Moscow City Day Trips

CITY TOUR

Duration – 3 hrs.

This tour gets you acquainted with Moscow – the capital of Russia. You will discover peculiar details about the history of this ancient city. As Moscow’s origins have long been shrouded in the mystery of time, there are countless stories and myths about Moscow. You will see unique historical, architectural and cultural landmarks: the Kremlin, the Cathedral of St. Basil, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. You’ll feel the originality and grandeur of Moscow – the centre of political, financial, cultural and spiritual life of Russia.

CITY TOUR + ST. BASIL’S CATHEDRAL

Duration – 4 hrs.

The Red Square has always been the main square of Moscow where heralds announced the Tsar’s decrees and will to the crowd. On major religious holidays processions from the Kremlin to the Red Square were held and it resembled an open–air church full of people. It was here that the magnificent cathedrals were built. One of them is St. Basil’s Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the mid–16th century by Ivan the Terrible in honour of victories in wars. In 1588 a small, tenth chapel was built by the cathedral. The “Holy Fool” Basil, as he was known and greatly respected in Moscow, was buried here. Since then, the cathedral has been popularly known as St. Basil’s. St. Basil’s Cathedral is iconic and unique among Moscow’s churches.

THE KREMLIN + CATHEDRALS

Duration – 3 hrs.

The Kremlin is a historical centre of the city, the heart of Moscow. Essentially a walled museum and also the centre of government, it is one of the most famous complexes in the world which always attracts a number of visitors. The Kremlin is located on a hill sealed from one side by the Moscow River. On the Kremlin grounds you can see the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon and visit the Annunciation, Archangel and Dormition Cathedrals, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Church of the Twelve Apostles – wonderful monuments of Russian church architecture with unique, richly decorated interiors.

THE KREMLIN + ARMOURY

Duration – 4 hrs.

The world-famous Armoury is one of the oldest museums in Russia, a real treasure house. It is an immense collection of Russian, Eastern, Western art works from the 5th to the 20th century century, thrones of tsars, garb and armour, unique silver and golden dishes, the tsars’ and grand prince’s regalia, horse-drawn carriages from different centuries and a vast collection of arms. You will be told remarkable stories about the life of their owners. The Armoury as a depository of royal treasures was first mentioned in history at the beginning of the 16th century. That was the early beginnings of the future museum and today the collection of the museum includes over four thousand items.

THE ARMOURY + DIAMOND COLLECTION
Duration – 4 hrs.

A tour dedicated to the Kremlin Armoury and the Diamond Fund inside. The Diamond Fund, as it’s known, is one of the largest collections of jewellery in the world. The pride of the collection is historical relics, such as state regalia, jewels and unique precious stones. This is part of the royal treasures, which were previously kept in the Diamond Room of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. This collection is not only priceless, but also has great cultural and historical value. On display is the largest imperial crown ever, consisting of 5 thousand diamonds, the world-famous Orlov and Shah diamonds, the most honourable Russian medals, and the largest platinum and golden nuggets in the world. The priceless treasures of the Diamond Collection are a part of the country’s national wealth meaning they are kept under the strict control of the state.

NEW MAIDENS’ CONVENT

Duration – 3 hrs.

Pronounced as the “Novodevichy Convent” and built in the 16th century, this is a detailed tour to one of the most famous historical places of interest in Moscow. It is a functioning convent belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church. The nunnery was completed by the end of the 17th century. From the time of its construction until today, the convent is among the best of architectural ensembles of Russia. This was the richest convent in Moscow. Noblewomen of the time became novitiates in this nunnery. The territory of the New Maiden nunnery is also a burial place. The New Maiden Cemetery is divided into two parts “the old” and “the new”. In the Soviet period the New Maiden Convent became the second most honoured place for burials in the USSR, after the Kremlin walls. Among those who were buried on the grounds of the new cemetery include: Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Stalin’s wife and Nikita Khrushchev.

STATE TRETYAKOV GALLERY

Duration – 3 hrs.

The State Tretyakov Gallery is a national treasury of Russian fine arts and one of the greatest art museums in the world. It was established in 1856 and named after its founder, Pavel Tretyakov, who donated his private collection to the City of Moscow in 1892. The collection includes over 125,000 works of art. Among the items are unique examples of ancient Russian icons, including the outstanding icons painted by Andrei Rublev, Dionissus and Simon Ushakov. There are many works of painters from the 13th to 19th century.

PUSHKIN FINE ARTS MUSEUM

Duration – 3 hrs.

The Pushkin Museum is one of the major art museums in Russia. It is located in the centre of Moscow, not far from the Kremlin and opposite the Cathedral Of Christ the Saviour. The collection in the museum contains art work of great artists from Italy, Holland, Flanders, Spain, England, France and Germany. Among them there is a unique collection of plaster copies of famous sculptures from the Ancient times, the Middle Ages and The Renaissance. There is a world famous collection of French paintings from the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century, which includes major works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso from the collection of Moscow’s legendary art patrons.

METRO (without transport) + ARBAT STREET

Duration – 2 hrs.

The great Moscow metro system is a symbol of the glory of constructivism, decorated with chandeliers and many tons of marble. Most of its stations have been designated as architectural landmarks. It has more than 160 metro stations and new ones are continuously added. The vestibules of the metro stations, which are among the most beautiful in the world, were built about fifty years ago; the first line was opened in 1935. Old Arbat Street is a street with activity at any time of day and night. Arbat
Street is a cobbled pedestrian passage and one of the most popular meeting and shopping spots in Moscow.

KOLOMENSKOE (territory + Petrov House)

Duration – 4 hrs.

Kolomenskoe is a former estate of the Moscow grand dukes and the Russian tsars, situated on the high right bank of the Moscow River. Today it is a museum-reserve, a monument of 16th and 17th century Russian architecture. More than twenty architectural monuments have survived at Kolomenskoe, among them is the Church of the Ascension from the 16th century, which is considered to be a “wondrous wonder ”. On the grounds of the Kolomenskoye Museum – Reserve are a number of interesting samples of wooden buildings, one of them is the Petrov House.

SERGIEV POSAD (Zagorsk)
Duration – 6 hrs.

A small city in the Moscow area, Sergiev Posad grew around a spectacular monastery and became the centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. All the history of the city’s formation not only as the main administrative centre but also as the centre of Russian religious life, will be shown to you during this excursion. You will visit the chapels, churches, cathedrals and monasteries of Moscow. This is a visit to the Holy-Trinity Sergeius Monastery (Lavra), founded by St. Sergeius of Radonezh (1314 – 1392) in 1340. You’ll visit the Sacristy, where the treasures of Lavra are held: the unique icons, the church clothes, book, presented by the Russian Tsars and grand princes. You’ll see the austere and elegant churches of the 15th-17th century., Theological Academy. You’ll learn about events, connected with Lavra and it’s role in the spiritual life of Russia.

KUSKOVO ESTATE

Duration – 5 hrs.

Kuskovo is an outstanding 18th century palace and park ensemble, which belonged to the family of Count Sheremetiev. The main building of the estate, The Kuskovo Palace, was built on the bank of a large pond. It is the dominant architectural feature of the entire ensemble in the grand courtyard, which includes a church, kitchens and a bell tower with a spire. The park’s main alley ends at the large building of the Conservatory – a winter garden with a dance hall in the center. Also in the park there is a Grotto, which imitates an underwater cave – “Neptune’s Kingdom”. In 1918 the Kuskovo estate was given the status of a museum. And in 1932 a museum of porcelain was opened here. It boasts an immensely rich collection of Russian, Chinese, German, English, French and Danish china and faience, majolica and glass.

STAR CITY – YURI GAGARIN TRAINING CENTRE

Duration – 7 hrs.

A tour to the world-famous Russian Cosmonaut Training Centre named after Yuri Gagarin who was the first man in space. On the grounds of the Centre there is a local museum and memorial office of Yuri Gagarin. During the tour we will visit a special technical zone at the Centre where there are unique simulators, the centrifuge and the hydro–lab with models of space vehicles. In a huge swimming pool (diameter 23 m, depth 19 m) there is a model of a space station. Water weightlessness enables cosmonauts to practice the skills necessary for their travel into outer space. The astronavigation function simulating stand created at the cosmic planetarium gives the possibility to study the night sky and to navigate manned spacecraft. The stand allows to simulate the star sky observed at altitudes of 500 km and generates over 9000 stars.

MUSEUM OF AVIATION

Duration – 7 hrs.

Perfect for enthusiasts and admirers, the aircraft museum collection at Monino numbers more than 170 aircraft. There are conventional planes, helicopters and gliders, as well as unusual flying machines, such as V.Tatlin’s flapflyer, A.Rafaelynt’s turboflyer, the second stage of an orbital space plane, developed under the “Spiral” program and others. The collection also includes plenty of model aircraft, guns, missiles and rockets, bombs, fuses and ammunition, navigation instruments, pieces of radio and communication equipment, rescue equipment, flight insignia, uniform, combat banners and flags, documents, letters, personal belongings of pilots as well as many art exhibits. The museum’s exposition, the total area of which is about 20 hectares (including the airfield), is located on the tarmac, in hangar and halls, shops of the former aircraft repair plant were adopted for the halls. The vast territory allows the museum to fully showcase its exposition, while the nearby runway can receive new exhibits: many of the museum airplanes and helicopters made their last landing on that runway. In the halls lie historical materials and exhibits are arranged chronologically. In the open air planes and helicopters are mainly arranged according to the names of their design manufacturers.

TCHAIKOVSKY MUSEUM IN KLIN

Duration 5 hrs.

There are quite a few places, both in Russia and abroad, where P.I. Tchaikovsky stayed or lived, and the memory of the great composer is carefully preserved there. Nevertheless, none of these places possess such attractiveness for visitors as the ancient town of Klin. The house in Klin where Tchaikovsky settled in May 1892 and wherefrom seventeen months later he left for St. Petersburg for his last concert trip has been preserved, and for a century already it is known the world over as P. I. Tchaikovsky House–Museum in Klin. The Museum’s collection initiated by M. I. Tchaikovsky, the composer’s brother, has become one of the largest of its kind and made it possible to carry out vast scientific work on studying Tchaikovsky’s life and popularising his creative work, publish his musical and literary heredity, arrange conferences and exhibitions, both in this country and abroad. P. I. Tchaikovsky House–Museum in Klin is a real Mecca forf all classical music lovers. During the Museum’s century–old history it was visited by millions of people from all around the world. Tchaikovsky’s music, his life, the great master’s house with his library, manuscripts, personal belongings – all this continues to excite people, remain attractive and essential for them. During the tour a piano performance can be organised.

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