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
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, 101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5, 416-736-6010, TICO # 1892647

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About Tours en l'air

Ballet-themed escorted holidays and
Ballet appreciation courses


Tours en l'air

201 Hanson St

Toronto, ON
Canada

M4C 1A7


416-693-4496
toursenlair@gmail.com

twitter: @thewordlady



Ballet-themed escorted holidays
Tours en l'air carefully designs ballet-themed escorted holidays so that you can see the best companies perform exciting repertoire in beautiful places, and enjoy great sightseeing as well. Whenever possible, we arrange opportunities for you to watch class or rehearsal, meet dancers, tour opera houses, or visit ballet schools.
 
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays operates under the aegis of Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel, a travel agency that has been operating in Toronto since 1959. You can find out more about the agency here:
http://victortravel.ca/About.htm

You can read more about Victor Travel's A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau of Canada here:
http://www.bbb.org/kitchener/business-reviews/travel-agencies-and-bureaus/carlson-wagonlit-victor-travel-in-concord-on-1171213

You can read more about the Carlson Wagonlit brand of travel agencies, with a history dating back to 1888, here:
http://www.carlsonwagonlit.com/en/countries/ca/about_us/history/#dateContent28

Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel is a registered travel agency with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, which provides various services for consumer protection: http://www.tico.ca/about-tico/who-we-are.html.
TICO registration # 1892647
 

It is also a member of the Association of Canadian Travel Agents: http://acta.ca/about-us

Tours en l'air has been offering ballet-themed vacations in partnership with CWT Victor Travel since 2010. We have now completed 20 of these vacations, in both North America and Europe. Typically our groups, which vary in size from 10 to 30 participants, are constituted of about half returning clients (many of whom have gone on several Tours en l'air trips) and half new clients. You can read their testimonials here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/p/testimonials.html

Since February 2010, over 130 ballet lovers have enjoyed the following trips. To get a feel for a typical Tours en l'air trip, click on the name of the city to see the itinerary for each trip.

London: Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Mark Morris Dance Group
New York: New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre
Paris, Belgium, and Holland: Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Dutch National Ballet
Saratoga Springs, NY: New York City Ballet (sold out).
London: Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet
New York: Kings of the Dance, New York City Ballet, Ballet Arizona
Stuttgart and Munich 2012: Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet Augsburg, Bavarian State Ballet "Ballet Festival Week"

Chicago : Paris Opera Ballet
San Francisco San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet
Stuttgart and Munich 2013:  Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet Augsburg, Bavarian State Ballet "Ballet Festival Week"
New York May 2013: New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Saratoga Springs July 2013: New York City Ballet
Copenhagen and Hamburg March 2014 : Royal Danish Ballet, Hamburg Ballet
San Francisco May 2014 : San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Ballet San Jose
Paris and Amsterdam May 2014: Paris Opera Ballet, Dutch National Ballet
New York May 2014: New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre
Paris Opera Ballet in Montreal, October 2014

Vienna, Prague, and Dresden, April 2015: Vienna State Ballet, Ballet of the National Theatre of Slovakia, Czech National Ballet, Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Munich and Stuttgart April 2015: Bavarian State Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet
New York May 2015 : New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre

For our current season, please click here.

Once a trip is advertised, signup deadlines are usually very short (because of theatre ticketing policies). To be sure not to miss a trip you really want to go on, sign up for the mailing list: 
http://toursenlair.blogspot.com/p/e-newsletter.html


LAND-ONLY PACKAGES give 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.You can also use your frequent flyer points.

Twin-share accommodation in centrally located 4-star hotels unless otherwise specified (solo travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another)
Single accommodation available on payment of a single supplement
Premium seats for performances
Whenever possible, opportunities to watch class or rehearsal, meet dancers, tour opera houses, visit ballet schools
Sightseeing program
Land transfers by private deluxe motorcoach when required

Testimonials
“I certainly had a fabulous time... a dream trip for a ballet lover.” Georgina M.
“10 out of 10” – Cecil F.
“I returned to work on Monday... Any time I felt stressed I visualized all the great ballet we saw and completely relaxed.” – Ginny C.
"Thank you for a well planned and well executed excursion to Saratoga Springs and such a rich balletic experience. So much to enjoy in a short time." -- Ann C.
"I very much enjoyed the ballet at Saratoga Springs. I particularly appreciate your knowledge-sharing and attention to detail, as it makes for smooth travelling and more performance enjoyment." -- Beth A.
"Thanks for making the best ballet weekend ever happen for me. Everything was perfect! I was ecstatic." -- Helene S.
"These are great little mini-vacation trips. Katherine attends to every little detail of each traveler's comfort. She also includes quality time visits with dancers, back of the house tours and other theme-related activities" -- Felicity P.
"My most sincere thank you to you Katherine for a superb trip filled with outstanding ballet, wonderful side adventures, surprises, friendship and good cheer -- all due to your excellent planning." -- Ann H.


Ballet appreciation courses
Katherine offers very popular and fun ballet appreciation courses which will deepen your appreciation of ballet, with insights into the choreography, the design, and the music, and the history of the art form. For more information, click here or email toursenlair@gmail.com

Testimonials
"Thanks so much for offering the lecture series for the winter half of the 2010-2011 NBC season -- what a difference it will make to my understanding and appreciation. Your sharing of knowledge and passion is much appreciated." - Beth A.

"Thank you so much for a thoroughly engaging course." - Helen K.

"Tell Katherine...Everyone I’ve talked to thinks she is absolutely terrific. We all love both the content and the pedagogical style—especially the demonstrations and the tutu!!" - Martha W.

"I wish to thank you very much for the extremely informative course which you just completed at Ryerson - I thoroughly enjoyed it.  As a novice who has just recently had an interest in and an appreciation for ballet, I certainly learned a lot and hope to learn even more." - Marianne C.

"I honestly look forward to your class every year and I am very happy that I met someone as knowledgeable as you. Most of all, I am glad that you are down to earth and personable." -- Andrea J.

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