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Monday, 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 $22+adm
Tuesday, 24
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, 25
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
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
Thursday, 26
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
GORKY HOUSE MUSEUM
3:00 PM
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
Friday, 27
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 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
Saturday, 28
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, 29
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
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
Monday, 30
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
BABAEV CHOCOLATE FACTORY
1:45 PM
BABAEV CHOCOLATE FACTORY. This is a great opportunity to taste these famous Russian chocolates! You will have an opportunity to visit this famous chocolate factory. On the tour you will see the production process for chocolate . You will also be able to trace the history of this company through the years with a visit to the factory museum. You will get a chocolate gift at the end of the tour!
Price $23+adm
Tuesday, 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
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
Wednesday, 1
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR
11:00 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
ANDREI SAKHAROV’S museum
3:00 PM
Visit the ANDREI SAKHAROV’S museum. The museum displays archival documents, photographs and artifacts which narrate the history of repression in the Soviet Union beginning with the 1917 October Revolution. The permanent exhibition also chronicles the history of those movements who struggled for freedom of expression and speech during the post-Stalin years.
Price $22+adm
Thursday, 2
MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY
11:00 AM
MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY. You will have a chance to see the facilities and the museum of this architectural masterpiece, Russia’s leading educational institution.
Price $23
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
Friday, 3
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
RUSSIAN-SOVIET ART OF THE XX CENTURY
3:00 PM
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, 4
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
ARTIST’S STUDIO
12:00 noon
ARTIST’S STUDIO. You will visit Alyona Dergiljova, a well-known Moscow artist whose work hangs in the Tretiakov Gallery and state Historical Museums. Her focus is on the streets and most beautiful areas of Moscow. She will demonstrate her graphic techniques and discuss her work.
Price $22
Sunday, 5
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
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 guns and personnel carriers. You will see the eagle from the Berlin Reichstag, the Victory Banner and other items recalling those heroic times.
Price $23+adm
Monday, 6
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
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, 7
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
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
Wednesday, 8
The ARMORY MUSEUM
9:45 AM
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
Thursday, 9
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
ZARYADYE AND ZAYAUZYE
3:00 PM
During the low-traffic weekend you will walk in Zaryadye (“behind the row”) and Zayauzye (“behind Yauza”), from Red Square to Taganka Square, through the busy center of Moscow, where you will feel the real atmosphere of the inner city.
Price $23
Friday, 10
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
TOLSTOY IN MOSCOW.
11:00 AM
Visit two museums, one of the few wooden buildings known to Lev Tolstoy during his life, the other dedicated to his life and works.
Price $22+adm
Saturday, 11
KUBINKA MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM
10:00 AM
KUBINKA MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM is one of the unique military museums in the world, consisting of seven pavilions exhibiting armored vehicles from the early twenties to modern times. The first Soviet tanks and a history of Second World War Soviet armored vehicles are displayed, as well as samples of foreign armor. As the museum is on an active military base, the list of names in the group must be submitted to the museum for clearance. Please register for this tour at least two weeks in advance.
Price $47+adm
ARBAT STREET
11:00 AM
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
Sunday, 12
DMITROV
10:00 AM
Day trip to the ancient town of DMITROV, founded by Yuri Dolgoruky, who also founded Moscow, holds a Kremlin and a fourteenth century monastery. On your way to it you will be able to see the Front Line Memorial, the point at which the Fascist army was stopped in its very close advance on Moscow in 1941. The Khimki channel nearby was built by Stalin in the thirties. You can meet a group of artists who carve religious figures and exceptional icons.
Price $65
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
Monday, 13
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 $22+adm
Tuesday, 14
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
MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY.
3:00 PM
MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY. You will have a chance to see the facilities and the museum of this architectural masterpiece, Russia’s leading educational institution.
Price $23
Wednesday, 15
BOLSHOI
11:00 AM
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
PUSHKIN ART MUSEUM
3:00 PM
The PUSHKIN ART MUSEUM contains a remarkable collection, including works from the Italian Renaissance and post-Renaissance, ancient Egypt and Babylonia.
Price $22+adm
Thursday, 16
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
Friday, 17
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
BABAEV CHOCOLATE FACTORY
2:45 PM
BABAEV CHOCOLATE FACTORY. This is a great opportunity to taste these famous Russian chocolates! You will have an opportunity to visit this famous chocolate factory. On the tour you will see the production process for chocolate and caramel. You will also be able to trace the history of this company through the years with a visit to the factory museum. You will get a nice chocolate gift at the end of the tour!
Price $23+adm
Saturday, 18
PEREDELKINO
11:00 AM
Trip to PEREDELKINO, the famous writers’ colony. Boris Pasternak lived and died here. He wrote “Dr. Zhivago” at a desk overlooking the garden, and is buried in the little graveyard nearby. Alexander Solzhenitsyn stayed in Peredelkino at the dacha of Kornei Tchukovsky. The Bulat Okudzhava Memorial Museum is open at his dacha near Peredelkino. The study is still mostly as Okudzhava left it.
Price $43+adm
POST-SOVIET RUSSIA
2:00 PM
POST-SOVIET RUSSIA. This tour leads you to the White House neighborhood, memorable for the fighting during the attempted coups of 1991 and 1993, when Russia underwent dramatic changes in its political system and saw the fall of he Soviet Regime. You will see places where former leaders, including Brezhnev, Andropov and Beria, lived.
Price $22
Sunday, 19
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
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 space crafts, space suits and other related items.
Price $22+adm
Monday, 20
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
Tuesday, 21
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
Wednesday, 22
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 $22+adm
Thursday, 23
ICONS & ORTHODOX CHURCHES
10:00 AM
ICONS & ORTHODOX CHURCHES. The tour will demonstrate the principles of religious, artistic and political aspects of Russian iconography.
Price $22+adm
GORKY HOUSE MUSEUM
3:00 PM
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
Friday, 24
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
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR
3:00 PM
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
Saturday, 25
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
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, 26
ZVENIGOROD, ZAKHAROVO AND BOLSHYE VIAZYOMY
9:00 AM
An all-day trip to ZVENIGOROD, ZAKHAROVO AND BOLSHYE VIAZYOMY, provincial towns outside Moscow. Zvenigorod once competed with Moscow to be the Russian capital and contains fourteenth and fifteenth century masterpieces such as the Assumption Cathedral and Savva’s Monastery. Zakharovo was a childhood estate of Aleksander Pushkin, and Bolshye Viazyomy is now a museum dedicated to the Russian nobility.
Price $65
XIX th CENTURY RUSSIAN WRITERS
12:00 noon
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
Monday, 27
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, 28
MOSCOW ANTIQUE SHOPS
10:45 AM
Tour of MOSCOW ANTIQUE SHOPS off Arbat. A stroll through small shops where you will have a great choice of antique bargains. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $35
ICONS & ORTHODOX CHURCHES.
3:00 PM
ICONS & ORTHODOX CHURCHES. The tour will demonstrate the principles of religious, artistic and political aspects of Russian iconography.
Price $22+adm
Wednesday, 29
MOSCOW SCHOOL
11:00 AM
A visit to a MOSCOW SCHOOL. You will be led by one of the teachers, meet some of the students, visit classes and have a chance to talk about education, and school problems with members of the staff.
Price $22
KREMLIN CATHEDRALS
3:00 PM
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 $22+adm
Thursday, 30
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
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, 1
DANILOV MONASTERY
10:00 AM
A visit to the DANILOV MONASTERY, now the official seat of the Russian orthodox church, and residence of the Patriarch, who plays an active part in modern politics.
Price $
MOSCOW METRO
2:45 PM
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 $
Saturday, 2
ROSTOV and PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY
8:00 AM
Day trip to ROSTOV and PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY. These ancient towns (respectively 862 AD and 1152 AD) contain two of Russia’s greatest buildings: the twelfth century Spasso Preobrazhensky Cathedral in Pereslavl and the seventeenth century Kremlin and Assumption Cathedral in Rostov. You will hear the Rostov bells and have a chance to buy the famous Rostov enamel pieces. Both towns are located on lovely lakes, and the one in Pereslavl was where Peter the Great started the Russian navy. The sole surviving boat from his flotilla is in the Botik museum on the lake.
Price $
BULGAKOV IN MOSCOW
11:00 AM
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 $
Sunday, 3
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 $
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 $
Saturday, 23
VLADIMIR and SUZDAL
8:00 AM
CHRISTMAS 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 $
Sunday, 24
CHRISTMAS IN YAROSLAVL AND KOSTROMA
8:00 AM
CHRISTMAS IN YAROSLAVL AND KOSTROMA. We will drive through Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky and Rostov Veliky and there will be wonderful photographic opportunities. Yaroslavl is an old city on the Volga and Kotorosl rivers which used to be a mercantile center. The successful merchants tried to out-do each other in their contributions to the city’s architecture, encouraged by the city’s architectural school. We will visit the Tolg convent, first established in the fourteenth century, with the distinction of being the first one re-opened under Perestroika. Kostroma is a charming city with exquisite examples of provincial architecture and the Ipaty Monastery, the cradle of the Romanov dynasty.
Price $
SERGIEV POSAD
10:00 AM
CHRISTMAS 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 PatriarchIt holds a wonderful collection of icons.
Price $
Monday, 25
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 $
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