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Opera & Art in Paris

Paris 4 nights Price from £2,887 per person
Departs: 06 Feb 2024, 06 May 2024
Departs: 06 Feb 2024

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The Opéra de Paris presents an extraordinary range of operas and ballets each season – casting, repertory and musical depth are of the highest international calibre. In the company of Parisian resident and opera expert Patrick Bade, we have selected two dates with typically contrasting programmes, including both the Second Empire extravagance of the Palais Garnier, and the contrasting modern architecture of the Opéra Bastille. Exploring the city on foot and by public transport, Patrick will also introduce some of his favourite Parisian restaurants and we will visit the best art galleries and museums, with one day devoted to the latest exhibition – to be announced in early 2024.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return standard premier class Eurostar
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Tickets for performances as described
  • Two dinners and one lunch
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and a Local Guide
  • A four day Paris Museum Pass


  • Day 1 - Arrive in Paris

    We travel to Paris by Eurostar and transfer to the 4* Hotel Royal St Honore on the prestigious street just a few yards from the Seine and the Tuileries Gardens. We shall dine this evening at a local restaurant just a short walk from the hotel.
  • Day 2 - Palais Garnier

    We begin with a backstage tour at the magnificent Palais Garnier which was constructed between 1861 and 1875. Originally named the Salle des Capucines, it soon became known as the Palais Garnier both in recognition of its dazzling Second Empire architectural opulence and the name of its architect, Charles Garnier. Seating almost 2,000 and with the second largest stage in Europe, the Palais Garnier is a theatre in the grandest style.
  • Day 3 - Musée Cognacq-Jay & Musée Carnavalet

    This morning we will visit the Musée Cognacq-Jay to see the impressive collection of 18th century art assembled by the Cognacq family who made their fortune through their department stores, notably La Samaritaine. We will then visit the nearby Musée Carnavalet – a splendid 16th century mansion which reopened in 2021 after a five-year refurbishment and displays a collection tracing the history of Paris from antiquity.
  • Day 4 - Art Exhibition

    This morning is reserved for visiting one of the major exhibitions in Paris, details of which will be announced in early spring. You may also choose to visit the Museé d’Orsay, home to celebrated masterpieces by the great impressionists: Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Morisot, and Renoir.
  • Day 5 - Musée des Arts Décoratifs

    Our final visit is to the superb Musée des Arts Décoratifs where we see the impressive collection of decorative arts, ranging from enamels and jewellery to glass, furniture, ceramics and textiles, as well as the 18th century interiors of the mansion that once belonged to Count Moïse de Camondo. After the visit there will be time for lunch before making our way to the Gare du Nord for the Eurostar back to London.

Departure Dates and Prices

Our prices are per person, based on the shared occupancy of a twin/double room. Supplement for single occupancy as shown.

06 Feb 2024

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Price from£2887

Single Supp.£480

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06 May 2024

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Price from£2994

Single Supp.£560

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Royal St. Honore
Paris, France, Europe

This is the sister property of the Hotel Royal and has a great location – right on the fashionable Rue St. Honoré, one of the city’s most elegant streets and close to the Place Vendome, the Opera and the Louvre.

Patrick Bade

Patrick Bade

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Music Programme

7 February

Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea, at the Opéra Bastille
Set in Paris, Cilea’s powerful verismo opera needs a very special soprano to take on the title role and here we have the leading Italian singer of the day, Anna Pirozzi fighting over her lover Maurizio, sung by Giorgio Berrugi with the deceitful and shameless Princess de Bouillon sung by French mezzo Clementine Margaine.

8 February

Giulio Cesare by Handel, at the Palais Garnier
Conducted by Harry Bicket, Cuban-American diva Lisette Oropesa sings the role of Cleopatra, Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo takes the title role and Iestyn Davies is Tolomeo.

9 February

Beatice di Tenda by Bellini, at the Opéra Bastille
Bellini’s rarely performed and fiendishly demanding opera, first performed at Teatro La Fenice, Venice in 1833. It stars American soprano Tamara Wilson in the title role and her compatriot Quinn Kelsey as Filippo Visconti. Mark Wigglesworth conducts.


7 May

Don Quichotte by Massenet, at the Opéra Bastille
First performed at the Opera de Monte Carlo in 1910, Massenet’s opera makes a rare appearance on the stage of an international opera house. Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role, Don Quichotte, Marianne Crebassa is La belle Dulcinee and Etienne Dupuis is Sancho Pança.

8 May

Giselle, music by Adam, at the Palais Garnier
Patrice Bart and Eugene Polyakov’s choreography is true to the original by Jean Corelli and Jules Perrot. The ballet was first performed in Paris in June 1841.

9 May

Salome by Richard Strauss, at the Opéra Bastille
Mark Wigglesworth conducts a star-studded cast including Lise Davidsen in the title role, a role she was born to sing, Ekaterina Gubanova as Herodias and Johan Reuter as Johnaan.

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