17th International Choir and Orchestra Festival on Lake Garda (Italy)

Date: 17 October - 21 October 2024
Join choirs from all over the world as you participate in the Lake Garda Music Festival


Festival highlights include:

• Performing in front of large appreciative audiences
• Seeing the stunning sights of Lake Garda
• Attend the joing concert of all ensembles

About The Lake Garda Choir Festival

Each year in October, the Lake Garda Music Festival, Italy attracts choirs from all corners of the globe. The festival is set in the picturesque Lake Garda area. The festivities begin on Thursday as choirs begin to arrive and continue throughout the weekend. During your stay, choirs have the option of visiting two very different but very classic cities - Verona and Venice. 
For centuries, Italy has drawn visitors in search of culture and romance, with few countries comparing with its enormous classical origins, its art, architecture, music, design, scenery, food and wine. Italy’s contribution to European painting and sculpture surpasses that of any other nation. Blend this with the magnificent scenery of its lakes, one of the world’s great cuisines and the Italian attitude of living life to the absolute maximum, and you have a superb destination for a choral tour.

Italy and the Lake Garda Region

Italy is blessed with some fantastic scenery and some of the finest is to be found as you approach the Alps around Lake Garda where images of the abundant flowers and trees which cover the banks, are reflected in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour. The picturesque lake with gentle waves lapping slowly onto the shingle shoreline, the stunning snow-capped Alps in the background and a scattering of picturesque villages, all fit together in a beautifully balanced mosaic of harmony. Further north, see the Dolomite Mountains- some of the most spectacular alpine scenery on earth.
Verona is without doubt one of the most attractive cities you will ever see and appropriately well known as the setting for the legendary story of Romeo and Juliet. It has been important since ancient times and in fact has more ancient remains than any city in Italy except Rome itself. Its most striking monument is the arena – the third largest ever built – where a range of entertainments were presented, including gladiatorial combat. Enclosed by massive and extremely well preserved ramparts, the city has a lovely medieval feel to it with pink-hued buildings, lovingly restored, lining the streets. Venice is a stunning and unique city. All the photographs and pictures you have seen of St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Grand Canal have simply been telling the extraordinary truth. You cannot walk for more than a few minutes without stopping to see something which demands admiration.   For many, this city is a must-see.


Meet local guide on arrival at Milan Linate airport. Flight arrives in Milan Linate at 10:40. Travel by private coach to your 4* hotel located in Riva Del Garda. Gather first impressions of the beautiful Lake Garda, have your first taste of Italian gelato, and do some window shopping. Tonight, a welcome dinner is served in the hotel restaurant.


Today, morning at leisure and in the afternoon choirs perform in the Auditorium San Giuseppe.  This is an opportunity for all choirs to come together with each choir performing one or two songs (not compulsory).  Choirs can also opt to have the afternoon free to enjoy Lake Garda or perhaps explore Verona or Venice on a day excursion.
In the evening, dinner is served at the hotel restaurant.  In the evening, choral performances take place in the Auditorium San Giuseppe with opportunity for attending choirs to watch and enjoy the concerts.


Enjoy the morning at leisure and in the early afternoon head to Sala Segantini for rehearsal.  Once again, there is the opportunity to attend the choral performances and to hear the performances of other attending choirs. This evening, dinner is served at the hotel.  Perform your 30-45 festival concert in Sala Segantini in the evening. 


Depart Warsaw. This morning, check out of the hotel and depart for your next destination or flight home
This sample itinerary is for information purposes only. All final itineraries are tailored to individual choirs requirements.
Choirs can choose to participate in the non-competitive Festival Category or to compete in the relevant Competition Category.

Your festival ground arrangements include the following:

• Three-nights bed and breakfast  in a 4* Hotel in Riva Del Garda
• Half-board on three evening (drinks are not included)
• Festival participation fee
• Participation diploma per choir
• Souvenir folder per group
• Participation in the festival concert together with other participating choirs (1-2 songs)
(not compulsory)
• Festival concert performance of 30-45 minute duration
• Return airport transfers from Milan airports (Arrival Linate and Departure from Malpensa) with local guide assistance on arrival at Milan Linate
• Free place for choir conductor

Tour Manager

• A CCI Tour Manager will be assigned to you for the duration of your booking, to assist in the pre-departure preparations and to assist with any issues during your stay. The tour manager does not travel with the group.

Transportation while in the region

Choirs usually make their way around the city with the local guide via public transport. However, we can arrange coach transportation for your group as

Flight Options

Once you enquire with CCI you will be given your own dedicated festival planner, and this planner will also assist you with the booking of flights for your group. Choir Contact experienced travel consultants are able to advise you on the most appropriate flight options and will advise best fares at time of booking. We use the most up-to-date modern technology for searching best fares including low cost carriers, allowing us to book you the best flights at the best fares for a fully co-ordinated service. We use both low-cost internet fares and our long-standing relationships with other carries to ensure that we can secure the best travel option for your choir. We will advise you on luggage allowance and all details relating to your flight booking. Travel Insurance CCI recommend that all travellers take out travel insurance at the time of booking.

Contact us 01 888 7830 or email reservation@choircontactireland.ie for more information and to request quotation for your group