Choir/Band/Orchestra Tour in Budapest and Prague


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Duration
11 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
10+

ON THE WINGS OF MUSIC Tune in to yourself

This tailor-made music tour for choirs, bands or orchestras offers the participants a deeper insight into Central Europe’s music life. The opportunity to perform in a variety of performance spaces or local festivals in Budapest and Prague makes this a unique experience. We arrange programs in cathedrals, jazz clubs, concert halls or local community centres.
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Besides visiting the most important cultural and historical sites of Hungary and the Czech Republic, you will have the opportunity to experience rehearsals with local choirs, bands or orchestras in both Buadpest and Prague. You will enjoy private concerts, a lecture on leading Hungarian composers such as Bartok, Kodaly and Liszt at the famous Liszt Academy, a guided tour in Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum in Budapest and in the Czech Museum of Music in Prague. Additionally, you will have the chance to explore beyond the capital cities by travelling along the Danube bend of numerous towns and villages with pretty churches and town squares.

What's included

Destination
Budapest , Central Europe , Hungary , The Czech Republic
Departure Location
Budapest, Hungary
Return Location
Prague, The Czech Republic
Price includes
  • Accommodation in deluxe hotels in double rooms
  • Transfer between the airport and hotels
  • Meals according to the program (half board)
  • In-depth sightseeing program
  • All taxes and fees
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coaches
  • Professional local guides throughout the tour
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
Price does not include
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
  • International flights
  • Free time entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Day 1 - Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
  • Day 2 - Budapest
  • Day 3 - Budapest
  • Day 4 – Gödöllő, Budapest
  • Day 5 – Budapest
  • Day 6 - Budapest
  • Day 7 – Szentendre, Visegrád, Budapest
  • Day 8 – Budapest, Prague
  • Day 9 – Prague
  • Day 10 - Prague
  • Day 11 - Departure
Day 1 - Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner

Welcome to Budapest

Arrival to Budapest, cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square, Millennium Underground Railway ect.

Transfer to the hotel and settle in.

6 p.m. Orientation at the hotel.

7 p.m. Welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Budapest

Well deserved break with sightseeing and boat trip

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Rehearsal.

Lunch on your own.

3.30 p.m. Sightseeing tour by coach with walk in the Castle District and around Heroes’ Square. In between we will have a coffee break in the Castle District.

8 p.m. Boat trip on the Danube with buffet dinner.

As it gets dark we will enjoy the view of the city center with the most important sights along the Danube (Parliament, Chain Bridge, Castle Hill, New National Theater etc.)

Day 3 - Budapest

Practice and be free

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Rehearsal.

12.30 p.m. Lunch.

Free afternoon in Budapest.

(optional programs: thermal baths, visit museums, Opera House, Parliament etc.)

Dinner on your own.

Day 4 – Gödöllő, Budapest

How royals enjoyed music back then

9 a.m. Guided field trip to the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, one of the largest baroque palaces in Hungary. We will also visit the recently reconstructed Baroque theater, which is the oldest operating stone theater in the country.

1 p.m. Lunch in a local restaurant.

3-6 p.m. Rehearsal.

Dinner on your own.

Day 5 – Budapest

Liszt Academy visit – a MUST for classical music fans

9 a.m.-12.30 p.m. Lecture on the famous Hungarian composer at Liszt Academy and guided tour in Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum.

1 p.m. Lunch.

2.30-5.30 p.m. Rehearsal.

Dinner on your own.

Optional concert evening.

Day 6 - Budapest

The history of Jews in Hungary

8 a.m. Visit the Great Market Hall.

10 a.m. Jewish history walk: visit the largest synagogue of Europe, the formal ghetto, and the Jewish Museum of Budapest.

12.30 p.m. Lunch in a Jewish restaurant.

Free afternoon in Budapest (optional programs: thermal baths, visit museums, Opera House, Parliament etc.)

Dinner on your own.

7 p.m. Concert.

Day 7 – Szentendre, Visegrád, Budapest

A day away from the city

9 a.m. Guided field trip to Szentendre, a small, picturesque baroque-rococo town, the tourist capital of the Danube Bend. It is famous for its museums and art galleries. Optional: Visit to Kovács Margit Museum with guiding.

1 p.m. Lunch in Visegrád in a Renaissance Restaurant.

Free afternoon in Budapest (optional programs: thermal baths, visit museums, Opera House, Parliament etc.)

Dinner on your own.

7 p.m. Concert.

Day 8 – Budapest, Prague

Welcome to Prague

8 a.m. Checking out, leaving to Parague by coach.

Lunch on route.

Arrival to Parague, the capital and the biggest city of the Czech Republic with extraordinary historic and cultural sights.

6 p.m. Welcome dinner and orientation walk.

Day 9 – Prague

A visit to Prague’s Castle District

9 a.m. Visit Strahov Monastery with a short private concert followed by a guided walk through the area of Hradcany.

12 p.m. Lunch in the Prague Castle.

1 p.m. Guided walk through Prague Castle.

4 p.m. Bus transfer back to the hotel and free time.

Dinner on your own.

Optional cultural event.

Day 10 - Prague

Czech melody and gourmet

9 a.m. Guided walking tour in the Old Town and across Charles Bridge to Lesser Town.

12 p.m. Free time for lunch.

2.30 p.m. Visit the Czech Museum of Music.

Free afternoon.

7 p.m. Farewell dinner in the Municipal House - the Art-Nouveau jewel of Prague - gourmet dinner with piano music.

Day 11 - Departure

Farewell

Departure.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

More about Budapest

Besides its stunning natural setting with rich architectural and historical heritage, the city offers an unmatched combination of culture, blooming gastronomy and the advantages of thermal waters and world heritage sites. Humankind has played a role in shaping the pretty face of Budapest. Architecturally, the city is a treasure, with enough baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone. Overall, though, Budapest carries a fin de siècle feeling, for it was then, during the capital’s ‘golden age' in the late 19th century, that most of what you can see today was built.

Divided in two by the Danube, Budapest is made up of Buda on one side: with Ottoman-era thermal baths at the foot of Gellért Hill, the Royal Palace and Matthias Church, it radiates calm and piece. On the other side lies Pest, vibrant and lively, with its slew of museums rich in cultural and historical treasures, extraordinary Art Nouveau architecture, its majestic Parliament building, Saint Stephen’s Basilica surrounded by pedestrian streets, and its entirely renovated Jewish Quarter and Palace District. Massive murals, small pop-up sculptures and ruin bars full of random décor – Budapest is brimming with urban art. Striking paintings brighten the city’s old firewalls and passers mood.

While traditional goulash soup and pörkölt have a well-established reputation in the Hungarian cuisine, the culinary revolution has taken over Budapest, as well. From street-food made from local, all-natural ingredients to haute cuisine creations marked in the Michelin Guide, Budapest has it all. Budapest’s reputation as a food capital dates largely from the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century and, despite a fallow period under the communism, the city is once again commanding attention. So, too, are Hungary's excellent wines – from Eger's complex reds and Somló’s flinty whites to honey-sweet Tokaj, a favorite of emperors and presidents. Even if you aren't the type who waxes poetic about silky tannins, chalky soils, and lingering finishes, you'll likely enjoy the lively Budapest wine bars. Keep a special eye out for grape varietals indigenous to Hungary, including kadarka and kékfrankos (red), and furmint, hárslevelű, and juhfark (white).

Budapest is blessed with an abundance of hot springs. As a result, ‘taking the waters’ has been an experience here since the time of the Romans. The array of bathhouses is generous – you can choose from Turkish-era, art nouveau and modern establishments. Some people come seeking a cure for whatever ails them, but the majority are there for fun and relaxation.

Budapest has something for everyone – from dramatic history and flamboyant architecture to healing thermal waters and a nightlife that is unrivalled in Eastern and Central Europe.

More about Central Europe

At once natural and refined, folksy and cultured: the combination of mountain rusticity with old-world style captivates in Central Europe.

Teutonic half-timbered villages, graffiti-decorated Renaissance squares, medieval walled towns…. Wander the darkly Gothic alleyways of Prague, admire the baroque excess of Salzburg or take in the colourful old-Venetian influence on the Slovenian port of Piran. Poland and the Czech Republic seem to have more than their fair share of medieval masterpieces, but you can find narrow lanes and quaint townscapes throughout the region – from Bern, Switzerland to Bardejov, Slovakia. Smaller gems such as Bamberg, Germany are often far from the tourist radar. On mornings when the mists lie heavy and crowds are few, you might imagine yourself in an earlier century.

Nourishing yourself is more fun in a great atmosphere, and Central Europe's abundance of outdoor cafes, beer halls and coffee houses offer just that. When the temperatures rise in spring, outdoor tables proliferate along with the daffodils and tulips. Enjoy a plate of pasta while admiring the Slovenian coast, nosh pierogi (dumplings) on a Polish cobblestone street or dip into fondue lakeside in Switzerland. Beer gardens across the region offer an opportunity to enjoy hearty food, a convivial atmosphere and a good brew alfresco. Once the weather cools, move inside to a boisterous beer hall. Or, for something a little sweeter, try a cake at a coffee house or pastry cafe. The most famous are in Vienna and Budapest, but you'll find many options – and other interesting places to eat and drink – all across the region.

With mountains covering so many Central European states, it's no wonder that the outdoors holds such an attraction in the region. The Alps rise to their highest in Switzerland, with jagged, Toblerone-like peaks such as the Matterhorn, and march on through southern Germany, across Austria and south into Slovenia. You can hike, bike, ski or just ride the gondolas and funiculars to enjoy the Alpine views. Other mountains, like the Swiss Jura and the Polish–Slovak Tatras, offer no less adventure. There are also sculptural sandstone 'rock towns' in the Czech Republic to climb, waterfall-filled gorges in Slovakia and Slovenia to hike and the bucolic Black Forest in Germany to walk. There's a new part of nature to explore almost around every corner.

More about Hungary

Hungary is among the top tourist destinations in Europe with the capital Budapest regarded as one of the most beautiful cities worldwide. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).

Hungary’s scenery is more gentle than striking. But you can’t say the same thing about the built environment across the land. Architecturally Hungary is a treasure trove, with everything from Roman ruins and medieval townhouses to baroque churches, neoclassical public buildings and art nouveau bathhouses and schools. And we're not just talking about the capital, Budapest. Walk through Szeged or Kecskemét, Debrecen or Sopron and you’ll discover an architectural gem at virtually every turn. Indeed, some people go out of their way for another glimpse of their favourites, such as the Reök Palace in Szeged or the Mosque Church in Pécs.

Budapest is a vibrant capital city with an outstanding cultural life and magnificent historic spas: a true metropolis that offers unforgettable experiences in every season. It is famed for its breathtaking architecture and photogenic river scenery.

Stunning architecture, vital folk art, thermal spas and Europe's most exciting capital after dark are Hungary's major drawing cards.

More about The Czech Republic

Since the fall of communism in 1989, the Czech Republic – and its capital in particular – has evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations.

The Czech Republic's location in the middle of Europe has seen a long history of raiding tribes, conquering armies and triumphant dynasties. This turbulent past has left a legacy of hundreds of castles and chateaux – everywhere you look there seems to be a many-turreted fortress perched above a town, or a romantic summer palace lazing peacefully amid manicured parkland. The number and variety of Czech castles is simply awe-inspiring – everything from grim Gothic ruins clinging to a dizzy pinnacle of rock, to majestic, baroque mansions filled with the finest furniture that Europe’s artisans could provide.

Since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been famous for producing some of the world's finest brews. But the internationally famous brand names – Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar – have been equalled, and even surpassed, by a bunch of regional Czech beers and microbreweries that are catering to a renewed interest in traditional brewing. Never before have Czech pubs offered such a wide range of brews – names you'll now have to get your head around include Kout na Šumavě, Primátor, Únětice and Matuška.

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Choir/Band/Orchestra Tour in Budapest and Prague

Duration
11 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
10+

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