To Russia with Love

Save the date and prepare for our exclusive tour to the 16th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in June 2019!

Since its inception in 1958, the International Tchaikovsky Competition has become recognised as one of the world’s foremost musical events and a landmark of Russian artistic culture. The highlight of the event is the world-famous piano competition which has spawned renowned winners such as Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Grigory Sokolov, Boris V. Berezovksy, Denis Matsuev and Daniil Trifonov.

Spend two weeks in Moscow, the vibrant political, economic and cultural capital of Russia, for all three rounds of the Competition, culminating in the Awards Ceremony. Complete your Russian cultural experience with an extension to St Petersburg, co-host city of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Book early & SAVE AUD 250 per person*
Friends of Sydney International Piano Competition SAVE AUD 250 per person**

 

Held every four years, the International Tchaikovsky Competition is considered a landmark of Russian national musical culture, and is also one of the major events in the international music world.

The first competition, in 1958, included two disciplines – piano and violin. Beginning with the second competition, in 1962, a cello category was added. The vocal division was introduced during the third competition in 1966. In 1990, a fifth discipline was announced for the 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition – a contest for violin makers which was held before the main competition.

In 2011, the competition was first held in two cities – Moscow and St Petersburg. The jubilee 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015 coincided with 175th anniversary of the birth of Tchaikovsky himself.

Past editions have spawned such renowned pianists as Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Grigory Sokolov; violinists Viktor Tretiakov, Gidon Kremer, Victoria Mullova; cellists David Geringas, Nathaniel Rosen, Antonio Meneses and singers Evgeny Nesterenko, Elena Obraztsova and Deborah Voigt.

The final program of the 2019 Competition will be announced in early 2019.

Depart Australia or New Zealand on suggested Qatar Airways flights to Moscow via Doha. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.

Arrive in Moscow and transfer to the hotel (transfer included in tour price).

Check in to the hotel, and then in the late afternoon join Damien and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing followed by a special welcome dinner.

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Depart the hotel for a morning tour of Moscow. Stop at Christ the Saviour Cathedral and enjoy a panoramic view of Moscow from the Sparrow Hills. Finish with a walking tour of Red Square surrounded on four sides by the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral, GUM Department Store and the State History Museum.

After lunch at a local restaurant, the afternoon is at leisure. This evening, attend the Grand Opening Concert of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition, in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

(BL)

Stage I of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition begins today.

Depending on the final program of performances, in the morning or afternoon you will visit the famous Kremlin with its many treasures including the sumptuous interior of the Cathedral of the Assumption, the more intimate Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great. Finish with a visit to the Armoury Museum with its collection of Fabergé eggs and an astonishing array of glittering jewels, robes, thrones and carriages – a telling reminder of the pre-revolutionary opulence of the Romanov Dynasty.

(B, L or D)

Stage I of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition continues.

In the morning or afternoon, visit the Old Tretyakov Gallery, a comprehensive collection devoted to the history of Russian art, ranging from precious Mediaeval icons to the Russian School of the late 19th century.

(B, L or D)

Stage I of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition continues.

In the morning or afternoon, visit the tranquil enclosure of the Novodevichy Convent and the nearby Novodevichy Cemetery where many famous Russian political and cultural figures are buried (including Russia’s first president, Boris Yeltsin).

(B, L or D)

Stage I of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition continues.

In the morning or afternoon, visit the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, with an impressive collection of Western Art, particularly its substantial holdings of luminous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.

(B, L or D)

In the morning, take a ride on Moscow’s iconic and efficient Metro System. The Metro stations themselves, Stalin’s so-called ‘Palaces of the People’, are surprising gems of art, architecture and design – furnished with paintings, sculptures, and some even with chandeliers!

Stage II of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition begins today.

(B, L or D)

Stage II of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition continues.

In the morning or afternoon, visit the Tchaikovsky and Moscow Museum devoted to this outstanding Russian composer. Although 32-year-old Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky rented an apartment here for only a year, the museum is dedicated to the creative work and musical contributions which span his entire lifetime. The rooms convey the lifestyle of 19th century Moscow, and Tchaikovsky’s personal effects recreate the atmosphere of his inspired artistry.

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Last day of Stage II of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition.

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Stage III of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition.

Tour arrangements for these days to be advised once final program of performances has been announced.

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Enjoy a day trip to Klin, 85 km northwest of Moscow, to the Tchaikovsky House-Museum. The composer lived in this genteel country house during the final 18 months of his life, from 1892 to 1893, and it was here where he composed his last major work, his 6th Symphony in B minor, the passionate Pathétique.

After a special farewell lunch, return to Moscow in time for this evening’s Awards Ceremony of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition.

(BL)

After a morning at leisure, tour arrangements conclude with a transfer to Moscow Domodedovo Airport in time for suggested afternoon flights on Qatar Airways to Australia or New Zealand via Doha.

(B)

During your stay in Moscow there will be the chance to enjoy optional performances – opera, ballet and concerts – at many different venues in Moscow, such as the Stanislavsky Nemirovich-Danchenko Art Theatre, Novaya Opera, Helikon Opera, House of Music, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and, of course, the famous Bolshoi Theatre. Please note that these performances are not included in the tour price and will be offered on an optional basis. Traditionally, performance schedules are announced two to three months prior.

Per person, sharing (approximately)

AUD 10,500

Single supplement (approximately)

AUD 2,000

Early booking reduction*

AUD 250

Friends’ discount**

AUD 250

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 1,000

NB. Tour prices are provisional and are subject to final confirmation in early 2019 after announcement of the final program and ticket prices for the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition.

* If booked and deposited by 30 September 2018

** Must be a financial Friend of the Sydney International Piano Competition at time of booking and at time of tour

Final payment due

17 April 2019

Tour code

ML1905

Fitness level

Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions.

Suggested airline

Qatar Airways
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

Visa

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa to visit Russia. The visa will be obtained by Renaissance Tours and is included in the tour price.

Tour price includes

  • 13 nights’ accommodation in a centrally located 4-star superior hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine
  • Premium tickets for the Piano Competition in the International Tchaikovsky Competition
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
  • Pre-performance talks and discussions with your tour leader, Damien Beaumont
  • Comprehensive sightseeing including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport porterage
  • Optional performances
  • Items of a personal nature including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)

 

Your hotel
Moscow – Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Centre ****+

NB. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

 

 

POST-TOUR TO ST PETERSBURG
Locally Guided
29 June – 04 July 2019 (6 days)

Book the post-tour to St Petersburg here

Saturday 29 June 2019 / Moscow – St Petersburg
In the morning, depart Moscow on the high-speed Sapsan train to St Petersburg. Named after the Russian word for the peregrine falcon, the Sapsan travels at speeds of up to 250 km/h through beautiful Russian forests and countryside.

On arrival in the early afternoon in St Petersburg, transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
(BD)

Sun 30 Jun / St Petersburg
Enjoy a morning introduction to this magnificent city, including a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.

After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure until this evening’s Gala Concert at the Mariinsky Theatre, featuring the prize winners of the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition (performance subject to confirmation).
(BL)

Mon 01 Jul / St Petersburg
This morning, visit the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. This marvellous paean to Russian church architecture was erected between 1883 and 1907 on the site where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 (the ‘spilled blood’ referred to in its name). Continue to the Russian Museum, today the world’s largest collection of Russian fine arts from the 10th to the 20th centuries.

The afternoon is at leisure to continue your exploration of St Petersburg, perhaps with a summertime stroll along the banks of the Neva River.

In the evening, you may wish to attend an optional evening concert at the Philharmonia (not included in tour price; additional cost applies).
(B)

Tue 02 Jul / St Petersburg
In the morning, visit Peterhof, an extensive complex of palaces and gardens laid out on the orders of Emperor Peter the Great and inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Visit the Baroque Grand Palace and explore the lower park with its famous fountain cascade. After lunch at Peterhof, return to St Petersburg.

This evening, attend a performance (opera, ballet or concert) at the Mariinsky Theatre complex, comprising the historic theatre (1860) a modern concert hall (2006) and the Mariinsky II theatre, opened in 2013 (Russian theatre performance details announced two to three months prior).
(BL) 

Wed 03 Jul / St Petersburg
Enjoy a guided tour of the main branch of the State Hermitage Museum housed in the Winter Palace, the former principal residence of the Romanov Emperors. The rest of the day is free to continue your own exploration of the museum – including the newly opened second wing of the State Hermitage Museum, located in the former Imperial General Staff Building.

This evening, celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a special farewell dinner.
(BD)

Thu 04 Jul / Depart St Petersburg
After a morning at leisure, tour arrangements conclude with a transfer to St Petersburg Airport in time for suggested flights to Australia or New Zealand on Qatar Airways via Doha.
(B)

POST-TOUR TO ST PETERSBURG
Locally Guided
29 June – 04 July 2019 (6 days)

Provisional tour prices

Per person, sharing approx. AUD 3,750

Single supplement approx. AUD 850

NB. Tour prices are provisional and are subject to final confirmation in early 2019 after announcement of the final program and ticket prices for the 16th Tchaikovsky International Competition (Prize Winners’ Gala Concert in St Petersburg)

Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 10 people to operate.

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

Final payment due

17 April 2019

Tour code

ML1905A

Fitness level

Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions.

Suggested airline

Qatar Airways
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

Visa

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa to visit Russia. The visa will be obtained by Renaissance Tours and is included in the tour price.

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in a centrally located 4-star superior hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine
  • High-speed Sapsan train from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • Hotel/airport transfer on departure
  • Comprehensive sightseeing including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport porterage
  • Items of a personal nature including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)

Your hotel

St Petersburg – Angleterre (Executive Rooms) ****+

NB. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.