Aug 3 - 7, 2021
5 days
$3,870per person, twin share (land content only). $740 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Christopher Menz
Aug 3 - 7, 2021

Tour Leader

Christopher Menz$3,870per person, twin share (land content only). $740 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Academy Travel is delighted to present a four-night program in Sydney for lovers of the performing and visual arts. The itinerary is based around four outstanding performances: the smash hit musical Hamilton, Opera Australia’s The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of The Picture of Dorian Gray, starring Eryn Jane Norvill and Mozart’s Requiem performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Simone Young. We have excellent seats for all events.

Around the performances we have woven a program of gallery visits and experiences designed to show off some of Sydney’s hidden treasures. We have also included dining in some excellent restaurants. Accommodation is in the luxurious Fullerton Hotel, located in the former GPO of Sydney on Martin Place.

COVID-19 cancellation policy

The following special cancellation and refund conditions applies to this tour.

  • If you book on this tour and then find that you are unable to travel due to Government imposed COVID-19 travel restrictions we will provide a 100% cash refund of all monies paid to Academy Travel for this tour. This refund will be given irrespective of how close to the tour start date you become ineligible to travel, but you must inform us within 24 hours of becoming personally unable to travel in order to obtain a full refund.
  • If the tour cannot proceed due to Government imposed Covid-19 travel restrictions, the tour will be cancelled and all participants will receive a 100% cash refund of all monies paid to Academy Travel for this tour. This refund will be given irrespective of how close the cancellation occurs to the start date of the tour.


  • Hamilton – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s once-in-a-generation musical is having a sell-out run in Sydney. Hamilton tells the dramatic story of one of the founding fathers of the United States with witty, poetic dialogue and an inventive score.
  • The Tales of Hoffman – An international team has been assembled for Opera Australia’s new production. Damiano Michieletto directs an impressive cast, led by soprano Jessica Pratt, who takes on all four female leads. Next year the same production moves to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Eryn Jane Norvill’s virtuosic solo performance in this adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s dark novella was the hit of the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2020 season. It returns for a limited season in 2021.
  • A private launch takes us to the Quarantine Station on North Head and then to lunch in a secluded restaurant overlooking Clifton Gardens.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Meet your tour leader Christopher Menz at The Fullerton Hotel and enjoy a talk in the hotel followed by a performance of Hamilton at the Lyric Theatre.

Day 2: After a talk, enjoy lunch in The Rocks, followed by a private guided tour of Salon Des Refuses at the SH Ervin gallery. Tonight, see an evening performance of Tales of Hoffmann.

Day 3: A private launch on the Fleetwing II takes us to the Quarantine Station at Manly for a private tour, followed by lunch at Ripples overlooking Chowder Bay.  Tonight, we enjoy a performance, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Day 4: After a talk, we tour White Rabbit gallery followed by lunch.  this evening there will be a performance at the Sydney Town Hall of Mozart’s Requiem by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Day 5: The tour ends after breakfast.

Detailed Itinerary

Start & Finish

The tour begins at 3pm on August 3 at the Fullerton Hotel.
The tour ends after breakfast on August 7 at the Fullerton Hotel

Detailed Itinerary

Included meals are shown with the symbols B, L and D.

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Independent check in to the Fullerton Hotel from 2pm. At 3.30pm meet your fellow tour participants as US historian Dr Richard Bell presents a talk on Hamilton. Richard provides both an overview of the production and an expert appraisal of the way the story is told. The talk is transmitted on to a large screen from Maryland in the USA. This evening there is an early dinner in the hotel before a coach takes us to and from the Lyric Theatre in Pyrmont for our performance of Hamilton. (D)

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

This morning there is a heritage tour of the hotel, followed by a talk on Tales of Hoffmann.  Enjoy a fine dining lunch in The Rocks. We continue to the SH Ervin Gallery, located on Observatory Hill. Here we view the Salon de Refusés, showing works which were not selected for the 2021 Archibald Prize. The works in the Salon are often regarded by critics as better and more interesting than the Archibald prize itself, which is selected by a non-expert jury. This evening we take the light rail to the Sydney Opera House for The Tales of Hoffmann. (B, L)

Thursday, 5 August 2021

This morning we walk down to the King St Wharf, where the 38-foot motor catamaran Fleetwing takes us on a private cruise up Sydney Harbour to the Quarantine Station at North Head. Here a guide explains the history of this beautiful site. We then head to Clifton Gardens, an exclusive harbourfront neighbourhood. We enjoy lunch at Ripples, a restaurant in a historic building overlooking the beach. We return in the mid-afternoon. This evening, we head to the Roslyn Packer Theatre for Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Picture of Dorian Gray. (B, L)

Friday, 6 August 2021

This morning there will be a talk in the hotel on Mozart’s Requiem. Depart by coach to see the remarkable contemporary Chinese art shown at the White Rabbit, a private gallery run by philanthropist Judith Nielsen. We then head to fashionable Chippendale for lunch at Bistro Gavroche. This evening we enjoy a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at Sydney Town Hall. (B, L)

Saturday, 7 August 2021

The tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Christopher Menz

A former art museum director and curator, with expertise in the arts and music throughout Europe, the USA and Australia.

Christopher Menz is a former art museum director and curator and has been leading cultural tours in Europe, the United States and Australia since 2013. He has expertise and interest in the visual arts and music.

Christopher has a BA (Hons) from Flinders University. He is a former director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Before that he was a curator, specialising in decorative arts, and worked at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria. He has published and lectured extensively on Australian and European decorative arts, notably on the design work of William Morris, and curated numerous exhibitions. Christopher is based in Melbourne where he is an art consultant and valuer, and Development Consultant for Australian Book Review.

Christopher has led cultural tours to Germany, England, the United States, as well as in Australia. He has also been a tour leader on European river cruises.

We asked Christopher, what do you think clients get from travelling with you?

“It is always a great thrill to be able to introduce clients to new experiences and to places they might otherwise not have visited or not have visited recently. I always hope to give tour guests something that adds to the experiences of the places, cities, museums and art galleries, and performances that they would not get if travelling alone.”

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The Fullerton Hotel,  Sydney (4 nights)

We have reserved rooms in this five-star luxury hotel in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Fullerton Hotel Sydney

Tour Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation and breakfast at The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
  • Private cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Dining at some of Sydney’s best restaurants
  • Private guided tour of Salon Des Refuses
  • Performance tickets included in the itinerary
  • Travel on excursions by private coach
  • In-depth performance talks by expert lecturers
  • All group tipping

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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