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HOST Tour to Southwestern France, Aug. 25 - September 3, 2022 (10 days, 11 nights) This is not a CD! - [HOST Tour, 2022] $600.00

Historic Organ Study Tours (HOST)
announces a summer tour in

Bordeaux to Toulouse

August 25 - September 3, 2022
10 days, 11 nights
(arrive Aug. 24, overnight in hotel, depart Sept. 4 after overnight in hotel)

AT LAST we have realistic expectations that this twice-postponed tour can happen!

For our 27th organ tour, we'll travel in the southwestern part of France known as Nouvelle Aquitaine. This region is known for its fortified medieval towns, Romanesque and Gothic churches,
Renaissance architecture, lofty châteaux, celebrated vineyards, wonderful natural scenery, and splendid regional cuisine. We'll begin in beautiful Bordeaux, where we'll stay near the old city, now classified as a World Heritage Site. France's fifth largest city is an architectural treasure house with many entire streets preserved as historic monuments to its lively past. Fascinating museums and breathtaking churches beckon. Here, our visit to the celebrated 1748 organ by the great Dom Bédos de Celles himself will be a highlight. As we move south, we'll visit other distinguished French Classic (Baroque) organs by Delaunay, Jehan de Joyeuse, and Lépine as well as many Romantic organs by Cavaillé-Coll and other equally fine builders, such as Merklin, Wenner, Maille, Stoltz, Magen, and Puget. No tour in this part of France would be complete without a wine-tasting at an eminent château winery, so we'll visit the 16th-century Château de Monbazillac and sample its renowned sweet grands crus.

During our visit to each organ, we'll hear a comprehensive demonstration of the instrument's characteristic registrations and musical possibilities. Participants may then examine and play the organ. A booklet with information about each organ will be provided to each participant at the beginning of the tour. Photo and recording opportunities will abound. As time permits, other sights complementary to our organ visits will be included in order to make the tour as instructive, varied, and enjoyable as possible.

This is a grand opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of the world. Consider spending extra days before or after the tour to explore at leisure some of the other enchanting cities nearby, such as Poitiers or Biarritz. Then, come with us on our study tour through the inspiring organ and natural landscapes of spectacular Nouvelle Aquitaine!

Christophe Mantoux, Professor of Organ at the Conservatoire régional de Paris and the Pôle supérieur de Paris. Titular Organist of the Church of Saint-Séverin in Paris. International concert artist, recording artist, and organ competition judge. Experienced organ tour leader. This will be Christophe's eighth tour with us!

Bruce Stevens, Director of Historic Organ Study Tours. Instructor of Organ at the University of Richmond. Organ recitalist and recording artist. Experienced organ tour director and leader.

William T. Van Pelt, Co-Director of Historic Organ Study Tours. Owner of Raven Recordings. Former Executive Director of the Organ Historical Society. Experienced organ tour director and leader.

Tentative Itinerary

, August 24
Participants arrive on their own at the tour hotel in Bordeaux and check in
Overnight in Bordeaux (included in tour)

Thursday, August 25
Bordeaux: Chapelle du Collège Saint-Genès – 1888 Maille organ III+P/30
Bordeaux:Abbatiale Sainte-Croix – 1748 Dom Bedos organ V+P/45; 1866 Wenner organ I+P/6
Bordeaux: Basilique Saint-Michel – 1869 Merklin-Schütze organ III+P/41
Overnight in Bordeaux

Friday, August 26
Bordeaux: Église Saint-Augustin – 1994 Pesce organ in North German Baroque style, III+P/30
Bordeaux: Église Saint-Louis des Chartrons – 1881 Wenner organ III+P/52
Bordeaux: Free time in the city
Overnight in Bordeaux

, August 27
Montpon-Ménestérol: Auditorium San Francisco (at home of Francis Chapelet) – 3 organs: 18th-c. Spanish organ I/10; 18th-c. Neapolitan positive organ I/7; 1978 Grenzing Majorcan-style organ II+P/19
Montpon: Église Notre-Dame de l'Assomption – 1842 Leymarie et Trouillet organ II+P/18
Ménestérol: Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens – 1978 Grenzing organ in North German Baroque-style II+P/22
Ménestérol: Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens – Concert on Grenzing organ played by selected HOST participants
Overnight in Sarlat-la-Canéda

, August 28
Sarlat-la-Canéda: Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos – 1751 Lépine organ IV+P/37
Saint-Cyprien: Abbatiale Saint-Cyprien – 1982 Grenzing organ III+P/22
Belvès: Église Notre-Dame de Montcuq – 1854 Gadaud organ III+P/32
Overnight in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Monday, August 29
Château de Monbazillac: tour and wine tasting
Villeneuve-sur-Lot: Église Saint-Étienne – 1874 Magen organ III+P/33
Agen: Cathédrale Saint-Caprais – 1859 Stoltz organ III+P/45; 1885 Magen choir organ II+P/15
Overnight in Marmande

Tuesday, August 30

Marmande: Église Notre-Dame – 1859 Cavaillé-Coll organ II+P/23
La Réole: Église Saint-Pierre – 1765 Micot organ III+P/44
Langon: Église Saint-Gervais – 1859 Cavaillé-Coll organ II+P/25
Overnight in Marmande

Wednesday, August 31

Saint-Sever: Abbatiale Saint-Sever – 1898 Cavaillé-Coll organ III+P/36
Aire-sur-l'Adour, Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste – 1758 Labruyère & Austruy organ IV+P/31
Overnight in Pau

Thursday, September 1
Monein: Église Saint-Girons – 1684 Delaunay organ III+P/26
Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Cathédrale Sainte-Marie – 1870 Cavaillé-Coll organ II(III)/24
Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Église Notre-Dame – 1851 Vincent Cavaillé-Coll organ II+P/24

Overnight in Pau

Friday, September 2
Auch: Cathédrale Sainte Marie – 1688-94 Jehan de Joyeuse organ IV+P/42; 1860 Cavaillé-Coll organ II+P/15
Gimont: Gimont: Église Notre-Dame de l'Assomption – 1772 Godefroy Schmit organ III+P/24
Toulouse: Basilique Saint-Sernin – 1889 Cavaillé-Coll organ III+P/53
Overnight in Toulouse

Saturday, September 3
Toulouse: Église Notre-Dame-la-Dalbade – 1888 Puget organ III+P/50
Toulouse: Église du Gésu – 1864 Cavaillé-Coll organ II+P/24 ("...the most beautiful
Cavaillé-Coll !" – Christophe Mantoux)
Toulouse: Free time in the city
Toulouse: Group dinner, included in tour
Overnight in Toulouse

Sunday, September 4
End of tour

Costs & Inclusions
Included in the tour co
st of $3,290 per person are hotel accommodations in double occupancy rooms for 11 nights, all breakfasts, a group dinner, a group lunch, luxury coach transportation, admission to all tour organs, the tour booklet, and the assistance of the tour leaders. A single room may be had for a single supplement of $650. Not included in the tour cost are overseas air travel, land transportation to meet and depart from the tour, and other lunches and dinners. The tour cost is based on a minimum of 30 participants and is subject to modest adjustment prior to departure, if necessary.

We will stay in comfortable, air-conditioned three- and four-star hotels. Each room will have two beds and a private bath. Participants may specify their roommates, or we will suggest roommate possibilities for participants to explore, if they exist.

Once again, our transportation will be provided by Hirsch-Reisen GmbH, of Karlsruhe, Germany, which will provide us with a first-class, luxury coach and a professional driver.

Arrival & Departure
Detailed instructions for transferring by public transportation from the Bordeaux airport and from the main train station to the hotel will be provided. The last night of the tour will be spent in Toulouse, so instructions for transferring by public transportation from the hotel to the Toulouse airport will also be provided.

Historic Organ Study Tours assumes no liability for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, default, or irregularity occurring in connection with the performance of the tours.
Participants must carry their own luggage to and from the bus and hotels and must be prepared to walk reasonable distances for periods of up to 30 minutes when the coach cannot get close to a destination. Participants are requested to refrain from smoking in the vicinity of the tour group.

Requirements Due to Covid-19
France has some of the most stringent Covid-19 restrictions in the world, which is a good thing.
Proof of vaccination is required to enter most public venues, such as restaurants, cafes, museums, etc. How tourists must document their vaccination status in France continues to change, so updated instructions will be provided in good time. In any case, for everyone's safety as well as smooth operation of the tour, HOST and Hirsch Reisen will require all participants to show proof of full and up-to-date vaccination. Also, it is likely that masks will be required whenever the group is together in an enclosed space such as the tour bus.

Travel Insurance
Although you are not required to purchase a travel insurance plan, you are encouraged to do so to provide coverage for trip cancellation/interruption, baggage delay/loss, emergency medical expenses, or emergency evacuation/repatriation. Many companies offer such plans at reasonable costs. You may want to consult a travel agent in your area, such as the AAA, or search online for availability and recommendations.

Deposit & Final Payment
Our tours often sell out, so you are encouraged to register without delay. To reserve your place, we must receive your deposit of $600 per person and a completed registration form (see below).
We will start a waiting list after 40 deposits have been received. The remaining balance must be paid by June 1.

Registering for the Tour
To secure your place on the tour, we must receive the information requested on the Registration Form shown below and your deposit payment. There are three safe and secure payment methods:
  1. Payment by check (preferred): Mail the filled-out form and your check, as directed.
  2. Payment by credit card: Mail the filled-out form with your credit card information, as directed. Alternatively, fax the filled-out form with card information to our fax machine at 804-355-6386, or phone 804-355-5876 to provide the requested information. Do not email card information.
  3. Payment via PayPal: Go to your PayPal account, send payment to RavenCD@RavenCD.com, and email me the filled-out form.
A refund of the total amount paid, minus a $100-per-person administration fee, will be available until July 1. After July 1, no refund will be possible unless we must cancel the tour yet again due to the pandemic. In that case, we will give a full refund of the total amount paid.

Enclosed is my deposit check for $ ________ ($600 per person)
to reserve ______ place(s) for the Historic Organ Study Tour in
Southwestern France, August 25 - September 3, 2022. (Please print clearly.)

Name(s): _________________________________________


Street Address: ____________________________________

City/State/Zip: _____________________________________

Phone: _____________________________

E-mail address: ____________________________________

___ I/we wish to play the organs whenever possible.
___ I/we wish to play a few of the organs only occasionally.

For single registrants only:
___ My roommate will be _________________________
            (Please list roommate name, if not already written above.)
___ Please reserve a single room for me at an additional cost of $650.
___ Please suggest a roommate, if one is available.

Make check payable to “Historic Organ Study Tours” and mail with
your registration form to:

        Bruce Stevens, Director
        Historic Organ Study Tours
        3217 Brook Road
        Richmond, VA 23227

For credit card payments, provide card number, expiration date, and CVV (security code):

___________________________________ Exp. ____________ CVV ________

___ I have sent payment via PayPal to RavenCD@RavenCD.com.

Deadline for payment of balance: June 1

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