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August 2019,    September 2019
Wednesday, 21
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
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.
Price $23
Thursday, 22
KUSKOVO ESTATE
11:00 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
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
Friday, 23
MOSCOW MONASTERIES
10:00 AM
MOSCOW MONASTERIES. You will visit Novodevichy Convent, Spaso-Andronikov and Danilov monasteries. Each one introduces the visitor to various aspects of religious life: Novodevichy, historical; Spaso-Andronikov, art; Danilov, political.
Price $35+adm
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, 24
ABRAMTSEVO
9:00 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.
Price $35
Sunday, 25
RYAZAN
8:00 AM
Day trip to RYAZAN, the first obstacle on Mongols’ way of conquering Russia, town first mentioned in the XIth century with great history and historical monuments including Ryazan Kremlin and to KONSTANTINOVO, Oka village, where famous Russian poet Serguei Essenin was born. You will have a chance to see the house (izba), where he spent his childhood and to enjoy the poetry of that wonderful poet and the beauty of Russian nature.
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
Monday, 26
STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
11:00 AM
The STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM was first opened in 1883, and after extensive restoration was recently re-opened for the 850th Moscow anniversary. The interiors are done in a nineteenth century style, and of the 45 halls 13 are now re-opened to visitors. 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, 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
Price $22
BULGAKOV IN MOSCOW
3:00 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.
Price $23+adm
Wednesday, 28
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
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, 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
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, 30
REVISITING “WAR AND PEACE”
10:00 AM
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
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.
Price $23
Saturday, 31
TSARITSYNO
10:45 AM
Walk in TSARITSYNO. Walk in the wonderful park at Tsaritsyno and see the never completed palace of Catherine the Great .
Price $26+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, 1
THE ANNUAL RE-ENACTMENT OF THE BATTLE OF BORODINO
9:00 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
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, 2
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
Price $22
Tuesday, 3
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, 4
TOLSTOY IN MOSCOW
11:00 AM
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
Thursday, 5
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.
Price $26+adm
RUSSIAN SAMOVARS
3:00 PM
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
Friday, 6
RED SQUARE AND KITAI GOROD
11:00A M
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
Saturday, 7
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
Sunday, 8
HIKE TO PEREDELKINO
9:30 AM
HIKE TO PEREDELKINO. We will take a train to the outskirts of Moscow and walk through the countryside to Peredelkino, the famous writers’ colony where Boris Pasternak lived and died. He wrote “Dr. Zhivago” at a desk overlooking the garden, and is buried in the little graveyard nearby.
Price $43+adm
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, 9
NOVODEVICHY CONVENT AND CEMETERY
10:00 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
Tuesday, 10
PUSHKIN ART MUSEUM
11:00 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, 11
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
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 $23
Thursday, 12
VICTORY PARK
11:00 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
Friday, 13
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
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.
Price $23
Saturday, 14
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
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, 15
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
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 $37+adm
Monday, 16
STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
11:00 AM
The STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM was first opened in 1883, and after extensive restoration was recently re-opened for the 850th Moscow anniversary. The interiors are done in a nineteenth century style, and of the 45 halls 13 are now re-opened to visitors. 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
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
Tuesday, 17
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
Wednesday, 18
REVISITING “WAR AND PEACE”
10:00 AM
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
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, 19
RUSSIAN ART NOUVEAU
11:00 AM
RUSSIAN ART NOUVEAU at the turn of this century differed from that in Western Europe, and is manifested in many Moscow buildings by the work of two architects in particular, Shekhtel and Kekushev. Some of their buildings are easily seen, but some are hidden away on small side streets.
Price $35
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, 20
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
Price $22
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
Saturday, 21
TSARITSYNO.
10:45 AM
Walk in TSARITSYNO. Walk in the wonderful park at Tsaritsyno and see the never completed palace of Catherine the Great .
Price $26+adm
A MOSCOW ORIENTATION PROGRAM
1:00AM
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.
Price $
Sunday, 22
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
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, 23
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, 24
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 $22+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, 25
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
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
Thursday, 26
NOVODEVICHY CONVENT AND CEMETERY
10:00 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.
Price $23
Friday, 27
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.
Price $35
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
Saturday, 28
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
BULGAKOV IN MOSCOW
3:00 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.
Price $23+adm
Sunday, 29
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
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
Monday, 30
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
Price $23+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
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