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Friday, August 18, 2017

Ballet in Dresden, Berlin, and Hamburg Summer 2018

escorted by
Canada's Word Lady,
Katherine Barber


Ballet in 
Dresden, Berlin, and Hamburg

29 June – 9 July 2018
11 days, 10 nights
6 ballet performances by four major ballet companies

The Hamburg Ballet performing works by John Neumeier
Neumeier's Swan Lake
Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering

Semperoper Dresden

Friday June 29 DRESDEN
Arrive Dresden. Check in to five-star Hyperion Hotel Dresden am Schloss, 5-minute walk from opera house.

Saturday June 30 DRESDEN
Attend daily ballet class and working rehearsals of Dresden Semperoper Ballet (TO BE CONFIRMED). Rest of day at leisure. Three-course welcome dinner.

Sunday July 1 DRESDEN
Morning: Private guided walking tour of beautiful historic Dresden, with a visit to the mind-boggling “Green Vault” priceless treasure chamber of the Saxon dukes. Afternoon at leisure. Early evening performance of Dresden Semperoper Ballet: Gods and Dogs (Kylian), Heatscape (Peck), Political Mother (Schechter) at the palatial Semperoper Dresden. Three-course dinner. 

Justin Peck's Heatscape

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Monday July 2 DRESDEN – BERLIN
Morning: check out of hotel. Transfer by private coach to Berlin (approx. 2½ hours).
2-hour private guided coach tour of Berlin. Mid-afternoon: check into the superior 4-star Arcotel John F hotel in the Unter den Linden district of central Berlin. 3-course dinner before Berlin State Ballet: Don Quixote.

Tuesday July 3 BERLIN
Backstage tour of the newly refurbished Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Rest of day at leisure. Suggested activities: Visit one or more of the museums on Berlin's famous Museumsinsel, about 5 minutes walk from the hotel.

Sanssouci Palace

Wednesday July 4 BERLIN – HAMBURG Morning: Check out of hotel. Private guided tour of the magnificent Unesco World Heritage Sanssouci Palace, home of Frederick the Great, and Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the Potsdam conference to end the Second World War. Afternoon: continue by express train (1 ½ hours) to Hamburg. Check in to Scandic Hotel Emporio Hamburg. Evening: 3-course dinner before National Ballet of Canada performance: Dreamers Ever Leave You (Binet), Emergence (Pite), The Man in Black (Kudelka)

Colonnaden, Hamburg

Thursday July 5 HAMBURG
Morning: 2-hour walking tour of central Hamburg. Afternoon at leisure. Recommended activities: take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Hamburg and its port or discover Hamburg's many canals on a boat tour. Take a tour through the City Hall or visit the chocolate museum. Go shopping along the elegant Colonnaden. Evening: Hamburg Ballet performance of John Neumeier's brilliant reinterpretation of Swan Lake.

Friday July 6 HAMBURG
day trip to LÜBECK
Morning: depart by train for the Unesco World Heritage medieval town of Lübeck (45 minutes from Hamburg). 2-hour walking tour, followed by free time to shop for or indulge in the famous local Niederegger marzipan. Late afternoon: return by train to Hamburg. Evening: Hamburg Ballet performance: Beethoven Project (Neumeier)

Bremen Market Square
Saturday July 7 HAMBURG
Day trip to BREMEN
Morning: depart by train for Bremen (1 h 10 minutes from Hamburg), Germany's oldest maritime city, with one of its most beautiful market squares. 2-hour private guided walking tour of the old town followed by free time to explore. Mid-afternoon: return to Hamburg. Evening: Hamburg Ballet all-Robbins performance: The Concert, Dances at a Gathering.

Fischauktionshalle, Hamburg

Sunday July 8 HAMBURG
Day at leisure. Suggested activities: enjoy Hamburg's lively fish market (not just fish: fruit and vegetables, flowers, clothing, souvenirs...), a Sunday morning tradition since 1703 . Visit the art galleries, go for a stroll in the botanical garden or take a guided tour through the spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Evening: Farewell three-course dinner.

Monday July 9 HAMBURG
Check out of hotel and depart Hamburg.




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 includes:
10 nights double-share accommodation (guaranteed single occupancy available on payment of single supplement)
Premium seats for 6 ballets
Transfer by private luxury coach from Dresden to Berlin
Private guided coach tour of Berlin
Excursion by private luxury coach to Potsdam
Admission to Sanssouci Palace and Cecilienhof Palace with private tour
Train transfer to Hamburg
Day excursions by train to Lübeck and Bremen
Private guided walking tours of Dresden (including “Green Vault”), Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen
Visit to Dresden Semperoper Ballet daily class and rehearsals (TO BE CONFIRMED)
Five 3-course dinners
Beverages with group meals (mineral water, tea or coffee, and 1 glass wine or beer or soft drink)
Tips for group meals, bus excursions, and guides
Free wifi in hotels
Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader

Not included:
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Cancellation insurance
and hospital/medical insurance
All items and activities listed as optional in this brochure

To be added to the priority notification list for when this trip opens for booking, please send an email to

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” option.

Travellers wishing to share will be
put in touch with one another.

Mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering

What the critics say:
Semperoper Ballett, under the direction of Aaron S. Watkin, is a company
that can take anything on.”
Deborah Weiss, Dance Europe, July 2015

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For more information about this trip:
phone: 416.693.4496


  1. This trip looks awesome. How do I sign up?

    1. The full updated brochure is here:
      or send me an email to