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Mozart’s 250th: Salzburg, Prague, Vienna

June 14- June 27, 2006
With U.Va. Associate Professor of Music Emeritus Donald G. Loach

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Join us as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart. With U.Va. Professor Emeritus Donald Loach, our music journey will trace the career of the Great Master — to include his birthplace in Salzburg, his activity in Prague, and of course Vienna where he spent much of his short life.

Our program is more than Mozart. We’ll visit the museums of Dvorak and Smetana in Prague. In Vienna we’ll trace the lives of Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert. Adding to our enjoyment is a cruise on the Danube along the Wachau, the most scenic part of that Great River.

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Program Highlights

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Three full meals each day, including:

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Professor Donald Loach came to the University of Virginia in 1964 to teach courses in music history and theory, to help establish a graduate program in music, and to conduct the University of Virginia Glee Club. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver, then studied music theory at the Yale School of Music with composer Paul Hindemith. In 1959 he and his wife, Anne, moved to Berkeley where he studied musicology at the University of California under Edward Lowinsky, Daniel Heartz, and Joseph Kerman, and received his Ph.D.

The Introduction to Musical Literature course that “Coach” Loach (as he was called by his students) taught was one of the most popular courses at UVa. Coach Loach was also Music Director for the University Singers and for the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville. With the University Singers, he established the Renaissance Madrigal Dinner Concerts each December in Newcomb Hall, and students and townsfolk filled Cabell Hall for three performances each year of the Annual Glee Club Christmas Concert, made especially popular for the audience's riotous singing of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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DAY 1 - USA - Prague

DAY 2 - Prague

Arrive Prague in the morning, local time. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening we’ll attend a get acquainted reception to meet our trip director and fellow passengers.

DAY 3 - Prague

This morning enjoy a tour of Prague. The balance of the day is at leisure to visit the shops or wander among the streets of the medieval town. This evening dinner is on your own, in case you may wish to attend a performance (not included) at the Prague State Opera, the Czech Philharmonic, or other music event in Prague.

DAY 4 - Prague

We'll be treated to an "insider's" tour of the magnificent Estates Theatre, where Mozart's Don Giovanni premiered in 1787 with Mozart conducting. Located high above the Vltava river 30 minutes by car from Prague, lies the beautiful Renaisance Nelahozeves Castle, dating from 1566. The Castle is the home of the Lobkowicz family — patrons of Beethoven, Goethe and Dvorak. We will visit the Castle and its remarkable collection of musical scores, manuscripts and instruments.

DAY 5 - Prague - Linz, Austria

Depart Prague this morning, cross into Austria, and arrive at Linz on the Danube this afternoon.

DAY 6 - Lake Region - Salzburg

Today we will take the country roads to Salzburg and savor en route the beautiful scenery of the Salzkammergut, or Austrian Lake Region. Driving along Lake Traun, our first stop will be at Bad Ischl, the summer residence of Kaiser Franz Joseph during his long (1848 to 1916) reign as Emperor of the Hapsburg Empire. Next, we will visit St. Wolfgang, immortalized in Franz Lehar’s Operetta, The White Horse Inn. Continue on Lake Wolfgang to St. Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart’s mother. After stopping to savor the scenery at Lake Fuschl, continue to Salzburg. 

DAY 7 - Salzburg and Mozart

This morning we’ll enjoy sightseeing in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. Visit the cathedral, built in the early 17th century with a capacity for 10,500 worshippers and five organs! Mozart was baptized in the Cathedral and composed masses, litanies, vespers, and church sonatas for Cathedral services. Nearby is the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, the oldest Abbey in Austria dating from 847. We will visit the house where Mozart was born and where, at age five, he composed the first of his 626 works. Crossing the river, we will visit the house where Mozart lived in later life. This evening we’ll return to the Abbey of St. Peter and enjoy an 18th century dinner and Mozart Evening, while professional Austrian musicians play and sing music from the Great Master. Mozart’s Mass in C-Minor was first performed in 1789 at the Abbey Church, with Mozart conducting. The Abbey Restaurant is the oldest in Europe, dating back to the year 803.

DAY 8 - Salzburg and Mozart

In the morning, we’ll have an educational session on Mozart. The balance of the day is at leisure. Stroll among the quaint, narrow streets of the Old Town and walk along the River. The best view of the city is from one of the bridges over the Salzach River. You can also take the cable railway to Salzburg’s most spectacular attraction, Hohensalzburg Fortress.

DAY 9 - Melk Abbey - Danube Cruise - Vienna

This morning we'll visit Melk Abbey, the famous Benedictine monastery overlooking the Danube. Founded in 1089, Melk Abbey represents baroque in its purest form. Mozart played the Abbey Organ in 1767. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a cruise along this Great River, traveling downstream to Krems. This region, known as the Wachau, is one of the most scenic parts of the Danube. See the ancient castles atop the steeply rising vineyards and orchards, and pass the medieval town of Durnstein, where Richard the Lion Hearted was imprisoned. Disembark at Krems and rejoin our motorcoach for the brief ride into Vienna.

DAY 10 - Vienna City Tour - Vienna Boys Choir

Vienna is a must for anyone seeking the Old Europe. This elegant city along the Danube, for centuries a center of music, art and culture, remains one of the richest treasures of Europe. This morning enjoy a tour of Vienna. Drive along the broad, tree-lined Ringstrasse, one of the most beautiful streets in Europe. See the University, the magnificent architecture of the Rathaus (City Hall), the Russian War Memorial, and the Hofburg, the vast imperial palace of the Hapsburg rulers. This afternoon we will attend a concert of the Vienna Boys Choir, founded in 1498 and a major part of Austrian music and culture for more than 500 years. This evening dinner is on your own, in case you may wish to attend a performance (not included) at the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic, or other music event in Vienna.

DAY 11 - Vienna

This morning is devoted to Mozart. We’ll enjoy a guided walking tour “in the footsteps of Mozart in Vienna.” We’ll visit the house in the Domgasse where Mozart lived for four years and where he composed “The Marriage of Figaro.” Next, we will visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Having survived the fire of 1258, siege by the Turks in 1683, and Russian bombardment in 1945, the cathedral symbolizes the indomitable spirit of the Viennese. Mozart was married in the Cathedral and had a “pauper’s funeral” here in 1791. The Vienna State Opera is among the most famous opera houses in the world. We will have a guided tour of the opera house.

This afternoon is devoted to Beethoven. Originally from Bonn, Beethoven lived in Vienna for 30 years. We’ll visit his house at Heiligenstadt, and the Eroica House where he composed his famous Third Symphony in celebration of human freedom. This evening we’ll attend a Mozart concert at the Vienna Musikverein. Inaugurated by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1870 and home of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Musikverein is one of the most beautiful concert halls in Europe.

DAY 12 - Vienna

Morning at leisure. You may wish to attend Sunday Service at St. Augustine Church. The center of church music in Vienna, St. Augustine features five organ selections during the service. In the afternoon, we will visit Haydn’s house in Vienna and learn more about him during an education session. Next, we will journey to Eisenstadt, near Vienna, a charming small town where Haydn lived 30 years, and where he composed and played most of his music. At the Bergkirche we will hear the Haydn Organ, which was built to Haydn’s specifications. Beethoven played the instrument in 1807.

DAY 13 - Vienna and Schubert

This morning we’ll visit the Schubert House and learn more about the composer during an education session. The afternoon is at leisure for strolling and shopping in Vienna. Enjoy one of the famous Viennese coffee houses and sample a delicious apple strude

Visit the House of Music, located in a former Hapsburg Palace, which offers a wealth of information about music and the great composers. You can “conduct” (virtually) the Vienna Philharmonic, which was founded at the palace in 1842. Our farewell dinner with music this evening is at Grinzing, a suburb of Vienna famous for it’s harvest (heuriger) wine, grown in nearby vineyards. Members of the Vienna Residence Orchestra perform waltzes and polkas; vocalists of the Vienna opera sing favorite operettas and Viennese melodies, all in original costumes.

DAY 14 - Vienna - USA

All good things must come to an end, including our music journey in Europe.

This morning we will be transferred to Vienna Airport, to board our return flight to the U.S. Arrive back in the U.S. this afternoon.

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Program Fees

$4,195 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $924 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:

$4,895 per person, double occupancy, including roundtrip airfare from Washington D.C. (Other gateway cities available. Call for alternate pricing). A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $924 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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Terms & Conditions


Please note the amount of departure tax reflected on the Reservation Form is subject to change, at the discretion of governments and airlines, and with no advance notice. Should this occur, you will be invoiced prior to departure for any additional taxes imposed.


International flights from the U.S. allow two pieces of checked luggage, each not exceeding 70 lbs. However we recommend you travel as light as you can manage. The baggage limit on domestic flights is one piece at 33 lbs. per person (plus a carry-on bag.) Also, the size and the structure of the bag is limited. Soft duffel bags are ideal. Large suitcases are virtually impossible to stow on smaller aircraft and vehicles and therefore should not be used. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY.


Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, lodges and tented camps, and entrance fees to all National Reserves as outlined in the itinerary are included. U.S. and foreign airport taxes are not included and will be billed prior to your departure. Tips to driver/guides are not included and are at the discretion of the tour members. A suggested tipping chart will be forwarded with the final documents.


We would suggest you contact your personal physician or local health department for their recommendations as to inoculations. At the time of printing, no vaccinations are required for entry into Tanzania. However, it is a sensible precaution for visitors to take one of the preventive pills that are in common use against malaria. Water is NOT safe to drink throughout and it is always advisable to drink bottled water which will be provided for you free of charge in the vehicles.


All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of April 11, 2005, and are subject to change. Should increases be forced on us by airlines, exchange rates, etc., we reserve the right to surcharge, up to a maximum of 10% of the tour fare.


Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately three weeks prior to departure. We regret to advise that no documents can be released if final payments are not received.


Cancellations are only effective upon receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this safari: o Up to 75 days prior to departure, less $200.00 handling fee. o 74-60 days prior to departure, less $500.00, plus $100 for the extension. o 59-45 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost on both the main trip and the extension. o Less than 45 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers. These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines.



Should additional reservations be required, including extensions in Europe or in Africa, we will happy to make all the arrangements. However, there will be an extra charge of $150 per person for such deviations, over and above the cost of the services required.


Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost will be invoiced to you.


Cost of passport and visa fees, and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by airlines; meals other than specified; beverages and meals not specified in itinerary; gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants; laundry and other items of a personal nature; gratuities not imposed by hotels and/or restaurants for included services; optional personal, baggage and tour cancellation insurance policy; U.S. and foreign airport taxes; cost for anything not specifically included in listing above.


Please be aware that this safari may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but no safari into the African wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither the company, nor their employees, nor agents can be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. Please note that not all camps are fenced.


The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The company, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor the cost of visas.


Neither the University of Virginia nor Classic Escapes (the Company) nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the aforegoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the Company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any safari or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and, in the event of any safari being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest's booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the aforegoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her


The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the safari by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.


Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and camps on safaris as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in wildlife areas, by wildlife migrations from one region to another, or airline r other booking problems, etc


While the Company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due.


The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers' tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.


We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running on schedule. If one of our guides is unable to take a safari due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide. This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the safari takes place. Classic Escapes acts merely as an agent for the operating companies. To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing.


The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a safari constitutes consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this safari, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.


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