New York: The Metropolitan Opera, Galleries and Museums

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For 2019, we have an exciting addition to our tours programme with the release of our New York: The Metropolitan Opera, Galleries and Museums tour.  Recently, the Met has seen a huge rise in its global audience thanks to the high-definition live cinema broadcast and wonderful as these are, there is nothing like the thrill and excitement of a live performance at the Met.  A tour highlights is a backstage tour, dinner at The Grand Tier and performance of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera. We also visit the fabulous Lincoln Centre for a performance by the New York Philharmonic.  We add visits to the city’s best known museum – The Metropolitan Museum of Art and also visit the lesser know yet stunning Frick Museum collection, one of the world’s finest private art collections.

New York stands above all other American cities.  Its museums and art galleries are outstanding. Just strolling through the streets of Manhattan admiring the various architectural styles is a cultural feast of its own.  Some important museums and galleries include The American Museum of Natural History at Central Park West 79th Street, the Frick Collection of Art Treasures featuring Goya, Titian, El Greco and Renoir.  Among others is The Guggenheim Museum at 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street designed by Lloyd Wright, the source of debate since it opened in 1959, The Museum of Modern Art at 11th and West 53rd Street, considered to be the most important museum of modern art in the world, and of course the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the worlds most impressive centres of culture.  The classical musical scene in New York is exceptionally busy with the highest of standards and some of the best productions with world-class artists.   Book your place today and feel the unique excitement of New York city.


Inclusions

  • Return flights to New York from Dublin, taxes
  • Five-nights in the Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square with breakfast
  • Two evening performances
    o La Traviata in the Metropolitan Opera
    o New York Philharmonic in the Lincoln Centre
  • Pre-performance dinner on two evenings
  • Full day guided city tour of New York with lunch
  • Guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Visit to the Frick Museum
  • The Metropolitan Opera Guild backstage tour
  • Free time to enjoy the sights and shopping of the city
  • Private coach and for all transfers and excursions

    Optional extra: Broadway show on one of the free evenings

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour begins with a morning flight from Dublin to New York City. On arrival, meet your local guide for coach transfer to the Riu Plaza New York Times Square Hote where you will stay for five nights on a bed and breakfast basis.   

Your hotel: Riu Plaza New York Times Square Hote

Located in the heart of Manhattan, the new Riu Plaza New York Times Square Hotel offers its guests many services and amenities such as a gym, meeting rooms and Wi-Fi connection. The 29 floors of the Riu Plaza New York Times Square Hotel stand out because of their cutting edge and elegant design and their more than 600 rooms perfectly equipped with a mini refrigerator, desk, television with multimedia connections, central air conditioning and heating, among other amenities, which have been designed to offer you maximum comfort. Included among the hotel's facilities you will find the Fashion restaurant, "The Theater Buffet" and the Capital bar, with its Grab & Go concept characteristic of the city. The Riu Plaza New York Times Square is located in the heart of New York and is surrounded by emblematic sites such as Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Carnegie Hall and the luxury stores on Fifth Avenue. Its extraordinary location makes the hotel the ideal spot from which to enjoy the authentic pace of New York life and an interesting array of cultural and leisure activities.

Dinner at own expense. There are innumerable cafes and restaurants to choose from within a few steps from the hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast at your hotel

Meet your local guide and explore New York on our full day “Best of New York” Tour.  Visit the National 9/11 memorial; explore the financial district on foot – Wall Street,“The Bull“, St.Paul’s Chapel. Trinity Church; see Central Park, Fifth Avenue, St.Patrick Cathedral; see the Statue of Liberty and visit Ellis Island.  You will be provided with a lunch voucher for use at Liberty/Ellis Island. The tour will involve a walking element and we therefore recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes for this excursion.

Evening at leisure and dinner at own expense

 

Day 3

Breakfast at your hotel

Today, visit the wonderful Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are many museums in New York but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is truly one of the best. From the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue, the Met, with its tall columns and windows, immense stairways and water fountains, looks like it could be an emperor's palace. The size and diversity of the artwork on display is even more impressive; the museum's collection contains works from every part of the world, spanning the Stone Age to the twentieth century. The Egyptian Art gallery includes a whole temple that was shipped to America as a gift.

Lunch at own expense

Following lunch, we visit the Frick Collection.   Internationally recognised as one of the world’s premier museums, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding European sculpture and decorative arts. The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it allows visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death.

Evening at leisure and dinner at own expense

 

Day 4

Breakfast at your hotel

Morning at leisure. Explore some of New York’s finest museums or perhaps indulge in a spot of shopping.

In the afternoon, meet your local guide for coach transfer to The Lincoln Centre.  Start your Met Opera experience with a Metropolitian Opera Guild Backstage Tour.  Afterwards, enjoy a three course dinner at The Grand Tier Restaurant, The Met‘s own restaurant. Set within one of the most spectacular cultural destinations in the world, The Grand Tier at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House is a shrine to elegance and artistry. Enjoy sumptuous contemporary cuisine served in an atmosphere highlighted by spectacular chandeliers and original masterpieces.

After dinner, take your seat in The Metropolitan Opera for the evening performance of La Traviata.  (Orchestra seats are included)

Coach transfer to hotel at the end of the evening

Day 5

Breakfast at your hotel

Day at leisure for independent exploration.

In the evening, meet your local guide for coach transfer to The Lincoln Centre for three course pre Concert dinner.

After dinner, take your seat in the David Geffen Hall for performance by the NY Philharmonic – Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. (Orchestra seats are included)

Mahler’s Sixth — a heart-stopping tour de force for virtuoso orchestra — discloses its tragedy slowly and dramatically: passages of great beauty and calm; violins soaring in the “Alma theme” (a portrait of the composer’s wife); and the sound of distant cowbells as if from alpine pastures. But in the end, Mahler revealed, prophetic hammer-blows of fate “fell [the hero] like the stroke of an axe.” (extract from NY Philharmonic website)

Coach transfer to hotel at the end of the evening

Day 6

Breakfast at your hotel

Time for last minute shopping before meeting your local guide for coach transfer to the airport for your return flight.

 

Accommodation

Enjoy This New York City hotel in the heart of Times Square, New York is the city that never sleeps.

Millennium Broadway New York Times Square is located in the heart of NYC, giving guests a front row seat to all of the endless action and constant excitement of Broadway. They cater to both leisure and business travelers, which is why they are a perennial favorite among travelers to NYC. The Millennium boast a welcoming, multi-lingual cast and crew, 626 well-appointed rooms, a 24/7 fitness center and complimentary Wi-Fi, among other amenities.

 

Extra Information

Booking Information

Performances

Please note that the venues reserve the right to change the advertised arrangements of any performance in the event of illness or any cause beyond their control. This includes non-appearance of any named artist. IFC have no control over performing artists. 

Flight Times

Flight times will be confirmed in June 2018. Flight times are subject to change at the airlines discretion.

Booking Deposit

Booking deposit is €900 pp.  Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure date.  No credit card charge on deposit payments. 

Passport and Visa for USA

It is your responsibility to ensure your passport will be valid for your holiday. Please contact IFC should you have any queries regarding your passport.  

Under the USA Visa Waiver Programme, most Irish passport holders do not require a visa to travel to the United States if travelling as a tourist for up to 90 days, however those qualifying for the Visa Waiver Programme must apply online for an ESTA which is authorisation to enter the USA, for which there may be a small administration fee. This may only be obtained online by visiting the official website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.  We recommend that you obtain you ESTA as soon as you have booked your trip as entry to the US will be refused without it.  If you do not  qualify for the VWP, you will be required to apply for a visa to enter the US.  Please contact the relevant embassy for any additional information. Without authorisation prior to travel, admission may be denied at a US port of entry. It is the travellers responsibility to ensure that the have the relevant Visa Waiver / ESTA / Visa for entry to the USA. IFC cannot be held responsible for invalid documents.

Travel Insurance

IFC insist that all travellers to the US have adequate travel insurance for the duration of the trip and can offer a competitive quotation if not already purchased. IMPORTANT: If you have purchased travel insurance with IFC. If you or any person travelling has a pre-existing medical condition then you must declare that condition to Health Check.

Flight and tour timings are subject to change

 


  Cost per person: €3,429pp
  Number of nights: 5
  Dates available: Departing 07 April 2019

Single Supplement €785

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