Amsterdam's Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival)

The allure of Amsterdam beckons year-round, but during the city’s annual Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival), this tempting European destination becomes irresistible. And travelers on Music and Markets’ Amsterdam Canal Festival Tour experience the festival to its fullest, reveling in incredible musical moments as venues along the city’s renowned canals resound with more than 80 classical concerts.

This year’s festival theme, Blue Blood, reflects the event’s reputation for world-class entertainment and presentation. Award winners of this year’s top European music competitions, along with skilled professionals perform some of the world’s greatest music during Grachtenfestival; and the quality of the music is only enhanced by the incredible venues, normally protected from the public but open for this event to give real insight into life in this celebrated city. Regal sounds waft late into the night in the houses of hospitable locals, within the walls of historic buildings and museums, and on special stages constructed along the canal.

Concert settings include national monuments such as the Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk, the recital hall atop the elegant canal-side Cristofori center, a floating barge in the Prinsengracht canal and exquisite gardens made available only for these special events. These unique venues make this five-day music fest truly an affair to remember.

In addition to the remarkable musical experience, guests will enjoy intimate explorations of Amsterdam’s canal-laced heart, delicious world cuisine, delightful shopping, fabulous museums, and the eminently strollable canal-side cobbled streets. In short, Music and Markets delivers Amsterdam at its absolute finest—complete cultural enrichment and discovery in an intimate, small-group setting.

“Amsterdam is a jewel of a destination—manageable, diverse, and packed with energy and interest,” notes Kirk Woodyard, president of Music and Markets. “During the festival, enjoying classical music in unexpected places adds another facet of enjoyment to this distinguished city.”

The Amsterdam Canal Festival 2004 Tour, scheduled for August 18-23, costs from $1,999 to $2349. Each Music and Markets tour is limited to no more than 10 people, allowing for each participant to receive personal service and attention unavailable on other tour packages. In the comfortable and intimate Music and Markets group setting, clients are always heard, catered to, and made comfortable.

For more information about the Music and Markets Canal Festival Tour, or any other Music and Markets offering, call 1-703-476-4357 or visit www.Musicetc.us

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