June 20 - 30, 2014

Step back in time to Sarajevo, where the Habsburg Empire came to its end. Explore its Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian influences and stand at the spot where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated—the catalyst that sparked the Great War. Continue to Zagreb, Croatia, known as “Little Vienna,” to admire its grand Habsburg buildings, and spend two nights in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where the dynasty held sway for nearly six centuries. Stop in nearby Bled, recently named one of Europe’s most beautiful villages by Travel & Leisure. Nestled on an alpine lake, it is a postcard-perfect place for a traditional pletna boat ride and an exclusive dinner in the village’s historic castle. Crossing to Austria, visit Forchtenstein for a director’s tour of collections of the treasury of Castle Esterházy, residence of a Hungarian noble family loyal to the Habsburgs.
Conclude in Vienna where accommodations are at the legendary Hotel Sacher. Marvel at the Habsburgs’ crown jewels on a director-led tour of Hofburg Palace and browse the newest galleries of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in the company of a curator. Travel to Eisenstadt to see the beautifully baroque Esterházy Palace, with its head of collections, followed by a farewell dinner in the palace’s Hall of Mirrors. An optional evening at the gala Fête Impériale, the city’s newest Summer Ball of the Spanish Riding School, is an added highlight.

Study Leader Information

Enrichment program of lectures

Tour Itinerary


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