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classical music tours russia

Ballet and Classical Music Tour in Russia
 
St.Petersburg-Moscow-
Novgorod-Pskov-
Suzdal-Vladimir

Groups Only

White Nights

Day 1. Arrival in St Petersburg, transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure to recover from jet-lag. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2. General and music tour of the Imperial capital. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, resting place of the former rulers, the St Isack Cathedral, The Yusupov palace, the Rasputin House, the Smolny Convent and many other historical and monumental sites. Drive by the house where Stravinsky and also where Tchaikovsky lived. Lunch at a typical restaurant followed by visit to the Rimsky-Korsakov museum and the Music Conservatory founded by A.G. Rubinstein. Among those associated with the conservatory were Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Inside visit of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre housing the world’s best ballet company. Drive by the house where Stravinsky or Anna Pavlovna used to live and the modest building where Tchaikovsky died as well as the Vaganova Choreographic School, the world’s finest ballet school where Russia’s former and future dancers are trained.
In the afternoon visit the Sheremetev Palace  housing a large collection of musical instruments some of them are historical rarities, others on displayed were played by famous musicians. 

Today’s highlight is a ballet or opera performance at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre

 

Day 3. Full day excursion to Peterhoff and Puhskin, two great summer palaces of the czars.  Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland is a jewel of Russian art, a town of parks, palaces and fountains. Guided tour of the exquisite baroque palace followed by a stroll around the Lower Parks, masterpieces of landscape design with golden statues, cascading fountains, ponds and many smaller palaces. Lunch at the palace restaurant. Drive to the town of Puskin where you can marvel the newly restored Catherina’s Palace, and other grandiose examples of imperial power.  The palace and Park ensemble is a fascinating monument of the world’s architectural and gardening arts of the 18th century. Stroll around the beautiful park, visit the many intimate pavilions, charming smaller palaces, former hideouts of Catherine the Great and her descendents. Return to St. Petersburg.  Evening concert performance at the Glinka Hall where Anton Rubinstein made his debut in 1843 or possible ballet performance at the Hermitage Theatre, the former private Theatre of Catherine the Great, or Russian Folk show at the Nikolayesvsky Palace

Day 4. Full day excursion to Novgorod, capital of Russia in the Middle Ages. See the typical orthodox monastery of Yuriev built in the 11th century and the kremlin, Novgorod's centerpiece. Visit the St. Sophia's Cathedral, an 11th century structure that was the center of all the action during Novgorod's glory days and the 1862 bronze monument dedicated to the millennium of the founding of Russia, with 129 historical figures around its base and crown. Across the river from the kremlin is Yaroslav's Court and Market Place, where you can see churches (including the 16th century "Church of the Myrrh-Bearing Women") and the remains of a 13th century trading yard. Lunch in a typical restaurant in the kermlin where you can taste the local honey wine, mead and some other typical delicacies of the region.  Continue on to Pskov. Dinner and overnight. 

Day 5. Drive to Pskov.  Pushkin lived in the village of Mihailowskoye. The masterpieces of poetry and prose he created there have enriched the treasure-chest of world literature.  Two great Russian composers, connected with music and friendship, lived and worked in Pskov region. The village of Karevo is the birthplace of the composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). Not far away from Karevo in the village of Naumovo there was an estate of his mother's parents. The creator of "Boris Godunov" and «Khovanshchina» believed that the impressions he drew from the local folk songs, tales and sayings nourished his music. Mussorgsky is appreciated as the first composer who introduced the impersonation of the people's character to the world of music at large. Visit the Naumovo estate near Velikiye Luki which is now the Mussorgsky museum. Dinner and overnigth in Pskov.

Day 6. Excursion to Lyubensk-Vechasha. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov lived in a picturesque place called Wechasha, he wrote eight of his operas there, including «Sadko», "The Tsar's Bride", "The Tale of Tsar Sultan" and "The Tale of the Invisible Town of Kitezh".  Visit the Lyubensk estate where he died near his favorite Pesno Lake. The Rimsky-Korsakov museum is opened at the Lyubensk-Vechasha reserve (13 km from Plyussa).  Return to St. Petersburg for overnight  

Day 7. Guided tour of the Imperial Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum. Afternoon free. Dinner at a typical Russian restaurant serving dishes based on old court recipes. The dinner is accompanied by entertainment of Russian music and romances.

Day 8. Time at leisure to discover the myriad of historical sites, many monumental palaces and  museums the city can boast; or optional excursion to nearby Pavlovsk, former residence of Paul I.; or excursion to Gatchina, former estate of Natalie, sister of  Peter the Great. After her death Catherine the Great presented the property to Count Orlov, one of her  “Favorites”. There is also the possibility of arranging guided tours in the Russian Museum, housing the largest collection of Russian art in the whole country.  Overnight first class train to Moscow. 

Day 9. Morning city tour of Moscow including the Kremlin, the Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre, this  world-class ballet theater with a tumultuous history dating back to the late 18th century and producer of some of Russia's most famous ballets stars, including Rudolf Nuryev and Maya Plisetskaya. See the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Novodevichhy Convent, the beautiful 16th century convent founded by Vasily III in 1524 to commemorate the recapture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians ten years earlier and the resting place of some of Moscow's most famous artists, writers, politicians and public figures. Lunch in a bohemian restaurant Guided tour of the Glinka Museum of Music Culture in the 16th century mansion illustrating the history of Russian Music. Dinner and overnight in Moscow 

Day 10. Day at leisure to discover Russia’s capital much changed since Soviet times. Our suggestion is a stroll around he Arbat, once a bohemian quarter of the city, littered with cafes crammed full of the capital's intellectual elite. The Arbat is today Moscow's liveliest pedestrian street and offers a great choice of street cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, souvenir stalls, art markets and street entertainers. You could also Visit the Izmailov Market - just a few minutes walk from the 16th century Imperial Estate where the future Peter the Great spent much of his childhood. The city's largest and most animated souvenir market offers visitors a wide range of Russian handicrafts, Soviet memorabilia, original paintings and delicious local dishes.

 An other choice would be the famous Tretyakov Gallaery showcasing everything from icons to portraits of some of Russia's most prominent 18th and 19th century public figures.

Evening performances at the Bolshoi Theatre. Dinner and overnight in Moscow.

Day 11. Full day excursion to Suzdal and Vladimir to the Russain heartland. Vladimir is a town with more than 1000 years history. Situated in 180 km to the north from Moscow, it was the capital of ancient north-east Russia. The town was called after its founder - Kiev Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavovich. See the Cathedrals of Assumption and St. Demetrius Cathedral, Golden Gates and the Embroidery Art museum. Continue on to Suzdal situated 30 km from the former capital city.
Suzdal was first mentioned in the annals in 1024. This small and very quiet town was a capital of big principality, and now it looks like an ideal Russian provincial town. It has 5 monasteries, 33 churches, white stoned 

 Kremlin, ancient wooden buildings. Suzdal is a have-to-be-seen place when traveling to Russia. City tour with visits to the local Kremlin and its famous St. Cross Hall, Ephimievsky the Savoir monastery and the Wooden Architecture museum. Return to Moskow. Fareweel dinner, overnight

Day 12. After breakfast transfer to the airport  to board your flight back to your home city. 

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