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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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bordeaux or Berlin? Help me decide!

Which trip do you prefer? Help me decide!
 
Alas, I still haven't mastered that "be in two places at once" thing.
Next June there are two juicy possibilities for ballet trips --
but they're the same week!
Toulouse and Bordeaux? Or Dresden-Berlin-Hamburg?
If you are interested in either possibility, please vote for one or the other
(or both if you'd be happy with either one)

by emailing me at toursenlair@gmail.com
to help me decide which one to keep on the schedule.


Toulouse and Bordeaux
June 21 - July 2, 2019
Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux, Photo by Guillaume Flandre on Unsplash

 The Tours en l'air trip to the south of France in 2017 was one of our most popular ever! After a year hiatus I am thrilled that the ballet companies' schedules have lined up again so that you can discover these two beautiful but often overlooked cities.

Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse
Vaslav (Neumeier), Faun (Dawson), Kiki La Rose (Kelemenis), Petrushka (Celis)
Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux
Notre-Dame de Paris (Petit)
The ideal trip if you have a travelling companion who is less into ballet and more into food, wine, history, gardens, sightseeing... The itinerary would be essentially the same as last time. Click here to see the 2017 brochure. Bear in mind there is no guarantee I could make this trip happen in 2020 instead.

More info: Toulouse and Bordeaux
Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg
June 21-30, 2019


Berlin State Ballet
Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Four Seasons (Dawson), The Dream (Ashton)
Hamburg Ballet
The Glass Menagerie (Neumeier)
Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Liebeslieder Walzer (Balanchine)
Don Quixote (Nureyev)
The itinerary would be essentially the same as this year's similar trip. Click here for the 2018 brochure.

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

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Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647


Monday, May 14, 2018

Enter to win Ballet Book Celestial Bodies


In Celestial Bodies, dance critic Laura Jacobs provides a lively, poetic, and uniquely accessible introduction to the world of classical dance. Combining history, interviews with dancers, technical definitions, descriptions of performances, and personal stories, this is an intimate and passionate guide to watching ballet and understanding the central elements of choreography.

Elegantly illustrated with original drawings. Available worldwide through all the usual outlets,

Courtesy of Hachette Book Group Canada, Tours en l'air has one copy (list price $35.50) to
give away! Contest valid IN CANADA ONLY. To enter, send an email with the subject line CELESTIAL to toursenlair@gmail.com. Contest closes May 25 at midnight.


By entering the contest you agree to have your email address added to the Tours en l'air mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

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Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Royal Danish Ballet festival ONE SPOT NOW AVAILABLE

We have had a cancellation (single room) for our Copenhagen trip so one spot is now available. 
 
Call Lucy Nati at

CWT Victor Travel

(416) 736-6010 x. 234

toll-free 1-866-699-0199 
as soon as possible to book 



In partnership with Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel

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

TICO Ontario registration #1892647

presents

Ballet Festival in

Copenhagen



May 31 – June 10, 2018

11 days, 10 nights



Royal Danish Ballet



BALLET BUCKET LIST
The Royal Danish Ballet dancing Bournonville



REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE 20 November 2017

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Photo by Julien Widmer on Unsplash



Thursday May 31

Arrive Copenhagen. Check into the 4-star Copenhagen Island hotel on the waterfront.



Friday June 1

Take advantage of your included 3-day pass for the three different hop-on, hop-off bus tours and walking tour of Copenhagen to visit the city's sights at your leisure (bus stop is 4 minutes walk from hotel).

Visit the Little Mermaid statue (the model for which was a Royal Danish Ballet dancer). Stroll along the famous Strøget shopping street.

Evening: 3-course dinner before performance of Bournonville's masterpiece, Napoli, in Nikolaj Hübbe's production set in Fellini-era 1950s Naples.




The view of Amalienborg Palace from the Opera House.
Photo by Johan Mouchet on Unsplash



Saturday June 2

10 am – 1130 am: Watch daily class for
Royal Danish Ballet School students (Old Stage)

12 noon: Take (or watch) an open air ballet class led by Artistic Director Nikolaj Hübbe on Kongens Nytorv Square in front of the Royal Danish Theatre


130 pm: Film:
August Bournonville: Ballet's Poet
A-Sal (the Royal Ballet's annex stage,

4 pm: Film: Bournonville Today
A-Sal

630 pm - 715 pm: Film: The Dance in Us
A-Sal


Evening: performance of selected works by Bournonville.


Sunday June 3 Copenhagen

11 am – 1215 pm: Backstage Tour of Opera House

1245 – 2 pm: Daily class of Royal Danish Ballet (Opera House)
 
3 pm: Swan Lake (after Petipa).



Monday June 4 Copenhagen


Day at leisure. Use your 5-day Copenhagen Card (included in package) to visit the famous Tivoli amusement gardens or the impressive Glyptothek art museum, take a canal boat tour, ogle the crown jewels at the royal palaces, indulge in a beer tasting at Carlsberg, visit the 250-year-old Court Theatre, and much more – in total, 79 attractions are covered by your Copenhagen Card, as well as unlimited travel on buses, trains, subway, and harbour buses (bus and subway stop is 6 minutes walk from hotel). Take advantage of the free train transport to go further afield to visit other attractions within an hour's train ride from Copenhagen central station.


 

6 pm – 7 pm: performance of Vertical Road (Akram Khan)




Tuesday June 5


Daytrip to Helsingør

Our private coach takes you to 3 spectacular castles north of Copenhagen. Arriving at Helsingør, we have a private guided tour of Kronborg Castle, better known as Shakespeare's Elsinore. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of northern Europe's best preserved Renaissance castles.

We carry on to Frederiksborg Castle, “the Nordic Versailles” where we have a private guided tour of its stunning and beautiful interior and remarkable gardens. Built by the legendary Danish King Christian IV, it incorporates the best of Renaissance architecture and craftsmanship.

There will also be a photo stop at the Royal Family's summer residence Fredensborg Palace, renowned for its beautiful gardens. Return to Copenhagen. 
7 pm Tivoli Ballet Theatre: Pierrot the Sorcerer

8 pm Tivoli Ballet Theatre: a condensed version of La Sylphide.

 

Wednesday June 6

Daytrip to Roskilde

Our private coach takes you to historic Roskilde, about 45 minutes from Copenhagen. See five original 11th-century ships and learn about the Vikings at the Viking Ship Museum. Then visit Roskilde's Unesco world heritage brick Gothic cathedral, burial place of over 40 Danish monarchs, and take a leisurely walking tour through the picturesque old town. Return to Copenhagen. Evening: 3-course dinner.



Thursday June 7

Day at leisure to continue to explore wonderful Copenhagen. If you like fine china, why not visit the Royal Copenhagen shop – or the factory outlet in the former porcelain manufactory building for bargains!
730 pm:
Open rehearsal for Saturday night's gala



Friday June 8
Day at leisure.
Evening: performance of contemporary mixed program.



Saturday June 9

Day at leisure. Farewell three-course dinner before closing gala performance



Sunday June 10

Morning: Check out of hotel and depart Copenhagen.



There will be ballet festival events throughout the city all week long. Further details will be available closer to festival time. Tivoli also has a ballet performance program (some of these are included in the Copenhagen Card), but they have not yet announced their

2018 season.



Total package price

(land only, airfare in addition):

double occupancy:

CA $5400 per person

single supplement:

CA$1600



REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE  
20 November 2017



TO BOOK

Call Lucy Nati at

CWT Victor Travel

(416) 736-6010 x. 234

toll-free 1-866-699-0199



All prices valid till 20 November 2017


GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 30!


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



Package price includes:

10 nights twin or double share accommodation in the 4-star Copenhagen Island Hotel

(travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another)

Daily breakfast

Tickets for 6 performances and 3 films

Private transfers between hotel and theatres for performances

Private guided tour of Opera House


Private day excursions to Helsingor, Frederiksborg, and Roskilde

Private guided tours of Kronborg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle, Viking Ship Museum, and Roskilde Cathedral

Private walking tour of Roskilde old town

3-day hop-on hop-off bus pass (includes a walking tour)

5-day Copenhagen Card

Three 3-course dinners

Beverages with group meals (mineral water, tea or coffee, and 1 glass wine or beer or soft drink)

Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader



Not included:

Airfare

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 or suggested in this brochure






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 help you with

flight arrangements.



For more information about the program:

contact Katherine Barber

email toursenlair@gmail.com

phone: 416.693.4496




TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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 instalments, 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$2000 per person is required at time of booking, no later than 20 November 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 13 April 2018



Total package price is fully non-refundable if you cancel


All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Eric Moe (ericm@cwtvictortravel.ca)



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.



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 $2000 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 a 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;
b.
select an alternate tour with Us based on availability and the applicable price; or
c.
cancel your trip completely with a refund of the price paid, minus the non-refundable deposit.

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.







Travel Insurance



IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that Manulife out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance be purchased. It is available through CWT Victor Travel. Payment of the premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.



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-province medical & cancellation insurance is available through CWT Victor Travel.



Estimated cost on fully non-refundable land arrangements of CA$5400 based on a 50-year-old traveler is CA$387.72 including taxes. 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.




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Search this site: click here



Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647




Thursday, May 3, 2018

Win tickets for Royal Ballet in cinema Manon May 27 in Toronto

https://youtu.be/8RfMo0pI9-k


 
Courtesy of HotDocs Cinema, Tours en l'air has some tickets to give away to the cinema screening in Toronto of the Royal Ballet's Manon, starring Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli, choreography by Kenneth MacMillan.

The screening is Sunday May 27 at 145 pm at HotDocs, Bloor Street just east of Bathurst.

To enter the contest, send an email with the subject heading DESGRIEUX to toursenlair@gmail.com

Contest closes May 8 at midnight. 

By entering the contest, you agree to be subscribed to the Tours en l'air newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Upcoming Tours en l'air Ballet Trips: click here
Subscribe to newsletter: click here
About Tours en l'air: click here
10 Reasons to Travel with Tours en l'air: click here
Travel Tips for Ballet Lovers: click here
FAQ: click here
Testimonials: click here
Search this site: click here



Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Win tickets for Royal Ballet Bernstein Centenary Program at Hot Docs Cinema



Courtesy of HotDocs Cinema, Tours en l'air has some tickets to give away to the cinema screening in Toronto of the Royal Ballet's Leonard Bernstein Centenary mixed program, featuring works by Wayne McGregor (to the Chichester Psalms), Liam Scarlett (Age of Anxiety) and Christopher Wheeldon (Plato's Symposium).

The screening is Saturday May 12 at 11 am at HotDocs, Bloor Street just east of Bathurst.

To enter the contest, send an email with the subject heading BERNSTEIN to toursenlair@gmail.com

Contest closes May 8 at midnight. 

Upcoming Tours en l'air Ballet Trips: click here
Subscribe to newsletter: click here
About Tours en l'air: click here
10 Reasons to Travel with Tours en l'air: click here
Travel Tips for Ballet Lovers: click here
FAQ: click here
Testimonials: click here
Search this site: click here



Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647