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New York culture

Mike & Donna's verdict:

The USA is so renowned for its popular culture that visitors can be surprised to find it has a highbrow side, but New York’s museums and performing venues like the Metropolitan Opera House are among the finest in the world. To stay in Manhattan and spend a night at the Met is to see the city in all its sophistication.

Recommended tour operator: Kirker Holidays

Kirker Holidays says

Join one of our five-night escorted holidays to New York and enjoy performances especially selected by us to bring you the highlights of The Met’s new season each year.

The Met will be marking the bi-centenaries of Wagner and Verdi in 2013 with some very special performances – including a guaranteed sell-out performance of Parsifal with Jonas Kaufmann.

Our escorted tours include three opera performances and a backstage tour of The Metropolitan as well as visits to New York’s major art galleries and museums including MOMA, the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Accommodation is in a spacious studio suite at the four-star Hotel Affinia 50 in Midtown Manhattan.

Departures in 2013 are on 2 March (Francesca di Rimini by Zandoni, Parsifal by Wagner and Verdi’s Don Carlo) and on 23 March, (Faust by Gounod and Verdi’s La Traviata and Otello.

Prices start from £2,398 per person including British Airways flights, five nights’ accommodation, three opera performances, two dinners (including one in The Met’s own Grand Tier restaurant) and the services of Kirker’s expert tour leader and guest lecturer. Single supplements are available on request.

If you do not wish to travel as part of a group, we also offer tailor-made opera breaks for independent travellers.

Find out more about our opera holidays in New York.

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