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Saturday, 24
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
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, 25
UGLICH and KOLYAZIN
8:00 AM
A day trip to UGLICH and KOLYAZIN will take you through Sergiev Posad and then to the ancient Russian town of Kolyazin which was partially flooded when the Uglich reservoir was being built; the church belfry still rises out of the water. Uglich, on the Volga River, is famous for its Kremlin chambers built in the fifteenth century for local princes. The church of Dmitri on Blood was built on the site where Prince Dmitri was killed.
Price $85
OLD BELIEVERS’ MOSCOW
9:00 AM
OLD BELIEVERS’ MOSCOW. We are the only guide company to whom the practicing believers give visiting permission. Observe the evidence of devout Russians since the twelfth century.
Price $35
Monday, 26
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.
REVISITING “WAR AND PEACE”
3:00 PM
REVISITING “WAR AND PEACE”. You will follow the footsteps of the novel’s characters, see the houses of Natasha Rostov, Pierre and Prince Andrei, and other places recalling the 1812 war with Napoleon and the Moscow of the1800’s.
Price $35
Tuesday, 27
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.
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, 28
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.
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, 29
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.
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, 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.
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, 1
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
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
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 $85
NINETEENTH CENTURY RUSSIAN POETS
11:00 AM
NINETEENTH CENTURY RUSSIAN POETS. Follow the lives and works of the most famous Russian poets of the nineteenth century.Poets such as Pushkin, Griboedov, Lermontov and Tutchev. See monuments dedicated to those poets and visit museums, devoted to them (in some cases, these museums, such as the Tutchev museum, are not open to the public).
Price $35+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
DONSKOI MONASTERY
2:00 PM
DONSKOI MONASTERY tour. The cathedral, with interesting frescoes, was built in honor of an icon of Our Lady of Don. See the grounds and cemetery, founded in 1591.
Price $22
Tuesday, 4
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
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
Wednesday, 5
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
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 $22+ adm
Thursday, 6
GORKY HOUSE MUSEUM
2:00 РM
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
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, 7
RUSSIAN SAMOVARS
3:00 РM
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
RUSSIAN-SOVIET MODERN OF THE XX CENTURY
11:00 AM
RUSSIAN-SOVIET MODERN 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, 8
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
GORKY LENINSKY
11:00 AM
GORKY LENINSKY is the last place where Vladimir Lenin lived and died. The estate is very interesting as one of Shekhtel’sArt Nouveau designs, and now that most of the Lenin museums have been closed this remains the only one where you will meet this important man.
Price $43+ adm
Sunday, 9
GARDEN RING
12:00 noon
GARDEN RING. The busy street you travel every day, seen on the weekend without traffic, if we are lucky.
Price $35
UGLICH and KOLYAZIN
8:00 AM
A day trip to UGLICH and KOLYAZIN will take you through Sergiev Posad and then to the ancient Russian town of Kolyazin which was partially flooded when the Uglich reservoir was being built; the church belfry still rises out of the water. Uglich, on the Volga River, is famous for its Kremlin chambers built in the fifteenth century for local princes. The church of Dmitri on Blood was built on the site where Prince Dmitri was killed.
Price $85
Monday, 10
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
Tuesday, 11
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
Wednesday, 12
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
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
Thursday, 13
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
PETROVKA NEIGHBOURHOOD & PETROV MONASTERY
10:00 АM
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
Friday, 14
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
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
Saturday, 15
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 and other items.
Price $22+ adm
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
Sunday, 16
PASHKOV HOUSE
10:30 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
BORODINO BATTLEFIELD
10:00 AM
Day trip to BORODINO BATTLEFIELD. Tour of the battlefield and museums, commemorating the decisive battle in 1812, when Napoleon’s army was stopped and turned back by the Russian army within sight of the burning city. An historic event which Hitler later ignored, to his cost.
Price $65
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
Tuesday, 18
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, an example of Moscow baroque.
Price $22
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 20-s and 30-s. Free coffee at the Starlite Diner.
Price $23+ adm
Wednesday, 19
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
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
Thursday, 20
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
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
Friday, 21
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
SIMONOV MONASTERY
11:00 AM
Visit SIMONOV MONASTERY, a half-ruined gem of XVI-XVII century architecture. In the Church of the Nativity see graves of Russian heroes of the battle of Kulikovo field, the first time the Tartars were defeated.
Price $22+ adm
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
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