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HOST Tour to Southwestern France, Aug. 19-29, 2020 (10 days, 11 nights) This is not a CD! - [HOST Tour, 2020] $600.00

Historic Organ Study Tours (HOST)
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Bordeaux to Toulouse

August 19-29, 2020
10 days, 11 nights

For our 27th annual organ tour, we'll travel in the southwestern part of France known as Nouvelle Aquitaine. This region is known for its miles of beaches, 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 a distinguished architectural treasure house, with many whole streets preserved as monuments to its lively past. Numerous 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 as well as many Romantic organs by Cavaillé-Coll and other equally fine builders such as Merklin, Wenner, Maille, Stoltz, 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 will 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 19
Participants arrive on their own at the tour hotel in Bordeaux and check in
Overnight in Bordeaux at Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre

Thursday, August 20
Bordeaux: Chapelle du Collège Saint-Genès – 1888 Maille organ III+P/30
Bordeaux: Basilique Saint-Michel – 1869 Merklin-Schütze organ III+P/41
Bordeaux: Abbatiale Sainte-Croix – 1748 Dom Bedos organ V+P/45
Overnight in Bordeaux at Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre

Friday, August 21
Bordeaux: Église Saint-Augustin – 1994 Pesce organ in North German 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 at Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre

, August 22
Montpon-Ménestérol: Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens de Ménestérol – 1978 Grenzing organ in North German Baroque-style II+P/22
Montpon-Ménestérol: Auditorium San Francisco – 3 organs:
    18th-c. Spanish organ I/10
    1978 Grenzing Majorcan organ II+P/19
    18th-c. Neapolitan positive organ I/7
Montpon-Ménestérol: Église Notre-Dame de l'Assomption de Montpon – 1842 Leymarie et Trouillet organ II+P/18
Bergerac: Église Saint-Jacques – 1877 Cavaillé-Coll organ II+P/15
Overnight in Bergerac at Hotel Kyriad

, August 23
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 Bergerac at Hotel Kyriad

Monday, August 24
Château de Monbazillac: tour and wine tasting
Agen: Cathédrale Saint-Caprais – 1859 Stoltz organ III+P/45
Overnight in Marmande at Logis Hôtel le Lion d'Or

Tuesday, August 25

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 at Logis Hôtel le Lion d'Or

Wednesday, August 26

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 at Quality Hotel Pau Centre Bosquet

Thursday, August 27
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 at Quality Hotel Pau Centre Bosquet

Friday, August 28
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 at Hotel Ibis Styles Capitole

Saturday, August 29
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 !" – Chr. Mantoux)
Toulouse: Free time in the city
Overnight in Toulouse at Hotel Ibis Styles Capitole

Sunday, August 30
End of tour

Costs & Inclusions
Included in the tour cost 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 evening meals and lunches. 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 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 from the Bordeaux airport and from the Bordeaux train station to the hotel will be provided. The last night of the tour will be spent in Toulouse, so instructions for transferring 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. Participants must be prepared to walk reasonable distances for periods of up to 30 minutes when the coach cannot navigate narrow streets to get close to a destination. Participants are requested to refrain from smoking in the vicinity of the tour group.

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. We will start a waiting list after 40 deposits have been received. The remaining balance must be paid by May 1.

A refund of the total amount paid, minus a $100-per-person administration fee, will be available until June 1. After June 1, only one-half of the total amount paid can be refunded, minus the administration fee. After July 1, no refund will be possible.

Registering for the Tour
When your deposit or your inquiry is received, we will send a Registration Form. You may pay via credit card on this website or via a check or other means. Contact via FAX or telephone: 804-355-6386.

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