We’re delighted to offer a long stay tour to one of the world’s great musical capitals, with nine performances included. St Petersburg has always been an important city in music history, the place where many of the great Russian works of the 19th and 20th centuries were composed. In the last 15 years the music scene has dramatically expanded. The famed Mariinsky Theatre now has four stages, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras maintain busy schedules, and the Mikhailovsky Theatre continues to offer world-class ballet and opera. Join us for great music, theatre and art.
Five performances at the Mariinsky Theatre, including the ‘old Mariinsky’ and the cutting-edge Mariinsky II and Mariinsky Concert Hall. Details of all performances in October 2020
An orchestral concert by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia’s finest ensemble
A concert by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
Ballet at the historic Mikhailovsky Theatre
At least one recital or chamber concert featuring an acclaimed soloist
Private recitals in the apartment-museums of composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and singer Feodor Chaliapin
Visits to St Petersburg’s renowned art museums, including several departments of the Hermitage and The State Russian Museum
Days 1–3: Arrive St Petersburg. Orientation tours of the city, with performances by the St Petersburg Philharmonic and at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Day 4: The Museum of Theatre and Music, private recital in Rimsky-Korsakov’s apartment, plus ballet at the Mikhhailovsky Theatre.
Days 5: Visit Catherine the Great’s Palace outside the city and enjoy an evening performance.
Days 6–7: Exploration of the Hermitage Museum’s various departments, with evening performances.
Day 8: The State Russian Museum, private recital in Feodor Chaliapin’s apartment-museum, plus an evening opera.
Day 9: Visit the Yusupov Palace, farewell lunch and evening at the Mariinsky.
Day 10: Optional visit to the Fabergé Museum, airport transfers, or continue to Moscow or Helsinki independently.
Start & Finish
The tour begins and ends at our hotel in St Petersburg. Emirates and Qatar Airways offer suitable connections into and out of St Petersburg from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.
A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming weeks. To receive a copy of the published itinerary once available, please register your interest below and we will be sure to email you a copy. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9235 0023.
A graduate of the University of Sydney and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she taught musicology for 13 years.
Lindy Montgomery is a music educator and performer with over twenty five years’ of experience in her field. She has been involved in a number of school tours throughout Europe and the United States and has led groups to Germany, Canada and the USA for Academy Travel. She has also toured widely throughout Australia, Europe and Asia as both a soloist and as a member of various choral groups.
Lindy holds a Bachelor of Music Education, majoring in piano from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music (Hons), majoring in singing from the University of Sydney. She has taught all age groups, from primary music, through high school and including thirteen years in the Musicology Department of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, tutoring in Aural Perception, Solfège and Harmony. Lindy currently holds the position of Co-ordinator of Vocal Studies at Ascham School.
As a soprano, Lindy has made many solo appearances with the Sydney Chamber Choir, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Cantillation and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. She is also a regular performer with smaller ensembles such as The Marais Project, Synergy Percussion and Halcyon.
Lindy’s first tour with Academy was to Germany, focusing on cities with particular significance to the history of western music – Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden and Munich. She recently returned from Canada and the United States, where, among other musical delights, her group was treated to a private chamber concert in beautiful Quebec City, the mighty Boston Symphony and, naturally, The Metropolitan Opera. Future destinations include the sublime beauty of Prague, Budapest and Vienna.
For Lindy, the opportunity to lead an Academy Tour combines all her passions in one, immersive experience:
“I love to perform, whether it’s singing in front of an audience, or holding forth on an upcoming concert or opera. Preparing a lecture and sharing my love of the repertoire with an attentive group really enhances the concert-going experience for me as well. Knowing that I have illuminated the music and provided informative context for my group is deeply satisfying. A music tour with Academy Travel is exactly the kind of holiday I would choose for myself so there’s a lovely sense of community and connection from the very start.”
Situated in the heart of St Petersburg on the Moika River, in an aristocratic mansion built in 1853, the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is flanked by Palace Square and the Hermitage museum. The hotel is just five minutes’ walk from Nevsky Prospect and close to all major sights and shopping districts.
Furnished with antiques, the rooms are decorated in classic marine style with white and gold accents, and come with a flat-screen TV, air conditioner, minibar, en suite bathrooms with heated floors, and fine bathroom amenities. The hotel also features a spa.
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate, taxis or public transport are also used for short distance travel on some tours
All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required and when stated as included
Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.
What is not included in the tour price?
Our tours do not include the following:
Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.
A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.
If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:
More than 60 days before departure: $500*
60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due
*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.
Unused Portions of the tour
We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.
Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.
Passport and Visa
A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.
Will the tour price change?
If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.
Will the itinerary change?
Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.
Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.
Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller. We aim to be fair and reasonable in all our dealings with our clients. We aim to provide full and accurate information about our tours and promptly provide information of any changes or alterations that take place before departure.