July 19-23, 2018

Bring your choir to perform as part of Europe’s largest open-air cultural and artistic festival, The Ghent Arts and Music Festival! The Belgian Summer Sing Festival is over 170 years in the making, and it brings together diverse music, theater, and dance performance groups. Enjoy large, appreciative audiences during a 10-day period each July in the historic Belgian city of Ghent.

This festival features an exciting choral music performance showcase! Choirs from across Europe and North America are invited to perform on lively festival stages and in the impressive St. Michael’s Church in the heart of Ghent’s Old Town. Visit and perform in the historic city of Bruges, one of Europe’s most beautiful and intact medieval cities. Join us in Belgium to see the sights of this beautiful country and perform for the masses at the Belgian Summer Sing Festival.

ITINERARY

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018 | DEPARTURE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018 | DEPARTURE

Depart North America on a flight bound for Brussels, Belgium. Select snacks and meals will be served on the overnight flight.
THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 | ARRIVAL IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 | ARRIVAL IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Upon arrival in Belgium, meet your Music Contact International Tour Managerand travel by private motor coach to your festival hotel. Take some time to refresh before embarking on a walk through Ghent with your local English-speaking guide to preview the many activities happening around the city as part of The Ghent Festival. Now in its 174th year, the annual event is the largest of its kind in Europe, with well over 1.5 million attendees. There will be time to exchange money and to enjoy lunch in the city center.

In the evening, gather at a local venue in the heart of the city with the other participating choirs for the Opening Reception of the Belgian Summer Sing. Following the reception, a special welcome dinner will be arranged for your choir at the hotel.
FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 | BELGIAN SUMMER SING FESTIVAL | CONCERT

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 | BELGIAN SUMMER SING FESTIVAL | CONCERT

Enjoy breakfast served in the hotel dining room. Afterward, join other participating choirs for a rehearsal at a local church in Ghent. Spend the morning rehearsing for your concert and practicing the common piece of music that will serve as the culminating piece of the closing concert.

In the afternoon, enjoy free time for lunch and the wonderful selection of theatrical, dance, and musical performances throughout the city.

This evening, perform an a cappella concert at St. Michael’s Church. Afterwards, take the opportunity to enjoy more live music performed as part of the festival. Dinner can be arranged upon request before returning to the hotel.
SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018 | BRUGES | CONCERT

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018 | BRUGES | CONCERT

After breakfast in the hotel dining room, embark on a trip to the nearby city of Bruges. This picturesque city is known as the “Venice of the North” for the many canals that cross through it.

Upon arrival, meet your local English-speaking guide for a guided walking tour. Your guide will help you uncover the secrets of this richly historic town. Enjoy the wonderful gilded architecture, incredible chocolate, and delightful cafés.

Following time for lunch at one of the many restaurants that the city has to offer, perform a concert at a local venue such as the historic Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Our Lady Church) in central Bruges. This church is the tallest in the city and houses the famous sculpture of Madonna by Michelangelo. After your performance, enjoy time to further explore the city on your own before returning to your hotel by motor coach. Dinner can be arranged upon request.
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018 | GHENT | REHEARSAL & CLOSING CONCERT

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018 | GHENT | REHEARSAL & CLOSING CONCERT

Following breakfast this morning, depart for a local church where your choir has been invited to sing for the morning worship service. Following the service, there will be time to meet and mingle with the friendly congregation.

In the afternoon, gather to rehearse the piece selected for the closing concert at St. Michael’s Church.

Tonight, return to St. Michael’s Church for the closing concert of the Belgian Summer Sing Festival. Each choir will perform two a cappella selections from their repertoire followed by the mass performance of all participating choirs. After the concert, mingle with the other choirs during the closing reception, then enjoy a festive farewell dinner arranged for your choir at a local restaurant. Return to your hotel after dinner.
MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018 | DEPARTURE

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018 | DEPARTURE

After breakfast in the hotel dining room, transfer to the Brussels Airport for your return flight home. For those choirs extending their stay in Europe, travel on to your next destination!

PACKAGE

  • Accommodations
    •4 nights in a high quality hotel, double occupancy

    Transportation
    •A private, modern, climate-controlled motor coach with a professional driver is provided for all transportation as described in the itinerary, including round-trip transfers between the airport and hotel.

    Meals
    •Breakfast buffet daily at the hotel •Welcome Dinner in a restaurant in Ghent or the hotel •Farewell Dinner in a restaurant in Ghent

    Tour Manager
    •Full-time Music Contact International tour manager to accompany your group during their entire stay, from arrival to departure.

    Performance Opportunities
    •Two rehearsals as part of the festival •A cappella concert at St. Michael’s Church in Ghent •Concert at Our Lady Church in Bruges •Sunday morning church service participation •Closing a cappella concert performance in Ghent at St. Michael’s Church

    Local Guide and Special Events
    •Guided walking tour of Ghent •Guided walking tour of Bruges

    Complimentary Places
    •Two complimentary land packages for every 30 paying travelers (31st & 32nd travelers are complimentary), based on double occupancy accommodations

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

Traveler's Resource Website

Traveler's Resource Website
The site is customized exclusively for your group, and is full of exciting and interactive features that you will find informative and helpful before, during, and after the tour.

•Current tour itinerary with full descriptions of each day
•Detailed maps of the places you will visit
•Blog platform to communicate with group members
•Recommended books, movies, websites, and videos

Online Payment System

Online Payment System
Group leaders have the option to use our Online Payment System, which enables you to effortlessly collect payments for your trip. Group leaders receive weekly automated reports with traveler balances and due dates.

Travelers can log in to our secure website to review the cost of their trip and all payment deadlines, register for the trip, and make credit card payments. All travelers receive automated reminders when payments are coming due.

Additional Materials

Additional Materials
•Customized handbook for each person traveling with your choir, including a detailed program and travel information.
•Electrical adapters*
•Luggage tags
•Passport holder*

*for international travelers