Austria & Hungary, Vienna & Budapest

Willkommen and Üdvözlöm! Experience two amazing and historic European cities by combining a trip to Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary. Travel first to Vienna, Austria, where you will experience a firsthand look at a city renowned for its musical traditions. Rich in character and history, Vienna is a major leader in the arts, from theater to opera to classical music and fine arts. The legacies left by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn are alive in what many believe to be one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. Located on the River Danube, Vienna is a cultural haven, filled with glorious parks and museums, amazing baroque and art nouveau architecture and breathtaking cathedrals and palaces, all which function as the backdrop for a lavish daily culture still found in the concert halls, opera houses, and cafes.

Make your way from Vienna to Budapest, Hungary; a captivating city situated among the hills along the River Danube. In Budapest, the historic blend with the modern, and a peaceful quality of life merges seamlessly with a bustling metropolis. Budapest has successfully established itself as Hungary’s principal cultural, commercial and political center, and prides itself on its longstanding traditions of art, music, and culture. Hungarian classical and folk music are renowned all over the world. Influential Hungarian composers such as Béla Bartók and Franz Liszt helped to shape the musical world.

Enjoy a concert tour of Vienna and Budapest and let yourself be immersed in all that these world-class cities have to offer as you share your music with local people.
DAY 1

DAY 1

Depart North America for Vienna, Austria.
DAY 2

DAY 2

Welcome to Vienna!

Enjoy an introduction to Vienna, Austria's glorious capital, during a guided tour. You will see famous buildings such as the State Opera, Schönbrunn Palace, and the Musikverein, from where the New Year's concert is broadcast around the world every year.

Check-in to the hotel and take some time to settle in and refresh. A rehearsal can be arranged.

This afternoon, a visit to one of Vienna's world-class museums such as the Art History Museum or the Hundertwasser Haus can be arranged.

In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner of Austrian specialties at a local restaurant, as your tour manager previews the days ahead.
DAY 3

DAY 3

Begin your first full day in Austria with a walk through the city center to see St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Hofburg (the Habsburg dynasty's winter palace), Kärntnerstrasse, and Graben, Vienna's most famous shopping streets. You may also be interested in visiting the Mozarthaus, where Mozart once lived and wrote many of his most famous works, or the Haus der Musik, an interactive music museum.

This afternoon, perform a concert at St. Peter’s Church, the second oldest and most lavishly decorated church in Vienna.

In the evening, you may wish to attend an opera performance at the State Opera or the People's Opera.
DAY 4

DAY 4

This morning, embark on a guided visit to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburg family. During the summer months, an outdoor concert on the Palace's grand staircase can be arranged for your choir.

In the afternoon, a visit to the nearby Collection of Old Musical Instruments can be arranged. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Central Cemetery to see the graves of famous musicians such as Beethoven, father and son Strauss, and Schubert.

This evening, a visit to the village of Gumpoldskirchen including a traditional Austrian Heurigen dinner can be arranged. Enjoy hearty meats and bread, served family-style, as local musicians serenade you.
DAY 5

DAY 5

After breakfast, check out and depart Vienna for Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

Upon arrival, enjoy a guided city tour of Budapest. See the Castle District on the Buda side of the city with the Royal Palace and the magnificent Matthias Church and spectacular views over the Danube and the eastern (Pest) side of the city. On the Pest side, see the lovely St. Stephen's Basilica and visit the lively Grand Market Hall.

Transfer to your hotel in the late afternoon and take some time to settle in and refresh.

This evening, a folklore dinner with live music and dancing will be arranged for your group.

DAY 6

DAY 6

This morning, embark on a guided excursion to the Danube Bend, including visits to the picturesque towns of Szentendre, Visegrad, and Esztergom and Gödöllő with its royal and imperial palace of the same name, once a favorite of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary.

Return to Budapest in the afternoon. A visit to one of Budapest's famous thermal baths can be arranged.

In the evening, meet up with a Hungarian choir to perform a friendship concert with a local ensemble at one of Budapest's historic churches. Afterwards, there will be time to socialize with your hosts and members of the audience.

Dinner can be arranged to complement your performance schedule.
DAY 7

DAY 7

In the morning, enjoy a guided visit to the Budapest State Opera House, which holds over 1,200 people and is known for its excellent acoustics.

This afternoon, transfer to beautiful Matthias Church in the heart of the Castle District to perform a concert for an appreciative audience.

In the evening, gather together at a local restaurant where a festive farewell dinner of Hungarian specialties has been prepared for your group.
DAY 8

DAY 8

Transfer to the Budapest airport and check in for your return flight to North America.

FRIENDSHIP CONCERT IN BUDAPEST

Our friendship concerts are a featured experience on our tours and are at the heart of our mission to foster cultural connections through music. We benefit from a vast international network in the choral world built over our thirty years' experience of helping choirs share their music both in the United States and abroad. Your choir will share a venue and a concert program with a host choir from the region. Your singers will have the chance to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time usually follows the friendship concert, giving both choirs the chance to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie of creating cross-cultural connections through a shared love of music.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

As Austria’s capital and largest city, Vienna is its primary cultural, political and economic center. Known for its charming quality of life and extensive musical traditions, character and history, Vienna is, and has always been, a destination for travelers seeking an experience filled with breathtaking architecture, exceptional museums and cathedrals, delicious foods and longstanding musical venues. All of these elements combine to create a magical trip to a city rich in beauty, culture, and sophistication. Located in the center of the city, St. Peter's Church is a baroque jewel where your ensemble may perform as part of a well-known concert series.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

With lush, green parks, museums that will inspire, and a pulsating nightlife that is on par with its neighbors, Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities. From Margaret Island Park to the renowned State Opera House to The Royal Palace, Budapest is an ancient capital with much to offer. Its contribution to European culture, especially in the field of music, is extensive and its beauty is unparalleled as the River Danube flows majestically through its city center. Two of the city's most beautiful churches, St. Matthias and St. Stephen's, are among our favorite concert venues.

DANUBE BEND

A journey to the Danube Bend is awe-inspiring. On day trips from Budapest, one can see the delightful towns of Szentendre, Visegrád, and Esztergom along the snaking bend. Flowing through nine different countries, the Danube is forced through a narrow twisting valley in the Carpathian Basin known as the Danube Bend. The cluster of picturesque small towns located on the bend offers an amazing collection of history, culture, and architecture.