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
Wednesday, July 3 – Depart Winnipeg
1 night (over night flight)
Thursday, July 4-6: Barcelona, Spain
Free day & possible concert
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Tuesday, July 16: Concert in Jyväskylä
Concert details TBA
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
Friday, July 18: Concert at Kirimäki Church
23 km from Savonlinna
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
Saturday, July 20: Concert in Lahti
Concert details TBA
Vantaa, Finland - Return to Winnipeg
Sunday, July 21, AM – Depart to Vantaa International Airport
93 km drive from Lahti to the airport in the morning
Sunday, 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).