Tours en l'air organizes ballet-themed escorted holidays to see the best companies perform great ballets in beautiful places. You can join a trip from anywhere. A highly knowledgeable balletomane who has enjoyed 100s of performances in over 20 cities around the world,I speak English, French, and German, and am a Travel Industry Council of Ontario certified Travel Counsellor. I also teach ballet appreciation courses.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Paris, ballet, and chocolate

What could possibly be better than ballet?
How about ballet and Belgian chocolate? (Or Belgian beer if you are more inclined that way).
And Paris in the springtime and tulips in Holland...
All this and more in our fabulous "Paris and the Low Countries in Tulip Time" trip, April 23 to May 4. See three of Europe's distinguished ballet companies performing the repertoire with which they are most identified:
Paris Opera Ballet, widely considered one of the world's top 5 ballet companies, performing the choreography of Rudolf Nureyev, who was their artistic director for several years, in his version of Romeo and Juliet.
The Royal Ballet of Flanders performing William Forsythe's Artifact. Since former Stuttgart and Frankfurt Ballet dancer Kathryn Bennetts took over as artistic director 6 years ago, Belgium's only classical ballet company has really made its mark, especially with its interpretations of her mentor Forsythe. Ms. Bennett has also personally granted us permission to watch company class.
Dutch National Ballet performing an evening of works by the Dutch master choreographer, Hans van Manen.
Please note that places are limited and there has been a lot of interest in this trip, so don't delay in signing up by contacting me for a registration form. DEADLINE is 20 December. Here is the itinerary:
101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5
TICO Ontario registration #1892647
Tours en l'air
Ballet Holidays
escorted by
Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber
in support of The National Ballet of Canada

Paris and the Low Countries in Tulip Time
23 April – 4 May 2011

12 days, 11 nights, 4 ballet performances

A ballet-packed Easter week of neo-classical and contemporary masterpieces performed by Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Dutch National Ballet

Sat. 23 April: PARIS
Arrive Paris; check in to 3-star Molière Hotel, near the Opéra Garnier.

Sun. 24 April: PARIS
Evening: Welcome 3-course dinner with wine at a traditional Parisian restaurant

Mon. 25 April: PARIS
Day at leisure. Evening: Paris Opera Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Nureyev)

Tues. 26 April: PARIS
Afternoon: Private ballet-themed guided tour of the Paris Opera (Garnier). Evening: Paris Opera Ballet, House of Bernarda, A Kind of... (Ek)

Wed. 27 April: PARIS At leisure

Thurs. 28 April: PARIS - ANTWERP
Morning: check out of hotel. Daytime at leisure. Evening: Transfer to Gare du Nord for express train to Antwerp (2 hrs). Check in to 4-star Radisson Blu Astrid hotel.

Fri. 29 April: ANTWERP
At leisure: Visit Antwerp's beautiful Gothic cathedral, diamond district, magnificent guild houses on the market square, the house of Rubens, or the charming shops in the historic city centre. Or stay in and watch the Royal Wedding!

Daytime at leisure. Take the train (40 mins.) at your convenience to Brussels. Evening: Royal Ballet of Flanders, Artifact (Forsythe) in Brussels. Return by private coach directly from theatre to hotel.

Sun. 1 May: BRUGES
Day trip by private luxury coach to the beautiful medieval city of Bruges (UNESCO World Heritage site), with private guide.

Mon. 2 May: ANTWERP
Morning: Watch Royal Ballet of Flanders company class. Rest of day at leisure.

Late morning: our private luxury coach transports you to the Keukenhof garden in Holland, a paradise of spring flowers in bloom, where you have a private guided tour. Late afternoon: private transfer to Eindhoven, Holland, for a three-course dinner before the evening performance of Dutch National Ballet: Grosse Fuge, Solo, Concertante, Adagio Hammerklavier (all van Manen). After the performance, the coach returns you to the hotel in Antwerp.

Wed. 4 May
Check out of hotel and depart Antwerp.


Total Package CA$3,699 per person based on double occupancy

Single supplement: CA$1400

All prices valid till 20 December 2010


LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging travel from your most convenient departure point, on the dates and times you prefer. Victor Travel's experienced agents will be happy to assist you. Group airfare with private transfers from Paris Charles de Gaulle and to Brussels airport ($1099) is available for Toronto departure (minimum 10 passengers).

Package price includes:

5 nights twin share accommodation in the centrally located 3-star Molière Hotel in Paris and 6 nights in the 4-star Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel in Antwerp

(travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another)

Premium orchestra seats for 4 ballets

Royal Ballet of Flanders company class

Guided tour of the Paris Opera (Garnier)

Transfer from hotel to train station in Paris

Coach class train fare Paris to Antwerp

Day excursion by luxury coach to Bruges, with private guide, canal boat ride, and museum admission

Day excursion by luxury coach to Keukenhof and Eindhoven, with private guided tour of the Keukenhof Garden

Two 3-course dinners

Intermission refreshment in Eindhoven

Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader

Tax-receiptable donation of CA$250 to The National Ballet of Canada

All taxes, service fees, and surcharges

Not included:


Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary

Train fare from Antwerp to Brussels

Beverages with meals

Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls

Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance

Terms and Conditions:

Non-refundable deposit of CA$1300 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 20 December 2010, to secure your space for this package**.

Single supplement, optional airfare (price available on request) and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance are also payable at this time.

Final payment due 7 March 2010, and total package price is fully non-refundable.

All cancellations must be received in writing at Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (

RBC out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance are available through Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.

For more information:

416.631.3125 (cell: 416.693.4496)


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