Tuesday, May 19, 2009

UGA Performance Tour Itinerary - Updated

DAY 1 Tuesday, May 26 2009
Overnight group flight to Italy with Lufthansa - or on your own

DAY 2 Wednesday, May 27
Benvenuti a Milano - Group arrives MXP at 1:35 pm
Your tour manager welcomes you in Italy. Prof. Masciadri and his students arranged to meet you and organized a special visit to see the Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Then continue to Salice Terme to check in your hotel and for dinner. Overnight at Hotel Clementi.

DAY 3 Thursday, May 28
Bellissimo Milano
Morning rehearsal at the hotel, the head to Milan. Learn about this beautiful city during your guided tour to La Scala, Milano Duomo, and Castello Sforzesco. After some free time, head back towards the hotel and enjoy a wonderful buffet at a charming local restaurant called "Belvedere" - beautiful vista/view. Overnight at Hotel Clementi.

DAY 4 Friday, May 29
Cremona & Exchange Concert with Alessandria Students
Enjoy a guided tour through Cremona and then it's off to Alessandria for your exchange concert! Overnight stay at Hotel Clementi.

DAY 5 Saturday, May 30
Certosa di Pavia Visit - Festival Concert
Experience the beautiful Certosa di Pavia prior to two performances in the Ultrapadum Festival, a special reception, tasting of local foods in two unique ways and surely very appreciative audiences.

DAY 6 Sunday, May 31
Viva Venezia
After saying "arrivederci" to the Pavia area, head East to the magnificent island of Venice. Explore the island with a local guide and then enjoy the afternoon and early evening at leisure prior to singing High Mass at St. Mark's Basilica at 6:45 pm. You'll have some extra time to experience Venice island by night. Overnight in nearby Mestre at Hotel Albatros.

DAY 7 Monday, June 1
Under the Tuscan Sun
Enjoy a full-day in beautiful Tuscany with stops in Siena and San Gimignano and a rustic farm dinner in the countryside near Lucca. Late evening at leisure in Montecatini Terme - a spa town very much beloved by Verdi. Overnight stay at Hotel Francia & Quirinale.

DAY 8 Tuesday, June 2
Florence in-depth - Performance
Guided city tour of Florence’s many highlights, including entrance to the Accademia. Free time. 6:00 PM High Mass at the Duomo today followed by free time to enjoy Florence in the evening.

DAY 9 Wednesday, June 3
Off to Rome
Your journey continues south as you travel to Rome. After an orientation tour of the Eternal city, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Portamaggiore.

DAY 10 Thursday, June 4
Rome Sightseeing - High Mass
Guided sightseeing tour of „Ancient Rome“ featuring the Colosseo and Foro Romano. Free time for lunch, individual sightseeing etc. The choir sings High Mass at St. Peter's Basilica at 5 pm followed by a very special private visit to the Vatican Museum and a highlight recital in the Sistine Chapel. Thereafter, enjoy a fun farewell dinner with local specialties, wine and music.

DAY 11 Friday, June 5
Return Flight to USA

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