If you're new to the world of performance travel as a music director, you may not know where to begin the process. This can include which country or destination would be best to travel to with your ensemble.
No need to fear - simply take our quiz, which includes practical questions about budget, venue preferences, and educational requirements, to find out which destination would be best! Once you've got your results, contact us for a quote for a performance tour to your hand-picked destination.
Find out which destination fits you and your musical group best!
Looking to travel but not keen on spending too much? No worries—there’s plenty to explore right here at home! Boston, New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago are all world-class cities with plenty to offer for any type of ensemble. Enjoy not just the musical performances but the wealth of art and international cultures that have amassed in these incredible metropolitan areas. And for the perfect combination of fun and musical experiences, who doesn’t love a trip to Disney World?!
Our friendly neighbor to the north offers a fantastic opportunity to try going on an international tour while staying close to home. In particular, Quebec—the cradle of French civilization in North America—features cosmopolitan cities, historic churches, scenic vistas, wonderful food and great music. And of course we can never forget the lovely and friendly demeanor that Canadians are so famous for!
Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth with steaming rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes, beaches, mangrove swamps and a huge variety of wildlife. A great alternative to European trips, this is a safe, exciting and economical international destination for your performance tour. Cultural connections, exchange concerts, and amazing natural wonders await your ensemble here!
With its diverse natural beauty, wealth of artistic treasures (more than the rest of the world combined!), passionate people and delicious food, it’s easy to fall in love with Italy. Come concert time, the beautiful cathedrals, gorgeous basilicas and picturesque piazzas filled with enthusiastic audiences will have you exclaiming, “Viva l'Italia!”
While small in size, the Eastern European countries of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic pack an abundance of old-world charm. Moreover, each one boasts its own unique musical heritage and wonderful concert venues. Take your ensemble slightly off the beaten path to these lands of beautiful cities, stunning landscapes, and warm and welcoming people!
Full of fascinating history, rich culture, incredible scenery and friendly people, Ireland is an ideal performance tour destination for any musical ensemble. Cozy villages, dramatic landscapes, mag castles, abbeys and the warmth of the local population will make this a trip you and your musicians will never forget!
Need some inspiration? Read all about Lebanon High School Band's performance tour to Ireland!
Argentina is a beautiful and diverse country with plenty to offer to any traveler. The food, music and culture will truly excite your senses, and opportunities to experience something new are around every corner. Try some dulce de leche, enjoy a concert at the Teatro Colón, and, of course, dance the tango! A trip to Argentina is truly a life-changing opportunity for any musician.
Medieval towns, Gothic cathedrals, sunny beaches, friendly people, amazing food and a rich artistic heritage (Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí are two of the many famous artists who called Spain home) are just a few of the reasons your ensemble will love Spain. When it’s time to perform, enthusiastic audiences and a variety of fantastic venues make this the ultimate musically-rewarding destination!
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About the Author
Jon comes to Encore Tours after 20 years as a professional trumpet player in United States Air Force bands including assignments in Ohio, Germany, Massachusetts and California. During his military career he performed in concert band, jazz ensemble, brass quintet and marching band in more than 20 US states and 19 foreign countries. Jon holds a Bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University.More Content by Jon Linker