Day: 1Moscow's essentials: all the must-see sights
Panoramic sightseeing tour around Moscow
During the first half of the day, we will explore the heart of Moscow – the famous Kremlin with its many cathedrals, as well as the adjacent historical neighborhood. You will see Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Resurrection Gates, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and Alexander Garden.
After lunch, we will take a car with a private driver to see various sights, getting to know the many facets of Moscow – from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. During this panoramic sightseeing tour you will visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Patriarch Bridge, the world famous Bolshoi Theater,Novodevichy Convent, the riverbanks along the Moskva River and the Sparrow Hills, where a panoramic view opens up on the entire city.
Day: 2Moscow off the beaten path
Zamoskvorechye - the hidden treasure of Moscow
We will start the day by strolling through a genuinely old part of town, Zamoskvorechye District, where merchants used to live, and after that we will visit the gallery with the richest collection of Russian paintings in the country, the Tretyakov Gallery.
After lunch, we will take a trip back to the USSR – a tour around Soviet-era Moscow – and see how much the city has transformed. We will draw distinctions between real history and the myths surrounding it, and get to see the buildings done in “Stalin’s” architectural style. During this excursion you will see some of the most remarkable Moscow metro stations, have a stroll around the Muzeon Park of Arts and enter the House on the Embankment where the most important representatives of the Soviet nomenclature used to live.
Day: 3Explore the Eastern Orthodox culture and the Russian village
VDNKh, the Park of Dreams
We start the day by getting into the car and heading straight to the town of Sergiev Posad. We are going to focus primarily on the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius monastery that is located there.
Sergiev Posad is an ancient town with an Eastern Orthodox monastery of major significance, sometimes called the “Eastern Orthodox Vatican”. You will have the chance to get to know Eastern Orthodox cultural traditions and at the same time enjoy rural landscapes and the atmosphere of a typical Russian village.
Lunch in Sergiev Posad.
Upon returning to Moscow, we will visit the VDNKh Park, which is a famous Soviet-era exhibition center and today represents a unique architectural ensemble that is integrated into the landscape. It is often called a Park of Dreams, with the famous Worker and Kolkhoz Woman monument greeting visitors out front.
If desired, a visit to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics can be included.
Day: 4Discover Russian art and literature
Izmaylovo - "the other Kremlin"
In the morning we are going to visit the Leo Tolstoy House Museum, where the world famous writer, the author of "War and Peace", used to live for a long time. You will learn a lot about Tolstoy's private life and the ways he worked on his masterpieces.
Then we will stroll down Arbat Street, one of the oldest streets in Moscow, and see a bunch of historical buildings concentrated in one place.
After lunch, we will take the metro to get to the Kremlin of Izmaylovo. Not only you will see "the other Kremlin", the wooden one, but also you will have an opportunity to buy some souvenirs for a good price and walk through the flea-market. As an option, we can visit the Vodka Museum and learn more about this ancient Russian alcoholic drink.
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Price per person (in euro)
This price includes:
- a local private guide speaking your language (English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese);
- entrance tickets to all indicated sights and museums (Novodevichi convent, Kremlin, Tretyakov gallery, etc.);
- transport (car or minivan) for the panoramic sightseeing tour and for the trip to Sergiev Posad.