Mar 6 - 17, 2020
12 days
$10,890per person, twin share (land content only). $2,200 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Robert Mitchell
Mar 6 - 17, 2020

Tour Leader

Dr Robert Mitchell$10,890per person, twin share (land content only). $2,200 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
  • Tour Info
  • Itinerary
  • Tour Leader
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  • Inclusions


Sir Bryn Terfel, Joyce DiDonato, Javier Camarena, Vittorio Grigolo, and Australian Nicole Car – the stars of the operatic firmament come out in a star-studded line-up at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, unrivalled by any other opera company anywhere in the world! Academy Travel is delighted to offer a 12-day program that includes six outstanding performances at the Met, plus a Broadway play and a Carnegie Hall concert. We’ve secured seats in the Grand Tier for all performances, complemented by background talks and visits to a select range of galleries and museums.



Six operas, a stage play and a Carnegie Hall concert are included. Details of the play and the concert will be available in November 2019.

  • Handel’s Agrippina – brand new David McVicar production starring Joyce DiDonato, Brenda Rae and Iestyn Davies.
  • Verdi’s La Traviata – new 2019 production with star tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Alfredo and upcoming soprano Lisette Oropesa as Violetta
  • Mozart’s Così fan tutte – 2018 production starring Australian soprano Nicole Car
  • Rossini’s comedy La Cenerentola – with Javier Camarena, the new star tenor of the international operatic scene
  • Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman – brand new production conducted by Valery Gergiev with Sir Bryn Terfel as the Dutchman and star German soprano Anja Kampe making her Met Opera debut
  • Opening night of Massenet’s Werther, with an all-star cast including Joyce DiDonato, Piotr Beczala and Aida Garifullina, led by the Met’s music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Meet for welcome drinks.

Day 2: Midtown walking tour. Agrippina. Day 3: Neue Museum private visit and a stroll in Central Park. Broadway theatre matinee.

Days 4–5: The Cloisters and Harlem. La Traviata.

Day 6: Frick Collection. Così fan tutte.

Day 7: JP Morgan Library. La Cenerentola.

Day 8: MoMA private viewing, lunch at The Modern, Carnegie Hall concert.

Days 9-10: Harlem Gospel (optional), The High Line and Chelsea. The Flying Dutchman matinee.

Day 11: Opening night of Werther, with farewell dinner at Grand Tier restaurant.

Day 12: Free morning. Airport transfers.

Start & Finish

Tour begins and ends at our New York hotel. Qantas, Delta and United Airlines offer direct regular flights to and from New York, with stopovers in either Los Angeles or Dallas Fort Worth. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Detailed Itinerary

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming weeks. To receive a copy of the published itinerary once available, please register your interest below and we will be sure to email you a copy. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9235 0023.

Dr Robert Mitchell

A highly experienced tour leader and singer, he is a veteran of almost 5,000 performances in over 120 operas.

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The Warwick Hotel

Our four-star hotel is very conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, on 54th Street. We have booked premier-plus grade rooms. These are large and comfortable, each with modern amenities. The hotel is in walking distance of many of New York’s most popular attractions. The hotel has just completed a major renovation. The Warwick has an interesting history. It was built in 1926 for newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, primarily as a residence for his Hollywood friends, among whom was his mistress Marion Davies. Over the years guests have included James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Actor Cary Grant lived in the Warwick for 12 years.

Tour Inclusions

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

Airport Transfers

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

Booking conditions

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.

Cancellation Fees

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Final Payment

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.

Tour Details

Fitness Requirement

Grade One

A Grade 1 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:
Rebecca Fussell 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
(outside Sydney)

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