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The Habsburg Trio: Prague, Vienna & Budapest

May 31 - June 11, 2019

Le nozze di Figaro and Turandot in Prague; Manon and Die Frau ohne Schatten plus a concert at the Musikverein in Vienna; La bohème and Andrea Chénier in Budapest.

prague_cnt_6nov09_istock_bPrague, Vienna & Budapest remain three of the finest cities in Europe, each so different, yet their Habsburg roots and musical souls bind them together. We experience the essential elements of each of these Grand Cities while staying in superb hotels, dining in some of the finest restaurants in Europe and hearing sublime performances with ideal casts.

The tour features a diverse slate of performances in some of the most storied venues Europe. In Prague, we hear Mozart’s timeless Le nozze di Figaro in the Neoclassical jewel that is the Estates Theatre, plus Turandot at the Karlín. We stay in the preferred Castle District, at the Aria Hotel, one of the finest we have ever used.

In Vienna, we stay at the legendary Sacher Hotel and hear two operas in one of the most important and glorious opera houses in the world, the Vienna State Opera. Massenet’s Manon will be conducted by Frédéric Chaslin and features a stunning cast that includes Juan Diego Flórez and Nino Machaidze; Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten is under the baton of Christian Thielemann and features Stephen Gould, Evelyn Herlitzius and the divine Nina Stemme.

We will hear La bohème and Andrea Chénier at the beautiful Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, and although the names of the singers may not be familiar, do not under-estimate the quality of these world-class productions. Our hotel here is the fabulous Four Seasons Gresham Palace, where we have views of the Chain Bridge over the Danube.

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Itinerary

Friday, May 31

Departures from your country of residence for overnight flights.

Saturday, June 1

Arrive in Prague and transfer to the chic Aria Hotel in the charming Castle District. Tonight we meet for a Welcome Dinner in the hotel.

Sunday, June 2

Following breakfast (included daily), we tour the Old Town, taking in the city’s history from a cultural, religious and musical perspective. Lunch is included at Kampa Park. Tonight we transfer to the magnificent Estates Theatre for Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

Monday, June 3

Today’s touring includes St. Vitus Cathedral and the Vyšehrad Church/Cemetary. Lunch
is included at Mlynec. Tonight we hear Puccini’s Turandot at the Karlín Theatre.

Tuesday, June 4

Today we depart Prague for Vienna, with a lunch stop in Brno for lunch and visit of the home of Leoš Janáček. In Vienna, we check in at the legendary Hotel Sacher. Tonight we walk to the Musikverein for a concert featuring the works of Bartók, Kurtág and Dvořák.

Wednesday, June 5

Today we survey Vienna’s highlights, including Upper Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. We will explore the incredible art collection, which includes Klimt’s The Kiss amongst sundry other masterpieces. Tonight we enjoy a reception at the hotel before crossing the street to hear Massenet’s Manon (Machaidze, Flórez) at the Staatsoper.

Thursday, June 6

Today we tour Old Vienna, including the Stephansdom, the wonderful Imperial Library and sites associated with the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Lunch is included. Tonight we Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Staatsoper, featuring Nina Stemme, Stephen Gould and Evelyn Herlitzius.

Friday, June 7

Enjoy the full day at leisure in Vienna. Tonight we meet for a special dinner at Steirereck.

Saturday, June 8

Today we say goodbye to Vienna and transfer to Budapest, where we check in at the perfectly-located Four Seasons Gresham Palace. We meet for an early dinner at the Café Callas before La bohème at the Magyar Opera.

Sunday, June 9

Today we tour the Pest side of the city, include the Franz Liszt Academy, with it’s stunning concert hall. Late lunch/early dinner is included before Giordano’s Andrea Chénier at the Magyar Opera.

Monday, June 10

This morning we tour the Buda side of the city (Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion), and then have some free time to explore, shop and pack! Tonight we meet for a special Farewell Dinner at Onyx.

Tuesday, June 11

Transfers to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport are included.