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Europe, 14 Days

In the footsteps of the great music composers Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart in Vienna, Eisenstadt, Salzburg, Munich, Augsburg and Prague

 GER - 30114

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Departute.

    Day 2: Arrival in Vienna. At the airport you will meet your tour guide and bus driver. You are transferred to your hotel and check-in for 4 nights in Vienna. Free time for own activities. In the evening welcome dinner at hotel.

    Day 3: Vienna. Go on a guided tour. Starting at St. Stephen's Cathedral, landmark of Vienna's old town. Take a walking tour of the city. Walk along the 'Graben' to St. Peter's Church. Pass the famous Café Demel to Michaelerplatz square. Visit the winter residence of the Habsburgs Hofburg with the treasury and the imperial apartments. A sightseeing tour takes you along Ringstrasse to Parliament, town hall, Burgtheater and the Vienna State Opera. Visit the Baroque Church of St. Charles. Continue to Joseph Square for a visit of the Austrian National Library with its impressive State Hall. Go on to Stallburg and end the tour at the Imperial Crypt of the House of Habsburg. Vistit the birth house of composer Franz Schubert and go to Beethoven Pasqualatihaus, where he worked on his 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th symphonies. Lunch break by yourself (if you want, we can organize a restaurant). In the afternoon visit the Mozart house, a centre devoted to the life and works of a musical genius. Back to hotel, dinner today is not included. In the evening opportunity for a classical concert.

    Day 4: Continue to Eisenstadt, the city of Joseph Haydn. Visit Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt is one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Austria and presents a fascinating view of the resplendent life once lived at the court of the Princes Esterházy. From 1761 on, Haydn worked as conductor for the Esterházy court for more than 40 years. Go on to Haydn House, where he lived with his wife. Continue to the Haydn Church (Bergkirche), The famous organ Haydn used to play on is located on the gallery. Several compositions for mass were first performed here and conducted by Joseph Haydn himself. The Haydn Mausoleum is located right under the north tower. Lunch break. In the afternoon go on a round trip in Burgenland. Back to Vienna. Dinner at restaurant, which is characteristic for the country. Back to hotel.

    Day 5: Vienna: Full day to discover the town on your own. Opportunity for a trip to Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburgs. Visit the imperial apartments Maria Theresa had exquisitely furnished and stroll to the main sights of the extensive park. Continue to Belvedere. Prince Eugene of Savoy had the park landscape with its two magnificent Baroque palaces built as a summer residence. The impressive Upper Belvedere has a view of the old town. Free time for a stroll along Karntner Strasse to shop or a visit to one of Vienna's many coffee houses. Back to hotel. Dinner today is not included.

    Day 6: Check out and continue in direction of Salzburg through the picturesque Wachau landscape for a tour of the Benedictine Melk Abbey, landmark of the Wachau region and Unesco World Heritage. The most magnificent of all Austrian sacred buildings was rebuilt by Prandtauer and his pupil Munggenast in the first half of the 18th century. Continue to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the evening, opportunity to shop in the famous shopping district. Check in to hotel for 3 nights in Salzburg and dinner at hotel.

    Day 7: Salzburg. Explore World Heritage Site Salzburg in a tour of the city. Start at the Franciscan Church and St. Peter's Church. Go on to Mirabell Palace with its famous gardens featured in 'The Sound of Music'. Walk uphill to Hohensalzburg Castle for a panoramic view of the city. Visit Mozart's Birth House in Getreidegasse 9 and Hellbrunn Palace, a Baroque villa with extensive gardens and parks in the south of Salzburg. Return to hotel, dinner today is not included.

    Day 8: Go on an excursion around Salzburg. Drive to The Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the most famous road crossing the East Alps, leads directly to the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, to the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner (3.798 m). On 48 kilometers of panoramic road with 36 hairpin bends, ascending to 2,504 meters, motorists cross a unique alpine landscape brimming with flowering grasslands, fragrant forests, mighty rock and eternal ice to the foot of the Grossglockner. Go on a cruise in Zell am See or go to Oberndorf to the Silent-Night museum. You learn everything there is to know about where and how the world famous Christmas carol was written. In the Silent-Night-Chapel, the Christmas carol "Silent Night! Holy Night!" was heard for the first time on Christmas Eve in 1818. Today, the Silent-Night-Memorial-Chapel stands on the original site of St. Nikolaus Church. Back to Salzburg. Back to hotel, dinner at restaurant.

    Day 9: Continue to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Discover the city on a sightseeing tour on foot and by bus. It was here where Josef Ratzinger was was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1977. You see the Palais Holnstein - his residence as the Archbishop and the historic old city with its famous buildings and squares, such as Marienplatz with the town hall, the Frauenkirche church with its distinctive onion-topped towers, and the Nymphenburg Palace, baroque residence of the Bavarian kings. Check In at hotel for 3 nights in Munich. Dinner at a Bavarian restaurant.

    Day 10: Continue to Augsburg, birthplace of writer Berthold Brecht where Melanchthon wrote the "Confessio Augustana" in 1530. Start a walking tour of the tour at the Augsburg town hall, the most important secular building of the Renaissance. Go on to Perlach Tower, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter's and the Armory with its mannerist style façade. Continue to the Fuggerei, the world's oldest social housing complex founded by Jacob Fugger and his brothers in 1516, then to the Residence, Augsburg Cathedral, and St. Anna's Church, founded by Carmelite monks in 1321. End the tour at St. Ulrich's and Afra's Abbey. In the afternoon visit the Mozart house. Back to Munich, no dinner included.

    Day 11: Continue through the Allgau region of the Alps to Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for King Ludwig II. Tour of the castle's interior. The architecture of the 'fairy tale castle' is characteristic of the 19th century Romanesque Revival. After the tour, take a walk down to the valley, then continue to Wies Church for a tour of the Rococo pilgrimage church and World Heritage Site. On the way back, we will stop at Lindenhof castle for a sightseeing tour. Return to Munich. Dinner today is not included.

    Day 12: Continue to Prague, Czech Republic. Stopover in Passau, in the southeast of Germany is located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is worldwide known as "The Three Rivers City". Go on a guide walking tour. Continue to Prague. Check in to hotel for two nights, dinner at restaurant.

    Day 13: Prague. Go on a guided sightseeing tour of the Castle District Hradcany and the Lesser Town. Start at Prague Castle, past St. Vitus' Cathedral and St. George's Basilica to Golden Lane with its bookshops and row houses where Franz Kafka lived for a short while. The surrounding Castle Gardens are worthwhile for a beautiful view of Prague beneath. Continue down the terraces of Hradcany to the grand complex Wallenstein Palace. Go on to 'Lesser Town' mala straná with St. Nicholas' Church, built by architect Christoph Dientzenhofer in the unique Prague Baroque style. Cross the famous Charles Bridge with its 30 statues, the most famous of which is Czech National Saint John of Nepomuk. Pass the Old Town Bridge Tower, the high-gothic tower at the eastern end of Charles Bridge. End the tour at Wenceslas Square and the National Museum. Farewell dinner at hotel.

    Day 14: Departure from Prague International Airport.

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  • Tour includes

    Accompanying (French or English-speaking) tour host, tour and day trips in a modern long-distance coach, experienced driver, and accommodation in mid-price hotels, double rooms with ensuite bathroom; breakfast, dinner at day 2 (including ¼ l wine per person), 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13 ((including ¼ l wine per person), guided tours by trained local tour guides in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Augsburg, Passau and Prague, Cruise Zell am See, admission fees (without guided tours): Vienna: birth house Schubert, Beethoven Pasqualatihaus, Mozart House, Eisenstadt: Esterházy Palace, Haydn House, Melk Abby (with guided tour), Mozart's Birth House Salzburg, Nymphenburg Palace Munich, Neuschwanstein castle, Lindenhof castle, Mozart house Augsburg, palace Hradcany, classical concerts on day 3 (with dinner), day 5 and day7 included, maps and informative material.

  • Not included

    International and domestic flights, tips, beverages, personal expenses, possible increases in fuel prices.