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SANTA MONICA CHAMBER PHILHARMONIA

Concert Tour of Italy 2005

 
Day 1 Wed July 13th

Los Angeles & New York
07.00 am California contingent departs from Los Angeles International Airport for New York JFK International Airport on United Airlines # UA 004
15.04 pm California contingent arrives at New York's JFK International Airport on United Airlines # UA 004 where they meet the New York contingent.
18.40 pm Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia departs from New York JFK International Airport on Austrian Airlines # OS 088 to Vienna.
Dinner and breakfast (shortly before arrival) served on board

 

 
Day 2 Thu July 14th

Venice
09.10 am Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia arrives at the Vienna International Airport on flight # OS 088
09.40 am New York contingent departs Vienna on Austrian Airlines # OS 521 for Venice
11.00 am New York contingent arrives Venice Marco Polo International Airport
13.15 pm California contingent departs Vienna on Austrian Airlines # OS 523 for Venice
14.40 pm California contingent arrives Venice Marco Polo International Airport
  Upon each arrival at Venice Airport you will be met by your tour-guide Fritz Doppelhofer (cell phone:+43 664 6381721), who will travel with you during the whole concert tour and our local assistant from Venice Mrs. Raffaella.

Transfer by private boat to your hotel.
Check in to Hotel AMADEUS and begin your Venice Residence.
The 4-star hotel is situated near the Grand Canal and very close to the most important museums in Venice, and just a few minutes from the Jewish Ghetto, the Venice Casino, the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square.
Time to relax.

18.30 pm Welcome dinner provided at restaurant IL Principe at the hotel
20.00 pm start REHEARSAL No. 1 at hotel "Sala Mozart"
22.00 pm

end of rehearsal
Overnight Venice (1)

 
Day 3 Fri July 15th

Venice
08.00 am Breakfast
09.00 am start REHEARSAL No. 2 at hotel "Sala Mozart"
11.00 am end of rehearsal
12.30 pm Lunch provided at local restaurant A'll Angelo in San Marco (2)
14.00 pm Meet your local guides Mrs. Arianna and Mr. Stefano at the restaurant and enjoy your half-day guided walking tour of Venice including Piazza San Marco, the 450-foot high Campanile, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doges Palace.
16.00 pm end of city tour
Evening at leisure and dinner on own arrangements.
Overnight Venice (2)
 
Day 4 Sat July 16th

Venice
07.30 am

Breakfast

08.45 am Optional Islands Excursion - Please sign in with Fritz on arrival day (cost 36) This morning's sightseeing - with your private boat and private local guide Mrs. Raffaella and tour guide Fritz - will feature a boat ride from Venice to the islands of Murano and Burano in the Venetian lagoon. Murano is famous for its glass; Burano for its lace and beautifully painted homes.
13.00 pm end of excursion and return to Venice
13.30 pm Lunch(3) provided at restaurant Ai Scalzi afternoon at leisure - dinner on own arrangements
20.00 pm start REHEARSAL No. 3 at hotel "Sala Mozart"
22.00 pm end of rehearsal
Overnight Venice (3)

 
Day 5 Sun July 17th

Venice
08.00 am Breakfast
09.00 am start REHEARSAL No. 4 at hotel "Sala Mozart"
11.00 am

end of rehearsal
Lunch on own arrangements
Explore more of Venice with Fritz and see S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Church with Titian's "Assumption", the Accademia Museum and the Scuola Grande San Rocco with 56 large murals by Tintoretto, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum (an extraordinary modern collection), the Venetian Jewish Quarter and finally the famous Rialto Bridge. (entrances not included)
Dinner on own arrangements
Overnight Venice (4)

 
Day 6 Mon July 18th

Venice
08.00 am Breakfast
Lunch on own arrangements
Time for visit a museum or exhibition on your own, or to take a stroll to soak up the incredible atmosphere of this unique city.
17.00 pm transfer by boat to concert venue
18.00 pm DRESS REHEARSAL
19.00 pm Dinner provided at Taverna San Trovaso (4)
21.00 pm CONCERT #1 WITH THE SANTA MONICA CHAMBER PHILHARMONIA CONDUCTED BY ALLEN GROSS AT THE CHIESA SANTA MARIA DELLA VISITAZIONE IN VENICE
22.30 pm end of concert
22.45 pm return transfer by boat after the concert
Overnight Venice (5)
 
Day 7 Tue July 19th

Venice --> Riva del Garda
07.30 am Breakfast
08.30 am Depart Venice for Riva Del Garda
Stop en route in Padua
See the Basilica of Saint Anthony, the Scrovegni Chapel (entrance not included), with exquisite frescoes by Giotto and the University of Padua, one of the oldest in Europe. Galileo Galilei, taught here to such acclaim that no classroom could accommodate all his students and he would frequently lecture out of doors to the attendant crowds.
See the city hall (16th century), the Palazzo della Ragione (13th century), the Piazza della Erbe and the Piazza delle Fruta as well as the Neo-Classicist café Pedrocchi (19th century).
Passing Verona we travel from through the Valpollicella wine country to Lake Garda, largest of the Italian lakes. The lake shores are dotted with cypresses, olive groves, vineyards and flowering shrubs.
Lunch on your own
Arrive Riva in the afternoon.
Check- in Hotel AL MASO in Riva
At leisure
17.30 pm Transfer to concert venue
18.00 pm Sound check
18.45 pm

return to hotel

19.00 pm Dinner provided at hotel (5)
20.45 pm Transfer to concert venue
21.30 pm CONCERT #2 WITH THE SANTA MONICA CHAMBER PHILHARMONIA CONDUCTED BY ALLEN GROSS AT "CORTTILE DELLA ROCCA" IN RIVA DEL GARDA - THE XXII MusicaRivafestival
Overnight Riva Del Garda (6)
 
Day 8 Wed July 20th

Riva del Garda
08.00 am Breakfast
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the delights of Lake Garda.
Visit Sirmione, a famous holiday and spa resort on a slender promontory on the southern shore of Lake Garda. The town runs the length of the 3.5 kilometers- (2 miles-) long peninsula and has been a popular holiday spot since Roman times.
Lunch on your own
19.00 pm Dinner provided at hotel (6)
Overnight Riva del Garda (7)
 
Day 9 Thu July 21st

Riva del Garda --> Verona
07.30 am Breakfast
08.30 am Depart Riva del Garda
Arrive Verona the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Lunch on own arrangements
check in Hotel HOLIDAY INN VERONA
15.00 pm Meet your local guides Mrs. Marina and Mrs Romana at Via Pallone and start your guided city tour with a drive around the old city walls where you will see the four splendid city gates. See San Zeno Church, perhaps the finest Romanesque building in Italy and Castel Vecchio, an impressive 14th-century fortress with majestic ramparts and towers and the Roman Theater. Walk across the Ponte di Pietra, a stone bridge built by the Romans and still used by the Veronese today. Explore the medieval district and see its picturesque houses, winding alleys, enchanting courtyards, renaissance palaces, and - perhaps the most famous of Verona's sights - the houses of Romeo and Juliet. Standing below Juliet's balcony, you can almost picture her appearing from her room and calling out to Romeo.
17.00 pm end of city tour
Dinner on own arrangements
Overnight Verona (8)
 
Day 10 Fri July 22nd

Verona
08.00 am Breakfast
Free time - enjoy one of Italy's most appealing towns. Spend some time shopping along Via Mazzini and the Piazza Bra
Lunch on own arrangements
17.45 pm Dinner at local restaurant Scaligero (7)
21.15 pm attend NABUCCO at the ARENA DI VERONA (cost $45 )
Overnight Verona (9)
 
Day 11 Sat July 23rd

Verona
08.00 am Breakfast
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the delights and surrounding area of Verona
Lunch on your own
20.00 pm Sound Check
21.00 pm

CONCERT #3 WITH THE SANTA MONICA CHAMBER PHILHARMONIA CONDUCTED BY ALLEN GROSS AT THE BASILICA DI SANTA ANASTASIA IN VERONA

Dinner on your own.
Overnight Verona (10)

 
Day 12 Sun July 24th

Verona --> Cremona
07.30 am

Breakfast

08.30 am Depart Verona
Arrive Cremona
check in Hotel CONTINENTAL CREMONA
13.00 am Lunch provided at the hotel (8)

Explore Cremona, a lovely city with beautiful churches and impressive palaces richly adorned with terra cotta tiles. Cremona is best known for its legendary violin makers, Amati, Stradivarius and Guarneri, and it is where the craft of violin making continues today.
See the authentic Stradivarius violins at the Stradivarian Museum (entrance not included)
Visit the Torrazzo in the Old Town and the glorious 12-century cathedral, featuring a 301-foot bell tower.
Dinner on own arrangements
Overnight Cremona (11)
 
Day 13 Mon July 25th

Cremona -->Bergamo
7.30 am Breakfast
8.30 am Depart Cremona
Arrive in Bergamo
check in Hotel MERCURE BERGAMO PALAZZO DOLCI
Lunch on own arrangements.
15.30 pm Meet your local guides at the hotel and during your guided tour you will see that Bergamo is one of the most characteristic Lombard hill towns. Many of the town's stone fortifications were built on Roman foundations by the medieval Venetians.
18.00 pm end of city tour
19.00 pm Dinner provided at local restaurant La Ciotola (9)
Overnight Bergamo (12)
 
Day 14 Tue July 26th

Bergamo
08.00 am

Breakfast
At leisure in Bergamo and Lunch on own arrangements.

18.00 pm Farewell dinner provided at restaurant La Ciotola (10)
20.00 pm Sound check
21.00 pm CONCERT #4 WITH THE SANTA MONICA CHAMBER PHILHARMONIA CONDUCTED BY ALLEN GROSS AT THE BASILICA SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE IN BERGAMO
22.45 pm end of concert
Overnight Bergamo (13)
 
Day 15 Wed July 27th

Milano --> USA
04.30 am Early Breakfast provided
05.00 am Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia boards buses and departs hotel for Milano Malpensa International Airport
07.55 am Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia departs from Milan to Vienna on Austrian Airlines # OS 518
09.30 am Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia arrives Vienna International Airport on Austrian Airlines # OS 518
11.30 am Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia departs from Vienna International Airport on Austrian Airlines # OS 087 to New York JFK International Airport
14.40 pm Santa Monica Chamber Philharmonia arrives JFK International Airport on Austrian Airlines # OS 087
18.10 pm California contingent departs from New York JFK International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport on United Airlines # UA 839
21.26 pm California contingent arrives Los Angeles International Airport.
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