Itinerary

Mon 25 Sep

Afternoon arrival in Moscow and transfer to the 5-star Metropol Hotel, centrally located in the city and 15 minutes’ walk to the Kremlin. A welcome dinner will be served in a local restaurant.

Tue 26 Sep

Join your guide for a city tour of Moscow, including a visit to the magnificent Christ the Saviour Cathedral topped by copper domes. The Cathedral was designed by St Petersburg architect Konstantin Ton, who was also responsible for the Grand Kremlin Palace and the Kremlin Armoury. We walk across Red Square and visit the famous GUM department store with time for an independent lunch. Afternoon at leisure before the first early evening performance at the State Kremlin Palace Theatre.

Wed 27 Sep

Today we visit the Kremlin, the walled fortress dating back to the city’s founding in the 12th century. After touring the grounds we enter one of the cathedrals within the grounds and visit the Armoury which houses many of the imperial treasures, including several priceless Fabergè eggs. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Thu 28 Sep

Full day excursion from the city centre to Kolomenskoe, a former summer residence for the Grand Dukes of Moscow and the Russian Tsars. We tour the estate, which is located in the southern part of Moscow, and visit the reconstructed wooden palace of Tsar Alexei, a beautiful example of Russian architecture of the XVII century. We return to the city for an independent lunch in the pedestrianised Arbat Street, followed by a tour of the richly decorated Metro stations on the way back to the hotel. Evening performance.

Fri 29 Sep

This morning we visit the Tretyakov Gallery to see its comprehensive collection of masterpieces of Russian art spanning the 11th to 20th centuries. From sacred icons to Russian realism, symbolism, impressionism and art nouveau are all richly represented. Afternoon at leisure. An early farewell dinner will be served in a local restaurant before the final evening performance.

Sat 30 Sep

Morning at leisure before the transfer to Moscow airport for your homeward flight.

Programme

Programme at the State Kremlin Palace Theatre

26 Sep 19.00

LA BAYADÈRE (ballet)Inc

Music: Minkus

Choreography: Andris Liepa, with fragments by Ponomarev, Chabukiani and Zubkovsky

28 Sep 19.00

DON QUIXOTE (ballet)Inc

Music: Minkus

Chreography: Gorsky

29 Sep 19.00

SWAN LAKE (ballet)Inc

Music: Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Petrov

Flights

British Airways

25 Sep London Heathrow – Moscow dep: 10.55 arr: 16.50

30 Sep Moscow – London Heathrow dep: 16.05 arr: 18.00

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1780
Single room supplement £360
Club Europe flight upgrade from £400
Land-only tour price £1595
Deposit required £400
Tour code MOW1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.

Please note: Visas for Russia are not included. Travel for the Arts can advise on visa applications which need to be applied for in person. We recommend that you discuss this with us upon booking.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our tour to St Petersburg and would like to return to Russia, next time to Moscow!”

Mrs M, Kent