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AUG 24 - 30

The Bayreuth Festival in recent decades has not been without controversy, both in terms of its internal management and directorial interpretation of Wagner’s operas; in fact this has become its signature. The 2018 and 2019 seasons form a hiatus between two Ring Cycles, with the Castorf version ending in 2017 and a new production taking the stage in 2020, with speculation that it will be directed by Russian Dmitri Tcherniakov and led by Andris Nelsons.

While casting for the 2018 operas has not yet been o cially announced, the program’s all-star roster of conductors will ensure another exceptional level of artistry. This nal week of the season features four operas that have been successfully introduced over the recent years: Katharina Wagner’s production of Tristan und Isolde, Barrie Kosky’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s Parsifal and Jan Philipp Gloger’s Der fliegende Holländer.

Those electing to extend for an additional night will have the rare opportunity to attend Frank Castorf’s staging of Die Walküre, with Maestro Plácido Domingo in his Bayreuth debut as a conductor.

Ticket availability is notoriously di cult except for those with long- standing subscriptions and, due to this, we have an outstanding partnership with a local a liate who has access to “secondary-market” seats that come in combination with the scarce hotel accommodations found in Bayreuth. We are now in our seventh year of partnership and it continues to successfully provide our guests the opportunity to attend this iconic Festival.

Naturally, this arrangement is more expensive than direct box o ce purchases but it does come with reliably good seating and very comfortable and convenient hotels. In 2018 the core dates in Bayreuth will be Friday, August 24 through Wednesday, August 29, with the option to extend one night for Die Walküre

  • August 24       Independent arrivals
  • August 25       4:00pm Parsifal (Semyon Bychkov)
  • August 26       6:00pm Der fliegende Holländer (Axel Kober)
  • August 27       4:00pm Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Philippe Jordan)
  • August 28       4:00pm Tristan und Isolde (Christian Thielemann)
  • August 29       Departure or
    • Optional with an added night’s stay:    
      • 30th    4:00pm Die Walküre (conductor: Plácido Domingo) 

Accommodation is at the Hotel Arvena Kongress (, with air-conditioned comfortable spacious rooms and providing all the amenities and dining expected in a full service hotel. This is a favorite choice for the many Wagner a cionados, with breakfast and lunch included.

There is an opportunity to upgrade to the Hotel Goldener Anker (, located in the center of the historic district and featuring 250 year old traditional architecture with timeless elegantly styled bedrooms and suites. The intimate excellent restaurant dates from 1927 and its 13th generation of family owners guarantees a special stay.

Private taxi transfers from/to the hotels will be included for our party on performance days. 


Friday, August 24

Independent arrivals in Bayreuth.

In the evening we meet our host and companions for a Welcome Dinner in the Arvena Kongress’ excellent restaurant.

Saturday, August 25

This morning, following your daily inclusive breakfast, we will meet a local guide for an introductory walking tour of Bayreuth Old Town with lunch at Restaurant Eule, returning in time to refresh before transfering to the 4pm performance of Parsifal.  Dining this evening is independent during the two hour-long intermissions.

Sunday, August 26

The day is at leisure.

At 5pm the party transfers to the Festspielhaus for the 6pm staging of Der fliegende Holländer.  After the performance we gather in the Steigenberger Restaurant with members of the worldwide Wagner Society members and Friends of Bayreuth for a Gala dinner with invited artists and guests.

Monday, August 27

This morning and lunchtime is independent.

Mid-afternoon we transfer to the Festspielhaus for the 4pm Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.  Dinner this evening is independent during the intermissions. 

Tuesday, August 28

Meet in the lobby of the Arvena Kongress after breakfast to walk to Villa Wahnfried and the Wagner Museum.  Goldener Anker guests may wait at the hotel and join the group en route to the museum.  After the visit and a co ee break in the café, consider a visit to the excellent nearby Franz Liszt Museum or Jean Paul Museum, showcasing the life and works of the noted German Romantic writer.

We again transfer to the Festspielhaus for Tristan und Isolde, starting at 4pm.  We celebrate the end of our time together with intermission dining at the exceptional Walhall Lounge, perfectly located near the Festspielhaus.

Wednesday, August 29

Independent departures with airport car services coordinated upon request.  Optional one day extension to attend the 4pm Die Walküre (pre-ordered tickets only) with transfers on the Arvena Kongress’ private coach.

Thursday, August 30

Independent departures with airport car services coordinated upon request.

Please note that there are no titles in the Festspielhaus and should you be unfamiliar with the Wagner operas, you are encouraged to read libretti for the operas before leaving for the trip, and bring them to Bayreuth to enhance your enjoyment. 


  • Five nights Arvena Kongress Hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch included daily
  • Stalls seating for four operas
  • Welcome dinner
  • Gala Wagner Society dinner post-Der fliegende Holländer
  • Group lunch and Farewell Dinner
  • Morning guided walking sightseeing tour
  • Visit to Wahnfried and the new Wagner museum
  • Private taxi transfers to/from festival performances
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Escorted by an Act 1 Tours’ host throughout


  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers to/from Bayreuth hotels (may be arranged on request)
  • Meals and personal expenses outside the itinerary 


For the core 5-night program, the rate per person is:

$8,250 per person double occupancy
$8,950 per person with single occupancy


Contact Act 1 Tours for further details and rates.

  • Upgrade to Hotel Goldener Anker
  • Optional Aug 29 performance of Die Walküre (requires additional hotel night)


Due to our contractual commitments, the cost of the program is non-refundable at registration and we therefore recommend trip insurance to protect the costs of the trip (see below).

A deposit of $3,500 per person is due at registration, with the balance due by March 15, 2018. Payment is due in full if registering after that date.


Trip insurance is strongly advised to avoid financial loss should the need to cancel arise for insurable reasons. Act 1 Tours can arrange this coverage on your behalf and, with certain policies pre-existing medical conditions may be waived provided coverage is purchased within 15 days of the initial deposit. Act 1 Tours can advise on this coverage with AIG Travel Guard and arrange policies on each guest’s behalf.


Arrivals/Departures: Nuremberg (NUE) is the closest major airport to Bayreuth and Act 1 Tours can facilitate ground transfer arrangements at the appropriate time. Car services should be be booked well in advance.

Dress: The general advisory dress rule for men is black-tie (tuxedos) although a dark business suit/white shirt with tie is an acceptable alternative. Ladies should dress at a comparable level of formality.  Over the years the standards have changed at the Festival and you will see a wide variety of treatments. As everywhere else, times Piano in Wahnfried (courtesy Tamara Seidmann) and audiences are changing, even in Bayreuth.The house does have some fresh air-cooling mechanism but is not air-conditioned to North American levels and the seats are firm.  Ladies are certainly better off than gentleman as they can dress more comfortably and you will sometimes see men taking their jackets off during the performances and placing them on their laps, when the temperatures are up.  A collapsible umbrella and some light rainwear should also be packed.

Dining: Buffet breakfast and brunch is included for those staying at the Arvena Kongress Hotel. Breakfast is included at the Hotel Goldener Anker.
There are a number of dining options at the Festspielhaus, from casual to formal and arrangements can be made on arriving at the theater site. The main operas have two intermissions of one hour each so there is plenty of time available.

Climate: Plan for seasonal late summer temperatures with highs in the high 70’s and lows in the low 60’s, with the possibility of rain/ showers. It can feel humid at this time of year. 

How To Register

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