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Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

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Moskva, Russia
Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

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Delight in the opulent interior of the Bolshoi Theatre, one of Moscow’s most impressive cultural institutions, on a private 2-hour tour of the glamorous building. With a knowledgeable guide, discover the ornately decorated interiors and gilded ceilings of the premium venue and hear of how first-class ballets and operas have been performed here for more than 250 years. Delve into the dramatic history of this national treasure and receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour. 
  • Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow with a private guide
  • Marvel at the lavish decor of the Main Hall, the Imperial Foyer and the Presidential box seats
  • Learn about the recently completed 6-year renovation that restored the theater to its former opulence
  • See the legendary stage where famous Russian ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake were first performed
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Guided tour of Bolshoi Theater
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Departure Point

Theatre Square, 1, Moskva, Russia, 125009

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Greet your private guide at the theatre and marvel at the magnificent façade of the grand Bolshoi Theatre. Stroll into the main hall and marvel at a six-tier auditorium elaborately decorated with crimson and gold embellishments. 

Receive an insightful introduction to the theatre’s turbulent history, hearing of the fires and neglect that threatened to destroy the building forever. Admire the pristine renovations as you see box seats once reserved for Russian emperors and visit the Royal Foyer, a resting place for emperors during performance intervals. 

Listen to legends surrounding the incredible acoustics and then return to the entrance to bid your private guide a fond farewell. 
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Moscow Smart Tour
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The tour guide who met us up in...
Sujeni W
, Aug 2015
The tour guide who met us up in front the Bolshoi theater was actually the translator. She translate all the narration given by the Bolshoi Theater staff in Russian, which in this case make the tour a bit boring which we have to listen twice the same explanation in Russianwhich we don't understand and then in English. Then the audience hall is not light up when we enter the hall. I did ask for the lights to be turn on for some 5-10 minutes for me to enjoy and feel the atmosphere of the theater with all the grand chandelier lights, rows of audience seats glimmering in gold while the lights is on. But the Bolshoi Theater staff said No. A bit disappointed. But for soem unknown reason, the lights did turn on for some 2-3 minutes. Overall, the tour guide is very friendly and I can tell she is trying her best to make sure we enjoy the tour.
Enjoyed the tour and the guides were...
Michael A
, Oct 2014
Enjoyed the tour and the guides were very good. Two disappointments - that we were unable to see behind the scenes of the theatre and that we did not have an English speaking guide which we realised there were at the theatre. Our guide from Viator made a really good job of the translation but it obviously took a bit of time and some of the meaning was inevitably lost a bit.

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