Experience two amazing and historic European cities by combining a trip to Vienna and Salzburg, Austria.
Travel first to Vienna, where you will experience a firsthand look at a city renowned for its musical traditions. Rich in character and history, Vienna is a major leader in the arts, from theater to opera to classical music and fine arts. The legacy left by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn is alive in what many believe to be one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. Located on the River Danube, Vienna is a cultural haven, filled with glorious parks and museums, amazing Baroque and art nouveau architecture and breathtaking cathedrals and palaces, all of which function as the backdrop for a lavish daily culture still found in its concert halls, opera houses and cafes.
Make your way from Vienna to Salzburg and explore this captivating city situated in the Austrian Alps along the River Salzach. Follow in the footsteps of Mozart, Salzburg’s most famous son, and delve into the city’s truly magical atmosphere. Its shop-lined streets and exquisite Baroque and Gothic churches are bewitching to even frequent visitors.
Depart North America for Vienna, Austria.
Welcome to Vienna! Enjoy an introduction to Austria’s glorious capital during a guided tour. You will see famous buildings such as the State Opera, Schönbrunn Palace, and the Musikverein, from where the New Year’s concert is broadcast around the world every year.
Check in to your hotel and take some time to settle in and refresh. This afternoon, a visit to one of Vienna’s world-class museums can be arranged.
In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner of Austrian specialties at a local restaurant, as your tour manager previews the days ahead.
In the morning, join your tour manager on a walk through the city center to see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg (the Habsburg dynasty’s winter palace), Kärntnerstrasse, and Graben, Vienna’s most famous shopping streets. You may also be interested in visiting the Mozarthaus, where Mozart once lived and wrote many of his most famous works, or the Haus der Musik, an interactive music museum.
Later, transfer to St. Peter’s Church, the second oldest and most lavishly decorated church in Vienna. Perform an afternoon concert as part of St. Peter’s acclaimed concert series.
This evening, a chamber concert of Mozart’s works can be arranged for your group in Sala Terrena, where Mozart himself performed.
This morning, enjoy a guided visit to Schönbrunn Palace, the impressive former summer residence of the Habsburg family. During the summer months, your ensemble may perform an open air concert on the Palace’s grand staircase.
In the afternoon, a visit to the Collection of Old Musical Instruments can be arranged. Alternatively, immerse yourself in Vienna’s legendary coffee house culture by visiting one of its old-world cafes.
Later, transfer to the village of Gumpoldskirchen, where you will enjoy a traditional Austrian Heurigen Dinner.
Depart Vienna for Salzburg, stopping en route in the picturesque town of Melk, home to the famous Benedictine monastery Melk Abbey. Enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey and perform a musical offering in the magnificent Abbey church for the other visitors.
Upon arrival in Salzburg, check in to your hotel; then join your tour manager on an orientation walk.
Dinner is served to your ensemble at a local restaurant.
In the morning, enjoy a guided walk of Salzburg’s Old Town, including a visit to Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest and most impressive medieval castles. You will also see St. Peter’s Abbey and its cemetery, familiar to many from a scene in The Sound of Music.
End your tour at Salzburg Cathedral, where your ensemble has been invited to perform a mid-day concert.
This afternoon, a visit to Mozart’s birthplace can be arranged. See original portraits and documents, Mozart’s first violin, and other mementos in the house where the young Mozart lived for his first seventeen years.
In the morning, transfer to a community venue to perform a friendship concert together with an Austrian choir. Following your performance, there will be a chance to socialize with your hosts and fellow performers.
This afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the Hallein Salt Mines or a Sound of Music Tour.
Transfer to the Munich airport and depart on your flight to North America.
Our friendship concerts are a featured experience on our tours and are at the heart of our mission to foster cultural connections through music. We benefit from a vast international network in the choral world built over our thirty years' experience of helping choirs share their music both in the United States and abroad. Your choir will share a venue and a concert program with a host choir from the region. Your singers will have the chance to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time usually follows the friendship concert, giving both choirs the chance to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie of creating cross-cultural connections through a shared love of music.
As Austria’s capital and largest city, Vienna is its primary cultural, political and economic center. Known for its charming old-world yet modern quality of life and extensive musical traditions, character and history, Vienna is, and has always been, a destination for travelers seeking an experience filled with breathtaking architecture, exceptional museums and cathedrals, delicious foods and longstanding musical venues. All of these elements combine to create a magical trip to a city rich in beauty, culture, and sophistication.
The town of Melk is home to the famous Melk Abbey, a Benedictine monastery fashioned by architect Jakob Prandtauer in 1700. Prandtauer transformed a former 11th century fortress, once part of the Babenberg dynasty, into one of the most magnificent Baroque buildings in all of Europe. The abbey attracts thousands of visitors each year and was the inspiration for Umberto Eco’s historical novel and film, The Name of the Rose. Take a glimpse at abbey life as the tour leads through the courtyards, the ornate library, the marble hall, and the emperor’s visiting quarters and experience the breathtaking abbey church's 12-second delay acoustics during a musical offering.
Salzburg’s scenic Alpine backdrop, Baroque architecture, and incredibly preserved historic center have earned it a UNESCO heritage site title. Salzburg has a magnificent Old City featuring narrow streets and buildings from the Medieval, Romanesque, Baroque, and Renaissance periods. Famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart called the city home.