Hungary can claim some of Europe’s most famous composers–Bartók, Lizst and Ligeti–as well as one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities, Europe’s biggest music festival, and csikós, the cowboys of the Great Hungarian Plain. Views of the mighty Danube, a number of old villages, medicinal baths and spas, historic theaters and delicious food laden with the Hungarian innovation paprika are also commonplace. With a language, culture and landscape unlike almost any other European country, Hungary is ready to offer visitors all the comforts of a standard European tour with completely new sights and experiences.

Classical Movements has been putting together tours to Hungary since 1995. Past clients have included the Colburn Youth Choir and the Cincinnati Singers, Partners for Praise, Miami Children’s Chorus, Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Smith College Choir, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, to name just some.

🇭🇺 Sights & Sounds 🇭🇺

  • Budapest
  • Buda Castle
  • Széchenyi Chain Bridge
  • Historic Vigadó Hall
  • Liszt Memorial Museum
  • Great Synagogue
  • Béla Bartók Memorial House
  • Great Hungarian Plains
  • Pécs
  • Roman–Era Necropolis of Sopianae
  • Esztergom Basilica
  • International Opera Festival of Miskolc
  • Danube River
  • Gyor
  • Estergom
  • Lake Balaton

Testimonials

I wanted to send a note of thanks to you for all your work and guidance on the DSO’s recent triumphant return to Europe. There were so many details, many of them a moving target, that you were able to effortlessly handle on our behalf. For this we are very grateful and thankful. Beyond the obvious, you got us through missing train cars, an averted train and plane strike, the maestro’s changing needs, and an unplanned layover in Miami. And, not to be overlooked, we had seamless airplane travel and hotel check-ins. Given we were hitting these hotels, especially, sometimes before check-in time, with a large group, on sold out days, with a few people changing their preferences as we went, it was really quite revelatory to watch. Always a pleasure, and very much noted. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We very much appreciate your expertise and your efforts.
-Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Classical movements handling of the Camerata Chicago European tour was exemplary from inception to completion. Logistics for a tour on this level requires experience, skill and patience. Classical Movements excelled at every level and on all fronts.
-Camerata Chicago

Press

We were met by friendly and caring guides who spoke excellent English and were sophisticated in matters relating to history, architecture and the way of life in Russia, both at the times of the czars and of the Soviet Union. A folkloric performance was of outstanding artistic quality. We were offered flexibility in the choir of the sightseeing sites…my appreciation of the tour itself is quite reliable.

-International Travel News | Aug, 1998

Deputy Chief of US Mission Kent Logsdon thanked Classical Movements for organizing such an amazing concert tour and praised YAC (Yale Alumni Chorus) musicians for their great charity activities and Vakhtang Kahidze for his wonderful orchestra.

-Georgia Messenger, Salome Modebadze | June 28, 2011

The Rhapsody! Children’s Music Festival organizers have chosen Prague as a concert destination for the festival’s various choirs every year for the past decade. Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, Inc., explains that Prague has been a destination of choice along with Vienna and Salzburg ‘because of its beauty and the country’s rich music history, culture, and heritage. For [children] it’s a trip of a lifetime, and we want to deliver a high-quality music product. Prague allows us to do that year after year.’

-Opus Osm, Mary Matz | July 18, 2011

There is talk of the current vacuum in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s leadership (president/CEO James Undercofler recently left; board president Hal Sorgenti just stepped down), even in such exotic settings, but it’s not noticeable in the tour’s day-to-day life, which is organized by the outside firm Classical Movements. One encouraging economic indicator: Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, which works with major orchestras as well as tours by youth orchestras and choirs, says 2009 looks to be its busiest year ever. But Helms works hard for that business. The Wednesday flight from Barcelona to Lisbon had the most stringent bag restrictions yet, with hefty fines for those deemed too heavy. But the loaded-down musicians were allowed to board unimpeded. ‘Neeta worked her magic,’ murmured one.

-Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns | Feb. 6, 2009

The warm reception from the French people restored energy and health, as did the raucously enthusiastic audiences, packed houses, rave reviews, radio broadcasts, and extended ovations…

-Peabody News | Sept, 1996