Krakow
Krakow

FESTIVAL DATES

June 6-10, 2019

Welcome to Krakow

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Krakow offers spectacular venues including the Karlowicz Music School, the Krakow Philharmonic Hall, and magnificent Baroque churches. Choirs from around the world attend the Krakow International Choral Festival to perform adjudicated and non-adjudicated concerts in these venues, to listen to other choirs from across Europe and around the world, and to connect with fellow singers during meals, concerts, and receptions.

Krakow’s incredibly rich culture is expressed in its countless churches adorned with Baroque and Gothic interiors, its vibrant Jewish town, and its world famous Philharmonic orchestra. Krakow’s stunning city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Itinerary

June 6-10, 2019


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019 | DEPART FOR POLAND

Depart North America on an afternoon flight to Krakow, Poland. Select snacks, meals, and refreshments will be served on board.




THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 | ARRIVE IN KRAKOW, POLAND

Morning arrival at Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport. Your Music Contact International tour manager will greet you. Together, board your waiting motorcoach and transfer to your hotel in Krakow’s city center.

Check in to the hotel and join your tour manager on an orientation walk of Krakow’s historic city center.

In the evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner of Polish specialties. You may also wish to listen to participating European choirs sing as part of an informal welcome concert at a historic city venue.




FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019 | SIGHTSEEING & SINGING | CONCERT

Following breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the 14th century Wawel Castle, one of Poland’s most historically and culturally important sites. Now one of the country’s premier art museums, the castle was a royal residence and symbol of Polish statehood for centuries.

This afternoon, youth choirs are invited to local schools to perform and participate in a cultural exchange with Polish students. Adult choirs have additional free time for independent exploration.

Tonight, your choir will perform a program of your choice during the festival opening concert at St. Mary’s Basilica. You will also have the opportunity to hear the other participating choirs from across Europe and beyond.




SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 | ADJUDICATION & MORE SINGING | CONCERT

After breakfast, perform an adjudicated concert for the international jury members at the Karlowicz Music School. Following your performance, there will opportunity to hear other choirs perform.

Following a group lunch, visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an impressive array of underground tunnels and chambers created over the past 600 years by salt mining. Some of the mine’s chambers have been transformed into atmospheric chapels. Perform a brief concert nearly 1,400 feet underground in one of the mine’s largest sanctuaries!

Tonight, choral concerts continue in magnificent venues including the Church of St. Anne, the Piarist Church, and St. Peter and Paul’s. Choirs are encouraged to attend concerts given by other festival choirs.




SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019 | SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE | CLOSING CONCERT

This morning, visit a beautiful church where your choir has been invited to sing for Sunday Mass. Alternatively, an excursion to the former concentration camps in Auschwitz and Birkenau can be arranged as a somber yet poignant history lesson.

In the late afternoon, gather at the Krakow Philharmonic Hall for the Festival Closing Ceremony at which each participating ensemble is asked to sing a representative song, followed by words of thanks and the presentation of festival awards. Afterward, a festive farewell dinner is served where choirs recount the many highlights of the festival!




MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 | DEPART KRAKOW OR EXTEND YOUR STAY

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport to fly home or extend your stay in Poland.

Package

Inclusions

Accommodations
•Four nights in high quality Krakow hotels, 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
•Buffet breakfast each morning in the hotel dining room
•Welcome dinner
•Lunch at a restaurant in Krakow
•Festive farewell dinner

Tour Manager
•Full-time Music Contact International Tour Manager to accompany your group from arrival to departure

Performance Opportunities
•Opening concert series at St. Mary’s Basilica
•Adjudicated concert at Karlowicz Music School
•Performance in the Wieliczka Salt Mine
•Two evening concert series at local venues such as the Church of St. Anne, the Piarist Church, or St. Peter and Paul’s Church
•Morning worship service at a local church
•Closing Ceremony at the Krakow Philharmonic Hall

Guided Tours
•Guided tour of Wawel castle
•Guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine

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

Additional Days in Europe

If your choir is interested in staying in Poland or elsewhere in Europe for a few additional days, please contact us for ideas. We can work with you to create and plan those days to match your choir’s interests.


Inclusions


Accommodations
•Four nights in high quality Krakow hotels, 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
•Buffet breakfast each morning in the hotel dining room
•Welcome dinner
•Lunch at a restaurant in Krakow
•Festive farewell dinner

Tour Manager
•Full-time Music Contact International Tour Manager to accompany your group from arrival to departure

Performance Opportunities
•Opening concert series at St. Mary’s Basilica
•Adjudicated concert at Karlowicz Music School
•Performance in the Wieliczka Salt Mine
•Two evening concert series at local venues such as the Church of St. Anne, the Piarist Church, or St. Peter and Paul’s Church
•Morning worship service at a local church
•Closing Ceremony at the Krakow Philharmonic Hall

Guided Tours
•Guided tour of Wawel castle
•Guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine

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


Additional Days in Europe


If your choir is interested in staying in Poland or elsewhere in Europe for a few additional days, please contact us for ideas. We can work with you to create and plan those days to match your choir’s interests.

Extensions

AA two-night stay in Prague, Czech Republic will add an exciting element to an already wonderful stay in Krakow. When traveling to Prague, you will not only have the opportunity to sing in beautiful, historic venues, but also to embark on guided tours showing you the glorious landmarks of this magnificent city and to share delicious meals among friends. A post-extension to Prague will surely end your tour on a festive note and leave you with memories to last a lifetime!

Prague, reminiscent of a fairy tale city, has four breathtaking districts, each with their own style: The Castle District, the Lesser Town, linking the Castle area to the Old Town, the Old Town across the Vltava River, and the New Town, aptly named as it was founded only in the 14th century!

ADAY ONE
Arrival in Prague. Enjoy a guided walking tour. Afternoon hotel check-in. Dinner in the Old Town will give you a “taste” of the culture and traditions of this intriguing city.

DAY TWO
After breakfast, visit Prague Castle; then perhaps stroll across Charles Bridge or visit the Dvorak Museum. After some free time for lunch, return to the hotel to refresh. This afternoon a performance opportunity is arranged for the group at the historic St. Nicolas Church on the Old town Square. This evening, dinner can be arranged for the choir upon request.

AThe capital city of Poland is steeped in history and was painstakingly rebuilt after the second World War. Castle Square and the Old Town, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site are picturesque places to visit in the summer! Enjoy strolling the different squares and performing in a central church in Warsaw.

DAY ONE
Arrival in Warsaw. Enjoy a guided walking tour. Afternoon hotel check-in. Tonight, your tour manager would be happy to provide dining suggestions.

DAY TWO
After breakfast in the hotel dining room, enjoy the morning free in Warsaw. This afternoon perform in a historic downtown church. Afterwards explore the nooks and crannies of the Old Town; then celebrate over a farewell dinner of typical Polish specialties!


Two night extension to Prague


AA two-night stay in Prague, Czech Republic will add an exciting element to an already wonderful stay in Krakow. When traveling to Prague, you will not only have the opportunity to sing in beautiful, historic venues, but also to embark on guided tours showing you the glorious landmarks of this magnificent city and to share delicious meals among friends. A post-extension to Prague will surely end your tour on a festive note and leave you with memories to last a lifetime!

Prague, reminiscent of a fairy tale city, has four breathtaking districts, each with their own style: The Castle District, the Lesser Town, linking the Castle area to the Old Town, the Old Town across the Vltava River, and the New Town, aptly named as it was founded only in the 14th century!

ADAY ONE
Arrival in Prague. Enjoy a guided walking tour. Afternoon hotel check-in. Dinner in the Old Town will give you a “taste” of the culture and traditions of this intriguing city.

DAY TWO
After breakfast, visit Prague Castle; then perhaps stroll across Charles Bridge or visit the Dvorak Museum. After some free time for lunch, return to the hotel to refresh. This afternoon a performance opportunity is arranged for the group at the historic St. Nicolas Church on the Old town Square. This evening, dinner can be arranged for the choir upon request.

Two night extension to Warsaw


AThe capital city of Poland is steeped in history and was painstakingly rebuilt after the second World War. Castle Square and the Old Town, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site are picturesque places to visit in the summer! Enjoy strolling the different squares and performing in a central church in Warsaw.

DAY ONE
Arrival in Warsaw. Enjoy a guided walking tour. Afternoon hotel check-in. Tonight, your tour manager would be happy to provide dining suggestions.

DAY TWO
After breakfast in the hotel dining room, enjoy the morning free in Warsaw. This afternoon perform in a historic downtown church. Afterwards explore the nooks and crannies of the Old Town; then celebrate over a farewell dinner of typical Polish specialties!

Your Tour Includes


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


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


•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

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