Nice International Choral Festival: 10 - 13 October 2019

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DurationDestinationDeparture
4 days and 3 nights
France (Nice)
Ireland (Dublin)

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NICE INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL

2020: 10-13 October 2019

 

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Situated on the French Riviera, the charming city of Nice is the perfect place to relax and become absorbed in French culture. During our International Choral festival, your choir will explore some of France’s most captivating places such as the Matisse Museum, the Flower Markets, the Amphitheatre of Cimiez and the Benedictine Abbey.

Boasting 19 museums and galleries, 32 classified historical monuments and many beautiful parks and gardens, Nice is a jewel of a city influenced by both French and Italian culture. Discover Nice in depth as you wander through the streets of the old town and stroll along its famous Promendade des Anglais before entering into the heart of the city with its rich architectural and cultural heritage and its parks and gardens.

THE NICE INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL

The Nice International Choral Festival opens with a welcome ceremony hosted by the city’s Deputy Mayor, after which Les Voix de Nice, a local Nice choir, give a short choral performance. During the festival, choirs perform in the 17th century Sainte Réparate Cathedral, built in honour of the young martyr Saint Réparate, patron saint of Nice.

As part of the festival, there is also an opportunity for choirs to sing a friendship concert with a local choir and to sing at a Roman Catholic Mass or other service of another denomination.

During the festival, choirs can see some more of the local area and take a full-day tour to Monaco and Monte Carlo or a half-day tour to St. Paul de Vence.and Vence.

A day trip to Monaco and Monte Carlo is an excellent add-on to the festival experience. It is just a short journey to Monaco and here choirs can enjoy an enchanting mixture of natural beauty, artificial glamour, and blue blue sea. The beautiful Monte Carlo is at the centre of the tiny principality of Monaco. Monte Carlo is said to be must be one of the most evocative place names in the world, summoning up an image that is all its own. It is a must-do while staying in this area.

Paul de Vence is the most visited medieval village in France. Located in Provence approximately 30 km northeast of Nice, this little village has conquered the hearts of tourists from around the world. On a beautiful day, you can roam the shadowed alleyways and wander from fountains to plazas and from gardens to art galleries in this splendid medieval village.

Whatever you choose to do during your stay in Nice, CCI will ensure that your festival experience is never forgotten.

Program

Below is the most popular itinerary of the CCI Family of Choirs who have attended the Nice International Choral Festival. This is for information purposes only. All final itineraries are tailored to individual choirs requirements.

DAY 1
Choirs arrive in Nice.
Choirs arriving by plane are be met by their local assistant for transfer to your hotel.
In the evening, choirs come together for the official festival opening ceremony hosted by the Deputy Mayor of Nice. Choirs will have a performance by local choir Les Voix de Nice and will enjoy a welcome cocktail.
Choirs can then enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure, perhaps taking a stroll over the famous illuminated “Promenade des Anglais” at the Angel’s bay.

DAY 2
In the morning, choirs have a guided sightseeing tour of Nice taking them to all the main attractions; the beautiful Promenade, the ancient and baroque monuments of the “Belle Epoque”, the famous Hotel “Negresco”, the Russian-Orthodox Cathedrale, the Cimiez Hill with the Franciscan church and the rose garden belonging to the adjoining monastery, the Arena and the Matisse Museum. The city tour finishes with a walk through the Old Town.
In the afternoon, the festival performances for all choirs take place in the beautiful baroque Cathedral “Sainte Reparate”. At the end of the performance cycle, all choirs join together to sing the final song “Canticorum Jubilo” by G.F. Haendel. The festival performances are brought to a close by the Deputy Mayor of Nice.
There is an opportunity to perform a Friendship concert in the evening with a local choir in or around the Nice area.
After today’s busy schedule, choirs can relax and enjoy dinner in their hotel.

DAY 3
In the morning, choirs have free time to explore the medieval Old Town or can opt to perform during a church service in Nice or nearby area.
In the afternoon, choirs can take a guided tour to St. Paul de Vence and Vence.
For choirs who do not wish to perform as part of a mass or church service, we offer the opportunity to take a full-day tour to Monaco and Monte Carlo.
All choirs come together on the final evening to enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Nice restaurant.

DAY 4
Choirs depart Nice
This is for information purposes only. All final itineraries are tailored to individual choirs requirements.

Price includes

3 nights’ accommodation with French breakfast
Opening ceremony and performance by Les Voix de Nice
Festival participation fees
Guided half-day sightseeing tour of Nice (Entrance fees not included)
Choral evening with local choir
The opportunity to perform during a Catholic Mass or a service of another denomination
Closing ceremony and farewell dinner
Escort for all official programme events
Costs are tailored to each individual choirs’ requirements

Optional Extras
Half-day tour of St Paul de Vence and Vence
Full-day tour to Eze, Monaco and Monte Carlo

Price does not include

Flights
Choir Contact International experienced travel consultants are able to advise you on the most appropriate flight options and will advise best fares at time of booking.

Once you enquiry 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.

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.

Airport transfers
CCI are happy to arrange airport-hotel-airport transfers for all choirs who have booked flights with us. Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange airport transfers where flights are not booked as part of the festival package.