European Music Tour

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                      European Music Tour
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                      European Music Tour
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                      European Music Tour

The Concept

Experience the cultural richness of Germany and Austria while performing in intimate surroundings to select and appreciative audiences. This 15-day tour is designed for choirs, bands, ensembles and orchestras, with the first concert near Nuremburg, and the final concert near the Baroque city of Vienna. The tour includes plenty of time to experience and appreciate local culture and musical traditions, and includes a visit to the Neuschwanstein Castle built in homage to Richard Wagner and Mozart’s residence.

All concerts are based in small towns, often spa towns. Depending on the musical repertoire students may also perform in churches or as part of a church service. There may be a joint concert with German students. This tour can be arranged as a pre- or post-tour for a Youth Music Festival.

This is a performing arts tour for secondary school choirs, bands or orchestras, who may be accompanied by friends or family. The tour aims to increase understanding of music in a foreign country. Students experience performing in a foreign country with language challenges. They also learn to balance travelling, sightseeing, rehearsing and performing. Students will explore places of importance to many great composers including Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Strauss, Liszt, Haydn, and Mahler.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – FRANKFURT

Depart Australia on your flight to Frankfurt.

DAY 2 FRANKFURT – NUREMBERG AREA (D)

You will be met on arrival in Frankfurt by your coach and an English speaking tour escort. Transfer to a small Bavarian town, located near Nuremberg. Check in to your accommodation, then the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city. Dinner is included this evening.

DAY 3 NUREMBERG AREA (B, D)

After breakfast at your hotel, there will be time for a rehearsal/instrument check this morning. Take an excursion by coach to medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber and proceed to the location for your first concert. You will set up and rehearse, then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, before your first concert performance. Transfer back to your accommodation by coach after the concert.

DAY 4 NUREMBERG AREA (B, D)

Following breakfast, travel by coach to Nuremberg. Enjoy a guided walking tour, then you will have a free afternoon to explore the city before returning to your accommodation. Dinner included this evening.

DAY 5 NUREMBERG AREA – MUNICH (B, D)

Check out of your hotel after breakfast. Depart the Nuremberg area by coach and travel to Augsburg. Enjoy free time to explore Augsburg, (the birthplace of Mozart’s father). Proceed to Munich by coach. On arrival, enjoy a panoramic city sites tour, before checking in to your accommodation. Dinner is included.

DAY 6 MUNICH (B, D)

Enjoy breakfast at your hostel. You will be provided with a public transport ticket for the day. Enjoy a half day guided walking tour of Munich.
In the afternoon, visit the musical instruments exhibition at the Deutsche Museum, (entrance and guided tour included). Dinner included this evening.
*Option of attending a concert in Munich tonight (additional cost).

DAY 7 MUNICH (B, D)

After breakfast at your hostel, take an excursion by coach to Hohenschwangau.
You will have a guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle, (entrance included). King Ludwig II of Bavaria built this castle in honour of Richard Wagner and his music. Travel to your next concert location in the Bavarian countryside. You will set up and rehearse before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant. Perform tonight’s concert - possibly a joint concert with a local music group. Return to your accommodation in Munich.

DAY 8 MUNICH (B, D)

Following breakfast, you will visit either the Allianz Arena or the BMW Museum. In the afternoon, transfer to a local church and set up/rehearse for a church concert, or musical arrangement during a church service. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant after your church performance this evening, then return to your accommodation.

DAY 9 MUNICH – SALZBURG (B, D)

Check out of your hostel after breakfast. Travel by coach to Salzburg, where you will meet your local guide, who will take you on a Sound of Music coach tour. Check in to your accommodation then have the afternoon free to explore the city. Dinner is included.
*Option of attending a concert in Salzburg tonight (additional cost).

DAY 10 SALZBURG (B, D)

After breakfast at your hostel, enjoy a guided walking tour of Salzburg, including entrance to either Mozart’s birthplace or Mozart’s residence. Transfer by coach to your next concert location, in the surrounds of Salzburg. You will have time to set up and rehearse, before dinner at local restaurant, then your concert performance. Transfer back to your accommodation by coach after your concert.

DAY 11 SALZBURG – VIENNA (B, D)

Check out of your hostel after breakfast. Depart Salzburg by coach and travel to Melk. (If time permits, stop in Oberndorf to visit the Silent Night Church). Enjoy a guided tour of Melk Abbey (entrance included). Travel on to Vienna by coach. Check in to your accommodation on arrival. Dinner is included this evening.
*Option of attending a concert at the Musikverein tonight (additional cost).

DAY 12 VIENNA (B, D)

Following breakfast at your hostel, take a guided walking tour of Vienna. Transfer by coach to a local community in the surrounds of Vienna, where you will set up and rehearse. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before your concert performance tonight, then transfer back to Vienna by coach.

DAY 13 VIENNA (B, D)

After breakfast, visit the House of Music (entrance included). You will have a free afternoon for some last minute shopping and sightseeing, at your teachers’ discretion. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 14 & 15 VIENNA – AUSTRALIA (B)

After breakfast at your accommodation, transfer to Vienna airport for your return flight to Australia. You will arrive the following day in Australia (subject to airline schedules).

Inclusions
  • Return economy airfare including pre-paid taxes and charges
  • 3 nights, 2-3 star hotel accommodation in a small Bavarian town, near Nuremberg with breakfast & dinner
  • 4 nights hostel accommodation in Munich with breakfast & dinner
  • 2 nights hostel accommodation in Salzburg with breakfast & dinner
  • 3 nights hostel accommodation in Vienna with breakfast & dinner
  • 13 days with an English speaking tour escort
  • Private coach for 12 days (one rest day for driver, in Munich)
  • Concert arrangements for four concerts (and depending on music style, one church performance)
  • Half day guided walking tours of Nuremberg and Munich
  • Entrance and guided tour of the Deutsches Museum (musical instruments exhibition)
  • Entrance and guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Entrance to either the Allianz Arena or BMW Museum
  • Half day guide in Salzburg for Sound of Music tour including entrance to 1-2 sites
  • Half day guided walking tours of Salzburg and Vienna
  • Entrance to Mozart House in Salzburg (Birthplace) and Haus der Musik in Vienna
  • Entrance and guided tour of Melk Abbey
Conditions
  • The concerts you will perform are goodwill concerts, with free entrance for the audience
  • Groups must bring their own instruments/music stands, instrument hire is not included
  • Transportation costs for large instruments/multiple instruments (air/land transportation) are not included
  • To request a quote, detailed information including number of singers/musicians, age of performers, name of conductor, sample repertoire list and possibly a sample CD will be required