The following is the itinerary for the MBCC Senior Choir European Tour, 28 June to 14 July 1999. As we traveled, I added the links to pages of the online journal describing each day's adventures. (Final itinerary and travel arrangements by Ambassador Tours, 148 East Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI USA, 616-349-7655.)
Monday and Tuesday, 28-29 June: fly from Los Angeles to Frankfurt, Germany, on Lufthansa flight 457, thence to Rome, Italy on Lufthansa flight 3856. (Hotel Portamaggiore Roma, phone 011-390-6-7027927, fax 011-390-6-7027936)
Wednesday, 30 June: Tour Rome and Vatican City, and give an informal 10-minute concert at St. Peter's Basilica.
Thursday, 1 July: Another day to explore Rome, with a full concert at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.
Friday, 2 July: Travel along the coast to Montecatini Terme, famous for its mineral springs; stop at the Fattoria Villa Maionchi (a 17th century winery) in Lucca along the way. (Note: the Hotel Imperial Garden rented our rooms out from under us, so we are split between another couple of hotels in Montecatini Terme; I don't have numbers as I write.)
Saturday, 3 July: Tour and explore Florence, then return to Montecatini Terme; outdoor informal concert in the evening at Piazzale della Torretta.
Sunday, 4 July: Travel to Venice, stopping enroute to participate in High Mass at Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and sing for 20-30 minutes afterward. (Hotel Nazionale, phone 011-390-41-716133, fax 011-390-41-715318)
Monday, 5 July: Tour and explore Venice, on foot and by Vaporetto (taxi boat) on the Grand Canal.
Tuesday, 6 July: Last chance to explore Venice, then take overnight train to Vienna.
Wednesday, 7 July: Tour and explore Vienna. (Rosenhotel Vieden, phone 011-43-1-501-520, fax 011-43-1-501-52709)
Thursday, 8 July: Day trip to Bratislava, Slovakia, with a full concert at the Clarists Church during the Cultural Summer Festival.
Friday, 9 July: Morning visit to the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald), and dinner at Grinzing in evening.
Saturday, 10 July: Travel to Melk, giving an informal concert at the Melk Abbey; and then to Salzburg. Part of the trip will be aboard a boat down the Danube. (Rosenhotel Salzburg, phone 011-43-662-4396390, fax 011-43-662-4396397)
Sunday, 11 July: Sing during early Mass at the St. Gilgen Kirche, then a day to explore Salzburg.
Monday, 12 July: Travel to Munich, Germany, and on the way stop at the Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden. (Hotel Feringapark, phone 011-49-89-957-160, fax 011-49-89-957-16111)
Tuesday, 13 July: Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, then give an informal concert at the Wieskirche in Steingaden, then return to Munich for a farewell dinner and festive folkloric show at the Hofbrauhaus.
Wednesday, 14 July: A couple of hours to shop in Munich, then fly from Munich to Frankfurt on Lufthansa flight 151, thence to Los Angeles on Lufthansa flight 452.
new 10 June 1999, updated 13 July 1999