Choir Tour Itinerary

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Itinerary Europe May 2018

BETHANY COLLEGE CHOIR & HANDBELL ENSEMBLE

25 May        Fri            Arrival Berlin Int. Airport                                                                                        (D)

Student Group:

01:40pm: 52 passengers (48 students + 4 people family Mark Lucas) arrival at Berlin International Airport TXL with BA 992 from LHR.
Meet your CCA Tour Manager Mary coach driver.
Transfer to the city center of Berlin/Kurfürstendamm for lunch on your own.

04:00pm At busparking Zoo meet your local licensed English speaking guide for a 2 hours sightseeing tour by coach with photostops; sights include Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Dom, Brandenburg Gate, etc. (exteriors only, no admissions incl.).

Check-in to A&O Berlin Mitte, Köpenicker Strasse 127.129, 10179 Berlin.

We have reserved 3 x 6 and 1 x 4 bedded rooms for 22 male students, 1 x 6 and 5 x 4 bedded rooms for 26 female students, 2 x twin rooms for Family Lucas. + 2 x single rooms for tourmanager and driver.
(Rooming for students subject to change; final confirmation 2 weeks prior to arrival.)

Alumni/Friends Group:

01:00pm 1 passenger arrival by Iceland Air
01:05pm 2 passengers arrival by Lufthansa LH2038
01:40pm 10 passengers arrival by British Airways BA992
Meet your CCA Tour Manager Helen coach driver.
Transfer to the city center of Berlin/Kurfürstendamm for lunch on your own.

04:00pm At busparking Zoo meet your local licensed English speaking guide for a 2 hours sightseeing tour by coach with photostops; sights include Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Dom, Brandenburg Gate, etc. (exteriors only, no admissions incl.).

Check in at Hotel Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre, Stresemannstrasse 49, 10963 Berlin.
We have reserved 4 x double/twin rooms, 5 x single rooms for 13 participants + 2 x single rooms for tourmanager and driver.

07:30pm Welcome dinner at typical Berlin restaurant Zur Kneipe.

Approx. 09:00pm Transfer back to accommodations.
End of services for today for both buses.
Overnight/buffet-breakfast at A&O Berlin Mitte / Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre.

26 May        Sat                            Berlin – Halle – Leipzig                                                                            (B,D)

Breakfast at accommodation; check-out and load coach.

Morning: Time at leisure to explore Berlin on your own and grab lunch before you leave Berlin. 12:00noon Departure to Leipzig via Halle an der Saale. (Berlin – Halle = approx. 170 km/2 h drive.)

02:15pm Visit of the Händel Museum in Halle, Große Nikolaistrasse 5, 06108 Halle an der Saale, (admission and audio-guided tour/”Raumtonführung” incl.).

Note: Group must be divided into 3 subgroups of max. 25 persons each; 15 min time difference between the subgroups.

Approx. 03:45pm Continue on your way to Leipzig. (Halle – Leipzig = approx. 50 km/1 h drive.)
05:00pm Meet your 3 local licensed English speaking guides for a 2 h walking tour on the Leipzig Music Trail.

S: Check-in to A&O Leipzig, Brandenburger Strasse 2, 04103 Leipzig.
We have reserved 4 x 4 and 2 x 3 bedded rooms for 22 male students, 5 x 4 and 2 x 3 bedded rooms for 26 female students, 2 x twin rooms for Family Lucas + 1 x single room for tourmanager (no room for driver).
(Rooming for students subject to change; final confirmation 2 weeks prior to arrival.)
End of services for today for bus student group.
08:00pm Dinner at A&O Leipzig.

A: 07:15pm: Dinner at local restaurant Ratskeller in inner city of Leipzig.
Approx. 08:30pm Transfer to Hotel Days Inn Leipzig City Centre, Gerichtsweg 12, 04103 Leipzig, phone: +49 341 12780, for check-in.
We have reserved 4 x double/twin rooms, 5 x single rooms for 13 participants + 1 x single room for tourmanager.

End of services for today bus alumni/friends group.

Overnight/buffet-breakfast at A&O Leipzig / Days Inn Leipzig City Centre.

27 May        Sun           Leipzig – Excursion to Wittenberg  / Morning + Evening Mass Service      (B)
Breakfast at accommodation.

07:30am Transfer to Wittenberg (approx.. 1,5 hours drive)
Approx. 09:00am Arrive at Schlosskirche/Wittenberg
10:00am Bethany College Choir to sing during mass-service in the Schlosskirche (as arranged by Mark Lucas directly with Sarah Herzer)
12:00noon Slot #1 (max. 50 people) – visit and self-guided tour of the Luther House, Collegienstraße 54, 06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg (admission incl.).

Lunch on your own.

02:00pm Slot #2 (max. 25 people) – visit and self-guided tour of the, Luther House, Collegienstraße 54, 06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg (admission incl.).
Please note: These 2 slots are the only ones available on this day!

02:30 pm (at the latest for student group) Return to Leipzig and time to refresh.
End of services for today for bus student group.

04:45pm Walk to the Thomaskirche (in concert dress), Thomaskirchhof 18, Leipzig
05:00pm – 05:40pm Rehearsal
06:00pm Start of mass-service in the Thomaskirche (Bethany College Choir to sing up the balcony next to the organ – two-manual modern chest organ which can be played by the accompanist of the choir)
06:00pm Alumni/friends group to attend mass service at Thomaskirche, Thomaskirchhof 18, Leipzig.

Dinner on your own.

09:00pm at the latest Transfer by own bus back to Hotel Days Inn Leipzig City Centre.
End of services for today for bus alumni/friends group.

Overnight/buffet-breakfast at A&O Leipzig / Days Inn Leipzig City Centre.

28  May       Mon                      Leipzig – Concert – Berlin                                              (B,D)
Breakfast at accommodation; check-out and load coach.

Morning: At leisure in Leipzig.
Lunch on your own.

01:00pm Departure to Berlin Kleinmachnow (approx. 170 km, 2 h drive)
Approx. 03:00pm arrival at Augustinum Kleinmachnow, Erlenweg 72, 14532 Kleinmachnow/Berlin

Changing rooms available

03:30pm – 04:30pm Rehearsal in the Concert Hall of the Augustinum Kleinmachnow
05:00pm Concert in the concert hall of the Residence Augustinum (assisted living)
(1 hour concert without intermission – grand piano and 2 choir steps available)

The alumni/friends group will attend the concert as audience.

Approx. 06:15pm Departure from Kleinmachnow to Berlin.
S: Check-in to A&O Berlin Mitte, Köpenicker Strasse 127.129, 10179 Berlin.
We have reserved 3 x 6 and 1 x 4 bedded rooms for 22 male students, 1 x 6 and 5 x 4 bedded rooms for 26 female students, 2 x twin rooms for Family Lucas + 2 x single rooms for tourmanager and driver.

(Rooming for students subject to change; final confirmation 2 weeks prior to arrival.)

End of services for bus student group.

S: 08:00pm Dinner at A&O Berlin-Mitte.
A: Check-in to your 3***-Hotel Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre, Stresemannstrasse 49, 10963 Berlin.
We have reserved 4 x double rooms, 5 x single rooms for 13 participants + 1 x single room for tourmanager (no room for driver).
A: 08:00pm Dinner at local restaurant Mommseneck.

10:00pm Transfer by own bus back to hotel Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre.

End of services for bus alumni/friends group.

Overnight/buffet-breakfast at A&O Berlin Mitte / Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre.

 29 May                        Tue                  Berlin Int. Airport – Departure                                      (B)
Breakfast at accommodation.

Morning: Check-out and store luggage at accommodations.
10.30am End of services for tourmanagers.

Free time.

Student Group:
05:45 pm Meet at A&O Berlin Mitte and retrieve luggage.
06:15 pm Arrival of transfer bus at A&O Berlin Mitte
06:30 pm Transfer to Airport Berlin-Schönefeld SXF (approx. 30 min.) for
09:35pm Flight DY4508 to Stockholm.

Alumnis/friends group to make their own way to the airport!

11.10pm Arrival in Stockholm
11.45pm
Meet your Scandinavian Performance Tours Managers Linda Frivik and Roger Berg.
Transfer to Uppsala.
00.30am A. check-in to your 4 **** hotel Elite Hotel Academia, Uppsala. Bäverns gränd 17, 753 19 Uppsala. Phone +46 18 7809900.
S. check-in to Hotel och Vandrarhem Centralstationen Uppsala. Bangårdsgatan 13 753 20 Uppsala. Phone +46 18 444 20 10.

May 30             Wednesday                  Uppsala – Alunda – Uppsala                                           (B, D)
Breakfast at accommodation.
Free morning

10.00am Information (at the hostel), about today’s program
11.30am Walking tour to Uppsala Cathedral for guided tour
01.30pm Lunch on y our own
03.30pm By coach to Alunda church for concert. Optional concert together with Alunda youth choir
04:00pm Rehearsal Bethany choir
05.00pm Time for joint rehearsal
06.00pm Dinner in Alunda
07:00pm Concert Alunda church
09.00pm Back to Uppsala

May 31             Thursday                                  Uppsala – Rättvik                                             (B, L)
Breakfast at accommodation

07.30am Check-out and load coach
08.00am
Transfer to Leksand / Rättvik in Dalarna (3,5 hours drive)
09.30am Stop at Avesta to see the World’s Largest Dala Horse, standing almost 43 feet high and weighing 67 tons.
12.00noon Arrival in Leksand, lunch
01.00pm Rehearsal Leksand church
02.15pm We will continue the journey to Rättvik
03.00pm Visit to “Folkmusikens hus” (FMH) a regional centre for folk music and dance
04.00pm check-in at Stiftsgården guesthouse/hotel (S and A). Kyrkvägen 2, 795 32 Rättvik.
Phone + 46 10 160 80 00
05.00pm To Leksand church for rehearsal and evening concert.
07.00pm Concert Leksand church.
08.30pm Back to Rättvik for dinner on your own
1 June              Friday                                       Rättvik – Sunnemo – Stockholm                              (B, L)
Breakfast at accommodation.

08:00am Check-out and load coach
08.30am By coach to Sunnemo via Nusnäs (0,5h + 3h drive)
09.15am Visit Nils Olsson’s “Hemslöjd gift shop and Dala Horse factory”
13.15pm Arrival at Sunnemo, lunch in Sunnemo or during the trip
02.00pm Visit Sunnemo church
03.00pm By coach to Stockholm (4,5h drive)
07.30pm Check in at Hotel and Hostel Zinkensdamm (S and A).  Zinkens väg 20, 117 41 Stockholm.
Phone + 46 8 616 81 00
08.30pm Dinner on your own
2 June              Saturday                                   Stockholm                                                        (B, D)
Breakfast at accommodation.

08.30am Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour of Stockholm with Old Town.
11.30am Lunch on your own in Old Town
00:30pm
By coach to Vasa Museum
01:00pm Visit Vasa museum, guided tour
02.30pm Back to the hotel and free time
03.30pm By coach to Färingsö for concert
04:15pm
Rehearsal
06.00pm Evening concert. Herman Palm Salen Färingsö
09.00pm Back to for dinner


3 June Sunday                         Stockholm                                                                                (B, D)
Breakfast at accommodation.

10.00am To the church for sunday service. Not yet confirmed
11.00am Service, 4-5 pieces. Not yet confirmed
00.15pm Worship ends
00.30pm Lunch on you own and the rest of the day is free.

YOU MAY HAVE A LITTLE TIME TO SQUEEZE IN SOME LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING OR MUSEUM

  • The Nobel Museum, right in the middle of the Old Town, where you can learn about the Nobel Prize, Alfred Nobel, and the Nobel Laureates and their visions.
  • Stockholm City Hall. The City Hall is probably best known as the venue for the world-famous Nobel Banquet which takes place on December 10 every year.
  • Absolut Icebar Stockholm, the world’s first permanent ice bar. Here, the temperature is 23°F all year round.
  • Millennium Tour. Follow along in Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander’s footsteps while getting additional background information about the characters and the author.
  • Gröna Lund, the oldest amusement park in Sweden. Like all good amusement parks Gröna Lund is crowded, full of activity and impressions. Frankly, it can be quite chaotic in a fun sort of way. Even for Swedes.
  • Skansen is the first open-air museum in the world. Skansen is also a zoological park specialising mainly in Scandinavian fauna. It is located on the island of Djurgården, a royal park near the centre of Stockholm.

07.00pm Farewell dinner at a fine restaurant in the Old Town to celebrate your successful concert tour!  Return to hotel to pack and overnight.

Monday 4 June                                                 Stockholm to home                                                      (B)
xx.xx Breakfast at accommodation.

xx.xx Check out and load bus.
xx.xx Transfer to Stockholm airport to check in for your return flights home.

xx.xx End of services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR HOSTEL /HOTEL

Maj 25                          Hostel:
(S)
A&O Berlin Mitte, Köpenicker Strasse 127.129, 10179 Berlin, phone: +49 30 809475200.
Hotel:
(A) Hotel Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre, Stresemannstrasse 49, 10963 Berlin, phone: +49 30 200520.

May 26-27                    Hostel:
(S)
A&O Leipzig, Brandenburger Strasse 2, 04103 Leipzig, phone: +49 341 250794900
Hotel:
(A)
Hotel Days Inn Leipzig City Centre, Gerichtsweg 12, 04103 Leipzig, phone: +49 341 12780

May 28                         Hostel:
(S)
A&O Berlin Mitte, Köpenicker Strasse 127.129, 10179 Berlin, phone: +49 30 809475200.
Hotel:
(A) Hotel Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre, Stresemannstrasse 49, 10963 Berlin, phone: +49 30 200520.

Maj 29 – 30                   Hostel:
(S) Hotell & Vandrarhem Centralstation, Uppsala.  Bangårdsgatan 13, Uppsala http://www.vandrarhemuppsalacentralstation.wallmountproperties.co
Phone +46 18 444 20 10
Hotel:
(A) Elite Hotel Academia, Uppsala                   Bäverns gränd 17, 753 19 Uppsala
https://www.elite.se/en/hotels/uppsala/hotel-academia/
Phone +46 18 78 09 900

Maj 31                         Hostel:
(S) Stiftsgården Rättvik.                                           Kyrkvägen 2, 795 32 Rättvik http://www.stiftsgarden.org/en/
Phone + 46 10 160 80 00
Hotel:
(A) Stiftsgården Rättvik.                                        Kyrkvägen 2, 795 32 Rättvik http://www.stiftsgarden.org/en/
Phone + 46 10 160 80 00

June 1-4                       Hostel:
Zinkensdamm hotell/vandrarhem                      Zinkens väg 20, 117 41 Stockholm www.zinkensdamm.com
Phone + 46 8 616 81 00
Hotel:
Zinkensdamm hotell/vandrarhem                      Zinkens väg 20, 117 41 Stockholm www.zinkensdamm.com
Phone + 46 8 616 81 00

TRAVEL TIMES BY COACH

Berlin – Halle              2 h                               Halle – Leipzig                         1,0 h

Leipzig – Berlin           3,0 h                            Stockholm – Uppsala              1,0 h

Uppsala – Alunda        0,5 h                            Uppsala – Rättvik                    3,5 h

Rättvik – Sunnemo      3,5 h                            Sunnemo – Stockholm            4,5 h

BUSES PREIMINARY RESERVED FOR BETHANY GROUP

 

Germany, Friday 25 May to Tuesday 29 May

STUDENT GROUP  62-seater motorcoach

ADULT GROUP 48-seater motorcoach

 

Sweden, Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June
STUDENT GROUP  59-seater motorcoach

ADULT GROUP 49-seater motorcoach

 

Sweden, Saturday 2 June to Monday 4 June
STUDENT GROUP  56-seater motorcoach

ADULT GROUP 52-seater motorcoach