Opera Delights in Paris, departing 22 November 2018

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Discover more of Paris with IFC. Luxuriate in La Cenerentola at the Palais Garnier and L’Exilir d’Amour at the Opera Bastille. Visit the stunning Louvre - home of the most well-known painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. Marvel at what you see and hear on our “Best of Paris” City Tour. Explore historical Montmarte on our very special “Montmarte and Sacre Coeur” Walking Tour. Learn about the inne workings of the Opera Garnier on a backatage tour. Experience the grandeur of Verseille.

For most of the nineteenth century Paris was the opera capital of the world. It was where the famous opera singers appeared and where some of the most spectacular productions were staged. Today, Paris is still the home of grand opera. There is much to see and do in this wonderful city: Notre Dame, L’Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Champs Élysées, Sacre Coeur, Eiffel Tower, grandiose Place de la Concorde and much, much more. The shops such as Galeries Lafayette and the smart arcaded rue de Rivoli are legendary. And not to be missed over on the left bank is the Musée d’Orsay, home of the world’s finest Impressionist art collection.

Paris was, is and always will be, something rather special.

Inclusions

  • Return scheduled flight from Dublin, taxes
  • Four nights in the four-star Mercure Paris Montmarte with breakfast
  • La Cenerentola in the Opera Garnier – category 2 ticket
  • L’Exilir d’Amour in the Opera Bastille – category 2 ticket 
  • Three lunches and one dinner
  • Highlights of Paris sightseeing tour by coach
  • Visit to the Louvre Museum
  • Backstage tour of the Opera Garnier
  • Visit to the Musee Jaquemart Andre
  • Full day excursion to Versaille with visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum and
  • Private transfers and guide according to the programme

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with a morning flight to Paris. Flying with Aer Lingus, flight departs Dublin at 09:50 And arrives into Paris airport at 12:35. (Please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion) On arrival in Paris, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to local bistro in Paris for a Welcome lunch. Afterwards, transfer to the 4* Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur Hotel Where you are booked for four-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

Your hotel: 

The Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur is located in the district of Montmartre district of Paris. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the hotel. The hotel’s bar “L’Atelier” serves snacks and drinks. The Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur is within walking distance of the stunning sights of the Montmartre district and is just 1.2 km from the Sacré Coeur and a short walk from the famous Montmartre Cemetery. The nearest Metro stop is Place de Clichy, 240 m away and provides direct access to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées.

The afternoon and is evening is at your leisure. Perhaps try dinner in your hotel or sample one of Paris’s many wonderful restaurants.

Day 2

This morning, meet your local guide and fellow travellers for your ‘Highlights of Paris’ city tour. See L’Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées, and the River Seine and learn all about Paris’s historic landmarks.

As part of today’s excursion, enjoy a backstage tour of the opulent Neo-Baroque Palais Garnier, designed by French architect Charles Garnier in the late 19th century. The Palais Garnier was the inspiration for the setting for the famous musical, 'Phantom of the Opera.' During your tour, your expert opera guide will take you through the magnificant grand foyer, show you the stunning main staircase and the auditorium itself (please note that if rehearsals are on then the opera house may close the auditorium to visitors).

The afternoon is at your leisure so you can spend the remainder of the afternoon as you wish. Perhaps visit some of Paris’ iconic shops, museums or simply relax on the Champs Élysées and watch the world go by.

In the evening, an early pre-performance dinner (two-course) will be served in a local Parisian restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the Palais Garnier for the evening performance of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Please note that artist can change at the venues discretion.

Performance Details

Rossini’s La Cenerentola

Opera in two acts (1817)

Venue: Opera Garnier

Start time: 19:30

Length: 3hrs10 with 2 intervals

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Divested of its traditional attributes – glass slipper and pumpkin carriage – and dominated by a tyrannical stepfather instead of a cruel stepmother, Rossini’s la Cenerentola plays with these most conventional of fairy‑tale characters. Nonetheless Cinderella lives in a closed world devoid of tenderness and under the yoke of the tormentor whom she protects. Deep beneath her goodness smoulders a fire that her encounter with the prince will set free… Guillaume Gallienne subtly highlights the halftones of this dramma giocoso, somewhere between opera buffa and opera seria, and ranging from sombre melancholy to the burlesque.  Taken from opera website.

Category 2 tickets

At the end of the evening, coach transfer back to your hotel.

 

Day 3

Today, enjoy a full day excursion to Versaille with lunch and a stop at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Escape from Paris for the day on this excursion to Versaille. On arrival in Versaille, you will have a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chateaux Versailler and the Royal Opera. Marvel at the grand chambers such as the Hall of Mirrors. Enjoy the picturesque palace gardens, and afterwars relax over a 2-course lunch in a restaurant in Versaille.

On return to Paris, visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Designed by architect Frank Gehry of Guggenheim Bilbao fame, the Louis Vuitton Foundation Arts and Culture centre opened in 2014 in Paris’s 16th district. Located in a modern looking building, the foundation came from an idea by the chairman the LVMH group, Bernard Arnault. As this is an individual visit, you will have time to exlore this cultural centre at your leisure.

Return to your hotel at the end of the day.

Day 4

Today, visit the Louvre Museum, home to Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa, Paris' Louvre museum holds a collection of over 35,000 paintings and sculptures and is considered to be one of the greatest art museums in the world.

After the museum visit, a 2-course lunch will be taken in a local Parisian restaurant followed by the performance Donisetti’s L’Exilir d’Amour in the Opera Bastille.

Performance Details

L’Elixir d’Amour

Melodramma Giocoso in two acts (1832)

Venue: Opera Bastille

Start time: 14:30

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus 

Coproduction with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

A village somewhere in the Italian countryside, a wayside inn on a road crossed by the occasional dog. Nothing more. Laurent Pelly’s production presents a deserted landscape in which the turbulent arrival of Doctor Dulcamara causes a sensation. And with good reason! He is said to be the inventor of a mysterious love potion… In opera, love philtres often provoke terrible tragedies. They also provide the pretext for this gentle comedy in which Sergeant Belcore and the timid Nemorino vie with each other for beautiful Adina’s heart. The stage is set! Bring on the music, which, if we are to believe Donizetti, was composed in a fortnight! Taken from opera house website

Category 2 tickets

At the end of the performance, coach transfer back to your hotel.

Day 5

Today, visit the Musee Jaquemart Andre Museum and discover the one of the finest Parisian private art collections with painting from famous artists such as Botticelli, Rembrandt, Fragonard and Van Dyck among others. This museum is truly a hidden gem in Paris.

Free time for lunch and afterwards, transfer to airport for return flight. Flight departs Paris at 17:00 and arrives Dublin 17:40

(please note that flight times are subject to change at airline’s discretion)

Accommodation

Located in the heart of Montmartre and close to the Haussmann-Opéra district, we welcome you to our 4-star hotel at the foot of Sacré Coeur. For a romantic getaway for two, leisure time with the family, or to relax during a business stay, you will be bowled over by Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur and its great location. Discover the Moulin Rouge, the large department stores or simply relax in your comfy room after a day at work.

The hotel Mercure Paris Sacré Coeur Montmartre provides easy access to the charming Montmartre neighbourhood. The famous basilica Sacré Coeur and the Moulin Rouge are only a stone's throw away. Other attractions can be accessed by the metro. Champs Elysees, les Invalides and the Stade de France within easy reach by a 10 min metro ride. A secured parking compound is located nearby the hotel. Numerous trendy restaurants are close to the hotel. A night bar is available in the hotel.

Extra Information

Booking Information

  • Price is inclusive of one piece of hand luggage. Checked in luggage is extra according to airline fees at time of booking. Please advise at the time of booking should you wish to check-in a bag.
  • Single supplement €389
  • A non-refundable / non- transferable deposit of €590 per person is required at time of booking (by debit card, cheque or credit card)
  • Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • Minimum numbers required to travel or deposit refunded. 
  • Prices, flight times & listed itinerary are subject to change
  • KP/IFC Booking terms and conditions apply 
  • Please note that scheduled performance and artists can change at the venues discretion
  • Please note that the above itinerary is indicative of inclusions and that the final itinerary may vary in tour scheduling depending on local venue confirmations.

Flight and tour timings are subject to change.


  Cost per person: €1,889pp
  Number of nights: 4
  Dates available: Departure: 22 november 2018

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