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San Jose Youth Symphony Italy/Europe Tour

San Jose Youth Symphony Italy/Europe Tour. June 23 – July 6, 2011. Agenda. Virtual Inspection Trip Chaperones Communication Bon Voyage Gala and Concert Currency Luggage/Instrument Rules and Regulations Passport/Visa requirements. Rome, Italy. Montecatini/Florence. Monastier/Venice.

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San Jose Youth Symphony Italy/Europe Tour

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  1. San Jose Youth SymphonyItaly/Europe Tour June 23 – July 6, 2011

  2. Agenda • Virtual Inspection Trip • Chaperones • Communication • Bon Voyage Gala and Concert • Currency • Luggage/Instrument Rules and Regulations • Passport/Visa requirements

  3. Rome, Italy

  4. Montecatini/Florence

  5. Monastier/Venice Dvorak Hall

  6. Salzburg, Austria

  7. Munich, Germany

  8. Included • Air and ground transportation by private, deluxe, air conditioned tour bus • Two ACIS tour managers • Climate controlled instrument truck • 3-4 star hotels • 5 concerts including one side by side concert • 2 meals/day (breakfast and lunch or dinner) • Sightseeing • Guided sightseeing tours of each city • Tour of the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica • Church of Santa Croce in Florence (burial place of Michelangelo) • Grand Canal in Venice • Mozartplatz in Salzburg (birthplace of Mozart) • Saltmines in Salzburg • Nymphenburg Palace in Munich

  9. Tour Committee • Yair Samet: Music Director/Conductor • Raj Matangi: Tour Chair • Cindy Sullenberger: Tour Director • Brenda Morris: Assistant tour director • Stanley Lee: SJYS Executive Director

  10. Venues • Rome: Rieti Opera Theater Sant’ Andrea della Valle (Puccini’s Tosca Church) • Montecatini: Tettucio Spa Park • Salzburg: Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum • Munich: Kursaal, Bad Aibling (side by side with German Youth Orchestra)

  11. Chaperones • Chaperones: In the process of chaperone selection. • Friends and Family Shadow Tour: Only a few spots left; submit your registration now! Additional sightseeing opportunities included. Make this an unforgettable family vacation! Same cost as students.

  12. Communication • e-mail: sjys@sjys.org • web site: acis.com • Messages and updates will be sent via the Yahoo group site. If you haven’t signed up, you will not receive emails while we are on tour. • Cell phone(s) while in Europe for emergencies only. Limited email updates. • International phone card for your student

  13. Travel Insurance • All tour funds are protected by an A-Rated $25,000,000 insurance policy. In addition, ACIS®/Encore Tours is a member of USTOA (United States Tour Operators Association) • Each ACIS® /Encore Tours journeying performer travels with an automatic $2,500 medical insurance assistance. • All participants have the option to augment the basic insurance, doubling the coverage, and providing pre-departure medical cancellation protection. The comprehensive protection plan rates are as follows: Comprehensive Insurance: $15 per person per day, Ultimate Protection Plan: $25 per person per day.

  14. Bon Voyage Concert and Gala • Sunday, June 19th 5:00 pm • Heritage Theatre, Campbell, CA • Gala and Silent Auction • Gala committee: Help plan and get donations for our silent auction. This will be our major organization wide fundraiser for the season!! Ticket sales will go toward tour costs!

  15. June Extra Rehearsal ScheduleHoly Cross and Faith Lutheran Churches Final SJYS Concert Rehearsal 4:00-10:00pm Rehearsal 2:00-6:00pm Rehearsal 6:30-9:30pm Rehearsal 6:30-9:30pm Rehearsal 6-10pm BV Gala and Concert 5pm Rehearsal 6:00-10 pm Leave for Rome!!!

  16. Currency • $25-$30 per day (meals, drinks, refreshments) • Personal items / gifts are extra • Currency • - Euro • Traveler’s checks • Not recommended. Most businesses, restaurants do not take them • Credit or ATM card • Usually favorable exchange rates • May be replenished by family • May charge extra 3% fee (fairly recent – check with your issuer) • Make sure you are authorized for international use • Make sure you have an international pin (4 digits) • For under-age travelers, visit www.visabuxx.com which offers cards for younger members who wouldn’t normally possess a card.

  17. Luggage/Instrument Rules and Regulations • Luggage • Checked: 1 suitcase not to exceed 50lbs in weight and a maximum of 62 linear inches (length + width + height). For any bag above 50lbs a minimum charge of 30 Euro will be made by Lufthansa at check-in with an average charge of 30E/kg overweight PER LEG of the journey (This must be paid by student at time of check-in, no exceptions). • Carry-on: 1 bag not to exceed 17lbs in weight and a maximum of 43 linear inches (length + width + height) + 1 personal item such as camera or handbag. • The group must be restricted to one suitcase per person due to bus cargo space and we use the second piece as the instrument with the airlines. • Instruments • Carry-on: Violin/ Violas/ flutes, oboes, clarinets • Checked: Trombone/ Horns/Cello/Tuba/Bass • Saxophones, Trumpets and bassoons are “tricky” and have been placed in both. We will try to carry-on though they are slightly oversize. • Two hard cello cases are available for a low rental fee of $30 per week. First come, first served.

  18. Stern’s Luggage • Get 10% off on all of your travel needs • Luggage • Backpacks • TSA locks • Plug adapters (Across from the Gap at Valley Fair Mall) Just mention you are with San Jose Youth Symphony!!

  19. What to do now? • Get your passport or visa in order NOW!! Korean nationals DO NOT need visa’s to travel in Europe. Chinese/Taiwanese and Indian nationals DO need a “schengen visa” which will be good for all 3 countries. Visit the Italy Embassy in San Jose or use a visa service such as: Peninsula Visa & PassportService (408) 727-7515 100 Century Center Ct Ste 140, San Jose, CA www.peninsulavisa.com/ • Renew passports online at http:travel.state.gov . Allow at least 6 weeks for passport renewal. Passports must be good through Jan. 7th, 2012! • Insure your instruments! • Hard instrument cases in the event we must check our instruments! • Join our Bon Voyage and Gala committee!!

  20. Questions? e-mail:sjys@sjys.org Check the Yahoo group site

  21. Brooke and Fiona

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