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Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Victor Travel
101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5
TICO Ontario registration #1892647

Tours en l'air
Ballet Holidays
an exclusive ballet-lovers' tour planned with care
and escorted by Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber

21 – 28 September 2012
8 days, 7 nights
3 ballet performances (+1 optional)

Sightseeing in the picturesque Lake District and Yorkshire Dales
and beautiful ballets performed by
Birmingham Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet


Fri. 21 September: MANCHESTER
Arrive in Manchester's newly redeveloped docklands area known as Salford Quays, 20 minutes by taxi from Manchester airport or 10 minutes by taxi from Manchester Piccadilly central train station.
The Quays is now a major centre of film and TV production (a new studio for Coronation Street – set in Salford's fictional alter ego of “Weatherfield” – is currently under construction there).
Check in to the 4-star Holiday Inn Media City, 5 minutes walk from the very comfortable Lowry theatre. If you have time, you can shop at the Lowry Outlet Mall opposite the theatre, pop in to the nearby Imperial War Museum, take a studio tour at the BBC, or hop on the tram (tram stop 4 minutes walk from hotel) into central Manchester to visit the Art Gallery with its large collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, or the Costume Museum. Football fans can visit the home of Manchester United just down the road.

Sat. 22 September: MANCHESTER
Morning: Watch Birmingham Royal Ballet company class, followed by a “Meet the Dancer” Q&A. Afternoon: Optional performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet: Swan Lake. Evening: Welcome 3-course dinner followed by performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet: Swan Lake.

Sun. 23 September: MANCHESTER
Day trip to YORKSHIRE
Our private luxury coach takes you to the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire to learn more about the authors of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Then drive through the elegant Regency spa town of Harrogate and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales before visiting the magnificent baroque palace and grounds of Castle Howard, where the TV series Brideshead Revisited was filmed. Return to Salford.

Mon. 24 September: MANCHESTER
Day at leisure. Suggested day trips (frequent train service): the well-preserved medieval city of York (90 minutes), home of the awe-inspiring York Minster, the largest Gothic church in England. Chester (90 minutes) is a picturesque city full of half-timbered houses. Or you can visit the centre of English ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent (40 minutes), shop for china at the factory outlets, and tour the Wedgwood factory.

Tues. 25 September: MANCHESTER
Day trip to the beautiful LAKE DISTRICT
Our private luxury coach takes you along Lake Windermere to Beatrix Potter's home. Morning coffee in the Tower Bank Arms, a traditional 17th-century Lakeland inn featured in The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. Visit the enchanting medieval village of Hawkshead, then cruise on Coniston Water (the lake immortalized in the Swallows and Amazons children's books), in the completely restored opulent Victorian steam yacht Gondola, to Brantwood, home of the art critic John Ruskin. You can have a cream tea here surrounded by pre-Raphaelite art and looking out over the stunning gardens and spectacular view. Then proceed to William Wordsworth's home at Rydal Mount for a private guided tour of the gardens landscaped by the poet, a poetry reading accompanied by a glass of wine and some famous Grasmere gingerbread in his library, and a visit of the rest of the house outside of regular opening hours. Return to Salford.

Wed. 26 September: MANCHESTER
Day at leisure. Perhaps visit the museums and Manchester's Victorian downtown, or take a canal boat cruise. Evening: 3-course dinner, then performance of Northern Ballet: Madame Butterfly, choreographed by Northern Ballet's Canadian artistic director, former National Ballet of Canada principal David Nixon. Post-performance reception with Northern Ballet dancers.

Thurs. 27 September: MANCHESTER
Day trip to BIRMINGHAM
Our private luxury coach takes you to Birmingham. Morning: Visit to Elmhurst School for Dance, the feeder school of Birmingham Royal Ballet, for a tour and an opportunity to watch class. Afternoon: 3-course lunch and performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet mixed program: David Bintley's jazzy and fun Take Five, Hans van Manen's sexy Grosse Fuge (performed in the clip below by Dutch National Ballet), and Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces, set to music by Grieg. Return to Salford.

Fri. 28 September:
Check out of hotel and depart Salford.


Total Package CA$2299 per person based on double occupancy
Single supplement: CA$675
All prices valid till 14 JUNE 2012

LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging
travel from your most convenient departure point,
on the dates and times you prefer, and to extend your stay if you wish.
Victor Travel's experienced agents will be happy to
assist you with flight arrangements.

Package price includes:
7 nights twin share accommodation in the 4-star Holiday Inn Manchester Media City (travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another)
Daily full hot and cold buffet breakfast
Premium orchestra seats for 3 ballets
Birmingham Royal Ballet company class
Birmingham Royal Ballet “Meet the Dancer” event
Post-performance reception with Northern Ballet dancers
Northern Ballet souvenir program
One-year membership in the Friends of Birmingham Royal Ballet and the
Friends of Northern Ballet, including two issues of the BRB magazine Entrechat and the Northern Ballet magazine Inside
Day excursion by luxury coach to the Lake District
Boat cruise on Coniston Water
Day excursion by luxury coach to Haworth, Harrogate, and Castle Howard
Admission to Bronte Parsonage Museum, Castle Howard house and grounds, Beatrix Potter house at Hill Top, and Brantwood
Private guided tour of Rydal Mount
Day excursion to Birmingham
Two 3-course dinners; one 3-course lunch; one morning coffee
Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader

Please note that this program must be sold as a package.
We cannot offer individual components separately
or break the package into shorter installments.

Not included:
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Beverages with dinners and lunch
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance

Terms and Conditions:
Non-refundable deposit of CA$1000 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 14 JUNE 2012, to secure your space for this package**.
Single supplement and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance are also payable at this time.
Final payment due 1 August 2012, and total package price is fully
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 and a registration form:
phone: 416.693.4496


for more fabulous escorted vacations for ballet lovers
and information on Katherine's highly popular ballet appreciation courses

**The deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent

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