Encore Vienna

Encore Vienna Plus

May 29 - June 10, 2015

Romantic... glorious... lovely... fascinating... unforgettable. Travelers are unanimous in their praise of Vienna, Salzburg, and of Bavaria’s Oberammergau and Munich. These enchanting places have a way of charming their visitors and lingering in their fondest memories. We know. They call us back year after year.

We invite you to join us, along with other UD friends, as we journey to Austria and Germany from May 29 to June 10, 2015.

This, the 19th edition of the UD Vienna Travel Program, is an exquisitely enriching travel experience that will allow you to immerse yourself in the music, art and history of the Habsburg Empire. Our 12-night excursion is a virtual culture feast and musical adventure that takes place during the world-famous music festival in Vienna.

In addition to seven nights in the heart of Vienna, Encore Vienna Plus also includes three nights in charming Salzburg with Mozart’s birthplace and its locations for the Sound of Music; one night in Füssen near King Ludwig’s famous Bavarian castles and lovely Oberammergau (home of the Passion Play); and a final night in Munich, Germany, with a farewell dinner at its famous Hofbräuhaus.

Imagine yourself in fascinating Vienna, or beautiful Salzburg... surrounded by the music, culture and art you love. Now your dream has come true.

Our 2015 sojourn is your opportunity to...

Immerse yourself in the cultural traditions of Austria & Germany’s Bavaria. This musical adventure occurs during the world famous Vienna spring festival, when the city is alive with concerts, opera, operettas, chamber music, solo recitals, street performances and special artistic exhibitions.

Experience the cities that inspired so much of our musical heritage. Walk the streets once walked by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler, and others. Visit the restaurants, cafes, and wine cellars they frequented and the sites where they lived, loved, and created their immortal masterpieces. Attend church services where the masses by Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert are performed with full chamber orchestra, chorus and soloists.

Learn about the music and the masters. Dr. Linda Snyder and Professor Edward Hatch are well qualified to host your cultural adventure. Dr. Snyder is a rich resource for insights into the local opera fare, concerts and other musical performances. Professor Hatch, Encore Vienna co-host since its inception in 1983, shares his knowledge of the region's history with lively, informal commentary during walks and excursions.

DemelsIndulge your senses in the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of Vienna. Vienna in the spring is ablaze with parks and gardens at their loveliest - full of flowers, fountains and the infectious lilt of a Strauss waltz. At day's end, relax with friends... sipping fine wines or rich coffees... enjoying the inviting atmosphere of a cool wine cellar, a cozy cafe or an elegant pastry shop.

Explore the magnificent capital of the Habsburg Empire. In Vienna there is a feeling of history at every turn. See the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions. Visit museums that house the art works of the masters... the home of Sigmund Freud... and the winter and summer palaces of the Habsburgs, where child prodigy Mozart performed for a very young Marie Antoinette. For a change of pace, hike the Vienna Woods... or cruise the Danube.

Explore the Austrian Alps and the Bavarian countryside in the comfort of our deluxe motorcoach. Tour “mad” King Ludwig’s famous Neuschwanstein castle (the “Cinderella” castle) and wander the streets of Oberammergau, home to the world-famous Passion Play. Our journey ends in Bavaria’s capital city of Munich, where participants have the option to extend their stay and explore this walk-able city’s many wonderful museums, churches, markets, and shopping areas.

This rare travel opportunity is open to those eighteen years of age or older. In past years, participants have ranged in age from 22 to 82 and have come from across the United States and even Europe. We typically have traveled with 15-20 people.

Encore Vienna 2015 Plus is paced as the Viennese would have it: free of pressure and overflowing with Gemütlichkeit. We hope that you will be able to join us for this extraordinary cultural experience.

P.S. Opera lovers, please note!  During our time in Vienna, the Vienna State Opera will present three operas of Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle: Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, and Siegfried, plus Richard Strauss’ Salome, and Beethoven’s Fidelio.

Program Hosts

Linda Snyder and Edward Hatch in ViennaEdward L. Hatch: Professor Hatch, co-director of Encore Vienna since its inception in 1983 and director of Beautiful Bavaria since its inception in 2005, retired from the University of Dayton in 2006, where he had been a member of the German Faculty since 1972. In addition to numerous trips to Vienna as co-director of Encore Vienna and site coordinator of the University of Dayton's Interdepartmental Summer Study Abroad Program, Mr. Hatch has lived for extended periods in Germany, including a year in Munich and two years in Mainz, where he held an appointment in the American Studies Department at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität. He has also spent several summers in Augsburg, Germany, Dayton's sister city, teaching for UD's School of Business. Mr. Hatch has been active in the Sister City Program and has served as a translator and interpreter in dealings between Kettering, Ohio, and its sister city, Steyr, Austria.

Linda J. Snyder: Dr. Linda Snyder is Professor of Music Emerita at the University of Dayton. She served as chair of the Department of Music from 1989 through 1995 and is a professional singer, accompanist, choral conductor and director of opera and musical theater. Dr. Snyder has performed throughout much of the United States and Western Europe, most recently in Germany and China. A native of Dayton, she is well-known locally as a soprano soloist with various organizations. Dr. Snyder is well-acquainted with the Viennese musical scene and has taught in Vienna, Austria, and in Leipzig, Germany with the University of Dayton's Interdepartmental Summer Study Abroad Program. She has also served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Festival, Illinois Wesleyan University, New York University, as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Opera Association, and as co-director of Encore Vienna since 1995. She is President-Elect of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and serves as director of the Dayton Celebration Chorus, a community choir affiliated with UD.

Program Highlights

Your Encore Vienna 2015 Plus program includes:

  • Pre-departure orientation meeting in Dayton
  • Inter-city transportation and excursions by private chartered motor coach
  • Twelve nights deluxe, centrally located lodging, with private bath: seven nights in Vienna, three nights in Salzburg, with one night each in Füssen and Munich, Germany
  • Daily breakfast buffet and seven other meals
  • Gratuities for hotels and group activities
  • On-site lectures on the musical traditions of these locations
  • Sights of interest in Vienna, and in Salzburg, including Mozart’s birthplace and Sound of Music locations
  • Two tickets to music performances
  • Excursions and tours by private chartered motor coach to: 
    • Melk and its magnificent abbey
    • Mondsee (Sound of Music church) in the lake district of the Salzkammergut 
    • Eisenstadt: the Esterhazy Palace, Haydn’s home / museum and tomb in Eisenstadt, and his birthplace / museum in Rohrau
    • Three castles of Bavaria’s “Mad” King Ludwig, including the “Cinderella” castle of Neuschwanstein
    • Oberammergau, home of Germany’s original Passion Play
    • Bavaria’s beautiful pilgrimage church, the Wieskirche
    • Munich’s famous Hofbräuhaus

Program Price: $4250 per person, based on double occupancy. A single supplement is available. Please inquire.


To reserve your place on the trip, download and fill out the Encore Vienna 2015 registration form. Send your completed form, accompanied by your $500 deposit payment, to:

Special Programs and Continuing Education
300 College Park Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45469-7011
Phone: 937-229-2347   Fax: 937-229-3500

Payment Schedule
Reservations, accompanied by a $500/person deposit, will be accepted on a first-come basis. Encore Vienna is limited to 20 participants. First payment of $1875/person is due by March 2. Program balance ($1875/person) is due by April 20, 2015, to ensure the advertised price.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
If notified in writing of a registrant’s withdrawal from the program, the University of Dayton will refund the deposit and additional payments made as follows: 

  • More than 120 days prior to the start of the program  --  full refund 
  • Within 120 days of the start of the program  -- refund of all payments minus a $100 administrative fee and any unrecoverable expenses the University has incurred on the registrant’s behalf

Please note:
As the University of Dayton has no control over the actual operation of the air, land or sea elements of travel programs, it provides no expressed or implied warranty. Participants are encouraged to purchase individual travel insurance. A limited number of single accommodations are available at additional cost.

For registration information, contact Special Programs/CE at 937-229-2347. For additional program information, please contact Edward Hatch at 937-298-6124, or Email Edward.Hatch@gmail.com


Special Programs and Continuing Education

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7011
Phone: 937-229-2605; FAX: 937-229-3500
Special Program and Continuing Education