Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest aboard River Cloud II, September 17-28, 2013

Sentimentalized in the famous waltz by Johann Strauss, the Danube River has long been central to the musical life of Europe. Join your fellow Princetonians, September 17-28, 2013, while cruising through the panorama of villages, cathedrals, and castles along this legendary waterway.

Begin with three days in the baroque city of Salzburg to visit sights including Mozart’s family home. A drive through the picturesque Alpine countryside leads to Schloss Herenchiemsee, Ludwig II’s stunning replica of Versailles. In Passau the group will be treated to a recital on the world’s largest pipe organ before embarking on the river journey aboard the elegant River Cloud II. Continue onward to see the glorious abbey church in Melk and travel through the scenic Wachau Valley to medieval Krems. In sophisticated Vienna see magnificent architecture, stellar paintings collections, and Schönbrunn, the Hapsburgs’ grand summer palace. Explore Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, and conclude with a day in handsome Budapest.

This program, rich in history, architecture, and geographical beauty, will have at its core a discourse on the music and culture that has sprung from the shores of this beautiful river. Special performances in historical halls and churches will also be highlights of the journey.

Please note: For the cruise portion of the tour, Princeton Journeys has blocked space for our group aboard the River Cloud II. The land portion is exclusively for Princeton travelers.

About the Study Leader

Scott Burnham, Professor of Music and the Schiede Professor of Music History, will serve as study leader for this program.

Professor Burnham—a favorite Princeton Journeys Study Leader—specializes in the music of the Viennese Classical Style and beyond, including Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert. On the Princeton faculty since 1989, he recently served as chair of the department and is known for his courses on various levels of music theory and analysis including “The Life and Times of the String Quartet” and “Beethoven.” In addition to his popular book Beethoven Hero, other writings include essays about beauty in Mozart, humor in Haydn, memory in Schubert, and manic drama in Schumann.


Trip Details

  • Dates: September 17-28, 2013
  • Cost: From $7,950 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad

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