Istra Music Festival: 01 - 05 April 2020
|4 days and 3 nights|
Istra Music Festival
for choirs & orchestras
Departing 1 - 5 April 2020
Each year in April, Istra in Croatia attracts choirs from all corners of the globe. The festival is set in the picturesque Porec area. The festivities begin on the Wednesday and 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 towns of Pula and Rovinj.
Istria is located on the peninsula on the Italian border, in the far north of Croatia. The cultural and historical influence of Italy and Central Europe is ever apparent in Istra which offers many attractions and sights. The combination of natural beauties, the healing powers of air, sun and the ocean, as well as the hospitality of the local inhabitants make for an ideal choral destination. Along with picturesque parks, a stunning stone coast and long beaches, the Croatian Riveria provides many superb cultural events, such as the Istra Music Festival with performances from choirs and orchestras from all over the world.
Performance is of choirs own choice of 30-45 minute programme
Choirs can choose to stay for 3-nights or 4-nights, flight schedule depending. Below is a sample itinerary based on a 4-night stay. Please note that itineraries are tailored to choirs’ individual requirements. The festival schedule and the number of festival concerts will depend on the number and kind of participating choirs and orchestras. There will be plenty of time between rehearsals and concerts for tourist leisure activities an meeting with other festival participants.
Sample 4-Night/5-Day Itinerary
Day 1: Choirs arrive
Day 2: Participation in the festival concert of all ensembles
Day 3: Meeting with conductors, rehearsal and participation in the festival concert
Day 4: Free day for independent sightseeing, possible performance
Day 5: Choirs depart
Day 1: Choirs arrive
Meet local guide on arrival at Venice airport. Travel by private coach to your hotel located in Porec. Gather first impressions of beautiful Istra and gather first impressions of Croatia. Tonight, is served in the hotel restaurant.
Day 2: Rehearsal and participation in festival concert
Enjoy the morning at leisure and in the early afternoon choir rehearsal takes place. This evening, dinner is served at the hotel and afterwards perform your 30-minute festival concert in frontof other attending choirs. You will also have the opportunity to hear the performances of other attending choirs.
Day 3: Choir participate in the concert with other attending choirs
Today, morning at leisure and in the afternoon choirs perform in the joint concert (open-air in front of the Church Gospa od Anđela. (please note that this concert is weather depending). This is an opportunity for all choirs to come together with each choir performing one or two songs. Choirs can also opt to have the afternoon free to enjoy Porec or perhaps explore Pula or Rovinj on an excursion. In the evening, dinner is served at the hotel restaurant and choral performances once again take place.
Day 4: Excursion
Today, choirs can relax at leisure or take the opportunity to see more of the area on an excursion. We recommend an excursion of Istra with wine and olive tasting to really get a feel for this stunning area. In the evening, dinner is served at the hotel restaurant and choral performances once again take place.
Day 5: Choirs depart
This morning, check out of the hotel and depart for your flight home.
The festival schedule and the number of festival concerts will depend on the number and kind of participating choirs and orchestras.
There will be plenty of time between rehearsals and concerts for tourist leisure activities.
Your festival ground arrangements include the following:
• Three or four nights bed and breakfast in a 3* or 4* Hotel with breakfast
• Half-board on three evening (drinks are not included)
• Festival participation fee
• Participation diploma per choir
• Souvenir folder per group
• Festival concert performance of 30-45 minute duration
• Participation in the festival concert together with other participating choirs (1-2 songs) – weather depending
• Return airport transfer from Venice airport with local guide assistance on arrival
• Free place for choir conductor
The quotation below is based on 2-or-3 sharing twin rooms or triple rooms with a minimum of 55 adults travelling and 54 adults paying and is subject to confirmation at the time of booking.
Extra nights are possible.
Price does not include
We would be delighted to quote you best available fare at the time of booking based on the number of people travelling. Please note that age 12 and over are classed as adults when flying with Aer Lingus.
The flight schedules for April 2020 is not available at this time. These would be released approx April/May 2019. There is the possibility of flying Dublin-Venice or Dublin-Pula depending on the airlines flight schedules. Transfer time from Venice to Porec is 3 Hours and 25 Mins Approx
All fares subject to availability at the time of booking and air fares must be re-checked with payment is received at the time of booking. Please note that Aer Lingus reserve the right to change the price at any time until booked and confirmed. All fares are subject to price and availability at the time of booking.
Please note that seats are sold by Aer Lingus are on an instant purchase basis. Full payment will be required at time of booking. Prices are advised and confirmed at time of booking and full payment is required to secure seats. Passenger names as per passport are required at the time of booking. Please note that any cancelled seats are non refundable. Limited name changes are permitted after ticket issue and prior to departure for a fee. Price can change at any time with Aer Lingus
CCI can also provide choir members with travel insurance should they require it.
If you require any further information, or wish to discuss any aspect of the festival, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01 8887830
Thank you for letting us quote you and I look forward to working with you on an enjoyable and successful Choral Tour for your choir.
Choir Contact Ireland