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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Vienna Budapest Ballet trip now booking

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Presented in partnership with Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel

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

TICO Ontario registration #1892647

Ballet in

Vienna and Budapest

(day trip to Bratislava)

March 12 - 22, 2018

11 days, 10 nights

Vienna State Ballet

Raymonda (Nureyev after Petipa)

Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Theme & Variations (both Balanchine),

Bach Suite III (Neumeier),

The Concert (Robbins)

Hungarian National Ballet

The Fountain of Bakhchisarai

Slovak National Theatre Ballet

Esmeralda (after Petipa)

A great trip especially if you like more traditional ballets



Monday March 12 VIENNA

Arrive Vienna. Check into the 4-star Das Opernring hotel on Vienna's famous Ring boulevard, opposite the Vienna State Opera House.

Tuesday March 13 VIENNA

Morning: 2-hour private guided walking tour of central Vienna. Afternoon at leisure. Evening: 2-course dinner before performance of Vienna State Ballet in Petipa's last major ballet, Raymonda, to glorious music by Glazunov in a sumptuous production by Rudolf Nureyev.



Wednesday March 14 VIENNA

Morning at leisure.

Afternoon: daytrip by private coach to Bratislava, Slovakia,1.5 hours from Vienna. Private walking tour of central Bratislava's picturesque old town (1.5 hours).

2-course dinner before evening Slovak National Theatre Ballet performance: Esmeralda, a 19th-century Petipa ballet based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame and featuring the famous virtuoso “Diana and Acteon” pas de deux. Return by private coach directly to Vienna hotel.

Thursday March 15 VIENNA

Day at leisure. Suggested activities:

Visit the beautiful Easter markets.

For history buffs: Visit the Hofburg Imperial palace 10 minutes walk from the hotel, or Schonbrunn Palace, a short subway ride away.

Have coffee and cake at the world- famous Demel café near the Hofburg. Attend the daily training or a performance of the celebrated Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School (this is fascinating in its similarities to ballet).

Visit Mozart's house and the golden hall of the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Art lovers: the Albertina (major collections of Dürer, Rubens drawings, and Impressionists) the Belvedere Museum (home to Klimt's The Kiss), the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, and the Museumsquartier (contemporary art). Architecture aficionados: stroll past Vienna's many Art Nouveau buildings or visit the spectacular baroque Karlskirche.

Cake lovers: a Viennese café crawl!

Evening: 3-course typically Viennese dinner in the exquisite Art Nouveau Palmenhaus (conservatory)

Easter market, Vienna 

Friday March 16 VIENNA

Morning at leisure. Afternoon: Private guided tour of Vienna State Opera house. Evening: performance of Vienna State Ballet: Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Theme & Variations (both Balanchine), Bach Suite III (Neumeier), The Concert (Robbins).

Saturday March 17 VIENNA- BUDAPEST

Morning: check out of hotel and depart Vienna by private luxury washroom-equipped coach to Budapest. Mid-morning: stop in Győr, Hungary's second richest town in historic buildings outside Budapest. One-hour walking tour of the Baroque centre of the town. Three-course lunch. Continue on another two hours to Budapest. Check in to centrally located 4-star Novotel Budapest Centrum, 6 minutes walk from the Erkel Theatre. Evening at leisure.

Sunday March 18 BUDAPEST

Morning at leisure. An opportunity to attend mass at one of Budapest's spectacular churches: Our Lady of Buda (Matthias Church) or St Stephen's Basilica. Afternoon: discover Budapest with a private guided panoramic city tour by coach. During the tour you will pass by the main attractions such as the Parliament, Heroes' Square, Citadel, Gellért Bath, Chain Bridge, etc. Then visit the Castle District with interior visits to Fishermen's Bastion and Matthias Church. Evening: dinner before Hungarian National Ballet The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, a cornerstone of Soviet-era Russian dramatic ballet based on a poem by Pushkin.

Hungarian Parliament. Photo by Tudor Stanica on Unsplash

Monday March 19 BUDAPEST

Morning: our private coach with guide transports you to Gődőllő (about half an hour from Budapest) where you visit Empress Elizabeth's palace, the second-largest baroque palace in the world.

Continue on to the historic town of Szentendre, One hour guided walking tour followed by free time to visit its many artist colonies, or the quirky Marzipan Museum and the Margit Kovacs ceramics museum. Return to Budapest.


Tuesday March 20 BUDAPEST

Morning: Tour of Budapest's magnificent opera house. Rest of day at leisure. Suggested activities: relax in one of Budapest's famous spas; check out the city's beautiful Art Nouveau buildings; shop, admire the buildings, and have some coffee and cake on the famous Váci utca pedestrian street.

Wednesday March 21 BUDAPEST

Morning: Visit the spectacular Parliament. (The Parliament reserves the right to cancel tours at short notice due to government requirements). Rest of day at leisure. Evening: farewell three-course dinner.

Thursday March 22 BUDAPEST

Morning: Check out of hotel and depart Budapest.

Typical daytime highs:

9 - 17º Celsius; 46 - 64º Fahrenheit

Total package price

(land only, airfare in addition):

double occupancy:

CA$3800 per person

single supplement CA$700




Call Lucy Nati at CWT Victor Travel (416) 736-6010 x. 234

toll-free 1-866-699-0199

All prices valid till 25 October 2017

You may use RBC reward points or RBC certificates towards the purchase of these arrangements

Package includes:

Twin or double share accommodation in 4-star hotels:

5 nights Vienna, 5 nights Budapest

Daily breakfast

Premium tickets for 4 ballet performances

5 three-course dinners and

1 three-course lunch, including wine, mineral water, coffee or tea

Private walking tours in Vienna, Bratislava, Győr, and Szentendre

Private day trip to Bratislava

Luxury coach transfer Vienna to Budapest

Private guided day trip to Gődőllő and Szentendre

Admission to Gődőllő Palace

Guided coach tour of Budapest

Admission to Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church

Private guided tours of Vienna State Opera and Hungarian State Opera

Free wifi in hotels

Personally escorted by dance educator Katherine Barber

Ballet notes

Not included:


Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary

Items of a personal nature,

e.g. phone calls

Cancellation insurance

and medical insurance

All items and activities listed as optional or suggested in this brochure

For more information:


phone: 416.693.4496


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 help you with

flight arrangements.


This program is only sold as a package. Extra hotel nights can be added on at extra cost (subject to availability). We cannot offer individual components separately, break the package into shorter installments, or offer an “accommodation only” option.

Mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering.

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

Non-refundable deposit of CA$1800 per person is required at time of booking, no later than 25 October 2017, to secure your space for this package

Single supplement & optional cancellation and medical insurance must also be paid at time of booking

Final payment due 8 January 2018

Total package price is fully non-refundable

Added hotel nights fully non-refundable

All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (

If, for any reason, Katherine Barber is unable to accompany this tour, she will be replaced and the tour will still take place.

Passports and any entry visas are the responsibility of the traveller and should be valid for at least 6 months after the date of the expected return. Even if in possession of these documents, entry into another country may still be refused.

Travellers should also be aware that standards are not the same away from home and services and accommodations may be different from those available in Canada.

Travel Insurance

Emergency Medical Insurance is mandatory. You have the choice of purchasing Manulife Insurance from CWT Victor Travel.

Alternatively, If you have your own coverage, we require proof of coverage from you stating the name of the insurer and the policy number as well as emergency contact number.

Non-medical Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended. Information regarding out-of-country medical & cancellation insurance is available through CWT Victor Travel. Estimated cost on fully non-refundable land arrangements of CA$3800 based on a 50-year-old traveler is CA$362.88. Price will vary based on age and state of health.

For people under the age of 70, Manulife Insurance offers a Premium Protection policy which offers refunds covering UNEXPECTED and UNFORESEEN EVENTS. If you opt for this plan, it MUST be purchased at time of initial deposit.   Estimated cost on fully non-refundable land arrangements based on a 50-year-old traveller is CA$430.92. Price will vary based on age and state of health.

If you do not wish to purchase Travel Insurance, you must fill out and sign the

Liability Release Form which we provide for you.

If Your Booking is Changed by You: If you request a change to a booking more than 45 days prior to departure, it is subject to a $50 administration fee (including H.S.T.). A name correction, change of name or change of departure date requested within 45 days of departure makes the booking subject to full applicable cancellation charges as set out below. Once travel has commenced, no changes to the booking are permitted.

If You Cancel Your Booking: The following cancellation charges apply, as of the date on which we are informed of your cancellation: (Date of departure is excluded when calculating these cancellation charges)

More than 45 days: deposit of $1800 plus single supplement if applicable; 0-44 days: 100% of total price.

Cancellation charges include H.S.T. and are effective from the day we record your cancellation request. We reserve the right to re-sell any cancelled services, tickets, etc. without a refund to you.

If Your Booking is Changed by Us: This tour is prepared months in advance, and occasionally a part of it has to be modified or is not available. On occasion, even after your booking is confirmed, we may have to make changes to your requested arrangements. Most changes will be minor, however, we may need to make major change prior to your departure. Major changes include:

  • change of departure or return by more than 24 hours;
  • change of accommodation and/or accommodation standard;
  • increase in your costs in excess of 7% (unless government imposed); and
  • change of route requiring additional traveler identification or documentation without sufficient time to obtain this documentation before departure

If we make a major change, we will advise you as soon as possible, and you may then:

    a. accept the change as offered;
    select an alternate tour with Us based on availability and the applicable price; or
    cancel your trip completely with a refund of the price paid, minus the non-refundable deposit and a counselling fee.

Sometimes the hotel reserved is not available due to unexpected maintenance or overbooking, and a substitute hotel of equal or greater quality will be provided. If the hotel standard is downgraded and you accept the change as offered, a refund for any difference in price will be issued. We reserve the right to change published prices without notice and/or to pass on government imposed taxes, transportation related fees or surcharges including those for fuel or currency fluctuations to you.

Force Majeure: We may not be able to refund you in full for some or all changes made because of war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, weather causing beach erosion, epidemics or health risks, technical or mechanical problems with transport, flight delays due to weather, government action, closed or congested airports or seaports, supplier insolvency and any events beyond our direct control.

Tour Escort: If the tour escort is unable to accompany the tour, she will be replaced and the tour will go ahead as scheduled.

It is Not the Same Away From Home: As Canadians, we enjoy a very high standard of living. In other parts of the world, uninterrupted supply of water and electricity, the local health conditions, levels of security and standards of food and drink differ from those we enjoy at home.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like such an amazing trip.
    I've always wanted to travel to vienna.