Moscow (3 days) – Uglich – Yaroslavl – Goritsy – Kizhi – Mandrogi – Saint Petersburg (3 days)
from 1 430 €
Today you have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow. Today you also see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. Afterward, you also drive by the Victory park, have a photo stop at the Triumphal Arch and visit the new Zaryadye Park, dubbed as the new symbol of Moscow, where you have amazing photo opportunities with the most picturesque views on the historic center of Moscow.
You are welcome to take a unique tour of the Moscow Kremlin open-air museum-reserve. During the guided tour you will have an opportunity to enjoy the historical monuments, see the trophy weapons of the war of 1812 and admire the cathedrals on the territory of the Kremlin. The Moscow Kremlin is located in the very heart of the Russian capital. Its walls and towers, gilded domes of cathedrals and magnificent palaces rise high above the Moscow River and create a splendid and majestic architectural ensemble. The Kremlin is the symbol of Russian statehood, the treasury, containing historic relics, cultural and artistic monuments. The Kremlin has always functioned as the administrative center of Russia. Nowadays the residence of the President of the Russian Federation is situated on the Kremlin territory.
You visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.
When the Sun begins to set, the myriad lights and firefly-like cars buzzing around on the wide highways see Moscow burst into life. This unreal sight is best enjoyed from the height of the capital’s famous viewpoints, Moscow in the evening is truly, truly spectacular. We invite you with pleasure to see the magic of Moscow under the bright night lights! During the tour you take a ride on the Moscow Subway and feel the taste of local life and explore the most beautiful stations of Moscow Subway, which is known to be one of the most beautiful and efficient metro systems in the world.
The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow is one of the largest museums in Russia with over 100 000 works of art - including icons, paintings, drawings and sculpture - spanning the entire history of Russian art. Its collection of Russian realist art from the second half of the 19th century is the best in the country. You will have amazing time viewing the gems of its collection including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, and Viktor Vasnetsov.
This convent (currently operating) was established in 1524, and is one of Moscow’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is considered to be the best-preserved of Moscow’s monasteries. In the 16th-18th centuries many women from the Royal and aristocratic families chose to live in this convent, or, in some cases, were forced to do so for political reasons. These included two women closely connected to Peter the Great: his first wife Evdokia Lopukhina, and his older half-sister Tsarevna Sofia, the regent of Russia during Peter’s youth. We invite you to explore this jewel of Moscow Baroque architecture and learn about the history of this unique ensemble. You will also visit the famous and beautiful Novodevichy cemetery next door, and learn about many of the famous people buried there.
You will get acquainted with Uglich, its architecture and centuries-old history. The walk starts with a visit to the Kremlin, located on the picturesque bank of the Volga River. On its territory, the prince's chambers, the oldest building in the city and one of the oldest examples of residential architecture in Russia have been preserved. Here stands the Transfiguration Cathedral, built in the XVIII century and painted by a group of artists led by a serf Timofey Medvedev. Travelers are always fascinated by the biblical scenes that adorn the walls and resemble the works of famous Italian artists of the Renaissance. The six-tiered iconostasis with unique icons of the XVII-XVIII centuries also deserves special attention. The acquaintance with Uglich will continue in one of the monasteries. This small city, which is part of the Golden Ring of Russia, has been loved by tourists for many years. Many of them return to Uglich again and again. What is the secret of its appeal? We suggest that you answer this question yourself after the tour.
You will visit the ancient Bogoyavlenskaya Square and learn the history of the oldest theater in Russia. Admire the Assumption Cathedral, built near the arrow of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers, and visit the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, its walls have repeatedly protected the city since the XII century. You will surely be amazed by the Church of St. John the Baptist, which is considered the most artistic Yaroslavl temple. By the way, its outlines will seem familiar even to those who have not been to Yaroslavl before: it is adorned the 1000-rubl bill.
The harsh beauty of the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, erected on the shore of Lake Siversky, amazes tourists. The legent says that the founder of the Monastery the monk Cyril was strict and humble, independent and meek. He came to these places in 1397, dug a cave and devoted his days to work and prayer. Soon, five more monks joined him, and after 30 years, their number reached 53. Over time, the monastery became a major economic center: the trade route to the White Sea went through it. By the 16th century, the monastery had become one of the most important libraries: 210 manuscripts were stored here. The history of the monastery is closely connected with the name of Basil III, who visited it more than once. Here, in 1528, he prayed with his wife for the gift of an heir. Two years later, Ivan the Terrible was born. The stone monastery walls that you will see were built by the end of the XVII century. But on the territory of the monastery there are many more ancient structures.
Open-air museum of wooden architecture, Transfiguration Cathedral, Intercession Cathedral, Izba (traditional wooden house and sauna)
At school, everyone heard about the wooden churches of Kizhi Island, erected without a single nail. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see them with your own eyes and learn the history of the masterpieces included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most famous of the ensemble is the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord, crowned with twenty-two chapters of different sizes and shapes, which run up in tiers. Today, we admire this architectural monument, only thanks to a multi-stage restoration in the 20th century: the building is supported on a metal frame installed in the 80s. Now the work is still going. Next to this church is another, smaller one with nine chapters: the Church of the Intercession of the Virgin. During the tour of the island, you will see not only the famous churches and chapels, but also one of the restored peasant houses, and will be able to fully imagine the life of the northern peoples of the past centuries.
The monumental power and beauty of St. Petersburg amazes at any time of the year. Travelers will get acquainted with the history of the city, the construction of which was started by Emperor Peter I in 1703. The main road artery of the city is Nevsky Prospekt with a length of 4.5 km. It connects the Admiralty and the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Here, the Singer House, crowned with a glass dome and a sphere in the form of a globe, Stroganov and Anichkov palaces, as well as temples of the XVIII-XX centuries, peacefully coexist. Perhaps the most famous of them are the Kazan Cathedral, similar to St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, and St. Isaac's Cathedral. For many years now, tourists have been climbing to its observation deck, which for more than 150 years has been the highest in the center of St. Petersburg. Travelers are also impressed by the majestic columns, sculptures, bas-reliefs and unique interior decoration of the cathedrals. The tour will continue on the Palace Square with the towering Alexandrian Column, the main building of the famous Hermitage and the grand triumphal arch of the General Staff building. From the spit of Vasilievsky Island with its rostral columns, an amazing panorama of the city will open with a view of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and drawbridges, known all over the world.
It is impossible to imagine a trip to St. Petersburg without a visit to the famous Russian Versailles - the glorious Peterhof! And today you will travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian Tsars.
During the tour you visit the famous Bath Cottage, which offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of Russian court, take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, and explore the Grand Palace (from the outside).
Would you like to see the city center of st.Petersburg from another angle? Through eyes of a local, for example? No crowded tourist places, but still magnificent architecture, intriguing stories, hidden paths.. Our knowledgeable and friendly guide will show you the most beautiful places, Soviet architecture and many more sights - not so popular but really significant for St.Petersburg. Enjoy the night life of the city - you will visit a cozy bar admired by locals and have a drink with traditional snacks!
Enjoy a morning tour at the world-renowned State Hermitage Museum. Celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2014, the museum buildings has over three million artefacts including paintings, sculptures and archaeological finds. Works of art are spread across several buildings with the heart of the collection located in the Winter Palace - former state residence of the Russian Tsars. Be sure to collect a free colour map at the information kiosk and continue exploring this incredible attraction at leisure after the guided tour.
Boat trip on numerous canals and rivers flowing through the city is the most relaxed way to see St.Petersburg. Enjoy the quiet romantic smaller rivers, like Moyka and Fontanka, and the wideness of the Neva River, away from the traffic and the crowds. Count the bridges, throw a coin and make a wish, this will make your St. Petersburg vacation truly complete.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the majestic, huge, most important cathedral of the Russian Empire built almost half a century, becoming the architectural dominant and symbol of St. Petersburg. The building of the temple is not only an architectural masterpiece, but also a monument of science and technology. After that you can enjoy a visit to the Church on the Savior on Blood - the monument of true Russian architecture is built on the spot where Tsar-Liberator Alexander II was assassinated by the terrorists. Mosaic decoration of the church is gorgeous, listed in the world record Guinness book, covering the entire interior. Despite all the turns of fortune in the Soviet times the glorious temple is still here, as beautiful as ever.
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