16 May 2019
Join Classic FM’s beloved presenter John Suchet on this Russian adventure that invites us to discover the man behind the music.
Born in Russia in 1840, Tchaikovsky revolutionised and reshaped the world of classical music with ballets that include The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, with operas such as Eugene Onegin and, of course, his monumental symphonies. Behind the glorious stories of his ballets and the soaring melodies he created, was a man who was deeply troubled. What’s more, there are still questions surrounding Tchaikovsky’s death – he died when he was just 53-years-old – and some experts even believe that he left a message for us in his final symphony.
From the renowned Bolshoi Theatre, where we have secured private access to the backstage areas, to the very location where the composer wrote The Nutcracker – go in search of the real Tchaikovsky alongside award-winning presenter, reporter and author John Suchet.
Please note: dependant on departure date the day-to-day order of this itinerary may vary, however, all departures will cover the complete itinerary detailed below.
- Local transport
- Meals - as per the itinerary
- Expert guide
- Professional tour manager
John Suchet is a British Radio and TV presenter. Currently, a Classic FM radio host in the mornings John has a passion for classical music and has published several books on the subject.
16 May 2019: Itinerary
A city tour awaits this morning and we visit the Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the iconic Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the New Maiden Convent. We also admire the view from one of the highest points in Moscow, Sparrow Hills, before lunch. Our afternoon is a special one as we are invited backstage at the historic Bolshoi Theatre for a tour. After dinner, we attend a concert at the very same venue.
All meals included
We begin our day with a visit to the Alexander Pushkin Museum and Apartment in Moscow, which was originally opened in 1986 and occupies two floors within this building. Pushkin himself once rented a flat here, so it’s a site filled with history and personality. Next, we have lunch and visit the Russian Folk Art Museum. In the evening, we sit down to dinner at Café Pushkin and afterwards we can return to our hotel for the rest of the night.
All meals included
Our day begins with some free time and after an independent lunch, we return to the airport for our flight back to London.
Meals include: Breakfast