This tour takes you to three of the leading music-making centres of the United States, each with a longstanding tradition of innovative productions and superlative performances. Chicago and Philadelphia have fine symphony orchestras, while the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall are two of the most storied venues in music history – all will be featured in the itinerary. The tour is timed to coincide with the opening of the 2018-19 season, with details becoming available progressively from late 2017. The musical program will be augmented by visits to galleries and walking tours surveying history and architecture.
Eight performances – three operas, four concerts and a stage play
Insightful pre-performance talks to expand your musical knowledge and help you get the most out of performances
Exclusive events such as a private visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and private dining in highly regarded restaurants
Long stays in major cities, with time for relaxing and for individual sightseeing
The company of like-minded music lovers
The itinerary will be updated as performing arts organisations release details of their 2018-19 season.
A play at the Steppenwolf Theater, one of the USA’s leading theatre companies
An orchestral performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, America’s finest ensemble
An opera at the Chicago Lyric Opera, known for its excellent singers and productions
A concert by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, one of the USA’s first orchestras
Two operas at the Metropolitan Opera, selected from their 2018-19 season
A concert at Carnegie Hall by a visiting international orchestra
A concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Days 1–5: In Chicago for five nights, we attend performances and visit the wonderful Art Institute. Go on walking tours of Chicago’s renowned modern architecture and visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House.
Days 6–8: Fly to Philadelphia for a performance and tour the excellent Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Days 9–15: Our tour ends in New York, where we attend performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Enjoy a private viewing of the Museum of Modern Art and architectural walking tours.
A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.
Qantas/American Airlines fly regularly into Chicago and home from New York.
A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in September. However due to the high amount of interest in this tour, bookings are now open. If the final itinerary is not as you expected and you wish to withdraw from the tour, you will have the option of cancelling your booking with no penalty. Online bookings can be made to the right of this page.
In the meantime, if you would like to be notified when the detailed itinerary become available, please fill in the form below.
Is one of Australia’s leading music tour leaders and music educators. He has designed and led more than 80 performance based tours to Europe and the US.
Working for the Centre for Continuing Education and other associations for more than 25 years, Robert has designed dozens of music courses and led more than 80 performance based tours around the world. Since 2010, Robert has led tours exclusively with Academy Travel.
Hotels to be advised. Hotels will be selected principally for their central location, with an average 4* rating.
What is included in the tour price? Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.
What is not included in the tour price? Open-age tours do not include the following:
Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.
A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.
If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:
More than 60 days before departure: $500*
60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due
*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.
Unused Portions of the tour
We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.
Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.
Passport and Visa
A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.
Will the tour price change?
If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.
Will the itinerary change?
Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.
Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.
Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.