Day 1 – Meeting and assistance at the airport, transfer to chosen hotel by car with English speaking guide
Day 2 – Buffet breakfast in hotel restaurant
City tour with visit of famous Red Square, main street (Tverskaya street, previously known as Gorky), enjoy fantastic overview of Moscow from observation platform of Sparrow Hills, panorama of Novodevichy Convent, visit of Memorial Cemetery. The old cemetery within the convent walls is the burial place of prominent political and public figures as well as famous artists, writers and scientists (Gogol, Chekhov, Prokofiev, Shaliapin etc.)
Continue to the Red Square for tour and visit of St.Basil’s Cathedral.
The St. Basil's (Intercession) Cathedral was constructed in 1560 on the order of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the conquest of the Tartar city of Kazan on the Volga. It inherited the traditional features of ancient Russian wooden churches (onion-shaped domes and tent roofs) but was built in stone painted in rich colors and decorated with bright tiles. Today the Cathedral is a museum housing an exhibition related to the history of its construction. The exotic grandeur of the Cathedral makes it one of the best and most striking examples of old Russian architecture.
Afternoon tour of Moscow Metro – one of the most beautiful underground transportation systems in the world, called Marble underground palace of Moscow
Day 3 – Buffet breakfast in hotel restaurant
Morning Kremlin tour
The Kremlin is a unique complex of architectural monuments surrounded by ancient red brick walls crowned with 19 towers, which are an important city landmark. The first wooden Kremlin was built by order of prince Yuri Dolgoruky in 1156. Later on during the reign of Prince Dmitry Donskoy white stone walls were erected. And in the 15th century when the seat of Orthodox religion was moved to Moscow, several Italian architects were invited to reconstruct the Kremlin, especially its cathedrals and chapels. Thus the architectural ensemble of Kremlin we can see today has appeared. The center of Kremlin is the Cathedral Square with the Cathedral of Assumption, where royal wedding and coronation ceremonies used to take place. The Cathedral of Annunciation and the Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail are located next to it. Some other outstanding examples of the Russian architecture are: Palace of Facets, the church of the Deposition of the Robe, the bell tower of Ivan the Great and the Spasskaya (Savior) Tower, Armory Chamber and the Diamond Fund, the Grand Kremlin Palace, the Patriarch's Palace, the Tzar Bell and Tzar Cannon, etc.
The Armory Chamber is one of the oldest museums on the Kremlin grounds founded in 1511. The present building dates back to the 1850-s and contains the priceless collection of not only richly decorated arms and weapons but also the Russian Tsars' Crown Jewels, carriages and thrones, furniture, Royal gowns, jewelry (including the famous Faberge Easter eggs), diplomatic gifts of the 12-19th centuries.
Afternoon visit of Fine Arts Museum named after Pushkin
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum was built in the Neo-classical style between 1898 and 1912. The museum houses one of the world's largest collections of Western European art, ancient Oriental, Greek and Roman art and paintings by Boticelli, Ribeira, Murillio, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. The French Impressionism halls with paintings by Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh and Degas are of particular interest.
OR Tzereteli Gallery of Contemporary Art
The building of the Gallery, the former Dolgorukovs' House, was restored and reconstructed by Zurab Tsereteli, the President of the Russian Academy of Art, in 1998-2000. Tsereteli wanted to transform the Academy, returning its leading position it held in the 18th-19th centuries, as well as to implement the cultural charity initiative.
The magnificent palace, which includes vaulted rooms architecturally maintained since the 18th century and majestic rooms decorated in the middle of the 19th century, is perfect for various large-scale exhibitions. Moreover, the treasures of the Academy are constantly exposed here. Monumental art, sculptures, paintings and mosaics or visit of Pop of Art Gallery –one of the leading galleries of contemporary art, Here three generations of Russian Artists working in different countries gaining world wide recognition are presented.
Day 4 – Buffet breakfast in hotel restaurant
Morning tour to the Trinity Monastery in Sergiev Posad.
The town was founded in the 14-th century and centered around the Trinity Monastery of St.Sergius, one of the finest examples of the early Russian architecture and nowadays the center of the Russian Orthodox church. Among its greatest treasures is the white stone Trinity Cathedral, built in 1423. Its interior is crowned by icons painted by Old Masters, Andrei Rublev and Daniel Chorny. The Monastery houses the museum of Applied Arts, which displays ancient embroidery, gold and silver tableware, palace furniture, and tapestries dating from the 17-th to 20-th centuries.
Return to Moscow after a nice lunch of Russian Cuisine in a country side restaurant.
Afternoon visit of the Tretyakov Gallery
Founded in 1856 by the merchant Tretyakov. Initially the collection consisted of works by Moscow and St. Petersburg painters - Tretyakov's contemporaries. Now there are about 47.000 Russian works of art housed here. The museum boasts the largest collection of Russian masters from the 18-th and 19-th centuries: Nikitin, Rokotov, Borovikovsky, Kiprensky, Brullov, Ivanov and others as well as world-famous collection of ancient Russian icons.
Day 5 – Buffet breakfast in hotel restaurant
Transfer by car or minivan with English speaking guide to the airport for your flight home.
- transportation services by minivan as per program
- English-speaking guide services as per program
- Entrance tickets to Museums as per program
- Lunch at Sergiev Posad
Program does not include:
- Accommodation in Moscow
- Personal expenses
- Lunches and dinners