Thursday, September 15, 2011

"East meets West": A first itinerary for the 2012 SMCC Performance Tour to Germany and Istanbul

The San Marino Chamber Choir under the direction of Mr. Howard Cheung is touring Germany and Istanbul in the spring of 2012. The itinerary below is a first outline and still work in progress. 

Neuschwanstein Castle
Day 1, Thursday, March 29
Overnight flight to Europe
Day 2,    Friday, March 30
Willkommen in Deutschland   
After connecting in Istanbul, your Incantato Tour Manager welcomes you at Munich airport and will bring you to the first hotel for check-in and a first German dinner.

Day 3, Saturday, March 31
Munich Sightseeing    
Experience the capital of Germany’s most well-known state Bavaria with a local guide, see the famous Hofbräuhaus and listen to the Glockenspiel on the new town hall. After some free time for shopping, experience a traditional Bratwurst feast.

Day 4, Sunday, April 1
Sunday Mass & Concert    
SMCC will most likely be performing twice today in or near Munich. More information will be featured here soon.

Day 5, Monday, April 2   
Scenic route to Salzburg    You are in for a treat as you transfer into nearby Austria and visit Salzburg. Embark on a “Sound of Music” tour and see the historic city center with Mozart’s house, now a museum. SMCC is likely to give a recital in the Salzburger Dom, the most important cathedral in this region. After free-time for exploring, your group continues to Fuessen for check-in to the Schlosshotel Lisl.

Day 6, Tuesday, April 3
Neuschwanstein Tour & Concert   
Visiting King Ludwig II.’s magnificent Neuschwanstein castle is a must do when visiting Bavaria. A special concert could take place this evening.

Day 7, Wednesday, April 4
Wieskirche, MUC airport experience and Istanbul flight   
Visit the stunning Wieskirche (“Church on the Meadow”) where SMCC is invited to sing for the Pilgrim Mass. Continue to Munich airport which is an attraction in itself and known for great restaurants, shopping and so much more. In the early evening, board your flight to Turkey. A new Incantato Tour Manager will greet you upon arrival in Istanbul and bring you to your hotel for the remainder of the tour.

Day 8, Thursday, April 5   
Istanbul in-depth   
There is so much to see and do in Istanbul, so let’s start by visiting St. Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. Dinner will be traditional Turkish Mezze.

Day 9, Friday, April 6   
School visit & exchange
What better way to get to know a new culture than through meeting fellow students. After a school visit and exchange, the remainder of the day is at leisure for shopping and to dine out on your own under the guidance of your tour manager.

Day 10, Saturday, April 7
Bosphorus Cruise, Concert and Farewell Party    
Start with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful and bustling attractions, then take a cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. After another highlight concert, you will experience a fun farewell with  a traditional Turkish Belly Dance show.

Day 11, Sunday, April 8   
Depart Istanbul   
After breakfast, return home with memories to last a lifetime.

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