Dec 20, 2018 - Jan 3, 2019
15 days
$10,180per person, twin share (land content only). $2,250 supplement for sole use of a hotel room

Tour Leader

Robert Gay
Dec 20, 2018 - Jan 3, 2019

Tour Leader

Robert Gay$10,180per person, twin share (land content only). $2,250 supplement for sole use of a hotel room
  • Tour Info
  • Itinerary
  • Tour Leader
  • Hotels
  • Inclusions

Overview

Experience a winter wonderland and celebrate a European Christmas and New Year on this new 15-day tour visiting the great music capitals of Europe – Prague, Salzburg and Vienna. The tour has been designed to coincide with the height of the winter music season, with eight performances of the highest calibre. As well as featuring a series of outstanding performances, this musical journey takes you to the places where the great composers lived and worked, in addition to visiting key historical sites.

Revel in

  • Eight performances of the highest quality – from operas to intimate chamber concerts
  • The heritage of Europe’s leading opera houses in Prague, Salzburg and Vienna
  • Orchestral music by excellent national orchestras
  • Walking tours of the cities in which we stay as well as visits to cultural sites, many with a strong musical history
  • Longer stays, with time for relaxing and for individual sightseeing
  • The company of like-minded music lovers and expert introductions to performances

Highlights

Performances

The tour price includes eight performances of fine opera, orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental music.

In Prague

  • Three performances at the Rudolfinum, National Theatre or the historic Estates Theatre

In Salzburg

  • An opera at the Landestheater Salzburg

In Vienna

  • The New Year’s Eve performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Konzerthaus
  • Two performances at the State Opera Vienna
  • A concert at Reduta Hall in Bratislava

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–5: Arrive in Prague and attend three performances, one at the historic Estates Theatre. Take a walking tour of the city, explore the castle district and wander the festive Christmas markets. Celebrate Christmas-eve with a traditional dinner.

Days 6-9: Travel to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where we visit a range of sites and attend one performance. Take a day trip to the stunning Salzkammergut lake district of Austria.

Days 10-15: Travel to Vienna via Melk Abbey. See in the New Year in Vienna, attend three fine performances and explore the city’s vast musical heritage, including visits to venues where Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert lived and worked. Take a day trip to Bratislava to tour the town and attend a concert.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

Qantas and Emirates offer daily flights into Prague and home from Vienna. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Detailed Itinerary

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in November. 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.

Robert Gay

Is one of Australia’s leading music tour leaders and music educators. He has designed and led more than 80 performance based tours to Europe and the US.

Working for the Centre for Continuing Education and other associations for more than 25 years, Robert has designed dozens of music courses and led more than 80 performance based tours around the world. Since 2010, Robert has led tours exclusively with Academy Travel.

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Hotels

Hotels to be advised. Hotels will be selected principally for their central location, with an average 4* rating.

Tour Inclusions

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

Airport Transfers

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

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.

Deposits

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.

Cancellation Fees

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Final Payment

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.

Fitness rating

Grade 2
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A Grade 2 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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Speak to a consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:
Frederick Steyn 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
(outside Sydney)
frederick@academytravel.com.au

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