20189
Austria/Czech Republic
Art and Architecture of Vienna and Prague
Deepen your understanding of Europe’s most venerable masters as you discover museums, opera and architecture in two of the world’s most culturally rich cities.
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Program No. 20189RJ
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13 days
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12 nights
23 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Vienna
D
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:00 PM.

Dinner: We will have our welcome dinner at the hotel. Unless otherwise noted, dinners on this program are typically a three-course set menu. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants then settle in, relax, and get a good night's sleep for tomorrow.

DAY
3
Vienna's Art & Architecture, Walk the Inner City, Free Time
Vienna
B,L
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Breakfast: Hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Attend an expert-led lecture on the history of art and architecture in Vienna. This will prepare us for our walking field trip this morning through the inner city, including the courtyards of the Royal Palace, and its National Library. Compare and contrast historical and contemporary architecture.

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. Unless otherwise noted, lunches on this program are typically a two-course set menu.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Viennese Baroque at St. Charles Church, Free Time
Vienna
B,L
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we will explore another part of the Inner City, ending at the magnificent Karlskirche -- St. Charles Church -- considered the finest example of Baroque architecture in Vienna and one of the city’s most admired buildings. This was the final creation of architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, whose mastery of the Baroque had a profound influence.

Lunch: Today we have lunch at Zum Huth, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Viennese beisl (bistro) with hearty regional fare and seasonal ingredients.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time. In the early evening, we re-group and rendezvous for a drink at the top of the newly opened Donau City Tower, designed by Dominique Perrault.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Free Evening. Vienna is a city of music. If you would like to attend a concert on your own, the Group Leader will provide information about available events and how to obtain tickets while on the program. If you prefer to book in advance, please see the Free Time Opportunities in the first Information Packet for further information.

DAY
5
Vienna in the 20th Century, Museum for Applied Arts
Vienna
B,L
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: A local expert will give a lecture entitled “Vienna 1900.” This was one of the cradles of modernism at the turn of the 20th century. Notable phenomena of the period included the city’s coffee house culture, composers and cabaret artists, Freud’s psychoanalysis, the daring experiments of the Wiener Werkstätte -- a community of architects, artists and designers -- and not least, the scandals surrounding the Vienna Secession, that extraordinary group of artists who broke away from the prevailing classical conservatism in art and architecture. While Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka were the leading artists-painters-designers, it was the Art Nouveau architect Otto Wagner and modernist Adolf Loos who developed new styles that departed from the historicism of the Ringstrasse and its period architecture. With this background, we set out for the day on a field trip via subway and walking to the Secession building at Karlsplatz. When originally constructed in 1898, the Vienna Secession building -- designed by Joseph Olbrich -- had this motto set in gold above its doorway: "Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit." (For every time its art. For art its Freedom.). It was the perfect motto for this group of architects, artists, painters, and sculptors separating themselves from the state-sponsored status quo to promote modernism in the arts and crafts. To pursue this goal, they had to build their own exhibition space, which became a physical icon of the movement. Both the movement and their building were derided at the time, but had a profound impact on Viennese culture. The Secession today is regarded as the pinnacle of Art Nouveau style.

Lunch: At Restaurant Wrenkh.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we explore the Museum for Applied Arts -- “Museum für angewandte Kunst” in German -- commonly called MAK. Founded in 1864 as the Imperial and Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, it has maintained a commitment to bringing together applied arts, design, architecture, and contemporary art. The extensive collection includes furniture, glass, china, silver, and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present. Afterwards, you will have some free time to stay on at the museum or explore more of Vienna on your own. The Group Leader will lead the way back to the hotel for anyone who would like to return.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Vienna's Great Artists, Private Lecture & Concert
Vienna
B,D
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Learn more about the famous Viennese artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, during this morning's lecture. Prominent at the turn of the century, their works are collected in the Leopold Museum. Afterwards, enjoy free time.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: As a special highlight, enjoy a private lecture-concert for our group by noted musicologist and flutist Julia Auer, accompanied by a member of one of Vienna’s leading orchestras.

DAY
7
Vienna Interior Design, Vienna's Suburbs, Heurige Dinner
Vienna
B,D
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning's field trip walks us through the history of Viennese interior design. Enjoy a visit to the Lobmeyr Glassmuseum and the Boulevard Theater Annahof. Originally a cabaret theater, the Annahof was purchased in 2008 by a private company, which discovered during renovations original wallpaper designed by Otto Prutscher of the Wiener Werkstätte. The theater was restored to its original state and is used as a shop.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Via motorcoach, we explore the Vienna suburbs of Hietzing and Penzing, driving past buildings designed by Max Fabiani, Joze Plecnik, and Otto Wagner, before arriving at the extraordinary Kirche am Steinhof (Steinhof Church) on the crest of Baumgartner Hill. The "Steinhof" (stone yard) was a psychiatric hospital, and this magnificent church -- constructed from 1902-07 -- was its chapel. It was designed by Otto Wagner, one of the most important architects of Jugendstil/Art Nouveau.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in a "Heurige" -- a typical wine inn in one of the villages outside of Vienna -- with wine of the current vintage and a tasty buffet featuring traditional Viennese dishes.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Transfer to Prague, Trebon, Arrive Prague, City Orientation
Prague
B,L,D
Angelo Hotel Prague

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Following hotel check-out, we depart for Prague via motorcoach.

Lunch: En route at a local restaurant in the old town of Trebon, a charming and historic town in the Czech Republic close to the border. Trebon is known for fish farming and Bohemian carp. Enjoy a special lunch including fish soup.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy a short exploration of Trebon's old town and the picturesque houses and medieval atmosphere of its square, Masarykovo Namesti. Trebon dates back to the 12th Century and was later owned by the Habsburg and Schwarzenberg families. Arrive in Prague. Late in the afternoon, we will have an introduction to the Prague program followed by an orientation walk around the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Hradcany Castle, Prague Castle, Lesser Town, Charles Bridge
Prague
B,L
Angelo Hotel Prague

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: A local historian will discuss art and architecture of Prague from the 9th-18th centuries during this morning's lecture. We then take an expert-led field trip to Hradcany, also known as the Castle District, the neighborhood surrounding Prague Castle that includes noble residences and other historic sites. Founded circa 880 C.E., the castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site, reputed to be the most extensive ancient castle in the world. The large-scale palace complex comprises royal residences, churches, a monastery, and gardens.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A leisurely walk through the gardens of Prague Castle takes us to the Malá Strana (literally “little side” translated as Lesser Town) and Charles Bridge. Founded as a royal town in 1258, this is one of the most historic and beautiful places in all of Prague. The Charles Bridge is named for our old friend King Charles IV. It was the only connection between the Lesser Town on the left bank of the Vltava River and the Old Town on the right for centuries. The bridge played a critical role at several points in Bohemian history and is renowned today for numerous statues along the balustrade, including many from the Baroque era.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Dancing House, National Gallery, Free Time, River Cruise
Prague
B,D
Angelo Hotel Prague

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: A short lecture on "Czech Modern Art" gives us an excellent introduction to the day. Commencing our narrated motorcoach field trip, we will see a Prague rarity, a dramatically modern building designed by Czech architect Vlado Milunic and American Frank Gehry: Tancící dum -- called Dancing House for its exuberantly bold “deconstructionist” bends and curves that pop out of the surroundings. (Supposedly, the architects considered calling it the “Fred and Ginger” building after Astaire and Rogers.) We then proceed to the Trade Fair Palace for an expert-led excursion. The Czech national art collection is displayed in several different historic sites. The largest of these is the National Gallery in Prague (Národní galerie v Praze), housed in a modern “Functionalist” exhibition hall from the 1920s known as the Trade Fair Palace (Veletržní Palác), the largest gallery space in Prague with the city's finest collection of paintings, objects of art, statues, and other exhibits featuring art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. View many works by French artists such as Delacroix, Courbet, Sisley, Pissaro, Monet, Seurat, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse, Chagall, Rousseau, Picasso and Rodin. You may also become familiar with Czech Fine Art featuring works by Kuaka, Drtikol, Filla, Zrzavy, Spala, Lada, Trnka, Sudek, Knizak (the present director of the gallery) and Pistek (Academy Award winner for costumes in “Amadeus”).

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: We re-group for a "panoramic" dinner cruise on the Vltava River.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Old Town, Estates Theatre, Free Afternoon and Evening
Prague
B,L
Angelo Hotel Prague

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Take a behind-the-scenes field trip to one of the most beautiful and historic theatres in Europe, the Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo). Operating continuously since 1783, its exceptional heritage includes numerous links with W. A. Mozart, whose music was exceedingly popular with Prague audiences. Two of his greatest operas debuted here: “Don Giovanni” with Mozart himself conducting, and “La Clemenza di Tito.”

Lunch: At Café Orient in the Cubist House of the Black Madonna.

Afternoon: Explore the most famous and picturesque part of the medieval city on an expert-led walking field trip through the Old Town with its medieval Astronomical Clock. Then enjoy some free time. Program staff will provide maps for an optional self-guided exploration through Josefov, the historic Jewish Quarter.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Music in Prague, Free Time, Farewell Dinner
Prague
B,D
Angelo Hotel Prague

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: A musicologist will trace Mozart’s triumphs in Prague as well as “local” world renowned composers Smetana and Dvorák, during this morning's lecture.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time.

Dinner: We re-group for a delightful farewell dinner, an opportunity for conviviality with new Road Scholar friends. Enjoy the charm and elegance of Art Nouveau in the Café of the Municipal House.

Evening: At leisure. Share your favorite experiences, then get a good night's sleep for departure in the morning.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the airport. This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.






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