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 1/8/19 (subject to further revision) (Lyon, Burgundy, French Alps, Switzerland)
Thursday, 6/25: 2:45 pm Dep. O’Hare for Geneva (GVA) on Swiss Air #7 to Zurich (ZUR); #2802 to Geneva
Friday, 6/26: 8:25 arr. Geneva; transfer to Lyon for welcome luncheon; free afternoon (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 Radisson BluPart-Dieu Tower, with breathtaking views of the city center and the Alps.
Saturday, 6/27 Visit Lyon with afternoon or evening performance in major venue; remainder of day at leisure; Radisson Blu
Sunday, 6/28: Sing in Mass at Cathédrale St-Jean, Fourvière Basilica or Église Saint-Nizier; afternoon and evening free, with lunch and dinner in Lyon on own; Radisson Blu
Monday, 6/29: Transfer to Beaune, (possibly via Autun); visit Hospice in afternoon; hotel check-in; evening performance in Basilique Collégiale Notre Dame or Dijon (or free evening); Mercure Centre
Tuesday, 6/30: Visit one of Auxerre, Sens or Vézelay (TBD) with noontime recital; return to Beaune; free evening in Beaune (or evening performance in Basilique Collégiale Notre Dame or Dijon); Mercure Wednesday, 7/1: Optional visit to Meursault, Pommard, Montrachet or Nuits St-George or other major Burgundy vineyards with tastings; lunch in countryside; return to Beaune for free evening (or evening performance in Basilique Collégiale Notre Dame or Dijon: this is the preferred evening for a performance); Mercure
Thursday, 7/2: Transfer to Évian-les-Bains (Hilton) via the Royal Monastery of Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse (a short sing?); free evening; HiltonSpa Hotel. Set between the lake and mountains, Evian-les-Bains is a picturesque city offering a variety of activities. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, a casino, Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) and other attractions.
Friday, 7/3: Visit Chamonix Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe and Chamonix is an enchanting resort town; noontime concert in Église Saint-Michel; free evening in Évian-les-Bains; Hilton
Saturday, 7/4: Visit Lausanne with afternoon performance in major venue (35’ by boat or 75’ by motorcoach); other possible options under consideration: visit Geneva with afternoon performance or stay in Évian-les-Bains with evening performance; farewell dinner in Évian-les-Bains; Hilton
Sunday, 7/5: 11:00am Return flights: Swiss Air #2809 Geneva to Zurich; #8 Zurich to O’Hare (arr. O’Hare at 3:30pm)
Hotels: 3 nights Lyon: Radisson Blu Tour Part-Dieu 3 nights Beaune: Mercure Beaune Centre 3 nights in Évian-les-Bains: Hilton Spa Hotel
Performances: Lyon: a major church venue on Saturday and a Mass on Sunday morning Beaune: one performance in the Basilique Collégiale Notre Dame on whatever night is available; a possible substitution if necessary would be a major church venue in nearby Dijon. Auxerre, Sens or Vézelay: a noontime performance wherever it can be arranged and draw some audience Bourg-en-Bresse: a short singing if possible at the Royal Monastery of Brou Chamonix: noontime concert in Église Saint-Michel Lausanne, Geneva or Évian-les-Bains: afternoon or evening performance in major venue
A History of CMS European tours
1993: Germany and Austria: Munich, Neuschwanstein, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Oberammergau
1996: England: Salisbury, Worchester, Bristol, Wells, Bath, Cardiff, Cotswolds (Stow on the Wold et al.), Oxford, Coventry, Ely, Canterbury, Dover, London
1998: Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary: Prague, Kutna Hora, Tabor, Česke Budjovice, St. Florian, Vienna, Esztergom, Szentendre, Budapest