New York | Opera, Music and Dance

Manhattan skyline
Manhattan skyline
Metropolitan Opera House
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Centre
Lincoln Centre
Fountains outside the Lincoln Centre
Fountains outside the Lincoln Centre
Carnegie Hall - Credit: Jeff Goldberg
Carnegie Hall - Credit: Jeff Goldberg
New York Ballet Company
New York Ballet Company

Is there anywhere in the world that can compare with New York for artistic variety? The Lincoln Center in Manhattan is home to many theatres, halls and the world’s largest opera venue, the Metropolitan Opera House as well as The David Koch Theatre, home to the prestigious New York City Ballet Company. The birthplace of a variety of music and dance forms, New York is, of course, also the home of world-famous Broadway theatre district.

On this tour, we explore these facets of the city’s creative spirit, and more — opera, music and dance are all accounted for.

New York is unlike any other city in the world — it’s an overwhelming space, but as soon as you arrive, it’s as if you’re home. The inimitable author, Tom Wolfe, perhaps said it best:

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

So join us, as we take our vagabond shoes on a musical journey through the city that never sleeps...

  • Exclusive meeting with the ballet dancers of the New York City Ballet


  • Cultural Excursion


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We fly in to the city this afternoon, and transfer to our hotel in New York’s beating heart. Upon arrival we enjoy a welcome drink, followed by an engaging introduction to our tour from our Guide Lecturer.

After dinner at a local restaurant, we head to one of New York’s best-loved institutions, Carnegie Hall. Established in the late 19th century by the wealthy philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the hall has grown to become one of the most prestigious venues in the world – the perfect setting for our concert this evening.

Day 2

Our second day kicks off with another enlightening lecture, followed by a walk around the streets of Manhattan, an area considered by many to be America’s capital of culture and entertainment. 

Later we enjoy a private tour of the Metropolitan Opera House. Founded in 1883, the Met moving to its current home at the Lincoln Center in the 1960s. Here we view parts of the building normally closed to the public, and hear the stories behind this venue’s illustrious reputation.

After breaking for lunch, we are invited to an exclusive private seminar with members of the New York City Ballet – a privileged opportunity to learn all about the workings of this great company, and meet some of its celebrated dancers.

Tonight we dine at the Lincoln Center, and enjoy a stellar performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, The Nutcracker.

Day 3

This morning is free for us to explore the city at our own pace. Enter into the festive spirit with some Christmas shopping, watch the skaters glide beneath the Rockefeller tree, or immerse yourself in the bustling streets of SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.

After coming back together lunch as a group, we attend an afternoon performance of opera at the Metropolitan Opera House – a spectacular way to round off our cultural adventures in the city.

We transfer to the airport in the early evening for our return flight home.

Day 4

We land in London, where the group disperses.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotels
  7. Flights
  8. Performance Tickets - Entry to all performances in the programme. We request the seats in the centre stalls as these offer the best view although seats in boxes are usually more expensive. There is no guarantee that we will get the seats requested as availability is often limited. Where it is possible to avoid boxes as an alternative we will, but in some cases it may be the only option.

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2018 Tour Details

Thu 13th December - Sun 16th December




sgl supp: £295


Led By: Fred Plotkin

Guide Lecturer

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