In this 9-day itinerary, you will enjoy the fellowship of singers from around the globe, rehearsals with world-renowned musical directors, and several performance opportunities as part of the Musica Orbis festival. After the festival ends you will discover Dresden, also known as "Florence of the North" and the "Venice of the River Elbe." One of Europe's most musically and culturally significant cities, Dresden has emerged as a cultural, political, and economic center in the eastern part of Germany, and is truly one of Europe's hidden gems.
Departure from the United States.
Arrive in the beautiful city of Prague and meet your Encore Tour Manager at the airport. Transfer to your well-located hotel and settle in. Enjoy dinner this evening together before getting a good night’s sleep! (B,D)
This morning after breakfast, which is provided each morning of the tour, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Prague to acquaint yourself with this gorgeous city, nicknamed the “City of a Hundred Spires”. Visit the famous Prague Castle and the magnificent St. Vitus’s Cathedral before walking over the unique Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock. This afternoon, you will participate in a workshop with a Czech conductor where you will gain insights into the rich Czech musical tradition with a professional clinician. Afterwards, attend the festival concerts taking place this afternoon! (B,D)
This morning, attend the official welcome at the Prague Old Town Hall, a gorgeous building dating back to the 14th century and one of the most significant buildings in all of Prague, where you will be greeted by a representative of the City of Prague. This afternoon, the opening concert will take place at the Czech Museum of Music. Give your first short performance in front of local audiences in the unique concert hall inside this beautiful museum. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at the art nouveau-style Municipal House Café. (B,D)
This morning, you will take part in a very special Mass participation in St. Vitus Cathedral, the greatest Czech cathedral in the largest Castle in the world! This afternoon, take part in the festival concerts. Charm the local audiences with your performance in a joint concert with another participating ensemble at a beautiful venue in downtown Prague where you can support your newly-made international friends and fellow musicians. Tonight celebrate the end of the festival during a farewell dinner cruise. Join the other ensembles and celebrate your successful festival performance with a cruise on the Vltava river! (B,D)
Check out of your hotel and travel to Dresden, one of Germany’s Baroque gems! This city was completely destroyed during World War II and has been carefully rebuilt to its former splendor over the last 75 years. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner together. (B,D)
The morning enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Dresden to learn about the storied past of this beautiful city. See the Zwinger Palace, the Hofkirche church, the Bruehl Balcony, and Old Market, and much more. Included is an entrance into the iconic Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady), which was reduced to rubble during World War II then rebuilt via donations from people all across Europe. This afternoon you will perform the final concert of your tour at a local venue. (B,D)
Today you will enjoy a day trip out of the city to the lovingly preserved town of Meissen, home to the famous Meissen Porcelain Manufactory and the stunning Albrechtsburg Castle. You will visit this late-Gothic castle complex which was built between 1471 and 1524 and have time for exploration of the town on your own before driving back to Dresden for your farewell dinner this evening! (B,D)
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