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Program #18425RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 9 — Oct 23, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, October 09 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart from the US/Canada on international flight.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle features a modern, stylish building that is ideally located between the city center and the United Nations buildings. Close to the banks of the Danube, the hotel is within walking distance of the Danube Island, and is a 5-minute subway ride from the Old Town.

Contact info:
Engerthstraße 173-175
Vienna, A 1020 Austria
phone: +43 1 213 15 0
web: www.austria-trend.at/hotel-lassalle/en/

Room amenities: Each room has cable television, a mini bar, safe box, free wireless Internet, trouser-press and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café with access to the garden, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, fax machine, Internet access with printer on the 1st floor, free wireless Internet in the rooms and pay phones.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, October 10 - Welcome to Vienna
Morning: Arrival in Vienna's Schwechat International airport (VIE) and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon: Introduction to the program and to the participants. Our first acquaintance with the Austrian capital will be a guided excursion by coach along the Vienna Ring Boulevard. In the 19th century Emperor Franz Joseph decreed the demolition of Vienna's medieval fortifications and ramparts to make room for the city's expansion. This 'Boulevard of Splendor' is lined with many of the most important political and cultural institutions such as Parliament and Town Hall, the Royal Palace, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, the University and museums.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle features a modern, stylish building that is ideally located between the city center and the United Nations buildings. Close to the banks of the Danube, the hotel is within walking distance of the Danube Island, and is a 5-minute subway ride from the Old Town.

Contact info:
Engerthstraße 173-175
Vienna, A 1020 Austria
phone: +43 1 213 15 0
web: www.austria-trend.at/hotel-lassalle/en/

Room amenities: Each room has cable television, a mini bar, safe box, free wireless Internet, trouser-press and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café with access to the garden, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, fax machine, Internet access with printer on the 1st floor, free wireless Internet in the rooms and pay phones.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, October 11 - Introduction to Cultural Vienna
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A morning lecture gives you an Introduction to the History of Cultural Vienna. Vienna is the former capital of the powerful Hapsburg Empire that reached far into the Pannonian plain in the East and into the Balkan countries in the South. For centuries Vienna was the cultural center of Central Europe, home to many famous composers and works of art. Next we take a guided excursion through the city center following in Mozart's footsteps, passing St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Figaro House, Mozart's residence in Vienna.

Lunch: Get a taste of Vienna in the city’s most famous coffeehouse, the splendid Café Central, part of the Palais Ferstel, which once housed the Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austro-Hungarian central bank. The Café was a meeting point for Europe’s intellectuals and artists.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Central Cemetery, resting place of such famous composers as Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Strauss. In addition to the Catholic section there is a Jewish cemetery. Although the cemetery was destroyed by the Nazis during the Kristallnacht, around 60,000 graves still remain intact. Prominent burials here include those of the Rotschild family and that of the author Arthur Schnitzler. We also admire the cemetery church built by Max Hegele, protegé of Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Attend a private concert with works by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, performed by a string ensemble. The ensemble is comprised of musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic or State Opera orchestra.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle features a modern, stylish building that is ideally located between the city center and the United Nations buildings. Close to the banks of the Danube, the hotel is within walking distance of the Danube Island, and is a 5-minute subway ride from the Old Town.

Contact info:
Engerthstraße 173-175
Vienna, A 1020 Austria
phone: +43 1 213 15 0
web: www.austria-trend.at/hotel-lassalle/en/

Room amenities: Each room has cable television, a mini bar, safe box, free wireless Internet, trouser-press and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café with access to the garden, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, fax machine, Internet access with printer on the 1st floor, free wireless Internet in the rooms and pay phones.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, October 12 - Great Viennese Composers
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: Mozart - Schubert - Strauss: Great Viennese Musicians. This lecture concert will explore the very diverse lives of three of Vienna's most famous composers. While Mozart initially enjoyed great success as a freelance composer, then struggled, Franz Schubert led a rather introverted life, only known for his renowned "Lieder" to his contemporaries. Johann Strauss, however, was one of the first global superstars of music. The lecture will be completed by a delightful selection of works by these composers, all three being contributors to the most Viennese of musical forms, the Viennese waltz.

Lunch: Lunch at a traditional Viennese restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own. In Vienna, we highly recommend that you pre-book tickets (please see the "Pre-book Optional Performances" page toward the end of this packet).

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle features a modern, stylish building that is ideally located between the city center and the United Nations buildings. Close to the banks of the Danube, the hotel is within walking distance of the Danube Island, and is a 5-minute subway ride from the Old Town.

Contact info:
Engerthstraße 173-175
Vienna, A 1020 Austria
phone: +43 1 213 15 0
web: www.austria-trend.at/hotel-lassalle/en/

Room amenities: Each room has cable television, a mini bar, safe box, free wireless Internet, trouser-press and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café with access to the garden, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, fax machine, Internet access with printer on the 1st floor, free wireless Internet in the rooms and pay phones.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, October 13 - Vienna Music Institutions, "Behind the Scenes"
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Attend mass at the Baroque Jesuit Church right in the old heart of Vienna. Music is played in many of Vienna's churches on Sundays. The best performances of the classic Viennese masses - Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Bruckner - are given here, where seldom a tourist is found, and the Viennese come half an hour early to get a seat in front where orchestra and choir sound best.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in one of the nice Viennese coffee houses.

Afternoon: Guided visit of the Vienna State Opera or Vienna Musikverein with its famous Golden Concert Hall. This is where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs most of its concerts, including the New Year's Concert. Then, talk with a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra or State Opera.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own. In Vienna, we highly recommend that you pre-book tickets (please see the "Pre-book Optional Performances" page toward the end of this packet).

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle features a modern, stylish building that is ideally located between the city center and the United Nations buildings. Close to the banks of the Danube, the hotel is within walking distance of the Danube Island, and is a 5-minute subway ride from the Old Town.

Contact info:
Engerthstraße 173-175
Vienna, A 1020 Austria
phone: +43 1 213 15 0
web: www.austria-trend.at/hotel-lassalle/en/

Room amenities: Each room has cable television, a mini bar, safe box, free wireless Internet, trouser-press and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café with access to the garden, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, fax machine, Internet access with printer on the 1st floor, free wireless Internet in the rooms and pay phones.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Monday, October 14 - Eisenstadt - Home to Joseph Haydn
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: All day excursion to Eisenstadt, state capital of Burgenland, city of Haydn and his patron Esterhazy. After a guided visit of the town, with its Baroque houses along the Haydn Path and the Jewish Quarter, you will see Esterhazy Palace where Joseph Haydn was employed by Prince Esterhazy for 30 years before he went to London. Prince Esterhazy built a church (Bergkirche) for Haydn as well as a mausoleum where Haydn is buried.

Lunch: Lunch at the Haydnbräu Restaurant.

Afternoon: We will pay a visit also to the Haydn House, where Joseph Haydn lived from 1766 to 1778. The museum hosts a carefully compiled collection of paintings, sheet music, and personal items.

Dinner: Farewell dinner: spend the farewell evening in a "Heurige," a typical wine inn in the center of Vienna. Enjoy wine of the current vintage and a tasty buffet with local dishes.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Carat Hotel Munich is located in the city center, close to Marienplatz and the main railway station. The pedestrian zone and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 meters from the hotel, with connections to the following locations; Main railway station: 2 minutes, Marienplatz: 2 minutes, Olympic center: 13 minutes, New Exhibition Center/ICM: 18 minutes, airport: 45 minutes.

Contact info:
Lindwurmstrasse 13
Munich, D-80337 Germany
phone: +49 89 230 380
web: www.carat-hotel-muenchen.de

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, wireless LAN (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, safety deposit box, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, wireless Internet hotspot in public areas (free of charge) and Internet access with printing facility in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, October 15 - Transfer to Munich / Salzburg
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We transfer to Munich by bus. On the way we take time to visit the old town of Salzburg. The town, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, represents one of the best examples of Baroque town planning anywhere in Europe. Nestled among stunning mountain landscapes, the town is homage to both Baroque architecture and to Mozart, its famous son. Church spires, palaces and concert halls, narrow cobbled streets, passages and spacious squares, small shops, historic restaurants and café’s such as famous Tomaselli and Fürst – together they create a very charming ensemble.

Lunch: Lunch at a Salzburg restaurant.

Afternoon: Take a guided excursion through the city center, home to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We arrive at our hotel in Munich in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Carat Hotel Munich

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Carat Hotel Munich is located in the city center, close to Marienplatz and the main railway station. The pedestrian zone and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 meters from the hotel, with connections to the following locations; Main railway station: 2 minutes, Marienplatz: 2 minutes, Olympic center: 13 minutes, New Exhibition Center/ICM: 18 minutes, airport: 45 minutes.

Contact info:
Lindwurmstrasse 13
Munich, D-80337 Germany
phone: +49 89 230 380
web: www.carat-hotel-muenchen.de

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, wireless LAN (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, safety deposit box, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, wireless Internet hotspot in public areas (free of charge) and Internet access with printing facility in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, October 16 - Munich - European Cultural Center
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on the history of Munich as a European Cultural and Music Center. In the 16th century the House of Wittelsbach started an ambitious cultural policy where they sent agents to engage famous artists, composers and musicians, especially those from Italy. Through the past five centuries Munich has remained very attractive to artists, as the stunning list of names visiting and working in the Bavarian capital is endless. The Wittelsbach legacy is alive and well in the city's fabulous museums, the Opera House, the Philharmonic, and much more. Following our lecture, we will experience our first acquaintance with the Bavarian capital - a guided excursion by coach along the famous landmarks outside the old town.

Lunch: Lunch at a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: A guided excursion through Munich will familiarize you with the old center around the Marienplatz, the very heart of the city.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own. In Munich, we highly recommend that you pre-book tickets (please see the "Pre-book Optional Performances" page toward the end of this packet).

Lodging: Carat Hotel Munich

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Carat Hotel Munich is located in the city center, close to Marienplatz and the main railway station. The pedestrian zone and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 meters from the hotel, with connections to the following locations; Main railway station: 2 minutes, Marienplatz: 2 minutes, Olympic center: 13 minutes, New Exhibition Center/ICM: 18 minutes, airport: 45 minutes.

Contact info:
Lindwurmstrasse 13
Munich, D-80337 Germany
phone: +49 89 230 380
web: www.carat-hotel-muenchen.de

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, wireless LAN (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, safety deposit box, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, wireless Internet hotspot in public areas (free of charge) and Internet access with printing facility in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, October 17 - Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, two composers with close connections to Munich. Munich is the birthplace of Strauss, who later became artistic director at Berlin Court Opera and the Vienna State Opera, and it is also where Wagner met King Ludwig II, who became the most important patron to the composer. Four of Wagner’s operas had their first performance in the State Opera.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Excursion to the Residenz, a huge palace with several inner courtyards that houses the State Museum, the Treasury and the Cuvillies Theater. For centuries it was the political and cultural center of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. As the residence and seat of government of the Wittelsbachs, the history of this palace is inseparable from that of the Bavaria's ruling dynasty. The various rulers furnished and extended the rooms to suit their own personal tastes engaging important artists for this purpose. The Residence was also the place where the rulers kept their art collections and treasure. The Residenz's old theater is one of the finest Rococo theaters in the world.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Attend a concert by the Munich Philharmonic, performing War Requiem.

Lodging: Carat Hotel Munich

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Carat Hotel Munich is located in the city center, close to Marienplatz and the main railway station. The pedestrian zone and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 meters from the hotel, with connections to the following locations; Main railway station: 2 minutes, Marienplatz: 2 minutes, Olympic center: 13 minutes, New Exhibition Center/ICM: 18 minutes, airport: 45 minutes.

Contact info:
Lindwurmstrasse 13
Munich, D-80337 Germany
phone: +49 89 230 380
web: www.carat-hotel-muenchen.de

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, wireless LAN (for a fee) and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, safety deposit box, room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, wireless Internet hotspot in public areas (free of charge) and Internet access with printing facility in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, October 18 - Musical Connections Between Three Countries
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on the Music Legacies of Central Europe. This music program focuses on the great composers of three countries. Since the masterpieces created by these composers are still a major part of the classical repertoire today, they are ever-present in their influence on our perception of any music. Any later composer could draw from this rich legacy, but maybe also have to free himself from its burden.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local Munich restaurant.

Lodging: Carat Hotel Munich

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Petr is located in a quiet part of Prague only 15 minutes walking distance or two tram stops from the city center and famous historical sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theater. The hotel was built in 1910 and was beautifully restored in 1995. It was newly furnished in 2009, welcoming you for a peaceful night's rest.

Contact info:
Drtinova 17
Prague 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 257314068
web: www.hotelpetr.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, free WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, free WIFI Internet access, a free computer with Internet in the bar, laundry services (for a fee) and a fax machine (for a fee). Tickets to best cultural events bookable at the front desk via on-line terminal.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Saturday, October 19 - Transfer to Prague
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: On the way to Prague we will pay a visit to Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The collection of original Romanesque and Gothic architecture is unique to Regensburg, since its old town was mostly spared from destruction during World War II. Its old town is the only remaining large medieval city in all of Germany. The interrelation of public buildings, private residences, tradesmen's houses, and important churches, convents and monasteries creates an authentic image of the architectural concept of medieval city culture that was lost in other parts of Germany.

Lunch: Lunch at a Regensburg restaurant.

Afternoon: Arrive in Prague and settle in. General Information Meeting and Orientation.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Petr is located in a quiet part of Prague only 15 minutes walking distance or two tram stops from the city center and famous historical sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theater. The hotel was built in 1910 and was beautifully restored in 1995. It was newly furnished in 2009, welcoming you for a peaceful night's rest.

Contact info:
Drtinova 17
Prague 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 257314068
web: www.hotelpetr.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, free WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, free WIFI Internet access, a free computer with Internet in the bar, laundry services (for a fee) and a fax machine (for a fee). Tickets to best cultural events bookable at the front desk via on-line terminal.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Sunday, October 20 - Introduction to Czech Music
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Learn about Czech composers and their music. During our lecture, musicologist Marc Niubo will introduce us to famous Czech composers, such as Smetana, Dvorak, Martinu, Janacek, Mahler and others, as we listen to excerpts from their greatest works. The lecture is held in the Museum of Czech Music and is followed by a guided walk through the museum's exhibits.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We explore Lesser Town – a picturesque quarter with monumental palaces and churches. Charles Bridge, one of the oldest extant stone bridges in Europe, is adorned on both sides with a total of thirty Baroque statues. We will continue to the Old Town, a unique part of Prague, where we find the impressive Old Town Square, the center of all events since the Middle Ages. The stone houses, churches, palaces, and monasteries in combination with the twisty narrow streets and alleys create a very intimate atmosphere. Special attention is given to places connected with great composers. Feel the musical spirit of Prague famous among musicians of all periods.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Meet the singing choir “Collegium 419,” hear a short lecture on the history of choirs in the Czech republic, and talk to the singers. Prague is known as the conservatory of Europe and the Czech Republic as the nation of musicians. Choirs have always played a very important role in the life of Czechs. We will have an opportunity to listen to the concert after the meeting. The concert will take place in the Church of St. Martin in the Walls, so named because the 12th century Romanesque church that once stood in the center of the settlement was partly integrated into the town walls.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Petr is located in a quiet part of Prague only 15 minutes walking distance or two tram stops from the city center and famous historical sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theater. The hotel was built in 1910 and was beautifully restored in 1995. It was newly furnished in 2009, welcoming you for a peaceful night's rest.

Contact info:
Drtinova 17
Prague 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 257314068
web: www.hotelpetr.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, free WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, free WIFI Internet access, a free computer with Internet in the bar, laundry services (for a fee) and a fax machine (for a fee). Tickets to best cultural events bookable at the front desk via on-line terminal.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Monday, October 21 - Antonin Dvorak and His Music
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will learn about the life and work of A. Dvorak from our musical expert. We will follow all sources of inspiration that helped to develop his strong personality. From a Czech musician he became a famous composer of Slavonic, and later international, significance. Special emphasis will be given to his American stay. We will continue our Dvorak studies in the Villa America, originally a palace of the noble family Michna (built in 1720). In 1932, the Society of Antonin Dvorak converted the space to a museum in Dvorak's honor.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore backstage at the Estates Theatre. Guided excursion to one of the most beautiful historic theater buildings in Europe, opened in 1783, known as a jewel of Neoclassical theatre architecture. It was the venue for the world premiers of two Mozart operas: Don Giovanni (1787) and La Clemenza di Tito (1791). The theater is linked also with such names as Carl Maria von Weber, Niccolo Paganini, Gustav Mahler, Arthur Rubinstein and others.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own. List of available concerts and operas will be provided in advance.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Petr is located in a quiet part of Prague only 15 minutes walking distance or two tram stops from the city center and famous historical sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theater. The hotel was built in 1910 and was beautifully restored in 1995. It was newly furnished in 2009, welcoming you for a peaceful night's rest.

Contact info:
Drtinova 17
Prague 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 257314068
web: www.hotelpetr.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, free WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, free WIFI Internet access, a free computer with Internet in the bar, laundry services (for a fee) and a fax machine (for a fee). Tickets to best cultural events bookable at the front desk via on-line terminal.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Tuesday, October 22 - Mozart's Beloved Town
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We start the morning excursion in Strahov Monastery and its Basilica of Assumption of Our Lady, founded in 1143. The Baroque church displays the famous organ that W. A. Mozart played on during his visit in 1787. A monk made a note of his music, and today we can admire it in concert halls as Mozart’s Prague Improvisation. Continue to the Prague Castle where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of the Czech Republic (and Czechoslovakia) have had their offices. Prague castle is one of the biggest castles in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the largest ancient castle) and dates back to the middle of the 9th century.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: We will enjoy a classical concert in the Church of St. Nicolas in Lesser Town. This beautiful, heavily decorated church with the huge green cupola is one of Central Europe's finest Baroque buildings. Here, we will be reminded of W.A. Mozart's happy days in Prague one last time. In 1791, more than three thousand of Mozart's admirers came to the Church of St. Nicolas to hear the Requiem, played by 120 musicians in the orchestra, as a goodbye to "their" Mozart.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Wednesday, October 23 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Prague Ruzyne International airport (PRG) for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Vienna
Kunsthistorisches MuseumThis museum of fine arts houses several collections, whose foundations were laid, and emphases set, in the 17th century. The museum presents paintings from such artists as 16th century painters Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto, 17th century Flemish painters Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck, early Netherlandish painters Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and German Renaissance painters Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach. The Picture Gallery was developed from art collections of the House of Hapsburg, and today is one of the largest and most important of its kind, presenting pictures by Peter Bruegel the Elder, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Italian Baroque painters.
For additional information, visit: www.khm.at
Leopold MuseumThe Leopold collection is one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. More than 5000 exhibits were collected by Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold over five decades, which were consolidated in 1994 to become the Leopold Museum Private Foundation. This museum contains the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world, together with major works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and Albin Egger-Lienz, and holds masterpieces of the Viennese Secessionist Movement, the Viennese Modernist Movement and the Austrian Expressionist Movement.
For additional information, visit: www.leopoldmuseum.org
Sigmund Freud MuseumFor almost half a century, from 1891 to 1938, Dr. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in his home before he was forced to emigrate following the Anschluss. This house, which was both his office and private apartment, is now a museum. Thanks to Dr. Freud's daughter Anna, the museum holds the original furniture from his waiting room, nearly eighty pieces of Freud's collection of antiques and some of his personal belongings. Also available for viewing in the museum's media room are the few existing original film and sound recordings of Sigmund Freud and his family.
For additional information, visit: www.freud-museum.at
Prague
Convent of St. Agnes of BohemiaThe Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is a wonderful exhibition of medieval art in Bohemia and Central Europe, spanning from 1200 to 1550 AD.
For additional information, visit: www.ngprague.cz
Mucha MuseumSituated in the 18th century Kaunitz Palace, the Mucha Museum displays the work of Alphonse Mucha, most widely known for the posters he made for Sarah Bernhardt in the fashionable world of fin-de-siècle Paris. On display are over 100 paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia celebrating the life and work of this Art Nouveau artist.
For additional information, visit: www.mucha.cz
Trade Fair PalaceThe Trade Fair Palace holds magnificent art from the 20th and 21st centuries. An English audio-guide is available, and a glass panoramic elevator enhances your view of this art all the way to the 5th floor.
For additional information, visit: www.ngprague.cz
Munich
Dachau MemorialThe Memorial Site on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965 with initiative of and in accordance with the plans of the surviving prisoners who had joined together to form the Comité International de Dachau. The Bavarian state government provided financial support. Between 1996 and 2003 a new exhibition on the history of the Dachau concentration camp was created, following the leitmitof of the "Path of Prisoners."
For additional information, visit: www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de
Kunstareal MunichThe Kunstareal art district, close to the old city center, is where all of Munich's largest art museums are located. The construction of a number of these museums began in the early 19th century, during the reign of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, under the direction of architect Leo von Klenze. Today, the large complex of museum buildings houses the Old Pinakothek (Alte Pinakothek), the New Pinakothek (Neue Pinakothek) and the Modern Pinakothek (Pinakothek der Moderne). It also holds a Glyptothek, the State Antiquities Collection of Ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman art (Staatliche Antikensammlungen), the Lenbach House (Lenbachhaus), and the Brandhorst Museum, along with a number of art galleries.
For additional information, visit: www.pinakothek.de

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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13 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
5 Performances

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