If you were born to have adventure, I invite you to join us on a Zappa-themed trip in Europe this summer.
We're proud to present
Farther Oblivion Tour 2007
a 10-night tour to Berlin, Prague, and the 18th annual Zappanale in Bad Doberan.
Our package includes:
10 nights accommodations in 4-star hotels
Welcome dinner in Berlin
Guided sightseeing as specified on our itinerary, including a Berlin river cruise, tour of Berlin sights, and tour of Prague, with entrance fees
The historic ceremony dedicating Frank-Zappa-strasse (Frank Zappa Street) in Berlin
Admission to the street dedication after-party in Berlin
Admission to all three days of the Zappanale
Get-together with Ike Willis
Scheduled ground transportation to and from Zappanale site
Hotel baggage handling
The tour begins in Berlin on July 27. You'll tour the city, and attend an extraordinary event on July 28th, when "Street Number 13" in the Marzahn district of what was East Berlin is formally dedicated as "Frank-Zappa-strasse". The ceremony will take place at the ORWOhaus, a former photographic film plant on the street that has become home to a musicians' collective. It will be the first street in Germany named for a rock star, and the first street in a major city named for FZ. The dedication will be followed by live music and "chill-party" that should be mild little affair, just a bunch of Zappa fans in Berlin on a Saturday night.
From Berlin the tour will proceed to Prague. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and FZ holds a special place in Czech history. Former Czech president Vaclav Havel called Frank 'one of the gods of the Czech underground' for his uncompromising belief in freedom of thought and expression. We're planning an informal 'summit' with the Czech Frank Zappa Fan Club, to hear how Zappa's music and ideas inspired people who lived under communism.
After enjoying Prague, the tour will head to the northern German town of Bad Doberan for the 18th annual Zappanale. Thomas Dippel, president Germany's Arf-Society, the non-profit group behind the Zappanale, describes the event: "Unlike a lot of festivals, the Zappanale is designed as a complete Zappa experience, not just a parade of bands. The atmosphere on the festival grounds is every bit as important as what happens on stage. The whole city of Bad Doberan accommodates the festival, from our honorary member Mayor Polzin to the café waitresses in the town square." Dippel adds, "For over fifteen years we've maintained close contact with our American fans; we're thrilled that Vacation Vibrations has now put together an organized Frank Zappa excursion."
Tour participants will also have an exclusive get-together with the legendary Ike Willis. We are honored that Ike has graciously offered to spend time with us! The exact timing of the get-together will be announced closer to the tour date.
We drop you off at the Berlin airport on August 6th, totally plooked out of your brains from music, "cities and beer", and all kinds of fun.
But wait, did you say you want some more-a
? Then keep going with us on the optional 3-night tour extension to Amsterdam, another awesome city with legendary nightlife that is also devoted to independent thinking and freedom of expression.
Farther Oblivion Tour 2007 is presented by Vacation Vibrations, a division of American International Tour Groups, a group tour operator specializing in customized group trips since 1990.
I can't post a link to the tour web site until I have been here for 7 days, but feel free to e-mail me in the meantime, or call 617-721-7996 (Boston).