June 28 - July 2, 2018 July 4-7, 2019

Salzburg is a city known worldwide for its music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of Austria’s greatest sons, was born here in 1756, and many great masters of the Classical Era lived and worked here as well. Salzburg’s orchestras and choirs carry on these great musical traditions on the stages and in the concert halls of the city today.

We invite you to share in celebrating these rich musical and cultural traditions by bringing your choir or orchestra to Salzburg for the International Cantus Music and Culture Festival Salzburg. Musicians from around the world come to Salzburg each July to perform together and individually in prestigious venues such as Salzburg Cathedral and the Mozarteum. Among the highlights of the festival are the ecumenical celebration in Salzburg Cathedral and the performance of "Song of Peace," shared by all festival choirs in the Mozarteum.

In addition to singing in these beautiful and historic venues, there will also be plenty of opportunity to sample Salzburg’s famous Mozart chocolates and enjoy the old-world atmosphere of its coffeehouses!

ITINERARY

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018 | DEPART FROM NORTH AMERICA

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018 | DEPART FROM NORTH AMERICA

Depart North America on a flight bound for Munich, Germany. Meals, snacks and refreshments will be served on the flight.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 | ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY | FESTIVAL OPENING

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 | ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY | FESTIVAL OPENING

Upon arrival in Munich, your Music Contact International tour manager will greet your group at the airport and transfer with you via motor coach to Salzburg, Austria. Join the other festival ensembles for the International Cantus Music and Culture Festival Salzburg's Opening Event. There will be time to meet and mingle with other participating musicians from a variety of countries as you join together over a typical Austrian Brettljause buffet for dinner. While the ensemble members socialize, there will be a meeting for conductors with the festival’s artistic director.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018 | REHEARSALS AND MOZARTEUM CONCERT

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018 | REHEARSALS AND MOZARTEUM CONCERT

Following breakfast at the hotel, meet your local guide for a walking tour of Salzburg’s Old Town. Your walk will take you to Residenzplatz, the former town residence of the Prince Archbishops and the center square of Salzburg. Visit St. Peter’s cemetery, the oldest burial ground in Salzburg and the inspiration for the dramatic escape scene in The Sound of Music. During a visit to Mozart’s Birthplace, see the house where the famous composer spent his childhood and youth. Following the tour, enjoy time for lunch on your own in one of Salzburg’s inviting restaurants or coffeehouses.

In the afternoon, festival participants gather in the Mozarteum to rehearse the shared song, “Song of Peace,” for this evening’s concert. Each ensemble will also have an opportunity to rehearse its own repertoire.

This evening, each ensemble will perform a selection of their own repertoire, and the combined voices of all of the festival choirs will perform “Song of Peace” in the Mozarteum, Salzburg's famous university for music and the dramatic arts. A dinner of local specialties will be arranged at a local restaurant to complement your performance schedule.
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018 | SALZBURG CATHEDRAL | MIRABELL GARDENS | CLOSING CEREMONY

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018 | SALZBURG CATHEDRAL | MIRABELL GARDENS | CLOSING CEREMONY

Following breakfast in the hotel, gather at the Salzburg Cathedral for a rehearsal followed by an Ecumenical Celebration where each ensemble presents one piece to showcase their respective cultural traditions.Following breakfast in the hotel, gather at the Salzburg Cathedral for a rehearsal followed by an Ecumenical Celebration where each ensemble presents one piece to showcase their respective cultural traditions.

Following some free time for lunch, perform an outdoor concert in Mirabell Gardens, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music. There will be a chance to listen to the performances of other festival choirs before and after your concert.

In the evening, gather together for the Closing Ceremony of the International Cantus Music and Culture Festival Salzburg. This festive evening brings all participating musicians together for a delicious dinner, Austrian dancing and folk music, and impromptu sing-alongs!

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018 | SUNDAY MASS

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018 | SUNDAY MASS

Enjoy breakfast, then depart from the hotel for one of Salzburg's historic churches, such as Maria Plain or Pfarre Mülln, where your ensemble has been invited to provide the music for this morning's Mass.

Following the Mass, return to the hotel to change clothes and have lunch on your own. In the afternoon, spend free time exploring Salzburg. Perhaps sign up for an excursion to the Hallein salt mines or a Sound of Music tour. An optional outdoor concert at the Hohensalzburg fortress can also be arranged for your ensemble.

This evening, you may sign up for the festive Mozart Dinner, where costumed opera singers perform Mozart arias in between the courses of a sumptuous dinner.

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018 | DEPARTURE

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018 | DEPARTURE

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for the Munich Airport and your return flight to North America, or extend your stay in Europe. Please call us to discuss extension ideas!

PACKAGE

  • Accommodations
    •4 nights in Salzburg in a 4-star hotel, double occupancy

    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
    •Breakfast each morning at the hotel
    •Welcome dinner for all ensembles
    •Dinner served at the hotel or local restaurant on Friday
    •Festive farewell buffet dinner with all participating guest ensembles, including awards presentation and group sing

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

    Performance Opportunities and Rehearsals
    •Opening Ceremony
    •Individual performance and massed sing of "Song of Peace" at the Mozarteum
    •Ecumenical Celebration in Salzburg Cathedral (each choir presents one piece of music)
    • Outdoor concert in Mirabell Gardens
    •Sunday Mass at a historic church in Salzburg

    Local Guides and Special Events
    •Half-day guided tour of Salzburg with a local expert

    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 exciting festival extension options to other European cities and let Music Contact International customize an extension program complementing your trip to Austria.

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