We invite you to spend 5 days in the capital of Russia. During the tour you will see famous Red Square with its symbol the St.Basil cathedral, the ancient Kremlin, Moscow metro with its beautiful stations and other world famous places of interest of Russian capital. You will also have a chance to visit the Holy Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad which is the most important functioning monastery in Russia and the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Christianity.
Breakfast. 3-hour Moscow city tour: Red Square (Cathedral of St. Basil, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, History Museum building, Kremlin towers, Upper Trading Arcades (GUM), Lenin's tomb and necropolis), The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, New Maiden Convent, The Moscow State University campus and panorama platform on the Vorobiovy (Sparrow) Hills, Moscow boulevards, The Theatre Square with the Bolshoi Theatre and the Metropol hotel. Free time for lunch (to pay on spot). Kremlin grounds tour: Cathedral Sq. – breathtaking architectural ensemble of the 15th-17th cc. including visit of one of cathedrals (the Annunciation Cathedral where Moscow and Russian grand princes and tsars were baptized, the Assumption Cathedral where they were crowned or the Archangel Michael Cathedral where they were buried), Bell the Tsar and Cannon the Tsar – stunning examples of casting of the 16th c., Grand Kremlin Palace (residence of emperors and president’s gala reception quarters), the Senate, the Arsenal and the Palace of Congresses specially built in communist times for XXII Congress of CPSU (1961) fixed new CPSU programme (plan of building of communism by 1980). (B)
Breakfast. Meeting with guide at the hotel lobby. Transfer to Sergiev Posad (62 km) – a spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy. St. Sergius Holy Trinity Monastery grounds and churches tour. Architectural ensemble of the Monastery reflects all steps of the Russian architecture development. The Trinity Cathedral has an unique iconostasis of Andrei Rublev. The Dormition Cathedral is a sepulcher of the Russian patriarchs. Lunch at local restaurant is included. (BL)
Breakfast. Moscow Metro tour. You can enjoy this spectacular system of underground public transport with its mosaics, statues, stained glass and chandeliers. Walking tour along the Arbat – a small street (850 m long) right in the center of Moscow. You will see the house of general Khitrovo where great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin spent several happy months after his wedding with Natalia Goncharova, house where poet of Silver Age Andrei Bely lived, a lot of interest revenue houses in “modern” style, for example, Filatov's House (“House with Knights”). Return to the hotel by metro. Note: No transfers by vehicle on this day. All transfers are by metro only. (B)
The order of the excursions might be changed and some excursions might be changed for equivalent.
- TWN standard accommodation hotel 3*/4*;
- meals per programme;
- service of English-speaking guide and local guides in museums;
- excursion per programme with entrance fee included;
- transfers per programme;
- entrance for Moscow metro (2 trips maximum)
- international air/train tickets
- service of left-luggage rooms