Explore the magnificent city of Rome with its unparalleled history, impressive monuments, archaeological sites, renowned cuisine, and lively atmosphere. Visit the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, Colosseum, and Forum Romanum while taking our walking guided tours or exploring on your own.

Visit the shining jewel of the Renaissance where chisels brought Michelangelo’s David to life! Spend a few days under the Tuscan sun exploring the medieval splendors among Florence’s rolling hills, followed by a breath-taking visit to the Chianti area.

Discover the beauty of this unforgettable city where a profusion of domes and luminous mosaics await us. Visit St. Mark’s Square and the Accademia - a great way to cross centuries of Venetian history through wonderful paintings depicting ancient musical instruments.

Wander about the streets of this charming UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its well-preserved 14 towers and incredible ancient architecture, featuring buildings of the Romanesque and Gothic styles.

Participants may pay with checks or by credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Credit card payments are subject to a 3% processing fee.

  • Three performances of Brahms Requiem and choral repertoire.
  • Ten nights lodging in 4-star hotels in Rome, Tuscany area, and Veneto area in Italy (double occupancy).
  • Half-board: Breakfasts and dinners daily, based on the tour itinerary.
  • Ground transportation throughout the tour (A/C coach and driver) and Mestre – Venice train tickets.
  • Procurement of concert venues (theaters, churches, or cathedrals).
  • Engagement of orchestra and soloists for all scheduled rehearsals and concerts.
  • Professional concert publicity & concert management.
  • Licensed English-speaking Tour manager.
  • Guided tours per the tour itinerary with local English-speaking licensed tour guides.
  • Entrance fees to sights, based on the tour itinerary.

  • Roundtrip airfare: Varna International will provide a group airfare quote (for 10 people or more), or individual airfare quotes, upon request (not included in the tour cost and payment schedule). Tour participants who purchase their own airfare are responsible to secure and pay for their own airport transfers.
  • Single occupancy: $100 per night, per person.
  • Travel insurance: Participants obtain their own travel insurance.
  • Tips and gratuities on provided services / personnel (tour guides, tour managers, bus drivers. Hotel and restaurants personnel): $15 per person, per day.
  • *The tips and gratuities will be collected with the final tour payment.

To request the daily tour itinerary, please email [email protected]

Tour Conductor

Kent Hatteberg is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Louisville and Founder and Artistic Director of the Louisville Chamber Choir. He has led tours and performances in more than 25 countries, most recently in South Africa, Korea, and several European countries. Choirs under his direction have performed at international conventions, festivals, and competitions and at numerous national and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dubuque (Iowa) in piano and voice and the master’s degree and doctorate in choral conducting from The University of Iowa, where he studied with Don V Moses. Named a Fulbright Scholar in 1990, he pursued research on the works of Felix Mendelssohn in Berlin. He conducted the world premiere of Mendelssohn’s Gloria in 1997. He previously taught at Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX), Washington High School (Cedar Rapids, IA), and Solon Jr.-Sr. High (Solon, IA).