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Friday, March 4, 2011

NYCB in Saratoga

We have a very exciting trip to Saratoga Springs planned for July. Here's the brochure:

Saratoga Springs, NY July 15 – 17, 2011: 3 performances


New York City Ballet: Dances at a Gathering, Circus Polka (both Robbins),

Valse-Fantaisie, Agon, Apollo, Serenade, Jewels (all Balanchine), The Magic Flute (Martins)

CWT Victor Travel

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

TICO Ontario registration #1892647


Tours en l'air

Ballet Holidays

escorted by

Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber

in support of The National Ballet of Canada

New York City Ballet


Saratoga Springs, NY

15-17 July 2011

3 days, 2 nights

3 ballet performances

Masterpieces by Balanchine and Robbins

Friday 15 July

Arrive Saratoga Springs, New York; check in to the 3-star Hilton Garden Inn, conveniently located a 5-minute drive from the Saratoga Performing Arts Centre in Saratoga State Park. Evening: 3-course welcome dinner at the majestic Hall of Springs restaurant and pre-performance talk. New York City Ballet performance of Valse-Fantaisie, Agon (both Balanchine), Circus Polka, Dances at a Gathering (both Robbins)

Saturday 16 July

Morning at leisure. Suggested activities: explore the charming spa town of Saratoga Springs, have an effervescent mineral bath at the Roosevelt Baths about two minutes walk from the entrance to the theatre, enjoy a round of golf or a walk in the lovely park, or visit the special American Ballet Theatre exhibit and other displays at the National Museum of Dance and Dance Hall of Fame, a short walk from the hotel on the way to the theatre. Optional (subject to availability, class size limited to 15, cost $25): participate in a “Dance with the Dancers” one-hour ballet class (10–11 a.m.) taught by New York City Ballet dancer Andrew Scordato (dancer subject to change), in which you will learn a combination from the NYCB rep. No previous ballet experience required.

Afternoon: pre-performance talk and New York City Ballet performance of Apollo, Serenade (both Balanchine), Circus Polka (Robbins), and The Magic Flute (Martins).

Evening: three-course dinner and pre-performance talk, then New York City Ballet performance of Jewels (Balanchine).

Sunday 17 July

Check out of hotel. Depart Saratoga Springs at your convenience.

For more information: or 416.693.4496


Total package CA$699 per person ($675 for payment by cash or cheque),

based on double occupancy standard room (one king or two double beds)

Single supplement: CA$200

Supplement for upgrade to junior suite with king bed:

CA$100 per person based on double occupancy

All prices valid till 29 March 2011

You have the flexibility of arranging travel at your own convenience.

Return group transport by luxury washroom-equipped coach from Toronto and Belleville available ($200). Includes transfers between hotel and theatre in Saratoga.

Minimum 15 passengers required.

Package price includes:

Premium (front centre orchestra or front centre balcony) seats for 3 ballet performances

3 pre-performance talks

2 nights double-share accommodation in the Hilton Garden Inn with daily hot and cold breakfast buffet

2 three-course dinners with coffee, tea, and soft drinks

Tax-receiptable donation of CA$50 to The National Ballet of Canada

Free parking at hotel and theatre

Ballet enrichment notes and informal post-performance reviews with tour leader

All taxes, service fees, and surcharges

Not included:

Transportation to and from Saratoga Springs

Transfers between hotel and theatre unless travelling with the group coach

Items of a personal nature, e.g. telephone calls

Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary

Alcoholic beverages with meals

Dance with the Dancers” ballet class

Admission to National Museum of Dance

Suggested activities for the morning of Saturday 16 July

Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance

Terms and Conditions:

Non-refundable payment in full of CA$699 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 29 March 2011.** Single supplement, payment for optional “Dance with the Dancers” class, coach fare, room upgrade, and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance also payable at this time.

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

RBC out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance are available through CWT Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany payment for the package and is non-refundable.



**The payment is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent.

UPDATE: This trip is now sold out.

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