Get tips for traveling to see popular ballets performed by Europe's most prestigious dance companies and beloved dancers.
In Paris, you'll see beauty in all things from fashion and architecture to gardens. Even the performing arts, of which the Paris Opera Ballet is a favorite, produce absolutely beautiful results.
A French country travel experience awaits you in Provence with its fields of lavender and the idyllic villages. Provence is the perfect place for a romantic trip, as is the brilliant azur sea of the coast. Art lovers will also have much to enjoy from museums featuring the work of Matisse and Picasso.
Or, go for the green landscapes of the Loire Valley. It looks as if it were plucked right out of a storybook with historic villages and enchanting castles, some of which have been converted to hotels, along the slow moving river.
Having escaped the bombing of WW II, Prague is among Europe's best-preserved cities. From the spacious Wenceslas Square to Prague Castle looking down on the Vltava River, Prague is the very definition of old world charm.
But architectural beauty is not the only feature that attracts people to Prague. The city has a musical lineage on par with Vienna or Salzburg. Dvorak, Smetana, and Mozart all lived and worked in Prague.
Often our travelers like to include journeys outside Prague to nearby world heritage sites or perhaps Dresden in Germany.
Vienna is a city of music. Composers Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and Mahler each played a part in cementing Vienna's prominent place in music history. And with many opera houses, concert halls, and other venues, it's easy to get a feel for Vienna's long love affair with classical music.
The Vienna State Opera, for instance, delights audiences with ballet and opera performances and the Musikverein presents sold out classical concerts throughout the year.
Beyond music is the rich history of the Habsburg dynasty which you can see throughout Vienna from the stunning palaces and gardens to the churches.
But for a different pace, visit Salzburg surrounded by green hills or the country and lakeside towns that dot the region.
In Rome, the stones and dust of the ancient world sit amidst the rush of a modern city. You can walk on the same streets where Caesars walked and experience the same sunset over the forum. The city is a living museum. Beyond the ruins, there are bridges, buildings, and fountains designed during the Renaissance by some of the world's greatest artists such as Michelangelo and Bernini. In Florence, this birthplace of the Renaissance, some of the world's greatest works of art are found. Most were commissioned by the ruling Medici family before the 17th century. Florence can also claim some notable contributions the music world: the first opera performance and the invention of the first piano.
When you arrive, Venice appears as you might expect, as the movies portray it — beautiful, romantic. Even the paintings of the city in the museums are exactly as the scenes look today. But it's the little enchantments and the incredible history mixed with the mundane that are so unexpected. They are what make Venice so special - the deserted corner where you notice a garden, the absolute quiet as you walk down a narrow street, a quiet gondola ride past the house of Marco Polo.
Whether it's because of the soaring Medieval towers of San Gimignano or the cobblestone streets of Lucca, you'll feel transported to a different time in Tuscany. where quiet towns are set in the rolling hills. Stroll through charming villages, sample Chianti wine and dine on some of the freshest and most delectable dishes in all of Italy.
A design mecca, Milan has a sophisticated, international feel and draws throngs of shoppers to its designer boutiques. Enjoy opera and ballet at the famed Teatro la Scala where a number of famous operas premiered, among them Bellini's Norma, Verdi's Otello and Falstaff, as well as Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Turandot.
Among Europe's largest and most diverse cities, London has a population of some 8 million people speaking 200 languages. With this comes a tremendous array of activities for travelers including shopping and sightseeing.
For many, the big draw here is the West End where performances of musical theater, opera, dance, and plays are presented almost every day. Visit the sites of historic creators of the performing arts from the working theater replica of Shakespeare's Globe, the museum at the Royal Opera House, or Handel's baroque London.
Best Hotels in Europe for Opera Lovers
Beyond their locations within walking distance of their respective opera houses, this selection of luxury hotels have a special connection to music and opera.
2015 Paris Dance Festival
Les Etés de la Danse festival will feature the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
Summer Music Festivals in Europe
During this summer's music and opera festivals, travelers to Europe can delight in internationally renowned performing artists and world premieres in beautiful and historic settings.
3 Ways to Get Last Minute Opera Tickets
Learn contingency options for buying last minute tickets for an opera or ballet performance.
How to Visit Loire Valley Castles Get tips on how to visit the castles of the Loire Valley for the most enjoyable experience.
Taking Language, Painting or Cooking Classes During a Trip to Europe Educational trips are no longer just for high school kids studying abroad. Adults traveling to any country in Europe can also take classes while on a trip. You'll come home with more than souvenirs. You'll have a life-long skill.
The French Town of "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
Get details about visiting the village in France where the movie starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri was filmed.
Movie Locations You Can Visit in Europe For anyone who feels inspired to travel from movies, we've highlighted a few that were filmed in or depict beautiful destinations in Europe that you can visit.
Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Europe
As a traveler it can be somewhat challenging to find New Year's Eve parties to attend, particularly without the benefit of insider knowledge or a local friend. Still, there are great things to do in Europe for people visiting Europe during the New Year celebrations.
Concerts at the Louvre
Orchestral, chamber and piano concerts are held inside the Louvre museum in Paris, France.
Travel to 'Vikings' TV Show Filming Locations in Ireland
Learn about the places in Ireland where the hit TV series 'Viking's is filmed.
Visit the Real-World Sights of the Movie 'Frozen'
Though the animated film is all fantasy, the settings in the movie were inspired by real places. Find out how to visit them.
5 Must-Visit Loire Valley Towns
The castles of the Loire Valley get all of the attention and rightfully so, as they're the spectacular remnants of a graceful era. Still, the quaint villages that surround the castles are worthy destinations in themselves.
Where to Take a Ballet Class in Paris
For travelers visiting Paris, a few schools in Paris offer open ballet classes complete with instruction from current and former professional dancers.
Visit the 'Les Miserables' Movie Sights and Filming LocationsThe Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning movie 'Les Miserables', based on the novel by Victor Hugo and widely successful musical, offers sightseeing and destination inspiration for travelers heading to England and France.
Live HD Broadcasts of La Scala, Royal Ballet Performances
If you're not able to make it to Milan or London this year to attend an opera performance, La Scala and the Royal Opera will come to you.
Backstage Tours of European TheatersTake advantage of opportunities to go behind the scenes of some of
the world's greatest theaters.
The Cost to Attend the Paris Opera
Visiting Leonardo da Vinci's Homes in Italy and FranceFor travelers to France or Italy, plan to visit the homes of da Vinci for insight into his life and work.
Paris Ballet Tickets
Upcoming ballet performances in Paris, France.
Travel to Paris to Hear MusicParis is normally thought of as a feast for the eyes and the palate with its beautiful architecture, art and food. Still, Paris can also be a feast for the ears.
Ideas for Vacations to FranceExperiences and places with character and color will forever jump out in your memory as the special ways you spent your time in France.
Artisan French Desserts Arrive in the U.S.
No longer will you have to travel to Paris for some of the most delectable treats in all of France. The incomparable Ladurée macarons, the ones for which people wait in long lines, have come to the U.S.
Paris Sights at Night
Images of gorgeous Paris sights at night.
Traveling to Paris for the First TimeFor a first time trip to Paris the process begins by envisioning how you see yourself in Paris. Once you have a picture in mind of yourself in Paris, a trip can then be planned around what inspires you.
Palais Garnier Interior - Art and Architecture Up CloseHundreds of artisans worked to create the lavish, decorative details of the Palais Garnier. When you get close to the art, you'll see even more reason why this theater is so spectacular.
Theaters of Paris Vacation PackageWith our special Paris vacation package, Learn about and experience the opulence, history and architecture of the theaters of Paris.
Traveling by Color in the South of FranceIt seems surreal: the stretches of lavender fields and sunflowers, the idyllic villages captured in impressionistic paintings, the brilliant blue of the coast. For romantics and anyone who appreciates beautiful landscapes, your travel destination is the south of France.
Ballet Inspires Artwork of Paris HotelIn keeping with the theme of its prestigious location near the Palais Garnier opera house, the Hotel Intercontinental Le Grand in Paris adorns the walls of its corridors and rooms with music- and ballet-inspired artwork.
Live Like Marie Antoinette: New Hotel to Open at Chateau de VersaillesFrench officials recently announced a plan to convert a building on the grounds of the Chateau de Verailles into a 23-bedroom luxury hotel.
Paris Opera Ballet School - Les Petits RatsThe students of the Paris Opera Ballet School are sometimes called les petits rats (little rats).
The Phantom's Underground Lake and other myths of the Paris OperaCurators of the Paris Opera Museum shed light on the underground lake of the Phantom of the Opera and other mysteries of the Palais Garnier.
Where to See Chagall Works in FranceJubliant colors with childlike, even primitive figures describe the work of Marc Chagall. Travelers to France have a number of places to view Chagall's work.
Castle Hotels in the Loire Valley, France
Paris Sightseeing with Opera as Your Travel Guide
Experience in real living color some of the Paris neighborhoods, streets, and indoor places depicted in beloved operas such as 'Louise', 'La boheme', and many others.
New W Hotel to Open in Paris
Starwood Hotels recently announced that it will open W Paris-Opera, marking the debut of W Hotels in France.
Church Concerts in Venice, Paris and LondonSoaring ceilings, stained glass windows, and frescoes serve as the backdrop for church concerts throughout Europe.
Shopping in Paris: 9 Uncommon SouvenirsThe sights, sounds, and tastes from your vacation - remember them with some great souvenirs. Use our list for ideas of what to bring back from Paris.
Paris Opera 2014 - 2015 Season
Opera House Reopens at Chateau de VersaillesChateau de Versailles in France recently announced that its 18th century royal opera house will reopen in September after a two-year upgrade.
Traveling Alone to ParisWith cooking classes, shows and specialty tours, Paris, best known as the romantic locale for lovers, is actually a great destination for solo travelers.
French Phrases for TravelersBefore you leave for France, you can pick up a few French phrases that will come in handy during your trip. Pronunciation guide and audio clips are included.
Paris Concert Hall ReopensAfter a four-year renovation, Paris regains its dedicated classical music venue, Salle Pleyel.
How to Ride the Paris MetroThrow away any preconceptions about mass transit being slow and inconvenient. In Paris, the Metro is the fastest and easiest way to get around.
Ballet's Beginning in FranceA quick rundown of where and how ballet began in Europe.
Organ Recitals in RomeThroughout the city of Rome, small churches and basilicas hold concerts where music is played on organs dating as far back as the 18th century.
Gritti Palace: Iconic Venice Hotel Reopens for Carnival
On February 1st, the iconic hotel, The Gritti Palace in Venice, reopens its doors after a 15-month renovation..
How and Where to Buy Rome Opera TicketsFor travelers to Rome, attending the opera is a wonderful travel experience. Learn how and where to buy tickets for opera performances.
Open Air Opera in Italy
Open air venues in Italy present popular operas with large scale sets filling their larger than life spaces. See the list of upcmoing performances.
Best Time to Visit VeniceThis city that seems to float on water should not even exist, like a myth. And still it's here for the world to enjoy. So, when is the best time to visit Venice? Well, it depends on what you want.
Family Things to Do in ItalyWhile it may be a challenge to keep kids interested in tours of museums and churches, there are ways to keep children entertained while cultivating their knowledge of Italian culture.
Italian OperaAn overview of opera houses and music museums in Italy.
Is a Car Rental Necessary in Italy?For many places within Italy, driving will certainly give you that independence. Still, for some places in Italy, a car will be more of a hassle than a convenience.
4 Days in Venice: Secrets of La Serenissima Package
Spend an enchanting 3 nights (4 days) in Venice uncovering the mysteries of its past.
Rome Hotel Tax Debuts to Mixed Reviews
Many Romans hope that the funds will also be used to improve services, sidewalks, roads, and the quality of public transportation. But not everyone is optimistic.
Venice Vivaldi Museum
The museum, Piccolo Museo della Pieta 'Antonio Vivaldi', chornicles the history of the Ospedale della Pieta, the orphanage where Vivaldi worked from 1703 to 1740 as the chorus master and violin teacher to the orphans.
Italy Driving TripsWhile the major tourist cities in Italy are easy to reach by train, driving makes sense if you have the time and plan ahead. Driving is also great for the adventurous traveler who wants to explore the Italian countryside.
Venice Festivals - Cultural, Film, Music, Maritime, and more
Finding Authentic Gelato in Italy
Not all gelato shops are created equal. Learn tips for spotting the best gelato in Italy.
Ballet in Rome, Italy - Corpo di BalletOf the ballet and dance companies in Italy, the Corpo di Ballo, the ballet company of Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, is one of the finest.
Day Trips from Rome: Tivoli, Villa d'Este, OrvietoBeyond all of the bustle and excitement in Rome, Renaissance luxury, ancient ruins and an idyllic hill town await.
6 Ways for a Magical Experience in Rome
With a slow pace and some aimless wandering, your trip to Rome can be filled with memorable and magical moments.
Visiting Ancient Sites in Europe - Italy, Greece, France
The remnants of the buildings, objects, roads of ancient times are so well preserved in parts of Europe that you can walk among them and imagine the real lives of people thousands of years ago. View our list of some of the best ancient sites to visit in Europe.
Anniversary of First Opera Leads Travelers to Mantua, ItalyOnly two hours from Venice, Mantua, the place where "L'Orfeo" premiered, offers Renaissance treasure for people interested in opera's beginnings.
Day Trips from Florence: LuccaLucca isn't the most popular destination in Italy or the most spectacular, but herein lies its charm.
Day Trips from Florence: San GimignanoSan Gimignano is a wonderful mass of cobblestone streets that curve and wind around centuries-old Medieval buildings and structures, the most notable of which are the towers.
Day Trips from Florence: AssisiBooks and movies paint a picture of Italy and Italians as warm, kind, welcoming. Luckily, it's all true. Visit some towns near Florence to find out for yourself.
The "Aida of Aidas" Premieres at La ScalaTeatro alla Scala opened its season with a resoundingly successful production of "Aida".
Essential Italian Phrases You'll Need in Italy
Traveling is all about experiences. And what better way to have a richer, more memorable experience in Italy than speaking a little Italian to Italians.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: An Elegant Pathway to La Scala in MilanThe stunning Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered passageway connecting two of Milan's important landmarks: the Duomo and Teatro alla Scala (La Scala) opera house.
Best Cities to Visit in ItalyWhen considering which cities to visit in Italy, for a memorable trip, go for those places that reflect your interests.
A Special Treat at Intermission at the Royal Opera House
Already a treat just to be there, the Royal Opera House in London offers something special and a little different than attending a performance in a US theater. You'll notice it at intermission.
Palais Garnier Interior - Art and Architecture Up Close
Hundreds of artisans worked to create the lavish, decorative details of the Palais Garnier. When you get close to the art, you'll see even more reason why this theater is so spectacular.
A Vienna Hotel's Illustrious Place in Opera and Music History
The Hotel Ambassador, near the Vienna State Opera and Musikverein, sits in a place which was once a performing venue for young musicians who would later become famous.
Vienna Travel for Opera LoversWith many opera houses, concert halls, and other venues, it's easy to get a feel for Vienna's long love affair with classical music.
August at the Paris Opera and other European Opera Houses
For most opera houses in Europe, including the Paris Opera, the performance season ends in June or July. This means that in August, the opera houses are dark and the artists go on holiday or tour. However, other options are available.
Operas for NewcomersPlanning to attend an opera for the first time? Take a look at our recommendations.
The Best Seat in the HouseGet tips on how to find and buy the best seats for theater performances.
New Concert Hall Opens in Paris
La Philharmonie opens as a new addition for orchestral concerts in Paris. Among some of its innovations, the venue's 2,400 seats and balconies curve around the musicians to create better acoustics.
Nutcracker Performances in Europe
This winter, ballet companies throughout Europe will present the beloved holiday ballet The Nutcracker, featuring characters such as the Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and the Mouse King.
Romantic Winter Honeymoons in Europe
Our picks for the most romantic winter travel destinations.
10 Upcoming Events Worth a Trip to Europe
Take these opportunities to venture beyond the traditional sights in the great cities of Europe.
Where to Go in Europe for the Holidays
View our suggestions for the best places in Europe to experience the magic of the holidays.
Tips for Traveling During the Holidays
Christmas markets, holiday concerts, and traditional holiday fare make traveling to Europe a rewarding way to spend the holidays. Follow these tips to ensure that your trip this winter is also stress-free.
Keeping Holiday Traditions While on Vacation
Just because you're spending the holidays on a European vacation, rather than at home, doesn't mean you have to forgo tradition. In fact, Europe is the perfect place for keeping traditions and experiencing some new ones.
Visiting Europe in the WinterLower travel costs are not the only reason to travel to Europe during the winter.
Things to Do in Paris to Celebrate the HolidaysIf you're traveling to Paris this winter, you're in for a real treat. Experience the wonderful ways the City of Light shows its holiday spirit with these festive things to do in Paris.
Is the Salzburg Card Worth it?With it, you get free admission to almost every museum in Salzburg, not just a discount as with other city passes.
3 Trip Planning Mistakes to AvoidToo little vacation time and the fear of missing out leads some travelers to make vacation choices that cause stress and disappointment. But there are some ways to prevent trip planning pitfalls for a more enjoyable trip.
What We Look for in Hotels
Read about what we look for when selecting the best hotels to recommend to travelers.
When to Start Planning a Trip to Europe To determine the best time to begin the process of planning your trip, you'll want to consider a few items.
Tips for Traveling During the Holidays
Christmas markets, holiday concerts, and traditional holiday fare make traveling to Europe a rewarding way to spend the holidays. Follow these tips to ensure that your trip this winter is also stress-free.
When to Use a Travel Agency
With so many options for planning travel, it's challenging to know which option to choose. One option is using the services of a travel agent. We've listed some of the most common situations when a travel agent might be for you.
How Our Clients' Trips are Protected
Some of the actions we take to protect our clients' trips when the unexpected happens.
Why Take a Private Tour
Lately, taking private tours has become popular among our clients because there are pretty compelling reasons to do so.
Tips For When You're Overwhelmed Planning a Trip
Trip planning should be enjoyable. The challenge is simplifying the process to make it all stress-free.
3 Ways to Pay for A Trip to Europe
The cost of traveling to Europe can be a deal breaker for many. However, it doesn't have to be.
Is it Better to Use a Travel Agent?
When it comes to planning a trip to Europe, you could scour the online reviews and search for the best deal. But if the trip is not the best for you, it may not matter how good the deal was.
How Much Does a Trip to Europe Cost?
For first-time travelers to Europe, often the first question asked is how much it costs to travel to Europe. The answer varies depending on your travel style and how long you plan to be there. But we can offer a few ideas on what to expect.
How to Plan a Trip to Europe
Planning a trip to Europe can seem like a daunting task for first-time visitors. But it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips to get started.
How to Travel Europe Without ToursThough most of us would love to take a long vacation, work demands or budget constraints means it's not always possible. There are, however, ways to make more time for those special moments that make trips so memorable, without feeling rushed.
Travel Companies Offer Reassurance for Jittery Would-be Travelers
If you've postponed your vacation because of economic uncertainty or fear of an impending layoff, travel companies are offering "vacation stimulus" deals to give worried travelers the confidence to go ahead and book their trips.
5 Ways the Economic Downturn Benefits Travelers
As the economic downturn has discouraged some people from traveling, it also has led to lower hotel room rates, smaller crowds, and great travel deals. Now is the best time to reap some benefit from the current economy.
Should You Travel to Europe This Year?As fewer people travel to Europe, hotels and tour companies are competing for your travel dollars through extra perks and deals. Now may be a good time to book a trip.
How to Save on Flights to Europe: Europe's Low-Cost AirlinesEurope's abundance of discount airlines means that it is possible to find a cheap flight to your European destination.
Tips on Renting a Vacation Home in Europe
With the cost of hotel stays in Europe rising, travelers are turning to vacation home rentals for more comfort and value. Learn how to find and rent the best vacation rental for your next trip.
Train Travel in Europe
London Layover: What to do with 8 Hours in London
Just because you have a long layover doesn't mean you have to spend it at the airport. If you have time to spare, spend it in London.
Tips for Solo Travelers
A solo trip to Europe doesn't have to be scary. Get tips on staying safe, making friends and having a great time.
9 Ways to Save Money on Your Trip to Europe
During your trip to Europe, you can stay in nice hotels, eat well and take in a show without breaking the bank.
Secluded Spots to Propose in Europe
If you seek seclusion and privacy to pop the question, consider our suggestions.
Juliet's Balcony in Verona for Weddings
Juliet's Balcony, the setting in Verona of the famous scene of Shakepseare's Romeo and Juliet, offers couples the opportunity to exchange their vows in a most romantic way.
Best Places for a European Honeymoon
If you're considering a honeymoon in Europe, take a look at our list of some of the most romantic European destintations along with reasons to go.
Why We Travel to See Ballet
We thought it might be interesting to post some of the reasons why we (and other balletomanes) travel long distances for unforgettable experiences at the ballet.
How the Black Swan Movie Mirrors the Ballet Swan Lake
The movie Black Swan uses characters in ways that are similar to their ballet counterparts. Yet, in some areas the similarities diverge.
Top Ballet Cities in Europe
Ballet lovers can take their pick of cities in Europe to visit. Get help with our list of top ballet cities.
Attend a Rehearsal of the English National Ballet
This September, visitors to London can observe dancers of the English National Ballet in rehearsal and company class led by the Artistic Director.
Ballets to See with Children
A ballet performance can be fun for children, particularly if the story is one they can understand and enjoy. Take a look at our suggestions.
Ballet Companies Worldwide Celebrate Ballets Russes Centennial
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Ballets Russes. Ballets companies around the world will present special progams honoring the work of this legendary ballet company.
London to Amsterdam by Ferry
There's one transportation option we recommend for the sheer pleasure of it - taking the Stena Line ferry from London to Amsterdam.
5 Ways to Experience Theatre in London
From performances and museums to tours and day trips, London offers a dizzying array of experiences for theatre lovers. Consider our ideas for your next trip to London.
London and Paris Day Trips with Eurostar
For time-starved, dollar-challenged travelers, the Eurostar is a good way to tack on an extra city to your trip without the hassle and cost of switching hotels or dealing with airports.
West End - The Broadway of London
No trip to London is complete without a visit to the West End, London's lively theatre and entertainment district.
How to Ride the London Underground
The tube is fast, convenient, and it will get you anywhere you want to go in the city.
Holiday Concerts in EuropeIf getting into the holiday spirit is on your travel itinerary, take a look at our holiday season concert picks.
Five Reasons to See a Show in Europe
Europe offers a wealth of sights, activities, and diversions to add to your trip itinerary. Find out why seeing a performance should be at the top of the list.
Where to See Stained Glass Windows in Europe
Books to Feed Your Vacation Dreams
If you are counting the days until you set foot on the cobblestone paths of a Italian village, perhaps a few books with European settings can satisfy your vacation dreams.
Special Requests for Trips to Europe
What often makes trips to Europe special are doing things you're passionate about or in the moments you share with others. See some of the special requests and activities we've arranged to make trips more meaningful for our clients.
Prague State Opera Exhibit Features Gustav Mahler
Special exhibit features artifacts of Gustav Mahler's tenure at the opera in Prague.