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New York culture

Annabelle'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 spend a night at the Met is to see the city in all its sophistication. Kirker Holidays also offers opera breaks in other cities closer to home.

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Kirker Holidays says

New York is undoubtedly one of the world’s great cultural cities, with an extraordinary collection of art galleries, museums, concert halls and performance venues – as well as a vibrant bar and restaurant scene.

One of the highlights of the cultural calendar every year is the Metropolitan Opera’s new season, attracting the world’s greatest singers, conductors and orchestras. ‘The Met’ hosts a full schedule of high quality productions every year, including classics as well as pioneering new operas. Click here for the latest schedules.

Kirker’s escorted tours include tickets for three opera performances as well as a backstage tour of The Met, and dinner in the opera house’s own Grand Tier restaurant.

In addition to the Met, every visitor to New York should take in the major art galleries and museums including the Frick Collection – the former private collection of industrialist Henry Clay Frick – the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the fascinating former private collection of financier JP Morgan, and MOMA (New York’s famous Museum of Modern Art) – Kirker’s escorted tour includes a private guided tour before the doors open to the public.

Find out more about escorted opera holidays in New York.

Independent travellers should speak to the Kirker Concierge for details of opera and concert tickets, entrance to museums and exhibitions, as well as a restaurant recommendations and table reservations. If you prefer jazz, New York has some of the most iconic venues, including the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village – the Kirker Concierge can book tickets or a table in advance.

New York is also well-connected by high-speed train to the East Coast’s other cultural cities such as Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. We can help to create a tailor-made itinerary including two or more cities in one holiday, with private transfers and reserved train tickets to make the experience easy and hassle-free.

Kirker also offers a range of short breaks and independent opera holidays to other destinations such as Berlin, Dresden, Vienna, Venice, Milan, Zurich and Prague – including flights, transfers and accommodation in carefully-selected hotels in the heart of your chosen city. The Kirker Concierge will arrange tickets for the latest opera performances – or perhaps the ballet or a concert – as well as private excursions and restaurant recommendations.

Find out more about opera breaks or speak to one of our experts for a tailor-made quotation.

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