Vienna and Budapest: A Cultural Feast - WAIT LIST, May 05 to 20, 2023
Enjoy a full week in Vienna and another in Budapest to really immerse yourself in the rich heritage of music, art, architecture, and gastronomy they offer! As co-capitals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna and Budapest were arguably the most opulent, vibrant, and influential cities in Europe in the 50 years or so preceding the catastrophe of World War I. Centuries-old traditions and the groundbreaking innovations of the age, together with contemporary artistic expressions are juxtaposed everywhere you look. We’ll spend seven nights in each, ensconced in lovely, center-city hotels from which you will have ample opportunities to dedicate your evenings to music and your days to exploring the museums, monuments, and cityscapes of the two linked but highly individual cities.
 
Please read over the brief description below
and let us know right away if you would like to participae.
Space is limited to 22 and will be allocated in the order that we receive your deposit.
INCLUSIONS
AND PRICES

Prices, per person

  $4,848
sharing a double/twin
$5,880
single occupancy


Prices are stated in
U.S. Dollars

calculated on an exchange rate of $1.05 to the
Euro, with a minimum of ten participants. The price will be reduced with 15 or more participants.




Package prices include:

Seven nights in each of these
carefully chosen four-star hotels

Hotel Kaiserhof Wien

Hotel Moments Budapest




Breakfast each day

  8 lunches or dinners
(drinks included)

Wine tasting

Airport transfers

Ground transport by
private coach

  Visitor card for each city providing free transit use
plus many discounts

  Tours with expert guides as described to the right

Private recitals at
Pannonhalma Abbey and
at the Liszt Academy

500€ allowance toward the performances of your choice

THE TOUR ITINERARY


Friday May 5: Depart for Vienna

Saturday May 6 to Saturday May 13 - Vienna, Austria

In addition to a myriad of performance options (see below) and ample free time for museums, shopping, or just wandering the streets and soaking up the atmosphere, we will provide:

  • A half-day exploring the intersection of music with art and architecture, including Otto Wagner’s Steinhof Church and the Villa Vojcek by Wagner's student Otto Schoental, as well as some fine examples of Art Nouveau and Viennese Modernism such as Josef Hoffmann's Villa Primavesi, Ernst Lichtblau's "Schokoladenhaus," Josef Frank's Villa Beer, and Adolf Loos' Villa Scheuch. (included)
  • A walking tour to get acquainted with the heart of Vienna as Mozart, Schubert, the Strauss family, and so many other great musicians knew it. (optional)
  • A half-day dedicated to Art Nouveau: "Secession" and "Werkstätte," in Viennese terms, including Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Freeze, the Palm House by Friedrich Ohmann, Adolf Loos' House on Michaelerplatz, Max Fabiani's Artaria House, Zacherlhaus by Otto Plecnik, and ending with lunch at Lobmayr. (optional)
  • A full-day excursion to Bratislava: Today's capital of Slovakia was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1526 until 1784, when most of the middle Danube basin was in the hands of the Ottomans. Subsequently, as part of the Habsburg Monarchy, the city enjoyed its golden era, with the construction of splendid palaces for the Hungarian aristocracy as well as churches, monasteries, and other clerical buildings. We will walk through the historical center with its opera house, Old Town Hall and Main Square, the Primate's Palace, St. Michael's Gate, and St. Martin's Cathedral. (included)
On our way from Vienna to Budapest

Visit Pannonhalma Abbey, a masterpiece of medieval Hungarian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 996, Prince Géza (whose son Stephen founded the Kingdom of Hungary) settled Benedictine monks at Pannonhalma - who went on to convert the Hungarians, found the country's first school and, in 1055, to write the first document in Hungarian. The abbey's 1,000-year history can be seen in the succession of architectural styles of the monastic buildings (the oldest dating from 1224), which still today house a school and the monastic community. The library is the largest Benedictine collection in the world. We are also planning a unique Dean Dalton Tours experience: a private 20-minute organ concert in the basilica.
 
Saturday May 13 to Saturday May 20 - Budapest, Hungary

Again, you will have plenty of free time in Budapest to get acquainted with this endlessly fascinating city. Here are the programs we have planned for you:
  • A Basic Budapest tour for those not already familiar with the city starts at the Citadel, which provies a panorama of the entire city, bisected by the "Beautiful Blue Danube." Following your visit to the hilly Castle District, with its narrow medieval streets, Fisherman's Bastion, and Mátyás Church, you'll cross to the flat Pest side of the river, with its beautiful squares and monumental buildings built during the glorious final decades of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (optional)
  • An exploration of Art Nouveau, Budapest style, including a tour and recital at the Franz Liszt Academy, a landmark piece of architecture as well as one of Europe’s premiere music conservatories. (included)
  • A half-day dedicated to Budapest’s rich Jewish heritage (optional)
  • A full day trip to Veszprém, the vineyards around Lake Balaton, south of Budapest, and to the Herend porcelain factory and museum (included). Veszprém and the Balaton Region won the title of "European Capital of Culture for 2023," as a unique "single experience region." Veszprém, “City of Queens,” is one of the oldest urban areas in Hungary and for centuries the queens of Hungary were crowned here. We will visit the Old Town and the Castle District and stand next to the statues of Hungary's first King, Stephen, and of his wife Gisella to take in the breathtaking views of Old Town and the slopes of Bakony Hill. Balaton, "the Hungarian “sea,” is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. The mountainous region of its northern shore is known both for its historic character and as a major wine region. We will stop at the family-owned Petrányi winery for a seasonal five-course wine-tasting lunch while enjoying a delightful panorama of Lake Balaton. The Herend Manufactory is the world's largest porcelain factory, specializing in luxury hand-painted and gilded porcelain. In the mid-19th century, it was purveyor to the Habsburgs and aristocratic customers throughout Europe; today, the factory continues to create porcelain according to traditional handcrafted methods. The mini manufactory and museum will give us an insight into the history, the painstaking process, the colorful product range, and the masterpieces of the factory. (included)

THE PERFORMANCES

Our visit has been scheduled to take advantage of as wide a variety of musical offerings as possible, from which you will be allowed to choose the ones that most interest you. The tour price includes an allowance sufficient to cover first category seats for at least two major performances in each city.

Highlights include:

At the Vienna Staatsoper
Pretty Yende in a new production of Manon
Piotr Beczała and Bryn Terfel in a classic production of Tosca
An innovative piece of musical theater to early songs by Mahler, staged by Calixto Bieito
A new ballet by Ohad Naharin and Heinz Spörli danced to Bach’s Goldberg Variations
 
At the Musikverein
The Vienna Philharmonic with Daniil Trifonov
The Royal Scottish Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim conducting the Boulez Ensemble in music by Mozart
Recitals by tenor Michael Schade and by pianist Igor Levit
 
At the Konzerthaus
The La Scala Philharmonic with Riccardo Chailly
The Vienna Philharmonic
The Vienna Symphony Orchestra
 
At the Volksoper
Die Fledermaus
The Flying Dutchman
Brahms’s A German Requiem
 
At the Hungarian State Opera
Elektra (last performance)
Die Frau ohne Schatten (first performance)
Idomeneo
Iphigenia in Tauris
 
At the marvelous 2005 Béla Bartók Concert Hall, Palace of the Arts
The Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer
The Prague Symphony Orchestra
The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Ligeti 100: Concerto Budapest and the Hungarian Radio Choir
 
At the Franz Liszt Academy
Grimal, Gastinel, Cassard Piano Trio
Liszt Academy Symphony, Gilbert Varga conducting
Pianist Alexander Melnikov

TRAVEL PROTECTION

We strongly encourage all participants to be covered by a travel protection plan, whether just for this trip or annual coverage. You should be covered at the very least for medical emergencies and evacuation. Since group policies are no longer available, we now offer a variety of individual plans through Travel Insured International, one of which can almost certainly provide coverage appropriate to your situation. Click here to go to an interactive web page where you can compare coverage and costs of the available plans, specific to you and this tour. We encourage you to explore other providers as well, to find the coverage that suits your needs. Once you have sent your reservation form and deposit check for the tour and have determined which plan you prefer, you should purchase it directly from Travel Insured International using the link above (or other provider) within the time limit indicated. 

If you are more comfortable dealing with these issues by phone than via the internet, you may call Travel Insured International at 855-752-8303. Please identify yourself as a client of Dean Dalton Tours, agency # 49076
.

Or, if you prefer, we can develop a quote for you, once we have your reservation in hand.

 

Budapest by Night
Budapest by Night
Hofburg, Vienna
Hofburg, Vienna
Steinhof Church
Steinhof Church
Steinhof Church Baldachin
Steinhof Church Baldachin
Moser Window, Steinhof Church
Moser Window, Steinhof Church
Mozart Cafe
Mozart Cafe
View of Bratislava
View of Bratislava
Parliament - Budapest
Parliament - Budapest
Dohany St. Synagogue
Dohany St. Synagogue
Market Hall
Market Hall
Matyas Church
Matyas Church
Matyas Church Interior
Matyas Church Interior
Petranyi Winery with View of Lake Balaton
Petranyi Winery with View of Lake Balaton
Golden Hall, Musikverein
Golden Hall, Musikverein
Palace of the Arts
Palace of the Arts
Hungarian State Opera
Hungarian State Opera
Opera House Ceiling
Opera House Ceiling
Liszt Academy Grand Hall
Liszt Academy Grand Hall
Palace of the Arts - Bartók Concert Hall
Palace of the Arts - Bartók Concert Hall