Tchaikovsky's Moscow with John Suchet in Partnership with Classic FM
Tchaikovsky is today regarded as one of the greatest composers who ever lived.
He was born in Russia in 1840 and in his relatively short life, Tchaikovsky revolutionised and reshaped the world of classical music with ballets including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, operas like Eugene Onegin and his monumental symphonies.
He was passionate about Russian music but forged new paths for composers who came after him, especially in the world of ballet.
His music wasn’t always popular with contemporary critics, but audiences adored him. He became so famous he was even given a private audience with Tsar Alexander III and awarded the country’s prestigious Order of Vladimir.
His music has been loved around the world ever since.
This tour invites us to discover the man behind the music. Behind the glorious stories of Tchaikovsky’s ballets and the soaring melodies of his symphonies was a man who was deeply troubled.
The composer faced turmoil in his private life and many of his emotional struggles found their way into his later music.
What’s more, there are still questions around Tchaikovsky’s death – he died when he was just 53. And some experts even believe Tchaikovsky left a message for us in his final symphony.
Join John Suchet, award-winning Classic FM presenter, TV reporter and renowned author, on the intimate tour of modern-day Moscow to discover the legacy of this great composer’s life.
- The Tchaikovsky House Museum & private piano recital
- Special access backstage at the historic Bolshoi Theatre
- Two evening live performances
- Guided tour of Moscow, including the Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the iconic Saint Basil’s Cathedral
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.
We arrive into Moscow’s Domodedovo airport in the late afternoon and transfer to our hotel, taking a short guided tour as we drive through the city. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant, where we can get to know one another and raise a glass to the coming week and the exciting experiences it promises.
Our day begins in the morning with a tour of the city. We visit the Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the iconic Saint Basil’s Cathedral and its intricate interior, and the New Maiden Convent. There will also be time to admire the view from one of the highest points in Moscow, Sparrow Hills, before we pause for lunch at a restaurant. Our afternoon is a special one as we are invited backstage at the historic Bolshoi Theatre for a tour. Designed by architect Joseph Bové, this venue is home to stunning performances of both opera and ballet, and we are privileged to see it from the perspective of those who bring its magic to life. We will also get to experience this for ourselves in the evening as we attend a concert after dinner.
Today we discover the Greater Church of Ascension in downtown Moscow before sitting down to lunch at a restaurant, where we can indulge in traditional Russian cuisine. Our afternoon will be spent at leisure with adequate free time to do some independent exploring before we reconvene for a meal and rousing performance later in the evening.
Delve into the personal history of one of the world’s most legendary composers today as we begin with a visit to the Tchaikovsky House Museum. This location is famous for being the place where he wrote The Nutcracker among other pieces, and he lived here from 1892 until his death in 1893. From photographs and his writing desk, to other artefacts and collections, this is a truly intriguing visit that will give us a better insight into Tchaikovsky’s life. We will also be treated to a private piano recital during our visit here. Afterwards, we stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then unwind with some free time in the afternoon, before meeting up again for dinner.
We start 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 the space is full of personality, charm and history. After lunch, we head to the Russian Folk Art Museum to tour its fascinating collections. Dinner this evening will be at Café Pushkin and after our meal, we will return to our hotel.
Our final day begins with some free time to relax ahead of our travels or do some last-minute exploring. Lunch is independent and in the afternoon, we transfer back to the airport to catch our flights home.
- Flights - Scheduled return flights from London to Moscow
- Meals - Meals are included with wine where stated in the itinerary
- Tour Manager - Dedicated tour manager, ensuring the tour runs smoothly
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach