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BIRTHDAY OF DED MOROZ (RUSSIAN SANTA CLAUS)

19 November 2020

Every year, on 18th November, Russia officially celebrates the birthday of Ded Moroz (“Grandfather Frost”), analogue of Santa Claus. It is believed that on 18th November real winter begins and first frosts hit.
BLACKSMITH'S DAY IN BELARUS

16 November 2020

On 14th November, Belarus celebrates the national holiday of Kuzma - the patron saint of blacksmiths. Therefore, this day is also called the professional holiday of these craftsmen - Blacksmith's Day. Blacksmithing is one of the oldest and most respected crafts.

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Excursions in Moscow

Moscow city tour

CITY TOUR + THE CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR

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This is the best way to know the city and learn about the history of the Russian capital. We will see the largest square in the world — Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum and St. Basil’s Cathedral of the XVI century. During the tour we will make several stops to see the New Maidens Convent (Novodevichy), Bolshoi Theater, Moscow University and to admire the panorama of the city from the Sparrow Hills (Vorobiovy Gory). We will enter the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the highest Orthodox church in the world. At the foot of the cathedral, the Patriarch's Bridge is thrown over the Moskva River where a magnificent view of the red towers and golden domes of the Kremlin opens up.


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METRO TOUR AND ARBAT STREET (WITHOUT TRANSPORT)

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The metro of Moscow is undoubtedly the most beautiful metro in the world. All the stations are different; each has a unique style. Some people say that stations are as beautiful as interiors of a palace. That’s why people call them the underground palaces. After a tour of the most beautiful and richly decorated stations we invite you for a walk along Arbat Street. It is a pedestrian street about one kilometer long located in the historical centre of Moscow. The Arbat has existed since at least the XV century, thus it can be called one of the oldest surviving streets of the Russian capital.


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THE KREMLIN + CATHEDRALS

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This stronghold is situated on a hill that is 40 meters high. Originally in the 12th century the Kremlin was made of wood and rebuilt in stone much later. It is surrounded with a 2 km wall with 20 beautiful towers. The presidential residence is situated here. The oldest square in Moscow which is called the Cathedral Square is also situated in the Kremlin. The Cathedral of the Assumption, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the Cathedral of Archangel Michael, the Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Church of Twelve Apostles surround this beautiful square. We will visit one of these cathedrals to learn more about the history of the country and admire masterpieces of Russian icon painters. Later on our walk along the Kremlin grounds we will see the famous Tsar Bell, a huge bell that weighs 200 tons and the largest cannon in the world – the Tsar Cannon that weighs 40 tons.


Duration – 3 h


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THE KREMLIN + THE ARMOURY CHAMBER

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The famous Armoury chamber is located in one of the buildings of the Kremlin. It houses the fascinating collection of jewellery. From the XIV century till the beginning of the XIX century the Armoury Chamber stored the treasures of Moscow tsars. Today the Armoury exhibits a unique collection: objects of applied art that were presented to Russian tsars by foreign ambassadors, a collection of arms of the XIII–XVIII centuries, jewellery of the XII– XIX centuries. One can admire magnificent objects made of gold, silver, precious stones, ivory, porcelain, clothing embroidered with pearls and the famous Fabergé eggs.


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THE KREMLIN + THE ARMOURY CHAMBER + THE DIAMOND FUND

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The famous Armoury chamber is located in one of the buildings of the Kremlin. It houses the fascinating collection of jewellery. From the XIV century till the beginning of the XIX century the Armoury Chamber stored the treasures of Moscow tsars. Aprart from the Kremlin grounds (see above) we will see the famous Diamond Fund. In 1967 a fabulous exhibition of the Diamond Fund was opened in the halls of the Armoury Chamber. It showcases a collection of unique objects made of precious stones and metals: the crowns of the tsars richly decorated with diamonds, including giant diamonds such as «Orlov» and «Shakh» and the largest sapphire in the world.


Duration – 5 h


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TRETIAKOV GALLERY

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The history of this museum dates back to 1860 when an entrepreneur Pavel Tretiakov started buying objects of art for the decoration of halls and rooms of his Moscow house. Every year he bought dozens of new works of art at the exhibitions and in the studios of Russian artists. Very soon in 1872 he had to order to build a separate building next to his house to store the growing collection. The museum was transferred to Moscow in 1892. Today the collection that numbers more than 100,000 pieces can illustrate the development of Russian art from its origins till the XX century, i.e. from anonymous Russian icons to the paintings signed by Kandinsky and Malevich.


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MASTERPIECES OF RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE (Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val)

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The Tretiakov Gallery’s building on Krymsky Val houses the only permanent exhibition of 20th century Russian art in the country. It displays works of Russian avant-garde masters such as K.Malevich, V.Kandinsky, M.Chagall, P.Filonov. These works were followed later by Socialist Realism during the 1930s-1950s. The works by artists of the «Severe Style» from the 1960s are shown in parallel with «underground» art, which started the «second wave» of Russian avant-garde. The exhibition is completed by works from the 1980s-1990s which, are continuously «open» because the Tretiakov Gallery is always prepared to increase its collection with the latest and most topical works by Russian artists.


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THE PUSHKIN MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

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This is the second most important museum of European art in Russia. It was founded in 1912. Its first exhibits were copies of ancient statuary, thought indispensable for the education of art students. In 1924 the Soviet government decided to enrich the collection of the museum by transferring here the finest objects of art from the State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg) and from the nationalized private collections. The museum has a very diverse and ample collection that includes objects from antiquity till present times.


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BOLSHOI THEATER TOUR

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This tour will definitely brilliance your wonderful visit of Russia! Discover the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, one of the most famous theaters in the world! Bolshoi Theatre was founded almost 250 years ago and was the biggest opera house in Europe at that times. Today Bolshoi is among the ten most famous theaters in the world. The famous Russian ballet school has been created within the walls of Bolshoi. The first performances of many world-famous Russian ballets and operas like «The Nutcracker», «Swan Lake» or «Eugene Onegin» had happened here.


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BACK TO USSR: MYSTERIES OF COLD WAR (BUNKER #42)

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«Bunker-42 on Taganka» — a huge structure more than 7,000 m², located at a depth of 65 meters in the center of Moscow. Excursion «Back to USSR» is dedicated to the history of the nuclear standoff. Visitors learn how the bunker is protected from all factors of destruction of nuclear weapons, realize how close was the danger of World War III. Every tourist can learn how the staff worked and lived, see the amazing architecture of the legendary Museum. Visitors will be shown a film about the period of the Cold War. The unique special effects of the museum imitating the explosion of a nuclear bomb will impress everyone!


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MOSCOW BY NIGHT

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One of the most popular tours is Moscow at night. This tour shows you another face of Moscow, not as a bustling hive, but as a majestic Empress full of ceremonial glory. During the excursion around Moscow at night, guests can enjoy not only the beauty of illumination, but also to learn more about the history of the city and its architecture, see legendary cathedrals, buildings and squares of Moscow, famous all over the world, and of course to make great pictures. Moscow by Night is full of magic. It is fascinating and enigmatic.


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FAIR AND KREMLIN OF IZMAILOVO

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It is an architectural and cultural complex built in 2003 in one of the districts of Moscow called Izmailovo. The base of the complex is the territory of the Kremlin ("citadel") which unlike its "big brother" has the walls and white towers with multicolored roofs and domes. Despite being a modern construction, everything was designed according to the architectural traditions of Ancient Russia. The most bustling part is the antiques, souvenirs and crafts market. In addition, in the Kremlin territory there is a wooden cathedral and a restaurant with typical Russian cuisine.


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HOUSE OF THE BOYARDS ROMANOV

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Zaryadye - that's how in the old days was called the central part of Moscow located "behind the ranks" (in Russian "za ryadami") of market shops adjacent to the Kremlin. The house of the boyars Romanov is the only building that remains today of the large estate. In the middle of the 20th century, most of the Zaryadye district was demolished, and nowadays in the whole old quarter there are only several buildings along the Varvarka street. However, this small area of Moscow is truly unique in its kind and is an authentic museum of ancient Russian outdoor architecture of the XVI-XVIII centuries. Now the house is a museum of the daily life of ancient Russia.


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JEWISH MOSCOW

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The tour is about the history of Jewish culture in Moscow and Russia. We will visit the places related to the Hebrew community that has almost 600 years of history, and get to know how the community kept its culture and traditions and contributed to the development of Russia. Today, the Jewish community in Moscow is the largest in the country and the second in Europe, with 250,000 people. We will also visit the newly opened museum of Tolerance dedicated to the multifaceted history of the Hebrew people in Russia and the Coral Synagogue, the largest in Russia.


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KOLOMENSKOE (TERRITORY + HOUSE OF PETER THE GREAT)

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Kolomenskoye is a former royal estate situated several kilometres to the southeast of Moscow. The first mentioning of the village dates back to the XIV century. The oldest construction is the church of the Ascension that was built in 1532 to celebrate the birth of the heir to the throne and successor of Vasiliy III — the future tsar Ivan the Terrible. It was here in wooden Tsar’s Palace of Kolomenskoe where Peter I was born and spent his childhood. Nowadays Kolomenskoye is a branch of the State Museum of History. A collection of Russian objects of applied art is exhibited here: colourful tiles, wood carvings, forged items, etc. It is an open-air museum of Russian wooden architecture.The Kuskovo museum complex was created according to the tastes and rules of the Russian nobility of the XVIII century. "The summer mansion of Count Sheremetev", former name of Kuskovo, was built for receptions, elegant assemblies, popular festivals. The peculiarity of Kuskovo is that there has never been any radical reforms, that is why the palace and the entire estate have been preserved to this day with their original 18th century style. The extensive pond, the old palace with the elegant fence, the shady alleys of secular trees and the pavilions of the park make it truly unique and charming. The center of the architectural composition is the palace made entirely of wood.


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KUSKOVO

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The Kuskovo museum complex was created according to the tastes and rules of the Russian nobility of the XVIII century. "The summer mansion of Count Sheremetev", former name of Kuskovo, was built for receptions, elegant assemblies, popular festivals. The peculiarity of Kuskovo is that there has never been any radical reforms, that is why the palace and the entire estate have been preserved to this day with their original 18th century style. The extensive pond, the old palace with the elegant fence, the shady alleys of secular trees and the pavilions of the park make it truly unique and charming. The center of the architectural composition is the palace made entirely of wood.


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SERGIEV POSAD

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Sergiev Posad is situated at about 70 km to the north of Moscow. It has an interesting collection of excellent monuments of Russian culture created during the period from the XV to the XVII centuries. Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius is situated here. It was founded in 1337 and is often referred to by the foreigners as «the Russian Vatican». The monastery is the centre of Russian Orthodox Church and one of the residences of the Patriarch of Moscow. In the central square of the monastery there is a sacred spring that is visited by all the pilgrims who arrive here to see the relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the saint who founded the monastery. It is UNESCO World Heritage Site. 


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FOLK SHOW KOSTROMA

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From mid June till mid September 
Each summer world famous folk-dance ensemble Kostroma presents its show in Moscow. The plot of the show is the history of Russia from old times to the present moment and the multicultural traditions of our country, presented in national dances and songs. Around 50 artists, colourful sets, beautiful costumes make the show unforgettable. (Guide’s assistance – only one way)


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CRUISE ALONG MOSKVA RIVER ON BOARD OF THE YACHT RADISSON

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Enjoy the picturesque cruise along the Moskva River aboard a comfortable yacht. Every day all year round you can join the 2.5-hour tour and cruise along major sights of Moscow: the Kremlin, New Maiden Convent, St. Basil Cathedral, the University of Moscow, Peter the Great monument and many more. During the cruise you can order lunch or dinner. (Guide’s assistance – only one way)


Duration of the cruise – 2,5 h


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WALKING TOUR IN THE HISTORIC CENTER OF MOSCOW

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The impression of a city is stronger, if you can walk through the main streets and squares. You will see the most famous squares in Moscow - Red Square, Teatralnaya, Lubyanka, you will walk through the oldest streets of the city - Nikolskaya and Varvarka. You will learn Moscow's history, its secrets and mysteries. You will admire the view of the city centre from the panoramic Bridge of Zaryadye Park.


Duration – 3 h


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FOLK SHOW “AMAZING RUSSIA” (WITH DINNER)

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"Amazing Russia Show" – is a fascinating musical journey across Russia, where each region is presented in the form of presentations of the best national teams, with use of the amazing folk costumes, ancient musical instruments. Unique performances, virtuoso dancers, the best national singers clearly reveal the culture and identity of different nations of Russia, and the variety and beauty of Russian nature will leave a lasting impression of our country. The dinner menu introduces foreign visitors with the peculiarities of different national cuisines of Russia, but it is picked up in view of the different preferences and restrictions in food of guests from all over the globe. (Guide’s assistance – only one way)


Duration of the show – 2 h


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THE MUSEUM OF COSMONAUTICS & VDNKH

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The museum's exhibition is dedicated to the history of Cosmonautics in Russia: Tsiolkovsky on space flights; formation of the space industry in the USSR; the first artificial satellites of the Earth; the first flight into space, space flights to the moon and planets of the solar system; orbital stations; modern cosmodromes and shuttles. During the fascinating tour of the All-Russian Exhibition Centre (VDNKH). You will see the symbols of Moscow as the famous sculpture "Worker and Kolkhotian", the fountain "Friendship of Nations of the USSR", the great monument dedicated to the conquerors of space and you will know the history of the creation of this wonderful place.


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VLADIMIR AND SUZDAL (ONE DAY TOUR)

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The cities that are located 180 km from Moscow and only 16 km away from each other. During this journey we will see the first White Stone Monuments and were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage objects in 1992. Departure in the morning from Moscow. Arrival to Vladimir, one of the oldest Russian towns, famous for its craftsmanship. It was founded by Prince Vladimir Monomakh of Kiev in 1108 and bears his name. We will see the White Doors of white stone (1164), the unique monument of the art of military engineering. We will visit the Assumption Cathedral during the sightseeing tour. In Suzdal during the sightseeing tour we will see the main attractions, such as the Kremlin earth wall (11th century) and the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin (1222-1225), which attracts attention with its blue dome, adorned with stars and the golden gates. Suzdal is known for it’s numerous but unique churches and the architectural complexes of the ancient monasteries - the Holy Virgin(16th century), the St. Euthymius (16th century), the St. Alexander (s. XIII), associated with many episodes of Russian history. Departure to Moscow.


Duration – 14 h


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PANORAMIC PLATFORM PANORAMA 360 IN MOSCOW-CITY

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It is the highest observation deck in Europe located on the 89th floor. During the tour you will know how the city of Moscow grew: from the bell tower of Ivan The Great to the Stalinist skyscrapers and modern skyscrapers of Moscow-City. You will know the history of the creation of the business district called Moscow-City and its skyscrapers. The panoramic platform is located at the height of 89 floors in the Federation Tower. The view of Moscow atop the Federation Tower, its main skyscraper, is an unforgettable and enchanting experience. The Federation Tower is located in the city’s center, only 4 km from the Kremlin. You can see the entire Moscow from the best point of view in 360 degrees. The concept of the observation deck had been integrated into the tower’s project already at the design stage, and the best view was an essential condition.


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MUSEUM OF THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR OF THE 1812

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The museum fund has more than two thousand works including maps and documents of great value, weapons, uniform and objects of daily life of the Russian Empire and French soldiers, objects of decorative art, numismatic collection, artistic works (painting, sculpture, graphic arts). The exhibitions are dedicated also to other campaigns of Napoleon and the international relations between the Russian Empire and the First Empire of the nineteenth century, personalities of Alexander I and Napoleon I. The collection possesses truly unique objects such as the samovar used by General Feldmariscal Kutuzov, Napoleon's private weapons, the sleigh he used when leaving Russia, a campaign kitchen.


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NOVODEVICHY CONVENT

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It is the second most important architectural complex in Moscow after the Kremlin. 11 meter high walls surround the churches and the most outstanding are the one of Our Lady of Smolensk with the most beautiful altarpiece in Moscow and the Church of the Transfiguration. You can also see a beautiful cemetery where well-known artists, scientists, politians and writers such as Chekhov, Mayakovsky, Esenin, Khruschev, Yeltsin etc. are buried.


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GASTRONOMIC TOUR

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Our gastronomic tour allows you to know not only the history of Russian cuisine but also to make a panoramic tour of the city from the culinary point of view. We are going to visit the Russian Dessert Museum which is opened in the place of a confectionery of the 19th century. And let's try some candy! Following the historical development of the country, we head to a canteen from the Soviet era, which is a popular restaurant today and where we can taste the traditional beer with “chebureki” (pie filled with minced meat). We finish our tour in a restaurant of modern Russian cuisine where we will have a master class of cooking and lunch.


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Excursions in Saint Petersburg

CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO OUR LADY OF KAZAN CATHEDRAL

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During the tour of the former capital of the Russian Empire you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city: the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres, the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace, the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, besides we will drive along the main street of the city - Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges, the cupolas of orthodox churches and cathedrals, among them are St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. During our tour we will visit to Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral, the pearl of St. Petersburg architecture.


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WALKING TOUR AROUND THE CENTER OF SAINT PETERSBURG + METRO TOUR

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This tour around the center of St. Petersburg will tell you more about the life of the city, its history and its culture. Walking down streets you can find small cafes next to luxury restaurants, modest hostels near elegant hotels. On the same street there is an Orthodox church, a Catholic, Lutheran cathedral and an Armenian church. During this trip we will descend to the famous St. Petersburg metro which was opened in 1955. Today, it is considered one of the deepest in the world. The stations are richly decorated with moldings, bas-reliefs and mosaics. Among others we will visit the Admiralteyskaya station, which is one of the deepest in the world. Its depth is 86 meters.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres,the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace, the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, the main street of the city-Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges, the cupolas of orthodox churches and cathedrals, among them are St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. During our tour we will visit to Peter and Paul fortress-the cradle of the city. St. Peter and Paul Cathedral–the first cathedral of the city is considered the architectural center of the fortress.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO ST.ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres, the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace,the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, the main street of the city-Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges, the cupolas of churches and cathedrals, among them are St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. During our tour we will visit the St.Isaac’s Cathedral which is decorated by mosaics,mural paintings,gilded bronze statues,semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli,malachite and the best kinds of marble.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON SPILLED BLOOD

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres,the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace,the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, the main street of the city-Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges, the cupolas of churches and cathedrals, among them are St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St.Isaac’s Cathedral. During our tour we will visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which was built by Emperor Alexander III to immortalize the memory of his father who had been assassinated on the place where the church is now.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS + VISIT TO ST.ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres,the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace, the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, the main street of the city-Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges. During our tour we will visit the Peter and Paul fortress and St. Peter and Paul Cathedral -the cradle of the city. We will also visit the St.Isaac’s Cathedral which is the 3rd largest dome cathedral in Europe after St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.


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CITY TOUR AROUND SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS + VISIT TO CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON SPILLED BLOOD

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During the city tour you will enjoy the unforgettable ensembles of the city:the Arts Square formed by 3 museums and 4 theatres,the Palace Square and the impressing baroque Winter Palace, the elegant Spit of the Vasilievsky Island, the main street of the city-Nevsky prospect. You will appreciate the tranquility of numerous rivers and canals with their marvelous bridges. During our tour we will visit the Peter and Paul fortress and St. Peter and Paul Cathedral -the cradle of the city. We will also visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. This church was built by Emperor Alexander III to immortalize the memory of his father who had been assassinated on the place where the church is now.


Duration – 5 h


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THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

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The Hermitage is considered to be one of the most important museums of the world. Its numerous and valuable collection occupies 5 historic buildings including the Winter Palace. The collection that was started by Empress Catherine II in 1764 now numbers more than 3 million objects. Objects that date back to various periods from prehistoric times to nowadays are exhibited in 400 rooms. The true gems of the collection are the works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tiziano, Rembrandt, P.P.Rubens, A. Van Dyck, El Greco etc. It would take 15 years to see the whole collection even if we would go to the museum every day for 8 hours and stay only for 1 minute at every object.


Duration – 4 h


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THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM + VISIT TO TREASURE GALLERY

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The Hermitage is considered to be one of the most important museums of the world. The collection that was started by Empress Catherine II in 1764 now numbers more than 3 million objects and exhibited in 400 rooms. Hermitage Museum keeps many secrets; one of them is the Treasure Gallery. It consists of two separate exhibitions. The 1st exposition called «Gold Rooms» features about 1500 gold objects which show us the development of the jeweller’s art in ancient world. The main idea of the 2nd exposition, «Diamond Rooms», is to show the development of the jeweller’s art since the 3rd millennium AC till the XX century. This exposition possesses the well-known Fabergé works, diplomatic gifts etc.


Duration – 4 h


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THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM + VISIT TO GENERAL STAFF BUILDING

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The Hermitage is considered to be one of the most important museums of the world. Its numerous and valuable collection occupies 5 historic buildings including the Winter Palace. The collection that was started by Empress Catherine II in 1764 now numbers more than 3 million objects. Objects that date back to various periods from prehistoric times to nowadays are exhibited in 400 rooms. The true gems of the collection are the works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tiziano, Rembrandt, P.P.Rubens, A. Van Dyck, El Greco etc. Our excursion includes visit to General Staff Building to see the collection of works of the impressionists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, and others.


Duration – 5 h


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NIGHT CITY TOUR + BOAT TRIP ALONG RIVERS AND CANALS

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St. Petersburg is famous for its White Nights. This unique phenomenon can be observed from the end of May till the middle of July. This is very special time when the sun stays in the sky for 19 hours, and even after the sunset there is enough daylight. Our tour includes boat trip along the water ways of the city. The gorgeous architectural ensembles, cathedrals and monuments wonderfully harmonize with the calm waters of rivers and canals. Granite clad rivers and canals, stairs descending to the water, bridges that span the banks are inseparable elements of the city architecture. This trip allows you to see a different aspect of St. Petersburg which is often called the Venice of the North.


Duration – 3 h


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BOAT TRIP ALONG RIVERS AND CANALS (WITH AUDIO GUIDE)

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The best way to explore St. Petersburg in a pleasant and relaxing way is to go on a boat trip along the water ways of the city. The historical districts of the city are situated on numerous islands of the delta of the river Neva as it enters the Gulf of Finland in the eastern part of the Baltic sea. The gorgeous architectural ensembles, cathedrals and monuments wonderfully harmonize with the calm waters of rivers and canals. Granite clad rivers and canals, stairs descending to the water, bridges that span the banks are inseparable elements of the city architecture. This trip allows you to see a different aspect of St. Petersburg which is often called the Venice of the North.


Duration of boat trip – 1 h


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ERARTA CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

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Today Erarta is the largest private museum of modern art in Russia. The mission of the museum is to collect, exhibit and popularize the most extraordinary works of art by the most talented contemporary artists. Apart from paintings the museum includes graphic arts, sculptures, installations, video art. Art lovers are invited to take a walk through the museum and see the most outstanding works of the collection.


Duration – 3 h


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RUSSIAN MUSEUM

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The Museum of Russian Art is the largest collection of national culture. Its collections have more than 400 thousand exhibits that reflect the almost millenary history of the arts of Russia, from ancient times to the present day. The museum has one of the best collections of prints and drawings by Russian painters, as well as the most important sculptural collection in the country. The inexhaustible collections of the museum allow its millions of visitors to understand the magnificent world of the Fine Arts of Russia.


Duration – 3 h


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YUSUPOV PALACE

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The mansion was constructed in the end of the XIX century for Prince Yusupov who was one of the richest men in Russia. The magnificent interiors are preserved in the palace that is considered to be a gem of Russian architecture. The palace theatre is a miniature copy of la Scala theatre. Yusupov palace is also interesting from the historical point of view as in 1906 a trusted advisor of the last Romanovs - Grigory Rasputin was assassinated in this palace. He was a victim of a plot organized by the last owner of the palace prince Felix Yusupov.


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FABERGE MUSEUM

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The Fabergé Museum was created for the preservation, study and promotion of Russia’s cultural heritage. It is private Museum belongs to nonprofit charitable organization The Link of Times established by the Russian entrepreneur Vekselberg. Museum houses the former Malcolm Forbes collection of works by Fabergé masters, including nine famous imperial Easter eggs that are of great value not only as the objects made with the highest jewelry skills, but also as unique historical artifacts. The museum collection also includes decorative and applied art created by Russian masters of the second half of the XIX and early XX centuries.


Duration – 3 h


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DOSTOEVSKY IN SAINT PETERSBURG + VISIT TO DOSTOEVSKY MUSEUM

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The name of Dostoevsky is inseparably related to St. Petersburg. It is the city where the writer lived most of his life. Here were created his masterpieces such as "White Nights", "Humiliated and Offended", "Crime and Punishment", "The Idiot". We find the streets and buildings of St. Petersburg in the books of the famous writer. However, the house on the corner of Kuznechny street and Dostoevsky street is considered to be one of the most famous of his dwellings. It was here where Dostoevsky wrote his famous novel «The Karamazov brothers». The interior decoration of the house is typical of the time, the museum exhibition allows us to know more about the life of the famous maestro.


Duration – 4 h


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LOMONOSOV PORCELAIN FACTORY

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The imperial factory founded in 1744 was the first porcelain production in Russia. Until 1917 the factory belonged to the Romanov family which explains the name of Imperial manufacture. It was here that Dmitri Vinogradov created the first Easter egg for the empress Elizabeth I. The museum founded in 1844 possesses an impressing collection of the XVIII century porcelain.


Duration – 3 h


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MONASTERY (LAURA) OF ALEXANDER NEVSKY

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The ensemble of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery is located on the main avenue Nevsky Prospekt and is considered one of the largest architectural ensembles of St. Petersburg. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1710 in honor of the victory over the Swedes in 1240 and was named in honor of Prince Alexander who led the Russian Army at the time. Most of the territory of the monastery belongs to the metropolitan garden and the conciliar seminars. There are 3 cemeteries on the territory. Many famous statesmen, writers and musicians were buried here, such as Suvorov, Lomonosov, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky etc.


Duration – 3 h


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JEWISH SAINT PETERSBURG

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The first Jews arrived in St. Petersburg at the time of Peter the Great, however, the official date of the foundation of the Jewish community can be considered the year 1802, when a plot of land was acquired for the Jewish cemetery in the Lutheran part of the cemetery Volkov. During our tour we will visit historical places related to the life of the community at different times, we will know where Jewish families settled during the epoque of Russian Empire and how their lives changed with the beginning of the Soviet period. Then we will visit the Great Coral Synagogue. This magnificent Mudejar style building has been the center of Jewish life in the city throughout its existence.


Duration – 3 h


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PETERHOF (GRAND PALACE AND PARK)

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This imperial summer residence is famous all over the world. This town of parks, palaces and fountains was founded by Peter the Great in the beginning of the XVII century to commemorate the glory of Russia. According to his plan a Palace was built on beautiful terraces that are descending to the sea, it is surrounded with splendid cascades of fountains, parks with small palaces and pavilions. The centre of the ensemble is the 19-meter fountain of Samson tearing the lion’s mouth which was the symbol of the Victory of Russian troops over the Swedish in the war for the access to the Baltic sea.


Duration – 5 h


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PETERHOF (ONLY THE LOWER PARK WITH FOUNTAINS)

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Peterhof or Petrodvorets is one of the best-known suburbs of St. Petersburg. The world-famous fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof is an outstanding landmark that witnessed huge stratum of Russian history. The Lower Park is an ideal place for walking. The center of the whole ensemble is the 19-meter fountain of Samson tearing the lion’s mouth. The height of spray of the fountain reaches 20 meters and it is a fantastic view indeed!


Duration – 5 h


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PUSHKIN (Catherine palace and park)

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It is a fascinating monument of architecture and garden art. In 1710 Peter the Great presented this land to his wife Catherine I and in a few years’ time a marvelous ensemble of parks and palaces was built here around the architectural center of the Catherine Palace. Visitors were amazed with the magnificence of interior decoration: golden decorations of the doors were gently shining, the suite of rooms impressed with the glittering wood carvings. The gem of the palace is the Amber room which is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. The romantic alleys around the Catherine Palace invite visitors for a pleasant walk to the favorite pavilions and ponds of the Russian emperors.


Duration – 5 h


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PUSHKIN AND PETERHOF

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The package includes visit to the Catherine Palace in the city of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo), which has the unique Amber Room and a visit to another summer residence of the Russian emperors - Peterhof (Petrodvorets), where we will see the Grand Palace and the gardens with fountains.


Duration – 8 h


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PACKAGE TOUR «SURROUNDINGS OF SAINT PETERSBURG»

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It is an economic option that allows to contemplate the most important palaces of the Russian emperors. The package includes a visit to the Catherine Palace in the city of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo), which has the unique Amber Salon and a visit to another summer residence - Peterhof, with a walk through the gardens of th «Russian Versailles» famous by its fountains and cascades decorated with sculptures and flower compositions.


Duration – 7 h


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PAVLOVSK (PAVLOVSK PALACE AND PARK)

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This classical palace is located 27 km away from St. Petersburg as a summer residence of the tsar Paul I and his family. It is one of the few palaces that retain the cozy and private atmosphere of the royal family. The beautiful park of the palace that covers the area of 600 hectares is one of the largest parks in Europe. It is considered to be a perfect example of romantic landscape parks of the beginning of the XIX century. By all means it deserves to be called «music for the eyes».


Duration – 5 h


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FOLKLORE SHOW «FEEL YOURSELF RUSSIAN»

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Your visit to Russia will be incomplete without a visiting a folkloric show. The best professional groups in the country, the number of participants of which can reach up to 100 people, present the masterpieces of Russian traditional. During the intermission the guests will be invited to a cocktail: a glass of champagne, vodka, canapés and fruit are already included in the price. (Guide’s assistance – only one way).


Duration of a show – 2 h


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ARTILLERY MUSEUM

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On this excursion we invite you to the largest artillery museums in the world. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, Russian Artillery Museum includes precious collections of various military weapons from over 54 countries around the world. The impressive museum collection occupies 13 rooms with a total area of over 17,000 square meters and 850,000 exhibits. Among the collections you will find uniforms, awards, models of weapons and fortresses, and a gigantic collection of books and documents about weapons and famous Russian battles. The museum also contains an impressive collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.


Duration – 3 h


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KOMMUNALKA TOUR (COMMUNAL HOME TOUR)

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This tour gives a flashback look at the life in the Soviet Union. These Kommunalkas shared by multiple families have outlived the Soviet era that created them. Amongst the many-many Russians who grew up in a Kommunalka is the President Vladimir Putin. Visit a Kommunalka for a glimpse into a Soviet past that is very much alive today: see how generations of families with different background have shared living space: one kitchen and bathroom. During the visit guests have a tour around the facilities and enjoy tea with pastry with some of the tenants. Guests listen to the host and discuss daily life and former times. Guests are accompanied by a local guide for translation.


Duration – 3 h


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VELIKY NOVGOROD (ONE DAY TOUR)

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Veliky Novgorod is one of the oldest and most famous cities of Russia which celebrated 1155 years in 2015. Since its foundation Novgorod was the largest and the most important center of political, economic and cultural life of Russia. In Veliki Novgorod it is sometimes difficult or impossible to determine where the city ends and the museum begins. Some 50 valuable monuments of ancient Russian architecture are part of the structure of the city. During the city tour we will visit the Kremlin and the oldest monument of the city - the Cathedral of Saint Sophia which construction was started in 1045. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit the Cloister of the Yaroslav Courtyard, the Monastery of Saint George and the wooden architecture museum Vitoslavlitsy.


Duration – 12 h


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Excursions in Golden Ring

Sergiev Posad

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Sergiev Posad, a sanctuary of large historic and artistic importance, is situated at about 70 km to the north from Moscow. It has an interesting collection of excellent monuments of Russian culture created during the period from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius is situated here. It was founded in 1337 and is often referred to by the foreigners as “the Russian Vatican”. The monastery is the centre of Russian Orthodox Church and one of the residences of the Patriarch of Moscow. In the central square of the monastery there is a sacred spring that is visited by all the pilgrims who arrive here to see the relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the saint who founded the monastery. The architectural ensemble of the monastery includes cathedrals, churches, the residence of the patriarch, and other monuments of exceptional artistic value. The Trinity Cathedral is a true masterpiece and an excellent example of early Moscow architecture. UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Duration – 6 h


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One day tour to Vladimir and Suzdal

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These towns are situated 180 km away from Moscow and there is a 16 km distance between them. During this trip we will see the main places of interest: the white Stone Monuments that were included in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992. Morning departure from Moscow. Arrival to Vladimir, one of the most ancient Russian towns, it is famous for its handicraft. It was founded by prince Vladimir Monomakh of Kiev in 1108. The town bears his name now. During the tour around this beautiful old town we will see the Golden Gates (1164). The only preserved ancient Russian city gate. The Golden Gates existed in the holiest cities of Eastern Orthodoxy like Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Kiev. On making Vladimir his capital, Andrew the Pious aspired to emulate these structures, commissioning a lofty tower over the city's main gate to be erected in limestone and lined with golden plaques. Later we continue on to the Assumption Cathedral. 

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After a transfer to Suzdal, we will go on a tour around the historical centre of the town to the earthen walls of the Kremlin (11th century) and the Nativity Cathedral (1222-1225) with its famous blue cupola decorated with stars and the golden grills of the doors. The churches are of great interest. Later we will visit Monastery of Saint Euthymius, founded in the 14th century, and grew in importance in the 16th and 17th centuries. Departure to Moscow.


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Two day tour to Vladimir and Suzdal

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Two day tour to Vladimir and Suzdal These towns are situated 180 km away from Moscow and there is a 16 km distance between them. During this trip we will see the main places of interest: the white Stone Monuments that were included in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992. 

DAY 1. Morning departure from Moscow. Arrival to Vladimir, one of the most ancient Russian towns, it is famous for its handicraft. It was founded by prince Vladimir Monomakh of Kiev in 1108. The town bears his name now. During the tour around this beautiful old town we will see the Golden Gates (1164). The only preserved ancient Russian city gate. The Golden Gates existed in the holiest cities of Eastern Orthodoxy like Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Kiev. On making Vladimir his capital, Andrew the Pious aspired to emulate these structures, commissioning a lofty tower over the city's main gate to be erected in limestone and lined with golden plaques. 

Lunch in a local restaurant. 

Later we continue on to the Assumption Cathedral (1158-1160), its dazzling cupola can be seen from far away and it resembles the helmet of a giant warrior who guards the town. Everything here excites admiration – the well-balanced proportions, perfect masonry, the extraordinary finishing and the priceless frescos painted by famous Russian artists Andrei Rublyov and Daniel Cherny. Check in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. 

DAY 2. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Suzdal. The architectural monuments of this small town-museum create a magnificent and harmonious ensemble. The historical centre of the town is the earthen walls of the Kremlin (11th century) and the Nativity Cathedral (1222-1225) with its famous blue cupola decorated with stars and the golden grills of the doors. The churches are of great interest. Later we will visit Monastery of Saint Euthymius, founded in the 14th century, and grew in importance in the 16th and 17th centuries,now it houses an exhibition of Russian applied arts of the 12th – 20th centuries. Lunch in a local restaurant. Departure to Moscow.


Duration – 2 days


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Sergiev Posad and Rostov the Great

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Transfer to Sergiev Posad 

Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius is situated here. It was founded in 1337 and is often referred to by the foreigners as “the Russian Vatican”. The monastery is the centre of Russian Orthodox Church and one of the residences of the Patriarch of Moscow. In the central square of the monastery there is a sacred spring that is visited by all the pilgrims who arrive here to see the relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the saint who founded the monastery. The architectural ensemble of the monastery includes cathedrals, churches, the residence of the patriarch and other monuments of exceptional artistic value. The Trinity Cathedral is a masterpiece and an excellent example of early Moscow architecture. We should say that this site was included in UNESCO World Heritage List. 

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Transfer to Rostov 

Transfer to Rostov the Great. We will go on a city tour. The town is called a stone symphony. In the end of the 10th century it was already old. It is one of the most ancient centres of the Russian State, rich and densely populated. Fame came to Rostov in the 17th century when the Kremlin was constructed. It is a masterpiece of architecture that excites everybody’s admiration. Powerful walls surround the Kremlin that predominates over the town with its rising white towers and cathedrals, silver plated tile roofs and gilded cupolas. The Resurrection Church (1670), the Church of the Saviour (1675), the Church of Apostle John (1683) and the paths between them are open for visitors. The Odigitria Church is particularly attractive (1698) that was constructed in the so called baroque style of Naryshkin. The most outstanding of all is the Assumption cathedral with the bell tower of the end of the 16th century, the oldest building in the Kremlin. At the territory of the Kremlin there is a folk museum. Icons, Rostov smalts (“finift”), furniture, tables, spinning wheels, examples of wood carvings are exhibited here to demonstrate the excellent taste and skills of folk Russian artists. Visit to the Kremlin and the smalts museum. Departure to Moscow.


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