Tour 2019

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On to Europe II - July 3-21, 2019

Spain July 3-11  |  Finland July 11-21

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The following itinerary is subject to change.

Not all tours and concerts have been confirmed at this time. However, the following will give you a good idea of what the Tour Commitee is planning for July 2019.

 

Updated: Monday, August 20, 2018

Winnipeg

 James Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg, MB

James Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg, MB

Wednesday, July 3 – Depart Winnipeg

  • 1 night (over night flight)

Barcelona, Spain

 Barcelona, Spain - a cosmopolitan city known for its art and architecture.

Barcelona, Spain - a cosmopolitan city known for its art and architecture.

 Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

 Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona, Spain

Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona, Spain

 La Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, Barcelona, Spain

La Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, Barcelona, Spain

 Montserrat is a gorgeious mountain range with a mountain top monastery 45km from Barcelona. A refreshing place to relax, hike and breathe.

Montserrat is a gorgeious mountain range with a mountain top monastery 45km from Barcelona. A refreshing place to relax, hike and breathe.

Thursday, July 4-6: Barcelona, Spain

  • 3 nights
  • Free day & possible concert

Lloret de Mar, Spain

 Lloret de Mar, Spain

Lloret de Mar, Spain

Sunday, July 7-10 – Festival in Lloret de Mar  

Lloret de Mar is a Mediterranean coastal town in Catalonia, Spain. One of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Brava, it is 75.6 Kilometres northeast of Barcelona. Its main beach is one of the most popular Costa Brava beaches and is consistently awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness.

The international competition of choirs “GOLDEN VOICES OF BARCELONA” –  it is a great opportunity for both professional and amateur, non-profit choirs to participate in this unique international festival-contest. In addition to competitive performances, friendly concerts, gala concert in the main square city, the winning choir will have a rare opportunity to perform in the heart of Barcelona, in the symbol of this magnificent city, in the extraordinary creation of outstanding Gaudi – Sagrada Familia or Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi located in gothic old city blocks, or in the La Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia.

Festival Schedule TBA


Helsinki, Finland

 Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Thursday, July 11-14: Helsinki, Finland

After the sightseeing in Barcelona and the festival in Lloret, we fly to Helsinki, Finland. The plan is to spend 9-10 days in Finland and sing 3 concerts in and around Helsinki including in the Rock Church Temppeliaukio. Several excursions are also planned including the Unesco World Heritage site of Suomenlinna Island.  At the end of our time in Finland you can carry on in Europe on your own or return to Canada.

  • 4 nights

 

 National Museum, Helsinki, Finland

National Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Friday, July 12: Free Day in Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland’s southern capital, sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Its central avenue, Mannerheimintie, is flanked by institutions including the National Museum, tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present. Also on Mannerheimintie are the imposing Parliament House and Kiasma, a contemporary art museum. Ornate red-brick Uspenski Cathedral overlooks a harbor.

 

 Helsinki's Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church

Helsinki's Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church

Saturday, July 13 – Concert in Helsinki

Excavated directly into solid rock, the Temppeliaukio church is situated in the heart of Helsinki, at the end of Fredrikinkatu. Because of its special architecture, the church, completed in 1969, is one of the main attractions in Helsinki. The church hall is covered with a dome, lined with copper and supported on the rock walls by reinforced concrete beams. The interior walls are of rugged rock and rubble wall. Before noon, the light spreads from the row of windows surrounding the roof periphery to the altar wall, where an ice-age crevice serves as the altarpiece. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts.

Concert details TBA

 

 The Great Courtyard, Suomenlinna Island

The Great Courtyard, Suomenlinna Island

Sunday, July 14 – Free day in Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna, literal translation Castle of Finland, is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands and which now forms part of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

World Heritage Site Suomenlinna is a cultural treasure. Its construction began in the mid-18th century, when Finland was still part of Sweden. Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Suomenlinna is a popular visitor attraction and also a home of 800 residents.

 


Jyväskylä, Finland

 Jyväskylä, Finland is the largest city in the region of Central Finland and on the Finnish Lakeland.

Jyväskylä, Finland is the largest city in the region of Central Finland and on the Finnish Lakeland.

Monday, July 15-16: Jyväskylä, Finland

Jyväskylä is the second most important fair city in Finland. Every year several domestic and international congresses are held at the congress and trade fair centre Jyväskylä Paviljonki.

Internationally Jyväskylä is perhaps best known for the architecture of Alvar Aalto and for the world championship rally Neste Oil Rally Finland.

  • 270 km from Helsinki to Jyväskylä
  • 2 nights
 Jyväskylä, Finland

Jyväskylä, Finland

Tuesday, July 16: Concert in Jyväskylä

Concert details TBA


Savonlinna, Finland

 Savonlinna, Finland

Savonlinna, Finland

 Savonlinna, Finland, Olavinlinna Castle -medieval arms clashing, cannons roaring and people doing everyday chores inside the security of the castle’s thick walls.

Savonlinna, Finland, Olavinlinna Castle -medieval arms clashing, cannons roaring and people doing everyday chores inside the security of the castle’s thick walls.

Wednesday, July 17-18: Savonlinna, Finland

Savonlinna shows the beauty and gracefulness of Finland’s Lakeland. A traveller can quickly get to the beautiful scenery of Punkaharju so characteristic of Finland, the rugged rocky shores of Kolovesi National Park, and the open waters and many islands of Linnansaari National Park. Savonlinna itself is built on islands, so Lake Saimaa is never far away.

  • 210 km from Jyväskylä to Savonlinna
  • 2 nights
 The Kerimäki Church in Savonlinna, Finland, is the biggest wooden church in the world.

The Kerimäki Church in Savonlinna, Finland, is the biggest wooden church in the world.

Friday, July 18: Concert at Kirimäki Church

23 km from Savonlinna


Lahti, Finland

 City Centre of Lahti, Finland

City Centre of Lahti, Finland

Friday, July 19-20: Lahti, Finland

Lahti is home to Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and hosts the Lahti Sibelius Festival. Other sites of note are the Church of the Cross, Messilä Manor and its Musical Fountains. Lahti is a lively city of almost 100,000 inhabitants just an hour north-east from Helsinki..

  • 236 km from Savolinna to Lahti
  • 2 nights

 

 Sibelius Hall is a conference and concert centre. It was built in 2000 adjacent to an old factory building. The modern wooden architecture is combined with the old industrial history in the most interesting way. It is is located in Lahti, Finland by the beautiful Lake Vesijärvi. 

Sibelius Hall is a conference and concert centre. It was built in 2000 adjacent to an old factory building. The modern wooden architecture is combined with the old industrial history in the most interesting way. It is is located in Lahti, Finland by the beautiful Lake Vesijärvi. 

Saturday, July 20: Concert in Lahti

Concert details TBA

 


Vantaa, Finland - Return to Winnipeg

 Helsinki Airport or Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Vantaa, Finland, is the main international airport of the Helsinki metropolitan region and the whole of Finland.

Helsinki Airport or Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Vantaa, Finland, is the main international airport of the Helsinki metropolitan region and the whole of Finland.

Monday, July 21, AM – Depart to Vantaa International Airport

  • 93 km drive from Lahti to the airport in the morning
 James Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg, MB

James Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg, MB

Monday, July 21 PM – Depart for Canada  

Alas, all good things come to an end and we return to Winnipeg full of fond memories of the beautiful countries of Spain and Finland.

A total of 19 days from departing Winnipeg on July 3 to returning to Winnipeg on July 22, 2019 (subject to change).