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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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Berlin and Dresden: What the ballet lovers had to say

Meissen
I've just returned from an eight-day trip to Berlin and Dresden with 19 other ballet lovers. On the ballet schedule:
Staatsballett Berlin
Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness (Duato)
Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
Giselle
Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Sleeping Beauty

plus! a day watching class and rehearsals for Alexei Ratmansky's Tanzsuite
On the sightseeing front:
Daytrip to Potsdam to see Frederick the Great's Sanssouci Palace and Cecilienhof, where the Potsdam conference at the end of the Second World War was held
Guided bus tour of Berlin
Walking tour of Dresden, including the famous Frauenkirche, and guided tour of the spectacular Semperoper
Visit to the amazing Green Vault of the treasures of the Dukes of Saxony
Daytrip to Meissen with guided visit to the porcelain museum and porcelain demonstration workshops, and walking tour of the town
Plus some fabulous meals!

Here is what the participants had to say (see more in the comments):

Albrechtsburg, Meissen
"We want to thank you so much for a wonderful trip to Germany and ALL that that included, not just ballet. You sure know how to fill one’s eyes, ears and mind with sights , sounds, history and true beauty. It was and will remain a most memorable trip for the Macraes . I do sincerely hope there will be another in our future.

Again, we cannot thank you enough for opening our eyes to ballet from other perspectives and to a wonderful 10 days adventure of learning!!!!  For a first in group travel, you sure did it for us."

-- Bill and Mandy Macrae, Collingwood, Ontario

The Schloss, Dresden

Zwinger, Dresden

Dresden Semperoper
Berlin

4 comments:

  1. Great tour with great sights, thoughtfully selected, great food ditto! fine companions, and ballet, ballet, ballet! Thanks to Katherine for getting us all together for wunderbar and gemutlich occasion.

    Judith J

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  2. Dear Katherine , thank you very much for such a great trip ( my third with Tours en l'Air).
    Everything was excellent, the ballet,
    the organisation, the accommodation, the meals and the sightseeing.
    Your contribution to the success of the tour was, as in the past ,very significant.
    --from Down Under

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  3. The combination of organized events and free time was much appreciated. I thought the hotels, laid-on meals, local tour guides and ballet events were all great. Katherine, thanks for all your efforts to make the tour go so smoothly.
    Gail O.

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  4. Want to see ballet at its very best? Walk the cobbled streets of Europe with knowledgeable and articulate local guides? Explore museums, galleries, cathedrals, and parks at your leisure? See more great ballet? Devour scrumptious dinners amid stimulating conversation? Do all this in the company of an eclectic, fascinating group of people?


    And have someone else organize everything for you?


    Then take a ballet tour with Katherine!


    This Berlin/Dresden trip was our third , and we enjoyed every minute, a unique highlight being allowed to watch over four hours of class and rehearsals of the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful week!


    Bev and Mike Marshman, Haysville, Ontario

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