International Concert Tours

Performing before a packed concert hall in historic international venues might seem like a dream, but at Encore Tours, we can make it a reality. Not only will we take you to inspiring destinations across the globe, we will also provide all of the behind-the-scenes support you need. Our vast international network allows us to guarantee audiences at all performances, provide 24-hour access assistance while you’re traveling, and create fully customized itineraries based on each ensemble’s unique needs. In short, we take care of the details so you can enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

Encore Tours is the performance division of ACIS Educational Tours, the quality leader in educational travel since 1978.

Director Benefits

Traveling on an International Concert Tour with Encore has countless benefits for group leaders, including:

  • Directors and Assistants Travel FREE

  • All international groups with at least 30 travelers receive Encore’s Fabulous Fundraiser

  • Single accommodations are provided free of charge for Encore Directors

  • Enjoy peace of mind with coverage under Encore’s Ultimate Plus Protection Plan

  • For directors who wish to stay on after their tour to explore, vacation, or simply relax, we’ll book a later flight from any major gateway and waive your return fee.

  • Cash Rewards & Stipends

  • Referral Bonuses of up to $2,000

  • Graduate-Level professional development credits for Music Teachers

  • Guaranteed Land Rates

  • Invitation to Prelude — Encore’s Free Professional Networking Weekend for Ensemble Directors

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Featured Venues

Encore’s strong ties with arts, civic and religious organizations around the world give you access to any type of venue you can imagine; from prestigious concert halls to stunning cathedrals to festivals and outdoor venues. Take a look at some of our featured venues, or search through our larger catalogue.

Mozarteum, Great Hall


The concert hall is located under the gaze of the Hohensalzburg Fortress in the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, a school specializing in the arts. It is suitable for choirs and orchestras and features a new 50 stop tracker action organ, installed in 2010! Take a virtual tour.



The Musikverein is one of the most prestigious classical performance venues in the world. The globally-esteemed acoustics and architectural grandeur make the ‘Great Hall’ an unparalleled location for a classical concert. The Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has an impressive calendar of classical events. It would be a true honor for any classical performer to play here.

Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal


Located in Old Montreal, The Notre Dame Basilica’s Gothic exterior faces the Place d’ Armes square. Upon entry, visitors are stunned by the colorful and intricate designs found on the ceiling and walls which depict scenes of Montreal’s religious history. Musical programming includes regular choral and organ performances; perhaps your group is next!

Shanghai Conservatory of Music


Founded in 1927, this award-winning conservatory, often named ‘cradle of musicians’, was the first music institution of higher education in China. This school places theory, creation, teaching and performing of western music combined with traditional Chinese music as its top priority with emphasis on preparing students for a professional music career. This is the perfect place for a local exchange or perhaps a workshop on traditional Chinese styles of music.



This beautiful Neo-Renaissance Hall in the heart of Prague is one of the oldest concert halls in Europe. Built in the late 1800’s, the structure contributed greatly to the development of Czechoslovakia as it housed the seat of the state parliment during the world wars. Today it is home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, many classical concerts, and is one of the main venues of the Prague Spring International Music Festival. It’s excellent acoustics make it a wonderful venue for symphony orchestras.

Smetana Hall


Named after the late Romantic composer, Bed’ich Smetana, this stunning Art Nouveau building was designed by noted architects of the era Osvald Poivka and Antonin Balsanek. Both architects worked hard to perfect the venues excellent acoustics. Smetana Hall’s impressive program of events throughout the year include the world-famous Prague Spring Festival. This is a truly exceptional setting for any classical performance!

Château de Chambord

Loire Valley

This sprawling creation commissioned by Francois I, towering over its deer-filled park, is one of the most recognized châteaux in the world. Featured in the building are works from collections of the Louvre and Compiegne, admired by nearly a million visitors each year. With guaranteed audiences any day, this is a top performance spot in the Loire Valley

L’Église de la Madeleine


La Madeleine is a prestigious performance venue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. This Roman Catholic church was built in true Neo-Classical style inspired by the Roman temple Maison Carrée with over fifty columns carrying the building. The church’s pipe organ was built in 1845, restored in 1927 and the organist position has been held by major organists/composers, Saint-Saëns and Fauré to name a few! We hope your group can be one of the select ensembles to have the opportunity to perform here!

St. Thomas Church


St. Thomas has been a place of worship for historical figures such as Martin Luther, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and of course, Bach. In fact, Bach was choirmaster at this church for 27 years. Today, this church acts as his final resting place. Although the works he created during his time in Leipzig commanded little attention in his lifetime, they are an important part of his journey to greatness. Dive into the world of Bach and have the chance to perform in a place he once considered home.

Matthias Church


Matthias Church, first dating back to 1015, is a Roman Catholic church located in the Holy Trinity Square, Budapest, Hungary, in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion at the heart of Buda’s Castle District. The church has a breathtaking interior with colors inspired by orientalism and romantic historicism. Its mystical atmosphere paired with its Neo-Gothic features differentiates it from any other church in Budapest.

Christ Church Cathedral


Situated in medieval Dublin, Christ Church is not only the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishops but is also the seat of the Church of Ireland. Founded around 1028 the cathedral was rebuilt and renovated many times throughout history and is now accented by flying buttresses, high arching stone ceilings, and, most notably, the Grand Organ which appears to be floating in the air! The Cathedral is home to one of the most reputable choirs in Ireland whose origins trace back to 1493 when the choir school was founded.

St. Peter’s Basilica


Charged as being “the greatest of all churches of Christendom,” St. Peter’s Basilica, in Vatican City, is nearly 400 years old and possesses a wealth of history, culture, and art. Adorned with works of famous Italian Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, St. Peter’s is a popular site not only for Christians, but for historians and tourists alike. Not only have Encore groups had the opportunity to explore such a remarkable sight, but some have also performed for the Pope himself!

Bojnice Castle

Central and Eastern Slovakia

Bojnice Castle is Slovakia’s best-known fairy-tale castle, frequently used as a film set and a wedding venue. The first written record of its existence dates from 1113, though today’s neo-Gothic remodeling dates from the early 20th century. The castle park is home to a zoological garden. Choral and chamber concerts are regularly held in the castle’s historic Hunyadi Hall.

Auditorio Nacional de Madrid


This symphonic hall was built in the early 80’s and has over 2,300 seats and a reverb time of two second. The annual program starts in September and runs through May and is open to both visiting ensembles wishing to attend a performance or perform in the hall themselves!

Southwark Cathedral


On the River Thames lies the Gothic Southwark Cathedral, the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark. The venue is suitable for both choirs and orchestras wishing to perform a concert or within a church service. To perform in this venue, your ensemble must be approved in advance!

Featured Itineraries

We are proud to offer fully customizable itineraries designed to enhance both your travel experience and your music program. Recognizing the uniqueness of each ensemble, these sample itineraries serve as inspiration for seamlessly integrating musical, cultural, and culinary highlights into your upcoming performance tour.

Mozart, Haydn And Dvořák

10 Days / 2 Munich / 2 Salzburg / 2 Vienna / 2 Prague

Finland, Estonia, Latvia And Lithuania

11 Days / 2 Helsinki / 2 Tallinn / 1 Tartu / 2 Riga / 2 Vilnius

Dynastic China

9 Days / 3 Beijing / 2 Xi’an / 2 Shanghai


11 Days / 3 Prague / 2 Kraków / 1 Zakopane / 3 Budapest

Un Voyage Sentimental

12 Days / 2 Lourdes / 2 Loire Valley / 2 Normandy / 4 Paris

Vivo In Italia

8 Days / 3 Florence / 3 Rome

Celebrating la musica de España

10 Days / 3 Madrid / 2 Seville / 3 Granada

Featured Festivals

Our featured festivals can elevate your musical journey to new heights. Delve into meticulously planned itineraries that seamlessly weave additional musical and cultural highlights, transcending the festival stage. Immerse yourself not just in the notes but within the heart of a new and enriching cultural adventure. Join us in commemorating the profound power of music, the joy of collaboration, and the enchantment of live performances by participating on one of our featured festivals.

Festival des Trois Chateaux

Loire Valley, France

Set in the scenic Loire Valley, the Festival des Trois Chateaux is built upon the pillars of collaboration and creativity. Open to both choral ensembles and individual performers, this French festival offers incredible performance opportunities at Chateau de Blois, Chateau de Chambord, and Chateau de Cheverny. Enjoy a masterclass with a renowned conductor, and perform with Le Chœur de Paris and the Chorale du Conservatoire de Blois!

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Musica Orbis Choral Festival

Prague, Czech Republic

Based in Prague, the city of music and one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Musica Orbis Choir Festival offers a wonderful musical experience to choirs of all ages. Choose from 16 competition categories or simply take part in the non-competitive festival program featuring unique performance opportunities in historic venues and churches located in the heart of the city.

Sing Mit Festival

Vienna or Salzburg, Austria

The Imperial City of Music beckons you with its musically-rich history, stunning baroque architecture and bustling cosmopolitan squares. Visit the home of some of the world’s greatest musical talents including Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn during the Sing Mit Festivals, 3-day festival choir events at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the heart of Vienna. Additional date and location offered in Salzburg, Austria!

St. Patrick's Day Festival

Dublin, Ireland

It’s never too early to plan a marching band trip to Ireland, as this festival fills up quickly! Travel with your marching band to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for an experience of a lifetime. Perform in the prestigious Limerick International Band Festival and explore the heart of Dublin and Belfast. Other marching and static performance opportunities are also available.