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Wednesday, October 4

Arrive at The Belvedere Hotel. Located on 48th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, in the heart of New York City’s theatre district, The Belvedere is a hidden jewel within walking distance of Broadway’s best theatres. Built during the 1920s Art Deco period, The Belvedere impresses guests with its elegant ambiance and comfortable accommodations, all complemented by a friendly and helpful staff. This evening, we'll dine together before enjoying an evening performance.

Thursday, October 5

After breakfast, enjoy a lecture by Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish. In the afternoon, go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at what it takes to make operatic magic at the Metropolitan Opera! This backstage tours offers a fascinating look at one of the world’s premiere performing arts organizations, including visits to the scenic and carpentry shops, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, and stage area. We'll enjoy dinner as a group before an evening performance.

Friday, October 6

After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely morning before we embark on a two-hour guided tour of eight galleries in the Chelsea gallery district—the world’s center for contemporary art! Our tour director previews over 200 exhibits each month and selects the eight most fascinating and varied ones to explore. You'll see the very newest in painting, sculpture, electronic media, and photography by American and international artists. The choice of exhibits can be tailored to the interests and backgrounds of the participants. At each stop, our guide will explain the artwork and lead the group in lively discussion. The tour is about six blocks long and takes place no matter what the weather—rain, snow, or shine—as you’ll be indoors 90 percent of the time. Come experience a world-class treasure of ever-changing art!

You'll have a few hours on your own before we enjoy dinner and a performance.

Saturday, October 7

After breakfast and a morning lecture by Dr. Juriet-Beamish, we'll visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the country's principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of September 11—documenting their impact and exploring that day's ongoing significance. Following a group dinner, we'll attend our final performance.

Sunday, October 8

After breakfast, we'll explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art on a private, guided tour. The Met is one of the world's largest, most famous, and most highly respected art museums. Works in a wide variety of media from around the world and across eras are represented here for contemplation—not in isolation but in relation to other times, cultures, and media. 

After our tour, we'll provide transportation back to the Belvedere, where your luggage will be waiting for your return trip home.

This itinerary is subject to change.