Sunday, September 16, 2012

February 2013 Ballet trip to London

Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel
101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5
TICO Ontario registration #1892647
presents

Tours en l'air
Ballet Holidays
escorted by
Canada's Word Lady,
Katherine Barber

London, England
20-28 February 2013
9 days, 8 nights

5 performances by the
Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and Birmingham Royal Ballet
PLUS a treat for lovers of Jane Austen!

Wed. 20 February: LONDON
Arrive London; check in to the Strand Palace Hotel, 5 minutes walk from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Thurs. 21 February: LONDON
(day trip to BIRMINGHAM)
Transfer by private coach directly from hotel to Birmingham (1 ½ hours). 3-course lunch. Matinee performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin (choreography by David Bintley). Coach returns directly to hotel in London.

Fri. 22 February: LONDON
Day at leisure. Evening: 3-course dinner before Royal Ballet mixed program: Apollo (Balanchine), world premieres by Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon.

Sat. 23 February: LONDON
Day at leisure. Afternoon: Optional second performance of Royal Ballet Balanchine/ Wheeldon/Ratmansky program. Evening: Royal Ballet all-Ashton program: Voices of Spring, Monotones 1 & 2, La Valse, Thaïs Pas de Deux, Marguerite and Armand
 
Sun. 24 February: LONDON
Day at leisure. Optional day trip to Oxford with walking tour of the colleges.

Mon. 25 February: LONDON
Day at leisure. Suggested activity: visit the theatre collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum or the special Manet exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Tues. 26 February: LONDON
(day trip to WINCHESTER AND SOUTHAMPTON)
Transfer by private coach directly from hotel to Chawton, Hampshire (1 ½ hours). Visit the Jane Austen house museum. Continue on to Winchester (30 minutes). Guided tour of Winchester Cathedral. Continue to Southampton (30 minutes). 3-course dinner before evening performance of English National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (Petipa/MacMillan). Coach returns directly from theatre to hotel (90 minutes).

Wed. 27 February: LONDON
Midday: Backstage tour of Royal Opera House. Afternoon: Visit to the Royal Ballet School (to be confirmed). Evening: Farewell dinner, followed by Ballet Black mixed program: repertoire TBA, includes a piece by Canadian choreographer Rob Binet.

Thurs. 28 February LONDON
Check out of hotel and depart London. (You may extend your stay if you wish).

OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Thurs. 28 February: LONDON
(day trip to HIGH WYCOMBE)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer by train to High Wycombe (45 minutes). Performance of
Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: The Sleeping Beauty (Bourne). Return by train to London.

Total Package CA$2599 per person
based on double occupancy
Single supplement: CA$300
All prices valid till 3 November 2012

REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE:
3 NOVEMBER 2012

LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging travel from your most convenient departure point, and extending your stay if you wish. Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel's experienced agents will be happy to assist you.

To register or for more information, contact
Katherine Barber
416.693.4496 toursenlair@gmail.com

Package price includes:
8 nights twin share accommodation with daily hot and cold buffet breakfast in the centrally located 3-star Strand Palace Hotel (travellers wishing to share will be put in touch with one another)
Four 3-course meals
Centre orchestra seats for 4 performances; upper gallery seating for Ballet Black performance
Guided tour of the Royal Opera House
Free wi-fi in hotel room
Day excursion by private coach to Chawton, Winchester, and Southampton
Visit to the Jane Austen House Museum
Guided tour of Winchester Cathedral
Day excursion by private coach to Birmingham
Visit to the Royal Ballet School
Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance and post-performance chats with tour leader
All taxes, service fees, and surcharges

Not included:
Airfare
Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary; optional activities in this itinerary
Beverages with meals
Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance

Terms and Conditions:
Non-refundable initial deposit of CA$1000 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 3 November2012, to secure your space for this package**.
Single supplement and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance also payable at this time.
Final payment due 4 January 2013, and total package price is fully non-refundable.
All cancellations must be received in writing at Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati.
RBC out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance are available through Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.
**Deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent

Below are video snippets to whet your appetite for the ballets on the program:
Ashton, Voices of Spring:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQka5FcDBTc




Ashton, Thais pas de deux:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg32NInmVWc





Ashton, Monotones II:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXKPglqs3B8





Bintley, Aladdin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW7i0MXuZTM




I have seen the complete Aladdin on video, and it is a lot of fun with an absolutely fabulous "Aladdin's Cave" set of divertissements



English National Ballet's Sleeping Beauty (staged by Kenneth MacMillan):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCEnH75JvrM








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