Boston Springtime Arts Tour

April 26-29, 2018


Trip Highlights

Join this popular tour 4-day tour to historic Boston and the charming Connecticut town of East Haddam in early spring.  Tickets are included for performances at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Huntington Stage, Lyric Theatre and Goodspeed Musical Theatre.

For 20 years we partnered with the Theatre Development Fund in offering theatre- rich tours around the world and 
Tdf has endorsed this trip.


Detailed Descriptions

Day One Thursday April 26:   

Meet our expert guide, Karen Goodman, at the central midtown Manhattan location (30th Street @ 7th Avenue) and depart promptly at 830am, traveling aboard a comfortable private motor coach.  We drive directly to Boston for lunch and arrive at our first destination, the JFK Presidential Library, housed in a striking I.M Pei building on Boston’s waterfront.  Visit at your own pace to experience the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency. See the centennial exhibit JFK100: Milestones and Mementos, which commemorates President Kennedy’s centenary.  

The exhibition chronicles historic milestones in his career as well as personal and family life.  Next, we check in at our hotel, the Doubletree Club Boston Bayside to refresh. 

Tonight, enjoy dinner prior to the concert at Boston Symphony Hall. Internationally-acclaimed Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev leads the Boston Symphony in a program of Brahms and Prokofiev. Maestro Sokhiev is Music Director of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) and also Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The Outstanding, Ukrainian-born, Israeli violin soloist Vadim Gluzman joins the BSO to perform Brahms’s towering Violin Concerto. Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinist tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries.  The closing program is Prokofiev’s wartime Symphony No. 5, a powerful, searching, and expansive work premiered in January 1945 with the composer conducting. (L/D)

 Day Two Friday, April 27:   

The morning is dedicated to a tour exploring the collection highlights at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Isabella Stewart Gardner collected and carefully displayed a collection of world importance and inventively built the museum to evoke a 15th-century Venetian palace. She created her museum “for the education and enjoyment of the public forever.  She designed an immersive environment that includes not just art but also flowers and plants, textiles, furniture and architecture. A new addition includes a new music hall, gallery space, and other amenities for an institution that has remained largely unaltered since opening in 1903.

After lunch, our guide takes you on a tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.

Dinner precedes our second performance at the Lyric Stage, Boston’s oldest professional theatre.  The Lyric continues its commitment to emerging and established Boston theatre artists by producing plays by the most talented playwrights, actors, directors, and designers that Boston has to offer. Over the past 41 years, the Lyric Stage has employed over 800 actors and 160 designers, highlighting the incredible depth of talent available in the Boston area.    You have tickets for Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Anna Christie.  The Lyric takes a fresh look at one of America’s greatest playwrights.  His classic is a surprisingly contemporary play that crackles with fierce physicality, humor, and drama. After a 20-year separation, a coal barge captain is reunited with the daughter he unknowingly abandoned to a life of hardship. When Anna falls in love with a shipwrecked sailor, her father and her suitor come to recognize their own culpability in her plight, and all three struggle in their own way for salvation. (B/L/D)

Day Three Saturday, April 28:  

Today’s exploration at the Museum of Fine Arts focuses on the Art of the Americas department. The MFA’s world-class collection encompasses paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts created throughout North, Central, and South America over 3,000 years.

The Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum integrates these works across four floors and forty-nine galleries, inviting audiences to consider them in global contexts, shaped by histories of migration and cultural exchange.  With more than 16,000 objects in their care, curators in the Art of the Americas department are committed to presenting many creative voices, some previously underrepresented at the MFA, including women artists, artists of color, self-taught or folk artists, Native American artists, and artists from Latin America. Brought together, these diverse artistic visions inspire us and enrich our understanding of the Americas. After your tour, you have free time for lunch on your own and to explore independently.

In the afternoon we have matinee tickets to the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston’s leading professional theatre, and the recipient of the 2013 Tony Award for regional theatre. The Huntington brings together world-class theatre artists from Boston and Broadway to create an eclectic season of exciting new works and classics.  We see Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls. Career-driven Marlene has just landed the top job at a London employment agency over a male colleague. To celebrate, she hosts a lavish dinner with a group of famous and adventurous historical women who cheer the successes and bemoan the sacrifices required to be a “top girl” in a man’s world. Caryl Churchill’s groundbreaking masterpiece, originally a rebuke of Margaret Thatcher’s England in the 1980s, remains as relevant and powerful today.  Dinner included tonight. (B/D)  

Day Four Sunday, April 29: 

After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and travel to the charming town of East Haddam. We have lunch at the historic Gelsten House which has a stunning location on the Connecticut River. We see a matinee at the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House which offers a Broadway-caliber performance with the charm and ease of a rural destination. The mission of the Goodspeed is to preserve and produce musical theatre of the highest quality. 

Their spring production is The Will Rogers Follies. Inspired by the words of Will and Betty Rogers Broadway greats collaborated on this work: book by Peter Stone, music Composed and arranged by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Shake hands with the heartwarming humorist who spun a rope, poked fun at headlines and never met a man he didn’t like. The rags-to-riches story of America’s beloved stage, screen and radio star bursts to life as a Ziegfeld Follies-style extravaganza. Family, fame and fate are center stage in Will’s rise from obscurity to stardom. Along the way he’s arm-in-arm with vivacious showgirls and a slew of cowboys. Curtain up on the Tony Award-winning Best Musical that captures the American spirit at its up-tempo best.

After the matinee, your coach returns to the 30th St. location in New York at approximately 8pm. (B/L)

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Notes & Pricing

This engaging experience includes:

  • Round trip private coach transportation from New York
  • Coach at disposal throughout tour
  • 3 nights accommodations at the Doubletree Club Boston Bayside
  • Breakfast daily, 3 dinners; 3 lunches
  • Tickets for four performances: The Boston Symphony, Huntington Theatre, Lyric Stage, Goodspeed Opera House
  • Tours and Admissions to Museum of Fine Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and JFK Library
  • Boston city tour
  • On site services of Carew Travel tour escort
  • Porterage


Per person (double occupancy): $1599

(Based on a minimum of 20 people)

Single Supplement: $275

DEPOSIT:  $300 per person due IMMEDIATELY

BALANCE: Due with registration. 


$300.00 deposit due immediately. Deposit is non-refundable. Final payment due Immediately.


RESPONSIBILITY: Carew Travel Consultants Inc./Theatre Development Fund act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation and hotels, and exercise every care possible.  However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity in connection with the services of any motor coach or other conveyance used in carrying out these tours, or for acts of defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passengers or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour.  We cannot accept responsibility for losses of additional expenses due to delay or changes or other causes beyond our control.  All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated.  We reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary as may be deemed necessary for carrying out the tour. The right is reserved to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the tour.  Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.


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