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Austin, TX 78722

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Salem Alumnae 2018

Join us as we explore the matchless legacy of Central Europe on this one-of-a-kind itinerary. Attend world-class concerts at legendary venues, explore palatial estates and picturesque Bohemian towns, discover the the birthplace of the Renewed Moravian Church, and attend the world's premier Bach festival as we enjoy the culture and cuisine of three beautiful cities on this relaxed, unforgettable journey.

Dates

June 2-13, 2018

Price

$3,995 Per Person, Land Only

$1,150 Single Supplement

Optional Extension

More details forthcoming

Optional Group Flights

$1,570, Round Trip from Charlotte

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Dear Alumnae and Friends,

Please join us in June 2018 as we depart on our second grand pilgrimage, entitled Moravians and Music, this year heading to Prague, Vienna, and Saxony.  Last summer, we experienced the connection of Dr. Sterritt to her Irish roots.  This year we will connect to our Moravian heritage in Herrnhut, Saxony.  We will visit the area where Count von Zinzendorf offered sanctuary to religious refugees from Bohemia and Moravia.  Plus, our time and location in Germany coincides fortuitously with the International Bach Festival in Leipzig.  We will visit Prague, where Jan Hus was a campus minister and preached the basics of the Protestant Reformation—one hundred years prior to Martin Luther, no less!   We will see Prague Castle, where Moravian forebears allegedly perpetrated the famous “defenestration of Prague” which launched the Thirty Years War, a major tiff between Catholics and Protestants.  We will visit Vienna where palaces and museums reflect the munificence of generations of Habsburg nobility, whose power and might encompassed kingdoms and empires.  From museums, castles, and palaces, to gardens, cuisine, and concerts, we will stroll through parks, imbibe delicacies, and nurture friendships throughout. 

We invite you to join Salem alumnae and friends as we explore the heart of Europe and engage the senses in a magical and mystical tour.  Staying in five star hotels and changing hotels only three times, there will be ample free time to wander and explore on your own.  Our travel partner, Sofia Travel, is a boutique travel provider with over thirty years’ experience. Their expert staff will handle every detail to ensure quality and the personal touches that will make this an enriching experience that lasts a lifetime.  Please join us for this unique opportunity to connect with the Salem Academy and College community.  Space is limited, so please reserve your spot soon.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Betsy Overton
Salem Academy
Chair, Department of History
European history teacher
Trip coordinator

12 Day Itinerary

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June 2/3 - Depart USA, Arrive Vienna
Depart USA, arrive in Austria, and transfer to our five star hotel in the heart of old Vienna. Settle in for four nights as we enjoy a welcome reception and our first dinner together as a group. (D)

June 4 - Vienna: Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna State Opera, Albertina, Musikverein
Our exploration of Vienna begins at the grandiose Hofburg, the palatial home of the Habsburg dynasty dating to the 13th c. We then continue to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and marvel at its 14th c. Gothic architecture before a behind the scenes tour of the Vienna State Opera. In the afternoon, take an optional visit to the Albertina with its estimated 1 million old master prints. (B,D)

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June 5 - Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Naschmarkt, Schonbrunn Palace, 
Our second day in Vienna takes us to the Kunsthistorisches art museum where we marvel at canvases by Van Eyck, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Brueghel. Then, enjoy free time to wander the enticing stalls of the Naschmarkt traditional food market before a visit to the sumptuous Schonbrunn Palace with its ornate gardens. In the evening, we attend an orchestral performance at one of the greatest music halls in the world, the Musikverein. (B)

June 6 - Vienna Free Day, Optional Excursion to Melk Abbey
Enjoy the day wandering the romantic streets of Vienna or take an optional excursion to the beautiful old town of Melk along the Danube River for a visit to the beautiful Benedictine Melk Abbey. (B) 

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June 7 - Český Krumlov, Prague
Departing Vienna, we enter the Czech Republic and visit the unforgettable Bohemian town of Český Krumlov, one of the most picturesque towns in Europe. We wander through its UNESCO protected old town and admire the view from its dramatic castle. We then continue to our centrally located hotel in Prague where we check in for three nights. (B,D)

June 8 - Prague: Old Town Square, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Mala Strana, Charles Bridge, Czech Philharmonic
Today we are introduced to glorious Prague at the Old Town Square with its famous astronomical clock, the oldest in operation. We then tour Prague Castle, the largest castle in the world, and St. Vitus Cathedral, the most important church in the country, before free time to wander through the picturesque Mala Stana neighborhood and cross the lively Charles Bridge. In the evening, we attend a performance of the Czech Philharmonic in the famous hall inaugurated by Dvorak in 1896. (B,D)

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June 9 - Prague Free Day
The day is at leisure to explore the enchanting back streets and museums of Prague. Alternatively, take an optional extension to the 13th c. mining town of Kutna Hora and enjoy a visit to the former royal mint and the unforgettable Sedlec Ossuary with the skeletons of over 40,000 people worked into the church’s ornamentation. In the evening, attend an optional Mozart Dinner in a historical setting. (B)

June 10 - Herrnhut, Leipzig
Departing Prague, we have the unique opportunity to visit Herrnhut, Germany where the Renewed Moravian Church had its birth in 1722. Here we’ll meet with representatives from the modern church, tour the workshop where they make Moravian Stars, and take a tour of their God’s Acre while learning the history of the Moravian Church. In the evening, we arrive in Leipzig in the midst of their yearly international festival celebrating their most famous former resident: Johann Sebastian Bach. (B,L,D) 

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June 11 - Leipzig: Market Square, Bach Museum, St. Thomas Church, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Gewandhaus
Today we explore Leipzig at its traditional Market Square before a visit to the Bach Museum with its original manuscripts, instruments, and explanations of Bach’s life and music. We then tour the church where Bach was music director for nearly thirty years and where his body is buried before a visit to the interesting Zeitgeschichtliches Forum museum that elucidates the East-West partition of Germany. In the evening, we attend a performance from the world’s premier Bach musicians at the Gewandhaus concert hall. (B)

June 12 - Leipzig Free Day, St. Thomas Concert
Enjoy a free day to explore Leipzig and the numerous displays related to Bach’s life. In the evening, we gather together for a final celebratory meal and an intimate concert in Bach’s home church to conclude our time together in Europe. (B,D)

June 13 - Depart Europe/Post Tour Extension
Depart Europe for the USA or continue on the post tour extension (details forthcoming). (B)


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This trip is managed and organized by Sofia Travel and offers Salem Academy & College alumnae and friends a chance to explore Vienna, Prague, and Saxony together.  The trip is not sponsored by Salem Academy & College.  Travelers personally assume all risks and responsibilities associated with their participation in the trip.