Visit five countries and six UNESCO World Heritage sites on this journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s Great Masters. Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube River Valley has resonated with musicians, artists, poets and travelers throughout the centuries and has contributed to the world the genius of its most renowned virtuosos. This unique combination of river and land travel includes three nights in the medieval gem of Prague and a seven-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the newly launched deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe. The custom-designed itinerary has been carefully orchestrated to include private performances featuring the musical heritage of Europe’s accomplished composers, including Mozart and Beethoven, and a comprehensive schedule of exclusive expert lectures and guided excursions featuring delightful Salzburg, magnificent Melk Abbey, the storybook village of Dürnstein, imperial Vienna and medieval Bratislava.
Please note: Travelers from Princeton will be joined on this journey by those from Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and the National Trust.
Scott Burnham is Scheide Professor of Music History Emeritus at Princeton University, where he taught from 1989 to 2016. His best-known book is Beethoven Hero (1995), a study of the values and reception of Beethoven's heroic-style music. His most recent book, Mozart's Grace (2013), explores aspects of beauty in Mozart's music. In 2013, Burnham was awarded Princeton University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. He has also been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center. Burnham currently holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.