Dates: Sunday 24 May to Saturday 30 May
Six nights bed and breakfast in the Westin Bellevue. This is a very nice, modern hotel on the banks of the Elbe and looking across to the towers and spires of the old city which is just ten minutes walk away across the old Augustusbrucke. There will also be a choir dinner on one evening in an old palace in the Altstadt.
Concert in the Dreikoenigskirche in Dresden.
A 3 minute slot in the Frauenkirche in Dresden.
A quick number in the chapel in Koenigstein Castle.
A couple of numbers in the St Marienkirche in Pirna.
A quick number in Moritzburg Castle.
Concert in the beautiful St Peterkirche in Goerlitz.
** please note that some of these are still being negotiated.
Guided walking tour of Dresden Altstadt.
Guided tour of the Frauenkirche
Day tour of Saxon Switzerland with visits to the Bastei, Koenigstein Castle, Pirna (where Canaletto lived and painted) and a boat trip on the Elbe.
Trip on an old steam railway to Moritzburg and visit to the castle.
Day trip to Goerlitz, a beautiful old town on the Polish border. You can walk across the bridge and visit Poland!
Price for the above: Per person in an double or twin room is around £635, with a single room being £749.
- British Airways They have lunchtime flights from Heathrow and Stansted to Berlin Tegel. Stansted is much cheaper but strangely there is no return to that airport so you would have to return to Heathrow. The cheapest currently is STN-TXL at 1325 and TXL-LHR at 1645 totalling £145 return including one item of hold baggage.
- Lufthansa They have similar flights ex Heathrow but rather more expensive. They also offer an arrangement to Dresden, changing planes in Frankfurt but it is expensive.
- Easyjet They have a 1325 flight to Berlin Schoenefeld and return at 0955 with a total fare of about £180 including a hold bag.
- Ryanair They are intending to operate Stansted direct to Dresden at 0705 but only on a Saturday, so outbound that would entail an extra hotel night which is no problem to arrange. Current price is around £185.
- If you choose to go via Berlin, onward transport to Dresden is not difficult. There are two possibilities from both Tegel and Schoenefeld:- There are frequent buses from the airport to the Hauptbahnhof and then a train to Dresdner Neustatt which takes about 2 hours. For anyone travelling on one of the lunchtime flights from London there is a handy train at 1846 giving plenty of time to get to the Hauptbahnhof and grab an early supper in the station before the train time. Return fare is about £30 and can be easily pre-booked on the Deutsche Bahn website.
- Regular bus services go from both Berlin airports to Dresden operated by Flixbus. The journey time is about 2 hours from Schoenefeld and 2 ½ hours from Tegel. Return fare is about £12 and seats can be booked online direct with Flixbus.