Music and History in Europe

Grade 11/12 Credit Courses

From/To: Private

Duration: 22 days

Music & History Grade 11/12 Credit Courses by Toronto Catholic District School Board

Price: Individualy priced
 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 

DEPART HOME

By Air from Toronto - overnight flight to Kraków.

Day 2 

Welcome to KRAKÓW (6 NIGHTS)

Arrival in Kraków, transfer to hotel, overnight accommodation in Kraków.

Day 3 

KRAKÓW WALK

Stroll around the Old City and Main Square. During the day you will visit: Wawel Castle and Cathedral, you will see the King’s Way, the Jagiellonian University, the famous Mariacki Church with a stunning gothic altar carved of linden wood by Wit Stwosz, and the beautiful renaissance Sukiennice building (from outside) at the old city’s main market square. We’ll finish our stroll next to the old city’s battlements Floriańska Gate and Barbakan. Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 4 

OŚWIĘCIM AND WIELICZKA

Wieliczka is located about 15 km south-east from Kraków and 70 km east of Oświęcim. During our 8 hr trip you will have a chance to see the biggest Nazi WWII concentration camp in Europe - Auschwitz. Later you will visit one of the most impressive underground tourist attraction in Poland - Wieliczka Salt Mine. Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 5/Day 7

KRAKÓW

Daily lectures, lessons, speeches and musical rehearsals. In the afternoon there will be group activities and attractions with a professional coach. Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 8

TATRA MOUNTAINS/ZAKOPANE

Trip to Zakopane, free time in the centre of the city (Krupówki Street). Gubałówka funicular ride with beautiful views of the Tatra Mountains. Trip to the famous wooden chapel in Jaszczurówka and view of the Ski Jumping Centre near Nosal mountain. Evening in Zakopane with a concert of a local highlander’s band. Overnight stay in Zakopane.

Day 9

BIAŁKA - THERMAL POOLS - DUNAJEC GORGE - SZCZAWNICA

In the morning you will enjoy relaxing baths in natural thermal pools of Białka Tatrzańska. We continue our trip across the region of Podhale to the Dębno Podhalańskie well known of one of the most beautiful wooden churches in Poland. Then we will visit the castle in Niedzica and go for rafting in the Dunajec Gorge in Pieniński National Park. The rafting ends in the town of Szczawnica. Transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Szczawnica.

Day 10

SZCZAWNICA POPRAD

Departure from Szczawnica to Poprad - the capital of the Tatra Mountains region. Relax in thermal pools with amazing views of the highest peaks of the Tatra Mountains. Dinner with entertainment and local specialities. Overnight stay in Poprad.

Day 11

POPRAD - BUDAPEST (2 NIGHTS)

Visit the “Slovakian Paradise” - trekking in the area of deep, mysterious canyons, picturesque rivers and unique limestone formations. Departure to Hungary, dinner with gypsy music. Overnight stay in Budapest.

Day 12

BUDAPEST

See the Old City of Budapest, Castle Hill with Fishermans’ Tower and St Matthias church, Royal Castle (from the outside), Gellert Hill with the statue of Liberation and the Citadel. Afterwards see the Shopping Mall of Pest, Parliament Square of Heroes, with the millennium statue, Museum of Arts (outside) and also City Park. Enjoy relaxing bath in one of Budapest pools. Overnight stay in Budapest.

Day 13

BUDAPEST - VIENNA

Drive to Vienna. We take a bus ride around Vienna, looking at the Museum of Art History, the Museum of Natural History, the Parliament, the Town Hall, The Votive Church, and the Museum of Applied Arts. A quick stop in the city park to take a picture by Vienna’s famous golden statue of Johann Strauss. Next, we will drive by the Hundertwasserhaus, a fairy-tale-like house with roof covered by a lush tree and and bush gardens. You will also see the Schoenbrunn Palace (from outside) which was a former summer emperors’ residence. Later enjoy an evening stroll around the Old City. Overnight stay in Vienna.

Day 14

VIENNA - VERONA

Drive from Austria to Italy to enjoy AIDA Opera in the famous Arena in Verona. Overnight stay in Verona.

Day 15

VERONA - SAN REMO - MONACO - CANNES - MARSEILLE

Drive from Italy to Monaco, second smallest independent state in the world (after the Vatican). Walk through Monaco-Ville, a medieval village with Prince’s Palace (view from outside) and breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the Port and Monte-Carlo. Continue to France. Stroll in the Old Town of Cannes at French Riviera. Enjoy excellent view from the castle ruins at the top, the famous Palais des Festivals, port filled with yachts of the rich and famous and La Croisette - Cannes catwalk beside the sea. Continue to Marseille, the biggest Mediterranean port and the economic hub of the Provence Alpes-Cote d’Azur region for accommodation. Overnight stay in Marseille.

Day 16

MARSEILLE - AVIGNON

Today in Marseille we’ll see: le Vieux Port (old harbour), Notre Dame de la Garde, the big church which overlooks the city. Continue to Avignon. See Le Palais des Papes - palace of popes, the world’s largest Gothic edifice (from outside), famous bridge Le Pont Saint-Benezet and Place du Palais. Overnight stay in Avignon vicinity.

Day 17

AVIGNON - CARCASSONNE - ANDORRA

Today depart to Andorra. On the way we stop at Baux-de-Provence which has a spectacular position in the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop that is crowded with the ruins of a castle overlooking the plains to the south. See the well known Cite de Carcassonne, beautiful medieval fortress. Arrive in Andorra. Overnight stay in Andorra.

Day 18

ANDORRA - MONTSERRAT - BARCELONA

Tour the city and the state of Andorra. Here we will see the capital, Andorra la Vella. We will see the fine 12th-century church and the Casa de la Vall, the ancient seat of government, also see the 9th century pre-Romanesque form of the Church of Santa Coloma which is Andorra’s oldest. Our walk will end at Placa del Poble, a large public square which occupies the roof of the Edifici Administratiu Govern d’Andorra, with romantic views of the valley and mountains, popular local gathering place. On the way to Barcelona we will stop in the Montserrat Benedictine monastery to see the famous Black Virgin of Montserrat and fantastic views of the local landscape. Overnight stay in Barcelona.

Day 19

BARCELONA

Stroll through the city centre. Admire architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi: the basilica of la Sagrada Familia (from outside), Park Guell, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. See the Placa de Catalunya, a large square that became a meeting spot for all Catalonians. We will walk down Las Ramblas, the most picturesque street of the city. We’ll see the astonishing gothic old quarter called Barri Gotic, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (from outside) the charming Placa Reial and Placa Sant Jaume with the Town Hall and the Palau de la Generalitat. Our stroll will end by the Columbus Monument at Port Vell. Overnight stay in Barcelona.

Day 20 

BARCELONA - NICE

In the morning drive to the Barceloneta, a neighborhood by the see with the Olympic grounds and the FC Barcelona stadium one of the most famous Spanish soccer clubs (from outside). Later we’ll stop to take a glimpse of panoramic views of the city from the Montjuic hill and you will see the fortress at the top (from outside). We’ll continue to Nice. Overnight stay in Nice.

Day 21 

NICE

Day of final exams. Overnight stay in Nice.

Day 22 

NICE - TORONTO

Transfer to the airport, departure to Toronto.

What’s Included

    Insider Experiences
  • Local Speciality Enjoy Dunajec River raft in Pieniny Mountains, Poland.
  • Local Speciality Taste Krakowski Precel - traditional pretzel made in Kraków.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy excellent traditional Polish cuisine in Kraków.
  • Local Speciality Taste Oscypek - smoked ewe's milk cheese made in the Tatra Mountains.   
  • Local Speciality Enjoy traditional Polish Mountaineers’ dinner with music and entertainment in Zakopane, Tatra Mountains.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy delicious traditional Hungarian dinner with music and entertainment in Budapest.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy traditional Austrian dinner in Vienna.
  • Local Speciality See the world-famous Place du Casino, the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.
  • Local Speciality See the picturesque Flower Market in the Old Town of Nice.
    Sightseeing Highlights
  • Kraków
    Visit to Wawel Royal Castle, and Cathedral. Stroll through the King’s Way to the Old Town. See the Main Market Square, view St Adalbert’s Church, visit St Mary’s Church, Sukiennice - Cloth Hall, Jagiellonian University.
  • Auschwitz
    Visit the concentration camp.
  • Wieliczka
    Enjoy an excursion to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine.
  • Zakopane
    Excursion through Krupówki Street. Enjoy Gubałówka funicular ride with extraordinary views over Tatra Mountains. Visit to the local market with dozens of shops and souvenir stalls, regional arts and crafts.
  • Gorce Mountains
    Magnificent views on the way to Niedzica.
  • Niedzica and Czorsztyn
    View of the two beautiful castles, before entering the deep gorge surrounded by white limestone peaks.
  • Pieniny National Park
    Enjoy Dunajec River rafting with Uplanders’ log-rafts.
  • High Tatra Mountains
    Spectacular views traversing Slovakia.
  • Budapest
    Views over the Danube River from Fishermen’s Bastion. See Parliament, the Great Synagogue, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and Millenium Underground Railway.
  • Vienna
    Visit Schönbrunn Palace. See the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, St. Stephen's Cathedral and ‘Am Hof'.
  • Verona
    Visit the famous 2,000 years old Arena and enjoy live Opera.
  • Monaco
    View the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the Cathedral.
  • Monte Carlo
    See the world-famous Place du Casino, the Monte Carlo Casino and the Hotel de Paris, the Cafe de Paris, and the Salle Garnier, home of the Opera de Monte Carlo.
  • Nice
    Drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena during your orientation of the “Bay of the Angels”.
    Dining
  • 2 meals per day
    Travel Highlights
  • Air travel from Toronto to Kraków, Poland and from Nice, France to Toronto
  • First class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities and complimentary WiFi internet access. Price is based on double occupancy.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and onboard restroom.
  • The services of our professional Tour Director throughout your journey.
  • A qualified Local Guide in Kraków, Wieliczka, Budapest, Vienna, Barcelona.
  • Capture treasured memories of your trip with a complimentary group photo taken at a landmark location.
    Disclaimer
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