Symphony on the Blue Danube: A Classical Music Cruise
[SOLD OUT ... but call to get on our early notice list for next year's trip!]
September 12 – 26, 2014
Faculty: Larry Goedde, U.Va. Professor of Art History
Price: Starting at $4,995 per person, double occupancy based on cabin selection
This is a joint trip with Harvard, Yale and
Registration is Open
Visit six countries and up to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music's Great Masters. This custom-designed and comprehensive itinerary, a unique combination of river and land travel, includes three nights each in the medieval gems of Prague and Kraków and a seven-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the deluxe m.s. Amadeus Diamond, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe. Most Staterooms or Suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with a French Balcony. Experience the musical heritage of Europe's accomplished composers, including Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Enjoy a comprehensive schedule of exclusive expert lectures, classical music performances and guided excursions featuring Bratislava's medieval Old Town, imperial Vienna, the storybook village of Dürnstein, magnificent Melk Abbey and historic Salzburg. A Budapest Pre-Program Option and Warsaw Post-Program Option are offered.
- Custom-designed, 15-day journey showcasing the musical heritage of the European Masters—available exclusively to our Affinity Travelers.
- Most comprehensive program to historic Central Europe.
- Cruise itinerary specially designed to feature a music theme including concerts ashore and performances on board by a music ensemble.
- Visit six countries and up to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Seven-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube aboard the Deluxe, exclusively chartered M.S. AMADEUS DIAMOND.
- Three nights to explore fascinating Prague.
- Three nights in the heart of medieval Kraków.
- A unique combination of river and land travel.
- Budapest Pre- and Warsaw Post-Program Options.
DELUXE EUROPEAN RIVER SHIP M.S. AMADEUS DIAMOND
The elegance and romance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music was inspiration in the meticulous crafting of the deluxe M.S. Amadeus Diamond, which set new standards in design and technology and features the comforts of a floating Five-Star hotel.
The exclusively chartered ship offers 74 River-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed Suites (236 square feet) and Staterooms (161 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship. Most accommodations feature a French balcony (floor to ceiling sliding glass door with iron railing). Each has two twin beds (convertible to one queen-size bed), a private bathroom with shower (Suites have bathtub with shower), individual climate control, satellite telephone and television, writing desk, safe and hair dryer.
Freshly prepared continental meals featuring local ingredients are served in single, unassigned seatings in the delightfully scenic Panorama Restaurant and include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and late-evening snack. Live piano music is played during afternoon tea, and complimentary wine is served with dinner.
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Public facilities are spacious and include the Panorama Bar, Lido Bar, Amadeus-Club with Internet station, library, beauty salon, boutique, fitness studio with massage services and early morning exercise classes, and Sun Deck with shuffle board, golf putting green and walking track. Guests will also appreciate the complimentary Quietvox audio system available to all passengers for listening enhancement during shore excursions. Laundry service is available.
The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality. The Amadeus Fleet meets the highest safety standards and is one of the only European river ship fleets to have been awarded the “Green Globe Certification” of environmental conservation.
All meals while aboard the ship served at single seatings—breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late-evening snack—featuring continental cuisine. Complimentary wine, soft drinks and juices are included while on the ship for both lunch and dinner.^ back to top
Larry Goedde, U.Va. Professor of Art History
Larry has taught at the University of Virginia since 1981 and served for 15 years as Chair of the McIntire Department of Art. He has lectured and written extensively on the topics of seascape, landscape and still life, with publications including his book Tempest and Shipwreck in Dutch and Flemish Art: Convention, Rhetoric and Interpretation and various exhibition catalogues and essays. He has led Cavalier Travels trips to Holland and Belgium, the Danube River, Italy, a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Lisbon, Rhine/Moselle Rivers and Around the World By Private Jet.^ back to top
Depart the U.S on September 12
Day 1 -- Friday (9/12)
Board your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary
Day 2 -- Saturday (9/13)
Budapest, Hungary/Embark M.S. AMADEUS DIAMOND
Arrive Budapest Ferihegy International Airport. Enjoy a Captain’s Welcome cocktail toast, accompanied by dinner on board. Enjoy a local folklore group performance on board.
Day 3 -- Sunday (9/14)
Budapest - "Queen of the Danube" - ranks among Europe’s most beautiful cities. The Danube flows through its heart, dividing the two halves of the city "Buda" and "Pest". The drive starts with the "Pest" side, passing by magnificent baroque buildings, the town hall and the national parliament, then to the Heldenplatz with its memorials to many Hungarian kings, and on to the famous chain bridge. Then it continues on to the "Buda" side and up to the castle quarter, where you visit the church of St. Matthias and the Fishermen’s Bastion.
Day 4 -- Monday (9/15)
This morning, the ship arrives in Bratislava, Slovakia. During this afternoon’s sightseeing of Bratislava’s Old Town, admire the Opera House as you stroll by St. Martin’s Cathedral, a serene Gothic structure which was the coronation church of Hungarian monarchs until 1830, the Primatial Palace, the former winter residence of the Bishop of Esztergom and finally, the 14th century St. Michael’s Gate, the only remaining portion of Bratislava’s medieval fortification.
Day5 -- Tuesday (9/16)
Cruise to Vienna, Austria this morning. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the fine landmarks along the famous Ringstrasse, the impressive ring road commissioned by Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef in the 19th century. Visit the great cathedral Stephansdom, Vienna’s utterly unique cathedral of St. Stephen and walk through its magnificent interior, parts of which date from the 12th century. Enjoy a Mozart Concert at the Sala Terrena. The "Concerts in the Mozart house" take place in the oldest concert hall in Vienna where Mozart used to work and play for Bishop Colloredo in 1781. Mozart lived in this house in the same year.
Day 6 -- Wednesday (9/17)
Visit Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens, the former summer estate of the imperial family. View the priceless collections of art and antiques in the richly appointed state rooms In one of these grand salons, a six-year-old Mozart performed for the Empress Maria Theresa and her daughter, the future French queen Marie Antoinette. Conclude your visit with a stroll through the manicured gardens.
Day 7 -- Thursday (9/18)
Arrive in Dürnstein this morning. This lovely village is situated in the heartland of the Wachau wine lands. During the walking tour, visit the beautiful “Assumption of the Blessed Virgin” former Monastery church, situated on a rock projecting over the Danube. See the now ruined Kuenringer Castle, where England’s King Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned on his way back from the Third Crusade. This afternoon, cruise to Melk, a city famous for its Benedictine Abbey, one of the most significant Baroque-style building complexes in Europe with a 900-year history. The huge cloister has been ruined and then rebuilt several times. This magnificent building was envisioned by a young Tyrolean architect who created its current facade (1701-1726). Numerous artisans have enriched it with special touches. The Abbey towers over the Danube River and provides a sweeping panorama of the Lower Alps. (Abbey tour about 1 hour visit) Short organ Recital in Stiftskirche Church on the Abbey ground at conclusion of the Abbey tour. (15 min only). Walk through the town before returning to the ship.
Day 8 -- Friday (9/19)
Linz for Salzburg/Passau, Germany
Depart Linz for Salzburg, where you will enjoy an orientation walking tour. Discover hidden treasures on the walking tour of the historic Salzburg city center and the old town. On the walking tour, you will see St. Peter’s cemetery, The Residenz, the Festival Houses and stroll along the charming Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s busiest lane and Mozart’s birthplace at Getreidegasse no.9 - today the rooms once occupied by the Mozart family house a museum. Continue walk and admire the Fortress of Hohensalzburg, the largest, fully-preserved fortress in central Europe that was built in 1077. Enjoy a walk through Mirabell Gardens. See the majestic Cathedral (The Dom), famous for its harmonious Baroque architecture and home to Mozart’s baptismal font.
Day 9 -- Saturday (9/20)
Passau/Disembark ship/Prague, Czech Republic
Admire graceful arcades cobblestone streets and see the breathtaking Baroque cathedral of St Stephan which contains the largest pipe organ in the world with 17,000 pipes. Enjoy a privately arrange organ recital. Enjoy a three course lunch at a local restaurant.
Day10 -- Sunday (9/21)
Enjoy a tour of Old Prague with a private visit to Estates Theatre. Start on Wenceslas Square where the Velvet Revolution took place and walk through the picturesque Old Town “Staré Město”, with its charming winding streets and extraordinary architecture, visit the Old Town Square to observe the astronomical clock striking on the hour. Visit the theatre where the first performance of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” was introduced in 1787. Visit includes a private tour, a short performance of Mozart’s compositions and a welcome drink. Later, visit the Old Jewish Quarter, the Jewish cemetery, the Old-New synagogue, view the Moorish-styled Spanish synagogue.
Day 11 -- Monday (9/22)
Today, tour the Hradčany Castle Complex in Prague. The Hradčany complex of castles and churches dominate the city’s skyline on the opposite side of the river and serve as the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. Visit the great Cathedral of St. Vitus, begun six centuries ago, still unfinished. The cathedral burial site of Charles IV and King Wenceslas incorporates an unusual combination of the Gothic, Renaissance & Baroque elements, providing part of the dramatic skyline that has earned Prague the title “city with a Hundred Spires”. The magnificent tracery window depicting the Last Judgment contains more than 40,000 pieces of glass. (Visit) The Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle, view the Beethoven manuscripts as a string quarter plays the composer's works during a private concert. Continue to Vladislav Hall in the Royal Palace - the largest secular Gothic interior space in central Europe. End the morning with a visit of Golden Lane at Prague Castle, walk down the Castle Stairs and transfer back to the hotel.
Day 12 -- Tuesday (9/23)
The scenic transfer to Kraków, stops en route in Brno in time for lunch. This crossroads of ancient trade routes has joined North and South European civilizations for centuries. Upon arrival in Kraków, check into the centrally located, deluxe RADISSON BLU HOTEL. (B,L,D)
Days 13 and 14 -- Wednesday (9/24) & Thursday (9/25)
For more than one thousand years, Kraków has been considered the academic, artistic and spiritual capital of Poland, serving as the country’s seat of government from 1038 to 1596. Kraków is the only major Polish city to have emerged from World War II unscathed, and its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site whose treasures have been well-preserved through the centuries.
Enjoy a walking tour of the grounds of Wawel Hill. See the Royal Castle, the seat of the monarchy for 500 years, which blends 16th-century Florentine architecture with Polish motifs and houses the state art collection, and the 14th-century Cathedral of Sts. Stanisław and Wacław, where all of Poland’s kings were crowned and buried. Stroll through the Old Town and experience the lively Rynek Główny (Main Market Square). Visit the 14th-century twin-spired Mariacki (St. Mary’s) Church, one of the finest Gothic structures in Poland, to see the famous medieval altar by Wit Stwosz. From the church’s tower, a lone trumpeter sounds a haunting call every hour on the hour, in commemoration of a warning of an impending attack by the Tatars in medieval times. Pass by the former residence of Pope John Paul II, where he lived while Archbishop of Kraków.
Attend a presentation on Frédéric Chopin, then enjoy the Master’s works during a specially arranged, private performance in Florianka Hall.
Attend the Farewell Reception in the hotel.
During your stay in Kraków, you can choose to join in on the optional excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (2B,1R)
Day 15 -- Friday (9/26)
Kraków/Return to the U.S. or continue on post program to Warsaw
Continue on the Warsaw Post-Program Option, or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.
Pre- and Post-Program Options and Optional Excursions are available at additional cost. Details will be included with your reservation confirmation.
All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.
All rates are per person, double occupancy, land/cruise only. We can quote international airfare from your preferred airport.
Cat 6 $4995
Cat 5 $5595
Cat 4 $6295
Cat 3 $6695
Cat 2 $7295
Cat 1 $7895
Jr Suite $8495
A limited number of single occupancy cabins are available at the following rates.
Cat 2 $10295
Cat 1 $11195
Taxes: $325 per person
Included features on board the chartered, Deluxe M.S. AMADEUS DIAMOND:
- Seven-night cruise on the scenic Danube River from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, with port calls at Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Dürnstein, Melk and Linz for Salzburg, Austria.
- Deluxe, River-View Stateroom or Suite accommodations, each with a private bathroom.
- Captain’s Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner.
- Complimentary wine is served with Dinner.
- All meals served at single seatings—breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late-evening snack—featuring continental cuisine.
- Tour of Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Guided tour of Bratislava’s medieval Old Town.
- Tour of Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring St. Stephan’s Cathedral.
- Specially arranged onboard music performance.
- Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Classical Music Lecture during the cruise.
- Walking tour of picturesque Dürnstein.
- Tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, a Baroque masterpiece, featuring a private organ recital.
- City tour of Passau, featuring a specially arranged organ recital in St. Stephan’s Cathedral.
- Full-day scenic transfer from Passau to Prague.
- Three nights in the centrally located, Five-Star PRAGUE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL with breakfast each morning.
- Private tour and brief performance of Mozart’s music in the Estates Theater, where the legendary composer performed.
- Half-day city tour, highlighted by the Hradčany Castle and featuring a visit to St. Vitus Cathedral.
- Half-day walking tour of Prague, a UNESCO World Heritage site, through the Staré Mĕsto (Old Town) and Josefov (Old Jewish Quarter) and to the historic Charles Bridge.
- Transfer from Prague, Czech Republic, to Kraków, Poland, including lunch in Brno en route.
- Three nights in the first-class RADISSON BLU HOTEL with breakfast each morning.
- Walking tour of historic Kraków, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring the Kazimierz district, the Wawel Hill complex, the Rynek Główny and the 14th-century Mariacki Church.
- Private recital of Chopin’s music.
- Farewell Reception.
INCLUDED TRAVEL SERVICES
- All transfers and luggage handling abroad for all participants who have purchased their international air tickets through Gohagan & Company and whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
- All excursions and visits, as outlined in the Included Features, with experienced local guides.
- A couple of Optional excursions available at additional cost.
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers on excursions.
- The services of an experienced team of Travel Directors throughout the program.
- Hospitality desk aboard ship and in the hotels.
- Travel document wallet, name badge and pre-departure information.
- Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.
OPTIONAL BUDAPEST EXTENSION- September 10 to 13, 2014
$720 per person based on double occupancy ($950 Single Occupancy)
Based on a minimum of 35 paying passengers
OPTIONAL WARSAW EXTENSION- September 26 to 28, 2014
$635 per person based on double occupancy ($920 Single Occupancy)
Based on a minimum of 35 paying passengers
We normally include all excursions on Cavalier Travels trips but since Auschwitz can be difficult we decided to make it optional.
Half Day Auschwitz: $50 per person
Based on a minimum of 30 passengers on excursion
How To Register
Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail email@example.com with your contact information and the best time to reach you.
A deposit of $600 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure (June 9, 2014).
Deposits can be made via MasterCard, Visa, or by check
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General Terms & Conditions
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
RESPONSIBILITY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any other third party.
In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes, vessels or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time or safely.
If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a participant on these trips at any time. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line.
Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Gohagan is not responsible therefor and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.
NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.
AIRFARE: Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan.
LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without prior notice. Please contact your airline(s) for the most current luggage allowance policy.
PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.
DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in the offices of Gohagan in writing, accompanied by the required deposit, by March 13, 2014. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 121 days prior to departure; from 95 through 120 days prior to departure, $600 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 61 through 94 days prior to departure, 40% of the published full regular tariffs; from 45 through 60 days prior to departure, 55% of the published full regular tariffs; from 22 through 44 days prior to departure, 70% of the published full regular tariffs; cancellations 21 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.
TRIP INSURANCE: Because our cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Thomas P. Gohagan & Company and others for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation.
RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs which include Gohagan purchased interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.
REGISTRATION: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666, OST#: TA 0905.
ARBITRATION AGREEMENT: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to these Terms and Conditions, the brochure, or any other information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, in accordance with the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association then existent. Substantive, but not procedural Illinois law will govern such proceedings. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable.
ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRACT: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms and conditions of this contract.
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