From Bach to Beethoven and Beyond

Explore the musical greats, from Bach to Beethoven and beyond. Visit historic cities filled with rich cultural heritage like Leipzig, Nuremberg, Salzburg, and Vienna. Germany, known for its religious revolution, scientific and technological breakthroughs, and masterpieces in music and art is the birth place and final place for Johann Sebastian Bach. Austria is a largely mountainous and breathtakingly beautiful country. Austrian natives include Mozart, Haydn. Liszt, and Strauss. It is a magical place, and the hills really ARE alive with the sound of music.

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Bach Museum, Leipzig

Nuremberg Hauptmarkt

Salzburg Cathedral

Haydn's House, Vienna

Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to Berlin Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America. Our 24-hour Tour Director will meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure. We will have use of a private coach and driver while touring for the next ten days.
Day 2 Excursion to Leipzig
  • Visit Halle Enjoy a visit to Halle, a beautiful city in Saxony and home to one of the oldest universities in Germany. It also boasts Germany's oldest chocolate factory and numerous other sights.
  • Arrive in Leipzig We will continue to the Leipzig (area), which will be our base for the next two nights. Leipzig is a city that flourished from the 16th century onwards thanks to the wealth it created from the rich nearby silver mines. Leipzig enjoys a reputation for outstanding excellence in music, with the likes of Bach, Wagner, Mendelssohn, and Schumann all having lived here, and literary work with Germany’s greatest poet, Goethe, setting a fundamental scene of Faust in the Auerbachs Keller.
  • Walking tour of Leipzig We will see such sights as Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas’s Church) and Thomaskirche (St. Thomas’s Church), both of which have important connections to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
  • Dinner in Leipzig Dine with your ensemble in a local restaurant.
Day 3 Explore Bach
  • Visit St. Thomas’s Church Built in 1212 and originally established as a place of worship for Augustinian Canons, St. Thomas's Church is the final resting place of Johann Sebastian Bach, who was organist and cantor here for 27 years. Highlights of the church are the Baroque-style turret and the magnificent main entrance.
  • Bach Museum View the largest collection of Bach archives in Germany at the Bach museum.
  • First Concert Performance Your first concert performance will be today. Venue options include Thomaskirche, where Johann Sebastian Bach was organist and cantor for 27 years, as well as Evang.-Luth.
  • Dinner in Leipzig Dine with your ensemble in a local restaurant.
Day 4 Navigate to Nuremberg
  • Stop in Bayreuth On the way to Numerberg we will stop in Bayreuth. Enjoy a visit to Bayreuth to explore the various sights and sounds of the city. It is most famous for its connection to composer Richard Wagner. Each year, the city hosts the Bayreuth Festival, a world-famous music festival.
  • Continue to Nuremberg Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is a vibrant Bavarian city with a visible history of almost 1,000 years. In the Middle Ages it was the preferred residence of German emperors. It later became burdened with the legacy of the Nazis, but although it was bombed to rubble during World War II, the medieval city center has undergone significant reconstruction, using the original stone.
  • Walking tour of Nuremberg Tour the ruins of the ramparts that once surrounded the city. View the Justice Palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946, the Bergstrasse, Dürer Monument, St. Sebald Church, Hauptmarkt, Handwerkerhof, Marktplatz, and Albrecht Dürer’s House.
  • Hotel check in Our hotel in Nuremberg (area), will be our base for the next night. While here, we will enjoy breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 Trek to Salzburg
  • Arrive in Salzburg With its elegant squares and quaint streets Salzburg the famous Baroque city is a delightful introduction to the sophisticated world of arguably the greatest classical genius W.A. Mozart.
  • Walking tour through Old City We will view Mozart's Birthplace, the Old Square, the Cathedral, and the Residenz. A highlight of our walk will be the Glockenspiel, an early 18th century carillon with 35 bells. We can hear the bells from any one of the cafes lining the edges of the Mozartplatz, while sipping our favorite coffee or drink. Spend free time on Salzburg's most famous street, the Getreidegaße, which is lined with small shops, interesting houses and wrought-iron signs.
  • Dinner in Salzburg Enjoy some local Austrian fare!
  • Hotel check in We will check into our hotel in Salzburg where we will stay for the next two nights.
Day 6 Explore Mozart
  • Residenz Visit the Residenz, Salzburg’s opulent palace, which was the seat of the Salzburg prince archbishops. The child prodigy Mozart often played in the Conference Room for guests, and in 1867, Emperor Franz Joseph received Napoléon III in the palace. Enjoy a tour of the richly decorated State Rooms, and the Residenzgalerie Salzburg, an art gallery that contains European paintings from the 16th to the 19th century, displayed in 15 historic rooms.
  • Explore Mozart's Home Visit the house where Mozart was born in 1756, and tour the museum dedicated to his life and works.
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress Take the Funicular up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the former stronghold of the ruling prince-archbishops. We will visit the elegant State Apartments; the Burgmuseum, with a magnificent collection of medieval art and many Gothic artifacts; the Rainermuseum, which exhibits arms and armor; and the beautiful late Gothic St. George's Chapel, with intricate marble reliefs of the Apostles. From the Watchtower view the panoramic sweep of the Alps and from the Kuenberg Bastion, views of the domes and towers of Salzburg.
  • Second Concert Performance Your second concert performance will be today followed by dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 7 Visit Vienna
  • Travel from Salzburg to Vienna Vienna was for 600 years, the glittering capital of the Hapsburg Empire. Today it is the capital of Austria. Vienna has an incomparable musical heritage and is the city of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Brahms, and Johann Strauss.
  • Visit Mozart’s Figarohaus Apartment and Museum [activity title="Visit the museum at the Pasqualati House"] Visit the museum at the Pasqualati House, where Beethoven lived between 1804 and 1815. Here he composed many of his greatest works, including Symphonies 4, 5, 7 and 8; the opera Fidelio, the 4th Piano Concerto and several string quartets.
  • Hotel check in We will check into our hotel in Vienna where we will stay for the next three nights. We will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
Day 8 Explore Vienna
  • The House of Music, Visit the Haus der Musik (The House of Music), an interactive discovery museum where visitors can conduct the Vienna Philharmonic from a virtual conductor’s podium (the musicians on the screen will tell you if you are up to par.) Journey back in time to see the great classical composers; and compose a waltz and have it played. A total of 5,000 square meters has been set aside exclusively for areas dedicated to a wide array of approaches to music.
  • Visit Haydn’s House Visit Haydn’s House and museum with the Brahms room, which contains many memorabilia and artifacts owned by the composer.
  • Dinner in Vienna Enjoy dinner at t a local restaurant.
Day 9 Encore Performance
  • Last day in Vienna Visit the historic Kunsthistorisches Museum in the Neue Burg area of Vienna. Among the exhibits are instruments owned or played by Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Liszt, Schubert, Haydn, and Clara Schumann, together with the history of the composers. Explore the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Fine Arts Museum), housing one of Europe’s finest art collections compiled by the Hapsburgs. The collection includes great works from some of Europe’s greatest artists, including Bruegel, Rubens, Durer, Hals, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian and Velasquez, just to name a few.
  • Central Cemetery Spend some meditative time at the Central Cemetery where we will find the Tombs of Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg, and Schubert, as well as Mozart's Monument. Other notable musicians buried here are Antonio Salieri, Hugo Wolf, Karl Goldmark, and the singer Lotte Lehmann.
  • Final Concert Performance Your concert performance will be today in Vienna. Venue options include St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the United Methodist Church, the Residence of the Canadian Ambassador and Haus Gustav Klimt. Other possible venues may include the Karlskirche, US Embassy, Perchtoldsdorf, and Medieval Fortress, Esterhazy Palace, or Schönbrunn Palace.
Day 10 Return Home
    Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.[/activity]