Eastern Europe Music Trip
- Uncover the secrets of Croatia’s capital with a city walking tour
- Wander Upper Town, the hilly streets of Gradec and Kaptol
- Visit the Zagreb Cathedral
- Explore Maksimir Park
- Mingle with the locals and pick up fresh produce at the Dolac market
- People watch on Jelacic Square, the central square of Zagreb.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Guided hike to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Croatia’s famous lakes
- Walk along the Korzo pedestrian strip
- Hike up the 13th century steps to Trast Castle for rewarding views of Croatia’s largest port city
- Sing inside the historic Our Lady of Trsat Church
- City Walking Tour of Lovran
- Stroll along the Lungomare Promenade
- Enjoy an afternoon swim in the Adriatic Sea
- Learn about the geological history of the Postojna Caves during a guided visit to the exhibition
- Take a train ride deep underground to explore one of the world’s most known caves and Karst Monuments on a guided tour
- Explore the charming pedestrian zones of Slovenia’s capital
- Learn how to cook local dishes during a Slovenian cooking class and eat the delicious results!
- Participate in a Music Workshop with local artists
- Slovenian Chamber Choir performance
- Discover the interesting history of Ljubljana while on a guided walking tour
- Perform as a group in multiple locations around the city including the Ljubljana Cathedral
- Kayak tour across Lake Bled
- Enjoy time to swim in the lake’s refreshing waters
- Visit the Bled Castle to learn about its history spanning over 1,000 years and take amazing photographs from high above the lake
- Retrace Mozart’s footsteps on a guided walking tour through Salzburg’s Old Town
- Visit many Sound of Music filing locations
- Sing as a group in the world famous Salzburg Cathedral
Eastern Europe offers many hidden gems that reward travelers with its vast natural beauty and world-class cultural destinations. Croatia, Slovenia and Austria are prime examples! What could be better for your musical group than visiting the birthplace of Mozart, performing on the streets of Zagreb, or captivating an audience in the Ljubljana Cathedral? Combine these musical opportunities with outdoor activity, cultural immersion and fascinating history to create a trip that your musical group will never forget.
- Plenty of performance opportunities – cathedrals, churches, public squares and more!
- Music workshops with professional musicians and local artists
- Learn about the history of music throughout the region
Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs.
Day 1 - Europe Bound!
Board an international overnight flight to Zagreb, Croatia via connection(s).
Day 2 - Explore Zagreb
As the political, economic and cultural capital of Croatia, Zagreb throbs with big city energy but has retained a good deal of old-world graciousness. Upon arrival we will meet up with your Evolve Tours guide and head out for a walking tour of the city. We will also have a chance to wander through the hilly streets of Gradec and Kaptol in this historic part of Upper Town. Admire the Zagreb Cathedral at the top of the city, Zagreb’s most visited attraction and the tallest building in Croatia. Check into the hostel, and head out for dinner. Then it’s off to bed in our hostel located in the heart of the city after a very long travel day.
Day 3 - Zagreb continued
Enjoy some more time to continue our exploration of the Zagreb city centre to view the Austro-Hungarian architecture. Among the highlights we will see is Jelacic Square, the central square of Zagreb. This Austro-Hungarian styled square is the true cultural hub of Croatia’s capital and there is always something interesting to see or experience. We will also have the opportunity to mingle with locals while perusing the stalls of the Dolac Market. This is the most visited and best-known farmers market in Zagreb and it provides us a chance to taste fresh local cuisine and practice our bargaining skills with local vendors. In the afternoon, explore Maksimir Park and put on a musical performance.
Day 4 - Plitvice Lakes
After breakfast at the hostel, board the bus as we head towards the wilderness of Plitvice Lakes National Park. One of the most beautiful and well-preserved parks in Europe, Plitvice Lakes National Park was one of the first natural sites to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park’s natural beauty is well known and appreciated the world over, as the more than 1,200,000 visitors each year can attest to. We’ll add to this number of admirers as we explore the park. Along wooden footbridges and pathways, we’ll snake around the fringes of the lakes and take what are surely some of the most incredible photographs of our trip. Plitvice Lakes also supports some of the highest plant and animal diversity in the country, including endemic species that predate humans and still thrive there today. If we’re lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of the rare brown bears, wolves, eagles or lynxes that call Plitvice Lakes their home.
Day 5 - Rijeka and Opatija
After breakfast in Zagreb, we’ll pack up and head west towards our next stop – the coast. En route to Opatija, we will pause to take in the seaside beauty of Rijeka, Croatia’s third largest city. Here, we will walk along the busy Korzo pedestrian strip, and climb up the 13th century steps to the Trsat Castle, looming over the city at 138 metres above sea level. The magnificent views from the fortress’ turrets are well worth the hike, and an open air café offers a chance to have a snack and drink while looking down at the Rječina river valley, the Adriatic Sea and the distant island of Krk. Perform in the beautiful and historic Our Lady of Trsat Church.
Next, we continue on to Opatija with its beautiful coastal location and superb climate. It’s easy to see why this was a fashionable seaside resort for the Viennese elite during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After checking into our hostel, we’ll set off on a walking tour of Lovran to hear about its fascinating history. During our stroll beside the Adriatic, we will marvel at the waterfront palaces of the wealthy and imagine their illustrious history as buildings that were once the mansions of Hamburg royal families. The promenade winds along the coast, past countless majestic villas, green spaces, and rocky bays. At the end of our walk, we can hop into the sea for a refreshing swim after another exciting day, and cap it off with dinner.
Day 6 - Postojna Caves
Today sees us travel to the second country on our European adventure – Slovenia! Our first stop is Postojna Caves, where students will explore the vast underground cave networks on a guided tour. Along the way, we will learn about the natural and cultural heritage of this unique Karst ecosystem. Discover how forms of animal life have adapted to life in the darkness of the underground. More than 150 species of interesting creatures live here – the most famous of which is the Proteus Anguinus, also known as the Human Fish. At the end of tour, the massive underground Concert Hall provides a unforgettable performance opportunity – not to mention incredible acoustics!
Then it’s onwards to Ljubljana, the picturesque capital of Slovenia – with only 300,000 inhabitants it is one of the smallest capitals in Europe. After checking into our hostel, we’ll head to a special group dinner – a Slovenian cooking class! Following a tasting session of typical starters, we will prepare a meal with an experienced chef. In doing so, we’ll become acquainted with the history of culinary art and wine-making in Slovenia and learn about cooking ingredients and dishes typical of different Slovenian regions. Once we’ve finished, we’ll be able to enjoy our culinary masterpieces and taste freshly prepared homemade juice as well. Our first night in Slovenia then ends with an unforgettable walk alongside the Ljubljanica River, as we watch the capital light up for the night.
Day 7 - Ljubljana
In the morning, we’ll take a walking tour of the city, stopping along the way to perform in the streets of “Stara Ljubljana”, Ljubljana’s Old Town. The old city centre of is remarkable for its unique architecture, and owes its appearance to the Baroque and Art Nouveau masters, notably the architect Jože Plečnik. Our tour will end at one of the most prominent landmarks in the city, the Ljubljana Cathedral, where we will have an opportunity to perform for the local church-goers. Following this, we’ll participate in a music workshop with local young artists or professional musicians. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to wander the streets of the pedestrian zone, relax or visit Ljubljana Castle. Visit the campus of the University of Ljubljana and imagine what it’s like to be one of the many students that give the city its youthful energy. The Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana is a pedagogic, artistic and research institution where students study the musical arts. Courses topics include voice studies, a wide range of instrumental lessons, as well as composition and musical theory classes. The artistic activity and quality of the Academy of Music is internationally recognized. Students and alumnus of this school successfully represent themselves at centers in Berlin, Vienna, Graz, Amsterdam, Salzburg and beyond. In the evening, we’ll attend a live concert by the Slovenian Chamber Choir or the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (dependent on the TBD concert season schedule).
Day 8 - Lake Bled
This morning, we’ll head north towards the Julian Alps region of Slovenia, which was named after Julius Caesar. There, we’ll discover why Europeans have flocked to this resort area for decades. If you’ve ever seen a postcard of Slovenia, chances are it was a photograph of Lake Bled. Bled is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and is dubbed as one of the last wildernesses of Slovenia. The lake that has put the town on the map was formed long ago by glacial and tectonic activity. We’ll rent kayaks and paddle across emerald green waters to Blejski Otok, a small island with a 17th-century baroque church, the Chapel of St Maria. Local legend has it that if you ring the bell at the top three times all your wishes will be granted! After we finish kayaking around the lake, we’ll also have the chance to explore the majestic cliff-top Bled castle. Next, we’re Salzburg bound! As we arrive in this Baroque city set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges, you might recognize Salzburg as the setting for movie, The Sound of Music. Once there, we’ll check into our hostel then head to Salzburg’s lively Old Town for a night of traditional Austrian cuisine.
Day 9 - Salzburg
In the morning, we’ll see the city in the daylight as we wind our way along charming cobblestone streets through the Old Town on an Evolve led walking tour. Highlights include the Residenz, once home to Salzburg’s prince-bishops, as well as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Mozart statue, the Horse Pond and Dom (Salzburg Cathedral). Perform as a group in the beautiful and world famous cathedral where Mozart was baptized.
Salzburg’s beauty and vibrant musical life have made the city one of Europe’s foremost cultural centre, and it is renowned as an international and historical music center. This is largely because Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the famed musician, was born here in 1756, and many great masters of the Classical Era lived and worked here as well. However, today the city is still known worldwide for its music as Salzburg’s orchestras and choirs carry on these great musical traditions. This evening, attend a musical performance in the city.
Day 10 - Salzburg
During our last full day of the tour, enjoy free time in the Old Town. Visit a sight we missed yesterday, grab a souvenir or piece of art from one of the many market stalls, visit a café or maybe catch a local musician busking on the streets. In the evening sit down to a special final group dinner while we reminisce about the trip before returning to our accommodations.
Day 11 - Homeward bound
Board a flight back home, via connection(s). Arrive back after an incredible trip to Eastern Europe together.
AirfareRoundtrip group airfare to Europe
Public TransportationVariety of public buses, trams, trains and transfers included.
HostelsCentrally located, student friendly hostels.
Daily breakfast and dinner included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.
With a population of around 280,000 people, Ljubljana is one of Europe’s smallest capitals.
Places You’ll Visit
Discover the political, economic and cultural capital of Croatia.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Explore the wilderness and iconic turqoise lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Walk along the busy Korzo pedestrian strip, and climb up the 13th century steps to the Trsat Castle.
Welcome to the coast! Stroll along the waterfront promenade before taking a relaxing afternoon swim in the Adriatic Sea.
Venture underground to discover the tunnels and history of one of the world's most renowned caves.
Be charmed by the unique character of Slovenia's capital.
Enjoy a day of kayaking, castle exploration and relaxation at Slovenia's top outdoor destination.
Explore the birthplace of Mozart in one of Europe's top cultural destinations.