Elegant Vienna, known as the “City of Waltzes,” is considered the world capital of classical music. We invite you to consider joining this music-themed journey to this enchanting city on the Danube. Explore the places where great composers—Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, and Schoenberg—lived and performed, and visit magnificent concert venues. Go backstage at the Musikverein, home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; see Schönbrunn Palace, where Mozart first performed for Empress Maria Theresa; and visit the home of an acclaimed pianist for a private concert and reception. Other trip highlights include dinner at Mayer am Pfarrplatz, which was home to Beethoven in 1817, and a special tour of beautiful Esterházy Palace, where Joseph Haydn composed and premiered many works. The Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof, close to the city’s many cultural sites, will be our home for six nights.
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- Individual Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Oct 7, 2019 - Oct 14, 2019
STEIGENBERGER HOTEL HERRENHOF
Only a few steps from the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof is located in Vienna’s historic center. Built in 1913, it has retained its stately façade and some beautiful touches like the cast-iron railing on the staircase. Most of the interior has been tastefully modernized by Viennese atelier Einwaller, and the spacious rooms are comfortably furnished with contemporary interpretations of Art Deco. The hotel’s spa has two saunas and a steam room, a small fitness area, as well as an array of treatments.
- day 1
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7: DEPARTURE
Depart for Vienna, Austria’s elegant capital, on an overnight flight.
- day 2
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Arrive in Vienna, home to some of Europe’s most treasured music, art, and architecture. Our home for the next six nights is the centrally located Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof. After lunch at leisure, a guided walking tour introduces us to the historic city center, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, considered Austria’s most important Gothic masterpiece. We will also visit Mozarthaus, the composer’s only surviving residence in Vienna, and the Frauenhuber Café, where Mozart and Beethoven performed. This evening, gather at the hotel for introductory remarks followed by a welcome dinner.
- day 3
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9: VIENNA
Following a lecture, discover the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Habsburgs. It was here, in the Mirror Room, that six-year-old Mozart first performed for Empress Maria Theresa. Our visit includes the Bergl Rooms, whose murals of exotic landscapes are one of the jewels of the palace. After lunch, tour Salesianerkirche before returning to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure, perhaps to dine at one of Vienna’s fine restaurants or attend a performance at the Vienna State Opera.
- day 4
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10: VIENNA
Today a tour highlights Vienna’s splendid Art Nouveau architecture, such as the Secession Building and Majolica House. Visit the Beethoven Pasqualatihaus before a behind-the-scenes tour of Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic. After lunch, drive to the edge of the Vienna Woods to visit the remarkable Kirche am Steinhof, completed in 1907. Decorated with mosaics and stained glass by Koloman Moser, it is a prime example of Viennese Art Nouveau architecture. This evening enjoy a private reception and piano performance at the home of a distinguished pianist.
- day 5
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11: VIENNA
After a lecture, visit the renowned Spanish Riding School to witness the morning exercises, which are accompanied by classical music. Gain insight into the training of the Lipizzaner stallions, and meet a representative of this prestigious institution for a special welcome. After lunch at Vienna’s classic Demel Café, take a curator-led tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, with its unrivalled collection of Old Masters as well as the impressive Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. Dinner is at leisure.
- day 6
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12: VIENNA/EISENSTADT/ VIENNA
This morning, drive to Eisenstadt to see Esterházy Palace. The head of its collections will guide us through this beautiful Baroque structure, where Joseph Haydn composed and premiered many works. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure. This evening, enjoy a wine tasting and dinner at Mayer am Pfarrplatz, a typical Austrian wine tavern in Vienna’s Grinzing District. It was also home to Beethoven in 1817 as he worked on both the Eroica and Ninth Symphonies.
- day 7
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13: VIENNA
On Sundays the celebrated Vienna Boys’ Choir sings at the Hofburg Chapel. This morning you may wish to hear the angelic voices accompanying the mass and performing a few classics from their repertoire. Then, gather at the State Opera House for a behind-the-scenes tour. In the afternoon discover the Upper Belvedere, the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, with works by Schiele, Munch, and Klimt. This evening say aufwiedersehen to Vienna at a festive farewell dinner.
- day 8
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14: VIENNA/RETURN
Transfer to the airport this morning for flights home.
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