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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Amsterdam and Paris Ballet Trip Fall 2017 - Draft Itinerary

Tours en l'air is looking into a ballet trip to Amsterdam and Paris this fall to see Nederlands Dans Theater, Dutch National Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and Paris Opera Ballet. At this point nothing is cast in stone, so if this trip interests you but you would like some modification of the draft itinerary below, please let me know. Perhaps you only want to go to Paris? Perhaps you want to see more than one performance of each ballet? Perhaps you're not interested in going to Giverny?  Now's the time to speak up.
Please also send me an email to if you are at all interested in this trip. This is not a commitment, just an expression of interest. It gives me an idea of numbers before I start the actual detailed planning.

Thursday September 28 AMSTERDAM
Arrive Amsterdam. Check in to hotel.
Friday September 29 AMSTERDAM
Watch Dutch National Ballet company class and backstage tour of the opera house. Afternoon at leisure. Evening: 3-course welcome dinner before performance of Nederlands Dans Theater: 3 new works by Edward Clug, Medhi Walerski, and Sol León & Paul Lightfoot
Saturday September 30 AMSTERDAM
1030 am: Private guided tour of the highlights of the Rijksmuseum (1 hour). Rest of day at leisure.
Evening: performance of Dutch National Ballet : all van Manen: On the Move, 5 Tangos, Sarcasmen, Symphonieën der Nederlanden

Sunday October 1 AMSTERDAM
Day at leisure. Three-course dinner.
Monday October 2 AMSTERDAM – GHENT - PARIS
830am: Check out of hotel. Transfer by luxury washroom-equipped private coach to Paris. Noon: Arrive Ghent, Belgium. 12-minute cruise by private boat along the canal from coach park to central Ghent. Lunch, followed by private guided 90-minute walking tour of historic Ghent, with a visit to St. Bavo's Cathedral and van Eyck's masterpiece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”. Free time to stock up on Belgian chocolate, have a waffle at an outdoor cafe, or stroll along the canals.

4 pm: Depart Ghent for Paris
830 pm: Arrive at hotel in Paris
Tuesday October 3 PARIS
Day at leisure. Evening: 2-course dinner before National Ballet of Canada performance: Nijinsky (Neumeier)
Wednesday October 4 PARIS
Day at leisure. Evening: Paris Opera Ballet performance: Jewels
Thursday October 5 PARIS
Day trip by private coach to Giverny.  Lunch at Moulin de Fourgues.

Moulin de Fourgues
Henri Manguin: Amandier en fleurs

Private guided tour of the Musée des Impressionismes exhibit Manguin, the Joy of Colour.Henri Manguin’s works of art convey a joy of life and a sensuality that led him to be called “the voluptuous painter” by Guillaume Apollinaire. Through his colour harmonies, this friend of Henri Matisse worked in tandem with – and sometimes anticipated – the bold innovations of the Fauves, with whom he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne of 1905. Visit Claude Monet's house and garden. Return to Paris. 
Friday October 6 PARIS
Day at leisure. Guided tour of Paris Opera Garnier outside regular visiting hours. Farewell  Dinner at Les Ombres restaurant overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
The view from Les Ombres
Saturday October 7 PARIS
Check out of hotel and depart Paris.

Estimated price (land only, airfare in addition):
Canadian $
$4800 per person double occupancy, single supplement $1500
US$ (estimate)
$3600 per person double occupancy, single supplement $1150
Trips are charged in Canadian dollars. US equivalent will depend on the exchange rate on the day the transaction is processed. The above estimate is provided for your convenience only.
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Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496

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