2017 Itineraries for Choirs

Music Celebrations International (MCI) knows that many choirs singing in the festival will want to stay in Europe afterwards to explore and experience some of the many musically and culturally significant towns and cities in the area. MCI is also able to help balanced choirs perform in stand-alone concerts as part of the American Celebration of Music in Europe.

Below are four examples of possible pre- and post-festival itineraries to consider. Remember that MCI is more than happy to use these as a starting point to then create a completely customized tour for you and your choir.

Tour 1: Festival Tour Itinerary

Salzburg PanoramaThe Festival Itinerary for the Salzburg Choral Festival. Arrive at Munich Airport and transfer to nearby Salzburg, where rehearsals are interspersed with time to visit the major sites of the city and Mozart’s heritage. These include Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Mozart Square, the Dom, the University Church, entrance to the Mozarthaus, a cable car ride up to the Fortress for an unparalleled view of the city below, Schloß Leopoldskron — featured in The Sound of Music — and entrance to Schloß Hellbrunn, whose gazebo was also featured in The Sound of Music and whose trick fountains have entertained guests for centuries. Participate in the grand finale Mozart Festival performance in the Dom.

 

Tour 2: Vienna – Add Two Nights

vienna-schoenbrunnFollowing the festival, you have the option to sing/participate as special guests in Sunday Mass at the Salzburger Dom.  Transfer to Vienna via the world-famous Melk Abbey, with a short recital in the Abbey. Arrive in Vienna and tour Historical Vienna including the Ringstráße, Imperial Palace, State Opera, Town Hall, Burgkapelle, Palace Stables, Strauß Monument, and entrance to Schönbrunn Palace, built by the Hapsburgs in imitation of Versailles. Evening Concert in Vienna. Farewell dinner and depart for home.

 

 

Tour 3: Munich & Heidelberg – Add Three Nights

munich-marienplatz Following the festival, transfer to Munich via Neuschwanstein Castle, including uphill transport and entrance to the castle. Take a guided tour of Munich, including a visit to the Hofbräuhaus, the English Gardens, and entrance to Nymphenburg Palace. Take an excursion to Dachau to visit the former Nazi concentration camp, and view a documentary film (in English) about the camp and its liberation. Evening concert in Munich. Transfer to Heidelberg for a half-day tour of Germany’s oldest university town includes entrance to the Schloß, offering a splendid view of the city beneath. In the castle, see the Great Barrel, the Courtyard and the Pharmaceutical Museum. Also, see the old university itself, the Cathedral of the Holy Ghost, the Old Bridge, and the Jesuit Church. Farewell dinner and depart for home.

 

Tour 4: Vienna & Prague – Add Four Nights

prague-charles-bridgeFollowing the festival, transfer to Vienna via the world-famous Melk Abbey, with a short recital in the Abbey. Arrive in Vienna and tour Historical Vienna including the Ringstráße, Imperial Palace, State Opera, Town Hall, Burgkapelle, Palace Stables, Strauß Monument, and entrance to Schönbrunn Palace, built by the Hapsburgs in imitation of Versailles. Evening Concert in Vienna. Take a half-day guided tour of Musical Vienna includes entrance to the Haus der Musik, a modern interactive sound museum located in the historic city center. This tour also includes the Museum of the Vienna Philharmonic. Transfer to Prague. Evening concert in Prague. Farewell dinner and depart for home.

 

Tour 5: Vienna, Eisenstadt & Budapest – Add Four Nights

budapestTransfer to Vienna via the world-famous Melk Abbey, with a short recital in the Abbey. Arrive in Vienna and tour Historical Vienna including the Ringstráße, Imperial Palace, State Opera, Town Hall, Burgkapelle, Palace Stables, Strauß Monument, and entrance to Schönbrunn Palace, built by the Hapsburgs in imitation of Versailles. Evening Concert in Vienna. Transfer to Budapest via Eisenstadt, home to Haydn for many decades. Entrance is included to Esterházy Palace with its Haydnsaal, where many of Haydn’s works were premiered, Haydn Church to see his mausoleum, and also to Haydn’s House, which is now a museum. Arrive in Budapest and take a guided tour including the Parliament, Chain Bridge, Royal Castle Hill, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the picturesque streets of Táncsis Mihály utca, Uri utca and Fortuna utca, which feature splendid examples of medieval houses and Baroque mansions. Evening concert in Budapest. Farewell dinner and depart for home.