Sat 23 Dec
Mid-afternoon arrival in Paris and transfer to the 4-star Hotel Scribe Paris Opera by Sofitel, in the heart of the Opéra district. Welcome drink and canapés in the hotel.
Sun 24 Dec
Join your guide for a morning walking tour to visit the picturesque Opéra district of the city, which houses the Palais Garnier, Boulevard Haussmann and the large department stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. A welcome Christmas Eve lunch will be served in a local restaurant before the afternoon at leisure. Transfer to the optional evening ballet performance at the Opéra Bastille.
Mon 25 Dec
Today the morning is free for you to attend Mass if you wish – more details will be available nearer the time of departure. A Christmas lunch will be served in a local restaurant before some free time to relax. Evening opera performance at the Palais Garnier.
Tue 26 Dec
This morning we take a guided tour of the Palais Garnier, designed by Charles Garnier in the neo-baroque style and regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time. Christmas lunch will then be served in a local restaurant. Return to the hotel for some free time before the evening performance at the Opéra Bastille.
Wed 27 Dec
Check out and transfer to Gare du Nord for your homeward journey on Eurostar.
La clemenza di Tito (Harmonia Mundi, HMC901923/24; Padmore, Pendatchanska, Fink, Chappuis, Im, Foresti; Freiburger Barockorchester, Jacobs)
René Jacob’s electrifying period-instrument Tito on Harmonia Mundi was released in 2006, when it was Radio 3 CD Review’s Critics’ Disc of the Year and Building A Library’s first choice for Mozart’s final opera. Bulgarian soprano Alexandrina Pendatchanska is formidable as the manipulative Vitellia, contrasting well with the lighter, more lyrical voices of Mark Padmore as the emperor and Bernarda Fink in the trouser-role of Sesto.
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Programme at the Opéra Royal
24 Dec 19.30
DON QUIXOTE (ballet)£110
Choreography: Nureyev after Petipa
C: Valery Ovsyanikov
Venue: Opéra Bastille
25 Dec 19.30
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO MozartInc
D: Willy Decker
C: Dan Ettinger
Cast: Ramón Vargas, Amanda Majeski, Valentina Nafornita, Stéphane d’Oustrac, Antoinette Dennefeld, Marko Mimica
Venue: Palais Garnier
26 Dec 19.30
LA BOHÈME PucciniInc
D: Claus Guth
C: Manuel López-Gómez
Cast: Nicole Car, Benjamin Bernheim, Artur Ruciński, Andrei Jilihovschi, Roberto Tagliavini, Marc Labonnette, Antonel Boldan, Florent Mbia
Venue: Opéra Bastille
23 Dec London St Pancras – Paris Gare du Nord dep: 12.24 arr: 15.47
27 Dec Paris Gare du Nord - London St Pancras dep: 13.13 arr: 14.39If more convenient, flights from your local airport can be arranged on request.
Rail schedules are subject to alteration. Departures from regional UK rail stations can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£345|
|Land-only tour price||£1695|
Tour price includes: Rail travel, group transfers from and to station and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two lunches, welcome drink and canapés, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.