Vivaldi Strings – July 2018 European Tour

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Overview

Salzburg is one of Europe's most picturesque cities.

Salzburg is one of Europe’s most picturesque cities.

Vivaldi Strings and In Mozart’s Footsteps are excited to announce a wonderful opportunity for orchestra members and their families. Come with us to experience the music, culture, and history of four incredible European cities. The ensemble will perform concerts in Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague.

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Students on Vienna's Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel)

Students on Vienna’s Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel)

Overview and Highlights

  • 1 day in Munich
  • 3 days in Salzburg
  • 3 days in Vienna
  • 2 days in Prague
  • Vivaldi Strings will give concerts in Salzburg, Vienna and Prague
  • Two Mozart Museums in Salzburg, including the building in which he was born in 1756
  • Visits to homes of Schubert, Haydn and Beethoven
  • A private tour of the Vienna State Opera House
  • Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles near Munich; the Disney Castle was modeled after Neuschwanstein
  • “The Sound of Music” Tour in Salzburg, visiting many of the filming locations from the movie
  • Outstanding performances that we will attend in Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague

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Performances

We will be attending at least one excellent performance during the trip. Details will be forthcoming.

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What’s Included in the Price

Taking a picture in front of the gazebo used in "The Sound of Music" is a must for every visit to Salzburg.

Taking a picture in front of the gazebo used in “The Sound of Music” is a must for every visit to Salzburg.

  • Flights from Chicago to Munich and from Prague to Chicago (see the specific flights in the daily itinerary, below)
  • 9 nights in four-star hotels (double and triple occupancy)
  • At least two meals a day; three meals will be provided on some days. Breakfasts in each hotel are included.
  • Charter bus transportation between cities
  • Transportation within each city
  • Admissions to all activities listed in the itinerary
  • Tickets to attend at least one professional performance
  • All hotel and restaurant gratuities
  • Also included
    • Maps
    • Electric adapters
    • Lots of pre-trip information
  • Electronic copies of David Nelson’s Vienna Music Guide and Salzburg Music Guide

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Preliminary Itinerary

A Suzuki violin orchestra performs in Vienna's Schonbrunn Palace.

A Suzuki violin orchestra performs in Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace.

Tuesday, July 17

  • Fly from Chicago
  • Lufthansa #437, depart Chicago at 3:35pm

Wednesday, July 18, Munich

  • Land in Munich at 7:25am (local time)
  • Lunch
  • Walking tour
  • Dinner at the most famous beer hall in the world, the Hofbrauhaus

Thursday, July 19, Munich to Salzburg

  • Bus to Neuschwanstein/Hohanschwangau Castles (approximately 2 hours)
  • Visit the 2 castles
  • Lunch near the castles on your own
  • Bus to Salzburg (approximately 3 hours)
  • Dinner in Salzburg

Friday, July 20, Salzburg

One of Europe's wonderful fresh markets.

One of Europe’s wonderful fresh markets.

  • 2 Mozart Museums
  • Lunch
  • Salzburg Fortress
  • Prepare for concert; have dinner
  • Perform concert

Saturday, July 21, Salzburg

  • Sound of Music Tour
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon free
  • Dinner on your own
  • Attend Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at the Marionette Theater

Sunday, July 22, Salzburg to Vienna

  • Attend Choral Mass in Salzburg Cathedral
  • Bus to Vienna (approximately 3 hours)
  • Lunch
  • Walking tour
  • Dinner

Monday, July 23, Vienna

A student orchestra concert in one of Europe's magnificent churches.

A student orchestra concert in one of Europe’s magnificent churches.

  • House of Music/Vienna Philharmonic Museum
  • Lunch
  • Haydn Museum
  • Prepare for concert; have dinner
  • Perform concert

Tuesday, July 24, Vienna

  • Vienna State Opera Tour
  • Schubert Museum and Neighborhood
  • Lunch
  • Visit the cemeteries where Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and others are buried, including where Mozart was buried in a unmarked grave.
  • Dinner on your own
  • Attend performance

Wednesday, July 25, Vienna to Prague

  • Bus to Prague (approximately 5 1/2 hours)
  • Lunch on the way, on your own
  • Walking tour
  • Dinner
  • Attend performance

Thursday, July 26, Prague

Prague's Charles Bridge and Castle.

Prague’s Charles Bridge and Castle.

  • Czech Museum of Musical History
  • Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon free
  • Prepare for concert; have dinner
  • Perform concert

Friday, July 27, travel day

  • Fly from Prague to Chicago
  • Austrian Airlines #704, depart Prague at 8:15am, land in Vienna at 9:15am
  • Austrian Airlines #065, depart Vienna at 10:45am, land in Chicago at 1:55pm (local times)

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Price

  • The estimated price is $3500. The final price will be announced by early February. It is our intention to keep the price below $3500.
  • A $500 deposit for each traveler must be made by February 10, 2018.  (See Payment Options for ways to pay.) Deposits for this trip are 100% refundable through March 10, 2018. After March 11, your deposit will not be refundable for any reason and will be forfeited if you cancel your tour reservation.
  • Full payment is due on or before May 1, and is non-refundable.
  • If a single room is desired, a single supplement will be added to the cost of the trip. The cost for this will be available in February.
  • A land-only option will be $600 less than the total cost, above. If you choose this option, you need to 1) meet us in our hotel in Munich at 9am on Wednesday, July 18, or 2) find flights that arrive in Munich at 7:25am or earlier on Wednesday, July 18. Depending on the schedule of your flight(s), you may have to arrange your own transportation from the Munich Airport to the Munich hotel and/or from the Prague hotel to the Prague Airport.

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