Blues Music Tour of Europe 2020 - Itinerary

Day 1 Monday 6 July, 2020 Depart Australia
Depart Australia on our flight to Berlin.

Day 2 Tuesday 7 July, 2020 Berlin
Afternoon: Arrive in Berlin. Transfer to our hotel. Overnight: Hampton Inn City Centre Alexander.

Day 3 Wednesday 8 July, 2020 Berlin
Morning: Sightseeing tour of Berlin. It is a modern city being revitalised after the many years of communist rule in the East. We explore this fascinating city of museums and modern architecture, visiting the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag building and much more. Music is the heartbeat of Germany's capital city – from the blues, the jazzy strains reverberating through smokey clubs, renowned orchestras playing in highbrow concert halls and the street musicians uplifting the city with their song. Evening: Welcome Dinner, including special Jules Boult blues performance, at one of Berlin's best blues clubs or fine restaurants. (B,D)

Day 4 Thursday 9 July, 2020 Hamburg
Morning: Travel to Hamburg, second largest city in Germany. Afternoon: Enjoy sightseeing tour with a local guide. Hamburg has a long and colourful R 'n B, Blues and Jazz musical history and we visit the epicentre during our visit. The Reeperbahn is a street and entertainment district in Hamburg's St. Pauli district. Near the Reeperbahn, we visit the Star Club memorial in St. Pauli where the likes of Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Bill Haley, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and many more famous musicians played in the 60's and 70's. We will also visit Hamburg's historic harbour and Lake Alster. Overnight: Holiday Inn. (B)

Day 5 Friday 10 July, 2020 Amsterdam
Morning: Travel by coach to Amsterdam, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It's a city of canals, bridges, bicycles (there are millions of them!) and distinctive canal houses, with their stately facades and striking gables. On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing coach tour, with local guide. Evening: Enjoy a one hour canal cruise. After the cruise, Jules Boult will take those interested on a walking tour of Amsterdam's famous Red Light District. Overnight: Day's Inn. (B)

Day 6 Saturday 11 July, 2020 Amsterdam
Morning: Free time. You may like to visit the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, or the Van Gogh Museum (all optional). Afternoon/evening: Coach tour to Volendam and Hoorn. In Volendam, get a glimpse of traditional Dutch dress, windmills, cheese, etc. In Hoorn, visit Cafe 't Schippershuis, where Dutch musician Pierre Partner wrote the famous song The Red Rose Cafe in 1974. Have dinner and enjoy a fun-filled music session, with local musicians, at 'The Red Rose Cafe' before returning to Amsterdam. (B,D)

Day 7 Sunday 12 July, 2020 North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam
Today we travel to Rotterdam, home of the North Sea Jazz Festival. We will enjoy an orientation tour of Rotterdam on arrival. Afternoon: Attend the North Sea Jazz Festival. The festival includes top jazz & blues acts, from around the world, on fifteen different stages. (B)

Day 8 Monday 13 July, 2020 Paris
Morning: Travel south to Paris, the city of light, via the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. Evening: Visit one of the Blues music venues near our hotel. Overnight: Hyatt Regency Etoille Hotel (B).

Day 9 Tuesday 14 July, 2020 Paris
Morning: Enjoy sightseeing tour of Paris with a local guide. We will see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and Hotel des Invalides. We will see Notre Dame Cathedral, the Latin Quarter, and the Jardin des Tuileries (gardens). Afternoon: We will visit the Louvre, one of the finest art galleries/museums in the world. See Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Evening: Attend legendary Parisian dinner/ cabaret show Moulin Rouge. (B,D)

Day 10 Wednesday 15 July, 2020 London
Morning: Board the Eurostar and travel by train to London. Afternoon: On arrival in London enjoy a guided coach tour of London. See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben and many other famous landmarks. Our tour includes one of the Changing of the Guard type ceremonies, if available. Overnight: Holiday Inn Kensington. (B)

Day 11 Thursday 16 July, 2020 London
A free day to explore London and shop. You may like to visit Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey (optional). Jules will take those interested to see the famous Abbey Road Recording Studios (where The Beatles recorded) and Lords Cricket Ground (both optional). Evening: Attend a West End musical, theatre production, British Music Hall show, or London Blues gig of your choice (optional). (B)

Day 12 Friday 17 July, 2020 U pton Blues Festival, British Midlands
Morning: Travel to Worcester via Oxford, home to the University of Oxford, the oldest in the English-speaking world. Afternoon: Check-in to your hotel in Worcester. Evening: Travel to the award winning Upton Blues Festival. Overnight: Whitehouse Hotel. (B)

Day 13 Saturday 18 July, 2020 Upton Blues Festival
Today enjoy a day of Blues music at the Upton Blues Festival. Set in the beautiful Worcestershire riverside town of Upton upon Severn, Upton Blues Festival has grown into a festival that fills the town with many thousands of music fans. There are three main stages and 13 pub venues, and over 160 performances. A great day of music. (B)

Day 14 Sunday 19 July, 2020 Upton Blues Festival
Today is the third day of the Upon Blues Festival and a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the finale of the blues festival. Another opportunity for you to explore the many stages and stalls in search of your favourite flavour of blues, food and good times! (B)

Day 15 Monday 20 July, 2020 Liverpool
Morning: Travel to Liverpool via the beautiful UK countryside. We visit Stratford upon Avon, home of William Shakespeare. Enjoy walking tour and see Shakespeare's birthplace and New Place, the immortal playwright's retirement home. Visit Birmingham, England's second largest city, known for its network of canals and industrial revolution era landmarks. Afternoon: Arrive into Liverpool and check into our hotel. Evening: Join Jules Boult for an included dinner at Ruby Blues in the heart of Liverpool. Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel. (B,D)

Day 16 Tuesday 21 July, 2020 Liverpool
Morning: Sightseeing tour of Liverpool, with local guide. Visit Penny Lane & Strawberry Fields. See the Mersey River and sing the Gerry & The Pacemakers song, Ferry Cross the Mersey. Visit The Beatles Story exhibition and Mathew Street, location of the Cavern Club (where The Beatles performed in their early days). Evening: Enjoy an informal performance by Jules Boult, especially for our tour group. (B)

Day 17 Wednesday 22 July, 2020 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Morning: Depart Liverpool and travel by coach to the Lakes District for photo opportunities. Travel to Glasgow for a walking tour and lunch. Afternoon: Arrive into Edinburgh and check into our hotel. Evening: Attend the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (optional). The festival offers a diverse range of outstanding jazz & blues performers and bands for you to enjoy. Overnight: Ibis Centre South Bridge Hotel, Edinburgh. (B)

Day 18 Thursday 23 July, 2020 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Morning: Coach tour of Edinburgh with local guide, including: historic Old Town area; New Town area (Georgian architecture); drive through Holyrood Park (Arthur's Seat area) if possible. Also, visit port of Leith. Tour concludes with a walk down the 'Royal Mile'. Sense Edinburgh's medieval past as you explore the alleys and closes that run off the Royal Mile. Afternoon & Evening: Explore the music at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. With 6 main venues and hundreds of performers, you will have a wonderful time soaking up the outstanding blues music on offer at the festival. (B)

Day 19 Friday 24 July, 2020 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
We will spend our final day at the Jazz and Blues Festival. Later tonight we get together for a special farewell group dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner we travel to another famous Edinburgh music haunt, for a farewell show hosted by "Jules with The Redeemers". (B,D)

Day 20 Saturday 25 July, 2020 Departure
Morning: Travel to Edinburgh airport. Commence flights back to Australia. (B)

Day 21 Sunday 26 July, 2020 Arrive back in Australia
We arrive back in Australia and tour concludes.

Berlin

Hamburg

Extension Tour to Montreux Jazz Festival

One of the biggest festivals in Europe set in the amazing location of Montreux, Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. Sensational music from the likes of past performers (2019) Elton John, Tom Jones, Joan Baez, Chick Corea, Janet Jackson, ZZ Top, Joe Jackson and many more. Tickets to this event are included

Day 1 Thursday 2 July, 2020 Depart Australia
Depart Australia on our flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

Day 2 Friday 3 July, 2020 Arrive Zurich
Morning: Arrive in Zurich and travel to Montreux. Overnight: Hotel Excelsior.

Day 3 Saturday 4 July, 2020 Montreux Jazz Festival
We will enjoy three days at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The Montreux Jazz Festival is a music festival in Switzerland, held annually in early July, in Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is the second largest annual jazz festival in the world. You will be entertained by the best jazz and blues artists from around the world. Previous performers have included Elton John, Joan Baez, Janet Jackson, ZZ Top, Tom Jones and Chick Corea. Grab your festival program, camera and dancing shoes this will be a wonderful experience! (B)

Day 4 Sunday 5 July, 2020 Montreux Jazz Festival
Today is your second day of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Another opportunity for you to explore the many stages and stalls in search of your favourite flavour of jazz, blues, food and good times! (B)

Day 5 Monday 6 July, 2020 Montreux Jazz Festival
This is your third day at the Montreux Jazz Festival. A wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the festival's outstanding music. The biggest names in jazz and blues music perform at the festival. (B)

Day 6 Tuesday 7 July, 2020 Fly to Berlin
Depart Montreux and travel to Zurich for your flight to Berlin, where you meet up with the main tour group. (B)

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