26 – 30 September 2019
Dresden and Meissen

Description

Dresden is a city of art and culture with its historic centre on  a broad bend of the Elbe. Rebuilt after its wartime destruction, it is now home to some of Germany’s best art and architecture.  It is also on Saxony’s wine road and close to the state’s finest scenery. Dresden now regularly heads the list of Germany’s most beautiful cities.  The capital of Saxony,  its famous silhouette of Baroque towers, spires and domes is once more intact, the result of decades of reconstruction.  Few places have so many galleries and museums housing much of that which has been  accumulated by extravagant rulers over the centuries.  Most of the museums are within walking distance of each other, as are other cultural attractions – from the Zwinger and the Semper Opera House to the Frankenkirche and Bruhlsche Terrace (the best place to see the city and sometimes known as the Balcony of Europe).  On the far side of the Elbe the Neustadt houses a wide range of entertainment and restaurants for the evening, whilst the famous White Fleet of pleasure steamers also form a link between the city and the countryside, where the Elbe’s banks are lined by palaces, vineyards and the astonishing rocky landscapes of Saxon Switzerland.  We will also visit Meissen, a well preserved historic city with a castle and cathedral and the home of the famous Meissen porcelain. There is an endless abundance of things to see and do from Raphael’s ‘Sistine  Madonna’ to the modern masters – (Dresden was home to ‘Die Brücke’) – not forgetting the spectacular buildings which house them with their courtyards, pools and fountains. There are also vast collections of armour, porcelain and few cities can list a car factory as one of their attractions – Dresden’s ultra modern Volkswagen works.

Other Details

Accommodation

Centrally located Motel-One, Palaisplatz, Dresden.

Bed and Breakfast tariff in twin-share room with private facilities. (Extra nights can be organised).

 

Course Cost

£555 inclusive of tuition, airport transfers (airport transfers are only available for the Siragusa Tours Ltd nominated flight), travel to Meissen, accommodation and breakfast.

 

Single Room Supplement

£111

 

Travel Insurance

Once tour is viable and flights are booked please make sure you book your travel insurance. If we have booked flights on your behalf through Travelpack then you can call Lina on 0208 5854010 ext 1008,  Mon – Fri 9 – 4 ,  for an immediate quote  (up to the age of 84).

Once tour is viable and if we have booked a flight for you through Travelpack, you can call Lina on 08444 930465 for an immediate quote (unless you already have insurance)

 

Flight

Ca. £190 scheduled flight to Dresden via Frankfurt or Amsterdam. Note that this is an estimate. Once the tour is viable we will contact you with details of the ‘nominated flight’. You can decide whether you wish to make independent arrangements (people from the North may wish to use a Northern airport) or whether you wish to be booked on the group flight. Please note that when we contact you with fares they are usually only valid for the day and may be higher (or lower) the next day. On the booking form you have the option to authorise us to issue flights if we can’t get hold of you.

 

Local Transport

Airport transfers by taxi or minibus, Meissen by train

 

Group Size

16

 

Tutor

Jackie Parry MA, is an experienced lecturer and art historian who has led many gallery visits and study tours. She teaches art history at the University of Sussex and the Open University.  She has also lectured for NADFAS, the U3A and the National Trust.  Her interests are mostly based around 18th century art and culture and the development of modernism from 19th century to the present.  Her MA research included issues of gender and critical theory.

 

 

Related OU Courses

General Interest/A226/AA315/AA318

 

Itinerary / Study Programme

 

Day 1, Thursday, 26 September 2019

Arrival and orientation; Bruehlsche Terrace;  a river trip if possible

Day 2, Friday 27 September 2019

AM: Zwinger –  Gemaeldegalerie Alte Meister  (Old Masters – including Raphael, Giorgione and Vermeer)

PM: Residenzschloss: Gruenes Gewoelbe (Green Vault); the Hofkirche

Day 3, Saturday 28 September 2019

Visit to Meissen for the glass museum and castle

Day 4, Sunday 29 September 2019

AM:  Albertinum – Galerie Neue Master (New Masters Gallery); Dresden City Art Galley – Kuntsammlung (German Expressionism)

PM: Pillnitz Castle: Arts and Crafts; applied arts

Day 5, Monday 30 September 2019

AM: Semperoper; Frauenkirche

Departure

 

This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions