Classical Ballets of Europe
Delight in captivating performances of classical ballet favourites and new works by five different companies in the romantic European cities of Berlin, Hamburg and Paris.
Begin in Berlin for Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations by the Berlin State Ballet. Then, travel to Hamburg for the Ballett-Tage Festival, and enjoy a performance of Don Quixote and a new work, Shakespeare – Sonnets, by the Hamburg Ballet, along with a performance of works choreographed by Hans van Manen by the Dutch National Ballet.
In France, thrill to a performance of Swan Lake by the Perm Tchaikovsky Ballet company in the opulent surrounds of Versailles Palace and finish with a further two performances in Paris by the Paris Opéra Ballet.
Depart Australia or New Zealand in the evening on suggested Qatar Airways flights to Berlin via Doha. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.
Arrive in Berlin and make your way to the hotel.
At 16:00, join Donna and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing and pre-performance talk followed by a special welcome dinner. Afterwards, walk to Berlin’s recently renovated opera house at Unter den Linden for a performance by the Berlin State Ballet of three works by famed choreographers, beginning with George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations with music by Tchaikovsky, and continuing with works by William Forsythe and Richard Siegal.
Begin the day with a talk by Donna, then depart for a guided tour of the Museum of Decorative Arts to see its collection of art, fashion and design, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
In the evening, travel to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the Berlin State Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet, with choreography by the celebrated John Cranko.
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Berlin at your own pace.
In the afternoon, explore the Mitte district of Berlin with a walking tour along its streets and laneways. Visit Clärchens Ballhaus, the 1913 ballroom with baroque detailing and chandeliered Spiegelsaal (mirror hall). Afterwards, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning, check out of the hotel and travel north west across Germany. Arrive at Schwerin Castle, a palace situated on an island in Lake Schwerin, and considered one of the most romantic castles of Germany. Enjoy lunch followed by a guided tour of the castle.
Continue to Hamburg and arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon.
Begin the day with a talk by Donna on the coming days’ performances. Then, begin your exploration of Hamburg with a walking tour through its Altstadt, past the dominating Neo-Renaissance Town Hall and Hamburg’s canals. After the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
In the evening, walk to the Hamburg State Opera for the first of three Hamburg Ballett-Tage Festival performances, with a performance by the Dutch National Ballet of a program of works by celebrated choreographer Hans van Manen set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev and Astor Piazzolla.
This morning, visit the Hamburg Ballet Centre for a private tour of the dance studios and facilities. Then, travel to the Hamburg State Opera for exclusive access to a rehearsal of the Hamburg Ballet company (subject to confirmation of rehearsal times).
This evening, enjoy a performance of Don Quixote by the Hamburg Ballet.
Visit the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s celebrated concert hall which opened in 2017 after a decade of construction. Enjoy a guided tour through the Elbphilharmonie building, discovering the details of Hamburg’s newest landmark.
In the evening, return to the Hamburg State Opera for a performance by the Hamburg Ballet of Shakespeare – Sonnets developed by choreographers of the Hamburg Ballet, Marc Jubete, Aleix Martinez and Edvin Revazov. This captivating production has as its unifying theme the sonnets of William Shakespeare.
Check out of the hotel in the late morning and transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Paris (flight included in tour price).
Arrive in Paris, ‘The City of Lights’, and transfer to the hotel. Dinner is at the hotel.
In the morning, travel to the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of French royalty in the 17th and 18th centuries. Explore the palace with a guided tour through its opulent Baroque interiors.
After lunch, enjoy a performance in the Royal Opera House of Versailles, inaugurated during the reign of King Louis XV in 1770, at which time it was the largest concert hall in Europe. Performing Swan Lake, the Perm Tchaikovsky State Ballet is considered amongst the finest Russian ballet companies with its strong conservative ballet traditions. (Their home town of Perm is the birthplace of the founder of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev!)
Return to Paris in the early evening.
Start the day with a talk by Donna on the upcoming days’ ballet performances. Then, discover the opulence of the Palais Garnier with a guided tour through its lavish gold-leaf Grand Foyer, dominating Grand Staircase and impressive Auditorium.
The afternoon is at leisure.
In the evening, depart for the Opéra Bastille, Paris’s modern opera house, for a performance by the Paris Opéra Ballet with dancers from Company Wayne McGregor. Directed and choregraphed by Wayne McGregor, current Resident Choreographer of London’s Royal Ballet, Trees of Code combines music, scenography and movement in an experimental collaboration of space, bodies and architecture.
This morning, travel to the Montmartre district for a walking tour through its charming streets and alleys. Dominated by the Basilica of Sacré Coeur, Montmartre sits on a hill to the north of Paris. Many artists had studios or worked in or around Montmartre, including Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondrian.
Afterwards, celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a special farewell lunch with Donna and fellow travellers.
The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
This evening, enjoy a performance at Paris’s historic Palais Garnier of two new works by Swedish choreographer Mats Ek, choreographed to the music of Ravel and Liszt.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.
For those returning home today, make your way to Paris Airport for suggested Qatar Airways flights to Australia and New Zealand via Doha. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.
*Single travellers may request to share.
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Final payment due
23 April 2019
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Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Germany or France.
Tour price includes
- A combination of premium category and excellent A-Reserve tickets for eight ballet performances in Berlin, Hamburg, Versailles and Paris
- Accommodation in centrally-located 4- and 5-star hotels, with breakfast daily (B)
- Pre-performance talks by your tour leader, Donna Cusack
- Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine with welcome dinner and farewell lunch
- Economy Class flight from Hamburg to Paris
- Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service, etc.
- Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
Berlin – Regent Berlin *****
Hamburg – Renaissance Hamburg Hotel ****
Paris – Hilton Paris Opera ****
NB. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted