Swiss Summer Music Festivals - WAIT LIST, August 16 to 30, 2022
Join us for a relaxing two weeks of world-class music-making amidst the beauties of the Swiss Alps! Inspired by the great success of our 2019 Austrian Music Festivals Tour, we have created a program that features at least a half-dozen concerts plus light sightseeing while leaving plenty of time for you to enjoy the charms of small towns and the beauties of mountains and lakes at your own pace. The amount of travel is limited, both in terms of places visited and distances involved: we'll spend 3 nights near Sion, the site of not one but two festivals, 5 nights in the spa-town (population 9,000) of Gstaad which hosts one of Europe’s most extensive classical music festivals, and end up with 3 nights in Lucerne whose festival is one of the continent’s most prestigious, featuring top-tier orchestras, conductors, and soloists. Of course, there will be plenty of exciting dining plus wine tastings and degustations. A one-day extension to visit the world-renowned Oskar Reinhard (Winterthur) Collection is an option.
 
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Interest is exceptionally strong and we expect ithe program to be fully subscribed very quickly.
INCLUSIONS
AND PRICES

Prices, per person

  $5,850
sharing a double/twin
$1,475
single supplement


Prices are stated in
U.S. Dollars

calculated on an exchange rate of $1.10 to the
Swiss Franc




Package prices include
Accommodation in these
carefully chosen four-star hotels

M-Gallery Hotel Geneva

Hotel des Vignes Sion


Arc-en-Ciel Gstaad


Continental Park Lucerne




Breakfast each day

  9 lunches or dinners
(drinks included)

Wine  tastings

Airport transfers

Ground transport by
private coach

  Tours with expert guides as described to the right

Tickets to at least five
concert performances

TOUR ITINERARY


August 16: Depart for Geneva

August 17 - 19: Geneva
We meet your flight and see to your transfer to the hotel where you will have two nights to relax and adjust to the time difference.  Arrival day includes a brief walk followed by a Welcome Dinner where you will greet old friends and meet new traveling companions.

Our first full day together features a guided tour of Old Town Geneva and lunch, leaving you free time for museums and exploration on your own in the afternoon and evening. Sites on the guided tour include Saint Peter’s Cathedral and the Chapel of the Maccabees, Calvin College, City Hall, The Bastions Park with its Reformation Wall, Treille Promenade with the longest wooden bench in the world, and The Tavel House, the oldest private residence turned into a museum illustrating the city's urban development and various aspects of the daily life of Geneva’s former inhabitants.

August 19 - 22: Sion
The short, scenic drive to Sion is punctuated by lunch at a Michelin-listed restaurant and visit to the UNESCO-protected terraced vineyards of Lavaux, overlooking Lake Geneva. Dotted with centuries-old chateaux and still painstakingly tended by smallholding farmers, the area prides itself on grapes blessed with “three suns.” The first is the sun itself, the second is the heat that emanates from the stone terraces, and the third is the reflection from the lake. The native grape variety, chasselas, produces a light, lime-blossomed, mineral flavored wine that Swiss drink as an aperitif, with fresh fish from the lake, or with local cheese dishes.

The first of our two full days in Sion includes a morning walking tour and lunch; the other remains open to allow you to follow your own pursuits. Our rich musical menu begins with a Sion Festival concert and we hope to add the final program of the annual Ancient Organ Festival. Schedules are not yet available for either festival.

August 22 - 27: Gstaad
Again, we have planned to take full advantage of a travel day, visiting Chateau d'Aigle and enjoying another of Zsofi's brilliant restaurant finds on our way to Gstaad. Boasting some of the best mountain scenery in all of Switzerland, Aigle Castle is home to the Vine and Wine Museum, combining historic objects with modern, interactive displays.

Our first morning in Gstaad is dedicated to a walking tour - lunch follows. Otherwise, how you use your daytime hours for our four full days in Gstaad is up to you. There are plenty of options, from spa treatments to mountain hikes (several mountain peaks are easily accessible by gondolas) to a unique cheese grotto housed underground in a former water reservoir.

Of the four performances scheduled during our time in Gstaad, we will provide tickets for two: a fascinating program focused on Vivaldi’s final years and featuring violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja with the chamber orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico, and Jeremy Menuhin & the Carmina Quartet playing the Schumann Piano Quintet. If you are interested in either of the other two (Brigitte Geller and Manuel Lange in a recital of lieder from turn-of-the-20th-Century Vienna, and pianist Alice Sara Ott playing the 24 Chopin Preludes “in echo” with works by Mozart, Pärt, Nino Rota, and others) we’ll assist you in getting seats.

August 27 - 30: Lucerne
On our way to Lucerne we pause for a wine tasting (with local cheese and cold cut specialties) at the Hilterfingen wine cooperative, located on the hills overlooking Lake Thun. We will taste the local Regent Barrique and Riesling-Sylvaner wines while taking in the enchanting views of the lake and the Stockhorn range.

We will arrive in Lucerne in time for this afternoon's concert by much-discussed pianist Vikingur Ólafsson. Our Lucerne city tour will wait till Monday, since there are daytime performances of interest on Sunday as well. Otherwise, your time is open for activities of your choosing, be they musical, artistic, or outdoorsy.

Six concerts are scheduled for the days we are at the Lucerne Festival, featuring mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Isabelle Faust, the Royal Concertgebouw, Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber, and Lucerne Festival orchestras, conductors Antonio Pappano and Philippe Herreweghe, and composer/conductor Thomas Adés. Click here to see the program details.

All performances take place in the Lucerne Cultural and Congress Center, or KKL, which justly boasts one of Europe's finest modern concert halls. While one hesitates to ever use the term "perfect," especially when it comes to acoustics, this hall is about as close as you will ever get.  Since there are so many performance possibilities, we are not pre-selecting any for the entire group. Instead, each traveler will have a concert "allowance" with funding sufficient to cover first category seats for the two highest-priced events or lower-priced tickets for several. You are, of course, free to exceed your allowance - we will provide the tickets and add any excess cost to your final invoice, as we did for the Salzburg Festival in 2019.

August 30: Depart for home or optional visit to the Oskar Reinhart Collection (Winterthur)

The collection is situated at the collector’s home in tranquil woodlands above Zurich and comprises some 200 lovingly assembled works of European art from the Late Gothic to the Classical Modern period, especially French painting of the 19th century.  This is one of the most significant private collections of the 20th century and you will never see any of these works displayed anywhere else: a condition of the donation was that they never leave this house. Our package includes a guided tour plus ample time on your own with the art works, plus lunch in the lovely garden and overnight accommodations at a hotel convenient to the Zurich airport for an easy departure tomorrow.

If you are not interested in the optional visit and tour, you should schedule your departure for Houston for August 30; we will arrange for your transportation to the Zurich airport.

The optional visit to the Oskar Reinhart collection is available only if your departure from Zurich is on August 31 or the evening of August 30; in the latter case, we will discount the price of the option by the cost of the Zurich airport hotel.

TRAVEL PROTECTION

We strongly encourage all participants to be covered by a travel protection plan, whether just for this trip or annual coverage. You should be covered at the very least for medical emergencies and evacuation. Since group policies are no longer available, we now offer a variety of individual plans through Travel Insured International, one of which can almost certainly provide coverage appropriate to your situation. Click here to go to an interactive web page where you can compare coverage and costs, specific to you and this tour. We encourage you to explore other providers as well, to find the coverage that suits your needs. Once you have sent your reservation form and deposit check for the tour and have determined which plan you prefer, you should purchase it directly from Travel Insured International using the link above (or other provider) within the time limit indicated. 

If you are more comfortable dealing with these issues by phone than via the internet, you may call Travel Insured International at 855-752-8303. Please identify yourself as a client of Dean Dalton Tours, agency # 49076
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Us in Lucerne
Us in Lucerne
Aigle Castle
Aigle Castle
Geneva
Geneva
Lavaux Vine Terraces
Lavaux Vine Terraces
View from Lavaux
View from Lavaux
Sion Old Town
Sion Old Town
Landscape in Gstaad
Landscape in Gstaad
Saanen Church Concert
Saanen Church Concert
Gstaad Festival Tent
Gstaad Festival Tent
KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern
Lucerne View
Lucerne View
Festival Hall interior
Festival Hall interior
 
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