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Tuesday, 28
COOKING CLASS
10:00 AM
Come to a COOKING CLASS with our cook who will teach you how to make Pirozhki. You will have lunch after the demonstration is completed.
Price $35
Wednesday, 29
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, 30
KREMLIN WALL WALK
11:00 AM
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, 31
SIMONOV MONASTERY
11:00 AM
Visit SIMONOV MONASTERY, a half-ruined gem of XVI-XVII century architecture. This former center of religion and the arts is in the process of renovation after decades of neglect. In the Church of the Nativity see graves of Russian heroes of the 1380 battle of Kulikovo field, the first time the Tartars were defeated.
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
Saturday, 1
TVER-TORZHOK
8:00 AM
Day trip to TVER-TORZHOK. You will visit Torzhok with its Boris and Gleb monastery, ruined Kremlin, and museum devoted to Aleksander Pushkin. And you will visit Tver on the Volga River, the true center of Russian classical architecture with its palace of Catherine the Great.
Price $85
ZARYADYE AND ZAYAUZYE
12:00 noon
Walk in ZARYADYE AND ZAYAUZYE . 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
Sunday, 2
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
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.
Monday, 3
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
Tuesday, 4
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
SPASO-ANDRONIKOV MONASTERY
3:00 PM
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.
Wednesday, 5
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.
VICTORY PARK
1:00 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.
Thursday, 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.
Friday, 7
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.
TOLSTOY IN MOSCOW
3:00 PM
TOLSTOY IN MOSCOW. 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, 8
KOLOMNA
10:00 AM
Day trip to KOLOMNA, a provincial town not far from Moscow, containing architecture typical of the twelfth century, and an ancient Kremlin. There is an art gallery with works in semi-precious stones, and paintings on birch, as well as other crafts, which will be on sale.
Price $65
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
Sunday, 9
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 $100
ARBAT STREET
10:00 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
Monday, 10
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
RED SQUARE AND KITAI GOROD
2:00 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, 11
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
Wednesday, 12
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
Thursday, 13
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
PUSHKIN ART MUSEUM
2:00 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.
Friday, 14
EASTER EVE IN SERGIEV POSAD
10:00 AM
EASTER EVE IN 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.
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
Saturday, 15
EASTER TRIP TO ROSTOV and PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY
EASTER 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 $85
ICONS & ORTHODOX CHURCHES
12:00 noon
ICONS & ORTHODOX CHURCHES. The tour will demonstrate the principles of religious, artistic and political aspects of Russian iconography.
Price $22+ adm.
EASTER NIGHT IN MOSCOW
9:00 PM
EASTER NIGHT IN MOSCOW. Celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by going to four of the oldest Russian Orthodox churches in Moscow. You will visit the Church of the Archangel Gavriil, the Church of All Saints, and the Church of the Deposition of the Lord’s Robe as each prepares for Easter service. The decoration of the alter and the blessing of the Easter Cake are two of the Russian Orthodox traditions you will witness. You will attend Easter night service at the Church of John the Warrior.
Price $35
Sunday, 16
EASTER DAY IN BOROVSK
10:00 AM
EASTER DAY IN BOROVSK. This is a nice provincial town, which combines many architectural styles, modern, neo-classical and ancient. You will see the Old Believers’ Pafnuty Monastery and several wonderful churches.
Price $65
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.
Monday, 17
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.
SIMONOV MONASTERY
11:00 AM
Visit SIMONOV MONASTERY, a half-ruined gem of XVI-XVII century architecture. This former center of religion and the arts is in the process of renovation after decades of neglect. In the Church of the Nativity see graves of Russian heroes of the 1380 battle of Kulikovo field, the first time the Tartars were defeated.
Price $22+ adm.
Tuesday, 18
BOLSHOI
10:30 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 (White) Foyer, Round and Beethoven’s Hall, and much more
Price $22+adm
DECORATIVE ART MUSEUM
2:45 PM
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.
Wednesday, 19
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 to wipe out all religion.
Price $23+ adm.
Thursday, 20
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.
XIX th CENTURY RUSSIAN WRITERS
3:00 PM
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 Ostrovsky, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy
Price $35+ adm.
Friday, 21
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.
MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY
2:00 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
Saturday, 22
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
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
Sunday, 23
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
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
Monday, 24
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
RED SQUARE AND KITAI GOROD
2:00 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, 25
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
Wednesday, 26
LEFORTOVO ESTATE
10:00 AM
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
STALIN’S MOSCOW
3:00 PM
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.
Thursday, 27
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
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, 28
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
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.
Saturday, 29
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
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.
Saturday, 29-1
WEEKEND IN UGLICH,KOLYAZIN, YAROSLAVL, KOSTROMA & PLYOS
7:00 AM
WEEKEND IN UGLICH,KOLYAZIN, YAROSLAVL, KOSTROMA & PLYOS. Weekend in Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Plyos, Uglich . A four day "Golden Ring cities" trip. First we go to YAROSLAVL , an old Russian city located on the Volga and the Kotorosl rivers. It used to be a prosperous mercantile center, where through the centuries merchants, encouraged by the local school of architecture, tried to outdo each other in their contributions to the city's embellishment. KOSTROMA is a charming city on the Volga river with exquisite examples of provincial architecture dating from the time of Catherine the Great. Ipaty Monastery- the cradle of the Romanovs' dynasty - is there, together with a museum of wooden architecture. PLYOS , a picturesque location on the hilly banks of the Volga river, has been place admired by many artists. In particular, there is a museum for the Russian landscape painter I. Levitan. UGLICH , on the Volga river, is famous for its Kremlin with the fifteen century chambers of local princes, and the Church of St. Dimitry on Blood - situated on the place of the death of Prince Dimitry, the last son of Ivan the Terrible. We will make short stops as we drive through Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov Veliky and other smaller picturesque towns; we'll have wonderful photographic opportunities.
Price $380/400
Sunday, 30
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
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
Monday, 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. It holds a wonderful collection of icons.
Price $43+ adm.
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