March 1-5, 2018

Travel to Paris and sing in the City of Light. Paris’ famous landmarks, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens and parks make the city a visitor’s dream.

Join choirs from across Europe at the 23rd Annual Paris International Choral Festival. Spend four days exploring the highlights of Paris, seeing the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and more! Your evenings are filled with musical opportunities where you will share a friendship concert with a Parisian choir and sing as part of a massed sing at La Madeleine Church. This beautiful church in the heart of Paris was completed in the 1830s and was chosen for Chopin's funeral because of its outstanding acoustics.

ITINERARY

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018 | DEPART FROM NORTH AMERICA

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018 | DEPART FROM NORTH AMERICA

Depart North America on a flight bound for Paris, France. Meals, snacks and refreshments will be served on the flight.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 | ARRIVE IN PARIS | SACRÉ-COEUR

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 | ARRIVE IN PARIS | SACRÉ-COEUR

Upon arrival in Paris, meet your Parisian festival guide who will lead your group on an orientation walk of the area surrounding your centrally located hotel. There could be an optional trip up the funicular to the top of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur Cathedral. Tonight, a special welcome dinner of French specialties is served at a Parisian restaurant.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 |  PANORAMIC CITY TOUR | FRIENDSHIP CONCERT

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 | PANORAMIC CITY TOUR | FRIENDSHIP CONCERT

Begin your day with a guided city tour of Paris. See famous sites including the Louvre Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Hotel de Ville, and of course the Eiffel Tower! Following the tour, board a boat and enjoy a cruise on the Seine River, providing a new perspective of the stunning Parisian skyline. This evening your choir will enjoy a friendship concert with a local choir at their home venue, followed by refreshments and fellowship time.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 | MUSEUM VISITS | CONCERT AT LA MADELEINE

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 | MUSEUM VISITS | CONCERT AT LA MADELEINE

Today, enjoy optional excursions to such places as the Louvre Museum, Musée d'Orsay and the Rodin Museum, or spend time pursuing independent interests in exciting Paris. This evening, gather with all the festival choirs for the main concert of the International Choral Festival at La Madeleine Church. Each choir will perform three selections individually, followed by a massed sing with all guest choirs. It will be a splendid night of music!
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 | CHARTRES | WORSHIP SERVICE

SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 | CHARTRES | WORSHIP SERVICE

This morning, depart for a local church where your choir has been invited to sing for the Sunday worship service. In the afternoon, your choir can opt for an excursion to Chartres to visit the lovely town and splendid Cathedral of Chartres. At night, a farewell dinner is served to your choir at a festive Parisian restaurant with ample opportunity to recount the many highlights of your tour!
MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018 | DEPART FOR NORTH AMERICA

MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018 | DEPART FOR NORTH AMERICA

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the Paris airport to fly home or onto your next destination.

PACKAGE

  • Accommodations
    •4 nights at a centrally located 4-star hotel in Paris, including all service charges and taxes

    Transportation
    •A private, modern, 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 at your destination

    Meals
    •Breakfast daily in the hotel dining room •Welcome and farewell dinners

    Performance Opportunities
    •Friendship concert with other participating choirs, followed by refreshments •Festival concert at La Madeleine Church, featuring a massed sing •Participation in Parisian worship service Sunday morning

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

    Guided Tours & Special Events

    •Guided sightseeing tour of Paris
    •Cruise on the Seine River
    •Local festival guide assistance

    Complimentary Places
    •Two complimentary land packages for every 30 paying travelers (31st & 32nd travelers are complimentary), based on single occupancy accommodations
  • If your choir is interested in staying in Paris or elsewhere in Europe for additional days, please let us know. We will be glad to offer an extension tour, with singing or without, according to your choir’s interests.

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