Prague-Overview6 Tour 1 – Festival Tour Itinerary

The Festival Itinerary for the Prague Choral Celebration.  Arrive in Prague. Take an orientation tour of the city, seeing the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Tyn Church, the Astronomical Clock, and the Jewish Quarter. Take a half-day guided tour of Hradcany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Golden Lane, and the Daliborka Tower.  Meet the Festival Director and other participating choirs at the Festival Welcome Lunch. Participate in an evening Festival Rehearsal. Participate in a morning Festival Rehearsal.  Take a half-day guided tour of Musical Prague, including entrance to the Dvorak home, where the composer was born, and Lobkowicz Palace, where many Beethoven archives exist.  Participate in an evening Festival Rehearsal.  Participate in an afternoon final rehearsal.  Perform in the Prague Choral Celebration Finale Concert in Smetana Hall.

Vienna-HaydnsaalTour 2 – Vienna (add two nights)

After arriving in Vienna, stop at the iconic Vienna City Cemetery to visit the graves of Beethoven, Strauss, Brahms, Schubert, and Mozart. Take an orientation tour of Vienna’s main attractions and landmarks. Enjoy a half-day guided tour of historical Vienna. Perform as part of the American Celebration in Austria, and then have an evening farewell dinner at the hotel.  Transfer to Vienna International Airport for a return flight home.

 

 

Chain%20Bridge,%20Budapest,%20Hungary[1]Tour 3 – Vienna and Budapest (add four nights)

After arriving in Vienna, stop at the iconic Vienna City Cemetery to visit the graves of Beethoven, Strauss, Brahms, Schubert, and Mozart. Take an orientation tour of Vienna’s main attractions and landmarks. Take a half-day guided tour of historical Vienna. Perform as part of the American Celebration in Austria, and then have dinner at the hotel.  Transfer to Budapest, Hungary via Eisenstadt. Take a tour of Eisenstadt, including the Haydnsaal and Franz Joseph Haydn’s residence. Perform a recital in Haydnsaal, and continue to Budapest. Take a guided tour of the city. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in Hungary, and then have an evening farewell dinner at the hotel. Transfer to Budapest International Airport for a return flight home.

 

Abbey 2Tour 4 – Vienna, Melk, Mondsee, and Salzburg (add four nights)

After arriving in Vienna, stop at the iconic Vienna City Cemetery to visit the graves of Beethoven, Strauss, Brahms, Schubert, and Mozart. Take an orientation tour of Vienna’s main attractions and landmarks. Take a half-day guided tour of historical Vienna. Perform as part of the American Celebration in Austria, and then have dinner at the hotel.  Continue to Melk, Austria to visit and perform a recital in Melk Abbey. Visit Mondsee to see St. Michael’s Church, then transfer to Salzburg for dinner and overnight. Take a guided tour of Salzburg and a cable car ride up to the Fortress. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in Austria, and then have an evening farewell dinner at the hotel. Transfer to Munich International Airport for a return flight home.

 

brandenburg-gate_berlin_germany[1]Tour 5 – Leipzig, Halle, and Berlin (add four nights)

Arrive at Terezin, a former fortress and Nazi Concentration Camp.  Terezin offers poignant insights for musicians because of the music written by prisoners here. Continue to Leipzig, and enjoy a half-day guided tour of the city. Perform a recital at J.S. Bach’s Thomaskirche or another venue as part of the American Celebration of Music in Germany, and then have dinner at the hotel. Transfer to Berlin via Halle to visit the birthplace of Handel. Upon arrival in Berlin, see some of the city’s architectural wonders and enjoy a boat cruise on the Spree River.  Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in Germany. Also enjoy a half-day tour of Berlin’s Eastern Sector. Stop to see Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin Dom, and the Reichstag. Return to the hotel for an evening farewell dinner. Transfer to Berlin International Airport for a return flight home.