Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: Russia, Russia, Moscow

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  • 2 hours
  • Moscow
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Discover the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, one of the most famous theaters in the world! You'll see its architectural highlights, including the ornately decorated interiors where top-notch ballet and opera performances have been featured for over 250 years. You'll also learn the dramatic history of this national treasure from your professional guide on this 2-hour private tour.

After meeting your guide in front of the theater, you’ll pass through the tall columns of the building and enter the grand interior. Follow your guide to the main hall of the Bolshoi, a six-tier auditorium handsomely decorated in crimson and gold, and one of the largest theater halls in the world.

The Bolshoi originally opened its doors in 1856 on the coronation day of Tsar Alexander, but was damaged by fires and Soviet-era neglect. Recent restorations have returned the theater to its historical appearance and brought back its legendary acoustics. State-of-the-art machinery and stage equipment have also been added. Your guide will share tales of the six years, thousands of specialists and bundles of money (with attendant scandals) that it took to renovate this world-class theater.

As you walk around the theater, you’ll check out the box seats that were once designated for Russian emperors and are now reserved for the Russian president. Then you’ll stop into the richly adorned Imperial Foyer, where emperors walked with attendants before performances and during intermissions. The architect designed the acoustics of the foyer so that even the emperor’s whisper could be heard throughout the room. You’ll also stroll through the museum of the Bolshoi Theater where you’ll find interpretive displays and memorabilia of the theater’s long history.

This is a chance to visit this historic building without the hassle of buying expensive and hard-to-find tickets. Your guide will provide lively commentary on the history of this Russian architectural treasure, as well as local knowledge about current performances and news.

  • Local guide
  • Guided tour of Bolshoi Theater
  • Entry/Admission - Bolshoi Theatre

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Theater show
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Bolshoi Theatre, Theatre Square, 1, Moskva, Russia, 125009

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


2 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Sujeni W

01 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.

Michael A

14 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 La Vacanza Travel 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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The audience hall.



The famous Bolshoi Theater

one item off my bucket list !


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