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Saturday, 22
STALIN’S MOSCOW
12:00 noon
A tour of the STALIN’S MOSCOW. You will see the evidence of his personality in cultural and architectural styles, and in the museum in The House on the Embankment, which was a residence of many former high officials under Stalin, most of whom were eventually arrested by him.
Price $26+ adm
NEW JERUSALEM
10:00 AM
An all day tour to NEW JERUSALEM, built in the seventeenth century along the Istra River by Patriarch Nikon, who thought the topography and the architecture there resembled the Holy Land. He was eventually ousted from the church for his challenge to the power of the Czar.
Price $65
Sunday, 23
XIX th CENTURY RUSSIAN WRITERS
10:00 AM
XIX th CENTURY RUSSIAN WRITERS. Follow the history of the Russian literature of the middle of the XIX th century, and visit places associated with Gogol, Ostrovsky, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.
Price $35+ adm
VLADIMIR and SUZDAL
8:00 AM
Day trip to VLADIMIR and SUZDAL. Vladimir was the capital of Russia in the twelfth century before the Mongol invasion; Moscow is its successor. The Assumption Cathedral and Golden Gate are examples of white stone, pre-Mongolian architecture. Suzdal has kept its seventeenth century character, and has lovely churches, an old Kremlin and a museum of interesting wooden architecture.
Price $85
Monday, 24
KOLOMENSKOYE
10:45 AM
Trip to KOLOMENSKOYE, a unique oasis in the center of Moscow, and the summer residence of the Czars since the time of Ivan the Terrible. Its church, built in 1530, was once called the Eighth Wonder of the World, and the oak trees are at least as old as everything else in the park. You will see the house of Peter the Great and will visit the folk art museum and the museum of wooden architecture with its samples of houses from northern Russia. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $26+ adm
Tueday, 25
BULGAKOV IN MOSCOW
2:00 PM
BULGAKOV IN MOSCOW. You will visit the places in the novel, “Master and Margarita”, and re-live the spirit of the twenties and thirties. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $23+ adm
PETROVKA NEIGHBOURHOOD & PETROV MONASTERY
10:00 AM
PETROVKA NEIGHBOURHOOD & PETROV MONASTERY . This old merchantile and artistic neighborhood has many examples of Classic and Art Nouveau architecture. Visit the “High Monastery” of St.Peter, with its many links with Peter the Great. We also enjoy the cosiness of the Hermitage Garden, which includes the site where Stanislavsky founded the MKhAT theater just one hundred years ago.
Price $23+ adm
Wednesday, 26
VICTORY PARK
3:00 PM
VICTORY PARK contains memorials to two Patriotic Wars: in 1812 and 1941-5. The museum displays the Banner of Victory and dioramas showing the main battles in Moscow and Stalingrad, and the blockade of Leningrad. Exhibits show military techniques. A new chapel, Mosque and Synagogue have been built The trio expresses an ecumenical dedication to peace.
Price $23+ adm
TRETIAKOV GALLERY
10:00 AM
The TRETIAKOV GALLERY contains Moscow’s largest collection of Russian art with representative pieces from ancient times through various historical schools up to and including turn-of-the-century Avante Garde works. The newly restored building is worth a visit in itself.
Price $23+ adm
Thursday, 27
KREMLIN WALL WALK
3:00 PM
KREMLIN WALL WALK. These walls hold many secrets. The Kremlin was a fifteenth century fortress, has twenty towers and is a mile and a half around. You can see from the outside many things not visible from inside, including the Aleksandrov Garden and the Grotto.
Price $23
ST.BASIL’S (INTERCESSION) CATHEDRAL
11:00 AM
Visit ST.BASIL’S (INTERCESSION) CATHEDRAL, built in 1552 in honor of Ivan he Terrible’s capture of Kazan. St.Basil’s with its brightly patterned domes and cupolas is Moscow the most famous landmark right behind the Kremlin; most of its features are borrowed from Russian wooden church architecture.
Price $22+adm
Friday, 28
NOVODEVICHY CONVENT AND CEMETERY
3:00 РM
NOVODEVICHY CONVENT AND CEMETERY is a charming place, rich in the spirit of the past, hidden behind a wall in the twentieth century inner city. The sculptured gravestones of famous Russian artists, writers, and politicians illustrate the country’s history.
Price $23+ adm
CRAFT SHOPS
10:45 AM
A visit to CRAFT SHOPS off the busy city streets, where you will see crafts from all over Russia, including: porcelain, embroidery, wooden and straw items, toys and dolls; all of them created in traditional ways. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $35
Saturday, 29
RED ARMY MUSEUM
11:00 AM
Visit to the RED ARMY MUSEUM. You will see exhibits showing the development of the Russian Army from the days of the Civil War through the years of the Great Patriotic War, and up to the present times. There are halls, illustrating the major battles in Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad, as well as many interesting examples of military equipment such as machine gunes and personnel carriers. You will also see the eagle from the Berlin Reichstag, the Victory Banner and other memorable items recalling those heroic times.
Price $23+ adm
SERGIEV POSAD
10:00 AM
Day trip to SERGIEV POSAD. Sergeiv Posad (Zagorsk) is a traditional orthodox center, graced by the magnificent Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, with a blue and gold dome. Built in the fourteenth century, it was for many years, even under communism, the official seat of the Patriarch. It holds a wonderful collection of icons.
Price $43+ adm
Sunday, 30
IZMAILOVO ESTATE
12:00 noon
Walk in a wonderful park among the remains of the seventeenth century IZMAILOVO ESTATE. Its fortress is where Peter the Great trained his first regular troops.
Price $22
KLIN
10:00 AM
Trip to KLIN, the country home of Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky and the place where he composed his last works, including the Nutcracker Suite, and the sixth (Pathetique) Symphony.
Price $43+ adm
Monday, 31
SPASO-ANDRONIKOV MONASTERY
11:00 AM
Visit the SPASO-ANDRONIKOV MONASTERY, and the oldest of Moscow’s surviving churches, Savior Cathedral. Its museum records it as one of the earliest centers of iconography, and it was the site of the icon school of Andrei Rublyov.
Price $22+ adm
Tuesday, 1
PRECHISTENKA and OSTOZHENKA
3:00 PM
Walk in the area of PRECHISTENKA and OSTOZHENKA streets around the PUSHKIN FINE ART MUSEUM. Walk these two famous streets of Moscow which were preserved even in communist times. The area is much like the St.Germain district in Paris. You will see several XIXth century churches, mansions and samples of Art Nouveau architecture.
Price $23
PUSHKIN ART MUSEUM
10:00 AM
The PUSHKIN ART MUSEUM contains a remarkable collection, including works from the Italian Renaissance and post-Renaissance, ancient Egypt and Babylonia.
Price $22+ adm
Wednesday, 2
RED GATE & BARASCHI
3:00 PM
A walk in the area of the RED GATE & BARASCHI, following the road taken by Peter the Great to his summer estates, through an area of tiny streets dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century Moscow.
Price $22
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR
10:00 AM
Visit to the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR. The magnificent five-golden-domed Cathedral is the largest church in Russia, the second of its kind. The first, built to commemorate the victory over Napoleon in 1812, was destroyed in 1931. It was officially reopened for the millennium and consecrated as a “glorious symbol” of Russia and Russian Orthodox Christianity.
Price $22+ adm
Thursday, 3
BOLSHOI
3:00 PM
Visit the BOLSHOI theatre, the heart of Russian Arts of music and ballet, constructed in 1824 by Osip Bove, and see the Lower and the Upper Foyer, Round and Beethoven’s Hall, and much more
Price $22+adm
RED SQUARE AND KITAI GOROD
11:00 AM
RED SQUARE AND KITAI GOROD walk. The very center of Moscow and indeed, of Russia. The neighborhood was a fortress behind a fence (“kitai” meaning “fence”, not, as often misinterpreted, “China”). You will see churches dating back to the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries along the narrow streets.
Price $23+ adm
Friday, 4
MOSCOW METRO
9:45 AM
The MOSCOW METRO was begun in the thirties and its various stations show completely different styles and periods. Each station has its own character. Carrying in excess of eight million people every day, more than New York and London put together, this system is one of the marvels of inner city transport. Free coffee at StarliteDiner
Price $22
JEWISH MOSCOW
10:00 AM
JEWISH MOSCOW. Explore the life of the Moscow Jewish Community during Soviet times and the present. You will visit two synagogues and places associated with prominent Jewish intellectuals, such as the poet Mandelstam, the actor Michoels and the architect Joffan
Price $35
Saturday, 5
KUSKOVO ESTATE
10:00 AM
Trip to KUSKOVO ESTATE, the country seat of the Sheremetyevs, the richest family of the eighteenth century. The wooden mansion resembles Versailles and it has an orangery in which is an impressive collection of china and porcelain from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There is an extensive park with a lake, and Dutch, Swiss and Italian style garden houses.
Price $38+ adm
KALUGA and OPTINA PUSTYN
7:00 AM
Day trip to KALUGA and OPTINA PUSTYN. Kaluga is an early provincial town, but its greater significance is as a monument of eighteenth and nineteenth century classical architecture. In this respect it is considered second only to ST.Petersburg. It is also a hometown of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, “the father of Russian space exploration”. Optina Pustyn is an active monastery in the Kaluga area. It was found in the fourteenth century by the repentant bandit Opta. It became a spiritual center of Russia and Russian intellectuals in the nineteenth century. It gained the reputation in the Orthodox Christian world for bringing spiritual renewal to its visitors; people came there from near and far. Dostoevsky regularly stayed in a little house there and wrote “Brother Karamazov” on his impression on Optina. Lev Tolstoy and Nikolai Gogol also found inspiration in this delightful haven.
Price $100
Sunday, 6
MOSCOW ORIENTATION PROGRAM
10:00AM
A MOSCOW ORIENTATION PROGRAM is designed for new-comers who would like to shop in city markets beyond the exclusive foreign stores. Not a sight-seeing tour, but instead, an introduction to shopping, driving, public transportation, public telephones, and the other everyday needs of Moscow residents. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $35
POLENOVO
10:00 AM
Day trip to POLENOVO. You will enjoy a trip to an estate and park built by the artist, Vasily Polenov, with a lovely situation on the Oka River. Inside the manor house there is an outstanding art collection from the fifteenth century.
Price $65
Monday, 7
Kolomenskoe
10:45 AM
Trip to KOLOMENSKOYE, a unique oasis in the center of Moscow, and the summer residence of the Czars since the time of Ivan the Terrible. Its church, built in 1530, was once called the Eighth Wonder of the World, and the oak trees are at least as old as everything else in the park. You will see the house of Peter the Great and will visit the folk art museum and the museum of wooden architecture with its samples of houses from northern Russia. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $$26+ adm
Tuesday, 8
TRETIAKOV GALLERY
10:00 AM
The TRETIAKOV GALLERY contains Moscow’s largest collection of Russian art with representative pieces from ancient times through various historical schools up to and including turn-of-the-century Avante Garde works. The newly restored building is worth a visit in itself.
Price $23+adm
ZAMOSKVORECHYE AREA
2:00 PM
Walk in the ZAMOSKVORECHYE AREA around the Tretiakov Gallery. The Zamoskvorechye area, “behind the Moscow River”, contains some of the oldest churches, remarkable in part for their unique architecture, and in part because they survived Stalin’s efforts during the thirties.
Price $23+adm
Wednesday, 9
KREMLIN CATHEDRALS
10:00 AM
KREMLIN CATHEDRALS. A further exploration deeper within the Kremlin, in which you will see records of the personal lives of the Czars, their marriages, homes, and funerals. The three cathedrals, the Assumption, the Annunciation and the church of the Archangel Michael demonstrate differing restoration techniques.
Price $35
BOLSHAYA NIKITSKAYA NEIGHBORHOOD
3:00 PM
BOLSHAYA NIKITSKAYA NEIGHBORHOOD. Enjoy the beauty of this old central Moscow street. Since 1790s many local residents were benefactors to the arts, and there are Classic ensembles by the famous architect Kazakov and Art Nouveau mansions by Shehtel. There are also associations with Pushkin, Tchaikovsky, Vrubel, Stanislavsky and other artistic greats.
Price $23
Thursday, 10
GORKY HOUSE MUSEUM
11:00 AM
GORKY HOUSE MUSEUM. One of the best Art Nouveau houses in Moscow built at the turn of the century. Maxim Gorky lived there between 1931 and 1936 and it is now a literary museum dedicated to his work.
Price $22
BULVAR RING
3:00 PM
BULVAR RING. A walking tour of the “Green Necklace” of Moscow, site of the old city walls. Many artists, writers and politicians have lived along its park lined streets.
Price $22
Friday, 11
NOVODEVICHY CONVENT AND CEMETERY
11:00 AM
NOVODEVICHY CONVENT AND CEMETERY is a charming place, rich in the spirit of the past, hidden behind a wall in the twentieth century inner city. The sculptured gravestones of famous Russian artists, writers, and politicians illustrate the country’s history.
Price $23+adm
RUSSIAN POETS
2:00 PM
RUSSIAN POETS of the twenties and thirties. Walk in the footsteps of Marina Tsvetaeyeva, Boris Pasternak and Osip Mandelshtam during their Moscow days, and learn more about the Soviet life of those decades.
Price $23+adm
Saturday, 12
ABRAMTSEVO
10:00 AM
Day trip to ABRAMTSEVO. Abramtsevo with a lovely park and river was the country estate of the devout Slavophile writer Sergei Aksakov and later in the century was bought by art patron Savva Mamontov. Russian Art Nouveau originated here. There are a peaceful Church of Spas not Made by Human Hand with interior icons and other asymmetrical decorations and Teremok Baths with their traditional, but unorthodox white folk carvings.
Price $43+adm
MOSCOW ORIENTATION PROGRAM
10:00AM
A MOSCOW ORIENTATION PROGRAM is designed for new-comers who would like to shop in city markets beyond the exclusive foreign stores. Not a sight-seeing tour, but instead, an introduction to shopping, driving, public transportation, public telephones, and the other everyday needs of Moscow residents. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $35
Sunday, 13
KALUGA and OPTINA PUSTYN
7:00 AM
Day trip to KALUGA and OPTINA PUSTYN. Kaluga is an early provincial town, but its greater significance is as a monument of eighteenth and nineteenth century classical architecture. In this respect it is considered second only to ST.Petersburg. It is also a hometown of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, “the father of Russian space exploration”. Optina Pustyn is an active monastery in the Kaluga area. It was found in the fourteenth century by the repentant bandit Opta. It became a spiritual center of Russia and Russian intellectuals in the nineteenth century. It gained the reputation in the Orthodox Christian world for bringing spiritual renewal to its visitors; people came there from near and far. Dostoevsky regularly stayed in a little house there and wrote “Brother Karamazov” on his impression on Optina. Lev Tolstoy and Nikolai Gogol also found inspiration in this delightful haven.
Price $100
RED ARMY MUSEUM
11:00 AM
Visit to the RED ARMY MUSEUM. You will see exhibits showing the development of the Russian Army from the days of the Civil War through the years of the Great Patriotic War, and up to the present times. There are halls, illustrating the major battles in Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad, as well as many interesting examples of military equipment such as machine gunes and personnel carriers. You will also see the eagle from the Reichstag, the Victory Banner and other memorable items recalling those times.
Price $23+adm
Monday, 14
MOSCOW METRO
9:45 AM
The MOSCOW METRO was begun in the thirties and its various stations show completely different styles and periods. Each station has its own character. Carrying in excess of eight million people every day, more than New York and London put together, this system is one of the marvels of inner city transport. Free coffee at StarliteDiner
Price $22
RED SQUARE AND KITAI GOROD
3:00 PM
RED SQUARE AND KITAI GOROD walk. The very center of Moscow and indeed, of Russia. The neighborhood was a fortress behind a fence (“kitai” meaning “fence”, not, as often misinterpreted, “China”). You will see churches dating back to the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries along the narrow streets.
Price $23+adm
Tuesday, 15
DECORATIVE ART MUSEUM
10:45 AM
DECORATIVE ART MUSEUM. This is a large collection of crafts from different areas. There are peasant and other costumes, toys, Zhostovo painted trays, Khokhloma and other wood articles, porcelain, including propaganda porcelain from the twenties and thirties. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $23+adm
TVERSKAYA
3:00 PM
A walk along Moscow’s main street, TVERSKAYA, will demonstrate how Moscow prepared for the city’s 850th anniversary. The long road from Moscow to St. Petersburg starts at the northern end of Tverskaya. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $23
Wednesday, 16
PUSHKIN ART MUSEUM
10:00 AM
The PUSHKIN ART MUSEUM contains a remarkable collection, including works from the Italian Renaissance and post-Renaissance, ancient Egypt and Babylonia.
Price $22+adm
PRECHISTENKA and OSTOZHENKA
3:00 PM
Walk in the area of PRECHISTENKA and OSTOZHENKA streets around the PUSHKIN FINE MUSEUM. Walk these two famous streets of Moscow which were preserved even in communist times. The area is much like the St.Germain district in Paris. You will see several XIXth century churches, mansions and samples of Art Nouveau architecture.
Price $23
Thursday, 17
CRAFT SHOPS
10:45 AM
A visit to CRAFT SHOPS off the busy city streets, where you will see crafts from all over Russia, including: porcelain, embroidery, wooden and straw items, toys and dolls; all of them created in traditional ways. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $35
PATRIARSHY POND NEIGHBORHOOD
3:00 PM
PATRIARSHY POND NEIGHBORHOOD. A walk in the neighborhood where many Russian artists, poets and musicians have lived. Feel its atmoshpere, and see its remarkable architecture. Free coffee at Starlite Diner.
Price $23
Friday, 18
SERGIEV POSAD
10:00 AM
Day trip to SERGIEV POSAD. Sergeiv Posad (Zagorsk) is a traditional orthodox center, graced by the magnificent Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, with a blue and gold dome. Built in the fourteenth century, it was for many years, even under communism, the official seat of the Patriarch. You will also have a rare chance to visit the museum in the monastery, which is ordinarily not open to the public. It holds a wonderful collection of icons.
Price $43+adm
RUSSIAN-SOVIET ART OF THE XX CENTURY
11:00 AM
RUSSIAN-SOVIET ART OF THE XX CENTURY. Visit the New Tretiakov Gallery, where the new exhibits of Russian and Soviet Art of the XXth century are displayed. See works by Avant Garde artists, and see the history of RussianAvant Garde starting from the beginning of the century. Follow the development of the Socialist Realism in Art and feel the development of different styles in Art from before the Revolution of 1917 through communist times.
Price $22+adm
Saturday, 19
MONINO AVIATION MUSEUM
10:00 AM
Visit MONINO AVIATION MUSEUM. You will trace the history of Russian aviation, seeing many different types of aircraft. The display includes models of the very earliest machines and even some of the latest ones. A lot of them are full size, located outside, and so present a good photographic opportunity.
Price $43+adm
KUSKOVO ESTATE
12:00 noon
Trip to KUSKOVO ESTATE, the country seat of the Sheremetyevs, the richest family of the eighteenth century. The wooden mansion resembles Versailles and it has an orangery in which is an impressive collection of china and porcelain from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There is an extensive park with a lake, and Dutch, Swiss and Italian style garden houses.
Price $38+adm
Sunday, 20
TSARITSYNO
10:45 AM
Walk in TSARITSYNO. Walk in the wonderful park at Tsaritsyno and see the never completed palace of Catherine the Great . Free coffee at Starlite Diner
Price $26+adm
XIX th CENTURY RUSSIAN WRITERS
12:00 noon
XIX th CENTURY RUSSIAN WRITERS. Follow the history of the Russian literature of the XIX th century, and visit places associated with Gogol, Ostrovsky, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy
Price $35+adm
Monday, 21
SPASO-ANDRONIKOV MONASTERY
11:00 AM
Visit the SPASO-ANDRONIKOV MONASTERY, and the oldest of Moscow’s surviving churches, Savior Cathedral. Its museum records it as one of the earliest centers of iconography, and it was the site of the icon school of Andrei Rublyov.
Price $22+adm
Tuesday, 22
TRETIAKOV GALLERY
10:00 AM
The TRETIAKOV GALLERY contains Moscow’s largest collection of Russian art with representative pieces from ancient times through various historical schools up to and including turn-of-the-century Avante Garde works. The newly restored building is worth a visit in itself.
Price $23+adm
LUBIANKA AND CHISTYE PRUDY
2:00 PM
Walk in the LUBIANKA AND CHISTYE PRUDY area around the KGB building, an old downtown section which provides many examples of nobles’ mansions dating back to Peter the Great. You will visit a splendid seventeenth century church, and Apraskin Palace, a fine example of Moscow baroque.
Price $22
Wednesday, 23
NOVODEVICHY CONVENT AND CEMETERY
11:00 AM
NOVODEVICHY CONVENT AND CEMETERY is a charming place, rich in the spirit of the past, hidden behind a wall in the twentieth century inner city. The sculptured gravestones of famous Russian artists, writers, and politicians illustrate the country’s history.
Price $23+adm
ARBAT STREET
3:00 PM
Walk in a neighborhood dating back to old Moscow, celebrated in song and poetry. You will walk along ARBAT STREET, the most typical area of the old city, with tiny streets among well preserved and newly renovated buildings. A favorite neighborhood for artists and writers. Visit Arbat NB GALLERY, established in 1992 and representing both known and forgotten Russian art schools and individual artists from the 1920’s through the 1980’s.
Price $23
Thursday, 24
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR
1100 АM
Visit to the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR. The magnificent five-golden-domed Cathedral is the largest church in Russia, the second of its kind. The first, built to commemorate the victory over Napoleon in 1812, was destroyed in 1931. It was officially reopened for the millennium and consecrated as a “glorious symbol” of Russia and Russian Orthodox Christianity.
Price $22+adm
KREMLIN WALL WALK
3:00 PM
KREMLIN WALL WALK. These walls hold many secrets. The Kremlin was a fifteenth century fortress, has twenty towers and is a mile and a half around. You can see from the outside many things not visible from inside, including the Aleksandrov Garden and the Grotto.
Price $23
Friday, 25
VICTORY PARK
10:00 AM
VICTORY PARK contains memorials to two Patriotic Wars: in 1812 and 1941-5. The museum displays the Banner of Victory and dioramas showing the main battles in Moscow and Stalingrad, and the blockade of Leningrad. Exhibits show military techniques. A new chapel, Mosque and Synagogue have been built The trio expresses an ecumenical dedication to peace.
Price $23+adm
PETROVKA NEIGHBOURHOOD & PETROV MONASTERY
3:00 PM
PETROVKA NEIGHBOURHOOD & PETROV MONASTERY . This old merchantile and artistic neighborhood has many examples of Classic and Art Nouveau architecture. Visit the “High Monastery” of St.Peter, with its many links with Peter the Great. We also enjoy the cosiness of the Hermitage Garden, which includes the site where Stanislavsky founded the MKhAT theater just one hundred years ago.
Price $23+adm
Saturday, 26
VLADIMIR and SUZDAL
8:00 AM
Day trip to VLADIMIR and SUZDAL. Vladimir was the capital of Russia in the twelfth century before the Mongol invasion; Moscow is its successor. The Assumption Cathedral and Golden Gate are examples of white stone, pre-Mongolian architecture. Suzdal has kept its seventeenth century character, and has lovely churches, an old Kremlin and a museum of interesting wooden architecture.
Price $85
STALIN’S MOSCOW
12:00 noon
A tour of the STALIN’S MOSCOW. You will see the evidence of his personality in cultural and architectural styles, and in the museum in The House on the Embankment, which was a residence of many former high officials under Stalin, most of whom were eventually arrested by him.
Price $26+adm
Sunday, 27
TULA and KULIKOVO BATTLEFIELD
7:00 AM
Day trip to TULA and KULIKOVO BATTLEFIELD. Take the trip to Kulikovo Field, where in 1380 the Russian victory over the Tartars was the first significant event in the liberation from the Tartar yoke. Enjoy the vastness of one of the largest Russian fields, the picturesque Don River valley and the Kulikovo Battle museum in the impressive Art Nouveau church. On the way, visit the Samovar museum in Tula, the celebrated center of military manufacture and crafts.
Price $85
COSMONAUTS’ MUSEUM
11:00 AM
COSMONAUTS’ MUSEUM. This unique collection traces the rise of the Russian space program from 1957 to the present time, including manned and automatic spacecrafts, space suits and other related items.
Price $22+adm
Monday, 28
STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
11:00 AM
The STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM was first opened in 1883, and after extensive restoration was re-opened for the 850th Moscow anniversary. The interiors are done in a nineteenth century style. There are exhibits of archeology from prehistoric days up to the founding of the Russian State. The one called, “ Russia of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries” displays possessions of the Czars, and includes the death mask of Peter the Great.
Price $23+adm
Tuesday, 29
GREAT KREMLIN PALACE
10:00 AM
GREAT KREMLIN PALACE. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the Great Kremlin Palace and the five large halls used for state receptions. The Palace is not a public museum but is now the official residence of the President of Russia. It was also formerly the only residence of the Romanov family in Moscow. The interior has been preserved as it was in the times of the Czars.
Price $12+adm
OKHOTNY RYAD and KUZNETSKY MOST
3:00 PM
Walk along OKHOTNY RYAD and KUZNETSKY MOST. You will explore one of Moscow’s oldest neighborhoods, with architectural highlights, such as the Bolshoi Theater and the Metropol Hotel. Okhotny Ryad has been a mercantile center through the years, and is filled with interesting nineteenth century buildings.
Price $22
Wednesday, 30
TRETIAKOV GALLERY
10:00 AM
The TRETIAKOV GALLERY contains Moscow’s largest collection of Russian art with representative pieces from ancient times through various historical schools up to and including turn-of-the-century Avante Garde works. The newly restored building is worth a visit in itself.
Price $23+adm
LEFORTOVO ESTATE
3:00 PM
Tour the eighteenth century LEFORTOVO ESTATE, a formerly German enclave. We will visit the church where the Romanovs liked to pray before they went hunting in Izmailovo, as well as Franz Lefort Palace and one of the Moscow palaces of Catherine the Great.
Price $22
Thursday, 31
MOSCOW METRO
9:45 AM
The MOSCOW METRO was begun in the thirties and its various stations show completely different styles and periods. Each station has its own character. Carrying in excess of eight million people every day, more than New York and London put together, this system is one of the marvels of inner city transport. Free coffee at StarliteDiner
Price $22
PASHKOV HOUSE
10:15 AM
The PASHKOV HOUSE is the famous Neoclassical mansion that stands on a hill overlooking MOSCOW KREMLIN. It was erected in 1784-1786 by a Muscovite nobleman, Pyotr Pashkov and became a landmark of Moscow, one of the most beautiful buildings of Moscow, now reopen for public visits as a part of Lenin’s library.
Price $22+adm
Friday, 1
SERGIEV POSAD
10:00 AM
Day trip to SERGIEV POSAD. Sergeiv Posad (Zagorsk) is a traditional orthodox center, graced by the magnificent Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, with a blue and gold dome. Built in the fourteenth century, it was for many years, even under communism, the official seat of the Patriarch. You will also have a rare chance to visit the museum in the monastery, which is ordinarily not open to the public. It holds a wonderful collection of icons.
Price $43+adm
ARMORY MUSEUM
9:45 AM
The ARMORY MUSEUM.. The Armory collection of gold, silver and jewelry, Faberge eggs, carriages and Czarist thrones is reason enough in itself to visit Moscow. Please register for this tour at least two days in advance
Price $80
Saturday, 2
ARKHANGELSKOYE, VINOGRADOVO and SEREDNIKOVO
10:00 AM
Have a day trip to ARKHANGELSKOYE, VINOGRADOVO and SEREDNIKOVO. Visit the XVII – XIX century estates, connected with the names of Russian famous poets and writers of the XIXth century. Vinogradovo belonged to Alexander Pushkin’s family and was visited by Karamzin and Krylov. Serednikovo Estate was the place where the poet Mikhail Lermontov spent four years of his life. You will also have a chance to visit Arkhangelskoye Estate (former Jusupov Estate), visited by Pushkin and Karamzin. You will have a chance to see the exhibit of china as well as a beautiful park
Price $65
RUSSIAN SAMOVARS
11:00 AM
Tour based on RUSSIAN SAMOVARS. We will see the samovar collection of Sergei Klinchev and talk about the history of the samovar, how it is built and functions, and Russian traditions of tea drinking. Perhaps have a cup of tea yourself. Samovars are for sale.
Price $22
Sunday, 3
THE ANNUAL RE-ENACTMENT OF THE BATTLE OF BORODINO
8:00 AM
THE ANNUAL RE-ENACTMENT OF THE BATTLE OF BORODINO, the decisive battle in 1812, when Napoleon’s army was stopped and turned back by the Russian army within sight of the burning city. The production is put on every year by the Russian Historic and Military Clubs to celebrate a great turn in the destiny of Moscow. An historic event which Hitler later ignored, to his cost.
Price $85
IZMAILOVO ESTATE
12:00 noon
Walk in a wonderful park among the remains of the seventeenth century IZMAILOVO ESTATE. Its fortress is where Peter the Great trained his first regular troops.
Price $22
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