Join in the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday on this Austrian tour that includes exclusive access to the highlights of his life history. Step out of the concert halls and into the life of Beethoven, his iconic symphonies your soundtrack as you follow the timeline of the composer’s inspirations around Vienna and the Austrian countryside. Experience Beethoven’s perspective with immersive museums that display his original annotated music and private tours of his homes in which he cultivated...
Vienna - Arrive in Glamorous Vienna
The city of Vienna is a Baroque masterpiece with hints of imperial grandeur. The musical heritage of Vienna is rich with famous composers, from Mozart to Schubert. Opulent coffee houses are filled with aromas of roasted beans and sweet cakes, while wine taverns fringe the city and offer traditional local delicacies.
You will make your way to the city that Beethoven called home from 1792 until his death in 1827. Upon your arrival at Vienna’s international airport, your private transfer will escort you from customs to the beauty of your luxurious hotel that blends Austrian tradition with contemporary comforts. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to enjoy the charm of Vienna, from the grandiosity of Schönbrunn Palace’s 1,441 rooms to St. Stephen’s Cathedral’s elegant 15th-century tower that stands over 449 feet tall.
Vienna - Explore Beethoven’s Vienna
Vienna - Embrace Inspiration and Luxury in the Austrian Countryside
Vienna - Enjoy Theater and Austrian Delicacies
Vienna - Beethoven’s Bucolic Countryside
Vienna - Blend Beethoven’s City with How you Experience Vienna
Vienna - Depart for Home or Continue to Bonn with Optional Add-On
- Discover the secluded landmarks of inspiration including the Black Tower, Liechtenstein Castle, and Two Ravens Inn, where Beethoven was first moved by Austria’s traditional musical sound and musicians
- Explore the 16th-century palace of one of Beethoven’s patrons, where annotated scores of Beethoven’s work remain on display
- Wander the home in Baden bei Wien where Beethoven composed sections of his renowned Symphony no. 9
- Indulge in the relaxing ambiance and uplifting splendor of Baden bei Wien’s curative sulfur baths that once drew Beethoven to the spa town
- Take in the surroundings of Beethoven’s apartment in Mödling where he wrote sections of Missa Solemnis, Symphony No. 9, and Piano Sonata No. 29
- Experience a state-of-the-art 3D sound environment in Beethoven-Haus Museum, where technology and music create an interactive rendition of “Fidelio”, should you add the optional extension to Bonn
Bonn - Discover Beethoven’s Germany with a Transfer to Bonn
The city of Bonn rises out of the banks of the Rhine River. Museums, the university campus, and the rounded peaks of the Sieben Mountains on the horizon bring to light the distinctive culture of the city known as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. Your train will arrive in Germany at Bonn’s main station, where your private transfer will greet you at the platform. You will venture to the heart of Bonn to find your luxurious accommodations that overlooks the rushing waters of the Rhine.
Upon your arrival, you will follow the timeline of Beethoven’s life by visiting the Beethoven-Haus Museum. The humble townhouse has become a gallery devoted to the life and times of the renowned composer. You can find artifacts, such as original scores, personal letters, instruments, and the last grand piano he owned on display. You can also find the giant ear trumpets the composer used to fight his deafness. In the cellar vault, you can experience the state-of-the-art 3D sound environment for a virtual and interactive rendition of “Fidelio,” which has been reimagined for the 21st century. The music will no longer feature only sound but is now a multi-sensory experience that bridges the classical score with modern technology.
Bonn - Depart for Home
The sounds of the lively streets of Bonn will return in the morning as shops and restaurants open their doors along the riverside. The stunning spire of Bonn Cathedral soars over the historic city at 515 feet tall, striking an imposing addition to the skyline. The elegant white facade of town hall will glint with gold trim as it acts as the backdrop to the lively market square. After breakfast, your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby and escort you to either Düsseldorf or Frankfurt airport, where you will check-in for your flight home.
3 Day/2 Night Extension starts at $920 per person
$3,985 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price of $3,985 is based on travel for a minimum of four travelers staying in shared 5-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates. Bookings are being accepted for September 1, 2021 and beyond, with flexibility as travel restrictions lift.
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