Tour description

Amsterdam to Paris: A Musical Journey

Join us on this 14-day musical adventure to two of Europe’s best-loved cities of culture: Amsterdam and Paris. Among the highlights of our trip will be a performance of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, in one of the world’s acoustically outstanding concert halls. We plan to include a Paris National Opera production and a concert of the Radio Philharmonique de Paris. There may also be opportunities to attend performances by the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Prazak String Quartet in the Concertgebouw Recital Hall and chamber music concerts in venues such as the stunning Sainte-Chapelle and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. 

Our journey between Amsterdam and Paris will enable stops in Antwerp as well as Brussels. Day trips outside of Amsterdam and Paris will be included in the itinerary. Our visits to the superb musical instrument museums in Paris and Brussels with your knowledgeable academic guide will bring a new appreciation and understanding to the world of the performing musician. 

Academic resource

Mary Byrne is an active teacher, adjudicator, lecturer, recorded artist and published author. Mary is internationally respected for her wide-ranging work as a flute-in-hand musician and teacher. With the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Camosun College and her own Piccolino Studio, she boasts thriving studios and classrooms of students at all ages and stages of musical interest. She is a regular performer with the Victoria Symphony. Without borders or boundaries, she eagerly performs chamber, solo and small orchestra music for the full flute family. Mary is in demand as a lecturer and writer on topics of music and as a leader of music-tourism. She earned her BMus (Flute Performance and Music Education) and MMus (Flute Performance) degrees from the University of Michigan, and her PhD (Musicology) from the University of Victoria, specializing in pedagogy and performance practice of the flutists at the Paris Conservatoire during the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Pre-tour sessions

Your four pre-tour classroom sessions will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 4 and 11 from 7 to 9 pm, and Saturdays, Sept. 7 and 14 from 10 am to noon. Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes. 

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

Tour dates Sept. 18 – Oct. 1, 2019
Total tour cost$8,175.00
Early bird cost*$7,925.00
Single supplement$1,930.00

To ensure a place on this tour a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by May 31, 2019 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on June 7, 2019. 

*Early bird: Pay your deposit by Dec. 14, 2018 and receive a $250 reduction on your balance. 



A cancellation fee of $500 per person will apply up to final payment date. 

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