23 days
Americas, British Isles, Europe
Level 2 - Introductory to Moderate

Music and performing arts tour.

The Theatre-Opera-Ballet and Classical Music Small group tours offered for Odyssey Travellers are unique. This music and performing arts tour is a round–the-world, 23 day extravaganza, which encompasses two continents. As a result, we can take in the major arts centres of Vienna, Paris, Munich London and New York.  During this specialised music and performing arts tour  you have the opportunity to enjoy what many will consider the best arts experiences available each year during the month of January.

The 2018 program will be posted in detail by August 2017.

The program typically commences each year in Vienna for New years eve and the new years day concert. A highlight in Vienna is the tour of Schönbrunn Palace. From Vienna  you travel onto possibly Munich depending on performances offered and then on to to Paris. During our stay in Paris for 5 nights attending the various concerts and recitals as well as exhibitions at the museums and galleries. Following Paris the small group music and performing arts tour moves to London. Typically you enjoy performances at the Opera house in Convent garden or the Barbican. During your time in London enjoy back-stage tours or shows at several major theatres, including the National Theatre in London and the Paris Opera. Crossing the atlantic the small group music and performing arts tour moves to New York. While in New York for 5 days, going off broadway and to the Lincoln center or Carnegie or other locations to see some of the greatest performers in their class. Odyssey sources good mid priced tickets to the majority of the show and performances attended in this 5 city program.

2018 Itinerary

This seasons tour commences in Vienna on December 29th 2017. This small group travel  onto Munich, then Paris, London, finishing in New York, after 23 days and some 13 performances. Your vacation concludes with performances in New York typically at the Met in the Lincoln centre or Carnegie Hall. The tour price excluding your flights and travel insurance is AUD$16,995 per person on a twin share basis. The tour includes  group transfers back to the hotels for all evening performances. So your days are spent with guides showing us the current exhibitions at the important galleries and museums or other interesting cultural events during our time in each location.

The following is an outline summary of the proposed performances for this attended on this tour. Additional performances will be added over the next few months. The complete itinerary would be published in early August.


  • The tour takes in at least one performance in Vienna as well as celebrating the New Year.


  • Dependent on performances offered at this time of the year.


  • Typically the tour enjoys at least 2 performances in Paris.
  • Don Quixote. Opera Bastille.Inspired by the choreography of Marius Petipa, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote is a veritable festival of dance, displaying the excellence of the soloists and the Corps de Ballet in a wide variety of ensembles and pas de deux. At the heart of the ballet, the lovers Kitri and Basilio use every ruse, from puppet shows to fake suicide, to see each other despite Kitri’s father’s opposition. Ultimately, after battling with windmills and encountering Cupid, Dulcinea and the Queen of the Dryads, it is the Chevalier de la Mancha who brings about the happy end. Flamboyant costumes with a Spanish air contribute to the brilliance of this joyful work performed at the Opera Bastille.


  • Four performances are typically chosen in London. For this version of the tour the tour will attend the following performances at the Barbican.
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducting the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican  collaborates with international opera star Magdalena Kožená, in a rare combination of great Romantics and Baroque masters.
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts two works from the 1940s, including a rarely-heard collaboration between some of the biggest composers of the day.Accompanied by specially-created visual projections, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Genesis Suite, a single work of seven movements, each by a different composer, and each telling a different story from the book of Genesis. Each artist has a unique style, but what unites them is that they were all displaced from their homelands by persecution and war.
  • Attend Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988).

    A pioneering prodigy of the downtown New York art scene, Basquiat came to the media’s attention in 1978 when he teamed up with his classmate Al Diaz to graffiti enigmatic statements across the city under the collective pseudonym SAMO©, before swiftly becoming one of the most celebrated artists of his generation.

    Drawing from international museums and private collections, Basquiat: Boom for Real brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works, many never before seen in the UK, including a partial reconstruction of the first body of work that Basquiat exhibited, made for Diego Cortez’s watershed group show New York / New Wave at PS1 in 1981. 

    Basquiat, a famously self-taught artist, sampled from an extraordinary breadth of source material, from anatomical drawings to bebop jazz. This is the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s relationship to music, text, film and television, offering new research that will enable some of his most acclaimed paintings and drawings to be understood as never before.

  • Plus other performances and exhibitions.

New York

  • Typically three performances are selected for New York as well as visits to galleries and museums.


The price includes all tickets to the 13 performances listed or suitable alternatives. Additionally, the tour includes all day touring with relevant local guides.  Accommodation in good hotels for 22 nights, seven dinners and 22 breakfasts.  A tour leader plus transfer from Vienna to Munich to Paris to London.

Prices are from AUD$16,995 per person AUD$19,495 for a solo traveller. This tour is limited to just 12 participants. The music and performing arts tour has an  escort. So during the tour we also  draw from a collection of professional guides to share their knowledge of the places and events that you will attend on this program. For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page. Winter Odyssey with a TwistTour Notes
  • Once performances have been finalised the itinerary will be updated.
  • Group size is limited to 13 participants.

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Attend performances at the NY Met & other performance locations in New York
See Sir Simon Rattle conduct the London Symphony orchestra at the Barbican
See 2017 in with a special NYE dinner, and a grand concert on New Year's morning in the Hofburg Palace.
Back stage tours of major theartes, including The National in London and the Paris Opera.
Visit major art museums in Vienna, Paris, London and New York including current special exhibitions.

Overview: After arriving in Vienna, we make our own way to the hotel. Once here, we come together for a welcome dinner and program orientation.

Accommodation: Stay four nights at: Hotel Regina, or similar.

Overview: Today, we are joined by our local guide for our journey to the Vienna Woods. For centuries, the Woods have been a rural getaway for the Viennese. This is where Mozart, Beethoven, and all the other great composers of the Hapsburg empire would take their relaxation. Here we also enjoy a guided tour of Heiligenkreuz Abbey, followed by a visit to the Carmelite Convent at Mayerling. Later on, we have some free time in Baden before returning to our hotel. Tonight we enjoy a performance of the ballet Raymonda, by Rudolf Nureyev. Scored by Alexander Glasunow, this ballet returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for the first time since Manuel Legris took over as a ballet director. The dramatic love story between the young girl Raymonda and cavalier Jean de Brienne ultimately ends with a happy ending in love and harmony, despite the earlier kidnapping of Raymonda.

Accommodation: Hotel Regina, or similar.

Overview: Today, with our local guide, we enjoy a tour of the Schönbrunn Palace, Austria’s most-visited cultural attraction. The palace was, for centuries, the home and headquarters of the Hapsburg Monarchy and it was from here that they controlled an empire that spread from Hungary to the Americas. This Baroque synthesis of different arts, consisting of a palace and gardens, is today largely still in its original historical configuration. Its 1,441 rooms are all authentically furnished. This evening, we enjoy a special New Year’s Eve dinner at our hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Regina, or similar.

Overview: We spend the first morning of 2017 at the Hofburg Palace. The Hofburg was originally a mediaeval castle, but today only the castle chapel (Burgkapelle) demonstrates its mediaeval past. Nowadays, this enormous complex is home to Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (the National Library) and Schatzkammer (the Imperial Treasury), and houses a collection of musical instruments, a collection of weapons, a Museum für Völkerkunde (Museum of Ethnography) and the famous Spanische Hofreitschule (Spanish Riding School). Every year on January 1st, the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra celebrates the New Year with their guests at the Hofburg’s flower-decorated Festaal and Redoutensaal. In the afternoon, we meet our local guide for a half-day city tour, including entrance to the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

Accommodation: Hotel Regina, or similar.

Overview: From Vienna, we transfer to the train station for our journey to Munich. On arrival, we are greeted by our local guide and transfer to our new hotel.

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Overview: After breakfast, we explore the city with our local guide, which includes a visit to the Pinakotek. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy at our own pace. This evening, we enjoy a performance the Russian ballet Spartactus at the National Theatre. The work follows the exploits of Spartacus, the leader of the slave uprising against the Romans known as the Third Servile War, although the ballet’s storyline takes considerable liberties with the historical record. Khachaturian composed Spartacus in 1954, and was awarded a Lenin Prize for the composition that same year. It was first staged, with choreography by Leonid Yakobson, in Leningrad 1956, but only with qualified success since Yakobson abandoned conventional pointe in his choreography. The ballet received its first staging at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow in 1958, choreographed by Igor Moiseyev; however it was the 1968 production, choreographed by Yury Grigorovich, which achieved the greatest acclaim for the ballet. It remains one of Khachaturian’s best known works and is prominent within the repertoires of the Bolshoi Theatre and other ballet companies in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

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Overview: Today we enjoy a general tour of Munich that takes in many of its museums and galleries. Our local guide gives us a local’s perspective on many of the city’s main features.

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Overview: Today, we take a mid-morning train from Munich to Paris. Once in Paris, we enjoy settling in to our new hotel before coming together for a group dinner..

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Overview: This morning, we enjoy an extensive tour of Paris with a local guide. The tour will be a combination of bus and foot, the better to appreciate this pedestrian-friendly city. It is the most intimate metropolis in the world, easily walkable, and divided into accessible neighbourhoods known as arrondissements, or rounded-off segments or villages. Our tour includes a visit to the Louvre, which in its successive architectural metamorphoses, most recently in the form of I. M. Pei’s Pyramid, has dominated central Paris since the late 12th century. We also view its many treasures, including The Mona Lisa. Built on the city’s western edge, the original structure was gradually engulfed as the city grew. The dark fortress of the early days was transformed into the modernised dwelling of François I and, later, the sumptuous palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Here, we explore the history of this extraordinary edifice and of the museum that has occupied it since 1793. In the afternoon, we take a guided tour of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, which is housed within the Louvre complex and contains some 150,000 works of decorative art, including ceramics, glass, jewelry,and toys. The evening symphony tonight will be held in the Grand Salle of the Phiharmonie de Paris. Here, we enjoy a performance by the renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, who will lead the Staatskapelle Berlin Symphony in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20.  Mozart and Bruckner both benefit from Barenboim’s talent and powerful conducting, which were discovered early on in the work of Mozart and reach unprecedented heights of musical maturity in his interpretation of Bruckner’s oeuvre. Barenboim can count on the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra to masterfully execute every nuance of this demanding work. formance.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: This morning we are joined by our local guide for a walking tour of the city. We visit another of Paris’ treasures, the Musée de l’Orangerie, home to the world’s most famous water lilies — the ones painted by Monet. This museum reopened in May 2006 after six years of renovations. Here we will view collections of paintings from Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Cézanne, Renoir, André Derain, and others. In the evening, we njoy a performance of Dresden’s Semperoper Ballet at the Paris Opera’s Palais Garnier, performing William Forsythe’s epic four-part ballet, “Impressing the Czar”. First performed in 1988, “Impressing the Czar” is one of Forsythe’s best known works, a postmodern masterpiece that spans the history of dance.

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Overview: We continue our time in Paris with another walking tour in the care of our trusty local guide. We visit one of Paris’ lesser-known gems, the Musée Jacquemart-André, a public museum where we enjoy a tour led by the museum’s curator. The Museum was created from the private home of Édouard André (1833–1894) and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, a society painter, to display the art they collected during their lives. Édouard André, the scion of a protestant banking family, devoted his considerable fortune to buying works of art. Every year, the couple travelled around Italy, amassing one of the finest collections of Italian art in France. Upon the death of Édouard André, his widow devoted the fortune he had left and the remaining years of her life to purchasing great art. Thus the Musée Jacquemart-André contains over 6,000 pieces of art, furniture, manuscripts, and paintings including works by Giotto, Houdon, and Boucher. Tonight we enjoy an evening concert by the French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, who offers an intimate and lyrical evening dedicated to Romanticism, in a recital featuring works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Liszt.

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Overview: Today is a free day in Paris, where we can continue to explore the city at our own pace.

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Overview: Today we transfer to the station for our journey to London on the Eurostar. We will be met on arrival at the terminus and transfer to our hotel. In the evening, we enjoy a group dinner at our hotel.

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Overview: This morning we are each issued with a London Transport pass that covers the underground and all London buses. Afterwards, we explore the Victoria and Albert Museum, arguably the world’s greatest collection of cultural miscellany. The V&A is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The V&A is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in an area that has become known as "Albertopolis" because of its association with Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial and the major cultural institutions with which he was associated. These include the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall.

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Overview: Clutching our trusty travel pass, this morning we visit the Tate Britain and other galleries with relevant shows. In the evening, we attend a performance by Sir Simon Rattle & the London Symphony orchestra at the Barbican that features the International opera star Magdalena Kozena. Her operatic engagements have included several notable debuts: at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris as Orfeo in Gluck's Orphée, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner; at the Vienna Festival as Nerone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, conducted by Minkowski; at the Edinburgh Festival as Sesto in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito; at the Leipzig Opera as Mélisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by Minkowski; at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro; at the Dutch National Opera as Sesto in Handel's Giulio Cesare; and at the Salzburg Festival as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni under Nicolaus Harnoncourt. She sang the centenary performance of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Opéra-Comique in Paris under Minkowski and most recently Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare under Minkowski.

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Overview: Today is free to continue exploring London at your own pace. In the evening, we meet up for another memorable evening performance.

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Overview: Today we use our travel pass this morning  to visit the  National Theatre. Here, we enjoy a workshop on theatre direction that encompasses many aspects of theatrical life. Later on, we enjoy an evening or afternoon performance.

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Overview: Today, we leave London bound for New York. On arriving in to New York City, we enjoy a group dinner at our hotel.

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Overview: This morning, we set out with our guide for a city tour by coach that includes a visit to the Frick Museum. Housed in the Fifth Avenue mansion of Henry Clay Frick, the Frick Collection offers visitors the unique opportunity to view his personal collection within the walls of his former residence. From famous pieces by Renoir and Rembrandt, to period furniture and sculptures, a visit to the Frick is also an opportunity to have an inside look at the lives of New York’s wealthy Fifth Avenue residents and their lavish lifestyles. Tonight's performance is yet to be announced.

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Overview: Today we head to MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan, with our local guide. MoMA has been pivotal in developing and collecting modernist art, and is seen by many as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art includes works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, as well as an extensive range of film and electronic media. Tonight, we enjoy a performance of an off-Broadway play.

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Overview: Today we are joined by our local guide to explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known colloquially as The Met (to distinguish it from MoMA). The Met is the largest art museum in the United States. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments. The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan’s Museum Mile, is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries.

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Overview: Today we visit the Guggenheim Museum for a guided tour of its highlights. Completed in 1959, this Frank Lloyd Wright–designed museum is among the 20th century's most important architectural landmarks. We have a free afternoon to continue to explore the city, before coming together in the evening for a farewell dinner and an evening performance at the Met.

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Overview: After breakfast, we say our farewells and the tour draws to a close.

What's included in our Tour
  • 22 nights hotel accommodation in Europe, the UK and the USA.
  • Breakfast daily and 9 dinners.
  • Tickets to selected performances.
  • Transport Passes in London and Paris.
  • Transport, field trips, concerts and excursions as indicated.
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach as well as public transport.
  • Rail services (Eurostar) from Paris to London.
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Detailed Tour Information Booklet.
  • Services of a study / group leader.
  • Gratuities and necessary tips.
What's not included in our Tour
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature, such as telephone calls and laundry.
  • International airfares and departure taxes.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • USA Visa Waiver (ESTA)
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Tour Reviews

March 16, 2017

Robert’s knowledge and expertise was greatly appreciated especially as I was the least culturally aware of the group. I enjoyed every minute of the tour, and his cheerfulness even in times of trial ( the weather) and the usual small things that go wrong were met with enthusiasm and help.

March 16, 2017

The tour was compact, well planned and intense of course, having to include so much in a short space of time, compared with what we would do and see normally at home. A bit overwhelming, but wonderful for looking back, and a challenge to see how much one can remember.

March 16, 2017

Robert was an excellent leader who made things run smoothly. He had great knowledge about all aspects of the content of this expedition. He interacted with all members of the group. I would be very happy to go on another tour with Robert as leader.

March 16, 2017

This trip could have been planned for me as all my interests were included – ballet, theatre, concerts, opera and visits to magnificent museums and galleries.

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