February 28-March 8, 2020 Music Lover’s Tour of Salzburg and Vienna

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Salzburg is one of the Europe's most picturesque cities.

Salzburg is one of the Europe’s most picturesque cities.

Highlights

  • 4-star hotels
  • 4 days in Salzburg
  • 5 days in Vienna
  • Lots of Beethoven for the year 2020, the 250th anniversary of his birth
  • Walking tour of Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt
  • Vienna State Opera House
  • Vienna’s Central and St. Mark’s Cemeteries (graves of Beethoven, Brahms, many others)
  • Two Mozart Museums: Birth House and Wohnhaus
  • “The Sound of Music” Tour in Salzburg; Many sites where “The Sound of Music” was filmed
  • Tours of each city led by local guides

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The Large Hall of Vienna's Konzerthaus. We will hear an orchestral concert here.

The Large Hall of Vienna’s Konzerthaus. We will hear an orchestral concert here.

Performances

  • Choral Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral
  • Mozart concert and dinner at the Peterskeller in Salzburg
  • Piano Recital by Rudolf Buchbinder at the Musikverein featuring Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations”
  • Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Konzerthaus, featuring Rachmaninoff “Symphonic Dances.” This is a special concert called IM KLANG (in the sound). We will sit among the members of the orchestra. It is a very special experience.
  • Tonkunstler Orchestra at the Musikverein. Beethoven “Coriolan” Overture, Dautsch Concerto for Cello (premiere), Frank Symphony in D minor.
  • Johann Strauss Jr.’s “The Gypsy Baron” at the Vienna Volksoper.
  • For those not leaving Vienna on the morning of Sunday, March 8, you can attend the Mass in the Hofburg Chapel to hear the Vienna Boys Choir. (tickets available online)
  • Nothing is scheduled on Thursday night, March 5, so you can attend Puccini’s “Turandot” at the Vienna State Opera. (tickets available online)
  • Please read the “Information about the Performances on the Itinerary” on the Terms and Conditions page.

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The gazebo where "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "I Must Have Done Something Good" were filmed is part of every "Sound of Music" Tour.

The gazebo where “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “I Must Have Done Something Good” were filmed is part of every “Sound of Music” Tour.

What’s Included in the Price

  • 9 nights in 4-star hotels
  • Transportation from Salzburg to Vienna
  • Public transportation passes in Vienna (We’ll walk in Salzburg. It’s small!)
  • Tickets to the performances listed above
  • Walking tours in each city led by local guides
  • All museum admissions listed in the itinerary
  • At least two meals a day (breakfast and lunch, or breakfast and dinner); drinks not included.
  • Hotel and restaurant gratuities
  • Maps of each city
  • David Nelson’s guidance and assistance at all times
  • Copious amounts of fun

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Vienna's Musikverein, one of the most historic concert halls in the world. We'll attend a concert there.

Vienna’s Musikverein, one of the most historic concert halls in the world. We’ll attend a concert there.

Itinerary

Note: This itinerary is subject to change.

Salzburg's Hotel Weisse Taube (The White Dove), one of In Mozart's Footsteps favorite places to stay

Salzburg’s Hotel Weisse Taube (The White Dove), one of In Mozart’s Footsteps favorite places to stay

Thursday, February 27 – Travel

  • Fly to Europe (overnight if you are leaving from North America). This flight leaves on February 27 and arrives on February 28.
  • You can also travel to Salzburg a day or so earlier. Just let David Nelson know and he can arrange for your room in the group hotel.

Friday, February 28 – Salzburg

  • Arrive in Salzburg
  • check into our hotel, relax, and begin to explore Salzburg
  • Welcome meeting and group dinner
Mary Ann and Irene in the courtyard of Mozart's Birth House in Salzburg.

Mary Ann and Irene in the courtyard of Mozart’s Birth House in Salzburg.

Saturday, February 29 – Salzburg

  • Walking tour with a local guide
  • Group lunch
  • Visit St. Sebastian’s Cemetery, burial site of Leopold and Konstanze Mozart
  • Some free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner/Concert featuring Mozart arias in Peterskeller, the oldest restaurant in Europe

Sunday, March 1 – Salzburg

  • Attend mass in the Salzburg Cathedral. This always features a great choir
  • Group lunch
  • Two Mozart Museums: the Birth House and Apartment
  • late aftern0on free
  • dinner on your own

Monday, March 2 – Salzburg

  • Sound of Music Tour, seeing several picturesque sites, including a drive through the beautiful lake country east of Salzburg
  • Lunch on your own
  • Free time in the afternoon
  • Group dinner
Haydn's House, now a museum, in Vienna

Haydn’s House, now a museum, in Vienna

Tuesday, March 3 – Salzburg to Vienna

  • Take train from Salzburg to Vienna (about 3 hours)
  • Group lunch
  • Short Orientation and Mozart walk
  • Group dinner
  • Piano recital by Rudolf Buchbinder in the large hall of the Musikverein

Wednesday, March 4 – Vienna

  • Walking tour of central Vienna with a local guide
  • Group lunch
  • Tour of the Vienna State Opera House
  • Secession (art museum) to see Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze
  • Free time in the afternoon
  • Vienna Symphony IM KLANG, special concert where the floor seats are removed, the orchestra sits in the round surrounding the conductor, and the audience sits among the orchestra.
Main staircase and ceiling of the Vienna State Opera House

Main staircase and ceiling of the Vienna State Opera House

Thursday, March 5 – Vienna

  • Collection of Historic Musical Instruments
  • Group Lunch
  • Free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner on your own
  • OPTIONAL, attend Puccini’s Turandot at the Vienna State Opera. Tickets are available online.

Friday, March 6 – Vienna

  • Walking tour of Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt, where he spent several summers and realized he was deaf. There is also a brand new Beethoven Museum which we will visit.
  • Group lunch
  • Optional visit to Schubert’s Birth House Museum
  • Dinner on your own
  • Tonkunstler Orchestra at the Musikverein
Flowers in front of Beethoven's grave in the Central Cemetery in Vienna. We'll visit it.

Flowers in front of Beethoven’s grave in the Central Cemetery in Vienna. We’ll visit it.

Saturday, March 7 – Vienna

  • Visit the Central and St. Marx Cemeteries (graves of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss, Schoenberg; memorial to Mozart in the area of his unmarked grave.)
  • Group Lunch
  • Free time in the afternoon
  • Dinner on your own
  • Johann Strauss Jr.’s The Gypsy Baron at the Volksoper

Sunday, March 8 – travel, or stay to hear the Vienna Boys Choir (optional)

  • The tour is officially over, but you may wish to attend mass in the Imperial Chapel of the Hofburg to hear the Vienna Boys Choir. This begins at 9:15am and is over at approximately 10:30am.

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Price

  • $2695 per person, double occupancy.
  • A guaranteed single room is available. The single supplement is $400.
  • For those traveling alone, you may be placed in a double room with another person of the same gender traveling alone. Depending on who signs up for the trip, you may be in a double or a single room, and will still pay the double-occupancy price. The only guaranteed single rooms are for those paying the single supplement.

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