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Crystal Mozart cruises come with an exclusive evening at Vienna's Belvedere

Crystal Mozart cruises come with an exclusive evening at Vienna's Belvedere
The fresco on the ceiling of the Marble Hall at Vienna's Belvedere palace. (Alberto Fernandez Fernandez / Wikimedia Commons)

Crystal Cruises is upping the ante on its soon-to-launch Crystal Mozart yacht cruises with an exclusive cultural event -- for free.

Passengers aboard the Crystal Mozart in 2016 and 2017 may attend an exclusive art tour and classical music concert at Vienna's celebrated Belvedere palace complex, the cruise line announced Wednesday.

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It's included in three itineraries on the Danube River, all of which begin and end in Vienna.

The evening starts with a guided tour of the palace's art collection, ending at one of its most famous paintings, "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt.

Afterward, passengers attend a concert in the Marble Hall, an elaborate two-story room with a ceiling fresco painted in 1720 by Carlo Carlone. The concert will feature the music of Johann Strauss (father and son) and Mozart.

The tour continues to the city's historic Ringstrasse, which is where the Austrian Parliament building and Vienna State Opera House are located, before returning to the ship.

Crystal Mozart's maiden voyage is set for July 13; booking is available for 10-day itineraries (stopping in towns in the Wachau Valley before traveling on to Germany, Slovakia and Hungary).

Guests will be able to book the free evening event starting in April, when other shore excursions will be announced.

The cruise line expanded this year to offer luxury travel by ocean, yacht, river and air.

Info: Crystal Cruises, (866) 446-6625, or contact a travel agent

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