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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, March 26, 2010

Meet today at the airport for your overnight flight to the Netherlands.

Saturday, March 27

Arrive at Schipol Airport in the Netherlands by eight o’clock and soon be on the bus heading to the countryside.  The Netherlands, home to little Dutch boys, wooden shoes, dikes, and windmills, will serve as a great introduction to your European tour.  Our home for the next two nights will be Summer Camp Heino in a little village located right in the center of the country. Sleep 2 nights in Heino.

Sunday, March 28: The Netherlands

Today, we’ll venture out into the countryside visiting the quaint little town of Githoorn, known as the “Venice of the Netherlands.”  You’ll also visit an area which once was the ocean floor of the North Sea, but now, through amazing Dutch engineering, is bustling with fields, windmills, and towns.  Later you’ll return to Heino for your premier concert by your Concert Band, Jazz Band, Color Guard, and Orchestra!

Monday, March 29:  Rothenburg

Today, we’ll travel up the scenic Rhine River Valley on our way to Germany.  We’ll make a stop for lunch in Köln to get a look at its impressive gothic cathedral and pedestrian-friendly city center.  Soon you’ll be in Rothenburg, 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 and pedestrian friendly and completely surrounded by huge walls dating from the Middle Ages.  Here you’ll be shown the town by the local night watchman taking you on a ninety minute adventure back to the Dark Ages.  A special highlight of your tour will be an outdoor concert in the town square by Concert Band, Jazz Band, Color Guard, and Orchestra! Sleep 1 night in Rothenburg.

Tuesday, March 30:  Castles and Kings

Back on the bus we’ll travel south to Schwangau, home of King Ludwig II’s fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein.  Here you’ll be treated to a guided tour of the castle and a chance to explore the surrounding countryside and mountains.  Later we’ll head to Munich, the capital of Bavaria.  Sleep 2 nights in Munich. 

Wednesday, March 31:  Dachau and Munich

Dachau is a somber reminder of the atrocities of World War II.  Located just a few miles outside Munich, Dachau is forever haunted with the memory of being Hitler’s first concentration camp.  Band members and guests will have an opportunity to visit the camp, view an informative and moving film, and finally participate in a musical ceremony remembering those who lost their lives at the camp.  Then, travel to nearby Augsburg to present an outdoor concert in the town square by your Concert Band, Jazz Band, Color Guard, and Orchestra. 

Back in Munich, the afternoon will be devoted to several walking tours which give 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.  Enjoy a private dinner at the world famous Hofbräuhaus.

Thursday, April 1:  Salzburg

After breakfast you’ll be on the road again for the short drive 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 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 with a private dinner at the Augustiner Bräustube.  Sleep 2 nights in Salzburg.

Friday, April 2:  Salzburg

The morning will be devoted to exploring the beautiful countryside of the Salzgammergut region.  You’ll enjoy a Sound of Music Tour featuring many of the filming locations from the movie.  Returning to Salzburg, you have time for lunch and shopping before presenting a grand finale concert in Mirabelle Gardens given by your Concert Band, Jazz Band, Color Guard, and Orchestra.  Tonight, enjoy fine Austrian cuisine at a grand farewell awards dinner banquet.

Saturday, April 3:  Fly Home

After breakfast we’ll load up one last time and head back to Munich’s airport for your flight home.

 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 six of your 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