The Best of New York

October 2023

With four operas at The Met, a concert at Carnegie Hall, and a concert by the New York Philharmonic. Tours of the Morgan Library, the Frick, The Guggenheim and the Whitney. Superb cuisine and wine. Deluxe accommodation at the Firmdale Whitby Hotel.

Our 2022 New York tour was the best we’ve ever done, in no small part because of the inclusion of a Carnegie Hall concert in addition to our usual slate of operas. We intend to better this formula in 2023, with one concert at carnegie Hall, one by the New York Philharmonic plus four operas at The Met (TBA).

Our hotel will be the luxurious, stylish, spacious and perfectly-located Firmdale Whitby Hotel, at 56th and 5th, where each guest will have a Deluxe room. Feedback about this hotel surpasses every hotel we’ve used in New York, including the Four Seasons and St. Regis. Our guided touring will make our “downtime” truly special, with tours of the Whitney, the Morgan Library, the Guggenheim and more.

As always, we will include full breakfast plus one other superb meal each day. Featured restaurants are Le Bernardin, Bluebird London NYC, Grand Tier at The Met and the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.

This is a Deluxe itinerary limited to 18 guests. The tour will be team-led by Tana Ross and Aria Tours President David Merritt. Dates will be set when the venues announce their schedules.

DAY 1
Upon arrival at your NYC-area airport, you are met and
transferred to the ideally-located Firmdale Whitby Hotel.
19.00 Meet in the lobby for cocktails and then enjoy a Welcome Dinner next door at Il Tinello.

DAY 2
10.00 Following breakfast (included each day), we enjoy a tour 
of your Director Tana Ross’s favourite spots in the city.
13.15 Lunch is included at Keen’s Steakhouse.
19.15 Walk to nearby Carnegie Hall for a concert (TBA; 20.00 curtain).

DAY 3
10.00 This morning we transfer to the Morgan Library for a guided
tour. A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Built between 1902 and 1906 at Madison Avenue and 36th Street by Charles McKim, the library is an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo with three magnificent rooms epitomizing America’s Age of Elegance.
13.15 Following the tour, lunch is included at Union Square Café.
18.45 Transfer to The Met for a performance (TBA; 19.30 curtain).

DAY 4
Enjoy the morning at leisure.
12.15 Transfer to The Met for a performance (TBA; 13.00 curtain).
17.00 Following the performance, we enjoy dinner at the Grand Tier.

DAY 5
09.00 Late morning we depart for a  highlights tour of The Frick Collection in its temporary home in the former Whitney Museum building on Madison Avenue. The collection features masterpieces of European painting, sculpture, porcelains, Old Master and 19th-century works on paper, Limoges enamels, and other remarkable works.
18.45 Transfer to The Met for a performance (TBA; 19.30 curtain).
19.00 Afterward, dinner is included at Bluebird London.

DAY 6
10.00 Today we enjoy a guided tour of The Whitney Museum of American Art and a short walk on the wonderful High Line.
19.00 This evening we enjoy a very special dinner in the Palm Court of the Plaza Hotel.

DAY 7
10.00 Depart for a guided tour of a special exhibit (TBA) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
17.00 We transfer to our pre-curtain Farewell Dinner at Lincoln Ristorante prior to another Puccini favourite–Turandot, featuring the incomparable Anna Netrebko (20.00 curtain).

DAY 8
Airport transfers included. Timings announced on-site.