“Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress, when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.”
This 3-hour walking tour is designed for Russian literature lovers. If you are, you have heard, of course, about this name – Anton Chekhov.
Being a doctor he started his writing career as a journalist and succeeded so much that he decided to turn into full-time writing, because he was paid extremely well for his stories and plays. It was hard to compromise and for the rest of his life he tried to keep this subtle balance between his original occupation and his passion to writing. Chekhov the playwright wrote a dozen or so plays, culminating in four masterpieces: “The Seagull”, “Uncle Vanya”, “Three Sisters” and “The Cherry Orchard”. Chekhov the prose writer wrote 600 stories, ranging from two-page skits to 100-page novellas, that use a far larger canvas than the plays, go deeper into individual minds, and display a visionary grasp of the Russian landscape.
The tour starts on Kamergersky Lane – beautiful pedestrian street – near stunning building of Moscow Drama Theatre built in 1902 in Art Nouveau style by Russian architect Feodor Shekhtel (by the way he did this project for free and refused to take generous amount of money from commissioner – rich merchant Savva Morozov, Shekhtel was the theatre lover). Savva Morozov spent fortune for the construction – he was also the theatre lover and the actress lover – at that time he had romantic affair with beautiful prima Maria Andreeva and built the theatre for her. Chekhov’s play “The Seagull” opened the season of 1902 and became the symbol of the theater – it is depicted on the theatre curtain.
Walk along Bolshaya Dmitrovka St, pass by Stanislavskogo theatre, get acknowledged with basics of Stanislavskogo system created by famous theatre director, continue on Malaya Dmitrovka St and end the tour near Chekhov’s house, where the author of “Three sisters” and “The Cherry Orchard” lived after his epic journey to Sakhalin island.
- Private 3-hour walking tour with Russian literature expert
- See wonderful example of Art Nouveau style – the building of Moscow Drama theatre on Kamergersky Lane, where Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” play was presented to Moscow theatre lovers.
- Walk along two Dmitrovka streets – Bolshaya and Malaya (which can be translated as Big and Small), enjoy the view of numerous city estates where Russian aristocracy lived before revolution events of 1917.
- See Stanislavskogo theatre, Lenkom theatre, beautiful Church of Nativity of Virgin Mary – outstanding example of Russian decorativeness style, which dates back to 17th century.
10.00 am – Hotel pick-up
10.30 am – Kamergersky Lane, Moscow Drama theatre
11.30 am – Walk along Bolshaya Dmitrovka St, Stanislavskogo theater, Council of Federation building, Prosecutor General’s office, Institute of Marksizm-Leninizm
12.30 am – Malaya Dmitrovka St, the Church of Nativity of Virgin Mary, Lenkom theatre. Pass by city estates of Russian aristocracy
1:30 pm – Drop-off of at your hotel or destination of your choice
What makes it different:
- You can adjust the itinerary according to your wish: we offer ideas & you choose what you want.
- We will meet you at your hotel with your personalized itinerary.
- Your tour will be a lot of fun, not a history lesson.
- You may ask your guide any question which interests you about people, ways and traditions.