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What about the name for this tour?
We are always planning tours beginning about two years in advance. I had been musing for some time that so many of our students are really in to music, and not just people in the music department. My mind had been on Vienna and Salzburg, and I realized that Munich would be an easy entry point from Houston, and Prague is close. So that was the concept for the tour, and I was discussing it with Ms. Chase and we realized we could include a trip to Dachau concentration camp, the Nuremberg Nazi party rally stadium, the Jewish quarter in Prague. So I said to Ms. Chase, "so yeah, it's essentially a Nazis and music tour." To which Ms. Chase said, "you mean like The Sound of Music?" And there it was, the name for this incredible tour winding through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world with a unique, but of course familiar feel to it, Mozart, and waltzes and all of it! So here it is, HSPVA's Sound of Music Tour. This will be a once in a lifetime experience. I hope you will join us.
Posted on 4/5/18
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TRIP AT A GLANCE



Tour Details:

Departure City: Houston
Duration: 10 Days
Overnights: Munich 2, Prague 2, Vienna 2, Salzburg 2

Cultural Connections:

Munich by Bike
Hallein Salt Mine
Dance the Viennese Waltz

Field Trips & Extensions:

Munich by Bike
Hallein Salt Mine
Dance the Viennese Waltz

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will better understand the horrors of the Holocaust by visiting Dachau Concentration Camp and learning about the rise of the Nazi party.
  • Students will discover the many architectural styles that make up the Hradcany Castle.
  • Students will discover the diversity of nationalities that existed within the Habsburg Empire.

Itinerary:

This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Mar 14, 2020 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Mar 15, 2020 Munich
Arrive in Munich, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore the capital of Bavaria. Spend the afternoon exploring the green city on the banks of the Isar River; maybe choose one of the many excellent museums concentrated in the Kunstareal, or Art District, in the city center. (D)
Mar 16, 2020 Munich
The word Gemütlichkeit means coziness, hospitality, warmth and welcome. Dive right into this Bavarian way of thinking with an expertly guided sightseeing tour to sites like Marienplatz with its famed Glockenspiel, the Viktualienmarkt food and flower market and the surfers on the Isar River in the Englischer Garten. In the afternoon, visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a grim but important reminder of Germany’s Nazi past. Later today, discover the city’s hidden gems during a Munich by bike tour of unique neighborhoods and sights off the beaten path. (B,D)
Mar 17, 2020 Prague
Drive to beautiful Nuremberg to discover this city, notable centuries ago for its contributions to early astronomy and printing. View the Zeppelintribüne at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, then enjoy the historical insight given by audio guides on your visit of the Nuremberg Documentation Center, a museum that provides socio-political context for the Nazi reign of terror. Continue on to lovely Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. (B,D)
Mar 18, 2020 Prague
Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities as you’ll see during a guided sightseeing tour. A local expert will show us the quaint Malá Strana (Czech for “Lesser Quarter,” named for its location at the foot of Prague’s ancient castle) and the graceful Charles Bridge, built during the 14th century. We’ll also visit the fortress-like Hradčany Castle complex, perched high above the city. This evening, we’ll wander the checkerboard, cobblestone streets of the medieval Old Town to watch the street performers in the main square. (B,D)
Mar 19, 2020 Vienna
This morning depart Prague to drive across the Austrian border to the lovely city of Vienna. On our afternoon sightseeing tour of Vienna, an expert local guide shows you the glory of the former Imperial capital including the Ring, Hofburg Palace complex, Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral. (B,D)
Mar 20, 2020 Vienna
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Vienna Opera House. Later a local master will mesmerize you with a demonstration of the world famous Viennese Waltz before you take to the floor to give it a try. (B,D)
Mar 21, 2020 Salzburg
This morning journey to Salzburg, known as the most musical of all Austrian cities. You may want to gain a bird’s eye perspective of the Old Town by climbing Kapuzinerberg Hill for its panoramic views. In the afternoon see the enchanting sights of Salzburg on a guided sightseeing tour that will highlight many of the city’s “Sound of Music” sites including the lovely, manicured gardens in front of the Mirabell Palace, the Sound of Music Churchyard and the stunning Baroque Dom Cathedral. Next, visit Mozart’s Birthplace Museum on the crowded shopping street, the Getreidegasse. (B,D)
Mar 22, 2020 Salzburg
This morning, we take you out to the Hallein Salt Mine, where you journey deep beneath the ground to learn more about how this precious mineral deeply influenced Salzburg’s (or, literally, Salt Town) history. Besides, you get to slide down the long wooden slides the miners used and traverse a dark lake deep inside the mountain mine. Return to Salzburg for free time to explore. On your last evening in Europe, you might want to celebrate with cappuccino or hot chocolate at Café Tomaselli or ice cream from Icezeit in the Chiemseegasse. (B,D)
Mar 23, 2020 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $3,984

$443/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $4,044
Early Registration Discount: -$100
Weekend Surcharge: $40
Total Group Fees 1:
$3,984
1 Valid through 6/1/19 with deposit of $200

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Adult Surcharge: $95
Single Room Supplement: $480
Double Room Supplement: $360
Ultimate Protection Plan: $300
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $250

Full Payment Deadline: 12/1/19


What to See

Shopping
SALZBURG

Getreidegasse
Any day of the week, this shopping district is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Amongst the courtyards and passageways, you'll find a variety of shops and boutiques selling traditional and contemporary clothing, antiques, leather, jewelry, and paper goods.

Reber, Griesgasse 3
Reber is the best place to buy the world renowned Mozart chocolates. These Kügeln come in all shapes and sizes, wrapped in foil and ready to eat.

Salzburger Heimatwerk, Residenzplatz 9
Just off the main square in the Old City, this cozy shop offers the best of Austrian produced arts, crafts, and accessories.  Here you'll find hand painted pillows, tablecloths and blankets.  Many of the fabrics have designs that represent Austria's diverse regions.

VIENNA

Naschmarkt, U-Bahn: Karlsplatz
Especially in the mornings and at lunchtime, locals congregate at Vienna’s open air market, covering almost half a mile along the River Wien. From fruits and vegetables to delicatessens and fast food, you will find a wide array of goods in a most traditional setting, The Naschmarkt has been in existence since 1775. Try some of the many regional delicacies on display there, brought together from the distant countries that once made up the Habsburg Empire.

BUDAPEST

Central Market Hall, Metro:  Kálvin tér (Blue Line)
Reconstructed in 1995, this is a 3-level market hall with food and folk art goods.

Inner City Market Hall, Metro:  Kossuth tér (Red Line)
Located in the center of Pest, this market has fruits, vegetables, a supermarket and some clothing.

PRAGUE

Czech Tradition
With 6 locations around the center of the city, and one near the airport, this shop is the easiest place to go to purchase traditional Czech handicrafts like wooden toys and other gifts.

Myslbek, Na Príkop? 19/21
The Myslbek Shopping Gallery became one of the first malls in Prague when it opened in 1996. It connects the New Town to the Old Town, stretching between the busy Na Príkop? Street and the historic Ovocný trh (Fruit Market) behind the Estates Theater. Overall, you can browse over 30 shops and boutiques, and a few restaurants.

Palác Flóra, Vinohradská 144
One of the larger malls in Prague, the environment is bright and airy, with four floors and 120 shops.  There is of course a food court, and a cinema with an IMAX.

 

MUNICH

Hugendubel, Marienplatz 22
This bookstore, the largest in Munich, offers many titles in English, including travel books and helpful maps.

Exatmo, U-Bahn: Giselastrasse
One of the most unusual clothiers in Munich, Exatmo sells garments inspired by the puffy sleeves and dramatic flair of 17th-century fashions.

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Museums
SALZBURG

Mozarts Geburtshaus, Getreidegasse 9
Touring Salzburg cannot be without a trip to Mozart's birthplace.  The historic building where Wolfgang spent his childhood is now a museum where you can see his violin, a spinet and his early sheet music. Open daily.

Volkskundemuseum, Monatsschlösschen Hellbrunn
This museum features three floors that showcase the religious, cultural and ethnic heritage of Salzburg.  Highlights include regional and traditional folk dresses and other cultural customs. Open daily.

Haus der Natur, Museumsplatz 5
Salzburg's natural history museum has wonderful exhibits on giant crystals, dinosaurs, and sea life.  There are also some live animal exhibits that are sure to be interesting.

Spielzeugmuseum, Bürgerspitalgasse 2
On display at this museum are all types of toys starting from the 15th century up until the present day.  Highlights included Old World merry-go-rounds, railroad trains and Legos!  This is sure to be fun experience.

VIENNA

Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19
You will not find his famous sofa (it is now in London) but many other original furnishings and handwritten manuscripts by the father of psychoanalysis are on display at this museum. Sigmund Freud lived and practiced in this house from 1891 until 1938 when he fled from the Nazis. A must for anyone interested in psychology. Open daily.

Bestattungsmuseum, Goldeggasse 19
One of the most unique museums anywhere, though somewhat morbid by nature, is the Funeral Museum, Estattungsmuseum, in Vienna. Not far from Belvedere Palace, the exhibits illustrate traditions in funerals and rituals of death over the centuries in a most entertaining manner.

BUDAPEST

Hungarian National Gallery
The beautiful Buda castle is home to one of the finest art galleries in Hungary. The gallery includes art by Karoly Alexy, Laszlo Paal, and Miklos Izso. The art ranges from medieval and renaissance to the 20th century. It features, paintings, wooden sculptures, and stone carvings.

Budapest Holocaust Memorial Center, Metro:  Kálvin tér (Blue Line)
Museum dedicated to presenting the Holocaust and serving as a memorial to the victims.

Budapest History Museum, Funicular:  from Clark Ádám tér to Castle Hill
Also known as Castle Museum, it features archaeological finds and gives the visitor a feel for medieval Buda.

House of Terror Museum, Metro:  Oktogon (Yellow Line)
This interesting sight used to be the headquarters for the Hungarian Nazi party, known as the Arrow Cross Party. Later the building was taken over by the Communist secret police. The museum, described by some as “political propaganda,” gives visitors an inside look at the dealings of the Hungarian Nazi party during WWII.

PRAGUE

Dvorak Museum, Subway Stop: I. P. Pavlova
This little museum is devoted to Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak, who lived nearby. Although perhaps not the most definitive collection of memorabilia of the composer of the New World symphony, the building and its gardens are well worth a visit. The house was built around 1720 as a Baroque summer palace and the rooms are tastefully preserved in period style. The museum is open daily, closed Monday.

Mucha Museum, Kaunický palác, Panská 7
Dedicated to the life and work of famous Czech artist Alphonse Mucha.  Known for his art nouveau posters, you can also see paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia.

 

MUNICH

BMW Museum, U-Bahn: Olympiapark
A tour of this museum, adjacent to the company's main plant and headquarter building, traces the history of the famous firm that was founded in 1916. High performance sports models, luxury automobiles, and motor bikes from throughout the ages are on display, and numerous interactive multimedia exhibits on the company's future projects make it worth seeing. Open daily.

Deutsches Museum, U-Bahn: Fraunhoferstraße
Allegedly the largest technological museum in the world, this building complex is located on an island in the Isar River. Extensive interactive exhibits cover every phase of technology and science from the earliest flint tools to modern space and computer research. Seeing all of the museum's halls would take more than one day, so be sure to prioritize. Do not miss the lightning demonstration!  Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum Quarter, U-Bahn: Odeonsplatz
In this area, three of Germany's most famous art collections are housed. The Alte Pinakothek exhibits European art from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries. Recently completely remodeled, the portraits feature works by world famous masters such as Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas and Monet, to name just a few.

The Neue Pinakothek focuses instead on more recent art from the eighteenth through the nineteenth century.

The latest addition to the museum quarter is the Pinakothek der Moderne, featuring modern and contemporary art. The building and its exhibits are widely acclaimed and well worth a visit. All three museums are open daily, closed Monday.

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Outdoors
SALZBURG

Mirabellgarten, Mirabellplatz 1
One of the world's loveliest garden's is located right in the center of Salzburg.  This is a wonderful place to relax.  You might recognize the gardens, as they were made famous by "The Sound of Music" when Maria and the Von Trapp children sing "Do Re Me."

Festung Hohensalzburg, Mönchsberg 34
Serving as a fortress to protect Papal interests in 1077, this castle is now open to the public. Archbishop Gebhard commissioned the site to be built during the Empire and Church conflicts and since then it has seen various rebuilding and additions.  If you're a fan of this type of architecture, you'll be able to see cannon bastions, towers and ammunitions depots.

Alter Markt, Alter Markt Platz 1
Known as the Old Market, this square is complete with charming 17th century homes and cafés full of tasty pastries.

VIENNA

Prater, U-Bahn: Praterstern
One of the oldest amusement parks in the world, the Prater still draws young and old, locals and tourists. The younger ones always enjoy the various rides similar to American theme parks, and the adults usually flock to the beer gardens or souvenir shops. If it is not included on your ACIS program, it is definitely worth a visit. All generations can appreciate the ride in Vienna’s giant ferris wheel, with amazing views of Vienna and the Danube valley. Open daily May through December 1st.

Hundertwasserhaus, corner of Kegelgasse and Löwengasse
Austria’s most controversial artist designed this colorful building in a style that has virtually no straight lines. The house, built in the 1980s, has fifty inhabited rental apartments. The Gaudi-esque façade and courtyard itself are great free photo opportunities. Those curious about the artist can visit the nearby KunstHaus Wien, featuring a permanent exhibit of Hundertwasser’s work in another curious building designed by him. Museum open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kaisergruft, Neuer Markt/Tegetthoffstrasse 2
Everyone traveling through Austria will have heard of the Habsburg family who ruled the country well into modern times. For those interested in seeing the regal tomb of some of the most important figures in the history of the Western World, the imperial crypt is a must-see. The Kaisergruft is where all Habsburg emperors and empresses from 1633 until 1989 have found a final resting place. The crypt is centrally located and open daily.

BUDAPEST

Spas and hot springs
Budapest is also known as the Spa Capital of the World. Thermal hot springs are a great place to spend an afternoon and Hungary has over 1,000 hot springs to choose from. In Budapest alone there are over 30 thermal spas. So relax in the thermal springs and let the nutrient-rich waters heal what ails you. 

PRAGUE

Charles Bridge, Subway Stop: Staromestska
The most obvious place to see and be seen is the crowded pedestrian-only bridge connecting the Old Town with Castle Hill. Marvel at the 32 remarkable statues lining the fourteenth century bridge, or shop for prints, drawings and other hand-crafted souvenirs sold by merchant stands on the bridge.  On warm summer evenings, the bridge becomes a gathering place for teenagers from all over the world. For a great view of all the action, you can climb up the castle-side bridge tower. The tower is open daily.

Old Jewish Quarter, Subway Stop: Staromestska
The Old Jewish Cemetery, with its cramped, haphazard headstones, serves as a poignant reminder of life and death in the crowded Jewish ghetto.

New Jewish Cemetery, Subway Stop: Jiriho Z Podebrad
Another of Prague's famous cemeteries.  Here you can find where Franz Kafka is buried.  Open Tuesday and Thursday.

Strahov Monastery, Tram 22 from Subway Stop
With chapels, a church and a superb medieval art gallery, this Premonstratensian abbey is known for its libraries. The entrance fee will get you into both the Philosophical and the Theological Library Halls. Both contain tens of thousands of books within their richly gilded and frescoed Baroque rooms.  Open daily.

MUNICH

Olympic Park and Tower, U-Bahn: Olympiapark
The Olympiaturm is the television tower built in 1968 for Munich's 1972 Olympic Summer Games. It is located in the midst of the city's Olympic facilities, including major competition venues, the Olympic Village, and the vast Olympic Park. An elevator takes you 623 feet up the tower to a terrace with a fantastic panorama of the city, and the Bavarian Alps. Also available in the park are rollerblade rentals (passports required!), a skating ring, and indoor swimming at the Olympic Aquatic Center. The tower is open daily.

Marienplatz, U-Bahn: Marienplatz
The center of Munich is a pedestrian-only area which has plenty of department stores, cafés, restaurants, and the colorful open-air market, Viktualienmarkt. It is often atmospheric in the evening with street acts and plenty of people out strolling. For a small fee, you can climb the stairs up St. Peter's bell tower, and enjoy a magnificent view of the city, on clear days as far south as the Alps! Only a five minute walk from here is the famous Hofbräuhaus. It is well worth a peek inside.

English Gardens, U-Bahn: Marienplatz
Here you’ll find a beautiful park next to the Isar River where people jog, stroll and sunbathe. At the Chinese Tower, near the center of the Gardens, there is a popular beer garden that serves lemonade, sodas and snacks, as well as the best Bavarian Lager for adult participants. Most locals bring their own snacks to the outdoor restaurant, buying only drinks there! Braver travelers may want to go for a swim in the appropriately named Eisbach, a cold, swift current in the park.

 

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Restaurants
SALZBURG

Tomaselli, Alter Markt 9
Sitting at the head of the exquisite cobblestone square in the Altermarkt, this café has wonderful ambiance, delicious pastries and great coffee.

Bazar, Schwarzstrasse 3
In a Baroque pink stucco building, this eatery is popular amongst the locals.  Their standard menu offers omelets, sandwiches and salads as well as teas and coffees.

S'Gwölb, Waagplatz 2
The iron cast doors and Gothic arched halls create a rustic yet pleasant dining experience.  Traditional Austrian cuisine is served, and it is recommended that you try the Weiner EisKaffee, a tasty coffee and ice cream dessert.

Resch and Lieblich, Toscaninihof 1
It may be the fact that this restaurant is located on the side of a cliff that it comes so highly recommended, but the food is also well prepared too.  It is very popular amongst locals and travelers because it provides good Austrian good at reasonable prices.

VIENNA

Café Frauenhuber, Himmelpfortgasse 6
First of all, this is Vienna's oldest café, established in 1788. Second, it is said that Mozart once performed here.  If you're looking for excellent desserts with an historical atmosphere, this is the place to go.

Augustinerkeller, Augustinerstrasse 1
Known for its cozy and rustic atmosphere, this restaurant is built into the old brick vaults of the 16th century fortifications surrounding the city.  Other features include wooden "cow-stall" booths, street lanterns and various Austrian bric-a-brac.  Traditional Viennese food is served.

Figlmüller, Wollzeile 5
This restaurant is almost a Viennese institution, known for its incredible and gigantic helping of Wiener Schnitzel.  You'll surely hear the chefs pounding away with their mallets, and you may sit at a long bench with other hungry travelers, but its worth it for the best Schnitzel in town.

BUDAPEST

Coffee Houses/Cake Shops
Tired from a long day of sightseeing? Take a break in one of the numerous coffee houses around Budapest. Locally known as cake shops, these cafés offer a variety of Hungarian cakes and pastries.

Gundel, Metro: Hosök tere (Yellow line)
Awarded the "Best Restaurant in Budapest" prize, Gundel serves upscale traditional Hungariian fare. It is located in City Park.
 

PRAGUE

Kavárna Slavia, Subway Stop: Narodni Trida
With spectacular views of the National Theater and the Prague Castle, this is definitely one of the best cafés in the city.  Slavia serves light snacks and coffee as well as basic check cuisine like roast duck and potato pancakes.  Sandwiches and pasta dishes are also available for good prices.

Kolkovna, Subway Stop: Staromestska
Well known amongst the locals, this popular spot is the best place for traditional Czech cuisine.  If you want to avoid the overcrowded tourist spots in the square this is a great place to drop in.

Bohemia Bagel, Subway Stop: Staromestska
For those early mornings before hopping on the tour bus, head over to Bohemia Bagel for some breakfast and a bottomless cup of coffee.  The eatery is full of flavor and is popular amongst the local students.  It is also a community center where groups can meet and post on the free bulletin boards.
 

MUNICH

Donisl, Weinstrasse 1
Opened in 1715, Donisl is Munich's oldest beer hall.  It has a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and English is also spoken there. The menu offers standard Bavarian food and prices are inexpensive. A zither plays at noon and an accordion player entertains diners in the evening.

Hundskugel, Hotterstrasse 18
Another historic restaurant, Hundskugel is Munich's oldest tavern.  Local legend says that the menu is the same as it was in 1440. The alpine-style building is within walking distance of Marienplatz.

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Munich Tour with Guide
  • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Munich by Bike
  • Nuremberg Documentation Center with Audio Guides
  • Prague Tour with Guide
  • Hradcany Castle
  • Vienna Tour with Guide
  • Vienna Opera House
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Salzburg Tour with Guide
  • Mozart's Birthplace Museum
  • Hallein Salt Mine


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