Ludwig van Beethoven, arguably the greatest composer of all time, was born in the German city of Bonn in 1770, and throughout 2020 orchestras around the world are celebrating his 250th anniversary. Our special tour includes the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, a complete cycle of his piano concertos in Dresden, the Dvořak Festival in Prague and of course Vienna, where Beethoven spent the greater part of his working life. Background talks, visits to important historical sites and nine top-flight performances provide a detailed and stimulating portrait of this great artist.
Beethoven Festival, Bonn
Sir Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and pianist Igor Levit in a concert of Busoni and Beethoven
Pianists Hinrich Alpers and Boris Bloch playing Franz Liszt’s virtuosic transcriptions of Beethoven’s Second and Fifth Symphonies
A complete cycle of the Beethoven piano concertos and the ‘Appassionata’ sonata, given over three concerts, by Chopin competition-winning pianist Seong-Jin Cho and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marek Janowski
Dvorák Festival, Prague
An opera at the historic Estates Theatre, where Mozart’s Don Giovanni premiered
An orchestral concert in the splendid Art Nouveau Smetana Hall
An opera at the Vienna State Opera
A concert at either the Golden Hall of the Musikverein or the Konzerthaus
Days 1–3: In Bonn, visit Beethoven’s birthplace, attend two concerts at the Beethoven Festival and tour nearby Cologne.
Days 4–7: Travel to Dresden, attending a complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos over three nights, and visiting nearby Leipzig, where Bach and Mendelssohn lived and worked.
Days 8–10: Travel to Prague for the annual Dvořak Festival. Explore Mozart and Beethoven’s sojourns in Prague and visit aristocratic villas and castles near the city.
Days 11–15: In Vienna, visit the places where Beethoven lived and worked, travel to the artistic retreat at nearby Baden bei Wien and attend performances at world-famous venues.
Start & Finish
The tour begins at our hotel in Bonn and ends in our hotel in Vienna. Emirates offers daily flights into Dusseldorf, near Bonn, and out of Vienna from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.
A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming weeks. To receive a copy of the published itinerary once available, please register your interest below and we will be sure to email you a copy. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9235 0023.
Dr Tom Ford
A specialist in classical music, with a PhD on Mozart, he is currently PR and media manager (classics / jazz) for Universal Music Australia.
He has written extensively on classical music, penning articles that have covered topics from Mozart and Beethoven to Gilbert and Sullivan. Tom has also been a broadcaster on 5MBS Adelaide and also 3MBS Fine Music in Melbourne, where he was also their Sponsorship and Marketing Manager.
Since 2015, Tom has been the PR and Media manager (classics/jazz) for Universal Music Australia. Tom has led tours for Academy Travel since 2014.
Tom’s leadership of the In the Footsteps of Beethoven: A 250th Anniversary Tour will be confirmed in October 2019.
In order to avoid unnecessary transfers and allow for individual exploration, we select comfortable, centrally-located hotels wherever possible. Where possible, most of the hotels we use are 4-star. We prefer smaller hotels if available, and we are constantly researching and reviewing our choices.
What is included in the tour price?
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
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What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:
Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
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