with YourClassical MPR Host Julie Amacher

A classical music adventure featuring TWO world-class music festivals!

European Music Festivals 2024

A rich array of culture and classical music concerts await you this May. Walk in the footsteps of Bach, Handel, Mendelsohn, Schumann, Mozart, Dvorak and Smetana! Attend the renowned Dresden and
Prague Spring Music Festivals. Enjoy an organ concert in the very church where Bach worked for 27 years and a private concert in the home of Robert & Clara Schumann. Travel to two world-class music festivals and four romantic music capitals with like-minded friends who share your passion for art, music, food and history. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Europe this spring. Only a couple spots remain, so don't wait! Reserve your spot today!

Guests will enjoy the following performances:

May 20 – 7:30 pm – Pianist Hélène Grimaud and the Camerata Salzburg Chamber Orchestra
• Ludwig van Beethoven Overture to Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s tragedy »Coriolan« Op. 62
• Robert Schumann Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor Op. 54
• Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 11

May 22 – 7:30 pm - Piano Recital featuring Igor Levit
• Gustav Mahler Adagio from the Symphony No. 10 (piano arrangement: Ronald Stevenson)
• Paul Hindemith »1922«. Suite for Piano Op. 26
• Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 »Eroica« (piano arrangement: Franz Liszt)

May 24 – 8:00 pm - Seong-Jim Cho, piano
• Maurice Ravel: Menuet antique
• Maurice Ravel: Sonatina
• Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
• Franz Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième année: Italie, S 161

May 25 – The Z.E.N. Trio (piano, violin, cello)
• Johannes Brahams: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major Op. 8
• Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor Op. 65

Trip Host

Julie Amacher

Julie Amacher's desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio. She began her professional
broadcast career at a station in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She went from rock 'n' roll to the Rocky Mountains, where she found her niche in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, Colo. Julie spent 13 years at KUNC, where she
managed the announcers and their eclectic music format.
During that time, she earned four national awards for best
announcer. She joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1997 as an on-air host and also produces New Classical Tracks, a weekly podcast critiquing a new release each week. Julie currently serves as the Program
Director of YourClassical.


Day 0, May 14, 2023; Depart for Germany

Make sure to depart the USA no later than today.

Day 1, May 15; Guten Morgen! Arrive in Berlin

Devastated, then divided for two generations, Berlin has been rebuilding for a mere two decades. The results are stunning and have catapulted the city back to the first rank. Top-notch orchestras and opera companies thrive, several world-class museums have recently reopened over the last few years, and the boulevard of Unter den Linden has been re-laid. Recent visitors have been overwhelmed by the kaleidoscope of things to see, hear and do in what has become Europe’s cultural mecca. Enjoy a welcome feast and orientation with your host, Julie Amacher, and Earthbound Expeditions guide. Sleep in Berlin (D)

Day 2, May 16; Highlights of Berlin

This morning we tour The Reichstag building in the historical heart of Berlin. Constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire, the Reichstag opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged by arson. Our tour of Berlin continues as we see the home of the Berlin Philharmonic. Not far away is the Holocaust Memorial and the The Bebelplatz, known as the site of one of the infamous Nazi book burning ceremonies held in the evening of May 10, 1933. Our march through 20th-century history culminates with a stretch of the Berlin Wall and check-point Charlie. Sleep in Berlin (L)

Day 3, May 17; Historic Potsdam & Leipzig

Today we’ll visit historic Potsdam and tour the Schloss Cecilienhof where Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin outlined their plans for a post-war Europe. Many years earlier, J.S. Bach paid a short visit to Potsdam in May 1747 where he met King Friedrich II. Enjoy a lunch in Potsdam before returning to Berlin. En-route we will cross the famous “Bridge of Spies.” After lunch our journey continues to Leipzig. Enroute we’ll pass the city of Halle, birthplace of Handel. While Bach lived in Leipzig the population was just 30,000. The city was the second largest in Saxony, the center of the German printing and publishing industries (many of Beethoven’s works were first printed here), an important European trading center, and site of a progressive and famous university. One of Leipzig's most important features was its international commerce. When the Leipzig Trade Fair was in progress, the respectable town was transformed into a show-ground, mixing business with pleasure, and was popular with members of the Royal Court of Dresden. Many connections were established between nations on these occasions and this, in turn, had a beneficial effect on the civic economy and culture as well as the international variety of its music. Among the many great names in musical history who lived and worked in the city were Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Clara and Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Edvard Grieg, Albert Lortzing, Gustav Mahler and Hanns Eisler. In addition, Leipzig’s rich musical heritage includes the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the world-famous St. Thomas Boys Choir which looks back on a proud tradition of almost 800 years. Over the course of the next three days, we’ll walk in the footsteps of the great composers and learn firsthand how this city of high culture and trade impacted their works. Sleep in Leipzig (B, L)

Day 4, May 18; In Bach's Footsteps

After breakfast, meet your local guide for a glimpse into the world of Bach. Leipzig is where Johann Sebastian Bach spent 27 of his most productive years. A new Bach Museum opened only four years ago – and it’s been brilliantly done. You can even just relax while listening to the catalogue of his music. With a bit of luck, they might even be playing the organ at St. Thomas Church just across the street. Bach worked at St. Thomas as a cantor for 27 years, and today, his remains are buried below the altar. Since 1212, St. Thomas Church has also been home to the famous St. Thomas Boys Choir. Sleep in Leipzig (B, L)

Day 5, May 19; A Day with Mendelssohn and Robert & Clara Schumann

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was a major influence on European musical history – and he in turn was influenced by his experience of Leipzig. Under his musical direction, the Gewandhaus Orchestra became a first-class orchestra. Moreover, Mendelssohn is renowned for his rediscovery of Bach. The performance of the St. Matthew Passion under his musical direction in 1829 initiated “the Bach Renaissance”. He is also credited for the foundation of the Conservatory of Music in 1843, Germany’s oldest music academy, which bears his name today. Mendelssohn’s home became a meeting place for famous contemporaries such as Robert and Clara Schumann and Richard Wagner. It is the composer’s last remaining private residence and today accommodates the Mendelssohn Museum. Just a few blocks away you’ll find the charming home of Robert and Clara Schumann. Here you’ll learn about their lifelong love for each other and be treated to a special piano recital. Sleep in Leipzig (B, L)

Day 6, May 20; Leipzig to the Florence of the North: Dresden Music Fest

This morning we make our way east to a city, known as “the Florence of the North.” Our journey will take us to the banks of the beautiful Elbe River and past quaint villages and medieval castles. En-route we’ll tour Germany's smallest wine-producing region. The Saxon Wine Route offers a wonderful blend of picturesque vineyards and local architecture. This part of Saxony enjoys a particularly favorable climate. Grapes have been grown here for over 850 years, and the local porcelain manufacturing tradition dates back almost 300 years. It was wine and porcelain, together with rich silver deposits, that brought fame and fortune to Saxony. After meeting the producer and having lunch, we head to Dresden, our home for the next three nights. Dresden was for many years the capital of Saxony and was on an important trade route. It was here that musical giants such as Handel, Bach and Wagner lived and worked. After checking into our centrally located hotel, we’ll set out to explore the historic core of this once cultural capital. Sleep in Dresden (B, L)

Day 7, May 21; A Day of Culture and Art in Dresden: Dresden Music Fest

Today we set out to discover the artistic masterpieces of Dresden. Art lovers will fall in love with the impressive old masters’ collection housed in the Zwinger Museum. August the Strong, elector of Saxony (also king of Poland), built this Baroque masterpiece, modeled after Versailles, in 1719. Here he staged tournaments and kept dozens of concubines. Today, this artfully symmetrical complex of buildings holds a collection of museums. The damage caused by the British air raid in 1945 was so devastating that some locals feared the Zwinger would remain a ruin forever. However, it's been restored and it's back in business, welcoming new generations of art lovers. The most important museum in the complex is the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery). This gallery, one of the best on the Continent, has as its showpiece Raphael's Sistine Madonna. You'll also find Giorgione's Sleeping Venus, Antonello da Messina's The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, Titian's Tribute Money, and many famous works by Veronese, Tintoretto, Correggio, and Carracci. You'll also see Flemish, Dutch, and German paintings by Van Dyck, Vermeer, Dürer, and Rembrandt. The Rubens collection includes his spectacular Neptune, full of rearing horses, and an exquisite St. Jerome. Enjoy an included lunch and a free afternoon. This evening you’ll be treated to a classical music event at the renowned Dresden Music Festival! Sleep in Dresden (B, L)

Day 8, May 22; A Day of Leisure: Dresden Music Fest

Relax and take a free day in lovely Dresden. Enjoy another included classical concert at the Dresden Music Festival! Sleep in Dresden (B, L)

Day 9, May 23; South to Prague to the city of Mozart, Smetana and Dvořák

After breakfast, we make our way South towards the soaring spires of Prague. We stop to explore the beautiful Vysehrad Cemetery. More than just a normal, quiet cemetery, this is the final resting place of the most honored Czech composers, artists, sculptors, writers, scientists and politicians. Here are the graves of Smetana, Dvořák and the 19th century Moravian-Czech artist, Mucha. Prague is the birthplace of Franz Kafka and the city Mozart loved best. For our first evening in Prague, let’s enjoy a Bohemian feast. Then, enjoy a concert at the celebrated Prague Spring Music Festival! Sleep in Prague (B, D)

Day 10, May 24; Exploring Prague: Spring Music Fest

From its mythological inception to the present, benefactors have placed Prague on the cusp of the divine. King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Karl IV refashioned Prague into a city of soaring cathedrals and lavish palaces. Our historic walking tour of Prague will start at its medieval center, the Old Town Square. We’ll cover some of Prague’s most interesting sights including the Estates Opera house where Mozart himself conducted the Marriage of Figaro in 1787. Our tour will continue to Prague’s stirring medieval Jewish quarter. We’ll take time to savor this culturally-rich neighborhood and stop by the Old Synagogue, which has been a place of worship for over 700 years. You'll have a free afternoon before meeting to enjoy a concert this evening. Sleep in Prague (B, L)

Day 11, May 25; Prague’s Castle District: Spring Music Fest

We start the day with a stroll to Prague’s most famous landmark - Charles Bridge, after which we’ll visit the historic castle district. Enjoy a farewell lunch this afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to further explore this city’s charming streets. Perhaps you’ll want to take in a Bohemian market, another classical concert, a world-class museum or simply wander the wondrously preserved historic old town. Sleep in Prague (B, L)

Day 12, May 26; Return home with a lifetime of memories!

Your classical music adventure concludes this morning after breakfast. Why not spend a few extra nights in Prague at the end of your journey?


  • Hosted by YourClassical MPR's Julie Amacher
  • Fully guided by an Earthbound Expedition program director
  • Eleven nights of accommodation in centrally located, 4-star hotels
  • All breakfasts and ten additional meals with regional cuisine and beverages
  • Transportation by private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Six glorious classical music events: St. Thomas Church Bach organ concert, Dresden State Opera production, exclusive concert in the home of Robert and Clara Schumann
  • Tickets to the Prague Spring Music Festival
  • Tickets to the Dresden Spring Music Festival
  • Gratuities for your guides and drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums, palaces, composer homes
  • A river cruise on the Elbe (weather and river levels permitting)
  • Daily walks with local historians
  • Alumni appreciation discounts applied towards future journeys

Pricing and Terms

$6,595 per person double occupancy $1,950 single supplement (waived if a roommate match is confirmed) Reservations and Deposits: Early reservations are essential to guarantee space on the date you wish to travel. A $750 per person deposit is needed to confirm your space on this journey. You can make your secure credit card deposit online, by phone or by mail. Once the deposit is processed, a deposit packet is sent with pertinent journey details. Deposits are refundable for 30 days from deposit or 90 days prior to departure, whichever comes first, minus a $250 per person cancellation fee. Questions? Call our helpful travel staff at 800-723-8454. Health Matters: It is the responsibility of each guest to be aware of their physical abilities or limitations, and to be in sufficient good health to undertake the trip. To make the most of your journey and participate in the various planned group activities, you should be able to be on your feet and walk unassisted for two to three hours (often over uneven cobblestones or pathways) with frequent standing. If you have questions about the physical requirements for your journey, please email or call our travel office. Hosted Journeys: If a host or special guest is unable to attend as planned, Earthbound Expeditions will do its utmost to find another host who has similar interests, talents expertise. The inability of a host to participate in a tour is not grounds for a full or partial refund. Concert and Schedule Notes: Earthbound Expeditions is not responsible for any changes regarding the program, performers, times and/or dates which the concert organizers alter. If, for reasons a concert is changed or cancelled a substitute concert will be found. Opera houses and symphony halls generally release tickets first to season subscribers. Please note that our staff will make every effort to book the very best seats available. Terms & Conditions: All guests must read the fine print. Click here to read the full terms and conditions.

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