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Ballet originally came to Russia in the 1700s when Peter the Great instituted his Westernization program, replacing traditional Russian folk dances with ballet from France. Through centralized planning and organization by Catherine the Great, the country built ballet schools and theatres in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Ballet may have been invented in Italy and France but it was refined and invigorated in Russia. It developed in the 18th century Moscow and St. Petersburg in dance schools, some of which were associated with orphanages. … Nijinsky and Pavlova danced there in the early 20th century.
Russians have long been obsessed with dancing. … Orphans of deceased government employees were raised from birth to be ballet dancers, and aristocrats founded ballet academies to train the serfs who occupied their lands. The wealthy bought, sold, and traded their most talented dancers. In 1909, famed arts patron Sergey Duagilev, along with Michel Fokine (choreographer), Alexander Benois ( designer), and Vaslav Nijinsky ( dancer) established the first Russian touring company, Ballet Russes, and began a new era in dance. The company initially resided in Paris with a troupe of 13 dancers and performed works by great choreographers Marius Petipa, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.
The company later toured the world, spreading the world of the Russian Ballet. Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theaters became a magnet which attracts ballet lovers from all over the world.
Enjoy the beauty and professionalism of the Russian Ballet!
Ballet tour of Russia includes:
Arrive in Moscow.
Our representative will greet and meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Relax after your overseas flight. Our staff will provide you with recommendations for the best shopping and restaurants near your hotel.
Enjoy your breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast we will start our private guided tour in Moscow . During the tour Old and New Moscow – A journey through the history of Moscow. Tour the Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art. Kitai Town, GUM,Vorobyovy Hills, Moscow University, Olympic Sport Complex and Luzhniki Stadium. Stroll through Victory Park and visit the Bolshoi Theater, Novodevichy Convent and Moscow White House.
7:00 pm – Visit to the Bolshoi Theater
Breakfast at the Hotel
After breakfast we are going to visit Moscow Kremlin and Museums of the Kremlin and Armoury Museum.
As you step onto this iconic landmark, be transported through history from Imperial Russia to today’s modern country. The Kremlin’s tower-studded, walled complex of domed cathedrals and palaces, dates to 1156 but occupies a site used for far longer, was the religious center of the Russian Orthodox Church and also the residence of the tsars.
Guided walking tour to the Old Arbat, a downtown pedestrian street with plenty of souvenir shops. Guided walking tour to the Moscow Metro.
7:00 pm. Visit to a Ballet Performance at the Theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko. or New Opera. Performance TBA.
Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll travel to the Leningradsky station to board the high speed Sapsan Train for our trip to St. Petersburg
When we arrive in St. Petersburg, our representative will transfer you to our hotel.
After a short rest, we will start our private guided city tour.
The city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and was named the Northern Palmira or the Northern Venice. We will tour The Nevsky Prospect, the Winter Palace, Admiralteystvo, the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Summer Garden and the Statue of the Great Catherine, Peter and Paul Fortress and many other amazing sights.
7:00 pm Visit to the Mikhailovsky Theater. Performance TBA
Today, enjoy a spectacular private guided tour of the Winter Palace and The Hermitage. The Winter Palace, one of the grandest palaces in history, was the official home of the Russian Emperors. The Hermitage houses one of the most important art collections in the world. See works by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rodin, Monet, Matisse, Faberge, and many others.
Following the tour, we’ll have lunch at the Literaturnoe Café, one of the oldest cafes in St. Petersburg and where Alexander Pushkin, the famous 19th century poet wrote his poetry.
Explore St. Petersburg on your own this evening. Walk through Nevskiy Prospect to visit souvenirs shops
In the evening we will visit the famous Mariinsky Theater – pride and glory of the Russian Ballet School.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today, we will board a boat and go along the Gulf of Finland to Peterhof. One of St. Petersburg’s most famous and popular visitor attractions, the palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as “the Russian Versailles”
Versailles was the inspiration for Peter the Great’s desire to build an imperial palace in the suburbs of his new city and, after an aborted attempt at Strelna, Peterhof – which means “Peter’s Court” in German – became the site for the Tsar’s Monplaisir Palace, and then of the original Grand Palace. The estate was equally popular with Peter’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who ordered the expansion of the Grand Palace and greatly extended the park and the famous system of fountains, including the truly spectacular Grand Cascade.
Visit to the Hermitage Theater.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we will explore Pushkin town, famed for the Tsarskoye Selo complex of parks and palaces, once home to the Romanov imperial family.The Baroque-style Catherine Palace, containing ornate staterooms, stands within the landscaped gardens of Catherine Park. Neighboring Alexander Park, featuring decorative bridges and a cemetery for royal horses, is home to colonnaded, 18th-century Alexander Palace. The Catherine Palace’s Amber room was completely restored and is one of the most impressive pieces of artwork in the world.
We’ll also visit Rubinshtein Street, one of the city’s main restaurant destinations in central St. Petersburg, Rubinstein Street, has seen a fresh wave of dining establishments within the last year and a half. With great food and elegant, whimsical interiors, these new spots make the most of the city’s beautiful Old-World architectural spaces, drawing a hip, creative-class crowd.
Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at the Mansarda Restaurant, overlooking Kazan Cathedral.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Bye St. Petersburg, bye Moscow