THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY WAITLISTED. 2020 marks Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday and you are cordially invited to celebrate in the composer’s homeland with Performance Today ® host Fred Child. Designed for lovers of nature, culture and, of course, classical music, this customized adventure of food, music, art and sheer fun will thrill you. Enjoy concerts featuring the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Cologne and the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn in Beethoven’s birthplace of Bonn. As we cruise the Rhine River through Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland on our privately chartered river ship, we’ll enjoy intimate classical music “Perf Chats” with pianist and Performance Today ™ Artist in Residence Andrew Staupe. Stroll through festive village streets and sip delicious wines with the locals in Germany’s Rhine region and in Alsace, France. Enjoy lakeside café views of the towering Alps in Switzerland. Your journey ends on a high note in the High Alps of Switzerland on the shore of beautiful Lake Lucerne.
Escape winter on an active, culturally rich adventure to New Zealand with Minnesota Public Radio.
Explore New Zealand’s magnificent landscape and fascinating culture with MPR News Host Kerri Miller. From bush hikes to bike paths; from boat rides in ice-carved fjords to walks around mirror-like lakes, you’ll be immersed in New Zealand’s South Island’s beautiful geography and unique biosystems including Milford Sound which Rudyard Kipling dubbed “the eighth wonder of the world.” Make your way through the rugged beauty of the Rangitata Valley which served as “Middle Earth” filming site for many Lord of the Rings movies. You’ll even have the opportunity to turn your adventure up a notch with optional glacier walk. Kerri’s curated book list and discussions over delicious meals are the perfect way to unwind from your daily adventures. Escape the cold days of winter with Minnesota Public Radio in New Zealand next January!
Join friends of Minnesota Public Radio and fellow music lovers of classical music and celebrate the life of Chopin, Dvorak, Smetana and Mozart! On this eleven day classical music pursuit you’ll walk in Chopin’s footsteps and relive his extraordinary life. Visit the very places where Frederic lived, loved and worked: the family home where he was born, the village church where he was baptized and the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Discover Poland’s stunning cultural capital, Krakow. Visit the cathedral where the kings of this ancient land are buried, stroll the campus of the University of Copernicus and marvel at one of Europe’s largest medieval squares. Our musical quest culminates in the Czech Republic, where we’ll walk in the footsteps of the Czech Republic’s greatest composers, Smetana and Dvorak! And to top things off, you’ll attend the legendary Prague Spring International Music Festival. Don't miss out on this extraordinary musical adventure!