All Gettysburg College Alumni are invited to join the Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony as they tour Berlin, Leipzig, and Prague this coming March 10-18, 2018!
The Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony was accepted through a review process to perform in legendary Smetana Hall as part of the Prague Instrumental Festival. The ensemble will combine this festival performance with performances in Berlin and Leipzig, along with cultural tours and experiences in each city.
Whether you were involved in music while at Gettysburg or not, this is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the college, engage with current students, and enjoy a wonderful 9-day (7 nights) touring experience. Through your participation in the tour, you will also help current students be able to afford the trip themselves.
During the Wind Symphony's last tour to China and Singapore, several alumni traveled with the group. Each commented on how great their experience was, and how much it meant to them. Our students also enjoyed meeting and interacting with alumni, and quickly made them feel "at home" in the group, even while we were all away from home!
Day 1 Saturday, March 10, 2018
Departure via scheduled airline service to Berlin, Germany
**Note: unless you are arranging your own air travel (land-only package), you should plan to arrive in Gettysburg on Friday, March 9, 2018 in preparation for the Saturday departure.**
Day 2 Sunday, March 11 Berlin
Arrive in Berlin
Take a panoramic introductory tour of Berlin’s highlights and a Spree River Cruise (explore Berlin's magnificent architectural treasures and experience the city's amazing transformation by boat on a one-hour cruise on the River Spree) en route.
Day 3 Monday, March 12 Berlin
Half-day sightseeing of the eastern sector of Berlin with its famous Unter den Linden Strasse, (iconic boulevard of linden trees), the Russian War Memorial, what remains of “the wall,” and “Checkpoint Charlie” as we pass into the western sector to experience Kurfurstendamm Strasse, home to some of Berlin's most luxurious stores. Also see Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin Dom, Reichstag, etc.
Performance at Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche as part of the American Celebration of Music in Germany*
Day 4 Tuesday, March 13 Berlin / Halle / Leipzig
Transfer to Leipzig via Halle to visit the birthplace of Händel. In addition to the composer's personal effects, the museum houses an exhibition of musical instruments and history of music in the region. Leipzig has musical associations with some of the greatest of all composers: Bach worked and lived here a big part of his life; Mendelssohn was born and lived here; Wagner was born here (but never lived here), and nearby Halle is the birthplace of Georg Frederick Händel.
Day 5 Wednesday, March 14 Leipzig
A guided tour of Leipzig includes entrance to St. Thomas Church (famous because Bach was the organist and choirmaster here, and it is the home of the St. Thomas Boys Choir, one of the most famous in the world). Also visit the Bach Museum. The reconstructed Bose House stands in the shadow of the Thomaskirche. It was once the home of the Bach family and now contains the largest Bach archives in Germany, as well as many mementos of the composer.
Performance at Mendelssohn Hall in the Gewandhaus as part of the American Celebration of Music in Germany*
Day 6 Thursday, March 15 Leipzig / Terezin / Prague
Transfer to Terezin (former fortress and Nazi Concentration Camp for children), including entrance to the fortress and Museum of the Ghetto. Terezin offers poignant insights for musicians because of the music written here by prisoners. Prague achieved much of its present glory in the 14th century, during the long reign of Charles IV, king of Bohemia and Moravia and Holy Roman Emperor. During the Middle Ages, Prague enjoyed a golden age - a time when Prague was larger than Paris or London! The Hapsburgs also left their artistic and architectural mark. Today, Prague is universally declared one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Day 7 Friday, March 16 Prague
Half-day guided tour of Prague includes a visit to Hradcany Castle, including its St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Golden Lane, and the Daliborka Tower.
Day 8 Saturday, March 17 Prague
Half-day guided tour of Musical Prague including entrance to the Dvorák home in Nelahozeves where Antonin Dvorák was born. Also visit Lobkowicz Palace with its large music archive containing works by over five hundred composers and musicians. The Music Archive is most celebrated for its collection of works by Handel, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
Prague Instrumental Festival Finale Concert at Smetana Hall
Day 9 Sunday, March 18 Depart for home
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Prague’s airport for return flight
Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
The tour price includes all breakfasts and dinners, with the exception of two dinners during free evenings in Leipzig and Prague to allow you to explore on your own. Also included is a full-time professional tour manager, knowledgeable city guides, all hotels (superior tourist class 3- and 4-star; see inclusions link for specific details), and motorcoach transportation in Europe. Admission to all sites and gratuities for all hotels and meals are included in the tour cost. Passport fees for those who do not already have a passport, visas for travelers who do not hold USA passports, gratuities to tour personnel, and incidentals are not included. See a full list of inclusions and exclusions.
While the tour cost includes airfare, it is also possible for alumni to travel independently and meet the group in Berlin. If you elect this option, you would be responsible for your own airfare and for any costs associated with transfer to meet the group in Berlin as well as transfer to your departure airport. This is a terrific opportunity to extend your trip, either flying in earlier than the group or choosing to stay and experience more on your own.
Tour Pricing and Registration
Alumni tour pricing for the complete tour, including airfare is $4250.
The land-only package is $3250, and would require you to arrange your own airfare and transfers to meet and depart from the group.
This pricing is based on double-occupancy. If you are booking for two, you will be placed into the same room. If you are a single traveler booking at the double occupancy price, you will be placed into a double room with another traveler. If you are a single traveler and would prefer a single room, this is possible through a single supplement fee of $425.
Registration is simple! Complete the Prague Tour Alumni Registration Form and return it to Dr. Russell McCutcheon, Director of Bands at email@example.com. Once we have received your registration form, we will send you a link for payment which can be made via credit card or e-check.
We are happy to answer your questions, and look forward to hearing from you. Direct all questions to Dr. Russell McCutcheon, Director of Bands, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I can't go, but I'd like to help!"
One question we've received several times is how you can help students with demonstrated financial need be a part of this experience. Please consider making a financial contribution that will go towards offsetting the costs of this trip for our students who need assistance.
Click here to make your gift online, or call (800) 238-5528 to make your gift by phone.