bach’s Leipzig periods.

The afternoon is free to enjoy the city at your own pace. Later we enjoy another opera performance, this time of Siegfried, the third of the four music dramas that constitute Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). This opera premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 16 August 1876, as part of the first complete performance of The Ring cycle.

Accommodation: Victor’s Residenz or similar

Overview: Leipzig is not only the birthplace of Wagner but also the place where Bach lived later in his career and where he died. Today we’ll visit the Bach Museum, located near St.Thomas Church where Bach worked.

This evening we attend the final installment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, ‘The Twilight of the Gods’.

Accommodation: Victor’s Residenz or similar

Overview: This morning we travel from Leipzig to Bayreuth where we tour the Margravial Opera House, a Baroque opera house built between 1744 and 1748. It is one of Europe’s few surviving theatres of the period and has been extensively restored and re-opened in mid-2018.

In the evening we’ll enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: 2 nights Bayerischer Hof or similar

Overview: We begin the day with a guided tour of the town, where we will see the main sights that relate to the life of Wagner. In the afternoon we’ll visit the stunning Festspielhaus opera house for a guided tour. The opera house was built by Richard Wagner and dedicated solely to the performance of his stage works.

Accommodation: Bayerischer Hof or similar

Overview: Today we depart Bayreuth and travel to Munich. On our way we’ll stop at the Walhalla memorial, a hall of fame that includes important artists, composers, and other German cultural icons.

After arriving in Munich, we have visit Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne, one of the world’s largest museums of modern and contemporary art. Nearby are other great art museums that you may wish to visit on your own time tomorrow afternoon.

Accommodation: 2 nights Hotel Excelsior or similar

Overview: Today we a guided tour of city’s highlights and tell stories of Wagner, including how he met King Ludwig II. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own.

In the evening, the group will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Excelsior or similar

Overview: The tour concludes after breakfast.

Tickets to ‘Siegfried’, ‘Die Walkure’, ‘Gotterdammerung’, and ‘Das Rheingold’.
A Oper Leipzig production together with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under the direction of Prof. Ulf
A visit to the Framus Vintage Archive, a museum of instruments
A guided tour of Oberammergau’s Passion Play Theatre
A guided tour of Bayreuth’s magnificent Festspielhaus

What’s included in our Tour

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Tickets to 4 Wagner operas
  • All excursions, sightseeing, and entrance fees as per the tour
  • Detailed preparatory material

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Return economy class international airfare and departure taxes.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry and phone calls.

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Tour Reviews

May 28, 2018

As this was my first tour alone and with Odyssey felt included immediately. The small group was like traveling just with friends. We all voiced what we would like to see etc and where possible changes were made. I would highly recommend this tour.

Participant May 2018

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