Experience the rich cultural traditions of Central Europe, from collections of fine and decorative arts accumulated over the centuries by kings and emperors, to royal palaces and gems of modern architecture, on this new 14-day tour. The tour is rounded out with the fine musical traditions of the region, and enjoys performances in Vienna and Prague or Budapest.
The history of Central Europe, from the Habsburgs to re-emergence from behind the Iron Curtain
Art collections, from Old Masters to Klimt, Schiele and the Secessionists
Decorative arts collections and palaces, including Schonbrunn and the Kaizerliche Schatzkammer
Gems of modern architecture, including Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat at Brno, and Otto Wagner and Joseph Hoffmann in Vienna
The rich musical traditions of the region and their deep cultural histories
Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat near Brno, a beautifully renovated modernist masterpiece
Prague, one of Europe’s most alluring capitals
Vienna’s extraordinary fine and decorative arts collections, including the Kunsthistoriches Institut and Kaizerliche Schatzkammer, collections of the Habsburg emperors
Cruise down the Danube to Budapest, where we visit the Franz Liszt Academy and Hungary’s recently renovated Museum of Fine Arts
Performances in Vienna and Prague or Budapest (details TBA when the Autumn 2018 program is released)
Days 1–4: Arrive Prague; tour the beautiful city and its monuments from the Gothic to art nouveau, visit the Narodni Gallery and Cathedral of St Vitus.
Days 5–6: Admire Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat near Brno; tour Bratislava and cruise down the Danube to Budapest.
Days 7–9: Explore the musical traditions of Budapest at the Liszt Academy and the city’s excellent galleries, including the recently reopened MFA and the Museum Ludwig.
Days 10–14: Visit Klosterneuburg and Schonbrunn Palace, explore Vienna’s extraordinary fine and decorative art collections; enjoy performances.
A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.
Emirates and Qatar offer flights into Prague and out of Vienna daily. Contact us for quotes and bookings.
A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in September. However due to the high amount of interest in this tour, bookings are now open. If the final itinerary is not as you expected and you wish to withdraw from the tour, you will have the option of cancelling your booking with no penalty. Online bookings can be made to the right of this page.
In the meantime, if you would like to be notified when the detailed itinerary become available, please fill in the form below.
A former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia and previously a curator of decorative arts. He is also an experienced cultural tour leader.
Christopher Menz is a former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia (2005–10) and in 2011–12 was Acting Director of The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne. Prior to these roles, he held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria, specialising in decorative arts. He has published extensively on the decorative arts, notably the design work of William Morris, and is a regular contributor to ABR. In 2016 Christopher led the ABR/Academy Travel tour to the United States.
Hotels to be advised. Hotels will be selected principally for their central location, with an average 4* rating.
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
Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.
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
You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.
A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.
If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:
More than 60 days before departure: $500*
60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due
*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.
Unused Portions of the tour
We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.
Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.
Passport and Visa
A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.
Will the tour price change?
If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.
Will the itinerary change?
Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.
Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.
Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.