New York remains a beacon of sophistication, class and culture. For many, it continues to be a familiar landscape that is both constant and changing. This is the allure that makes this city appear new and fresh with each visit. The “City that Never Sleeps” is also an intense experience for some, but in the most positive of ways. Join Act 1 Tours, as we capture the essence of New York City, heighten our senses with stimulating art, enjoyable dining and, of course, magical performances at the world-class Metropolitan Opera.
This itinerary has been specially designed to capitalize on a sampling of four of history’s greatest composers including Rossini, Puccini, Wagner and Strauss. During the daytime we delve into some of the city’s exciting art scene with visits to the Neue Galerie and the recently opened Breuer Museum, a new addition under the umbrella of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Meals will include a welcome dinner at the iconic Grand Tier Restaurant, an exceptional dining experience at Boulud Sud, a festive cocktail party at Rosa Mexicano, and a farewell reception at Ed’s Chowder House to conclude our tour. The hotel of choice will be the conveniently located Empire Hotel, just steps away from Lincoln Center.
Semiramide (Benini; Meade, DeShong, Camarena, Green), Parsifal (Nézet-Séguin; Herlitzius, Vogt, Pape), La Bohème (Armiliato; Yoncheva, Phillips, Fabiano), Elektra Premiere (Nézet-Séguin; Goerke, Hunter-Morris, Petrenko)
Optional: Madama Butterfly (Armiliato; Jaho, Aronica, Bizik).
Monday, February 26
Optional: Early arrival at the Empire Hotel with the preference to include this evening’s performance of Madama Butterfly (Armiliato; Jaho, Aronica, Bizik).
Airport car service can be arranged upon request.
Tuesday, February 27
Independent arrivals and check-in at the Empire Hotel.
Late afternoon, we meet for the first time in the hotel lobby to walk a short distance to Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, where we will start our tour program with a welcome dinner at the Grand Tier Restaurant before the 6:00pm perfor- mance of Parsifal (Nézet-Séguin; Herlitzius, Vogt, Mattei, Pape).
Wednesday, February 28
The day is open for individual pursuits with recommendations from Act 1 Tours or the Empire Hotel concierge. An evening reception with substantial hors d’oeuvres will be held at Rosa Mexicano, followed by the 7:30pm performance of Semiramide (Benini; Meade, DeShong, Camarena, Green).
Thursday, March 1
We head out this morning with art and architecture specialist Sylvia Laudien-Meo for a guided tour of the city by motor coach. We drive towards Greenwich Village, pass by the High Line and then pause for light refreshment at the bustling Chelsea Market, all the time learning more about this unique Manhattan neighborhood that surrounds the Meat Packing district.
The day continues with a visit to one or two of Sylvia’s favorite galleries in the Chelsea area, returning to the hotel in the early afternoon for relaxation.
This evening we will gather for a 5:00pm dinner at Boulud Sud, one of the restaurants owned by renowned chef Daniel Boulud, a Mediterranean inspired restaurant. We follow dinner with the Season Premiere of Elektra (Nézet-Séguin: Goerke, van den Heever, Hunter Morris).
Friday, March 2
Mid-morning we depart for the Neue Gallerie, a museum of early 20th century German and Austrian art and design. There will be a short refreshment break at the Neue Galerie before we move on. The morning will conclude at the newly opened Met Breuer Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum. The remainder of the afternoon will be independent for personal interests and choice of dining.
This evening we meet again for our walk to the Metropolitan Opera for the 8:00pm performance of our final opera of the trip, La Bohème (Armiliato; Yoncheva, Phillips, Fabiano).
Following the performance we return to the hotel for a farewell reception at Ed’s Chowder House, located inside the Empire Hotel and toast the end of a memorable trip..
Saturday, March 3
Independent departures or extensions.
- Four nights Superior Room at Empire Hotel
- Orchestra seating for all four operas
- Welcome dinner at the Grand Tier Restaurant
- Dinner at Boulud Sud
- Guided coach neighborhood tour
- Admission to the Neue Galerie and Met Breuer
- Pre-performance celebration at Rosa Mexicano
- Farewell reception at Ed’s Chowder House
- Driver and guide gratuities throughout
- Act 1 Tours’ partner, Jacqueline Sale, as host throughout
- Air travel to/from New York City.
- Airport transfers to and from Empire Hotel may be arranged on request.
- Any meals and personal expenses not mentioned as part of the itinerary.
Optionals (subject to availability):
- Early or extended hotel stay ................................ $250/night
- Madame Butterly with one night hotel ................ $500 single occupancy, $700 double occupancy (2 tickets)
COST OF TOUR
$ 3,800 per person sharing a double occupancy
$ 4,325 per person with single occupancy
A non-refundable deposit of $1,250 per person is due on registration, with the balance due by December 15, 2017. Payment due in full when registering after this date.
Trip insurance is strongly recommended to offset financial loss should the need to cancel arise between the registration date and the start of the tour. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived under certain policies, if purchased within 15 days of the initial deposit. Act 1 Tours can arrange coverage on your behalf through AIG Travel Guard.
Trip insurance is strongly encouraged to avoid financial loss in the event a need to cancel arises. Act 1 Tours can arrange suitable coverage upon request for your behalf and some policies will waive pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 15 days of making an initial deposit.