Choir Trip

Join the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist choir as we travel to Germany and Austria in June 2018. Trip runs June 21st –
June 30th

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Daily Itineraries

Day 1 June 21, Thursday: Depart USA

Depart Milwaukee on our motor coach for Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Depart USA via Lufthansa Airlines for our flight to Munich.  

Complimentary dinner, breakfast, and beverages will be served inflight.

Day 2 June 22, Friday: Arrive in Munich | Orientation Tour of Munich

Arrive at Munich International Airport, proceed through Passport Control, claim your luggage, and our Peter’s Way Tours tour manager will meet us upon our exit from Customs.

Board our comfortable touring bus and soon we will be on our way for an orientation ride of Munich (City of the Monks).  This is the capital of Bavaria and the second largest city in Germany. Visit the Marienplatz and the world famous Glockenspiel, and the twin-towered Frauenkirche, the most familiar landmark of old Munich. You will see the town hall, magnificent boulevard Feldherrenhalle Ludwigsstrasse Siegestor—created by King Ludwig I in the middle of the 19th century.

Late afternoon check-in at our hotel in Munich. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Munich.

Day 3 June 23, Saturday: King Ludwig’s Majestic Castle | Salzburg

Buffet breakfast at our hotel.

This morning, we depart Munich for Salzburg. En-route to Salzburg explore King Ludwig’s majestic castle, the Cinderella-style Neuschwanstein and the King’s former residence. This white and dream-like fortress was built in 1869 by sketches of a theatrical decorator.  Go back to the times of Wagner as you visit the royal apartments decorated with scenes from German sagas and operas, throne rooms, music halls adorned with fine candelabra and chandeliers, King Ludwig’s bedroom with artistic wood carvings and an artificial Grotto that recalls opera themes of his former friend and composer Richard Wagner.

Independent lunch. Continue to the Baroque city of Salzburg, a jewel set on the beautiful banks of the Salzach River, for a two-night stay. Check-in at our hotel. Independent dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Salzburg.

Day 4 June 24, Sunday: Mass at Salzburg Cathedral | Highlights Tour of Salzburg | Gala Dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller

Buffet breakfast at our hotel.

Late morning transfer to Salzburg Cathedral for the 11:30am Mass sung by St. John the Evangelist, conducted by Michael Batcho. After Mass, photo opportunity at the Cathedral Square.

Independent lunch. This afternoon, you will have a guided tour of Salzburg’s sights along Getreidegasse, the city’s pedestrian street, lined with authentic 17th and 18th century buildings, including the house where Mozart was born.  View Monchsberg with the fortress “Hohensalzburg,” which overlooks the city.  Built into the side of Monchsberg is the Salzburg Festspiedlhaus, home of the famous Salzburg Festival Operas.  See Residenzplatz, the center square of Salzburg, dominated by the dynamic sculpture of the Residenzbrunnen, the largest Baroque fountain north of the Alps.  The Residenz building, built in 1596, was once the palace of the Bishops.  Nearby stands the Cathedral dating from 1614.  Next, visit St. Peter’s Abbey, next to the cemetery portrayed in the film The Sound of Music, where most of Mozart’s religious works are premiered.

This evening, enjoy a festival dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller Restaurant in Salzburg, enjoying Austrian culture, history and modernity. Overnight at the hotel in Salzburg.

Day 5 June 25, Monday: Oberndorf & Sound of Music Tour | Vienna

Buffet breakfast at our hotel.

We begin our day with a visit to the village of Oberndorf to see the Silent Night Chapel, which marks the place where the beloved Christmas carol was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818. Continue to Leopoldskron to see the façade of the castle which appeared as part of the Trapp home in the famous film, The Sound of Music.

Continue on to the Austrian Lake District, and visit the Basilica in Mondsee where the wedding of Maria and Captain von Trapp was filmed. Enjoy St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgang, a lakeside town which offers one of the best known landscapes of the Salzkammergut. See the Mozart fountain on the Mozartplatz in St. Gilgen which shows the young Mozart playing the violin, surrounded by birds spouting water.

Independent lunch. In the afternoon, we continue to Vienna, the Music Capital of the World! Vienna is the city of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Strauss.

We will enjoy five nights in Vienna. Independent dinner.  Overnight at the hotel in Vienna.

Day 6 June 26, Tuesday:  St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Mozart House & Museum | At leisure | Optional Visit: House of Music

Buffet breakfast at our hotel.

This morning, we begin our day with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria’s most eminent Gothic edifice, housing a wealth of art treasures.  The architectural history begins in the 12th century, the oldest remaining parts date from the 13th century: the Giant Gate (Riesentor) and the Towers of the Heathens (Heidentürme), both Romanesque in style.  The South Tower (Südturm), at 448 feet, was completed in 1433 (the Viennese have given it the nickname Steffl, which also denotes the whole cathedral).  During the 18th century, the cathedral was decorated with Baroque altarpieces – the panel of the main altar shows the stoning of its namesake St. Stephen, the first martyr of Christendom.

Afternoon at leisure. Suggestions (These are not organized or provided):

Option I: (not organized or provided) Visit the Mozart house and museum, a three-story museum where Mozart lived from 1784 to 1787. When we visit, we are able to stand in the room where Mozart and Beethoven met, and where Haydn told Mozart’s father “your son is the greatest composer I know in person or by name”.

Option II: (not organized or provided) Visit the House of Music. Spread out over several floors, visitors can feel, see and listen to music – a truly unique experience that you won’t want to miss. Haus der Musik is an interactive discovery museum located in the heart of Vienna’s first district nestled between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. A host of interactive installations playfully communicate openness to new things, understanding and enthusiasm in approaching music. Conduct the Vienna Philharmonic from a virtual conductor’s podium, and the musicians on the screen will tell you if you are up to par. Journey back in time to see the great composers of the past, such as Mozart, Straus, Beethoven and others.

Independent dinner.  Overnight at our hotel in Vienna.

Day  7  June 27, Wednesday: Highlight Tour of Vienna including the Schonbrunn Palace | Concert Presentation at Peterkirsche

Buffet breakfast at our hotel.

We begin our day with an orientation tour of Vienna.  Pass by the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Habsburg emperors; the Capuchin Church containing the imperial vaults; St. Charles’ Church, a splendid example of late Baroque architecture; and the Belvedere Palace, former residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy.  Drive around the Ring, one of the most magnificent boulevards in the world, passing the Vienna Opera, Museums, House of Parliament, City Hall, and the Burgtheater.

Continue on to visit the Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburgs.  The name comes from the fountain that was built over a spring in the early 1600s.  The castle was built by Ferdinand II in 1637.  It came into its full grandiose incarnation during the reign of Maria Theresa, when she added the massive mirrors, frescoed ceilings and gigantic crystal chandeliers. Independent Viennese-style lunch (We recommend you try the famous Café Demel, Café Hofburg or Café Balthasar all within reach).

Organ recital (by the church organist 3:00 – 3:10pm), Concert Presentation by Cathedral Choir of St. John the Evangelist (3:10 – 3:40pm), Organ recital (by the church organist 3:40 – 3:50pm)

Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Vienna.

Day 8 June 28, Thursday: Excursion to Einsenstadt | Zentralfriedhof

Buffet breakfast at our hotel.

After breakfast, we depart Vienna for the town of Einsenstadt, capital of the province of Burgenland. It was here at the Bergkirche that Josef Haydn served thirty years as Kapellmeister, and that his “Mass in Time of War” was first performed in 1796. Enjoy a guided tour of Esterhazy Castle. It was constructed in the late 13th century, and came under ownership of the Hungarian Esterházy family in 1622. Under Paul I, 1st Prince Esterházy of Galántha the estate was converted into a baroque castle which remained the principal residence and center of administration of the family for over 300 years.

Independent lunch. In the afternoon, we return to Vienna. A stop will be made to visit Vienna Central Cemetery “Zentralfriedhof”. Mozart, Beethoven and other luminaries of the musical world (Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Schönberg and others) are buried, or at least memorialized, here. Remainder of the day at leisure in Vienna.

Independent dinner.  Overnight at our hotel in Vienna.

Day 9 June 29, Friday: Melk Abbey | Danube River Cruise | Farewell Dinner

Buffet breakfast at our hotel.

Today we depart Vienna for magnificent scenery along the Danube. We will explore the Wachau, a region that is the pride of the historic preservation movement in Austria. We will visit Melk Abbey the majestic monastery complex crowning the rocky hill overlooking the Danube. Celebrate Mass in the Abbey Chapel.

Independent lunch. After lunch we will embark on a 90-minute Danube River Cruise. We will pass the Schönbühel Castle and the town of Dürnstein with its famous blue tower. Disembark in the picturesque Krems an der Donau to enjoy some free time in this picturesque area before our return to Vienna.

Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Vienna.

Overnight at our hotel in Vienna.

Day 10 June 30, Saturday: Return to the USA

After an early buffet breakfast, we will be transferred to Vienna Airport for our return flight to the USA. Upon our return, motor coach transporation to Milwaukee from Chicago O’Hare International Airport will be provided.