May 24-28, 2018 May 23-27, 2019

The International Choral Festival Cantate Croatia takes place in the lovely town of Pula, located just across the water from Italy and chock-full of cultural and historic legacies from Croatia's rich history. Over the course of four days, your choir will perform in beautiful, historic venues and exchange music with choirs from all over Europe and beyond. The festival culminates in a closing ceremony held at Pula's grand Municipal Theatre, including individual performances by each choir followed by a common song performed together by all participants.

Located on the Adriatic Coast, this stunningly beautiful country boasts 3,500 miles of coastline. Due to its geographic location, Croatian art, architecture and music blends elements from Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Turkey as well as the Slavic and Byzantine worlds. Be part of Cantate Croatia and let yourself be immersed in all that this hidden gem in Europe's sunny south has to offer as you make new friends through music!

ITINERARY

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 | DEPARTURE FROM NORTH AMERICA

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 | DEPARTURE FROM NORTH AMERICA

Depart North America on an overnight flight to Croatia.
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 | ARRIVAL IN CROATIA AND WELCOME DINNER

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 | ARRIVAL IN CROATIA AND WELCOME DINNER

Welcome to Pula, Croatia! Gather first impressions of this vibrant town during an orientation walk. Known for its unspoiled natural beauty, calm waters, and mild climate, Pula was a major port city during the reign of the Roman Empire, and legacies of Roman influence are evident to this day. Get your first glimpse of the numerous Roman architectural features that remain standing throughout the city.

A rehearsal can be arranged this afternoon. Tonight, a welcome dinner of local specialties is served as your tour manager previews the days ahead.
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018 | BOAT EXCURSION TO ROVINJ AND MID-DAY CONCERT

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018 | BOAT EXCURSION TO ROVINJ AND MID-DAY CONCERT

In the morning, embark on a boat excursion to Rovinj, a fishing port on the Istrian Peninsula’s western coast. Explore the town’s open air market for local olive oil, fruits, vegetables, and truffles. Next, visit St. Euphemia’s Basilica, a Baroque church in Rovinj’s historic Old Town. Climb the basilica’s campanile and take in a stunning view of the sea and numerous surrounding islets. Perform a mid-day concert at St. Euphemia's Basilica for the other visitors.

Return to Pula in the late afternoon. Dinner can be arranged for the group at a local restaurant.
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018 | FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY AND FRIENDSHIP CONCERT

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018 | FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY AND FRIENDSHIP CONCERT

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Pula. See the Arch of the Sergii and the Temple of Augustus, a well-preserved Roman temple dedicated to the first Roman emperor, Augustus. View the city’s Porta Gemina, or “Twin Gates,” one of the few ancient gates that remains standing. Admire the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a 6th century cathedral built on the original site where the Christians of Pula gathered to pray in Roman times. This afternoon, meet at the Dom Hrvatskih Branitelja, a beautiful local concert hall, to attend the Opening Ceremony of Cantate Croatia. Meet the other guest singers and get to know each other over refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. There will be an opportunity for informal singing as you make your introductions.

Later, join a local Croatian ensemble for a friendship concert at a local venue followed by time to mingle and exchange. After the concert, enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 | SUNDAY MASS AND FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 | SUNDAY MASS AND FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY

This morning, perform the music for the Sunday Mass at one of Pula's historic churches. In the afternoon, there will be time to rehearse for this evening's concert. Transfer to Pula's beautiful Municipal Theatre for the Cantate Croatia Festival Concert, where each choir will perform one piece individually and then join voices with all participating singers in a shared song.

Following the concert, a festive farewell dinner of Croatian specialties is served to your ensemble while local musicians perform live music.
MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 | DEPARTURE

MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 | DEPARTURE

Depart for the airport and your return flight to North America.

PACKAGE

  • Accommodations
    •4 nights accommodations - four nights in a 3-star superior or 4-star hotel in Pula.

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

    Meals
    •Daily breakfast
    •Three 3-course dinners

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

    Performance Opportunities as part of the festival:
    Mid-day concert in a historic church in Rovinj
    Cantate Croatia Opening Ceremony with informal singing
    Evening friendship concert with Croatian host choir and other festival choirs
    Sunday Mass at a historic church in Pula
    Closing Ceremony with individual and shared performance at the Pula Municipal Theatre

    Guide Tours & Special Events
    •Guided sightseeing tours of Rovinj and Pula, boat excursion to Rovinj

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

  • Please inquire about our fantastic festival extension options to other parts of Croatia or nearby countries such as Italy, Austria, or Slovenia and allow Music Contact International to customize an extension program complementing your time at Cantate Croatia.

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