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Performance Tour of Central Europe (6/16/17 - 6/25/17)

West Virginia Youth Symphony

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HOME STAY POSSIBILITIES!
Hi all, Please let us know if any STUDENT MUSICIANS -- OR ADULTS -- are interested in a home stay while we are in Slovakia! This exciting possibility has been opened up to adults, as well as students. This is a fantastic way to expand your understanding about different cultures and different ways of living -- and can help your language learning! Consider and let us know... Mrs. Cooke and Mr. Beal and Mr. Turizziani
Posted on 3/28/17
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TRIP AT A GLANCE



Tour Details:

Departure City: Washington
Duration: 10 Days
Overnights: Budapest 3, Under Own Arrangements 2, Prague 3

Itinerary:

Jun 16, 2017 Overnight Flight
Departure from the United States.
Jun 17, 2017 Budapest
Arrive in Budapest this morning and meet your Encore Tour Manager! Begin your exploration right away with a walking orientation, led by the Tour Manager, of this charming Eastern European gem in the St. Stephen's area of Budapest. Check in and enjoy dinner together at the hotel. End your first day with a river cruise along the Danube River. (D)
Jun 18, 2017 Budapest
This morning after breakfast, discover the city on a morning guided sightseeing tour, taking in Castle Hill and Matthias Church. Marvel at the cobbled streets of Old Buda and bridges over the Danube, all of which illustrate Budapest's intriguing past and present. Enjoy a free afternoon exploring at leisure, also visiting Heroes' Square. This evening, after dinner, attend a performance by the Rajko Hungarian Folk Orchestra and Ensemble at the Danube Palace. (B,D)
Jun 19, 2017 Budapest
This morning enjoy a walking tour of Vaci Utca and Jewish District OR pay your own way at Gellert Baths and join in Vaci Utca for lunch. Then rejoin your group for your afternoon rehearsal. In the afternoon at 5:00pm , perform your debut concert at the Military Museum in Old Town Buda! Enjoy your dinner with gypsy music at the “Marble Bride” restaurant this evening afterwards. (B,D)
Jun 20, 2017 Under Own Arrangements
Transfer from Budapest, stop en route at the village of Spania Dolina for lunch on your own at Koliba u sv. Kristofa at 12:30 pm, and continue to Banska Bystrica where you will begin the homestay under your own arrangements. Hotel accommodations are available for the adults at a supplement cost.
Jun 21, 2017 Under Own Arrangements
Continue the portion of your tour under your own homestay arrangements, including your concert tonight at Banska Bystrica Town Hall. Hotel accommodations are available for the adults at a supplement cost.
Jun 22, 2017 Prague
After breakfast, depart for the jewel of central Europe, Prague! Visit the historical town of Trebic along the way where you will have time for lunch on your own. Continue to the Czech capital. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner together. (B,D)
Jun 23, 2017 Prague
Left virtually untouched by World War II bombing, Prague is one of Europe's most beautiful cities as you'll see during a guided tour. See the graceful Charles Bridge, built during the 14th century, wander the checkerboard cobblestone streets of the medieval Old Town and see the Old Town Square, home of the fascinating Astronomical Clock. This afternoon rehearse for your next performance. Your final concert will be tonight at the Czech Museum of Music at 6:30pm! Enjoy dinner together in a local restaurant. (B,D)
Jun 24, 2017 Prague
Depart on an excursion today to Kutna Hora, including entrances to Sedlec Ossuary and Church of St. Barbora. Return to Prague to further explore the city at your own pace. In the early evening enjoy a concert at the Klementinum (Dvorák, Smetana, Vivaldi). Afterwards, celebrate your successful performance tour with a farewell dinner cruise along the Vltava River. (B,D)
Jun 25, 2017 Departure
Transfer to the airport for return flight to the United States. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $3,699
Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $3,699
Total Group Fees 1:
$3,699
1 Valid through 3/16/17

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Single Room Supplement: $570
Ultimate Protection Plan: $300
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $250

Full Payment Deadline: 3/16/17


What to See

Shopping
BUDAPEST

Central Market Hall, Metro:  Kálvin tér (Blue Line)
Reconstructed in 1995, this is a 3-level market hall with food and folk art goods.

Inner City Market Hall, Metro:  Kossuth tér (Red Line)
Located in the center of Pest, this market has fruits, vegetables, a supermarket and some clothing.

PRAGUE

Czech Tradition
With 6 locations around the center of the city, and one near the airport, this shop is the easiest place to go to purchase traditional Czech handicrafts like wooden toys and other gifts.

Myslbek, Na Príkop? 19/21
The Myslbek Shopping Gallery became one of the first malls in Prague when it opened in 1996. It connects the New Town to the Old Town, stretching between the busy Na Príkop? Street and the historic Ovocný trh (Fruit Market) behind the Estates Theater. Overall, you can browse over 30 shops and boutiques, and a few restaurants.

Palác Flóra, Vinohradská 144
One of the larger malls in Prague, the environment is bright and airy, with four floors and 120 shops.  There is of course a food court, and a cinema with an IMAX.

 

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Museums
BUDAPEST

Hungarian National Gallery
The beautiful Buda castle is home to one of the finest art galleries in Hungary. The gallery includes art by Karoly Alexy, Laszlo Paal, and Miklos Izso. The art ranges from medieval and renaissance to the 20th century. It features, paintings, wooden sculptures, and stone carvings.

Budapest Holocaust Memorial Center, Metro:  Kálvin tér (Blue Line)
Museum dedicated to presenting the Holocaust and serving as a memorial to the victims.

Budapest History Museum, Funicular:  from Clark Ádám tér to Castle Hill
Also known as Castle Museum, it features archaeological finds and gives the visitor a feel for medieval Buda.

House of Terror Museum, Metro:  Oktogon (Yellow Line)
This interesting sight used to be the headquarters for the Hungarian Nazi party, known as the Arrow Cross Party. Later the building was taken over by the Communist secret police. The museum, described by some as “political propaganda,” gives visitors an inside look at the dealings of the Hungarian Nazi party during WWII.

PRAGUE

Dvorak Museum, Subway Stop: I. P. Pavlova
This little museum is devoted to Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak, who lived nearby. Although perhaps not the most definitive collection of memorabilia of the composer of the New World symphony, the building and its gardens are well worth a visit. The house was built around 1720 as a Baroque summer palace and the rooms are tastefully preserved in period style. The museum is open daily, closed Monday.

Mucha Museum, Kaunický palác, Panská 7
Dedicated to the life and work of famous Czech artist Alphonse Mucha.  Known for his art nouveau posters, you can also see paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia.

 

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Outdoors
BUDAPEST

Spas and hot springs
Budapest is also known as the Spa Capital of the World. Thermal hot springs are a great place to spend an afternoon and Hungary has over 1,000 hot springs to choose from. In Budapest alone there are over 30 thermal spas. So relax in the thermal springs and let the nutrient-rich waters heal what ails you. 

PRAGUE

Charles Bridge, Subway Stop: Staromestska
The most obvious place to see and be seen is the crowded pedestrian-only bridge connecting the Old Town with Castle Hill. Marvel at the 32 remarkable statues lining the fourteenth century bridge, or shop for prints, drawings and other hand-crafted souvenirs sold by merchant stands on the bridge.  On warm summer evenings, the bridge becomes a gathering place for teenagers from all over the world. For a great view of all the action, you can climb up the castle-side bridge tower. The tower is open daily.

Old Jewish Quarter, Subway Stop: Staromestska
The Old Jewish Cemetery, with its cramped, haphazard headstones, serves as a poignant reminder of life and death in the crowded Jewish ghetto.

New Jewish Cemetery, Subway Stop: Jiriho Z Podebrad
Another of Prague's famous cemeteries.  Here you can find where Franz Kafka is buried.  Open Tuesday and Thursday.

Strahov Monastery, Tram 22 from Subway Stop
With chapels, a church and a superb medieval art gallery, this Premonstratensian abbey is known for its libraries. The entrance fee will get you into both the Philosophical and the Theological Library Halls. Both contain tens of thousands of books within their richly gilded and frescoed Baroque rooms.  Open daily.

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Restaurants
BUDAPEST

Coffee Houses/Cake Shops
Tired from a long day of sightseeing? Take a break in one of the numerous coffee houses around Budapest. Locally known as cake shops, these cafés offer a variety of Hungarian cakes and pastries.

Gundel, Metro: Hosök tere (Yellow line)
Awarded the "Best Restaurant in Budapest" prize, Gundel serves upscale traditional Hungariian fare. It is located in City Park.
 

PRAGUE

Kavárna Slavia, Subway Stop: Narodni Trida
With spectacular views of the National Theater and the Prague Castle, this is definitely one of the best cafés in the city.  Slavia serves light snacks and coffee as well as basic check cuisine like roast duck and potato pancakes.  Sandwiches and pasta dishes are also available for good prices.

Kolkovna, Subway Stop: Staromestska
Well known amongst the locals, this popular spot is the best place for traditional Czech cuisine.  If you want to avoid the overcrowded tourist spots in the square this is a great place to drop in.

Bohemia Bagel, Subway Stop: Staromestska
For those early mornings before hopping on the tour bus, head over to Bohemia Bagel for some breakfast and a bottomless cup of coffee.  The eatery is full of flavor and is popular amongst the local students.  It is also a community center where groups can meet and post on the free bulletin boards.
 

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What's Included

  • Round trip airfare booked on a commercial airline
  • Six nights hotel accomodation in 3- and 4-star hotels, double/twin occupancy with private bath
  • Breakfast daily plus six group dinners
  • Arrangements for two fully-promoted concert performance opportunities
  • Guaranteed Audiences
  • Concert arrangements including venue rental, concert permits, advertisement and onsite assistance
  • Group and repertoire appropriate venue to include pre-concert rehearsal time, where possible
  • All sightseeing and entrances as listed in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout your travel program
  • Local guides provided for city sightseeing in all major cities
  • Basic gratuities for tour manager and bus driver
  • Private deluxe air conditioned motor coach
  • Private instrument truck
  • Liability coverage in excess of $50,000,000
  • Direct billing to participants


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