Venues for Your Choir:
- Salzburg – Sung Mass
- Vienna – Concert
- Prague – Concert
TUES, DAY 1: DEPART USA
We depart for Munich with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft.
WED, DAY 2: ARRIVE MUNICH
We arrive at Munich airport and meet our Catholic Travel Centre escort, who will accompany us daily. Boarding our private motor coach, we transfer to our hotel for dinner and the evening. (D)
THURS, DAY 3: MUNICH: VISIT OF THE CITY
This morning, after a good night’s sleep and a buffet breakfast, we make our way just outside of Munich to visit stunning Nymphenburg Palace summer home of the Bavarian monarchs. We will have time to admire its frescoed walls, rococo gilding, gorgeously manicured lawns, canals and magnificent gardens.
We return for a city tour of Bavaria’s capital, including the Baroque church of Asamkirche and the historic glockenspiel on the Marienplatz, We also visit the revered twin-towered Fraunkirche (Church), the most familiar landmark of old Munich.
The balance of the day is at leisure to explore on our own. Tonight we gather for a festive dinner at the Haufbrau Haus, a beer and dining hall. (B, D)
FRI, DAY 4: MUNICH / NEUSCHWANSTEIN / OBERAMMERGAU / SALZBURG
After breakfast this morning, our motor coach will take us amidst green meadows and snow-capped mountains to Neuschwanstein (entrance fee included), one of the fairy-tale castles built by Mad King Ludwig II. With its turrets and mock-medievalism, and interior styles ranging from Byzantine through Romanesque to Gothic, the castle is a real fairy-tale fantasy come true.
We continue on to the charming village of Oberammergau, known for the Oberammergau Passion Play and beautiful wood carvings.
The story of Oberammergau is one of faith and began with a miracle. In the 1600’s “The Black Plague” swept through Europe, striking down one in every three people. The people of Oberammergau prayed to be spared, vowing that they would present a play depicting the Life and Passion of Jesus Christ every 10 years. True to their pledge, the plays have only been interrupted by the two World Wars.
After some time at leisure for lunch on our own, we continue on to Austria and our hotel in Salzburg. Dinner tonight is at our hotel. (B, D)
SAT, DAY 5: SALZBURG: VISIT OF THE CITY
We begin our visit today at the Mozart Gerburtshaus. The Mozart family lived on the third floor of the “Hagenauer House” at Getreidegasse 9 for twenty-six years, from 1747 to 1773. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here on January 27, 1756. The building is named after the merchant and toy dealer, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer, who owned the building and was a friend of the Mozart family. The International Mozarteum Foundation first installed a museum in Mozart’s Birthplace 1880. It has been systematically remodeled and enlarged over the decades and has become a cultural venue that draws thousands of visitors from around the world each year.
Next we enjoy a guided tour of Salzburg’s sights, including Monchsberg with the fortress “Hohensalzburg,” which overlooks the city. Built into the side of Monchsberg is the Salzburg Festspiedlhaus, home of the famous Salzburg Festival Operas. We see the Residenzplatz, the center square of Salzburg, dominated by the dynamic sculpture of the Residenzbrunnen, the largest Baroque fountain north of the Alps. The Residenz building, built in 1596, was once the palace of the Bishops. Nearby stands the Cathedral dating from 1614. Next, we visit St. Peter’s Abbey, next to the cemetery portrayed in the film The Sound of Music and where most of Mozart’s religious works were premiered.
We take some time for lunch on our own before choir rehearsal at either Salzburg Cathedral or the nearby Domusik.
Tonight, we dine at the oldest restaurant in Europe, Stiftskeller St. Peter while listening to the music of Mozart. We enjoy a delicious three course candlelit dinner, prepared as it would have been in the 17th and 18th centuries, while local opera singers and musicians perform some of Mozart’s finest work. We return to our hotel for the evening. (B, D)
SUN, DAY 6: SALZBURG: SING MASS AT SALZBURG CATHEDRAL / MELK ABBEY / VIENNA
This morning, after breakfast, we transfer to the 17th Century Salzburg Cathedral where our choir will sing the11:30 Mass. After Mass, we depart for Melk Abbey, enjoying lunch on our own en route.
The Baroque style structure is surrounded by a gorgeous town with Renaissance homes and winding streets reminiscent of the Middle Ages. The Abbey is the setting for Umberto Eco’s ‘The Name of the Rose’. Among the treasures housed here are paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from the 9th to 15th centuries. A magnificent library contains over 2,000 volumes from that era. A brilliant organ and skeletons dressed in luxurious costumes kept in glass coffins are among the other things to see here.
After our visit, we board our waiting motor coach for our hotel in Vienna. Dinner this evening is at our hotel. (B, D)
MON, DAY 7: VIENNA: VISIT OF THE CITY + CONCERT
After breakfast at our hotel, we begin our day with a visit to Schoenbrunn Palace the most celebrated baroque estate of the Austrian Empire. The gardens and elaborately decorated rooms rival Versailles. At noon, we transfer to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria’s most eminent Gothic edifice. Here our choir has a rehearsal for our 12:45 concert. After our concert we enjoy a tour of the Cathedral.
We take some time for lunch on our own, before continuing with a sightseeing tour of the city. Through the tour, we will gain an overall impression of the most significant historical sights of Vienna. Our local guide will show us the Ringstrabe with its magnificent buildings, such as the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History, the City Hall, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the University, as well as the Votive Church. Dinner is on our own this evening to explore the local restaurant scene. (B)
TUES, DAY 8: VIENNA / PRAGUE
This morning, after breakfast, we depart Vienna for Prague. Prague is known as the “Golden City”– so named because of its distinct gold-domed buildings. Situated on the Valtava River, Prague ranks as one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe.
We stop in Brno for a visit to the Capuchin Church of St. Peter and Paul. After our visit, we continue on to Karlstejn Castl, an awe-inspiring 14th century fortress to rival any in Central Europe. We will have plenty of time to visit the local shops and absorb the ambiance in this, one of Europe’s most ‘in’ cities.
We arrive at our hotel in Prague for dinner and the evening. (B, D)
WED, DAY 9: PRAGUE: VISIT OF THE CITY + CONCERT
Most of the city is situated around the always bustling Wenceslas Square with the statue of St. Wenceslas. The square was the site of the massive anti-Communist protests in November 1989, in the final days of the Velvet Revolution. This morning we will begin with a visit of St. Vitus Cathedral followed by a walking tour of the Old Town, the historic heart of the city. This neighborhood includes the Renaissance Town Hall, with its animated 14th century astronomical clock, as well as Castle Square.
The famous Charles Bridge, lined on both sides by religious statues, leads us out the Old Town into the the Mala Strana (Little Quarter). We view the Church of Our Lady Victorious, where we see the famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Nearby is the Church of St. Nicholas, one of the city’s finest. The church, completed in 1752, has a stunning gilded interior. Gold-capped marble-veneered columns frame altars packed with statuary and frescoes.
This afternoon we will offer a concert at St. Nicholas Church. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and a folklore show at a local restaurant. (B, D)
THURS, JUNE 19, DAY 10: RETURN TO THE USA
This morning we transfer to the Prague airport for our return flight to the USA. (B)
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