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The Sound of Music Escorted Tour 2017 - Tour description

The Sound of Music Escorted Tour 2017

You loved the film! Relive the magic when you join us on this incomparable 7 day escorted Sound of Music tour as we visit the film locations in and around Salzburg where film history was made. You’ll recognize Leopoldskron Palace, Captain von Trapp’s film home, the Sixteen Going on Seventeen gazebo where Liesl and Rolf danced, and the Cathedral of St. Michael at Mondsee, scene of Maria’s marriage to the Captain.

We’ll visit the Villa Trapp, the home of the von Trapp family between 1923 and their flight from fascism in 1938. 

Although Elisabeth von Trapp's summer schedule won't permit her joining us in 2017 at the Villa Trapp, we look forward to her welcoming us to her family's former home in 2018.  Many thanks to Elisabeth for her lovely comments on our tours: 

"Mythic World Tours...One of my favorite tour companies brings guests to Salzburg and beyond...Go with Mythic...!!"

Our Sound of Music tour combines film history with family history and the breathtaking Salzkammergut region. There is so much to see, so much to learn and so much to enjoy on this holiday of a lifetime. In Salzburg, the stage of the world, the hills really are alive with the Sound of Music!

Key: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner included

The Sound of Music Escorted Tour 2017 - Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg

Reception, D

For the July Tour transfer to the Hotel Markus Sittikus.

For the August Tour transfer to the Hotel Mirabell.

Welcome Austrian champagne reception and orientation with our Sound of Music expert.

Then, we get acquainted at our Welcome Dinner at Restaurant M32, one of Salzburg’s finest!

Day 2: Walking Tour of Salzburg / Visit to Marionette Theater

(B, L)

After breakfast at our hotel, we enjoy a walking tour of Salzburg, hometown of the von Trapp Family and favorite son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The city of Salzburg is one of the loveliest places in Europe, winning international acclaim in 1997 when it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Salzbury Old CityThe Old City is picturesquely surrounded by the Mönchsberg, crowned by the Fortress Hohensalzburg which is visible for miles, and the mighty Kapuzinerberg on the right banks of the river Salzach.

Its variety of building styles is a true architectural delight. We will walk through the countless narrow streets (the most famous being the Getreidegasse) featuring buildings from the Medieval, Romanesque, Baroque and Renaissance periods, as well as the elegant classical burghers’ houses dating from the monarchy. The Getreidegasse is a shopper’s paradise!

Our visit to the Mozarteum Museum will include admittance to the Autograph Vault, where the priceless collection of Wolfgang’s and sister Nannerl’s original autographs are preserved.

High above the town, we’ll have lunch at the Hohensalzburg Fortress where we will enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city that has been called The Stage of the World for its many world famous festivals.

Our afternoon is free to explore Salzburg before our visit to the Marionette Theater. The film’s Lonely Goatherd scene featured marionettes from the world-famous theater.

On the July tour the performance will be The Sound of Music and on the August tour the performance will be Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

After the performance we’ll enjoy an optional backstage visit to learn first-hand how the puppeteers work their magic!

Day 3: Sound of Music movie locations

(B)

After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on our six hour Sound of Music tour, visiting the movie locations, including the Sixteen-going-on-Seventeen and Something Good Gazebo (photo op!!), and the Mondsee and the cathedral in which the wedding scene was filmed. Our guide will treat us to insider gossip and tales of the film’s making in 1964. Relive your favorite scenes from the beloved musical on this tour from Salzburg, as we pass the iconic film locations including Nonnberg Abbey when the postulant Maria Kutschera began her training as a Benedictine nun, Schloss Leopoldskron – the von Trapp villa in the film – and the Mirabell Gardens where the film Maria and the children sang Do Re Mi.

The gazebo for the Sixteen Going on Seventeen scene of the film has been moved numerous times but has been at Hellbrunn since 1997. It’s now locked after too many visitors injured themselves trying to leap from seat to seat as Liesl does in the film.

Villa TrappWe complete our exciting day with a visit to the Villa Trapp, the home of the von Trapp family and a real gem in our visit to the Sound of Music locations. The villa was the center of the family’s life between 1923 and their flight from fascism in 1938. Our visit includes a guided tour of the villa and grounds, as well as a screening with the last interview Maria Franziska von Trapp gave in public.

“After they left, Heinrich Himmler moved in here,” Villa Trapp building manager Christopher Unterkofler explained. “He even built an underground bunker.”

After all, we’re at Villa Trapp in Salzburg, the former home of one of Austria’s most famous families whose story was turned into one of the biggest Hollywood musicals of all time. This is normally a place that appeals to music lovers, not World War II buffs.

After the war, a religious group, the Catholic Missionaries of the Precious Blood, bought the property from the von Trapps, who had their ownership restored after the Nazis were defeated.

While he lived there, Himmler used the home as his summer residence, converting one of the children’s rooms to his office and installing a barracks for SS officers on the grounds.

Although the Nazi leader died in Germany, the priests that moved in after the war claimed that they could hear the creaking of the boots of Himmler’s ghost on the floorboards at night. They performed three exorcisms to get rid of his presence, but none was successful. In the end, the “ghost” was finally driven away after a carpenter fixed the boards.

The priests rented out the property in the 1990s and it became a hotel in 2008.

Villa Trapp, home to the real von Trapp family, is not as grand or luxurious as the property used for the film, the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron – an enormous 300-year-old palace that became the home of theatre director Max Reinhardt (a founder of the world-famous Salzburg Festival).

While The Sound of Music seems to be present in every corner of the city, the locals of Salzburg have little interest in the film except as a phenomenal tourist attraction. Over 300,000 Sound of Music fans descend upon Salzburg each year! In fact, few have seen the film. Although it has been a staple of television in the English-speaking world, it had little exposure in the country where it was set.

Having had a taste of the real story behind the film, it’s easier to understand why Austrians might not be that interested in the fictionalized version of the story. When put in the context of the true wartime history of the family and the aftermath, Himmler’s ghost included, it’s hard for Hollywood to compete with reality.

Day 4: Visit to Bad Ischl

(B, L)

Today, after breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit the former imperial summer residence, Bad Ischl. Situated in the heart of the scenic Salzkammergut, the region has a long history as a favorite holiday location.

Bad Ischl Bad Ischl has long been a magnet for celebrities, such as The Waltz King, Johann Strauss, and the legendary Johannes Brahms. Emperor Franz Josef came to this Lake District village every summer from 1854 to 1914. It was here that he signed the Declaration of War against Serbia, An meine Vӧlker! (To My Peoples!), on July 29, 1914. Once the ultimatum became public, there was basically no going back: the rules of prestige forbade Austria-Hungary from “backing down” from a confrontation with a much smaller state. What the eventual warring nations expected to be a short and victorious campaign was the beginning of World War I, a four year bloodbath that would claim the lives of over 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians. National borders would be redrawn and several independent nations restored or created. The war put an end, not only to the Habsburg Monarchy (1282–1918), but the German, Russian and Ottoman Empires, as well.

Georg von Trapp served in the Imperial Navy as a submarine captain in World War I and was decorated by the Emperor for valor.

We will visit the Imperial Villa and the Photograph Museum to view memorabilia of this era that changed the lives of the von Trapp family and millions of others.

Restaurant ZaunerLunch at Restaurant Zauner.

While serving traditional Austrian cuisine, Zauner offers “Austria’s largest range of cakes and pastries”. This elegant establishment has been a “must visit” venue for visitors to Bad Ischl since Imperial days. In the times of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, the Restaurant Zauner was appointed an Imperial and Royal Purveyor to the Court.

After our return to Salzburg, the evening is free.

Day 5: Visit Eagle’s Nest

(B, L)

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll take the day to travel to neighboring Bavaria to visit the Kehlsteinhaus (House on the Kehlstein mountain) or Eagle’s Nest, elevation 1834 m (6017 ft.), the retreat built on the Obersalzberg by Reichsleiter Martin Bormann on behalf of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) as a 50th birthday gift for Adolf Hitler. The building was intended as a teahouse where visiting dignitaries would be entertained. As we climb the steep mountain road to the Eagle’s Nest, your guide will explain the history of the site, including the effort it took to build this structure on the top of a mountain. Although Hitler rarely visited the Eagle’s Nest (he was claustrophobic and afraid of heights), it remains a popular tourist attraction, especially for those interested in the history of WWII.

Eagle’s Nest Allied bombing of WWII did not damage the property, and thanks to the intensive lobbying of former Bavarian District Governor Jacob, the Eagle’s Nest was not destroyed during the 1951-1952 destruction of Nazi ruins and remains today in its original state. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Berchtesgaden’s incorporation into Bavaria in 1960, the Bavarian government relinquished its control of the Eagle’s Nest to a trust, ensuring that the proceeds from visits are used for charitable purposes.

A specially equipped mountain bus will take us on a breathtaking drive up the 6.5 km (4 mile) road with a 27% incline to the parking lot below the Eagle’s Nest. The Eagle’s Nest is reached via a 124 meter (406 ft.) marble-like stone tunnel that leads to the original mirrored brass elevator that takes just 41 seconds to travel another 124 meters into the building itself.

We will hear the story of Obersalzberg, the small community above Berchtesgaden that was overtaken by the National Socialist party and its transformation into Hitler’s Southern Headquarters. We will visit the Dokumentation Obersalzberg museum which gives us access to the underground bunker system and gain insight into the monumental scale of the former headquarters compound.

The Berghof was one of the most important centers of government in the Third Reich. Hitler spent more time there than in his Berlin office. It was there that he planned the invasions of Poland, France and Russia. The chalet was destroyed after the war.

After our day in Bavaria, we will return to Salzburg. Our evening is free for exploring the town or some shopping. Salzburg is also a modern town with night life.

Or, bring your own six-pack and sit on the banks of the Salzach River – especially along the Altstadt between Karolinenbrücke and the Lehenerbrücke, but also at the Überfuhrsteg. It’s self-made nightlife in Salzburg, in a way.

Day 6: Dinner at St. Peters Stiftskeller

(B, D)

After breakfast today, the day is yours to explore Salzburg, shop or just rest until our Farewell Dinner at St. Peters Stiftskeller, the oldest restaurant in Europe – a favorite haunt of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and, it’s said, Charlemagne!

Baroque Hall St Peters StiftskellerWe will enjoy a concert performed by graduates of the Mozarteum in period costume followed by a farewell dinner in the Baroque Hall featuring cuisine prepared with authentic 18th century recipes that Mozart and his family would have enjoyed.

Day 7: Free time in Salzburg

(B)

After breakfast today, enjoy your last day in Salzburg exploring the city, shopping or visiting any of the historic places that make this city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ask your tour manager for tips on making this day special!

Day 8: Departure after breakfast

(B)

Sadly, our visit to the Sound of Music city finishes after breakfast. We can arrange private transfers to Salzburg’s train station or airport.

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Countries: Austria, Germany
Start City: Salzburg
End City: Salzburg
Only: € 1,550 - per person based on double occupancy
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights


Your Tour Guide will be Thérèse Schoen.

You loved the film! Relive the magic when you join us on this incomparable 7 day escorted Sound of Music tour as we visit the film locations in and around Salzburg where film history was made. You’ll recognize Leopoldskron Palace, Captain von Trapp’s film home, the Sixteen Going on Seventeen gazebo where Liesl and Rolf danced, and the Cathedral of St. Michael at Mondsee, scene of Maria’s marriage to the Captain.

We’ll visit the Villa Trapp, the home of the von Trapp family between 1923 and their flight from fascism in 1938.  

Laendler Scene

Our Sound of Music tour combines film history family history and the breathtaking Salzkammergut region. There is so much to see, so much to learn and so much to enjoy on this holiday of a lifetime. In Salzburg, the stage of the world, the hills really are alive with the Sound of Music!

Please contact us for single supplement rates.

Minimum/maximum:
Please note: The tour is designed as a package based on a minimum of eighteen (18) paying guests. If the tour falls below 18 persons, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly, change hotels and type of transportation used. We are happy to accommodate individuals, couples and smaller groups based on availability. Please contact us for information, dates and pricing.

Participation in this tour presupposes acceptance of our Terms & Conditions.Please be aware that equivalent dollar costs are based on exchange rates and are contingent upon a fluctuating currency market. For this reason, all non-Euro prices are subject to change until tour has been paid in full.

Tour price includes:
  • 7 nights' hotel accommodations, double occupancy, private facilities/breakfast/VAT
  • Welcome reception with Austrian Champagne and Sound of Music expert introduction
  • Welcome 3 course dinner with wine, mineral water, coffee/tea
  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • Walking tour of Salzburg, Mozarteum, Autograph Vault
  • Hohensalzburg visit with 3- course lunch, wine, mineral water, coffee/tea
  • Marionette Theater, Magic Flute performance
  • Optional backstage visit, Marionette Theater
  • Air conditioned coach, private guide, 6 hour Sound of Music tour
  • Visit to Villa Trapp
  • Air conditioned coach, private guide, 5 hour tour Bad Ischl, Imperial Villa, Photo Museum
  • Lunch at Restaurant Zauner, 3 courses, wine, mineral water, coffee/tea
  • Air conditioned coach, private guide, 7 hour tour Eagle’s Nest, Bavaria
  • Farewell gala dinner, Mozart Concert, St Peters Stiftskeller
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person at hotels
  • All local service fees, taxes and road tolls

Not included:

  • Travel to Salzburg
  • Meals except as noted
  • Upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Mandatory Travel Insurance

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Passports/Visas:

A valid passport is required to travel. Please be sure that your passport’s expiration date is greater than six months after your expected return date.

No visas are necessary for EU countries for Australian/US/Canadian/GB passport holders. Other nationalities should check if they require any visas.

Please note:
The purchase of TRAVEL INSURANCE is mandatory for all tour participants regardless of nationality.
You may show proof of purchase or US residents may request a custom quote and Travel Guard Chartis synopsis of coverage. Coverage and benefits include trip cancellation or interruption; travel delay; baggage and personal effects; medical/dental; accidental death and dismemberment; emergency assistance for ground services and 24/7 English-language assistance.

Participation in this tour presupposes acceptance of our Terms & Conditions.