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Fussen, Salzburg, and Prague, a 9-day tour

Overview

OVERNIGHTS

  • Overnight Flight
  • 2 nights Fussen
  • 2 nights Salzburg
  • 3 nights Prague

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

  • Hohenschwangau:  concert
  • Salzburg:  concert
  • Prague:  cultural exchange and joint performance
  • Prague:  concert finale

DAY 1:  Overnight Flight

Depart the United States today, as you embark upon your 9-day European Performance Tour!

DAY 2: Fussen (D)

Arrival in the Bavarian city of Munich, Germany!  Your tour manager escort will greet you at the airport and transfer you into the city center by private motor-coach.  Begin exploration right away, with a walking tour of the historic city center of Munich with a local guide.  There is free time for lunch, perhaps at the famous Hofbrauhaus.  Continue on to the nearby city of Fussen to check-in to your hotel, and rest after your trans-Atlantic journey.  There is an arrival briefing presented by your escort, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 3:  Fussen (B/D)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, served each morning throughout your tour.  Today’s excursion brings you to King Ludwig II’s Schloss Neuschwanstein for a guided tour.  In creating the castle, Ludwig was inspired by the operas of his friend, composer Richard Wagner; much later, Disney found inspiration for his own Sleeping Beauty castle.  Return to the musical town of Fussen, known for the creation of Europe’s first lute-makers gild in 1562, as well as its organ building traditions.  A tour with local guide includes entrance to the Heritage Museum and it’s collection of historic stringed instruments, as well as the medieval town center to see and hear some of the preserved baroque organs.  This evening present your debut European concert debut!  There is time scheduled for a warm-up rehearsal at your venue.  Afterward, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 4:  Salzburg (B/D)

Depart the region of Hohenschwangau this morning, and head for the Austrian border.  Along the way, visit Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.  Built as a teahouse for the Third Reich, the building survived the bombing and battles of World War II and become a recreation center for the U.S. military until the area was returned to Germany in the 1990’s.  Your stop includes the original brass elevator that runs through the heart of the mountain, and takes you into the Eagle’s Nest building at the top of the mountain.  You will see some of the most spectacular views of the German and Austrian Alps today!  Continue on to the city of Salzburg, and check into your hotel.  Enjoy a special folklore dinner tonight!

DAY 5:  Salzburg (B/D)

A local guide leads you on a half-day sightseeing tour, to familiarize you with Salzburg where “The hills are alive with the sound of music.”  Entrances are provided to Mozart’s Birthplace, Hellbrunn Palace’s trick fountains, Mirabell Gardens, and the Salzburger Dom.  Your tour ends at Hohensalzburg, where you will reach the fortress by funicular for great views of the city.  Enjoy free time to further explore with your escort this afternoon.  A concert in Salzburg is scheduled for this evening!  Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening.

DAY 6:  Prague (B/D)

Your adventure continues, as you depart Austria and head north.  Along the way, visit Cesky Krumlov; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  A guided walking tour allows for exploration of the castle complex and entrance to the tower, with expansive views of the Old Town.  Your escort will make suggestions for lunch, and shopping for mementos.  Your day ends in Prague, the capital city of the historic region of Bohemia and the Czech Republic.  Dinner is provided to the group at a local restaurant.

DAY 7:  Prague (B/D)

Visit a local school or community ensemble this morning, for a cultural exchange and joint performance!  Later this afternoon, share a sobering visit to one of World War II’s most recognizable concentration camps.  Just outside of Prague, Terezin was used as a model for Red Cross inspections.  However, like other Nazi camps, its prisoners met with slave labor and death.  Return to Prague, where this evening your buffet dinner cruise along the Vltava River provides a well-lit and enjoyable view of this magical city.

DAY 8:  Prague (B/D)

Today’s guided sightseeing tour of Prague shows you the important sites of the city, including Prague Castle with St. Vitus Cathedral, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock, the Lesser Town Square and St. Nicolas Church.  Afterward follow in the steps of one of Prague’s famous composers, with a visit to the Museum of Antonin Dvorak.  This evening, prepare for your concert finale!  A warm-up rehearsal is provided.  Afterward, enjoy a final dinner and celebrate your successful performance tour, with shared stories of your time abroad.

DAY 9:  Departure (B)

After breakfast, your escort will assist with hotel check-out and transfer to the airport.  Say a final goodbye, and depart on your return flights home.


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