The Chicago Master Singers tours in Europe every two years. The tours are open to those CMS singers who wish to go as well as their spouses and friends. If you are interested, contact us for more information. We would love to have you join us!
Chicago Master Singers 2020 tour revised 8/11/19 (Lyon, Burgundy, French Alps, Switzerland)
Thursday, 6/25 4:00pm Dep. O’Hare for Lyon on Lufthansa 431 to FRA; 1074 to LYS
Friday, 6/26 10:00 arr. Lyon for welcome luncheon (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 until 5:30 Mass and 7:00 Concert in the monumental Fourvière Basilica; remainder of evening at leisure
Sunday, 6/28 Sing in 10:30 Mass at the Cathédrale St-Jean Baptiste; afternoon and evening free to enjoy Lyon
Monday, 6/29 9:00 Transfer to Beaune via a lunch stop at Le Cellier Volnaysien with magnificent views over the Burgundy vineyards; visit Vezelay with 3:30 concert in the Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene with its spectacular ambiance and acoustics; hotel check-in; free evening in Beaune. Mercure Centre
Tuesday, 6/30 Visit Besançon with free time until dinner and 8 pm performance in the beautiful diocesan center Chapel
Wednesday, 7/1Free day in Beaune with included tours of the Hospice; to Dôle 8 pm performance in the splendid Collegiale Notre Dame.
Thursday, 7/2 Transfer to Évian-les-Bains via lunch and a short sing in the magnificent Royal Monastery of Brou, Bourg- en-Bresse, a unique and treasured flamboyant Gothic masterpiece (admission included) Evian-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 Visit Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe and Chamonix is an absolutely enchanting resort town; noontime concert in Église St-Michel followed by free time in Chamonix; free evening in Évian-les-Bains
Saturday, 7/4 Visit Lausanne via visit to Chateau Chillon and a lunch stop in Montreux near Les Jardins du Palais; 5:00 performance at St. François in Lausanne as part of a regular concert series; return to Évian-les-Bains (possibly by ferry) for Farewell Dinner at the Hilton (included)
Sunday, 7/5 2:00pm return flights: Lufthansa 1217 GVA to FRA, 432 to ORD arr. 7:25pm
Hotels: 3 nights Lyon: Mercure Saxe-Lafayette 3 nights Beaune: Mercure Beaune Centre 3 nights in Évian-les-Bains: Hilton Spa Hotel
Performances: Lyon: Fourvière Basilica Saturday evening and Mass on Sunday morning in Cathédrale St-Jean Vezelay: afternoon performance Besançon: evening performance Dôle: evening performance Brou: short sing in the Royal Monastery Chamonix Mont Blanc: noontime performance Lausanne: early evening performance