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Top Tours for Music Lovers

Great music transcends language, time, and place—allowing a direct, emotional connection with the culture of your destination. Even better, you experience it the same way the locals do: a tapestry of sounds that touch all ears (and hearts) the same way. On a Country Walkers Adventure, you often have opportunities to enjoy the instruments and tunes that make a region unique (sometimes in the company of musician guides!). From evocative fado performances in Portugal to traditional fiddling and cèilidhs in New Brunswick, here are some melodious ways to explore the world.
Guided Walking
North America

New Brunswick: Bay of Fundy & Campobello Island

With influences including Acadian, French, Irish, Scottish, and American musical traditions–not to mention the bounty of shanties that arrived on sailing ships–New Brunswick offers untold riches for fans of folk music. Join us for an evening of fiddling…and learn to play the spoons while you’re at it.

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Guided Walking
Europe

Ireland: Connemara & Galway Bay

The plaintive notes of Irish ballads, boisterous reels, and age-old folk songs are an essential part of the Emerald Isle’s identity. Our music-loving guides know exactly which pubs to visit for an authentic experience…and they might even regale you with a song while you’re there.

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Self-Guided Walking portugal alentejo medieval path
Europe

Portugal: Lisbon & Undiscovered Alentejo

Fado, as its translated name (“fate”) implies, is mournful, grand, melancholy, and, above all, dramatic. However, Portugal’s most iconic style of music is also a whole lot of fun. You’ll have the opportunity to experience it for yourself during an included visit (and dinner) at a fado club.

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Guided Walking
Europe

Austria & Germany: Bavaria & the Tyrol

Beloved by classical music aficionados and Broadway buffs alike, Salzburg has produced two great music icons: Mozart and the Von Trapp family (of The Sound of Music fame). Explore the stunning city’s rich musical heritage during a city tour on the final day of our Guided Adventure.

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Guided Walking Japan: Kyoto, Nara & the Kumano Kodo
Asia & South Pacific

Japan: Kyoto, Nara & the Kumano Kodo

Japan’s notoriously cloistered culture comes to life in the company of a local guide. Case in point: your trip leaders will take you to an out of the way spot in Kyoto’s Gion district, where you’ll enjoy dinner with a certified geisha, an unforgettable evening with live musical accompaniment.

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