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  • Enjoy prime seating for Shakespearean plays as well as modern classics.
  • Enjoy dazzling array of top performances at the Stratford Theater.
  • Attend VIP receptions and insider talks with cast members and theater staff.

Join us for a dazzling array of top performances at the Stratford Theater Festival, located in the gracious Victorian town of Stratford, Ontario. Here you’ll find Shakespearean plays and modern classics performed in repertory by a talented company of actors. Daily lectures by popular arts educator Marc Glassman offer insight into the performances and introduce you to the Festival’s inner workings. Enjoy special reserved seating for six outstanding productions, including three of William Shakespeare’s works: Hamlet, The Adventure of Pericles, and Love’s Labour’s Lost, plus Rogers and Hammerstein’s rousing musicals The Sound of Music and Carousel, and the heart wrenching Anne Frank. You’ll also attend VIP receptions and insider talks with cast members and theater staff, and go behind the scenes backstage to explore the costume warehouse. Your tour features accommodations at the Arden Park Hotel and sumptuous pre-theater dinners at fine restaurants. Limited to 30 participants.

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Get to Cuba before it changes because it has to. January 2017

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Cuba has been open to limited group travel for four years and is being opened to individual travel (still with restrictions) now. With thousands of Americans descending on our nearest island neighbor, Cuba has to increase its tourist infrastructure - and lose some of its charm.

Smithsonian Journeys is a great way to see Cuba before it changes. Yes, Smithsonian tours are more expensive than some other tour companies but the phrase, "you get what you pay for", certainly holds true. Everything about the tour was top notch - the American tour coordinator, the local Cuban guide, the itinerary - the best. And everything is included - everything - tipping, all activities, tours. Cuba is a fascinating destination and deserves a quality tour company.
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Day: 1

Meals: Reception and Dinner

Accommodations: Arden Park Hotel

Individual arrivals at the Arden Park Hotel. Meet Smithsonian Journeys Expert, Marc Glassman and fellow travelers for a welcome reception followed by a lecture introducing the Stratford Festival. Dinner at the hotel. Depart for your first evening’s performance of Hamlet by William Shakespeare and directed by Antoni Cimolino.

Day: 2

Meals: Lunch

Accommodations: Arden Park Hotel

Enjoy a morning lecture by Marc Glassman. Continue on to the Warehouse and Costume library for a tour followed by a group lunch. This afternoon attend a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Jillian Keiley. The inspirational true story of a Jewish girl and her family hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex in Amsterdam. Innovative staging brings new life to this timeless drama of courage, compassion and the indomitable human spirit Enjoy the reminder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening attend a performance of William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.  Four young men swear off women to devote themselves to learning – only to fall for four attractive newcomers. Shakespeare’s language reaches its most virtuosic heights in a vivacious comedy that will dazzle and delight. Directed by John Caird.

Day: 3

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Arden Park Hotel

After a morning discussion with Smithsonian Journeys Expert Marc Glassman, depart the hotel for a garden tour of Stratford. Then enjoy a talk by festival staff members followed by a catered lunch. This evening attend Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.  Far ahead of its time in confronting the issues at the heart of a troubled relationship, this wrenching musical drama features a luscious score that includes “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “If I Loved You” and “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over, ” directed by Susan Schulman.

Day: 4

Meals: Dinner

Accommodations: Arden Park Hotel

This morning enjoy a back stage tour of the Festival Theatre. Then attend an afternoon performance of The Adventures of Pericles by William Shakespeare. A storm at sea brings love into the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre; another snatches it away. Many years must pass before fate guides the wandering hero to a poignant reunion with the family he thought he had lost forever. Directed by Scott Wentworth.  Enjoy your farewell dinner a local restaurant. Then attend a performance of The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Overflowing with such beloved songs as "My Favorite Things" and "Climb Ev’ry Mountain," this heart-warming family musical tells an inspiring story of the discovery of love – and a daring bid for freedom. Directed and Choreography by Donna Feore.

Day: 5

Individual departures from the Arden Park Hotel.

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$ 595 per person
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Trip Includes
  • Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour management throughout the tour.
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary.
  • Service charges and gratuities.
  • All on-tour transportation unless otherwise noted.
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare and air and departure taxes.
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Transfers to and from your home to the program site and transfers to and from the airports, unless specifically noted
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Room service and valet/laundry service.
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