We meet at Heathrow Airport for our direct scheduled British Airways flight to Vienna. On arrival in Austria we are met by Peter Medhurst our music expert, and Tom Abbot, our art historian and tour manager. We then transfer by coach to the centrally located 4* König von Ungarn Hotel for a six night stay. After an included light lunch at the hotel, we take a walk around the medieval streets in the immediate environs of the hotel and the cathedral. En route we see - among other things - the house where Mozart died in 1791, and visit the venue where the first performance of Mozart’s arrangement of Handel’s Acis and Galatea took place. This building is now the Café Frauenhuber and it is here that we enjoy afternoon coffee and cream cakes. Following an evening lecture on music in Mozart’s Vienna, we attend a drinks reception and enjoy a welcome dinner, both served in our hotel.
After our morning lecture we visit the Austrian Theatre Museum, in the Lobkowitz Palace. It was in this building that Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony ‘The Eroica’ was premiered in 1805; and in the same hall where this took place, Jeremy Limb and Peter will give a recital of Mozart songs, arias and piano sonatas. We then go to nearby Café Demel for lunch and follow this with a guided tour of the State Hall National Library. The former court library was designed by the Viennese Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and his son Emanuel. It is the largest Baroque library in Europe, and it was here that Mozart’s patron, Baron van Swieten, was court librarian from 1777 until his death in 1803. After a visit to the Augustinian Church, we make our way to the Albertina Art Collection for a guided tour. The Albertina has one of the largest and most valuable graphical collections in the world, and contains works such as Dürer’s ‘Hare’ and Klimt's studies of women. In the early evening, Richard, Jeremy and Peter will give a recital in the church of St Peter, where Mozart also performed before the public.
This morning is spent in the Bösendorfer-Saal of the Figaro House, the place where Mozart lived from 1784-87 and where he wrote The Marriage of Figaro. Peter, Richard and Jeremy will present a study morning (9.30-12.30) on Mozart’s arias and piano music, including the magnificent works for four hands. After an included lunch, we make our way by coach to the Liechtenstein Garden Palace (dating from 1700) and enjoy a private tour of its magnificent art collection. On show will be paintings by Raphael, Rubens, Molenaer and Ricci, all displayed in sumptuously decorated rooms. This evening you may choose to join our optional excursion to the opera.
Today is spent away from Vienna visiting the famous Wachau Valley, a landscape formed by the River Danube and one of the great beauty spots of Lower Austria. After morning coffee, our first stopping place is Melk Abbey, a superb Baroque structure built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. Mozart played the organ in this Abbey in September 1767 and met Maximilian Stadler (a member of the Benedictine community of Melk Abbey) who became the musical advisor to Mozart’s widow Constanza. Stadler was among the first to complete, file and catalogue Mozart’s manuscripts. In memory of Mozart’s 1767 recital, Jeremy and Peter plan to give a joint organ recital in a local church. After our visit, we enjoy lunch in the town of Melk itself, before embarking on a cruise to Krems along the scenic Danube. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon and the evening is at leisure.
Following our morning lecture, we make our way by coach to Joseph Haydn’s house at 19 Haydngasse. Haydn famously wrote to Mozart’s father saying ‘I tell you before God, and as an honest man, your son is the greatest composer known to me by person and repute, he has taste and what is more the greatest skill in composition’. The house in the 6th district of Vienna is where Haydn lived from 1797 until his death in 1809 and where he composed his oratorio masterpieces The Creation and The Seasons. The house contains much Haydn memorabilia, including his piano, his portraits, and even his composing pencil. We are also able to view the rooms in the house that honour the memory of Johannes Brahms. We then make our way to the Kunsthistorisches Museum for lunch, after which we have a guided tour of the collection of paintings. The museum was opened around 1891 and is Austria’s largest art museum, and contains works by Raphael, Brueghel the Elder, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Caravaggio. It also contains magnificent paintings of views of Vienna by the Venetian artist Bernardo Bellotto, and show what the city would have looked in Mozart’s time. This evening you may choose to join our optional excursion to the opera.
After the morning lecture in the hotel, we spend the morning at the palace of Schönbrunn, commissioned in 1696 by Leopold I, completed in 1730, and adapted in the mid-18th century for Maria Theresa. Our audio-guided deluxe tour includes Maria Theresa’s bedroom, hung with Brussels tapestries, her breakfast room decorated with needlework worked by her and her daughters, and the Hall of Mirrors, where Mozart, aged 6, gave his first Viennese recital. In later years, Mozart presented his comic opera The Impresario in the orangery. The gardens were laid out with fountains and statues, and later, on the Gloriette Hill, a colonnaded arcade was added, which gives the visitor magnificent views over the city. After an included lunch at the palace in the Café Residenz, we make our way to St Mark’s cemetery to see the supposed grave of Mozart, and we follow this with a visit to the main cemetery of Vienna to view the graves of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. Peter will give a final recital in a church in the suburbs of Vienna. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at the nearby Sky Restaurant - a magnificent eatery overlooking the rooftops of central Vienna.
After a summing up lecture, we check out of our hotel, and following a swift visit to the Museum of Military History, we continue to the Upper Belvedere Palace. Here, we enjoy a tour of the magnificent art collection, paying especial attention to the paintings on the uppermost floor, which reflect everyday life in Vienna during the last years of Mozart’s life and that of the early 19th century. The Upper Belvedere also contains the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection, which you may wish to seek out. After an included light lunch, we return to Vienna Airport for our direct scheduled British Airways flight back to Heathrow.
NB:- Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. This holiday and the flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Tailored Travel's ATOL number is 5605.
Tour limited to 24 passengers
Five lectures by Peter Medhurst
Tom Abbott - professional tour manager & art historian
Jeremy Limb - pianist
Richard Rowe - tenor
Study morning on Day 3 with Peter, Richard & Jeremy on Mozart’s arias and piano music
Four private musical recitals by Peter, Richard & Jeremy
Centrally located historic 4* hotel
Welcome & farewell dinners included
Included lunches every day
All excursions, entrance fees, guided tours & gratuities included
Direct scheduled British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Vienna
Personal audio headsets on Days 1 to 6
Walking tour of Vienna’s medieval streets
Afternoon coffee & cream cakes at Café Frauenhuber
Austrian Theatre Museum, Lobkowitz Palace
Recital by Jeremy & Peter of Mozart songs, arias & piano sonatas in the Eroica Saal
State Hall National Library - exclusive tour
Albertina Art Collection - guided tour
Recital by Richard, Jeremy & Peter in the church of St Peter
Study morning at Bösendorfer-Saal of the Figaro House
Liechtenstein Garden Palace - private tour of its art collection
Organ recital by Jeremy & Peter in memory of Mozart’s 1767 recital
Cruise to Krems along the scenic Danube
Joseph Haydn’s house
Kunsthistorisches Museum - exclusive tour
Schönbrunn Palace - guided tour
St Mark’s cemetery - grave of Mozart
Vienna cemetery - graves of Haydn, Beethoven & Schubert
Organ recital by Peter in a church in the Vienna suburbs
Museum of Military History
Upper Belvedere Palace - guided tour
We stay six nights at the centrally located 4* König von Ungarn Hotel in Vienna (www.kvu.at). Located just behind St Stephen’s Cathedral, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and a bar. All rooms are en suite and feature television, telephone, hairdryer, mini bar, and an in room safe. A dinner is included in our hotel on the first evening (set 3 course dinner without drinks), and at The Sky Restaurant on our last night, whilst the remaining four days are on bed and breakfast basis.
Single room supplement from £339 (limited availability)
Local accommodation tax to be paid directly to the hotel
Optional opera on Days 3 & 5
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