From Berlin to Budapest with Performance Today

Discover Danube's Finest

It’s our pleasure to welcome you aboard Discover Danube’s Finest. This classical cruise from Performance Today features stops in Berlin, Leipzig, Salzburg, Vienna, and more. We’ll be joined by special guest Andrew Staupe, a PT Artist in Residence who debuted to rave reviews at Carnegie Hall and has performed with symphonies nationwide.

Join us as we explore the capital cities of classical music, wandering local streets, strolling through marvelous museums, and savoring unique dining. We’ll celebrate history’s greatest composers, from Bach and Mozart to Beethoven and Schumann, visiting their homes, seeing the locations that inspired them, and following in their footsteps.

As befits a Performance Today cruise, this trip is filled with live music — from concerts in Budapest, Leipzig and Salzburg, to a private champagne recital at Mozarthaus in Vienna. You’ll also enjoy tours of celebrated opera houses and symphony halls, like Vienna’s Wiener Musikverein and the Budapest Opera House. Plus, we’ll feature intimate conversations with and performances from our featured guest Andrew Staupe.

Our trips sell out quickly, and space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your spot soon. We look forward to sailing with you next October!


Performance Today®

Trip Hosts

Val Kahler

When Fred Child is elsewhere on the planet, Valerie Kahler often sits in the PT host chair. Valerie grew up in a musical family, playing cello and piano to please herself and her parents, and singing loudly to annoy her siblings. She still sings loudly with the Prairie Fire Lady Choir, an acapella rock–n–roll cover choir in the Twin Cities, and remains an enthusiastic cellist who loves to sightread chamber music with friends. Valerie has been in classical radio for 25 years, fifteen of those as a host and producer for APM's Classical24, a nationally syndicated 24-hour classical music service.

Andrew Staupe

Andrew Staupe will once again serve as the Performance Today Artist in Residence on this exclusive classical music adventure. Emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of pianists, Andrew made his Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim in 2012.


October 1 - Depart USA

Depart USA for Berlin

October 2 - Arrive in Historic Berlin

Guten Tag! After arriving in Berlin, those on the group flight will meet in the arrival hall of the airport and be transferred to their centrally located hotel located in the heart of Berlin. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with your hosts and guides. Sleep in Berlin (D)

October 3 - Explore Germany's Capital City

Devastated, then divided for two generations, Berlin has been rebuilding for a mere two decades. The results are stunning and have catapulted the city back to the first rank. Top-notch orchestras and opera companies thrive, several world-class museums have recently reopened and the boulevard of Unter den Linden has been repaved. Enjoy a tour of Berlin and a free afternoon to soak up the sights on your own. An evening concert has been planned for you. Details to come. Sleep in Berlin (B, L).

October 4 - South to Leipzig, Home to Bach, Wagner, Mendelssohn and the Schumanns

We will explore the historic city of Leipzig. Among the many great names in musical history who lived and worked here were Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Clara and Robert Schumann, Wagner and Mahler. Leipzig's musical heritage also includes the world-famous St. Thomas Boys Choir, which looks back on the proud tradition of almost 800 years. Enjoy lunch and informative walk tour and concert upon arrival. Sleep in Leipzig. (B, L)

Included in your journey

  • On-board Perf-Chats and performances with world-renowned pianist Andrew Staupe
  • Three pre-cruise nights in historic Berlin and Leipzig - home to Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann
  • Seven nights of first-class small ship cruising on the romantic Danube
  • Concerts in Vienna, Budapest, Leipzig and Salzburg
  • Exclusive tours of celebrated opera houses and symphony halls
  • Special visits in the homes of the great composers
  • All meals included while on board ship
  • Unique dining experiences featuring regional specialties
  • Complimentary wine served during dinner while on board the ship
  • Airport transfers for those arriving/departing with the group
  • A like-minded group of public radio listeners and fellow classical music lovers

Pricing and Terms

Early Bird and Discounts

Schedule by May 1 and save! Discounts for paying final balance by check! All Minnesota Public Radio and Performance Today Travel Alumni receive an additional $100 discount.
Double Cabin CategoryPer Person Before DiscountDeposit by May 1, and Each Save*Pay Final Balance by Check and SavePrice with Discount
C (Haydn Deck)$4,799$400$100$4,699
B (Strauss Deck)$5,499$400$100$5,399

Need more information?

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