International Cantus Festival

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is a city known worldwide for its music. Many great masters of the Classical Era lived and worked in Salzburg including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart, one of Austria’s greatest sons, was born here in 1756. Salzburg’s musicians carry on these great musical traditions on the stages and in the concert halls of the city today. We invite you to share in celebrating these rich musical and cultural traditions by bringing your choir or orchestra to Salzburg for the International Cantus Music and Culture Festival Salzburg.

Musicians from around the world come to Salzburg each July to perform in prestigious venues such as Salzburg Cathedral. Among the highlights of the festival are the ecumenical celebration in Salzburg Cathedral and the performance of “Song of Peace,” shared by all festival choirs.

In addition to singing in these historic venues, there will also be plenty of opportunities to sample Austria’s culture. Don’t miss Salzburg’s famous Mozart chocolates and enjoy the old-world atmosphere of its coffeehouses! Alternatively, embark on a custom concert tour to Vienna or Vienna & Salzburg. Ready to get started? Contact us today!


July 4-7, 2024


July 3, 2024
Depart from North America

Depart North America on a flight bound for Munich, Germany.

July 4, 2024
Arrive in Munich, Germany | FESTIVAL OPENING

Upon arrival in Munich, your Music Contact International tour manager will greet your ensemble at the airport and transfer with you via motor coach to Salzburg, Austria. Join the other festival groups for the International Cantus Music and Culture Festival Salzburg’s Opening Event. Meet and mingle with other participating musicians from a variety of countries over a typical Austrian Brettljause  buffet for dinner. Conductors have the opportunity to meet and discuss the musical program with the festival artistic director.

July 5, 2024
Rehearsals and Mozarteum Concert

Meet your local guide for a walking tour of Salzburg’s Old Town.  Visit St. Peter’s Cemetery, the inspiration for the dramatic escape scene in The Sound of Music. Visit Mozart’s Birthplace where the famous composer spent his childhood and youth.

In the afternoon, all festival participants gather in the “Great Hall” at the Mozarteum to rehearse the shared song, “Song of Peace,” to be sung at this evening’s concert. Each ensemble will also have time for rehearsal.

This evening,  perform a selection of individual repertoire then combine voices on “Song of Peace” in the Mozarteum, Salzburg’s famous university for music and the dramatic arts. Enjoy a pre-arranged dinner of local specialties this evening.

July 6, 2024
Salzburg Cathedral, Mirabell Gardens, & Closing Ceremony

Gather at the Salzburg Cathedral for rehearsal followed by an Ecumenical Celebration where each ensemble presents one piece to showcase their respective cultural traditions.

After lunch, perform an outdoor concert in Mirabell Gardens, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music. There will be a chance to listen to the performances of other festival choirs before and after your concert.

In the evening, gather together for the Closing Ceremony of the International Cantus Music and Culture Festival Salzburg. This festive evening brings together all participating musicians for a delicious gala-buffet, Austrian dancing, folk music, and impromptu sing-alongs!

July 7, 2024

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for the Munich Airport and your return flight to North America, or extend your stay in Europe.​ 


3 nights in Salzburg in a 4-star hotel, double occupancy

A private, modern, air-conditioned motor coach with a professional driver is provided for all transportation as described in the itinerary.

Breakfast each morning at the hotel
Welcome dinner for all ensembles
Dinner served at the hotel or local restaurant on Friday
Festive farewell buffet dinner with all participating guest ensembles, including awards presentation and group sing

Performance Opportunities and Rehearsals
Opening Ceremony
Individual performance and massed sing of “Song of Peace” at the Mozarteum
Ecumenical Celebration in Salzburg Cathedral
Outdoor concert in Mirabell Gardens

Guided Tours & Special Events
Half-day guided tour of Salzburg with a local expert

Complimentary Places
Two complimentary land packages for every 30 paying travelers in single rooms


Two-Night Extension to Vienna, Austria

A visit to Vienna is an educational and enlightening experience, giving a firsthand look into a city renowned for its musical traditions. Rich in character and history, Vienna is a major leader in the Arts, from theater to opera to classical music and fine arts. The legacies left by Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn are alive in what many believe to be one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. Located on the River Danube, Vienna is a cultural haven, filled with glorious parks and museums, amazing baroque and art nouveau architecture and breathtaking cathedrals and palaces, all of which function as the backdrop for a lavish daily culture still found in the concert halls, opera houses, and cafes.

July 7, 2024
Day One

Depart Salzburg for Vienna. You will have the option to stop en route in Melk to tour Melk Abbey and perform an afternoon concert in the Abbey  Church. Upon arrival in Vienna, check in to your hotel before embarking on an orientation walk in the city center. Get your first glimpse of St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its “lace-in-stone” spire – the symbol of Vienna. This evening, your tour manager will be happy to make suggestions for where to have dinner.

July 8, 2024
Day Two

Following breakfast, enjoy a locally guided tour of Vienna. Your expert guide will explain historic sites including the Hofburg Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, the regal Art History Museum, and the beautiful Opera House. Afterward, there will be time for lunch and exploring Vienna on your own.  A visit to the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty, can be arranged upon request.  Tonight, enjoy a traditional Austrian farewell dinner. 

July 9, 2024

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Vienna’s Airport and your return flight home. Your tour manager will accompany your group to the airport.

3-Night Extension to Prague, Czech Republic

A stay in Prague, Czech Republic will add an exciting element to an already wonderful stay in Salzburg. When traveling to Prague, you will have the opportunity to sing in esteemed venues, tour glorious landmarks of the city and share delicious meals among friends. A post-extension to Prague will surely end your tour on a festive note and leave you with memories to last a lifetime!

Prague, reminiscent of a fairy tale city, has four breathtaking districts each with their own style: The Castle District, the Lesser Town, linking the Castle area to the Old Town, the Old Town across the Vltava River, and the New Town, aptly named as it was founded only in the 14th century!

July 7, 2024
Day One

Arrive in Prague. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Town. Afternoon hotel check-in. Dinner in Old Town will give ou a taste of the culture and traditions of this intriguing city. 

July 8, 2024
Day Two

After breakfast, enjoy a guided visit to the Prague Castle District. The remainder of the day is free to stroll across the famous Charles Bridge, visit the Dvorak Museu, or explore Old Town on your own.

July 9, 2024
Day Three

After breakfast, embark on a guided walk of Prague’s Jewish Town. Following time for lunch, return to the hotel to refresh. This afternoon, perform a concert for the public in one of Prague’s historic churches. This evening, gather together for a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

July 10, 2024

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Prague’s Airport for your return flight home. Your tour manager will accompany your group to the airport.

Your Tour Includes


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