Amsterdam Mahler Festival - WAIT LIST, May 08 to 19, 2025
Does a 10-day, one-hotel visit to Amsterdam, aligned with the much-anticipated Mahler Festival at the Concertgebouw appeal to you? The festival features all ten symphonies, Das Lied von der Erde, Kindertotenlieder, and more, performed by some of the world's top orchestras and most renowned conductors.  In order to provide maximum flexibility for you to focus on the things that are of most interest to you, we will organize a variety of optional sightseeing and museum visits with expert scholar/guides. There are also daily performances in the recital hall, featuring young artists.

These are the featured orchestras and conductors:

·Royal Concertgebouw, Klaus Mäkelä
·Berlin Philharmonic, Kiril Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim
·Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer
·Chicago Symphony, Jaap van Zweden
·NHK Symphony, Fabio Luisi

Last November, when passes for the complete series of the ten symphonies went on sale, we moved quickly to reserve as many of the full 10-concert passepartouts as we could and placed advance orders for individual concerts. Meanwhile, we blocked space in a very fine hotel, perfectly located just steps from the most important museums as well as the historic Concertgebouw where the concerts take place. More recently, when additional performances of the four most popular symphonies became available, we offered them to our email list and sold all we could accommodate, almost immediately.
You may join the waitlist by clicking on the "Contact Us"button above.
We will notify you if we have any cancellations.
Lots can change between now and May 2025.


Prices, per person

sharing a double/twin
single occupancy

Prices do not include the cost of performances
and are stated in
U.S. Dollars,

calculated on an exchange rate of $1.10 to the Euro

Package prices include

10 nights accommodation
at the

NH Amsterdam Museums District Hotel

Breakfast each day

  2 Dinners

A cocktail reception

Airport transfers

Optional day tours
will be organized by
Dean Dalton Tours
in response to the interests
of tour participants
and priced separately.

Subjects will be selected from:

Introduction to Amsterdam with Old Town

Amsterdam Canal History
by boat

Dutch Golden Age
(17th Century)

Jewish Amsterdam

Van Gogh in Depth
with art historian guide

Rijks Museum in Depth
with art historian guide

Rembrandt’s Amsterdam, ending at the H’ART, including the Leiden Collection


Thursday, May 8: Depart for Amsterdam; both United and KLM offer non-stop service and any major carrier can provide one-stop schedules.

Friday, May 9: We will provide transportation from Schipol Airport to our 4-star, superior hotel, located just steps from the Concertgebouw and major museums. Everyone will get together for an early dinner prior to the opening concert of the Mahler Festival: the First Symphony, "Titan," with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of music-director-designate, Klaus Mäkelä. Also featured are soprano Christian Karg, mezzo-soprano Anna Maria  Richter, and the Netherlands Radio Choir.

Saturday, May 10: At 1:30 PM, about half the group attend a repeat of the First Symphony, with Mäkelä and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Then, at 8:00 PM, several attend the Second Symphony, "Resurrection," with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer.

Sunday, May 11: The rest of the group attends a repeat performance of the Second Symphony, beginning at 11 o'clock this morning. The Symphony number Three with Fabio Luisi and the NHK Symphony, the National Children's Choir, and the Women of the National Radio Choir is on tap at 8:00 PM.

Monday, May 12: Maestro Luisi leads the NHK Symphony in the Symphony number 4 this evening. With no daytime performance, the morning offers the perfect opportunity for an optional guided Introcuction to Amsterdam aimed at first-time visitors.

Tuesday, May 13: Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra will provide two performances of Mahler's Fifth Symphony today, at 5:00 and 8:00 PM. (The evening performance includes the Kindertotenlieder.) With almost everyone attending one or the other, we will get together between the two performances for nibbles and a glass of wine.

Wednesday, May 14: This evening, the Chicago Symphony performs the Symphony #6, "Tragic," under the baton of Jaap va Zweden.

Thursday, May 15: The Chicago and Van Zweden return with the Seventh Symphony.

Friday, May 16: Mäkelä and the Concertgebouw are joined by seven soloists and four choirs for the "Symphony of a Thousand," Mahler's 8th.

Saturday, May 17: Kiril Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in this evening's performance of the Symphony #9, which Leonard Bernstein characterized as "Four ways to say goodbye." 

Sunday, May 18: Following an afternoon repeat of the "Symphony of a Thousand," the Festival draws to a close with the Adagio, the only completed movement of Mahler's 10th Symphony, and the symphonic song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde. Daniel Barenboim is scheduled to conduct this performance by the Berlin Philharmonic.

Monday, May 19: Transportation to the airport is provided, for your journey homeward or further adventures.

The Royal Concertgebouw
The Royal Concertgebouw
Cityscape with the Amstel River
Cityscape with the Amstel River
City Canal
City Canal