Find out why Prague is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Spared from the bombs of World War II, Prague retains its ancient beauty. Its impressive architecture, quaint city streets, and grand Vltava River create a magnificent background for a concert tour. Grand historic churches, theaters, and concert halls line the streets and provide fantastic venues for both small and large ensembles and performers. Music fills the air in Prague 365 days a year. From popular Czech composers, such as Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorák, to those that simply visited, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the city pulses with a truly musical rhythm heard on the streets, in the language, and of course in the beautiful venues that will welcome your group.
Depart North America for Prague, Czech Republic.
Welcome to Prague. Enjoy an introduction to Prague with your tour manager en route from the airport.
Check in to your hotel before embarking on a guided tour of the Prague Castle District including Golden Lane. Your guide will lead you through Europe’s largest medieval castle complex and through Saint Vitus Cathedral.
This evening enjoy a welcome dinner of local specialties as your tour manager previews the days ahead.
This morning, walk together with a local guide to Prague’s Jewish Quarter. Enjoy a guided visit to this historic area including the Jewish Cemetery and synagogues dating back to the Middle Ages.
This afternoon, your ensemble will perform an afternoon concert at St. Nicholas Church on the Old Town Square.
Your tour manager will lead a walk through Wenceslas Square this evening and indicate the best places for dinner.
This morning head by motor coach to Kutna Hora, a 13th century UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the day exploring the castle and the town of Kutna Hora.
This afternoon, perform a concert for a local audience in Kutna Hora.
Return to Prague for the evening, where your tour manager will provide suggestions for dinner.
Today you can choose to visit the Old Town of Prague to see the Horologue (Town Hall) with its famous Astronomical Clock in the west facade. This amazing clock was built in 1410 has figurines that move in sync with the hourly bell toll.
This evening a wonderful friendship concert with a local choir from Prague will be arranged at the Saint Salvatore Church in central Prague.
After your performance, a festive farewell dinner of traditional dishes will be served to your group.
Check out of the hotel this morning and depart for the Prague airport and your return flight to North America.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, Prague is situated on the Vltava River in Central Bohemia. Prague has been the political, cultural and economic center of the Czech Republic for over 1,100 years, and is now home to more than 3.1 million people. In 1992, the historic center of Prague was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, thus solidifying the city as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The city’s musical tradition also lures travelers, as Prague is well known for its composers and music halls.
PRAGUE CASTLE DISTRICT
In Hradčany (Prague’s Castle District) stands the Prague Castle itself, along with many other palaces, churches and monasteries. Some of the palaces are home to art galleries, while others are used as government or church buildings. The Prague Castle is now the seat of the Czech president and is Prague’s number one tourist attraction. See St. Vitus Cathedral, the center of the castle and the most important cathedral in all of the Czech Republic, and admire the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and the Golden Lane.
The Jewish Quarter in Prague, known as Josefov, is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. Its troubled history dates back to the 13th century, when members of the Jewish community in Prague were ordered to vacate their homes and all settle in one area. Over the centuries, more and more people were crowded into the area as Jews were banned from living anywhere else. Six synagogues remain, including the famous Pinkas Synagogue. Other noteworthy sights are the Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery, the most remarkable of its kind in Europe. There is also the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest preserved synagogue of Central Europe, which is today the main house of prayer for Prague’s Jewish Community.
Our friendship concerts are a featured experience on our tours and are at the heart of our mission to foster cultural connections through music. We benefit from a vast international network in the choral world built over our thirty years' experience of helping choirs share their music both in the United States and abroad. Your choir will share a venue and a concert program with a host choir from the region. Your singers will have the chance to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time usually follows the friendship concert, giving both choirs the chance to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie of creating cross-cultural connections through a shared love of music.