Choir Trip 2022

Join Fr. Drew, Scott Hanoian, and the Christ Church Choir on a pilgrimage to England and Germany!

July 16 - August 1, 2022

YORK • MUNICH • LEIPZIG • EISENACH • BERLIN • BAYREUTH

Worship at the incredible York Minster (where the choir will be in residence)

Experience the world-famous passion play at Oberammergau

Participation is open to the parish as a whole, and everyone at Christ Church is encouraged to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What's included:

  • 15 nights’ accommodations in three and four-star hotels
  • Category 2 Reserved Ticket for 2022 Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Continental breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary, including: Castle Howard, Bowes Museum, Fountains Abbey, Scarborough, Berlin city tour, Pergamon Museum, Luther House, Leipzig city tour, Bachhaus Museum, Wartburg medieval castle & much more!

Trip cost is TBD* for double occupancy

(Does NOT include airfare from USA to England or Germany to USA. Group airfare will be available for an additional cost.)


Itinerary*

DAY 1: SATURDAY, JULY 16 – DEPART THE USA
Depart USA on flights to Manchester, England.

DAY 2: SUNDAY, JULY 17 – ARRIVE IN MANCHESTER
Arrive in Manchester and meet your tour manager. Depart on your motorcoach for a panoramic tour of York (pending arrival time). Enjoy a welcome dinner.

DAY 3: MONDAY, JULY 18 – YORK
Begin the morning with a traditional English breakfast. Enjoy a morning in the city while the choir rehearses at York Minster. After lunch, everyone is encouraged to join a private guided tour of the Minster. Evensong at York Minster.

DAY 4: TUESDAY, JULY 19 – YORK
After breakfast, enjoy a trip to Castle Howard, a magnificent historic house in the north of England with ornate interiors and landscaped gardens. It is a private residence and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Begin the morning with a traditional English breakfast. Evensong at York Minster.

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 – YORK
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an excursion to Bowes Museum. The Bowes Museum is a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale of County Durham. The Museum has a nationally renowned art collection and is situated in the town of Barnard Castle. Evensong at York Minster.

DAY 6: THURSDAY, JULY 21 – YORK
After breakfast, enjoy a full-day excursion to Fountains Abbey and the Yorkshire Dales National Park with a stop in the village of Hawes, the home of Wensleydale cheese. Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. The Yorkshire Dales National Park encompasses thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages. Southeast, on the River Wharfe, the Bolton Abbey Estate includes the ruins of a 12th-century monastery. Malham Village features a towering cliff, and a footpath leading to Gordale Scar, a limestone ravine with waterfalls. A 5-arched bridge crosses the river at Burnsall Village. Dinner arranged for the group.

DAY 7: FRIDAY, JULY 22 – YORK
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an excursion to Scarborough, a lovely seaside town. Its two bays with sandy beaches are split by a headland bearing the 12th-century Scarborough Castle. The Victorian Central Tramway funicular train links the town centre with South Bay and its harbour. Evensong at York Minster.

DAY 8: SATURDAY, JULY 23 – YORK
After breakfast, enjoy a free day in the city. Evensong at York Minster.

DAY 9: SUNDAY, JULY 24 – YORK
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a full day of services at the Minster. After the final service, we will enjoy a group dinner together. Eucharist, Matins, and Evensong at York Minster.

DAY 10: MONDAY, JULY 25 – DEPART ENGLAND | ARRIVE IN BERLIN
Depart England on a flight to Berlin, Germany. Arrive in Berlin and meet your European tour manager. Depart on your motorcoach for a panoramic tour of Berlin (pending arrival time). Enjoy a welcome dinner before overnight in Berlin.

DAY 11: TUESDAY, JULY 26 – BERLIN
Begin with a morning tour that still gives evidence of the former divided city. View the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, remnants of the former city wall, the State Opera House, and the Brandenburg Gate (exterior views only). Lunch on own before a visit to the renown Pergamon Museum, where one may see the reconstruction of classic architecture from biblical periods of Turkey, Greece, and Egypt. It was at Pergamum (Turkey) that Christians became the first martyrs under decree of Emperor Domitian (entrance fee included). Visit the Kurfurstendamm Ka De Ve shopping area prior to a visit of the Bonhoeffer House. Evening concert at St. Nicholas Church (subject to confirmation) and then dinner on own. Overnight in Berlin.

DAY 12: WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 – BERLIN | WITTENBERG | LEIPZIG
This morning drive to Wittenberg to enjoy a guided tour of Wittenberg, Luther's work site from 1512 to 1546, until his death. View the Luther House (former Augustinian monastery), his monument in the market square, and Castle Church where Luther nailed his 95 Thesis on the Castle Church, and where he is buried along with Melanchthon. Informal singing concert at Castle Church (pending confirmation). Wittenberg was Luther’s home for over 30 years. Visit the interior of the Luther House. Continue to Leipzig for dinner and overnight.

DAY 13: THURSDAY, JULY 28 – LEIPZIG | EISENACH
Breakfast at the hotel before departing on a tour of the city of books and music. Begin a city tour at the Thomaskirche, where the famous Thomaner Choir originated. The Church owes its fame to Johann Sebastian Bach who was the presenter of the church from 1723 to 1750 and who is buried there. It is also where Mozart and Mendelssohn performed, and where Richard Wagner was christened. See the largest collection of Bach archives in Germany at the Bachmuseum. Concert at St. Thomas Church (pending confirmation). Lunch on own before departing for Eisenach. Dinner as group and overnight in Eisenach.

DAY 14: FRIDAY, JULY 29 – EISENACH | WARTBURG | BAYREUTH
This morning, visit the house of Johann Sebastian Bach. Today, the Bachhaus is one of the largest musician’s museums in Germany. Every hour there is a short concert on five Baroque keyboard instruments. Installations such as the “Walkable Composition” make Bach’s music a complete experience. Lunch on own. Depart for Bayreuth, and stop en route at Wartburg medieval Castle, also known from Wagner's "Tannhauser". Upon arrival in Bayreuth, dinner on own and overnight in Bayreuth.

DAY 15: SATURDAY, JULY 30 – BAYREUTH | NUREMBERG | MUNICH
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing for then depart for Nuremburg to see the historic WWII history and sites. Continue on to Munich. Upon arrival enjoy a panoramic tour of the city by bus. This evening attend evening service. Celebratory group dinner and overnight in Munich.

DAY 16: SUNDAY, JULY 31 – MUNICH | NEUSCHWANSTEIN | OBERAMMERGAU
After breakfast at your hotel, depart to Oberammergau. Upon arrival in Oberammergau enjoy lunch in the village. This afternoon, attend the 1st Act of the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play. During intermission, have dinner at a local restaurant and free time for souvenir shopping. Afterward, attend the 2nd Act of the Passion Play. Overnight at a hotel near Oberammergau.

DAY 17: MONDAY, AUGUST 1 – OBERAMMERGAU | MUNICH
Depart Oberammergau for Munich for your return flight to the USA

*ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE

To register or for more information contact Scott Hanoian at shanoian@christchurchgp.org or 313-885-4841, ext. 102.