Tour 2019

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On to Europe II - July 5-22, 2019

Barcelona July 6-12  |  Finland July 12-22

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This itinerary is subject to change. Not all dates and concerts have been confirmed at this time. However, it will give you a good idea of what the Tour Commitee is planning for July 2019.

 
 James Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg, MB

James Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg, MB

Friday, July 5 – Depart Winnipeg

  • 1 night (over night flight)

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

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

Saturday, July 6 – Arrive in Barcelona, Spain

  • 6 nights
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 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

Sunday, July 7-10 – Festival in Barcelona 

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

 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 11 – Free day in Barcelona

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA, includes several Roman archaeological sites.


 Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Friday, July 12 – Depart for Helsinki

After the festival and sightseeing in Barcelona, we will 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.

  • Departure and Arrival Times: TBA
  • 4 nights
 Helsinki's Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church

Helsinki's Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church

Saturday, July 13 – Concert

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

 National Museum, Helsinki, Finland

National Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Sunday, July 14 – 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.

 

 The Great Courtyard, Suomenlinna Island

The Great Courtyard, Suomenlinna Island

Monday, July 15 – Concert in Helsinki

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.

Concert details TBA


 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.

Tuesday, July 16 – Depart to 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.

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

Jyväskylä, Finland

Wednesday, July 17-18 – Concerts in Jyväskylä

Concert details TBA


 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.

 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.

Thursday, July 18 – Depart to Savonlinna

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
 Savonlinna, Finland

Savonlinna, Finland

Friday, July 19 – Savonlinna Concert

Concert details TBA


 City Centre of Lahti, Finland

City Centre of Lahti, Finland

Saturday, July 20 – Depart to 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. 

Sunday, July 21 – Concert in Lahti

Concert details TBA


 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 22, 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 22 PM – Depart for Canada  

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

A total of 18 days from departing Winnipeg on July 5 to returning to Winnipeg on July 22, 2019 (subject to change)