Tchaikovsky's Moscow with John Suchet in Partnership with Classic FM

Bolshoi Opera House
Bolshoi Opera House
Bolshoi Opera House
Bolshoi Opera House
St. Basil Cathedral
St. Basil Cathedral
Statue of Pushkin
Statue of Pushkin
 Cafe Puskin
Cafe Puskin
 Tchaikovsky Museum
Tchaikovsky Museum

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.

  • A visit to the Tchaikovsky Museum, where we will enjoy a private piano recital
  • Special backstage access at the historic Bolshoi Theatre
  • Two live evening performances
  • A guided tour of Moscow’s most iconic sights


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.



  • Great Cities
  • Cultural Excursion


  • Special Access

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We arrive into Moscow’s Domodedovo airport in the afternoon and transfer to our hotel, taking a guided tour as we drive through the city. In the evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Overnight in Moscow
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We begin the day with a visit to 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.
Performance: Tchaikovsky’s Opera, Eugene Onegin at the Bolshoi Theatre
Hotel: Overnight in Moscow
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

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. We then drive out to Klin to the Tchaikovsky House Museum where we are treated to a private piano recital. After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to Moscow and meet up later on for dinner.
Hotel: Overnight in Moscow
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We depart for a visit to the impressive Russian Folk Art Museum. After lunch we attend our second performance:
Performance: Tchaikovsky’s Opera, Iolanta at the Helicon Theatre
Hotel: Overnight in Moscow
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

This morning we visit the Greater Church of Ascension before lunch at a local eatery. We then have a free afternoon. In the evening, we sit down to dinner at the Café Pushkin restaurant.
Hotel: Overnight in Moscow
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

Our day begins with some free time and after an independent lunch, we return to the airport for our flight back to London.
Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Tour Manager - Dedicated tour manager, ensuring the tour runs smoothly
  2. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  3. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  4. Hotel - 4 star Hotel accommodation
  5. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  6. Flights - Scheduled return flights from London to Moscow

Travel Information

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2019 Tour Details

Thu 16th May - Tue 21st May


Guaranteed Departure



sgl supp: £595


Led By: John Suchet

Guide Lecturer

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