IFC Unwraps Exclusive German Opera Tour Just in Time for Christmas: Four Nights of Cultural Exploration and Musical Magic!

Opera Tour in Hof & Dresden

4 Night Tour Package: Friday 14th June to Tuesday 18th June 2024

15th June: Opera in Hof - Patrick Cassidy’s ‘Dante - From Inferno to Paradise’

16th June: Opera in Dresden – Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’


The Institute for CultureTravel (IFC) is excited to announce a captivating four-night tour package, inviting cultural enthusiasts and opera fans to immerse themselves in Germany's rich artistic heritage. This unique experience, curated by IFC, promises an unforgettable journey through two iconic German cities, Hof and Dresden, combining cultural exploration with wonderful opera.

Guests will enjoy a two-night stay in the picturesque town of Hof, nestled on the banks of the Saale in Bavaria. The tours highlight in Hof will be the world premiere of Patrick Cassidy's opera, ‘Dante – From Inferno to Paradise’. Patrick Cassidy is Ireland’s most renowned living classical composer, also well known for his film scores. Patrick is best known for the aria ‘Vide Cor Meum’ originally composed for the film ‘Hannibal’, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Anthony Hopkins.

“We are delighted that Patrick Cassidy will attend the drinks reception to welcome our guests to Hof and to give a short talk on the opera ‘Dante’.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the composer and enjoy an introduction to the opera performance.” says Caroline Quigley, General Manger of IFC and Keith Prowse Ireland “We think this tour package would make the ideal Christmas gift for the opera fan in your life!”

The tour continues with a two-night stay in the breathtaking city of Dresden, known for its architectural splendour and cultural importance. Dresden rose to artistic prominence in the 18th century and was restored to its former glory after the Allied bombings of 1945. It is considered one of the world’s most remarkable restorations, making it the perfect destination for history and culture enthusiasts.

Guests will be treated to a performance of Mozart's enchanting opera, ‘Die Zauberflöte’ at the renowned Semper Opera House, one of Germany's most iconic opera venues, designed by the legendary architect, Gottfried Semper. Set along the majestic River Elbe, Dresden's Semper Opera House boasts a rich history dating back to the 19th century. The modern company has built upon the long-standing tradition of high standards of musicianship and visually exciting productions to ensure a consistently high standard of performance.

Price includes:

  • Return flight Dublin-Berlin
  • Coach transfers as follows:
  • - 14 June: Berlin airport – Central Hotel in Hof with lunch stop
  • - 16 June: Central Hotel in Hof to Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe in Dresden
  • - 18 June: Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe in Dresden To Berlin Airport
  • Two-nights in the Central Hotel in Hof with breakfast
  • Two-nights in the Steigenberger Hotel in Dresden with breakfast
  • Meals as follows:
  • - 14 June: Lunch in Leipzig on route to Hof
  • - 14 June: Drinks reception and welcome dinner in the Central Hotel in Dresden with Patrick Cassidy in attendance
  • - 15 June: Pre-opera dinner
  • - 16 June: pre-opera dinner
  • Category 1 ticket to Dante – From Inferno to Paradise by Patrick Cassidy in Theatre Hof
  • Category 1 ticket to Mozart’s enchanting opera Die Zauberflöte at the world famous Semper Opera House.
  • Walking tour in Leipzig (duration approx. 1-hour)
  • Walking tour in Dresden (duration approx. 2-hours)

Price: €1,493pps

Single Supplement: €249

This exclusive tour package offers a unique blend of exploration, culture, art and music, providing you with an immersive experience into the heart of Germany's cultural heritage. So, don't miss this incredible opportunity to indulge in four nights of enchantment, celebrating the best of opera and the cultural richness of Germany.


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Issued by Aileen Eglington & Rosie O’Toole, AE Consulting on behalf of Institute for CultureTravel/Keith Prowse Ireland


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