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In the Footsteps of Bach: A Tour for Organists (7/8/17 - 7/16/17)

American Organists in Germany

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Please join us for the musical trip of a lifetime!
Hello, everyone! I've just returned from Germany yesterday (Sept. 12, 2016) where I was able to visit the Thomaskirche and Nicolaikirche in Leipzig, among either important sites. It was breathtaking. While I was there, I imagined what it will feel like in a year to be there with you all and experience the power of the music of J.S. Bach. While I was there, I was able to gather more research about the other important instruments we will see and play, so in that respect, it was a valuable trip. If you have questions, please feel free to send a note to Sabrina or me. I look forward to hearing from you and hope you will consider joining us for this celebratory trip of a lifetime. Tschuss!
Posted on 9/13/16
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TRIP AT A GLANCE



Tour Details:

Departure City: I will book my own round-trip air transportation. I will meet the group at the first hotel.
Duration: 9 Days
Overnights: Lubeck 2, Leipzig 3, Eisenach 2

Itinerary:

Jul 8, 2017 Overnight Flight
Depart from the US under your own arrangements.
Jul 9, 2017 Lubeck
Arrive at Hamburg airport from your individual flights and meet your Encore Tour Manager. Those arriving early in the morning a will be greeted by your Tour Manager and transferred to downtown Hamburg where you can explore at your own pace before meeting the rest of the group this afternoon. Everyone should meet at the Central Coach Station in Hamburg at 2:00 pm where you will board your coach and transfer to Lubeck. You'll have time to relax and get settled into the Hotel Radisson Blu Senator. This evening, at 7:00 pm, enjoy dinner together at the hotel restaurant. (D)
Jul 10, 2017 Lubeck
After breakfast, which is provided each morning of the tour, meet at 9:30 in the hotel lobby, where you will walk to visit the Marienkirche. Here, you will have the opportunity to play the organ and meet with the local organist. At 11:15, visit Jacobkirche where Buxtehude taught Bach to play the organs at each church. You'll have a chance to play the organ, meet with Arvid Gast, the church's organist and enjoy a talk about the instruments. After some free time for lunch, enjoy an afternoon excursion to Luneburg to see St. John’s Church, where Georg Bohm taught Bach to play the organ. Visit St. John’s Church at 3:00 pm, have an opportunity to play the organ and meet with the local organist. Mr.Gräler. Then, at 4:30 pm, visit St. Michael’s Church, where you will have the opportuity to play the organ and meet with the local organist Henning Voss. Return to Lubeck for free time this evening and dinner on your own. (B)
Jul 11, 2017 Leipzig
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and board your motor coach as you transfer to Leipzig. En route visit Wittenberg, where you will enjoy a tour with your Tour Manager, who will explain the significance of this city which is where Luther began the Protestant Revolution 500 years ago! See Luther's grave, which is inside the Schlosskirche, where Luther nailed his 95 Theses. Continue to Leipzig and check in to the Hotel Radisson Blu. Enjoy dinner at 7:30 pm at Auerbachs Keller Leipzig together this evening. (B,D)
Jul 12, 2017 Leipzig
Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour of Leipzig with licensed city guide which will be focused on Bach, including a visit of the famous Thomaskirche, where Bach was the Music Director from 1723-1750. See Bach's final resting place near the altar of the church and hear the story of how his remains were moved several times from their original grave. At 1:30 pm, you will have the chance to meet with the local organist of Thomaskirche, Ullrich Böhme! After some free time for lunch, visit the Nicolaikirche at 3:00 pm, where you will have the opportunity to play the organ and meet with the church organist, Jürgen Wolf. You'll also learn about Mendelssohn's influence in the revival of Bach's music during the Romantic Period. Enjoy free time for dinner this evening. (B)
Jul 13, 2017 Leipzig
This morning, enjoy an excursion to Altenburg. Visit the Schlosskirche at 10:00 am today where you will play the Organ and meet with the local organist, Felix Friedrich. After free time for lunch, you'll continue to the historic city of Dresden. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dresden with licensed city guide, who will explain how this incredible city was rebuilt after WWII. Visit the Frauenkirche, which was completely destroyed in WWII and was finally completely restored only in 2005! After dinner at 5:30 pm at restaurant Alte Meister, return to Leipzig for the overnight. (B,D)
Jul 14, 2017 Eisenach
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for Eisenach. En route you will stop in Weimar for a visit of this beautiful city. Visit the Herderkirche, where four of Bach's children were baptized. Here you will see a lunchtime organ performance with prayer afterwards. Continue to Eisenach where you'll check into the Thuringer Hotel and enjoy a free evening in this lovely city. (B)
Jul 15, 2017 Eisenach
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Arnstadt, where Bach was the organist at the New Church from 1703-1707. Visit the Bachkirche at 9:30 am and have an opportunity to play the organ and meet Jörg Reddin, the local organist. Return to Eisenach this afternoon and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and a visit of the Bach Haus, a museum dedicated to the incredible life of JS Bach. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace. Rejoin your group at 7:30 pm tonight for a special farewell dinner at Turmschänke Eisenach to celebrate your successful tour! (B,D)
Jul 16, 2017 Departure
Check out of your hotel today after breakfast. Make your way to the airport under your own arrangements for your flights home. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $2,499
Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $2,499
Total Group Fees 1:
$2,499
1 Valid through 10/1/17

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Single Room Supplement: $665
Ultimate Protection Plan: $270
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $225

Full Payment Deadline: 3/20/17


What to See

What's Included

  • All sightseeing and entrances as listed in the itinerary
  • Basic gratuities for tour manager and bus driver
  • Direct billing to participants
  • Hotel accommodation in 4-star properties, in twin/double occupancy
  • Liability coverage in excess of $50,000,000
  • Local guides provided for city sightseeing in all major cities
  • Private deluxe air conditioned motor coach
  • Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout your travel program


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