Berlin to Vienna: A Musical Journey - 2018

Berlin • Dresden • Prague • Vienna

  • You’re the guest for a tour of Nelahozeves Castle, with lunch and a chamber music concert
  • Enjoy a lively musical show in Berlin’s Friedrichstadt Palace theater
  • Let the music of Vienna captivate you during a concert in the elegant Kursalon music hall
  • Tour the elegant Vienna State Opera house
  • Tour revitalized Berlin, including the Berlin Wall and the fascinating “Topography of Terror” exhibit

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Come along on a musical journey of discovery through central Europe, as you take up residence in four historic and lively cities — Berlin, Dresden, Prague, and Vienna. Join us, and you’ll attend concerts and musical events, follow in the footsteps of composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, and Dvorak, and learn how Vienna became the city of composers. Along the way, go on guided sightseeing tours, visit Martin Luther’s house in Wittenberg, dine in local restaurants, join active early-morning walks, and be the guest for lunch and a chamber concert at a Czech castle with an intriguing history. Our newly revamped itinerary also gives you an additional day in each city for exploring on your own.

Itinerary at a Glance

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DAYS 1-2:

Depart home / Overnight flight / Berlin, Germany

Your musical journey begins when you board your overnight flight to Berlin, Germany. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, our representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your transfer to your centrally located hotel. Then, join your Vantage Adventure Leader for a Welcome Briefing and Cocktail in the hotel, followed by a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Berlin

Once divided by the Berlin Wall, the city of Berlin is now reunited, and has emerged as Europe’s vibrant capital of innovation. Active Feature: One of the crowning glories of the rejuvenated city is the restored Tiergarten, the great central park that almost succumbed to damage and neglect, both during and after the war. Rise early, and you can accompany your Adventure Leader on a morning stroll among the paths, waterways, and wooded areas, joining the many Berliners who are out for their daily constitutionals.

Multigenerational Feature: On a city tour, get an overview of this vibrant city as you follow Berlin’s grand boulevards to such landmarks as Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Jewish Quarter, and Checkpoint Charlie. You’ll also see housing estates built in the period from 1910 to 1933 in a style known as Berlin Modern that have since been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cultural Discoveries: Your tour includes entrance to the grim yet fascinating “Topography of Terror” exhibit, which is located at the Berlin Wall Memorial. In it, the story of Nazi repression is revealed as you pass through the excavated remains of the Gestapo and SS headquarters. Unforgettable Moment: This evening, enjoy your first concert with an evening performance at the Friedrichstadt Palace Theater.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Berlin

What’s your passion? Berlin overflows with choices, starting with the amazing Museum Island, where a single admission will give you entrance to five museums clustered on an island in the Spree River. You can also spend more time seeking out the monuments of the Cold War, strolling the restored Unter den Linden boulevard, or doing some a window-shopping among the elegant stores on Kurfürstendamm. Active Feature: Rent a bike or e-bike for a spin around the city’s excellent network of bike paths. Extensive subway and light rail systems also provide quick access to most corners of the sprawling metropolis. Your Adventure Leader will be happy to make suggestions, offer directions, and secure reservations. Alternatively, join our optional tour to Potsdam, the elegant royal city that was the site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference that set the course the Cold War.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Potsdam Tour

Potsdam Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $139 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Berlin
  • When: Afternoon Tour
Your visit to Berlin will be incomplete without a visit to the royal city of Potsdam, where Frederick the Great built Sanssouci, the summer palace known as “Germany’s Versailles.” Built in the ornate and colorful rococo style, Sanssouci, with its terraced gardens, greenhouses, and architectural follies, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. During this excellent tour of a don’t-miss destination, you’ll also see Cecilienhof Palace, site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference that set Europe’s course for the Cold War, as well as the Royal Palace, Royal Horse Stables, Nikolai Church, St. Peter and Paul Church, and the Dutch Quarter

DAY 5:

Berlin / Wittenberg / Dresden

In 1517, a German priest named Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, igniting the Protestant Reformation. Departing Berlin, you’ll tour this ancient city and visit Luther’s home — now a museum — on a guided tour. You’ll also visit Market Square, the ancient University of Wittenberg, the house of Luther’s fellow reformer, Phillip Melanchthon, and the church where Luther posted his famous dissent. Afterwards, continue to Dresden, where you’ll dine in a local restaurant.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6:

Dresden

Active Feature: On the outskirts of Dresden, tasteful villas and hillside vineyards overlook the Elbe River. Join your Adventure Leader for an early walk on this scenic stretch.

Multigenerational Feature and Cultural Discovery: “Katharina von Bora & The Debutante Ball” features the costumed wife of Martin Luther in and entertaining presentation on the music and dress of her era. Afterwards, depart on your tour of Dresden, a city of baroque splendor that was devastated in the infamous Allied firebombing of 1945. Thanks to a concerted effort, the historic center has been restored to much of its former glory. You’ll also visit the remarkable Green Vault, a royal treasure house where you can view some of Europe’s most extravagant objects, from imperial crowns to royal furniture. Cultural Discovery: Visit Wackerbarth Castle, with a tasting of the crisp sparkling wine produced from the rolling vineyards that surround the elegant estate.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 7:

Dresden

Take advantage of your free day for exploring historic Dresden, which achieved its towered-and-turreted splendor under the ruler known as Augustus the Strong. You may want to visit elegant Zwinger Palace, take in the remarkable exhibits found in the Military Museum, or seek out some of the quirky and fun artwork popping up around the city, such as the Kunstofpassage, a dilapidated alleyway turned into a multimedia work of art. For a different kind of artwork, join our optional tour to Meissen, where 18th-century technicians were able to decipher the secret behind fine Chinese porcelain, sparking an industry that continues to this day.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Meissen Porcelain & Albrechtsburg Castle

Meissen Porcelain & Albrechtsburg Castle

  • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Dresden, Germany
  • When: Afternoon Tour

Learn the fascinating European history behind “white gold,” porcelain, on a visit to the Saxon town of Meissen. In 1708, researchers working for Meissen’s prince Augustus the Strong finally “cracked the code” behind fine white Chinese porcelain, inaugurating a manufacturing tradition that continues to this day. During your excursion, view precious porcelain artifacts at the Museum of Meissen Art and observe dedicated artisans practicing their craft. You’ll also visit massive Albrechtsburg Castle, which looms over the town and where Meissen porcelain was manufactured for 150 years, before moving to its current workshops. One of the highlights of your tour will be a performance on the world’s only porcelain organ.


DAY 8:

Dresden / Prague, Czech Republic

Multigenerational Feature and Unforgettable Moment: We’ll leave Germany behind for the Czech Republic, traveling first to Nelahozeves Castle, the heart of a historic family estate that has been restored to its former glory. Here, you’ll be the guest for lunch in a private dining room, then attend a chamber concert of the music of Antonin Dvorak, the Czech composer born near the castle gates. Afterward, we’ll continue to Prague and check into our hotel, located just steps from Wenceslas Square in the heart of the Old Town.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 9:

Prague

This morning set out on foot for a tour of the sprawling medieval complex of Prague Castle, virtually a city unto itself, during which you’ll visit St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and Golden Lane.

Active Feature: Afterwards, you’ll have the afternoon free to continue exploring the Castle District and Old Town on your own, or perhaps you'll join your Adventure Leader for an active walking tour in Prague’s remarkable Jewish Quarter, where the so-called New Synagogue is actually Europe’s oldest working synagogue. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Afterwards, for different kind of exploration, join your Adventure Leader for a pub crawl in city that’s a mecca for beer lovers.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10:

Prague

You’ve got the whole day and evening ahead of you to explore this endlessly fascinating maze of a city. Active Feature: Your Vantage Adventure Leader will be happy to provide sightseeing suggestions and directions, and you'll also have the chance to rent bikes if you'd prefer to see the city via two wheels. Alternatively, join us for a fascinating optional tour that takes you on a scenic drive through Bohemian countryside to the town of Kutná Hora, a treasure trove of medieval and baroque architecture that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Kutna Hora Excursion

Kutna Hora Excursion

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • When: Afternoon Tour

Following an hour-long motorcoach ride through the beautiful Bohemian countryside, you will reach the stunning town of Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town grew up near the area’s rich silver mines, ultimately becoming the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia after Prague. During this great excursion, you will see all of the key medieval and baroque monuments, including the former central royal mint, the interior of St. Barbara’s Cathedral, and the nearby Ossuary — famous for its elaborate decorations made out of human bones!


DAY 11:

Prague / Vienna, Austria

Today we head for Vienna, the majestic imperial city that hosts a lively restaurant and nightlife scene and a thriving arts community. Upon arrival, we’ll stop for lunch in the remarkable Marchfelderhof Restaurant, where you’ll dine surrounded by the owner’s fantasyland of antiques and memorabilia, much of it collected from the remnants of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. You’ll have the afternoon wide open to start getting acquainted with the city on your own, then meet later for our lecture on “Musical Vienna” — the perfect introduction to the city of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and “the waltz king,” Johann Strauss.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 12:

Vienna

During today’s tour of Vienna’s historic heart, you’ll see the architectural glories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, including a guided tour of the grand Vienna State Opera House. Cultural Discovery: Experience one of the pinnacles of Viennese culture, as we visit to an elegant coffee house. Here, surrounded by the mirrors and gilt of the rococo interior, close your eyes and savor the rich flavor of true Viennese coffee, with a slice of scrumptious cake. Active Feature: Later, engage in another Viennese pastime when we gather for a lively lesson in that most Viennese of dances, the waltz. You’ll still have one more day to explore this wonderful city, but tonight we’ll sit down to our hearty Farewell Dinner at a traditional heurigen wine tavern.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13:

Vienna

Active Feature: Start the day off right by rising early to join your Adventure Leader for a brisk walk on an island in the Danube. You’ll have the morning and afternoon free for exploring today. One option you’ll want to consider today is our fascinating “Third Man” optional tour, the 1948 Orson Welles movie that follows the main character through postwar Vienna, a world of secrets, spies, and intrigue.

Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy the culminating musical highlight of our itinerary, a special “Sounds of Vienna” concert at the elegant Kursalon music hall.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: The Third Man Tour of Vienna

The Third Man Tour of Vienna

  • Approximate Cost: $139 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Vienna
  • When: Afternoon Tour
The Third Man, the classic British 1948 film noir, captures the intrigue of post-World War II Vienna, as it accompanies the narrator through the city’s shadows in pursuit of the elusive Harry Lime, who was played by Orson Welles. Vienna at the time was divided among four occupying forces, American, British, French, and Soviet, and was known as a hotbed of racketeering, spies, and mystery. Widely considered one of the greatest films of all time,The Third Man portrays the city’s shadowy atmosphere with innovative black-and-white cinematography, a haunting score, and a superb cast. Join us on this unique tour, which uses special effects to recreate the film’s air of mystery, as you visit original locations in Vienna’s Old Town, descend to the subterranean world of Vienna’s massive sewer tunnels, and gaze up at the giant Ferris wheel where one of the film’s key scenes takes place. You’ll also visit the fascinating Third Man Museum. There’s no other Vienna tour quite like this one — not to be missed! 

DAY 14:

Vienna / Return US Gateway

Head for the airport for your flight home, or transfer to Budapest for your extension.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Adventure Leader or regional expert. 



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