Premiere of "Tosca" in Paris with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros, departing 15 May 2019

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Discover more of Paris with IFC. Luxuriate in Tosca at the Opera Bastille starring the legendary Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. Marvel at what you see and hear on our “Best of Paris” City Tour. Visit the stunning Musée Jacquemart-André and marvel at its famous art collections. 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 Galleries Lafayette and the smart arcaded rue de Rivoli are legendary. And don‘t forget to visit the Louvre - home of the most well-known painting in the world, the Mona Lisa and over on the left bank you’ll find 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
  • Three nights in the four-star Mercure Paris Montmarte with breakfast
  • Welcome lunch in a typical Parisian restaurant 
  • Highlights of Paris sightseeing tour by coach
  • Guided visit of the Opera Garnier
  • Guided tour of the Musee Jacquemart-Andre, internationally renowned for its rich art collections followed by lunch in a French Bistro
  • Montmarte and Sacré Coeur Tour Walking Tour. Stroll down the quaint cobblestone streets past the Moulin Rouge and former haunts of famous composers and writers as you hear about the history of Monmarte. See where Vincent van Gogh once lived, and visit the final resting place of Degas, Berlioz, Offenbach and others at the Montmartre Cemetery. For an inspiring tour finale, take in some of the best views in Paris from the steps of the magnificent Sacré Coeur.
  • Departure lunch in a French Bistro
  • Pre-opera dinner
  • Puccini’s Tosca at the Opera Bastille
  • Private transfers and guide according to the programme

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with a morning/early afternoon flight to Paris. On arrival in Paris, meet your local guide for private coach transfer to the 4* Mercure Paris Montmarte Sacre Coeur Hotel where you are booked for three-nights on a bed & breakfast basis. Enjoy a brief orientation tour on arrival followed by a welcome lunch where you can get to know your fellow travelers.

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 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, the River Seine and learn all about Paris’s historic landmarks. The city tour will end with a visit to the famous Opera Garnier, one of Europe's largest opera houses with seating for almost 2,000 people and the inspiration for the setting of the famous musical, 'Phantom of the Opera.'

During the tour, your expert guide will take you through the stunning Grand Foyer, the sumptuous main staircase, the Member's Rotunda and the auditorium itself. Enjoy the opulent Neo-Baroque décor of this beautiful building, designed by French architect Charles Garnier in the late 19th century. Please note that the opera house reserves the right to close off certain areas due to rehearsals. 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, enjoy pre-theatre dinner and afterwards attend the evening performance of Tosca in the Opera Bastille with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. Please note that the Opera Bastille reserves 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.

Performance Details

Puccini’s Tosca Venue:

Opera Bastille Start time: 7.30pm (Premiere)

Giacomo Puccini: “Tosca”

Melodramma in three acts (1900)

A Pasolinian landscape over which hovers the overwhelming image of a cross, symbol of the collusion between political and religious oppression: Pierre Audi’s reading divests the work of its ceremonial dress and strips bare its perfectly regulated tragic mechanism, the cogwheels of its drama which, from the raising of the curtain to the tragic downfall, operate with pitiless efficiency. With its transition from theatre to opera, Sardou’s play becomes the very symbol of operatic art. Is that because Tosca portrays a prima donna whose jealousy has weighty consequences for the destiny of her lover? The music overflows the drama to reveal the sensuality of its immortal heroine. Category 3 tickets At the end of the evening, coach transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3

This morning, visit the impressive Musée Jacquemart-André, followed by lunch in a French Bistro. The Musée Jacquemart-André presents stunning collections in a mansion atmosphere, which makes it unique in Paris. Discovery the living areas of the 19th century: ceremonial rooms, monumental stairways, winter garden and private apartments.

The collections here are some of the most remarkable in France with works from Flemish and German schools, detached frescoes, refined furniture, and tapestries with the first floor is devoted to Italian art during this period. Images copyright of the Musée Jacquemart-André Remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent sightseeing in Paris.

Day 4

Today, see what Montmarte has to offer as we take a walking tour around Montmarte and Sacré Coeur Tour. Stroll down the quaint cobblestone streets past the Moulin Rouge and former haunts of famous composers and writers as you hear about the history of Monmarte. See where Vincent van Gogh once lived, and visit the final resting place of Degas, Berlioz, Offenbach and others at the Montmartre Cemetery. For an inspiring tour finale, take in some of the best views in Paris from the steps of the magnificent Sacré Coeur. A departure lunch will be held at a local French bistro and afterwards, transfer to airport for return flight.

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

Opera Performance

Please note that this tour offer is based on Tosca at the Opera Bastille. This tour is based on the performance and not the artists. Please note that artists can change at the venues discretion. The Opera Bastille reserves 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 July 2018. Flight times are subject to change at the airlines discretion.

Booking Deposit

Booking deposit is €350 pp. Balance is due 8 weeks prior to departure date. No credit card charge on deposit payments.

Hand Luggage

One standard piece of hand luggage is included in your tour price. (10 kilos). Checked in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel, prices may vary. Please note this must be booked with a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. Bags booked within 14 days prior to travel will incur an administration fee of €25 per piece.

Passport

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.

Travel Insurance

IFC strongly recommends travel insurance and can offer a competitive quotation if not already purchased. The EHIC is a European Healthcard available to all EU citizens and is recommended to carry for travel within Europe. Please check www.ehic.ie for more information.

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: €1,349pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: Departing 15 May 2019

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