Music in Moscow & The Mariinsky Ballet in St.Petersburg: 17 April 2020

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8 days and 7 nights
Ireland (Dublin)



Music in Moscow & The Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg

7-days, €2399pps
Departing 17 April 2020

Direct flights from Ireland


Balance due 56 days prior to
tour departure date

Discover two of Russia's most captivating cities, Moscow and St.Petersburg and witness some of the world’s most famous art, literature and history ever created. This tour to Russia has been specially created for lovers of Ballet and the Arts. Begin in the capital, Moscow renowned for its iconic squares and palaces. In Moscow, you will marvel at the city’s iconic squares, cathedrals and palaces. Visit Red Square, where we admire the world renowned St. Basil’s Cathedral. Explore the Kremlin, home to some of the most valuable jewels in the world. After this nights in captivating Moscow, you will travel to the country’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, via high speed train. Peter the Great was a man with a vision. He was determined to show the world that Russia was not a backward nation but one that was modern and forward looking. And to do this, he build a new city on the Baltic Sea. Today, St.Petersburg is a legacy of his ambitions and his achievements is displayed in abundance. It is a city of great art, culture and music where monumental buildings of state, great Churches and Cathedrals, ornate theatre and stunning art collections all add up to make St.Petersburg one of the most rewarding cities to visit. The Mariinsky has been presenting world-class performances for over two centuries, and this tour includes an evening with The Mariinsky Ballet in St.Petersburg presenting Sylvia.


Provisional Itinerary
Please note that the order of excursions is provisional and subject to change in final itinerary.

Day 1- Friday 17 April 2020 – Arrive in Moscow

Your tour will start with an early afternoon flight to Moscow via Frankfurt. Flying with Lufthansa, the flight departs Dublin at 12:10 and arrives Frankfurt at 15:10, and departs Frankfurt at 17:05 and arrives Moscow at 21:15. On arrival in Moscow, meet and greet with your local guide and transfer to the Hotel Katrina where you are booked for three-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

Hotel Katrina City, Moscow
Shluzovaya Nabereznaya 6/2, Zamoskvorechye, 115114 Moscow, Russia
Set on River Moskva, Katerina City is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Paveletskaya Metro Station. It offers a spa and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV. The rooms and at the Hotel Katerina City feature views over River Moskva, Novospasskiy Monastery or the hotel’s cosy courtyard. Each room offers tea and coffee facilities, and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s Restaurant Stockholm offers a rich buffet breakfast and serves Scandinavian, European and Russian dishes. Guests can also enjoy a drink or a traditional borsch soup at Alex Bar.

Day 2 – Saturday 18 April 2020 – Explore The Kremlin and the Kremlin Cathedrals

Today visit the Kremlin and the Kremlin Cathedrals. Gain insight into Russian heritage and culture and take your chance to grab a picturesque photo at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel back to the 12th century, when Moscow was three times smaller than the present territory of the Kremlin. Take incredible photos of Cathedral Square, considered the centrepiece of the Kremlin. Admire the place where all Russian rulers were crowned and the Tsars were buried in the middle Ages.
(entrance to the Armory Chamber and the Diamond Fund is not included).

Lunch will be served in one of Moscow’s local restaurants.

Afterwards we take the metro back to the hotel and visit some of the most beautiful stations during the Metro ride learning the history of Moscow and its role in Russian history through its underground art. Some of the most visited and well know stations include; Komsomolskaya Metro Station, one of the largest and most ostentatious stations on the Moscow Metro system; Mayakovskaya Metro Station, where Stalin kept a special refuge during World War II; Belorusskaya Metro Station, where each of the marble mosaics tells its own history; Novoslobodskaya Station which hosts the mosaic of Pável Korin entitled “Peace Throughout the World” and Ploshchad Revolyutsii Metro Station which where you can see a museum of bronze statues. Each station is a showcase of the creativity of Russian artists and allows for a greater impression of Russian superstitions. Please note that not all stations mentioned will be visited as visits depend on time and the traffic in Moscow.

Dinner and performance at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Please note that the programme for the Bolshoi Theatre is expected to be announced by the theatre in January. IFC have no control over the scheduled performances. Should the theatre not have a suitable performance for this evening, IFC will work within our power to offer a suitable performance alternative on this night or on an alternative evening.

Day 3- Sunday 19 April 2020 – Sergiev Posad

Today, visit Sergiev Posad. Considered by some to be the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad is the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Today’s tour starts with the Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra), built in the first half of the 1340s by the son of Rostov Boyar, Sergius of Radonezh, who remains one the most venerated saints in Russia. The monastery includes more than fifty edifices constructed by Moscow, Pskov and Yaroslavl craftsmen. In 1993 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage list. The History and Art museum within the walls of the monastery contains a rich collection of old Russian paintings and various works of art dating from the 14th through to the 17th century. The collection includes over 120,000 items: ancient icons, medieval manuscripts and old printed books, icon and ornamental embroideries, church utensils, articles of gold and silver, paintings, engravings, folk and contemporary art. Sergiev Posad is also famous for being home to the world's first matryoshka doll.

Lunch at own expense and afterwards return coach transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon at leisure.

In the evening, dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 4 – Monday 20 April 2020 – Moscow City Tour and Train to St.Petersburg

Marvel at Moscow on a city tour. Learn the history and explore the architectural diversity and contrast over the centuries. Experience a vibrant mixture of ancient and modern, religious and military, and Soviet and modern Moscow. Visit the famous Red Square and see where history was made with merchants, farmers, revolutionaries, soldiers, and Soviet citizens all calling Red Square their home.

See the charming colourful onions dome on top of Saint Basil’s Cathedral. The Cathedral has long been an integral part of Russian history, this famous church was on the Red Square long before the first Romanov dynasty came to power and survived both a war with Napoleon and World War II. Thankfully, time has remained favourable to this great cathedral and now you can feast on it with your own eyes. Visit the GUM Department Store and imagine when the store first opened its doors, baffling its visitors with intricate architecture and exquisite goods.

During your Moscow walking tour, see and get to know the history of the Stalinist skyscrapers called the Seven Sisters - the most recognizable symbol of the Russian capital. You will learn about Moscow's many famous sites and learn the centuries of history found within the city centre. Your guide will take you to the Sparrow Hills where you can enjoy beautiful views of the city.

Lunch will be served in one of Moscow’s local restaurants and afterwards transfer to the train station and train ride to St. Petersburg.

Hotel details:
Hotel Dostoevsky, St.Petersburg
Vladimirskiy Prospekt, 19, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191002
The Dostoevsky Hotel is located in the historical and architectural area of St.Petersburg, and is just a 5-10 minute walk from Nevsky Prospekt and within 10 minutes walking distance of the Alexandrinsky Theatre. Isaakievsky Cathedral is 3 km away. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a minibar. The Dostoevsky offers a restaurant and a stylish pub with scenic views of Vladimirsky Cathedral. It stands above a food court mall and supermarket, and there is an ATM in the lobby.

A group dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant this evening.

Day 5 – Tuesday 21 April 2020 – Explore St.Petersburg

See the famous sights of St. Petersburg on a guided city tour. Compared to the ancient cities of Europe or Russia, St Petersburg, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2003, is relatively young. This is not to say that the city lacks in historical or architectural beauty. Built by the enlightened Tsar Peter the Great as his new capital, the city is considered Russia’s most European city. It is a product of Peter’s the Great’s attempts to make Russia as culturally important as other European states. Begin the day on the amazing Nevsky Prospect, the city’s busiest street, running for 2.8 miles (4.5 km). Today you can find it lined with modern restaurants, movie theatres, restaurants, together with the splendid palaces of the Russian aristocracy.

Visit the neoclassical splendour of St. Isaac's Cathedral and see geometry of the Palace Square. Head towards the beautiful Kazan Cathedral, which has the wondrous icon of the Kazan Mother of God - one of the country's main shrines, closely linked to the events of the patriotic war. The cathedral holds the military trophies of the defeated French army, collected during the war in 1812, and the keys to the fortresses and cities of Europe taken by the Russian army from 1813-1814. And that's not all - near the walls of the Kazan Cathedral, the great general Mikhail Kutuzov is buried.

Lunch will be served in one of St.Petersburg’s local restaurants

Visit the oldest construction in St. Petersburg - Peter and Paul's Fortress. The fortress was the first built on a small island in the delta by Peter the Great to protect his new capital from the Swedes. However it was also used as a high security prison for political prisoners. Among the first inmates was Peter's own rebellious son Alexei. The list of famous inmates was later supplemented by Dostoyevsky, Gorkiy, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother Alexander. While you are inside the walls you will also see the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Started in 1703, it became the cemetery of Russian emperors and family members of Peter the Great.

Admire the Church of the Savoir, now a mosaic museum (exterior view). The Church of the Russian styled domes, which attracts many people with its dazzling and colourful facades and interiors, was constructed in honour of Tsar Alexander II.

A group dinner will be served in the evening.

Day 6 – Wednesday 22 April 2020 – Pushkin

Meet your local guide for a tour to the city of Pushkin and visit the magnificent Catherine Palace, the surrounding park and the impressive Amber Room. See the famous Rococo Catherine Palace, once the summer residence of the Russian tsars. Immerse yourself in the historic, royal surroundings and visit the famous Amber Room before strolling through the charming palace garden.

You will have free time for an independent lunch and your local guide is on hand for recommendations. Afterwards coach transfer back to St. Petersburg stopping on the way back for a private choir concert in Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

The Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is a Lutheran church located on Nevsky Prospect, the main street of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is also known as Saint Peter's Lutheran Church. It is one of the oldest and largest Protestant churches in Russia. It was and still is called the German church as its members were mostly German-speaking.

Coach transfer back to the Hotel

A group dinner will be served in the evening.

Day 7 – Thursday 23 April 2020 – Peterhof Palace Complex and The Mariinsky Theatre

Today, visit The Peterhof Palace complex. The Peterhof Palace Complex is a series of palaces and gardens located in Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia, commissioned by Peter the Great as a direct response to the Palace of Versailles by Louis XIV of France. See the rolling lawns, and beautiful baroque architecture, just some of the many features of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the Grand Palace in the complex is included.

Lunch at own expense and afterwards return coach transfer to your hotel.

A group dinner will be served in the evening.

A group dinner will be served in the evening. Followed by an evening of ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, a historic theatre of opera and ballet. Opened in 1860, it became the pre-eminent music theatre of late 19th-century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov received their premieres. Through most of the Soviet era, it was known as the Kirov Theatre. Today, the Mariinsky Theatre is home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra. Since Yuri Temirkanov's retirement in 1988, the conductor Valery Gergiev has served as the theatre's general director.

St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre
Ballet in three acts
World premiere of the ballet Sylvia (choreography by Louis Mérante): 14 June 1876, Opéra de Paris, Paris
Premiere of Frederick Ashton’s version: 3 September 1952, Royal Opera House, London
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre (choreography by Frederick Ashton): 3 April 2014

Running time 2 hours 30 minutes
The performance has two intervals

Music by Léo Delibes
Choreography by Frederick Ashton
Choreography revived by Christopher Newton
Coaches for the Mariinsky Theatre production: Anna Trévien and Susan Jones
Set and Costume Design: Christopher and Robin Ironside
Additional Designs: Peter Farmer
Original Lighting: Mark Jonathan
Age category 12+

Return to the hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 8 – Friday 24 April 2020 – Depart St.Petersburg

This morning is devoted to The Hermitage, the Great Winter Palace which houses the world's second largest art gallery. The Hermitage was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. Admire one of the world's best collections of Western European art and see masterpieces by Raphael, Leonardo, Rembrandt and many other artists. The museum houses treasures and artefacts from just about every known culture, including the unique collection of Black Sea jewellery, Scythian gold, historical Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts, Russian symbols, and Byzantine art.

Free time for an independent lunch before heading to the airport for your return flight.

Flight departs St.Petersburg at 18:00 and arrives Frankfurt at 19:50. Depart Frankfurt at 21:30 and arrive Dublin 22:35.


Flight details; Lufthansa Airlines
17 April 2020: Dublin-Frankfurt-Moscow 12:10 15:10 17:05 21:15
24 April 2020: St.Petersburg-Frankfurt-Dublin 18:00 19:50 21:30 22:35

Price includes

• Return flight Dublin-Frankfurt-Moscow / St.Petersburg-Frankfurt-Dublin
• Transfer on arrival by coach to your hotel in Moscow
• 3 nights with breakfast in 4-Star Hotel Katerina City in Moscow (17-19 April 2020)
• 4 nights with breakfast in 4-Star Hotel Dostoevsky in St. Petersburg (20-23 April 2020)
• Six evening meals (five in your hotels and one in a restaurant in St.Petersburg
• Three lunches
• Choir Concert in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
• Two Opera or Ballet performances
• Transfers and English speaking guide throughout the programme
• Train from Moscow to St.Petersburg
• Guided tours and entrances according to program

Price does not include

The price does not include:
• Tips for tour guides and drivers
• Any meals not noted
• Travel Insurance. All travellers must take out travel insurance at the time of conformed booking confirmation
• Visa fees and visa procurement. Cost for Russian Visa, arranged directly with the Russian Embassy

Booking Notes and Information:
o Price of €2399 per person is based on 2 sharing
o Single room supplement of €279 applies
o Price is inclusive of taxes and charges and one piece of checked in luggage of 23kg
o Travel insurance is not included
o A non-refundable booking deposit of €650 is required to book
o Balance is due a minimum of twelve weeks prior to departure
o Tour is based on 20 people travelling
o Price and availability is subject to change until tour is confirmed
o IFC Terms and Conditions apply
o Travellers must apply for a Russian Visa with the Russian Embassy
o Theatre Performances in Russia:
o IFC have no control over the Bolshoi or Mariinsky Theatre programmes. Please note that this tour offer is based on two evening performances during your stay. We aim to include one performance in the Mariinsky Theatre and one in the Bolshoi Theatre, performance schedule allowing. Please note that the programme for the Bolshoi Theatre and Mariinsky Theatres is expected to be released in January 2020 and evening performances can only be advised and confirmed at this time. Performances can be matinee or evening.
o Both proposed venues reserve the right to change/cancel the advertised arrangements of any performance. Should either venue amend their performance schedule or in the event that tickets for either venue are unavailable, IFC will work within our power to offer alternative performance/s.

In order to obtain a Russian tourist visa, an invitation from your tour operator is required. A fee applies for the visa. Please note that all travellers must apply directly for a visa to Moscow as soon as the tour is confirmed to travel. IFC will give all travellers an invitation letter and this must be taken to the Russian Embassy along with the relevant documents
All foreign nationals, including children, require a visa to enter Russia. It is each individual passenger’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate tourist visa and to make sure that when you receive it, all details are correct.
Apply directly to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Dublin
Summary of the Visa Application Process
• All visa applicants are required to fill their visa application form online at
• One application is required per person
• Once completed, print and sign the application and attach your passport sized photograph
• Submit your application to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Dublin

You will need the following documents for your application:
• The completed online application form.
• One passport photo per person.
• Passport valid for a minimum of 180 days with at least two blank pages.
• Copy of your holiday or health insurance policy.
• Official Invitation and Travel Voucher (This will be provided by IFC)
• The appropriate fee.
Please note that if you are posting your application to the Embassy, we recommend you use registered post or similar secure service. Please also provide a self-addressed stamped secure mail envelope for your passport to be returned to you.

Approximate Fees – please note that these can change at the discretion of the Embassy
Regular Service 4 – 20 working days €86.00 per person
Express Service 3 working days €171.00 per person
These prices are for Irish Passport holders. Other nationalities should Embassy of the Russian Federation.
Contact Details
Visa Section, Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ireland
184 - 186 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 14
Tel – 01 492 2048
Fax – 01 492 3525
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