June 11-22, 2014: Music Lover’s Tour of Vienna and Prague with 3 Optional Days in Salzburg

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Mozart’s pianoforte in the Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg

Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague have distinguished musical histories. These are the cities of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Dvořák, Schubert, Mahler, Smetana, and many others.

We will experience where these composers lived and worked, and hear wonderful performances by some of the world’s greatest orchestras, operas, and chamber musicians. You will learn about the music, culture and general history of each city, stay in centrally-located hotels, eat a variety of excellent meals, and have some free time to explore the cities on your own.

The “basic” trip spends eight days in Vienna and Prague, Saturday to the following Saturday (traveling on Sunday). A three-day option to visit Salzburg beforehand is a popular way to experience the music in all three cities.

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Travelers on an In Mozart’s Footsteps tour in front of the Mozart Statue in Vienna


Highlights for the Vienna/Prague tour:

  • 5 days in Vienna
  • 3 days in Prague
  • Vienna State Opera House
  • Vienna’s Central and St. Mark’s Cemeteries (graves of Beethoven, Brahms, many others)
  • Dvořák Museum with a lecture by a renowned Dvořák scholar (in Prague)
  • Czech Museum of Musical History (in Prague)
  • Vienna’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments
  • Walking tour of Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt
  • Tours of each city led by local guides

Highlights for the Salzburg option:

  • 3 days in Salzburg
  • Two Mozart Museums: Birth House and Wohnhaus
  • “The Sound of Music” Tour in Salzburg
  • Many sites where “The Sound of Music” was filmed
  • Mirabell Palace and Gardens

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Prague State Opera House. We will see Puccini’s
La Boheme” there on the trip.


Performances during the Vienna/Prague tour:

  • Puccini’s La Boheme at the Prague State Opera
  • Vienna Boys Choir at the Imperial Mass Vienna’s Hofburgkapelle
  • Orchestra of the Paris Opera at the Musikverein in Vienna
  • Clemencic Consort, a French early-music vocal ensemble, in Vienna
  • Camerata Salzburg in Vienna’s Konzerthaus (All Mozart program, including the 4oth Symphony)

Performances during the Salzburg option:

  • Opera by the Marionette Theater in Salzburg
  • Salzburg has many special concerts in June that are only announced a few weeks prior to the performance. Our tours often add such “last-minute” experiences.

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

What’s Included in the Price

Vienna/Prague tour:

  • Five nights in a 4-star hotel in Vienna
  • Three nights in a 4-star hotel in Prague
  • Charter bus transportation from Vienna to Prague
  • Public transportation passes in Vienna and Prague
  • Tickets to the performances listed in the itinerary
  • Walking tours in each city led by local guides
  • All museum admissions listed in the itinerary
  • Two meals a day (breakfast and lunch, or breakfast and dinner); drinks not included.
  • Hotel and restaurant gratuities
  • Maps of each city
  • Electronic adapter to use U.S. devices in Austria and the Czech Republic
  • David Nelson’s guidance and assistance at all times
  • Copious amounts of fun

Vienna’s Naschmarkt is a popular open market where many Viennese and visitors shop.

The Salzburg/Vienna/Prague tour includes everything listed above, plus the following for the three days in Salzburg:

  • Three days in a 4-star hotel in Salzburg
  • Train transportation from Salzburg to Vienna, and taxis to get to and from the train stations
  • Tickets to the performance(s) listed in the itinerary
  • Walking tour of Salzburg led by a local guide
  • “The Sound of Music” Tour
  • Map of Salzburg
  • All museum admissions listed in the itinerary

The following are not included with the price of the trip:

  • Airfare to and from Europe
  • Airport transportation
  • One meal a day
  • Drinks at lunch and dinner

An important note on hotel rooms:

  • The first night in the hotel that is included with the 11-day Salzburg/Vienna/Prague tour is Wednesday, June 11.
  • The first night that is included with the 8-day Vienna/Prague tour is Saturday, June 14.
  • If you would like to arrive before these days, or stay after the tour has ended, please contact us and we can arrange for you to stay these additional days at the discounted group rate.

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The Great Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. We’ll hear a concert there.

Preliminary Itinerary

Wednesday, June 11 – Salzburg option

  • Morning: Nonntal Monastery, a Sound of Music site where the actual Maria was a novice, and where Maria and Georg were married
  • Afternoon: Walking tour of Salzburg with a local guide

Schloss Leopoldskron, where the backyard scenes of The Sound of Music were filmed.

Thursday, June 12 – Salzburg option

  • Morning: Two Mozart museums: Geburtshaus and Wohnhaus
  • Afternoon: Salzburg Fortress
  • Performance at the Salzburg Marionette Theater

Friday, June 13 – Salzburg option

  • Morning: Sound of Music Tour, which goes into the beautiful lake country east of Salzburg
  • Afternoon: free time to explore Salzburg on your own!
  • “Goodbye Salzburg” dinner

Saturday, June 14 – Salzburg to Vienna

  • For those on doing the Salzburg option, we take the train from Salzburg to Vienna in the morning (European trains are the best!)
  • For those doing the Vienna/Prague trip (not Salzburg), this is the first day of the tour
  • For everyone, we have a walking tour of Vienna with a local guide in the afternoon

Dinner at Brezl, a historic restaurant in Vienna.

Sunday, June 15 – Vienna

  • Morning: Vienna Boys Choir at Imperial Mass. This is a wonderful historical and culture event. The boys choir has been performed in this chapel since 1498.
  • Afternoon: Mozarthaus Vienna, a large museum dedicated to Mozart and his life in Vienna

Monday, June 16 – Vienna

  • Morning: Private tour of the Vienna State Opera House
  • Morning: Haus der Musik, high-tech musical mueum
  • Afternoon: short walking tour to Stadtpark, to visit famous statues of Beethoven, Strauss and others
  • Evening: Concert by the Camerata Salzburg in Vienna’s Konzerthaus (All Mozart program, including the 40th Symphony)

Haydn Museum in Vienna

Tuesday, June 17 – Vienna

  • Morning: Beethoven walking tour of Heiligenstadt, where he spent several summers and realized he was deaf (Beethoven museum, several of Beethoven’s homes, lots more)
  • Afternoon: Haydn Museum with a room dedicated to Brahms
  • Evening: Concert, Clemencic Consort (vocal ensemble from France performing early music)

Wednesday, June 18 – Vienna

  • Morning: Mozart statue and Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, a large and impressive museum of instruments that has a great audio system so that you can hear the actual instruments being performed.
  • Morning: Imperial Library, a spectacular library
  • Afternoon: Central and St. Mark’s Cemeteries (graves of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, J. Strauss; memorial in the area of the unmarked grave of Mozart)
  • Evening: Opera Orchestra of Paris in the famous great hall of the Musikverein (Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, also Wagner and R. Strauss)

Milos, our guide for the Prague walking tour. He’s been featured on the Travel Channel.

Thursday, June 19 – Vienna to Prague

  • Morning: take a chartered bus from our Vienna hotel to our Prague hotel
  • Afternoon: Prague orientation walk
  • Evening: Opera, Puccini’s La Boheme at the Prague State Opera

Friday, June 20 – Prague

  • Morning: guided walking tour of Prague with a local guide
  • Afternoon: Czech Museum of Musical History
  • Afternoon: Smetana Museum which is right next to the Charles Bridge

Saturday, June 21 – Prague

  • Morning: Dvořák Museum with a lecture with one of the world’s foremost Dvořák scholars
  • Afternoon: free time to explore Prague (a trip to the Castle is highly recommended!)
  • Evening: Closing Dinner to celebrate our trip

St. Stephen’s Cathedral during our walking tour of Vienna. Marietta is our local guide.

Sunday, June 22 – travel day

  • Stay on your own to see more of Prague, travel to another European city, or return home

Important Note: Tickets for all of these concerts are not yet available, and In Mozart’s Footsteps cannot guarantee these tickets can be obtained. That said, Dr. Nelson has always been able to purchase whatever tickets are needed for these trips, and he expects to get the tickets for this trip without any problems.

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No trip to Vienna is complete without seeing the golden statue of the “Waltz King,” Johann Strauss, Jr.

College Credit

Students enrolled in the MALS program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro can go on the trip and receive elective credit towards the MALS degree. Contact Dr. Nelson for more information.

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  • 8-days Vienna/Prague $2395, double occupancy
  • 11-day Salzburg/Vienna/Prague $3290, double occupancy
  • For travelers wishing to be guaranteed a single room, the single supplement for the 8-day Vienna/Prague trip is $480. For the 11-day Salzburg/Vienna/Prague trip, the single supplement is $575.
  • 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.
  • If you want the single supplement, please indicate that in the message window on the Book My Trip page.

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