Charles Bridge, Prague

Schedule

   Day 1, May 12th, Departure for Europe   

UNCG Symphony Orchestra
2020 Central Europe performance tour
Concert sites to be confirmed 1 year prior to travel



Day 2, May 13th, Arrive in Berlin, Sightseeing

Berlin is more than 775 years old and over the decades, all generations have left their monuments and landmarks in town. The densest array of sights in Berlin lies east of the Brandenburg Gate, on either side of Unter den Linden. In the city west visitors should take a look at the broken shard of the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, which serves as a brutal reminder of World War II.  https://www.berlin.de/en/attractions-and-sights/

Hotel Mugelsee 4*
https://www.hotel-mueggelsee-berlin.com/en
Dinner



Day 3, May 14th, Berlin free

Breakfast included

Run-out concert to Bad Lauchstadt
http://www.goethe-theater-bad-lauchstaedt.de/vermietung.html
Hotel Mugelsee 4*
Dinner



Day 4, May 15th, Berlin to Halle/Saale

Breakfast included.

Sightseeing in Halle. City of Haendel. Visit the Haendel Haus.

https://www.haendelhaus.de/en/hh/homepage

Looking back on 1,200 years of history, Halle (Saale) is proud of its status as a center of education and citadel of culture. It’s home to one of Germany’s oldest universities, not to mention the largest institute of higher education in all of northern LutherCountry. Halle (Saale) is also the proud host of the only Handel Festival in Germany to take place in authentic locations. Every year since 1922, the city enthralls audiences with operas and oratorios performed by top names in the international Baroque music scene, breathing new life into Handel’s musical legacy. Halle (Saale) also boasts a lovely cityscape, including a beautifully rehabilitated old town and romantic scenery along the banks of the Saale River.

Perform at the Neue Residenz (always well attended)
http://www.halle.de/de/Kultur/Freizeit/?RecID=1128

Hotel Wyndham 3*
https://www.tryphotels.com/en/our-hotels/germany/halle-saale/tryp-by-wyndham-halle/
Dinner



Day 5, May 16th, Halle and via Dresden (stop) to Prague

Breakfast included

Dresden is perfectly linked with the international transit network, and can be reached from every direction by rail, car or air. In terms of geographical size, Dresden is Germany’s fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. Dresden is considered a city of art and culture, but it is also an important technology hub. A network of research, science and culture has been established in the city, with a total of nine colleges and universities. The Technische Universitaet, with 35,000 students, is one of the largest universities in Germany.

Hotel Duo 3*
http://www.hotelduo.cz/default-en.html
Dinner



Day 6, May 17th, Prague sightseeing

Breakfast included

As the ‘City of a Thousand Spires’, Prague is one of Europe’s architectural gems. From Gothic and Baroque to Renaissance and Art Nouveau styles, the city has been an important UNESCO World Heritage Site which attracts more and more tourists each year. The narrow streets open up onto fantastic squares which are home to medieval-looking homes and historical buildings waiting for you to explore them. And that’s not all! The city’s rich cultural scene offers a wide range of activities for all types of tourists, so we’re sure you’re gonna love the Czech capital! There are too many things to do in Prague, a month wouldn’t be enough.

Perform at Simon and Jude always well attended through excellent promotors
https://www.google.com/search?q=Simon+and+Jude++Prague&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-ab
(upgrade to Rudolfinum/Smetana possible if available). Hotel Duo3*
Dinner



Day 7, May 18th, Prague morning free and later to Olomouc

Breakfast included

Perform at Castle Kromeritz. Well attended through excellent promotor.
https://www.timetravelturtle.com/kromeriz-castle-gardens-czech-republic/

Hotel Clarion 4*
http://www.clarioncongresshotelolomouc.com/
Dinner



Day 8, May 19th, Olomouc to Krakow

Breakfast included

Kraków is a city with county rights, located in southern Poland on the Vistula river, as the second largest city in Poland both with reard to the population and surface area. It is a former capital of Poland, Royal Capital City and necropolis of Polish kings. Today, Kraków is a modern and developing city and a melting pot where tradition of indigenous residents is mixed with student’s avant-garde. However, thanks to a great number of monuments, excellently preserved in the city’s layout, it has never lost its majestic character. Krakow is simply magical.

Perform at the Concert Hall
http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/
or St Catherine church
https://www.local-life.com/krakow/culture/1185-St_Catherines_Church
Always well attended

Hotel Wyspianski 3*
https://www.hotel-wyspianski.pl/

Dinner


 

Day 9, May 20th, Krakow. Open for excursions

Breakfast included

Some 14km southeast of Kraków, Wieliczka (vyeh-leech-kah) is famous for its deep salt mine. It’s an eerie world of pits and chambers, and everything within its depths has been carved by hand from salt blocks. The mine has a labyrinth of tunnels, about 300km distributed over nine levels, the deepest being 327m underground. A section of the mine, some 22 chambers connected by galleries, from 64m to 135m below ground, is open to the public by guided tour, and it’s a fascinating trip.

Salt Mines https://www.kopalnia.pl/

Visit the most well-known former concentration camp and place of genocide in the World. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, where around 1.5 million were killed by the Nazis, is definitely a must-see place in Poland.

Auschwitz   http://auschwitz.org/en/visiting/

Hotel Wyspianski 3*
Dinner



Day 
10, May 21st, Krakow to Warsaw and afternoon sightseeing

Breakfast included

Warsaw is a unique city, located in the center of Europe, at the junction of the trade roads from the West to the East and from the North to the South of the Europe. You will be truly fascinated by its history and atmosphere, which combines the influences of Western and Eastern Europe.

The historic center of Warsaw constitutes an exception on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. It’s the only urban complex almost entirely reconstructed after the WWII destruction. The careful reconstruction was so well done that the international community demonstrated its great appreciation through putting the historic city center of Warsaw on the list of the unique world heritage-sites.

The contemporary Warsaw is a big city, Poland’s capital and its cultural, scientific, educational and tourist center. It is also the seat of many important financial institutions and big companies.

Hotel Ibis centre 2*
http://ibis-warszawa-centrum.hotel-warsaw.net/en/
Dinner


Day 11, May 22nd, Warsaw free

Breakfast included

Perform at the Chopin University Concert Hall. http://www.chopin.edu.pl/en/
Always well attended concerts.

Hotel Ibis centre 2*
Dinner


Day 12, May 23rd, Fly back from Warsaw

Breakfast included
Transfers and homebound flight