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Travel with WFMT

Travel with WFMT

For years, WFMT has sponsored travel tours led by our on-air hosts to some of the world's best destinations for classical music. Joining together classical music enthusiasts and incomparable WFMT announcers like Lisa Flynn and Carl Grapentine, these tours are filled with lectures, discussions, and many, many concerts! Interested in a particular location or music festival? Contact WFMT Ad Sales and let us know.

WFMT Paris

An Exclusive Classical Music Tour through the City of Lights with WFMT!

WFMT Program Host: Carl Grapentine
May 8 – 16, 2015

Join Carl Grapentine and fellow opera lovers next May as we tour our favorite European opera destinations in Paris. This signature opera tour from May 8th through May 16th will include performances of Orchestre-France with Anna Netrebko, Verdi’s opera “Macbeth”, the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Emmanuel Krivine performing Dvorak and Brahms, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. As always, we will enjoy world-class accommodations in Paris and a special discount will be offered for previous WFMT/Travelex group travelers! Go to or call Janet at (847) 519-4819 for more information. And just added, a post-extension tour option to Normandy, more details to follow!

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WFMT Santa Fe Opera Tour

WFMT Santa Fe Opera Tour

WFMT Program Host: Carl Grapentine
August 10-13, 2015

Join Carl Grapentine and other fellow opera lovers this August as we tour one of our favorite domestic opera destinations in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This signature opera tour from August 10th through the 13th will include performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Richard Strauss’ Salome, and Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment, all at the Santa Fe Opera. We will enjoy world-class accommodations at the historic Inn & Spa at Loretto and as always, a special discount will be offered for previous WFMT/Travelex group travelers! Go to or call Janet at (847) 519-4819 for more information.

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Discover the Best of Scandinavia this August!

WFMT Program Host: Peter van de Graaff
August 13-25, 2015
Reserve your space by May 1, and save $300!

Experience the Nordic world of fjords, castles, glaciers, and the legacy of the Vikings on this WFMT Earthbound Expeditions comprehensive Scandinavia adventure.

Join WFMT Program Host Peter van de Graaff on this exclusive 13 day classical journey through Scandinavia traveling by train, ferry, and coach through Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

You’ll ride the world’s most scenic railway lines while in Norway, tour Danish castles and palaces… and explore Tivoli Gardens. To top it off, you’ll be treated to Verdi’s La Traviata, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, the Oslo Chamber Music Fest and backstage tours.

A musical highlight will be a private concert at the home of Norway's foremost composer, Edvard Greig. Throughout the journey you’ll experience Earthbound Expeditions one-of-a-kind local experiences.

Space is limited. For tour details and registration and to learn more about all the experiences that await you, click here, and visit Earthbound Expeditions.

This exclusive trip is designed for WFMT listeners by Earthbound Expeditions Inc., an award-winning Travel Company.

WFMT Italy

Discover the incomparable beauty of Italy's history, culture and art!

WFMT Program Host: Suzanne Nance
October 12-21, 2015

Join Suzanne Nance for an incredible journey to Italy October12th through the 21st. Suzanne will be offering engaging and lively presentations on the power of music in the land of amore and serenade you with Italian songs. Explore the history, culture and art of Italy beginning in Rome, The Eternal City, before traveling on to the medieval palaces and cathedrals of Assisi, the mystical city of Siena and then on to Florence, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. Then it's off to Chianti to sample the local wines and cuisine before heading to Venice for more incredible sights and a visit to the Murano glassworks. The trip will end in Milan, home of one of Europe’s most extraordinary Gothic cathedrals and the fashion center of Italy. Space is limited. Book before April 13th and save $200 per person.

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Beethoven Quartet Tour

Beethoven Quartet Tour — Budapest, Vienna, & Prague

WFMT Program Host: Bill McGlaughlin of WFMT's Exploring Music
October 25-November 5, 2015

Join Bill McGlaughlin, October 25 through November 5, for a once in a lifetime journey to the great European music capitals of Budapest, Vienna and Prague to hear the complete cycle of string quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The music will be performed by the acclaimed American ensemble, The Cypress String Quartet, in historic venues associated with Beethoven in all three cities, including the Eroica Hall in Vienna, Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and Lobkowicz Palace in Prague.

It will be a golden opportunity to explore incomparable music over ten days. The sixteen quartets of Beethoven are the pinnacle of all classical music and Bill McGlaughlin will be along to offer commentary on all of the music you will hear. You will also have the opportunity to hear other great music and opera in all three cities. You will enjoy deluxe five-star accommodations, great food and wine, and tours of major sites with expert guides.

Space on the Beethoven Tour is strictly limited. Get the flyer and registration form.

The Queen Mary 2

The Queen Mary 2

Cruise Holidays Chicago and Cunard Line are pleased to announce Cunard’s 175th anniversary with historic Atlantic crossings to England on the renowned Queen Mary 2. Only Cunard could create the true Transatlantic experience of a grander era —when the ocean was filled with glamour and the Crossing was the only way to travel.

The 2015 anniversary celebration includes exclusive musical voyages featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jazz at Sea — and more. Take your place in history, just like royalty, presidents and movie stars. Enjoy grand ballrooms, English pubs, high tea, and boundless luxury aboard one of the youngest fleets in the world.

Cruise Holidays Chicago on Magnificent Mile is your cruise travel specialist, and the only Cunard Inner Circle agency in the Chicago area. Book balcony stateroom or luxurious grills suites between March 20 and April 13 for special amenities and offers.

Call (312) 266-7447, or toll-free at (888) 744-7397.

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New Orleans and Western Caribbean Cruise

Your vacation begins in fabulous New Orleans! Enjoy a city tour and discover ‘The Big Easy,’ including the French Quarter and colorful Bourbon Street; travel on St. Charles Avenue, following the Mardi Gras route. Then board Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Dream for your 7-night Caribbean cruise. Relax and take advantage of the many onboard amenities as you sail to Montego Bay in the Roatan Islands to enjoy the silky-sand beaches and diamond-clear seas. Visit Belize and Cozumel before disembarking back in New Orleans to visit a plantation and enjoy a day at leisure before flying home. Join other WFMT listeners on this unforgettable tour!

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