Thursday, February 12, 2009

It was great meeting you all

Dear Singers of the UGA Chamber Choir, dear friends and family of the traveling group.
It was a great pleasure meeting you all and having a chance to present the tour as well as answer any immediate questions you had.
Please continue to stay in touch and make good use of this blog as a tool to exchange ideas and information.
We look forward to hearing from you and will add more information soon.
Arriverderci Sandra from Incantato Tours

Your flight itinerary

Hello All! Below is your confirmed flight itinerary!

UGA to Europe:

Lufthansa (LH 445) is departing Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00pm from Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) and arriving in Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) 8:55am. Change planes: 12:25pm (LH 3886) departs from Frankfurt and arrives in Milan (MXP)on Wednesday, May 27 at 1:35pm.


Lufthansa (LH 3853) is departing Friday, June 5 at 6:45 am from Rome, Italy (FCO) and arriving in Frankfurt (FRA) at 8:45am. Change planes: 12:10pm (LH444) departs from Frankfurt and arrives in Atlanta (ATL) on Friday, June 5 at 4:10pm.

Incantato Tours recommends that travelers arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to departure.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

St. Mark's Basilica

Basilica di San Marco - St. Mark's Basilica

St. Mark's Basilica majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the history of Venice. It was originally built in 828 to house the Evangelist Mark, whose body Venetian merchants stole from his tomb in Alexandria, Egypt, because Muslims were going to desecrate the church where it was laid to rest. The basilica had to be reconstructed after a fire in 976. Doge Domenico Contarini decided to rebuild the church on the same Greek cross plan as the previous one. In 1096, it was consecrated, but the decorative work continued until the beginning of the 19th century.
The present church is modeled on the 6th century Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople with an equal-sided cross, surmounted by five symmetrically placed monumental domes. The light is thus directed towards the centre of the basilica, leaving the side aisles in comparative shadow. The west wing was later enlarged by adding a surrounding narthex. The marble columns and slabs, the mosaics and carvings, the paintings and statuary, the gold and jeweled icons and the countless other treasures in the building reflect many centuries of Venetian dominance over the eastern Mediterranean. The basilica is situated front and center of the magnificent Piazza San Marco, the highlight for every tourist visiting Venice.

Opening Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice -- Phone: (+39) 0415224064

The UGA Italy Tour Performance Venues

Saturday, May 30
Ultrapadum Festival Concert - we recommend the Teatro di Stradella, but you may prefer signing in one of the many fabulous churches

Sunday, May 31
St. Mark's Basilica, Venice - featured guest choir for High Mass at 6:45 pm.

Monday, June 1
Duomo, Florence - - featured guest choir for High Mass (pending final confirmation) at 6 pm.
Santa Maria dei Ricci, Florence - Concert (possibly as exchange performance with local choir) at 8:30 pm.

Thursday, June 4
St. Peter's Basilica, Rome - featured guest choir for High Mass at 5 pm

Your hotels

Below is a listing with links to your confirmed tour hotels. They are a mix of 3 and 4 star properties in mostly central locations.
Please note that the accommodations for Rome are yet to be selected based on your choice of city or countryside location.
Alessandria: Home-stays - for guests/family we can offer rooms at: Hotel Europa
Salice Terme: Hotel Saulus
Venice-Mestre: Hotel Albatros
Montecatini Terme: Hotel Francia & Quirinale
Rome or Rome region: TBD