MAY 31-JUNE 18,  2019

PARTICIPANTS - Click here for more information.

After a very successful Musica Semper Viva tour this summer, CTA President Michal Svarc has decided to offer the program annually. I was enthusiastic with this decision as the tour from Prague through Austria, Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia was so rewarding. The performances were good, the arrangements first class, and the fellowship wonderful.

Several innovations should be noted in the preliminary itinerary. For the first time, the tour will begin in a city other than Prague – several participants in this and past tours recommended this adjustment. Accordingly, we start in Berlin. Many have expressed a wish to begin our tours earlier in the season. So, this one is scheduled to begin on May 31, 2019. The extension tour is to Russia. Originally, we had hoped to make it part of the base tour but the logistics of arranging a trip to Russia create special challenges. However, it is my hope that we can enroll enough singers to perform in some Orthodox churches.

I hope that many of you will register for this tour. Our plan is to keep the program going annually as long as there is interest and support. See you in Berlin in May of 2019.

Peter Dent – Music Director

                   All costs are shown in Canadian dollars.
(the cost may fluctuate slightly if the currencies make major shifts)

Full Tour 18 nights May 31 - June 18th  dbl occupancy land only: $3980
Single supplement: $1180
Russian extension June 18 - 25: St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Golden Ring: $1620
Not including visa fees about $300-$400
Single Supplement extension: $620
Repeater discount: $150
Pre and post nights $110 single and $180 single.
Deposit: $300 non refundable. Final payment: Feb. 25, 2019


Friday – May 31
Check-in at the ****Congress Hotel Hyperion, Berlin
7:00 pm – dinner and welcome party

Saturday – June 1
After breakfast rehearsal
2:00 am – choir concert visit
3:00 pm – sightseeing tour of the Berlin WWII sights
6:00 pm – dinner at the city centre
8:00 pm – Classical Oratorio Concert (*) or Wagner Opera (*)

Sunday – June 2  Berlin Wall
After breakfast rehearsal
Lunch at the hotel
Bike tour* or Bus tour of the city
2nd sightseeing tour – Berlin Wall and New Berlin
8:00 Boat trip, "Berlin by Night", Dinner there (*)

Monday – June 3
After breakfast rehearsal
Transfer to Leipzig Heritage Town – sightseeing tour
6:00 pm – St. Mary´s church – 1st FULL CHOIR PERFORMANCE
Accommodation at ****Hotel Mercure, dinner there

Tuesday – June 4
After breakfast rehearsal
Sight-seeing tour of the town
Dinner at the hotel

Wednesday – June 5
After breakfast, transfer to Dresden, visit thereDresden
After: transfer to UNESCO Heritage Krakow (Poland) Accommodation at the Double Tree by Hilton****Hotel
Dinner at the hotel restaurant

Thursday  – June 6
After breakfast rehearsal
Afternoon Sightseeing tour of Krakow
(Kazimierz, Wawel Fortress, Cathedral, John Paul II. Birthplace, Rinek Glowny
…)      OR
Auschwitz Concentration Camp visit*

8:00 pm –Chopin music concert visit (*)

Friday  – June 7
After breakfast rehearsal
2:00 pm – UNESCO Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Salt mine church 2nd FULL CHOIR PERFORMANCE
8:00 pm – Opera songs concert visit  (*)

Saturday  – June 8
9:00 am – mass attendance with Service singing at the St. Peter and Paul ChurchKrolweski Zamek 3rd FULL CHOIR PERFORMANCE
After transfer to Warszawa (Warsaw)
Lunch stop in Czensztochova Unesco Heritage Monastery and pilgrimage place
Accommodation and Dinner at the ****Hotel

Sunday  – June 9
After breakfast rehearsal
Lunch at the hotel

Transfer to Sightseeing tour of the city (Castle, Cathedral, Old Town, Town Square,  etc.)
8:00 pm – River boat trip with dinner (*)

Monday – June 10
After breakfast depart to Vilnius, Lithuania
Lunch stop and sightseeing tour at Bialystok
Transfer to Vilnius, Capitol of Lithuania, Overnight in ****Hotel

Dinner there

Tuesday  – June 11
After breakfast rehearsal
Sight seeing tour of VilniusOld
            Town Riga
After transfer to Riga
Accommodation and dinner at the ****Hotel

Wednesday  – June 12
After breakfast rehearsal
Sight seeing tour of Riga

6:00 pm Our Lady Church – 4th FULL CHOIR PERFORMANCE, joint concert with local Choir

Thursday - June 13
After breakfast rehearsal

Transfer to Tallinn
6:00 pm – stage rehearsal at the local concert hall
9:00 pm – Gala Dinner with folk music (*)

Friday  -  June 14
After breakfast rehearsal Lunch,
A sightseeing tour of UNESCO City Tallinn
Evening Gala dinner on the Baltic Cruise restaurant*

Saturday – June 15
After breakfast transfer by Speed Boat  to Helsinki, UNESCO Heritage city Helsinki
Accommodation and dinner at hotel

Sunday – June 16
After breakfast rehearsal,

sight seeing tour of Helsinki
Boat party with music, dance and dinner (*)

Monday – June 17
After breakfast rehearsal,

6:00 pm – Helsinki church 6th FULL CHOIR PERFORMANCE (Joint concert with local Choir)
Dinner with Evening Final Party

Tuesday -  June 18
After breakfast departure to the Airport or....

8 day Russian Extension Tour - St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Golden Ring
          Click here for an itinerary for the extension tour (pdf file).

(*) These opportunities involve additional cost. They are optional and not part of the tour. They are included for your information and enhancement. It is not compulsory to attendance and spend the additional monies. They are, however, great value.

Disclaimer: This is not necessarily the final itinerary. However, changes will most likely be a re-ordering of activities or performances. There will be no diminution of the activities and benefits specified.

Singers group photo

Martina Peladeau martinap@visiontravel.ca
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Vision Travel Group
203-4480 West Saanich Rd
Victoria BC, V8Z 3E9

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