Music, Ballet and Art in Melbourne

Thrill to extraordinary performances of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with virtuosos Lang Lang and Vadim Gluzman, along with the Monte Carlo Ballet, bringing fiery life to the Melbourne winter in 2019.

Enjoy a series of concerts by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, featuring piano virtuoso Lang Lang performing Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto no.24 and Vadim Gluzman performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Then, be captivated by the visiting Monte Carlo Ballet with a performance of LAC, an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s classic Swan Lake by choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot.

In between performances, enjoy Melbourne’s rich collection of art galleries including a guided tour of the annual Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and a visit to the unique Johnston Collection of fine and decorative art.

Arrive in Melbourne and make your own way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.

In the evening, join Andy and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing, pre-performance talk and dinner at The Arts Centre Melbourne. After dinner attend a performance of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Ukrainian-born violinist Vadim Gluzman.


Start the day with a guided tour of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

After lunch, enjoy a curator-led tour of the intriguing Grainger Museum, which celebrates the life of Australian composer Percy Grainger and houses original manuscripts, published scores, musical instruments, field recordings, artworks, photographs, books and personal items.

Then, transfer to the Conservatorium to view a portrait of iconic Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian Era and the first Australian to receive international recognition as a classical musician.

The evening is at leisure.


This morning travel to Altona for a private guided tour of The Australian Ballet’s Production Centre, a purpose-built facility used to house the ballet company’s props, sets and costumes.

After lunch, return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

This evening, walk to The Arts Centre for a performance by the Monte Carlo Ballet of the sensual cousin of the world’s most famous ballet, Swan Lake. The work is choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, who is famous for his ability to combine the contemporary with the fine classical ballet style.


Begin the day with a pre-performance talk by Andy, followed by a private tour of the Johnston Collection, comprising objects of fine and decorative art collected by antiques dealer William Robert Johnston and housed in the Fairhall historic house.

Then join Andy for a special farewell lunch at a local restaurant followed by free time in the afternoon.

Tonight, conclude the tour with a performance by piano virtuoso Lang Lang as he performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.24 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including additional nights’ accommodation either before or after the tour.


Per person, twin-share

AUD 3,950

Single supplement*

AUD 550

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 750

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

02 May 2019

Tour code


Fitness level

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Suggested airline

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Tour price includes

  • Category 1 tickets to all included performances
  • Pre-performance talks by your tour leader, Andy Bromberger
  • Accommodation in a centrally-located deluxe 5 star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner); wine with welcome dinner and farewell lunch
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Melbourne (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
  • Hotel porterage
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Melbourne – The Langham*****

N.B. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

Pre-tour and post-tour accommodation is available at this hotel through our arrangement.. Please contact us for assistance.

+subject to availability