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. Twitter: @thewordlady Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherine.barber.37
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

BOOKING NOW! London Ballet Trip, February 2015



Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel

101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5

TICO Ontario registration #1892647

presents



Tours en l'air

Ballet Holidays

escorted by

Canada's Word Lady,

Katherine Barber



London, England

18-28 February 2015

11 days, 10 nights



4 performances by the

Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet



This ballet-filled package also offers you lots of free time to take in several plays, visit London's great art galleries and museums, or just stroll through the city's beautiful parks admiring the crocuses and primroses of early spring.


Wed. 18 February: LONDON

Arrive London; check in to the centrally located Strand Palace Hotel. 5 minutes walk from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and less than 10 minutes walk to all of London's top West End theatres and the National Theatre. 7 minutes walk to Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

Thurs. 19 February: LONDON

Morning at leisure. Get to know your fellow ballet lovers over a classic English afternoon tea for lunch, followed by afternoon performance of Royal Ballet, Swan Lake, starring Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares*. Evening at leisure. Optional performance of Royal Ballet, Swan Lake, starring Sarah Lamb and Carlos Acosta* (subject to ticket availability).

Fri. 20 February: LONDON

Day at leisure. Evening: optional trip by train to Milton Keynes for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: Edward Scissorhands

Sat. 21 February: LONDON

(day trip to BIRMINGHAM)

Transfer by train to Birmingham (1 ½ hours). 3-course lunch. Birmingham Royal Ballet matinee: two classics of their type – Balanchine's sublime Serenade and Twyla Tharp's energetic In the Upper Room, along with Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Bessie Award-winner Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces. Return by train to London.

Sun. 22 February: LONDON

Day at leisure. Optional day trip to Oxford with morning walking tour of the colleges.

Mon. 23 February: LONDON

Day at leisure. Suggested activity: visit Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne at the Royal Academy or the exhibition of dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, and Diana, Princess of Wales from the 50s to the 80s at Kensington Palace.

Tues. 24 February: LONDON

Morning at leisure. Suggested activity: Visit the impressive Impressionist collection at the Courtauld Gallery, 4 minutes walk from the hotel. Afternoon: Backstage tour of the Royal Opera House. Visit to the Royal Ballet School (to be confirmed). Evening at leisure

Wed. 25 February: LONDON

Private guided tour of the Victoria & Albert Museum dance collection, then visit the special exhibition “The Wedding Dress 1775-2014”. Evening: Meeting of the Ballet Association (guest speaker tba)

Thurs. 26 February LONDON

(day trip to BIRMINGHAM)

Transfer by train to Birmingham (1 ½ hours). Visit to Elmhurst School for Dance, the feeder school for Birmingham Royal Ballet. Matinee performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppelia. Return by train to London.

Fri. 27 February: LONDON

Day at leisure. Evening: farewell 3-course dinner followed by Royal Ballet, Onegin, starring Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli.*

Sat. 28 February: LONDON

Check out of hotel and depart London. (You may extend your stay if you wish).

*All casting subject to change

 
BALLET BUCKET LIST*:

Birmingham Royal Ballet's eye-candy production of Coppélia, to Delibes's joyous and melodious score
The Royal Ballet performing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Cranko's heart-rending Onegin
Serenade


* Your checklist for ballets, companies, performers, experiences that every ballet lover should have at least once in their life.



Total Package CA$3999 per person

based on double occupancy

Single supplement: CA$1000 (single bed)

CA$1850 (double bed)



All prices valid till 5 November 2014


Please note that you are able to use RBC Reward Points and/or any RBC Certificates you may have towards the purchase of any or all components of these travel arrangements.




REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE:

5 NOVEMBER 2014



LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging travel from your most convenient departure point, and extending your stay if you wish. Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel's experienced agents will be happy to assist you.



To register or for more information, contact

Katherine Barber

416.693.4496 
toursenlair@gmail.com



Package price includes:

10 nights twin share accommodation with daily hot and cold buffet breakfast in the centrally located 3 1/2-star Strand Palace Hotel (travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another)

Two 3-course meals; 1 afternoon tea

Orchestra seats for 3 performances; front circle seats for Coppelia

Guided tour of the Royal Opera House

Private guided tour of the Victoria & Albert Museum dance collection, and admission to the special exhibition “The Wedding Dress 1775-2014”

Free wi-fi in hotel room

Two day excursions by train to Birmingham

Visit to the Royal Ballet School

Visit to Elmhurst School for Dance

Taxis to and from train stations for day trips to Birmingham
Daily off-peak Zone 1-2 London Transport Travelcard

All taxes, service fees, and surcharges



Not included:

Airfare

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

Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary; optional and suggested activities in this itinerary

Beverages with meals

Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance



Terms and Conditions:

Non-refundable initial deposit of CA$1500 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 5 November2014, to secure your space**.

Single supplement and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance also payable at this time.

Final payment due 6 January 2015, 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 Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.

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



Please note that this program must be sold as a package. Extra hotel nights can be added on (subject to availability), but we cannot offer individual components separately or break the package into shorter installments. As a significant benefit of the Tours en l'air package is sharing the complete experience with those with common interests, we do not offer an “accommodation only” or “ballet only” option.



Travellers wishing to share will be

put in touch with one another



Travellers requiring a walker or non-motorized wheelchair for any portion of the trip are welcome with a companion


Swan Lake



Serenade


Onegin


Coppelia




Katherine Barber

Tours en l'air


201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496

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