Chicago Master Singers 2020 tour
(Lyon, Burgundy, French Alps, Switzerland)
Thursday, 6/25 4:00 pm Dep. O’Hare for Lyon on Lufthansa 431 to FRA; 1074 to LYS
Friday, 6/26 10:00 am arr. Lyon for welcome luncheon at Restaurant Vatel (included); free afternoon (after hotel check-in) and evening; Lyon is the most charming larger city in France, with all that Paris offers minus the crowds and congestion. It also is the culinary capital of the world. Our hotel will be the Mercure Saxe-Lafayette, well-located within walking distance of everything and with excellent public transportation options.
Saturday, 6/27 Free time to visit Lyon; 4:00 pm sharp: motorcoach departure from hotel OR meet at 4:30pm already dressed at the monumental Fourvière Basilica to prepare for 5:30pm Mass and 7:00 pm Concert, a Lyon landmark easily accessed by funicular; optional motorcoach return to hotel; remainder of evening at leisure
Sunday, 6/28 9:00 am sharp motorcoach departure from hotel OR meet at 9:30 am already dressed to sing in 10:30 am Mass (Feast Day of St. Irenaeus) at the Cathédrale St-Jean Baptiste; optional motorcoach return to hotel; afternoon and evening free to enjoy Lyon
Monday, 6/29 9:00 am Transfer to Beaune via a lunch stop (11:00am) at Le Cellier Volnaysien, a former winery with magnificent views over the Burgundy vineyards; continue to Beaune for hotel check-in and tours of the Hospice ; free evening in Beaune (restaurant in hotel, others within 10-15’ flat and easy walk). Mercure Centre
Tuesday, 6/30 Free morning in Beaune; 11:00 am depart for Besançon with free time until 6:00pm dinner and 8:00pm performance in the beautiful diocesan center Chapel; return to Beaune (c. 90’)
Wednesday, 7/1 Free morning in Beaune; 11:00 am sharp: depart for Vézelay for tours, lunch and 3:30 pm concert in the Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene (aka the Benedictine Abbey Church of Vézelay, a pilgrimage destination on the Camino, with an extraordinary history: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A9zelay_Abbey). Its spectacular ambiance and acoustics will make it a truly memorable experience. Dinner and free evening in Beaune
Thursday, 7/2 9:30 am Transfer to Évian-les-Bains via a tour and a short sing in the magnificent Royal Monastery of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, a unique and treasured flamboyant Gothic masterpiece (admission included). Lunch in Brou. Évian-les-Bains is a picturesque city set between the lake and mountains, offering a variety of activities. Our spa hotel is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, a casino, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) with swimming and boating options, and numerous other attractions. Free afternoon and evening. Hilton Spa Hotel
Friday, 7/3 8:00 am sharp: Depart for Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe and Chamonix is an absolutely enchanting resort town; optional train to glacier at Mer de Glace with lunch options; 3:00 pm concert (2:00pm sound check) in Église St-Michel; c. 4:30 pm depart for free evening in Évian-les-Bains
Saturday, 7/4 9:00 am Depart for a 10:00 am visit to Chateau Chillon and a lunch stop in Montreux near Les Jardins du Palais; 5:00 pm performance at St. François in Lausanne as part of its regular concert series; 8:00 pm return to Évian-les-Bains (by ferry) for 9:00 pm Farewell Dinner at the Hilton (included)
Sunday, 7/5 10:00 am depart for GVA for 2:00 pm return flights: Lufthansa 1217 GVA to FRA, 432 to ORD arr. 7:25 pm
Hotels: 3 nights Lyon: Mercure Saxe-Lafayette; 3 nights Beaune: Mercure Beaune Centre; 3 nights in Évian-les-Bains: Hilton Spa Hotel
Lyon: Fourvière Basilica Mass and concert on Saturday evening
Mass on Sunday morning in Cathédrale St-Jean
Besançon: evening performance
Vezelay: afternoon performance
Bourg-en-Bresse: short sing in the Royal Monastery of Brou
Chamonix Mont Blanc: afternoon performance
Lausanne: early evening performance
The Lufthansa carry-on baggage size is 55 x 40 x 23 cm/ 21 x 15 x 9 inches; or 57 x 54 x 15 cm/ 22 x 21 x 5.9 inches for foldable garment bags. The permitted dimensions for the personal item are max. 40 x 30 x 10 cm/ 15 x 11 x 3.9 inches.
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