NEW YORK -- With Broadway ticket costs rising steadily, travel
agents are reporting an increasing demand for packages that include
And with many New Yorkers vacationing out of town through
September, tickets to the top-selling musicals -- "Hairspray,"
"Gypsy," "Chicago," "The Producers," "Movin' Out," "Mamma Mia!" and
"Nine" -- are somewhat easier to come by.
Here are some of the best packages available through tour
operators and ticket brokers (all hotel rates quoted are based on
Applause is offering its two-night Best of Broadway and
three-night Theatre Lover's Delight packages, with accommodations
at hotels that include members of the Affinia group, formerly
Manhattan East Suites; all related taxes; and best-available
seating at virtually any Broadway show. Through Sept. 14, Novotel
guests also can enjoy a free dinner at the hotel's Cafe Nicole.
Through Sept. 2, the rates for Best of Broadway range from $342
for the New York Helmsley to $425 for the Sofitel, increasing
thereafter to $423 and $558, respectively. Children stay free at
the Sofitel; however, kids' rates are $147 elsewhere. Theatre
Lover's Delight runs from about $661 to $861, with a children's
rate of $294, where applicable.
Applause also offers a Broadway Dinner Deal, where clients are
entitled to a free dinner at one of four restaurants for each show
Call (800) 451-9930; Web: www.applause-tickets.com.
City Escape Holidays' three-night Lion King package comes with
accommodations, two buffet breakfasts at the Crowne Plaza Hotel,
tickets to the show and lunch or late supper at the Stage Deli.
The best ticket availability is for weekends. Rates reflect
seasonal price periods: $719 through Sept. 3, increasing to $850
Call (800) 222-0022; Web: www.cityescapeholidays.com.
New York City Vacation Packages still is the only tour company
that sells New York exclusively, with access to nearly every
theater on and off Broadway.
An attractively priced Hairspray package starts at $279 for two
nights' accommodations at a choice of midtown hotels, orchestra or
front mezzanine theater tickets, major sightseeing attractions and
museums, dining and shopping discounts and 24-hour emergency travel
Other packages, including a one-night Dinner and a Show package
priced from $218 per person, offer all of the above, plus dinner
for two and discounted parking, but show choices are limited to
"42nd Street" and "Cabaret."
Call (888) 692-8701; Web: www.nycvp.com.
Sutherland Travel's New York City Hit Show Tours is celebrating
its 48th year as a receptive inbound operator for New York with
some interesting offerings.
A two-night Pre- or Post- Cruise package comes with
accommodations, roundtrip baggage handling, pier and one-way
airport transfers, show tickets, a four-hour guided city tour and
dinner at Tavern on the Green, Sardi's or Rene Pujol.
September rates, based on groups of 20 passengers, range from
$595 to $648, depending on the choice of hotel.
The Marriott Marquis and the Park Central are two of the hotels
featured in Sutherland's three-night Showtime New York, which
includes two show tickets, a choice of sightseeing and museum
attractions and dinner aboard the World Yacht. The package is
priced from $882.
Call (800) 221-2442; e-mail: [email protected].
Yankee Holidays has a two-night Stepping Out in New York package
that ranges in price from $480 for the Milford Plaza to $730 at Le
Parker Meridien. The plan costs $280 for children age 12 and
Two entertainment options are available from a list that
includes theater tickets, dining, cruising and sightseeing.
Yankee Holidays pays agents 12% on its packages. Call (800)
225-2550; Web: www.yankee-holidays.com.