A Grand Rail Adventure: Vienna, The Alps & Milan - Westbound
For Tauck guests only – limited departures with only 56 Tauck guests aboard, accompanied by two Tauck Directors for the utmost in personalized service. Following two nights in Vienna at a classic grand hotel, a Tauck Exclusive private train, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains' Danube Express, transports you from Vienna to Como aboard a private train, winding through Innsbruck, Zurich, Vaduz, and breathtaking Alpine landscapes... with an after-hours visit to the Habsburgs' opulent Schönbrunn Palace... an organ concert at Como Cathedral... a hands-on cooking lesson at an Italian cascina... and art masterpieces in Vienna... and two nights in the heart of Milan.
For Tauck guests only – only 58 Tauck guests aboard, accompanied by two Tauck Directors for the utmost in personalized service; limited to 6 departures. A most remarkable rail journey through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Lichtenstein in search of art, castles, wine, and cuisines, along some of the most scenic mountain railways in Europe. Begin with two nights in Vienna at the premier Hotel Bristol, discover the palaces of Vienna, take a private after-hours tour of Schönbrunn Palace (with dinner), and immerse yourself in art at the storied Belvedere Museum, whose treasures include the world's largest collection of works by Gustav Klimt. Board the Golden Eagle Danube Express for a rail odyssey through Central Europe to Lake Como... viewing plunging granite valleys, soaring alpine peaks, and the twisting turns and tunnels of the St. Gotthard Pass... shimmering Lake Lucerne, Zurich's Kunsthaus art museum, and the clifftop castle of Liechtenstein's royal family in Vaduz... exploring Innsbruck's enchanting old town... enjoying a cruise on a lofty mountain lake... arriving in Como with its pastel villages and promenades on Lake Como, attending a private organ concert for Tauck guests only at magnificent 14th-century Como Cathedral... and ending with two nights in Milan at the prestigious Hotel Excelsior including a visit to glorious Milan Cathedral, a 19th-century shopping arcade, and the bohemian Brera district... plus a lesson in authentic Italian cooking at a farm outside the city.
Milan is a city that arouses extreme feelings, just like the city lifestyle. A frenetic, restless rhythm is part of both work and leisure, so much so that it is difficult to stay unmoved and not get overwhelmed by all the cultural and social stimulus.
Maybe for this reason, Milan makes itself indispensable, because it is impossible to feel so alive and full of energy when you are away from the city. Milan is always one step ahead: a laboratory of artistic experiments and a building site for social behavior that is continuously changing. City full of contradictions, ancient and modern, trends and counter-trends, fashion and underground, middle class and working class, but always simply “cool”.
Vienna is dominated by imperial castles and places: Schonbrunn, the magnificent summer residence, the Imperial Coach Collection, the Palm House, the Butterfly House, Belvedere Palace, magnificent state rooms in Hofburg, and the imperial crown in the Treasury. Stop by Ringstraße - the showplace of the monarchy built where Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the demolition of city walls. Important buildings include the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Arts and Natural History, Parliament, City Hall and Vienna University. The world capital of music. A long line of great composers Johann Strauss, Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Mahler and Schonberg all worked here. A city with splendid concert halls, such as the Golden Hall, from which the Philharmonic's New Year's Day concert is broadcast annually. International stars love to appear here in the State Opera, Volksoper, Konzerthaus, and at festivals like the Vienna Festival, the Klangbogen concerts during the Musical Summer, the Jazz Festval and the Haydn, Mozart and Schubert festivals.
A city of enormous historical import as well as a renowned reputation for wintersports which has earned it the title "the world's winter capital". Landmarks include the famous Golden Roof, Hofburg Palace, Triumphal Arch and St. Anne's column which celebrates the freeing of the province from the Bavarians who occupied it during the War of the Spanish Secession in the early 18th century. To most people Innsbruck is synonymous with winter sports, and indeed, it could almost be called the world's winter capital: but there is much more to this historic city than skiing. It is the last large city to the west of the country and is the major centre of the Tyrol region including East Tyrol.
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