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-Palast theatre
  • 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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DAY 1:

Fly overnight to Berlin, Germany

Your musical journey begins when you board your overnight flight to Berlin, Germany.

DAY 2:

Arrival in beautiful Berlin

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, and Dinner in the hotel.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Exploring Berlin’s dark past and its renaissance

Once divided by the Berlin Wall, the city of Berlin is now reunited, and has emerged as Europe’s vibrant capital of innovation. 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. Take time to stroll through it today, or opt for a special day with a bike-rental — how most locals get around — and cover more ground, including Berlin’s trendy restaurant scene.

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, and the trendy district of Tempelhof, best known for its decommissioned airport that was once a site of Nazi rallies and the Berlin airlift. Today it’s a huge park with picnic areas, gardens, and paths for cyclists. 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. Plus, you’ll enjoy UNESCO-listed Museum Island, a collection of five landmarks built between 1824 and 1930; whether you are looking for Asian or Byzantine exhibits, your tour today is sure to whet your appetite.

Ask your Adventure Leader about renting a bike today, or enjoy an afternoon stroll before dinner on your own. Unforgettable Moment: This evening, enjoy your first concert with an evening performance at the Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Discover Berlin on your own, or take a tour of regal Potsdam

What’s your passion? Germany overflows with choices; perhaps you’ll 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. Or, spend more time in Berlin 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. Or, discover Checkpoint Charlie or the historic Jewish Quarter.

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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Potsdam Tour

Potsdam Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $75 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:

Seeking Martin Luther in Wittenberg

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. Witness important UNESCO markers: the Martin Luther memorial, and historic Stadtkirche, where the first Mass was celebrated in German (not Latin) and the congregation was able to partake in the bread and wine ceremony, now common practice in Catholicism, but unheard of in the 16th century.

Multigenerational Feature and Cultural Discovery: You’ll savor an included lunch in this charming town, then enjoy an entertaining lecture on “Katharina von Bora & the Debutante Ball” featuring the costumed wife of Martin Luther in an entertaining presentation on the music and dress of her era.

Afterward, continue to Dresden, where you’ll have an orientation walk and free time to dine independently.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 6:

Touring baroque Dresden, from castles to wineries

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

Multigenerational Feature and Cultural Discovery: This morning, 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 new Green Vault, a royal treasure house where you can view some of Europe’s most extravagant objects, from imperial crowns to royal furniture. Among your other highlights are Frauenkirche, the Baroque church that was rebuilt in just 2004 after decades of standing as a symbol of destruction from the bombing of Dresden in World War II; Semperoper opera house; and Fürstenzug, the historic tiled mural portraying the “Procession of Princes,” 800 years of Saxony’s royal bloodline.

Cultural Discovery: Visit Wackerbarth Castle, and enjoy a tasting of the crisp sparkling wine produced from the rolling vineyards that surround the elegant estate.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 7:

Full-day scenic sailing

Unforgettable Moment: This morning after breakfast, depart for an all-day scenic sailing on the Elbe, where surely you’ll enjoy some of the best vistas — and picture-taking opportunities — of your adventure. Your cruise connects Dresden to Saxon, Switzerland, passing romantic castles, sprawling vineyards, and villas. Float leisurely and then disembark to transfer back to Dresden.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 8:

Castles and chamber concerts in Prague

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 Charles Square in the heart of the Old Town.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 9:

Touring medieval Prague Castle

Start your morning by admiring a feat that merges engineering and art: Chechuv Most, a stunning Art Nouveau bridge with sculptures that is protected by Czech law as a historic structure. Next, head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of historic Prague. The remarkable Jewish Quarter includes an active walking tour; the so-called New Synagogue here is actually Europe’s oldest working Jewish religious institution. You’ll also see the historic cemetery here, and then walk to one of Prague’s most iconic sites: the Astronomical Clock, which dates back to 1410. Use your Vantage-provided lunch money to seek out lunch on your own.

Then, this afternoon, 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. Tonight, you'll explore Prague's Old Town — and perhaps join your Adventure Leader on a pub crawl. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 10:

Prague as you like it, optional tour Kutná Hora

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.

Or, 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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Kutna Hora Excursion

Kutna Hora Excursion

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 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:

Head to Austria’s bustling capital

Today we head for Vienna, the majestic imperial city that hosts a lively restaurant and nightlife scene and a thriving arts community. You’ll stop along the way for a fun lunch in Brno, dining on some local Czech specialties, and arrive in Austria’s capital in mid-afternoon. Check in and relax, or take an independent stroll from your centrally located hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 12:

Touring Vienna’s architectural glories — and learn to waltz

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. Austria’s glorious historic center — and the monument-lined Ringstrasse (Ring Road) — is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch is on your own today.

Cultural Discovery: This afternoon, experience one of the pinnacles of Viennese culture as we visit an elegant coffeehouse. 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 a hearty Farewell Dinner at a historic restaurant that was visited by Napoleon.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13:

A day at leisure in Vienna, capped with a Kursalon concert

Active Feature: Start the day off right by walking to the historical heart of Vienna. You’ll have the morning and afternoon free for exploring today. One option you’ll want to consider today is our fascinating The Third Man optional tour, inspired by the 1948 Orson Welles movie and its main character’s route through postwar Vienna's 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: $75 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:

Return home or extend your journey

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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