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Great Composers of Europe

Program Number: 18425RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/9/2014 - 10/23/2014; 4/24/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/15/2015 - 5/29/2015; 10/9/2015 - 10/23/2015; 10/29/2015 - 11/12/2015;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Germany/Czech Republic/Austria
Price starting at: $3,999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation
Meals: 33; 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Vienna, Munich and Prague can lay claim to some of the greatest composers of all time: Mozart, Haydn, Wagner, Strauss, Dvorak and more. Walk in these geniuses’ footsteps, listen to their masterpieces, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the three European cities that inspired them. This journey takes you to magnificent theater houses, workspaces of today’s musicians and, most importantly, deep into the music itself.




Highlights

• Attend a concert of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn in Vienna, one of the leading cities for classical music.
• Go backstage at the Estates Theatre in Prague, known as the jewel of neoclassical theater architecture.
• Explore the lovely Alpine city of Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing for up to 2.5 hours during field trips, mostly on downtown city streets with some cobblestones; use of public transportation.




Date Specific Information

10-9-2014, 4-24-2015, 5-15-2015, 10-9-2015, 10-29-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Vienna (Austria), 5 nights; coach to Munich (Germany), 4 nights; coach to Prague (Czech Republic), 4 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Vienna (Austria)
5 nights

Discover Austria’s splendid capital, a city of imperial palaces, elegant coffeehouses and, of course, music. Walk where Mozart once strode on an expert-led excursion through the Inner City around St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Figaro House. Meet members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and State Opera. Journey to the city of Eisenstadt to delve into the life of Joseph Haydn. Dine in a heuriger, a traditional, cozy Viennese wine inn.



Coach to Munich (Germany)
4 nights

In the cosmopolitan capital of Bavaria, visit the Frauenkirche cathedral, Marienplatz central square and the buzzing Viktualienmarkt. Learn about the Wittelsbach dynasty’s ambitious 16th-century cultural policy. Explore the lives of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Enjoy a field trip to the magnificent Residence palace and savor the tastes of Bavaria at local restaurants.



Coach to Prague (Czech Republic)
4 nights
Departure

Get to know the city called the “conservatory of Europe” and enter the world of its great composers: Antonin Dvorak, Gustav Mahler, Bedrich Smetana and more. Enjoy an expert-led visit to the National Museum of Czech Music. Meet the choir Collegium 419 and attend their performance at one of the small gothic churches in the Old Town. Enjoy a classical music concert in the beautiful St. Nicolas Church at Prague's Lesser Town square.




Accommodations
Vienna: Four-star hotel. Munich: Centrally located hotel. Prague: Comfortable hotel in historic district.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
David Beveridge

Musicologist David Beveridge is on the research staff of Musicological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. He has a doctorate in music history and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. David’s doctoral dissertation was titled “The Sonata Forms of Dvorak.” Since 1993, he has lived in Prague, where he has researched “The Life and Works of Dvorak.”
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
  Vienna, Austria 5 nights
   Carat Hotel Munich
  Munich, Germany 4 nights
   Hotel Petr
  Prague, Czech Republic 4 nights
 Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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

 Carat Hotel Munich
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Petr
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, air conditioning, 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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: 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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Vienna, Austria. 4:00 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle that night.
  End of Program:
Prague, Czech Republic. After breakfast on the last day of the program. You will be staying at Hotel Petr the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train from all major cities in Austria, and abroad.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vienna
  Nearest highway: Südautobahn (A2) motorway, Ostautobahn (A4) motorway, Donauuferautobahn (A22) motorway
  Nearest airport:  Schwechat Vienna Airport
  Transportation to site: Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Costs approx. 38 Euro and takes approx. 30 minutes. Or, take the CAT City Airport Train or the S-Bahn to "Wien Mitte." Tickets are 10 Euro. From Wien Mitte take the subway U4 direction Heiligenstadt, and at Schwedenplatz, change to U1 direction Leopoldau to stop Vorgartenstrasse. Walk 3 blocks to the hotel. Takes 45 minutes to an hour.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Prague
  Nearest highway: D5
  Nearest airport:  Prague/Ruzyne
  Transportation from site: You may arrange a shuttle from the hotel to the airport, (approx. 600-650 CZK, 9 miles).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Friday, April 24)
   
 In Transit: Depart from the US/Canada on international flight.

Day 2: Welcome to Vienna
(Saturday, April 25)
   
 Morning: Arrival in Vienna's Schwechat International airport (VIE) and transfer to the hotel.
 Lunch: On your own. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 2:00 p.m.

Orientation: 4:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

We begin getting to know Austria’s capital city on a motorcoach excursion with commentary along the "Ringstrasse" -- the circular boulevard where city walls once stood around the Innere Stadt (Inner City). In 1857, Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the demolition of Vienna's medieval fortifications and ramparts to make room for expansion. The resulting magnificent boulevard, officially opened in 1865, was soon lined with mansions of the nobility and wealthy as well as important political and cultural institutions such as the Hofburg (royal palace), Parliament and Town Hall, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, the University and the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the leading museums in the world. Today it recalls the glory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
 Dinner: For our welcome dinner, enjoy a buffet featuring regional cuisine plus a complimentary beverage.
 Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants and get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Cultural Vienna
(Sunday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.
 Morning: A local expert provides an introduction to the history of cultural Vienna. Vienna was the 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, this was the cultural center of Central Europe, home to arts and artists, great composers, and the birthplace of their music.

A guided walking field trip through the city center takes us in Mozart's footsteps as we pass St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Figaro House, so called because it was this was where Mozart composed one of his most famous operas, “The Marriage of Figaro,” while he and his family lived here from 1784-87. It is the most elegant apartment Mozart ever occupied and the only one still intact today-- something to consider for free time.

 Lunch: Enjoy an authentic taste of Vienna in the city’s most famous coffeehouse, the splendid Café Central, part of the Palais Ferstel that once housed the Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austro-Hungarian central bank. A Viennese institution since 1876, the Café was a meeting point for important figures in the arts, literature, politics and science from all over Europe.
 Afternoon: During a field trip to the Central Cemetery, resting place of famous composers and other Viennese notables, we will see some of their tombs and monuments. 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 Rothschild family and author Arthur Schnitzler. We also admire the cemetery church built by Max Hegele, protegé of Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: As a very special highlight, musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic or State Opera orchestra will give a private concert for our group, performing works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Musical Mass at Jesuit Church / Mozart, Schubert, Strauss / Free Evening to Explore
(Monday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning you have an opportunity to attend mass at the renowned Jesuit Church (also known as the University Church) in the heart of old Vienna. The restrained exterior is in marked contrast to the highly decorated Baroque interior. Music is an integral part of the service with mass settings by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and more. This is not a standard tourist stop. The music-loving Viennese come early to get the best seats.
 Lunch: We will eat out at a traditional Viennese restaurant.
 Afternoon: In the late afternoon, a local expert will give a lecture on Mozart, Schubert, and Strauss. Learn more about the very diverse lives of three of Vienna's best loved composers. Wolfgang Amadé Mozart -- the name he called himself -- achieved renown as a child prodigy, brilliant young pianist, and composer, but struggled financially later and suffered from a variety of illnesses. Franz Schubert, whom we revere today for his masterful songs, symphonies, masses, and chamber music, was relatively unrecognized outside his own circle of friends and colleagues. Johann Strauss (the Elder), however, was a leading conductor, composer of popular dance music, and one of the first international superstars of music. The presentation will be enhanced by hearing a delightful selection of works by all three composers.
 Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure. If you wish to attend an opera performance or concert on your own, we highly recommend that you order tickets in advance. Please refer to the Pre-Book Optional Performances page in the Information Packet for additional information and instructions.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Full Day Field Trip to Eisenstadt, Home of Franz Joseph Haydn / Wine Heurige with Music
(Tuesday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Departing Vienna via motorcoach, we begin our full day field trip with a guided walk through Eisenstadt. Its Baroque houses along the Haydn Path and the Jewish Quarter lead to the Esterházy Palace, one of the most beautiful in all of Austria. This was the seat of the princely Esterházy family of Hungary. It was here that Franz Joseph Haydn, one of the greatest composers of the Classical age, worked for decades attached to the Esterházy court beginning in 1761. He wrote volumes of music for the enjoyment of his noble patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. Unusual for the time, Haydn was regarded as much more than a talented servant. The Prince treated him with dignity and rewarded Haydn so well that he was able to purchase his own home in the town where he stayed when not at the palace. The Haydnsaal, once a multi-purpose festival and banquet room, was named in honor of the composer who performed many of his works here. It is considered one the most beautiful and acoustically perfect concert halls in the world.
 Lunch: The Haydnbräu Restaurant in Eisenstadt serves authentic regional cuisine.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we pay a visit to the Haydn House, where the composer and his wife lived from 1766-78. The museum hosts a carefully compiled collection of paintings, sheet music, and personal items. At the end of the field trip, we will return to Vienna via motorcoach.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. If you wish to attend an opera performance or concert on your own, we highly recommend that you order tickets in advance. Please refer to the Pre-Book Optional Performances page in the Information Packet for additional information and instructions.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Behind the Scenes at a Vienna Music Institution / Free Afternoon to Explore
(Wednesday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depending on seasonal availability, we will have a guided field trip to either the Vienna State Opera or Vienna Musikverein with its famous Golden Concert Hall, home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and their annual gala New Year's Concert. Then, talk with a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra or State Opera.
 Lunch: This lunch has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do more of what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: We will say farewell to Vienna in a Heurige -- a typical village wine inn -- outside of town. Enjoy wine of the current vintage and a tasty buffet with local dishes as you listen to the music of the accordion. The dinner may be hosted early if participants wish to attend one of the optional performances. Please refer to the Pre-Book Optional Performances page toward the end of this Information Packet for additional information and instructions.
   
Accommodations: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Munich via Salzburg / Free Afternoon to Explore in Salzburg / Munich Hotel Check-in
(Thursday, April 30)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: After hotel check-out, we board our motorcoach and transfer to Munich. En route, we take time to visit Salzburg and its World Cultural Heritage Old Town. Salzburg was at one time an independent city-state ruled by a Prince-Archbishop and did not become an official part of Austria until 1816. Nestled amid stunning mountain landscapes, this is one of the loveliest cities in Europe. Strict preservations laws protect its architectural heritage with notable structures from the Middle Ages, Romanesque, Baroque, and Renaissance periods as well as elegant classical houses. Beyond physical beauty, Salzburg’s greatest claim to fame is its cultural richness. It was here that Mozart’s professional career began in the employ of the Prince-Archbishop. Today the atmosphere is redolent with the arts, especially world-renowned music festivals, theatre, dance, and literature in addition to local events.
 Lunch: We will eat out at a Salzburg restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do more of what interests you most. You might wish to visit Mozart's birthplace, now a museum with his musical instruments, portraits painted during his lifetime, family letters, and other memorabilia.

Departing Salzburg, we arrive at our hotel in Munich in the late afternoon. After check-in, you will have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

 Dinner: We will dine out this evening at a local restaurant to savor the local flavor.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Discovering Munich As A European Cultural Center
(Friday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.
 Morning: Learn from a local expert about Munich as a center of European culture and music. In the 16th century the House of Wittelsbach -- Bavarian royal family and dynasty -- began an ambitious cultural development policy, sending agents to engage leading artists, composers, and musicians, especially those Italy. Munich has remained a magnet for the arts ever since, attracting an endless stream of renowned artists and performers to Bavaria’s capital city.

Following our lecture, we will have a motorcoach excursion with commentary to see how the Wittelsbach legacy is alive as we drive along museums, the Opera House, the Philharmonic, and much more.

 Lunch: We will have lunch out at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continuing our exploration of Munich, we will take a guided walking field trip through the heart of the old city surrounding the Marienplatz, dating from the 12th Century.
 Dinner: Enjoy more of the flavor of Munich with dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure. If you wish to attend an opera performance or concert on your own, we highly recommend that you order tickets in advance. Please refer to the Pre-Book Optional Performances in the Information Packet for additional information and instructions.
   
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss / Residenz Field Trip
(Saturday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Learn about two of the greatest composers with ties to Munich, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Wagner might not have become the most famous composer of his day had it not been for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who rescued him from poverty and established him in Munich. Four of Wagner’s operas had their first performances at the State Opera. Strauss was born in Munich, had his earliest success here, and became a conductor at the Opera before moving on to other triumphs (and controversies), periodically returning to his home town.
 Lunch: We will eat out at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Our afternoon field trip takes us to explore the Residenz, a huge palace with several inner courtyards that houses the State Museum, the Treasury and the Cuvilliés Theater. It was the political and cultural center of Dukes, Electors, and Kings of Bavaria from 1508-1918, transformed over centuries into a magnificent complex in which Wittelsbach rulers commissioned the finest artists and artisans to build and decorate palace rooms and structures to display their treasures. The opera house built 1751-55, now called the Cuvilliés Theater after its architect, was one of the grandest jewels of Baroque architecture and stage craft. It was bombed during World War II but has been meticulously renovated and restored.
 Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: Attend a concert.
   
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Musical Connections and Legacies of Central Europe / Free Afternoon to Explore
(Sunday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Learn about musical legacies of Central Europe from a local expert with a focus on great Austrian, German, and Czech composers. The masterworks created by these composers are still a major part of the classical repertoire today and an ever-present influence on our perception and appreciation of music. Both a rich source of inspiration as well as a challenge to later composers.
 Lunch: This lunch has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do more of what interests you most.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local Munich restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure. If you wish to attend an opera performance or concert on your own, we highly recommend that you order tickets in advance. Please refer to the Pre-Book Optional Performances in the Information Packet for additional information and instructions.
   
Accommodations: Carat Hotel Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Transfer to Prague / Regensburg / Prague Hotel Check-in
(Monday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we board our motorcoach and depart for Prague, En route, we will stop and explore Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This town on the Danube has been an important trading center since the 9th Century. Regensburg’s old quarter mostly escaped World War II damage and destruction. As “the only authentically preserved large medieval city in Germany,” it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mix of public buildings, private residences, tradesmen's houses, and important churches, convents, and monasteries provides an authentic image of medieval urban culture lost in other parts of Germany.
 Lunch: Lunch at a Regensburg restaurant.
 Afternoon: After arrival in Prague and hotel check-in, you will have some time to freshen up and relax before our general information meeting and orientation to this portion of the program.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet featuring regional cuisine plus a complimentary beverage.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Introduction to Czech Music
(Tuesday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: During a field trip to the Museum of Czech Music, learn about the lives and works of famous composers with Czech roots. Our noted musicologist will discuss Bedrich Smetana, Antonín Dvorák, Leoš Janácek, Gustav Mahler, and Bohuslav Martinu, and others as we listen to excerpts from their greatest works. Following the lecture, we will take a guided walk through the museum's exhibits.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will explore Prague’s so-called 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. With special attention to places connected with great composers of all periods, feel Prague’s musical spirit.
 Dinner: We will dine out this evening at a local restaurant.
 Evening: As a special highlight, we will visit one of the small gothic churches in the Old Town to meet and hear Collegium 419, a vocal ensemble specializing in historically informed performances of music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras (16th-18th centuries). After a presentation on the history and importance of Czech choirs in national culture, we will have an opportunity to talk with the singers, and then attend their concert.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Antonin Dvorak and His Music
(Wednesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 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: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure. If you wish to attend an opera performance or concert on your own in Prague, a list of available concerts and operas will be provided upon arrival.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Mozart's Beloved Town
(Thursday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 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 Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do more of what interests you most.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Petr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Departures
(Friday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Prague Ruzyne International airport (PRG) for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Munich Dachau Memorial
The 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 Munich
The 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
  Prague Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia
The 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 Museum
Situated 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 Palace
The 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
  Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum
This 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 Museum
The 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 Museum
For 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
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Suggested Reading List


A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889


Author: Frederic Morton


Description: A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court.



Cadogan Guide Vienna, Prague and Budapest


Author: Cadogan Guide


Description: Three authors teamed up for this in-depth cultural guide to the history, architecture, artistic heritage and sights of these three capital cities.



Classical Music 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music


Author: Fred Plotkin


Description: Plotkin's primer on classical music is geared to the casual, intellectually curious listener and does an admirable job of describing how best to experience and appreciate the great works, both new and old.



Dvorak and His World


Author: Michael Beckerman


Description: A fascinating view of the Czech composer's personal life and his influence on the world around him.



Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture


Author: Carl E. Schorske


Description: A landmark study of turn-of-the century Vienna -- one of the key chapters in modern intellectual history. Among its luminaries were Freud, Klimt, Kokoshka and Schoenberg.



Germany, Benelux, Austria, Czech Republic Map


Author: Michelin Travel Publications


Description: This handy map shows road and river routes from Amsterdam and Berlin to Prague, Vienna, Munich and Salzburg at a scale of 1:1,000,000.



Mozart, A Life


Author: Paul Johnson


Description: Paul Johnson is a master at chronicling the life of the masters: from Napoleon and Churchill to Jesus and Darwin. In this concise yet rich volume on Mozart, Johnson focuses on the musical master’s copious compositions and genius for instrumentation.



Mozart, A Life


Author: Maynard Solomon


Description: Solomon here tears down the myth of Mozart as the "eternal child," while adding great depth to the psychological and artistic development of the musical genius. The book also illustrates life in 18th-century Salzburg.



Munich Map


Author: Borch Maps


Description: A handy, laminated map of Munich at a scale of 1:11,000.



Opera 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera


Author: Fred Plotkin, Placido Domingo (Introduction)


Description: A well-written introduction to opera, this volume includes a brief history of the art form, a guide to operatic terms and a review of 11 famous operas.



Prague Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A laminated, detailed map of the center of Prague at a scale of 1:10,000.



Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Paul Wilson (Editor)


Description: This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, both contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history, spirit and people to life and includes a helpful map for the traveler.



Prost! The Story of German Beer


Author: Horst D. Dornbusch


Description: The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide.



Richard Strauss and His World


Author: Bryan Gilliam


Description: A collection of scholarly essays compiled for a festival at Bard College, analyzing the composer's music and legacy.



The Age of Insight, The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present


Author: Eric R. Kandel


Description: A neuroscientist documents the work of five leading minds, including Sigmund Freud and Gustave Klimt, in 1900 Vienna, revealing how their critical breakthroughs in science, medicine, and art laid the groundwork for present-day discoveries in brain science.



The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire


Author: Andrew Wheatcroft


Description: With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.



The Hare With Amber Eyes


Author: Edmund De Waal


Description: Edmund de Waal unfolds the story of his remarkable family, a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in early 20th-century Paris and Vienna.



The Lady in Gold, The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece


Author: Anne-Marie O'Connor


Description: Washington Post journalist O'Connor recreates the intellectual and artistic milieu of turn-of-century Vienna in this haunting look at the artist Gustav Klimpt, his famous portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the her niece, Maria Bloch-Bauer and her battle with the Austrian government to recover five Klimpt paintings stolen by Hitler. Ronald Lauder bought the Lady in Gold for the Neue Galerie in New York.



The Radetzky March


Author: Joseph Roth, Joachim Neugroschel (Translator)


Description: Magnificently set against the backdrop of the twilight of the Habsburg empire, Roth's family saga takes in the sweep of history and empire in Central Europe. The richly textured novel opens at the battle of Solferino, when young Lieutenant Trotta saves the life of the Emperor.



The Third Man and the Fallen Idol


Author: Graham Greene


Description: A haunting tale and penetrating portrait of Vienna after World War II, "The Third Man" is the result of Greene's collaboration with Carol Reed on the classic movie. "The Fallen Idol" is a separate tale of intrigue set in Britain.



Vienna Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A handy laminated map of the city center.



Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Donald Daviau


Description: Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city.



Wagner Without Fear, Learning to Love-And Even Enjoy-Opera's Most Demanding Genius


Author: William Berger


Description: Berger's delightful guide is invaluable in exploring the exotic world of opera's most controversial composer. Irreverent and readable, it helps to make Wagner accessible to even the greatest of skeptics.





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