Are You a Piano and/or Music Lover?
If You Are, This Unique European Piano Tour is for YOU!
Here is Your Opportunity to Combine a Wonderful European Tour with Your Love of Piano & Music!
Germany - Austria - 12 Days - 9 Cities - 4 Piano Manufacturers - Music Museums - Composer's Homes - Cathedrals - Castles - Concerts - Pianos - Music!Come with us to Europe and watch how some of the worlds finest pianos are created, stroll through great composers homes, visit incredible musical instrument museums, attend live piano concerts (in a gorgeous castle with our very own "Piano Girl"), meet other Piano Forums members, stay in lovely hotels, eat in fine restaurants, Tour Castles & Cathedrals, take in all that Germany & Austria have to offer.
All this and lots more. THERE IS STILL TIME TO Join Us!
But you must act soon.
This Unique European Tour is open to anyone who loves music, you do not have to be a member of our Piano Forums to join us. Of course we'd love to have you join the Piano Forums too (membership is free).
Although visiting some of Europe's finest piano makers is central to our plans, we've expanded the tour to include SO MUCH MORE than piano shops see below
. Some Highlights from Your Itinerary
(not in date order):
- Hamburg Steinway Tour (Hamburg, Germany) Kyle Kirkland, Chairman of Steinway Musical Instruments has promised a memorable tour. (I wonder if that means I get to take a D home with me?)
- Meet & Greet and Concert with Robin Meloy Goldsby (Author of The Piano Girl
)(Cologne, Germany) Robin is one talented lady, and a member of our forums (see the long running "Let's Talk Weddings" thread).
- SteingrÃ¤ber u. SÃ¶hne Tour (Bayreuth, Germany) Conducted by Udo SteingrÃ¤ber himself. A gentleman and world class piano designer.
- Visit the Beethoven Museum in Bonn
- PM City tour of Leipzig with Thomas Church
- Mendelosohn Museum
- Music Instruments Museum
- BlÃ¼thner Tour (Leipzig, Germany) Tour to be conducted by Dr. Christian BlÃ¼thner. Dr. BlÃ¼thner has a fascinating bio, as does BlÃ¼thner piano.
- Dinner at famous Auerbach-Keller
- Germanisches National Museum, historic music instruments (Nuremberg, Germany)
- Visit Wagner & Liszt Museum (Rothenburg, Germany)
- Visit Deutsches Museum (one of worlds largest musical instrument collections)
- Visit National Museum (possibly with behind scenes visit)
- BÃ¶sendorfer Tour (Vienna, Austria)Thanks to the artist formerly known as Bosie Eric for putting us in touch with the right people.
- Visit Mozart Haus, the birthplace of Mozart
- Schonbrunn Palace Visit, Vienna (See 360 degree tour of the palace HERE )
- Musical Vienna Tour (a city tour connected with composers and music)
- We've also scheduled free time to explore on your own
We will of course try to get some hands on time playing pianos
ourselves as well.
After all, there will be plenty of piano players in the group. I'm quite sure we will be
able to get a little playing in when we visit the piano manufacturers, but we'll have to seek out some other pianos too :-)
~ Panoramic Scenic Drives with Photo Stops
~ Walking Tours
~ Breakfast & Dinners Included
~ Lovely Hotels
~ Free Time to Explore on Your Own
The complete Itinerary, Pricing, and Additonal Details BelowPiano World European Tour 2011Full Itinerary & Pricing
June 5, 11 Sun
Arrival Hamburg (transportation provided from Hamburg Airport (HAM) to hotel), city orientation tour, no entrance
Welcome cocktail, welcome dinner, o/n Hamburg Hotel Hafen
June 6, 11 Mon
Morning Tour of Hamburg Steinway, PM free
Dinner at local restaurant, o/n Hamburg Hotel Hafen
June 7, 11, Tue
Full day drive to Bonn via Cologne, to visit the Cathedral (also join up with Robin Meloy Goldsby â€“ the Piano Girl)
Dinner at hotel, o/n Bonn Rhein Hotel Dreesen
June 8, 11 Wed
Morning visit to Beethoven museum, PM free, dinner at hotel, o/n Bonn
June 9, 11 Thu
Full-day drive to Leipzig, dinner at hotel, o/n Leipzig Radisson Blue
June 10, 11 Fri
Half-day Tour of BlÃ¼thner Piano with Dr. BlÃ¼thner, PM city tour with Thomas Church, Mendelsohn Museum, Music Instruments Museum, Dinner at famous Auerbach-Keller
o/n Leipzig Hotel Radisson Blue
June 11, 11 Sat
To Bayreuth, arrival around lunch time, Tour of SteingrÃ¤ber u. SÃ¶hne Piano
Dinner at Hotel, o/n Bayreuth Hotel Ramada ResidenzschloÃŸ
June 12, 11 Sun
Full-day excursion to Nuremberg (Germanisches National Museum, collection of historic music instruments), continue to Rothenburg, walking tour
Dinner at hotel, o/n Bayreuth Hotel Ramada ResidenzschloÃŸ
June 13, 11 Mon
Morning visit to Wagner and Liszt Museum, afternoon drive to Munich, prior check-in a panoramic city tour, photo stops, no inside visits, dinner at local restaurant nearby hotel, overnight Hotel Kings First Class Hotel
June 14, 11 Tue
Morning visit to the Deutsches Museum (which houses one of the worldâ€™s largest musical instrument collections, with a performance of the music of Mozart on an original piano of his time and comparative demonstrations on instruments from subsequent time periods) and the National theatre (where we have applied for a visit behind the scenes).
Afternoon drive to Salzburg, upon arrival we have a 2 hour walking tour with a local Salzburg guide (local guide is compulsory) and visit the Mozart Haus, the birthplace of Mozart.
Dinner at local restaurant nearby hotel, o/n Salzburg Hotel Austrotel
June 15, 11 Wed
Morning drive to Vienna, arrive around lunchtime, afternoon sightseeing incl. Castle SchÃ¶nbrunn inside visit, dinner and overnight at centrally located Hotel (name coming up)
June 16, 11 Thu
Tour of BÃ¶sendorfer Piano
Afternoon â€œMusical Viennaâ€, a city tour connected with composers, with music, of which there are many in Vienna.
Farewell Dinner at local restaurant, maybe in Grinzing, where you dine with local wine and music in a wine village nearby Vienna
June 17, 11 Fri
Transfer to Vienna Airport. Auf WiedersehenPackage includes:
- All accommodations listed
- Breakfast buffet and 3 course dinner daily
- 1 glass of welcome cocktail upon arrival pre dinner
- Deluxe motor coach with A/C, fridge, bathroom and reclining seats
- English tour escort
- Local guides
- Entrance fees on tours included
- Porterage at hotels and airports of once piece per person
- Government tax, parking of coach, service charge at hotels and restaurants
Please keep in mind the pricing does not include airfare, as our members come not only from all over the U.S., but also around the world. We want you to be able to get the best flights and rates for your particular location/situation. However, if you need help with travel arrangements, our Travel Agency (Hills Travel, St. Petersburg, FL) will be happy to assist you.
Also, if you are traveling solo and would be interested in pairing up to save the single supplement, Hill's Travel ( our agent) offers room matching. Not included:
Pricing is below all the pictures
- International flights
- Tips to driver, escort, restaurants
- If the VAT increase, we have to increase same amount
- Drinks (unless noted)
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There were other piano companies who kindly approached us about visting.
We did the best we could with the time we have (taking into consideration travel and free time, and not wanting to overload people with technical piano talk). If this tour is a success, we will definitely plan on another and will visit some of the other piano makers.
Adding Pictures of some of the places we will be visiting.
Please see additional pictures further in this thread (on second page).
Hotel Hafen - Hamburg - Day Shot
Hotel Hafen - Hamburg - Night Shot
Hotel Hafen - Hamburg - Piano Bar! Lots More Pictures LATER IN THIS THREAD...NOTE: The More People We Have, The LESS it Will Cost!
(to a point) We currently have 23 people signed up making the base price $3860.00 NOTE: Our Travel Agency Will Be Handling ALL Payments.
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or call 1-800-504-7883 (our ID # is 09-0477).There is a PDF of the Tour Itinerary & Pricing Here: Tour Itinerary and Pricing PDF And a Press Release About the Tour Here: http://www.pianoworld.com/Press_Room/Press_Releases/Piano_Tour_2011_Press_Release.html
We are looking forward to an exciting tour!!
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