European Band Music Tours

Don Finkbeiner of Heartland International Travel and Tours group division specializes in the coordination of European tours for music groups. We have the experience to provide the very best music tour of Europe. Since 1987 we have established seven major tours for the Music programs of Winnipeg's Silver Heights Collegiate and John Taylor Collegiate.

Silver Heights Collegiate
1987 Austria and Germany
1989 England and Holland
1992 Germany, Switzerland and Holland

John Taylor Collegiate
1988 France, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and England
1990 Italy, Austria and Germany
1992 Germany, Switzerland and Holland
1993 Germany, Switzerland and Austria
1999 Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany

Westwood Collegiate

       2002     Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany

       2006     Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany

       2009     Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany

       2012     Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany

Other Europe Music Tour Experience



It is important to note that in 1992 Silver Heights participated in a local music festival in Ziemetzhausen, Germany. John Taylor participated in a local festival each tour; Shrewsbury, England in 1988, Amberg, Germany in 1990, Pfaffenhofen, Germany in 1993 and Ansbach, Germany in 1999. These festivals provide a great cultural experience as the group was accommodated in homestays.

As we are in close contact with all airlines and suppliers, and as a result of our great volume of groups, we receive tremendous support in acquiring the best possible flights, fares and general information to reduce travel expenses. We are aware of music festivals in Europe. Also, of great importance are our international contacts who assist in the land arrangements. In addition, during the last twenty years we have arranged overseas tours for more than 100 groups, teams or organizations.

Our experience in coordinating major European tours has shown that due to the continually changing travel details it is extremely important that we are in constant contact with the music director.

For your information the following is the itinerary of the John Taylor Collegiate 1999 Music tour of Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany.
Should your music group be interested in traveling to Europe just contact us and we would be pleased to assist in the co-ordination of all travel arrangements. Sample itineraries follow.

John Taylor Music Tour
Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany
July 1999

Mon. July 05 - Departure
You depart Winnipeg on your Air Canada flight to Toronto. In Toronto you connect to Air Canada # 878 departing at 7:30 pm for your overnight flight to Zurich. The aircraft used is an Airbus A 340, the estimated flying time is 7 hours and 55 minutes and you will be served two meals on route. During the flight you will receive complimentary headsets for the movie and audio programming plus complimentary refreshments.

Tues. July 06 - Lucerne
Upon arrival in Zurich at 09:25 am you claim your luggage and clear customs. You are met by your tour escorts Mr. Timo Stuck and Mrs. Yvonne Adelmann and are taken to your private buses. From the airport you travel to Lucerne. After checking in at the Hotel Broadway you will have time to stroll around the town on your own. At 5:30 pm you have dinner at the hotel. At 7:00 pm you leave for the " Musikpavillion am Nationalquai Luzern" for set-up and rehearsal. At 8:15 pm you perform Concert 1 for 1½ hours. Overnight at the Hotel Broadway.
Wed. July 07 - Lucerne
At 09:00 am you are taken on a guided sight seeing tour of Lucerne. In the afternoon you have an optional cable car ride and tour up Mount Pilatus. At 7:00 pm you have dinner at the hotel. Overnight is again at Hotel Broadway.
Thurs. July 08 - Florence- Montecatini
Early this morning you depart Lucerne and Switzerland heading south across the border into Italy. You continue on to Pisa where at about 4:00 pm you have a short sightseeing tour. Following the tour you continue on the Florence area and the town of Montecatini. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Europa in Montecatini.
Fri. July 09 - Florence- Montecatini
At 9:00 am in the morning there is a Florence sightseeing tour. In the late afternoon you travel to Imprineta, about 1 hour outside of Montecatini, where you set-up and rehearse for your concert.. At 6:00 pm you have dinner in a restaurant at concert square. At 9:00 pm you perform Concert 2. After the concert you return to Montecatini and overnight at the Hotel Europa.
Sat. July 10 - Venice
This morning you depart Montecatini for short sightseeing tour of the medieval town San Gimignano. After the tour you continue on to Venice. Dinner and overnight is at the Hotel Albatros in Mestre - Venice.
Sun. July 11 - Venice
In the morning you are taken on a guided sightseeing tour of Venice with an optional gondola ride in the afternoon. Dinner is at Al Theatro Restaurant. Overnight is again at Hotel Albatros.
Mon. July 12 - Salzburg
Today you depart Venice and Italy heading north across the Austrian border and continuing on towards Salzburg. On route you are taken on a salt mine tour at Hallein. After the tour you continue on to Salzburg. At 6:00 pm you perform Concert 3 in the Mirabellgarten. Dinner and overnight is at the Hotel Turnerwirt
Tues. July 13 - Salzburg
In the morning you take a walking sightseeing tour of Salzburg. In the afternoon you travel east of Salzburg to Wolfgangsee where you can relax or swim. In the late afternoon you return to Salzburg.
At 6:30 pm the choir has a rehearsal at Stieglkeller then has dinner afterwards. At 8:00 pm the choir performs for 25 minutes while the rest of the group has dinner. At 8:30 pm the Sound of Music show begins. The choir may join the singers for the Edelweiss in the second part of the show. The show ends at 10:00 pm. Overnight is again at the Hotel Turnerwirt.
Wed. July 14 - Augsburg
This morning you depart Salzburg, cross the border into Germany and travel to Garmisch where you stop for a luge slide. After you continue on to Fussen where you tour the magnificent Neuschwanstein castle. In the afternoon you tour the area and visit the church at Weis or Oberammargau. Later you travel to Augsburg where you have dinner and overnight at the Hotel Ibis am Konigsplatz.
Thurs. July 15 - Ansbach
In the morning you depart for a journey along the Romantic Road. You pass ancient walled towns such as Nordlingen and Dinkelsbuhl and continue on to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber. From Rothenburg you continue to Ansbach where you meet the organizers and your homestay families. At 5:00 pm you perform your opening concert.
Fri. July 16 - Ansbach
In the morning you visit a local school. In the afternoon there is an excursion to Nurnberg Overnight with homestay families.

Sat. July 17 - Ansbach
This is an open day with concerts by all participating groups. Overnight with host families.

Sun. July 18 - Ansbach
At 10:00 am there is an integration in service at the St. Ludwig Church followed by a get together. At 6:00 pm there will be concerts on the Castle Square. Overnight with your homestay families.

Mon. July 19 - Return
In the early morning you say good bye to your homestay families and depart Ansbach for the Frankfurt airport. At 1:10 pm you depart on Air Canada flight # 873 for your overseas flight to Toronto. The aircraft used is a Boeing 747, the duration of the flight is 8 hours and 5 minutes and you receive complimentary headsets, refreshments plus two meals. You arrive in Toronto at 3:15 pm. After clearing customs you connect to either Air Canada # 195 departing at 5:15 pm, arriving in Winnipeg at 6:46 pm or flight # 175 departing at 7:30 pm and arriving in Winnipeg at 9:01 pm. Both flights provide a dinner and the duration is 2 hours and 31 minutes.

Package Includes:

  • 9 nights in good tourist class hotels with 2-4 per room and private facilities
  • 4 nights homestays
  • breakfast and dinner daily
  • Al Theatro Restaurant Venice, Sound of Music Dinner Salzburg
  • private air conditioned bus throughout
  • arrangement of 4 or 5 concerts including Festival
  • participation in the Bavarian Music Festival
  • guided half day sightseeing tours of Lucerne, Florence, Venice, Hallein salt mine tour near Salzburg, Neuschwanstein castle tour and luge slide
  • tour escort throughout
  • all taxes and service charges.

Not included: lunches, drinks with meals, optional tours of Pilatus and Gondola ride in Venice, passport expenses and expenses of a personal nature

Should you have any questions or require additional information please e-mail or call Don Finkbeiner or one of our group travel counsellors at (204) 989-9630 (in Winnipeg) or 1-866-890-3377 or fax 204-989-9636.