Москва – Углич – Горицы – Кижи – Петрозаводск – Коневец – Валаам – Санкт-Петербург

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DAY 1:  18 June (Sun.)
Departure at 12:30
Moscow
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Moscow

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Departure at 12:30
Moscow, Northern River Station: Leningradskoye hwy, 51
Bus city tour, Kremlin with the visit to 1 Cathedral, 1 lunch in the city.
Sightseeing tour of Moscow
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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.

Excursion to the Kremlin territory
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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.

DAY 2:  19 June (Mon.)
Uglich
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Mouse Museum
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Walking tour of the city with visit to Dormition Cathedral, museum "Russian Valenki," Houses of Crafts", old mill

Myshkin is an amazing city that managed to be famous for the whole country, thanks to its name. But besides "mouse stories," there is something to go on an excursion for while the boat is resting at the marina.

Majestically stands on the high hill of Dormition Cathedral. It retains an amazing painting that could be called 3D graphics today. The walls show columns and cornice, and the dome drum shows pilasters and arches. At first they seem real and only if you look, it becomes clear: most of them are actually only skilled drawings.

Quite other miracles await guests in the museum "Russian Valenki." Here you can find out everything about how these native Russian shoes are made. And "House of Crafts" will become a find for fans of interactive museums. There are forge, pottery and carpentry workshops, and in each one there are master professionals who are ready to teach guests their craft of guests.

And, of course, it is impossible to visit Myshkin and not see the old mill! In this museum guests are shown the miracle of turning grain into flour, and then they treat tea with local baked sweets.

Walking tour of the Kremlin with visit to TsarevichDimitriy Church on Blood, Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral
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You will get acquainted with the city of Uglich, its architecture and centuries-old history.

The walk will begin with a visit to the Kremlin, located on the picturesque bank of the Volga. On its territory the princely chambers, the oldest building in the city and one of the oldest samples of residential architecture in Russia are preserved. Here is also the Cathedral of Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy, built in the 18th century and painted by a group of artists headed by the fortress peasant Timothy Medvedev. Travellersare invariably admired by biblical stories that decorate walls and resemble the works of famous Italian Renaissance artists. The six-tier iconostasis with unique icons of the XVII-XVIII centuries also deserves special attention.

Getting to know with Uglich will continue in one of the monasteries.

This small city, which is part of the Golden Ring of Russia, which has been enjoying the love of tourists for a year. Many of them return to Uglićover and over again. What is the secret to his attraction? We invite you to answer this question yourself after the excursion.

Walking tour of the city with a visit to the Museum of Hydropower
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Uglich is an ancient town on the bank of the Volga. Nowadays it is difficult to tell why it got such a name. Some researchers claim that it is about the coal mines here, others - in the Volga, which in this place changes direction, forming an angle.

But, whatever the case, Uglich remains one of the most beloved cities, and since 2017 he has been part of the Golden Ring of Russia. Travellers are attracted to the atmosphere of comfort, silence and peace, picturesque streets, beautiful architectural monuments and unusual museums.

This excursion will allow you to get acquainted with Uglich 's centuries-old history in its development. To see ancient churches located on the territory of the Kremlin and to visit the Museum of Hydropower opened in 2006. Together with the tour guide tourists will study exhibits of 11 halls. Here you can learn about the history of hydropower in the USSR and Russia, study the types of hydropower plants, and see how the water mill works. This museum is a real interactive complex, the motto of which is "Touching with hands is allowed!." Therefore, it will be interesting for both adults and young travellers.

Walking tour of the city with a visit to the Museum of Hydropower
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Uglich is an ancient town on the bank of the Volga. Nowadays it is difficult to tell why it got such a name. Some researchers claim that it is about the coal mines here, others - in the Volga, which in this place changes direction, forming an angle.

But, whatever the case, Uglich remains one of the most beloved cities, and since 2017 he has been part of the Golden Ring of Russia. Travellers are attracted to the atmosphere of comfort, silence and peace, picturesque streets, beautiful architectural monuments and unusual museums.

This excursion will allow you to get acquainted with Uglich 's centuries-old history in its development. To see ancient churches located on the territory of the Kremlin and to visit the Museum of Hydropower opened in 2006. Together with the tour guide tourists will study exhibits of 11 halls. Here you can learn about the history of hydropower in the USSR and Russia, study the types of hydropower plants, and see how the water mill works. This museum is a real interactive complex, the motto of which is "Touching with hands is allowed!." Therefore, it will be interesting for both adults and young travellers.

Walking tour of the city with a visit to the Museum of Hydropower
Included in price

Uglich is an ancient town on the bank of the Volga. Nowadays it is difficult to tell why it got such a name. Some researchers claim that it is about the coal mines here, others - in the Volga, which in this place changes direction, forming an angle.

But, whatever the case, Uglich remains one of the most beloved cities, and since 2017 he has been part of the Golden Ring of Russia. Travellers are attracted to the atmosphere of comfort, silence and peace, picturesque streets, beautiful architectural monuments and unusual museums.

This excursion will allow you to get acquainted with Uglich 's centuries-old history in its development. To see ancient churches located on the territory of the Kremlin and to visit the Museum of Hydropower opened in 2006. Together with the tour guide tourists will study exhibits of 11 halls. Here you can learn about the history of hydropower in the USSR and Russia, study the types of hydropower plants, and see how the water mill works. This museum is a real interactive complex, the motto of which is "Touching with hands is allowed!." Therefore, it will be interesting for both adults and young travellers.

Uglich
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Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Uglich, part of the “Golden Ring” of cities surrounding Moscow. Be prepared for a panorama of magnificent architectural monuments. After lunch, you will visit the former Kremlin of Uglich, St. Dmitry on the Blood Church and Transfiguration Cathedral

"Little Town in the Great War"
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A review tour of the city with a visit to the Memorial of the 60th Anniversary of the Victory, the Chapel of St. George the Victorious, Upper Boulevard, Dormition Cathedral, the museum "Little City in the Great War," the club-museum of retro-equipment "Crew" with the technique of war years, the art gallery-gift of the artist-frontline Hermann Tatarinov.

Walking tour of the Kremlin with visit to TsarevichDimitriy Church on Blood, Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral
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You will get acquainted with the city of Uglich, its architecture and centuries-old history.

The walk will begin with a visit to the Kremlin, located on the picturesque bank of the Volga. On its territory the princely chambers, the oldest building in the city and one of the oldest samples of residential architecture in Russia are preserved. Here is also the Cathedral of Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy, built in the 18th century and painted by a group of artists headed by the fortress peasant Timothy Medvedev. Travellersare invariably admired by biblical stories that decorate walls and resemble the works of famous Italian Renaissance artists. The six-tier iconostasis with unique icons of the XVII-XVIII centuries also deserves special attention.

Getting to know with Uglich will continue in one of the monasteries.

This small city, which is part of the Golden Ring of Russia, which has been enjoying the love of tourists for a year. Many of them return to Uglićover and over again. What is the secret to his attraction? We invite you to answer this question yourself after the excursion.

Walking city tour, territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral
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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.

DAY 3:  20 June (Tue.)
Goritsy
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Goritsy
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Dive into the tranquil atmosphere of this extraordinarily picturesque small river town of Goritsy. A bus will drive you to one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake. Founded in the 14th century, the monastery has preserved its magnificent architecture and fascinates the visitors by its wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons and majestic churches. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Excursion to the Monastery of St. Syril of the White lake and museum of icons
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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.

DAY 4:  21 June (Wed.)
Kizhi
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Kizhi

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Explore the preserved island of Kizhi
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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.

Open-air museum of wooden architecture, Transfiguration Cathedral, Intercession Cathedral, Izba (traditional wooden house and sauna)
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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.

DAY 5:  22 June (Thu.)
Petrozavodsk
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Petrozavodsk

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Walking Tour
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A walk through Petrozavodsk, which begins with the Onega embankment. Its opening took place at the end of the twentieth century, since then it has been updated more than once, and now it is a picturesque place with monuments that came here from different countries: Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, USA, Finland. Then the guests of the city will get acquainted with the wonderful Baltic-Scandinavian architecture of the National Theater of the Republic of Karelia. By the way, this is the only professional theater in the whole world, performances in which are in Russian,Vepsian, Karelian and Finnish. Then a short walk through the park will lead tourists to the memorial complex where the eternal flame burns. After taking just a few steps, travelers will find themselves in the historical center of the city and see the famous ensemble of the Round Square, which was designed in the XVIII century "according to compasses". The square has preserved its outlines even today, and a grandiose museum complex is located around it.

DAY 6:  23 June (Fri.)
Konevets
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Konevets

DAY 7:  24 June (Sat.)
Valaam
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Valaam

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Walking tour of the island
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A trip to the island of Valaam will be a truly unforgettable experience. The rocky island, covered with coniferous forests, with gardens where some trees are more than 150 years old, and the majestic monastery, which is called Northern Athos – is a striking unity of pristine nature and human labor. According to the legend, this island in the old days was marked by Andrew the First-Called, a disciple of Christ. While preaching the Gospel, he set up a stone cross in the mountains of Balaam, but the monastery appeared much later here. The exact date of the foundation is unknown, but it did not happen before the tenth century.

The tour will begin with a walk to the foot of Mount Tabor, where the majestic Transfiguration Cathedral stands. Tourists will have to climb up to it by an old wide staircase. The lush monastery garden is to the left of it. In such a harsh climate, it is already a miracle in itself. Travelers will also get acquainted with the marble Znamenskaya Chapel, built after a visit to the monastery of the Russian autocrat Alexander II. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to the grandiose Transfiguration Cathedral, designed for more than 3,000 people. During the tragic events of the twentieth century, it was badly damaged and only recently restored. Everything in this place attracts and excites: the shrines of the monastery, the strict monastic architecture, and the unique nature of the island.

DAY 8:  25 June (Sun.)
Arrival at 08:00
Saint Petersburg
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Saint Petersburg

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Bus tour to Peter and Paul Fortress
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Peter and Paul Cathedral is justly regarded one of the main attractions of Peter and Paul Fortress. It was built in 1712–1733 as the main cathedral of St Petersburg, new capital of the Russian Empire. Designed in Baroque style by Dominico Trezzini, it combines typical features of West-European and Italian church architecture. It is rectangular in shape, with the dome on the eastern end and a belfry with a 402 feet high spire on the western entrance.

The interior decoration of the Cathedral is foreign for the Russian religious architecture tradition as well. Peter and Paul Cathedral is a hall church, with nave and side aisles of approximately equal height, united under a single immense roof. The space of the cathedral is divided in three parts by pillars, painted to imitate marble. The vaults of the cathedral are decorated with multicolored fresco paintings and gilded moldings. The cathedral is lit though twelve large windows. It became one of the first cathedrals in Russia, decorated with paintings, along with the icons. It was by no means the influence of the European tradition.

Artists will appreciate the wooden gilded Baroque iconostasis, designed by Ivan Zarudny and carved by Moscow craftsmen in the 1720s. The iconostasis contains 43 original icons of the eighteenth century. The central part of the iconostasis is designed in the form of the triumphal arch that spans the Royal Doors and rises into the space beneath the dome to a height of almost twenty meters. Near the iconostasis are a pulpit to the left, and the Tsar's Place to the right, a special spot where the emperor stood when there was a service.

Peter and Paul Cathedral is the symbolic center of Russia because it is the burial place of many of the imperial family. For two hundred years all Russian rulers from Peter I to Nicolas II (except Peter II and Ivan VI) and their families were buried here. The locations of the graves are marked by sarcophagi made of white Carrara marble. The lids of the tombs are decorated with large bronze cross coated in pure gold, tombs of the rulers have four bronze emblems of the Russian Empire at four corners. Sarcophagi of Emperor Alexander II and his wife Maria Alexandrovna were replaced by those made of green Altai jasper and pink Urals rhodonite in 1906. The remains of the last Russian Emperor Nicolas II and members of his family, who were shot under the town of Ekaterinburg by local Bolsheviks on 17 July 1918, were buried in the Catherine’s Chapel of Peter and Paul Cathedral on 17 July 1998.

In 1908 Grand Ducal Burial Chapel, designed by David Grimm, Anton Tomishko and Leonty Benois, was added to the cathedral as a burial place for Grand Dukes and Duchesses. From 1908 to 1915 thirteen persons were interred there, eight burials were transferred from Peter and Paul Cathedral. In 1992 great-grandson of Alexander II Vladimir Kirillovich Romanov was buried in the Chapel, which opened a new page in the history of the burials in the Peter and Paul Fortress. In 1995 the remains of his parents were transferred here. On June 3, 2010 his wife Leonida Georgievna Romanova, nee Bagration-Mukhranskaya, was laid to rest here.

Sightseeing tour of the city
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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.

Excursion to the Hermitage museum
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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.

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