Monday, April 7, 2014

Mater Dei HS Choirs Enchanting Easter Incantato Concert Tours Journey 2014 - UPDATED ITINERARY

Are you counting the days to departure yet? A detailed itinerary is on its way via MDHS, but here is an updated day by day summary of where you will be and what is awaiting you. 

Day 1, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Overnight flights from LAX - Please check with Mr. Melvin and Mr. Miller about departure times from MDHS and meeting points at Los Angeles Airport. Remember, only one checked suitcase per person weighing a maximum of 50 pounds is allowed per traveler plus a bag pack style carry-on. 

Day 2, Friday, April 18

Willkommen in Germany - Good Friday in Munich
Meet your Incantato Tour Managers and busses at the airport. The US Airways group transfers with an orientation tour en-route to your first hotel in Munich, Bavaria. The Lufthansa group goes straight from the airport to the hotel. After check-in, all travelers enjoy a traditional welcome dinner at the Ratskeller Restaurant in the very heart of Munich. In observation of Good Friday, this will be a vegetarian dinner. Overnight is at the Achat Hotel Munich Sued

Day3, Saturday,April19

Via Neuschwanstein to Salzburg
No, it is not Cinderella‘s Castle perched high upon the mountain, but the real Schloss Neuschwanstein that you will
be visiting today. After a guided tour of King Ludwig II.'s fairy tale castle, the MDHS Choirs will also visit the pilgrimage site of Wieskirche and learn about the miracle that lead to the construction of this stunning Baroque Church on the meadow. After some time for reflection and prayer, continue to Salzburg, Austria for a tour focusing on the city‘s rich history as well as „The Sound of Music“. Overnight is at the Wyndham Grand Hotel Salzburg

Day 4, Sunday, April 20

Easter Mass in Salzburg and Klagenfurt
The Mater Dei HS Choirs have the opportunity to celebrate Easter Mass in Salzburg's famous Cathedral in the morning (10 am). The group will then continue to Klagenfurt in beautiful Carinthia, Austria‘s most musical state. Carinthia is the group‘s base for the next three nights. A first performance highlight will be the Mater Dei Choirs singing Easter Mass at Klagenfurt Cathedral this evening at 7 pm. 
Overnight until April 23 is at Seepark Hotel Klagenfurt

Day 5, Monday, April 21

Easter Celebrations & Concert with Youth Exchange
Today is a National Holiday in Austria and it will be all about Easter once again in a relaxed environment. A highlight concert as part of Carinthia’s Easter music festival will take place at the church of Stift Viktring, now home to the Musikgymnasium, a former royal residence now a music high school, followed by a reception and youth exchange.

Day 6, Tuesday, April 22
Slovenia Excursion - Experience Lake Bled - Castle lunch and Gmuend Visit
Country-hopping is fun and the border to Slovenia is very close.You’ll explore the beautiful area of Lake Bled nestled between two mountain ranges. Take a boat ride and visit the Church of the Assumption located on a small island. Dedicated to both Mary the Virgin and Mary Magdalene, the church is built on the site where the ancestors of modern Slovenes worshipped an ancient Slavic goddess. For lunch, the Mater Dei HS Choirs will return to Austria and the town of Gmuend where home-made Austrian Kaesepaetlze will be served in a castle. On the agenda is also a city tour for the family & friends group, the singers visit to the Pankratium (see separate blog entry).

Day 7, Wednesday, April 23
Bella Italia - Padua visit & likely Mass at Duomo di Padua
Say Auf Wiedersehen to Austria, as your journey continues to Italy today. Visit the lively yet historic town of Padua (Padova) - the first university was founded here in 1222. The MDHS Choirs will visit the revered pilgrimage site of the eight-domed Basilica of Sant‘Antonio di Padova. The originally planned sung Mass at St. Anthony was cancelled by the Parish as they granted thousands of Polish pilgrims the permission to "use" the church as their home for this week. Incantato is in close contact with the Duomo di Padua now for an alternative performance opportunity. The MDHS travelers will stay for the remainder of the tour at the NH Hotel Mantegna in Padova.

Day 8,Thursday, April 24

Verona excursion - Highlight Concert in Piazzola sul Brenta
Verona’s most famous “residents” were Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Founded in the first century A.D. by the Romans, this beautiful city is dotted with pretty palazzi, elegant squares and medieval gems. The MDHS travelers will visit Verona with local guides and have some time to explore this lovely musical city. In the afternoon, the groups continue to a small village outside Verona. After a traditional Italian agriturismo dinner, the first of two very special Italian highlight concerts featuring the MDHS Choirs takes place at the beautiful cathedral, aka the Duomo of Piazzola sul Brenta. 

Day 9, Friday, April 25

Venice sightseeing - St. Mark‘s Day - Mater Dei HS Choirs sing Mass at St. Mark's Cathedral
There is so much to see and do in Venice that you will spend two days exploring the islands. Today features a guided tour of the main attractions followed by some free time. A highlight will be experiencing St. Mark‘s Day - the city‘s patron Saint - which is celebrated with a procession in the Basilica. Thereafter, the Mater Dei HS Choirs will be the featured guest choir for Mass on this special day in St. Mark's Cathedral.

Day 10, Saturday, April 26

Venetian Island & Farewell concerto at San Rocco
Unlike most visitors, MDHS will get a chance to step off the tourist path today and explore more of Venice‘s rich Catholic and also musical history. You will be visiting San Michele island to see how Italians pay respect to the departed among other pilgrimage sites and also visit colorful Burano island. The farewell concerto takes place at San Rocco Church (see separate entry), thereafter, the MDHS travelers will eat their farewell dinner in the very heart of Venice.

Day 11, Sunday, April 27
Return flights home to LAX
The tour concludes as the groups travels to Venice airport for their return flights home with memories to last a lifetime. 


  1. Thanks my friend for sharing these details about these Concert Tours. I would like to attend such concerts at any local event venue NYC. Whenever they will be hosted in NYC, let us know as don’t want to miss them.