This exciting adventure beings in the international city of Vienna then moves to Krems, Austria, a town which is over 1,000 years old. In Hungary we will visit Budapest, the capital of Hungary, then to the picturesque town of Szentendre on the Danube. We end our adventure in Romania in the region known as Transylvania. What at fitting way to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Transylvania University! And, we will sing concerts in each country.
DAY ONE: Saturday, May 13, 2006
DEPARTURE LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY: We being our much-awaited adventure in travel as we board our flight over the Atlantic. The night is short as we fly toward the rising sun.
DAY TWO: Sunday, May 14
ARRIVAL VIENNA: WE arrive in Vienna, Austria. Upon arrival in Vienna we are greeted by the friendly Kingsway International representatives who assist us in transferring to our hotel in this exciting city. In ancient times, Vienna was known as a crossroads of European significance and is known to have been a city of choice for many famous musicians. We will enjoy dinner and time to relax or to explore Old Vienna on our own. Overnight in Vienna.
DAY THREE: Monday, May 15
VIENNA: Today we will have a musical tour or Vienna that includes a visit to the Mozart Memorial, also known as the Figaro House. Mozart lived in this house from 1784 to 1787. It was a particularly happy and creative period in which he composed The Marriage of Figaro. The tour continues with a visit to the incredible collective period in the Ancient Musical Instrument Museum, then on to the Ephessos Museum and the Arms and Armoury Museum. Following lunch on our own, we will travel to Scoenbrunn Palace build by Emperor Leopold I for his son, Josef I. Marie-Antoinette spent her childhood here. Our tour will include the “Highlights Tour” of the main palace rooms and a walk through the famous gardens. It was in the concert room that Mozart, at the age of 6, astonished the empress and her courtiers with his amazing talents. Later, in the castle's little theater, the prodigy directed his opera Der Schauspieldirecktor in 1786. This evening we will gather for dinner before we have the opportunity to explore the nightlife of Vienna. Overnight in Vienna.
DAY FOUR: Tuesday, May 16
VIENNA/KREMS/VIENNA: This morning we will have a short recital at Stephan Dom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) before we board our motor coach for an afternoon excursion to Krems. There are not many cities in Austria that can offer such cultural, historical or culinary diversity as the attractive town of Krems. Located in the eastern-most part of the Wachau Valley, the town, which is over 1,000 years old impresses with historical buildings in the old town center, having been named a “world heritage” site by UNESCO. Upon arrival, we will have a rehearsal in the Monastery before our performance. Dinner will be in Krems before we return to Vienna for overnight.
DAY FIVE: Wednesday, May 17
VIENNA/BUDAPEST: After breakfast we board our motor coach for Budapest. The cities of Buda and Pest lie on opposite sides of the River Danube, together comprising the capital of Hungary. Our sites will include the Liszt Ferenc Museum, the best place to view the life of this amazing Romantic composer, whose heritage was Hungarian. Liszt captivated all of Europe in the 19th century with his brilliance as both a pianist and as a composer. In the later part of the afternoon we will visit an array of sights that will include the Fisherman's Bastion and a view of Hero's Square which houses the Millennium Monument. Dinner and overnight in Budapest.
DAY SIX: Thursday, May 18
BUDAPEST/SZENTENDRE/BUDAPEST: We enjoy breakfast and then we are off to Szentendre. Having a decidedly Mediterranean feel, Szentendre has preserved its 18th and 19th century compact and unified layout. Its picturesque setting on the Danube, as well as its architecture and historical monuments all contributed to the formation over the years of colonies of painters, sculptors and artists who lived and still live here today. Indeed, the very air seems to stimulate the creative juices! Around every corner there are gourmet delicacies for the body and enchanting exhibitions for the mind. This evening we will have a performance in one of the picturesque venues in Szentendre. We will have dinner before we return to Budapest for overnight.
DAY SEVEN: Friday, May 19
BUDAPEST: Today, following a hearty breakfast, we will be treated to a full day at leisure. We may continue visiting the sights, take in some shopping, or simply relax and unwind. A recommended visit is to the Spa Town, a famous institution from Roman times as well as from the Turkish era. There are over 100 thermal springs that supply this remarkable setting. This evening we will have a concert in the beautiful setting of the Mayans Templon. Dinner and overnight in Budapest.
DAY EIGHT: Saturday, May 20
BUDAPEST/SIBIU, ROMANIA: This morning we will travel to the Romanian province situated in the northwest corner of the country, historical Sibiu, Romania in the region known as Transylvania. A region rich in folklore and tradition, friendliness and warm hospitality, myth, mystery and legend, Romania has villages straight out of the pages of a fairytale. Remaining havens of peace and tranquility and a reminder of a past age, historic, medieval towns blend the art and culture of three civilizations, Romanian, Hungarian and Saxon. Ancient fortresses, fortified churches and castles stand guard over this land encircled by the rugged wilderness of the Carpathians. We will have dinner and overnight in Sibiu, Romania.
DAY NINE: Sunday, May 21
SIBIU: Today we will have breakfast at our hotel before we enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Transylvania. Sibiu is famous for its architecture dating from the 14th century, and known as a big Romanian city dating from Romans 100 AC. The Transylvanian Alps are just south of the city. We will visit Cisnadioara Fortress Museum, one of the most remarkable monuments in Transylvania. We will also visit Axente Sever Fortress Museum. Lunch will be on our own before we transfer to the Brukenthal Museum. The collections of Samuel von Brukenthal, which includes paintings, engravings, books, numismatics and minerals, came into being mainly between 1759-1787, the baron brought his collections here. This afternoon we will have a rehearsal in preparation for tonight's final concert in either the Evangelical Cathedral (14th-15th centuries) or a like venue. Following the concert we will gather for a fantastic Farwell Dinner. Overnight in Sibiu.
DAY TEN: Monday, May 22
SIBIU, ROMANIA/BUCHAREST/LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY: After breakfast, we board our motor coach and head to the airport to board our flight back to the United States. Our journey may be ending, but the experiences, the people and the places will linger in out memories for life.