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This is an itinerary and travel details from an actual musical performance tour designed and organized by David and Exploring Europe.  For more details and complete references, please contact us.

David plans, designs, and leads tours to European destinations for any sized group.  Individuals, families, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to send a request to David to get your adventure on the road.  david@davidmcguffin.com



Tour Itinerary

Friday, April 2, 2010:  Overnight flight to Munich.

Saturday, April 3: Munich

Arrive at Munich’s airport and in no time you’ll be on the bus heading to Munich’s city center.  Once settled into your hotel, enjoy an informative walking tour giving special insight to this region known as Bavaria.  After World War II, Munich transformed its city center into the world’s first outdoor shopping mall, banning all motor traffic, and giving the streets to pedestrians.  These policies have helped make Munich a delightful city for walking, touring, and shopping.  After lunch, choose your teams and head out on a rollicking scavenger hunt in search for München Spätzle and more.  Enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner at the famous Hofbräuhaus complete with a brass “oomm-paaa” band.  Sleep 2 nights in Munich.

Sunday, April 4: Dachau

Travel to the nearby village of Dachau where Hitler established his first concentration camp in the early days of WWII.  Dachau KZ Camp eventually became the model for all future concentration camps.  This experience may well be the most memorable and touching event of the tour.  Today is Easter Sunday and we will honor the lives lost here by laying a wreath and playing taps at the Jewish Memorial Chapel.  After lunch, return to Munich for an afternoon of sightseeing followed by dinner at the Hard Rock Café.

Monday, April 5: Salzburg

We’ll waste no time hopping on our buses and heading directly to Salzburg, Austria, the home of Mozart and “The Sound of Music!”   By midday you’ll be set up in your hotel ready to explore this delightful little Austrian town.  The afternoon will feature several guided tours of Salzburg focusing on its place in history and its contributions to music.  We’ll cap off the day by meeting up the hill at the Augustiner Monks Bräustube for a festive Austrian dinner.  Sleep 2 nights in Salzburg.

Tuesday, April 6: Salzburg

The morning will be devoted to exploring the beautiful countryside of the Salzgammergut region.  Sing your way across the alpine countryside on our Sound of Music Tour featuring many of the filming locations from the movie.  Back in Salzburg you will have time for lunch and shopping before presenting a concert featuring your Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Color Guard in one of Salzburg’s famous outdoor squares. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening in the city center.

Wednesday, April 7: Czech Republic

The Czech Republic joined the European Union in 2007. Although it has been free from the grasps of communism since 1989, crossing the border from Austria into the Czech Republic is like a step back in time.  This is as close as you’ll get now-a-days to experiencing socialism and the somber lifestyle of the former Soviet Union.  Enjoy a lunch stop in the charming village of Cesky Krumlov.  Later, travel to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.  Sleep two nights in Prague.

 Thursday, April 8:  Prague

Prague, once a rich and beautiful city in the 17th century, suffered greatly during Soviet days.  Now it is bouncing back and doing well in the new European economy.  Today you will divide into small groups and experience the city with young, professional guides who lived through the Soviet days. They will share first-hand accounts of life in Prague under Soviet rule, the former Czechoslovakia, and the struggles of making a living in a new democratic state.  Your Concert Band and Color Guard will present a concert in the main town square at Prague’s Easter Celebration Festival.

Friday, April 9: Rothenburg

Rothenburg is Germany’s best-preserved walled city where you can still pretend you’re a medieval knight in shining armor or a beautiful damsel in distress.  The entire town center is traffic-free, pedestrian friendly, and completely surrounded by huge walls dating from the Middle Ages.  Upon arrival, enjoy a brief town orientation followed by a little time for shopping before dinner.  Sleep in Rothenburg for 2 nights.

Saturday, April 10:  Rothenburg

This morning you will be shown the town by local guides taking you on a ninety-minute adventure back to the Dark Ages.  Enjoy some free time to explore the quaint city, and take a walk around the ancient town walls.  Today is market day; so, be sure to make a visit to the “market square” for local crafts, produce, clothing and just about anything you can’t find at Wal-Mart.  Market Day will conclude with a special concert presented by your Band and Color Guard directly on Market Square.  Later, enjoy dinner and your evening in Rothenburg.

Sunday, April 11: Heading Home

An early morning wake-up call signals your last few hours in Europe.  Get out before breakfast, grab a cup of coffee, and wander the vacant cobbled streets.  How is life different here than in the USA?  Do you miss your car, Starbucks, big grocery stores, cell phones?  Look around and enjoy the cultural differences here in Europe.

 What’s Included:

  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach in Europe.
  • Round-trip Airfare, in economy-class, from your hometown to Europe and return.
  • Accommodation in traditional first-class  hotels and guesthouses. All rooms have private en-suite baths.
  • All tips and gratuities to guides, drivers, restaurant and hotel staff.
  • All breakfasts and dinners. 
  • Traditional and gourmet dining experiences at some of David’s personal favorite restaurants. Eating well is a priority and you’ll enjoy fine regional fare featuring the best the locale has to offer.
  • All tours and admissions at no extra cost.
  • Fulltime Exploring Europe guides and local experts on each bus dedicated to bringing to life the art, history, and culture of the tour destinations.
  • David’s printed tour handouts detailing each day’s historical and cultural experiences.
  • Free luggage tags and David’s custom designed drawstring backpacks.
  • Our Unconditional Tour Price Guarantee that once locked in, will never change.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance providing full coverage for emergency medical, baggage loss, and trip delay from the moment you depart for your tour.
  • Incentives for Musical Directors and Staff: Director determines the number of free/complimentary seats for staff and guests ▪ Pre-tour familiarization site visit for director and guest** ▪ Complementary Exploring Europe tour for director and guest within one year of the performance tour**  ▪ Personal communication link with David and his staff making for a stress-free planning process and tour experience.  (** With 80 or more paying participants).



Salzburg is a city of music. It is the birthplace of the famous Classic composer, Mozart and the filming location of Rodger and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The city offers the beautiful Mirabelle gardens, Baroque cathedrals, local shops, delicious food and tours of a fortress overlooking the city that began construction in 1077.

The city is alive with history and music and it’s all just waiting to be explored!



  •  Private Group: Musical Performance Tour 
  • Music Performance Opportunities for Concert Band, Orchestra, Color Guard, Marching Band, and Ensembles. 
  • Gourmet Dining at some of David’s favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products
  • Salzburg and the Sound of Music Connection with Mozart