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Day 1

Arrival to Moscow. Meet and transfer to the hotel you choose.

Day 2

Full day sightseeing of Moscow — duration 8 hours.

Moscow city sightseeing tour. During the tour you will see all major sights of the city — embankment of Moscva river, monument of Peter the Great, Novodevichy convent, cathedral of Christ the Redeemer, Bolshoi theatre, and you will enjoy the best view over Moscow with your feet on the ground from University square on the Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovie Gory), formerly the Lenin Hills. Most of the city spreads out before you. Immediately behind University square rises the 36-storey Stalinesque main spire of Moscow University, visible from most places in the city thanks to its elevated site.

You will see the Red Square lies just outside the Kremlin’s north-east wall. It used to be a market square and has always been a place the Kremlin’s occupants chose to make points to their people. The name Krasnaya ploshchad has nothing to do with either communism or the blood that’s flowed here. Krasnyy originally meant beautiful.

Lenin’s granite tomb stands at the foot of the Kremlin wall. From 1953 to 1961 Lenin shared the tomb with Stalin, who when alive initiated the tradition that Soviet leaders stand atop the tomb to inspect the annual May Day and & 7 November parades. From the tomb you emerge into a plot beneath the Kremlin wall where the remains of many more Soviet-era luminaries lie.

St. Basil’s Cathedral rises like at the south end of the Red Square. Despite its Oriental-looking turban domes, the cathedral is in fact the culmination in brick of a wholly Russian style that had been developed in building wooden churches. No visits are included, all highlights from outside.

Guided tour of the Tretyakov Gallery It is national art museum, one of the most outstanding museums in the World. The Gallery was founded by P.Tretyakov, Moscow merchant and textile manufacturer, and it was named after him. In 1892, Tretyakov gave his collection (about 1800 works) as a gift to Moscow City and the Gallery turned into the city’s museum. In the Soviet period, the collection grew up to 100 000 works. All the periods f Russian art from 10th up to early 20th cenrury are presented in 62 halls of the Gallery.

The internal territory of the Kremlin. Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals

Day 3

Kremlin grounds and cathedrals
The Kremlin is the kernel of its city and country, the place to which all Russian roads lead and from which most Russian power emanates. Here Ivan the Terrible and Stalin orchestrated their terrors; Napoleon watched Moscow burn; Lenin fashioned the dictatorship of the proletariat; Khrushchev led communism in the Cold War; Gorbachev unleashed perestroika; and Yeltsin struggled to keep reform afloat. Today the white, blue and red Russian flag flies over the Kremlin.

Metro tour
After the tour of the Kremlin grounds you will see the Moscow Metro — the world’s largest and most efficient metro system with gleaming stations hidden deep underground and astonishingly decorated with elegant marble, glittering chandeliers, magnificent mosaics and gilded works of art. It is the soul of the new Russia and an intriguing mix of history and politics, business and culture.

Day 4

Sergiev Posad is the town around the Trinity Monastery of St.Sergius (Troitse-Sergieva Lavra), one of Russia’s most important religious and historical landmarks and a place of both spiritual and nationalist pilgrimage. It is 60 km from the edge of Moscow on the Yaroslavl road. The Monastery was founded in about 1340 by Sergius of Radonezh, a monk who wielded enough moral authority to unite the country against Mongol Tatar.

TRINITY CATHEDRAL (Troitsky sobor), built in the 1420s, is a heart of the monastery and in its way the heart of Russian Orthodoxy. Most of the icons are by the great medieval painter Andrey Rublyov.

Day 5

Departure transfer to railway station/airport.

Important
Hotel accommodation is not included into the package and available upon request. We are pleased to suggest you any hotel you like and depending on budget.

Package includes:
— Transportation and guide for all transfers and sightseeing as listed into the program;
— Entrance fee to the museums as per program.

The cost of such an event 2 pax: from 20 100 Rub per pax
3-6 pax: from 14 500 Rub per pax

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«LEARNING»

Excellent choice for study of the major attractions of Moscow for a few days. You will see the Kremlin, Red Square, Sparrow Hills, the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Metro and more.

«TASTING»

A great opportunity to get acquainted with the major sights of the Russian capital in one day!