Giving to
Bryn Mawr

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

Musical Heritage of the Danube

Salzburg and Danube Cruise from Budapest to Passau

August 12-23, 2008

Join Bryn Mawr alumnae/i and friends, along with alumnae/i from both Smith and Wellesley Colleges, aboard the M. V. Casanova for a cruise along the Danube. We will be accompanied by Smith Professor of Music Jane Bryden, a distinguished advocate of chamber music who will enrich our program with a series of musical conversations. Her husband, accomplished flutist Christopher Krueger, former Wellesley professor, will perform for us on board, as will the versatile Canadian coloratura soprano, Nancy Hermiston. Also traveling with us will be art historian and author Olivier Bernier, a distinguished lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The journey will begin with three nights in the baroque city of Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will visit the Mozart Museum, once the Mozart family home, and see the Residenz, where the young Wolfgang Amadeus often performed. Traveling through the Alpine countryside, we will pay a visit to the castle of Herrenchiemsee, a replica of Versailles built on an island. While there, we will stroll through the French gardens and take horse-drawn carriages to a restaurant for lunch. In Passau, we will tour St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which houses the world’s largest pipe organ, before embarking aboard the M. V. Casanova for our seven-night cruise. In Melk, we will step ashore to visit the magnificent baroque monastery before continuing on to Dürnstein, with its medieval cobblestone streets and 16th- to 18th-century architecture. We are guests at the 11th-century Clam Castle for a reception. Then, the Casanova will cruise to Vienna through the beautiful Wachau Valley and dock there for two nights. In Vienna, we will enjoy an architectural tour along the Ringstrasse, attend a training performance of the famed Lipizzaner Stallions, and view the collections at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. We will continue to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, visiting the restored Mirbach Palace and finally disembark in Budapest, the Hungarian capital.

We hope you will join us for this opportunity to enjoy both the musical legacy of these riverside regions as well as live performances. With comfortable accommodations on board, guidance from talented academic leadership, and a well-paced schedule, this journey promises to delight.

Detailed Preliminary Itinerary


Tuesday Depart New York on an evening flight to Salzburg via Munich.

August 13 SALZBURG
Wednesday Arrive in Munich and transfer to the Sheraton Salzburg. The afternoon is at leisure to relax in this lovely baroque city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its fine ensemble of historic buildings and squares. This evening gather for cocktails and introductory remarks by our lecture team, followed by dinner at the hotel.

August 14 SALZBURG
Thursday Our exploration of Salzburg begins with a visit to the Mozart Museum, once the Mozart family home. Then see the Residenz, former home of the prince-archbishops, where the young Wolfgang Amadeus often performed. After lunch at a lively café, our walking tour continues to the 17th-century cathedral. During an afternoon at leisure you might enjoy visiting the nearby Mirabell Gardens. This evening attend a musical performance.

August 15 SALZBURG
Friday Journey today through the lovely Alpine countryside to Schloss Herenchiemsee, Ludwig II’s replica of Versailles. Enjoy a short ferry ride to reach the schloss (castle) which is built on an island. Following our visit to the house and a walk in the formal French gardens, take horse drawn carriages to a lovely restaurant for lunch. Return to Salzburg in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.

August 16 SALZBURG / PASSAU Embark 4pm Depart 6pm
Saturday Depart for Passau, stopping at Oberndorf to see the little chapel where “Silent Night” was first performed. Continue to Schärding for a walking tour of the 16th-century baroque town, with leisure time for lunch. In Passau visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its 17,300-pipe organ, the world’s largest. Embark the awaiting Casanova at teatime. This evening gather for a bon voyage toast and the captain’s welcome dinner.

Sunday Following a breakfast lecture, cruise the Danube, passing terraced hillsides planted with vineyards and fruit orchards. Stop in Grein, a pleasant Gothic city that dates to the 11th century and is home to Austria’s oldest theater. Enjoy lunch on deck as the Casanova winds its way to Dürnstein. Upon arrival stroll Dürnstein’s medieval cobblestone streets and see the well-preserved 16th- to 18th-century architecture. Stop for a wine-tasting before returning to the ship. In the evening enjoy an onboard concert.

Monday This morning cruise through the Wachau Valley, considered one of the most beautiful regions of Austria. Arrive at the magnificent baroque monastery in Melk to see the richly frescoed and gilded abbey church where Mozart performed. Lunch is on board as we cruise to Vienna. There will be a lecture at teatime.

August 19 VIENNA
Tuesday Arrive in Vienna, musical mecca of the 18th century, for a morning architectural tour along the Ringstrasse. Then visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum with its stellar collections. Following lunch on board continue to Schönbrunn, the Habsburg’s grand summer palace and the only royal residence in Europe with its original furnishings. It was here that Mozart first performed before the Empress Maria Theresa. Return to the Casanova for dinner and an onboard musical performance.

August 20 VIENNA
Wednesday Today begins with a visit to the Belvedere Gardens and a tour of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where Mozart attended many concerts. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure to explore this great city independently, or to linger in one of the traditional Viennese coffee houses. This evening you may wish to attend an opera or concert, pending schedules. The ship sails just before midnight.

Thursday Arrive this morning in the capital of Slovakia. Situated in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava has a rich history of musical life. We will visit Pálffy Palace, where the six-year-old Mozart gave a concert. After lunch see the stunningly restored Mirbach Palace. There will be leisure time to browse the tempting folk art and crafts shops. Return to the ship for dinner and a concert.

August 22 BUDAPEST
Friday Our early morning approach to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, crowned by the grand Royal Palace on Castle Hill, is a grand photo opportunity. Casanova docks within walking distance of the main market with its colorful displays of fruit, flowers and folk art. We will tour this city divided by the Danube, with ancient Buda on the right bank and modern Pest on the left, before returning to the ship for lunch. Afternoon visits include the Museum of Fine Arts and the neo-gothic St. Matthias Church, with a stop for a coffee and pastry at the renowned Café Gerbaud.

Saturday Disembark the Casanova and depart for the airport for the return flights to NewYork.

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Cost and Program Inclusions

Cabin Categories Land/Cruise Rates
(Per Person, Double Occupancy)

Cabins 220 to 223 Rialto Deck      $5,995
These cabins are available for single use at a supplement of $1,650

Cabins 203 to 219 Rialto Deck       $6,595
These cabins are available for single use at a supplement of $1,950

Cabins 101 to 127 Verdi Deck       $6,795

Cabins 201 & 202 Rialto Deck       $6,995
Junior Suites


Cabins # 105-108, 114-117, 207-210, 216-219 and 201 & 202 have a queen-size bed. All other cabins have twin beds.

Please Note: There is no elevator aboard M.V. Casanova

Rates Include:

  • Two nights accommodations at the Sheraton Hotel, Salzburg
  • Seven nights cabin accommodations aboard M.V. Casanova
  • All meals aboard ship, including wine with dinner.
  • Sightseeing via private motorcoach, with bi-lingual national guides
  • Entrance fees for all included visits
  • Airport / pier / hotel group transfers
  • Taxes, service and porterage fees
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers

Not Included in Rates
Airfare; passport fees; alcoholic beverages other than wine at dinners; $110 port charges; personal expenses, trip insurance, customary shipboard gratuities; excess baggage; transfers for those not using group flights; any other items not specifically included.

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Cruise Ship Information


Newly built in 2001, and refurbished in 2005, the MV Casanova is deluxe, carrying 96 passengers in 48 cabins. She is distinguished by staterooms on her upper deck featuring full-length French doors, which can be opened (cabins on the lower deck have large windows). Original works of art can be found throughout the vessel. All double cabins are identical in size and are beautifully appointed with built-in closets, desk, shower and toilet, television, telephone and 4 channel radio. Hairdryer and terry robes are available upon request. Bedding is European style duvets with feather pillows and eiderdowns (synthetic materials available upon request). The vessel features six meals daily (Breakfast, Morning Bouillon, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner and Midnight Snack). All meals are single seating with evening meals up to nine courses on selected nights. Additionally, there is a bar, Panorama Restaurant, lounge as well as an infirmary with a qualified doctor on board. The Sun deck offers plenty of deck chairs and blankets, if needed. Captain's Welcome and Captain's Farewell Receptions are provided as well as nightly entertainment and dancing. There is one crew member for every 2.5 passengers providing about the best crew to passenger ratio of any river vessel. This allows for a high level of service as well as sumptuous meals, served course by course for the evening dinner. English language announcements, menus and daily programs are provided. For additional information on the M.V. Casanova, please click on the link below:

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