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Itineray in briefDay 1/Friday. Arrive Moscow
AM/PM: Private car transfer with ES guide to the hotel
O/N: in Moscow
Day 2/Saturday. Full day sightseeing (8 hrs)/Private car and ES guide
AM/PM: City tour including Red Square, GUM, St Basil Cathedral (inside), New Maiden Convent (outside), Sparrow Hills View, Kremlin Tour: Territory and Cathedrals, Armoury Chamber (TBC)
O/N: in Moscow
Day 3/Sunday. Full day sightseeing (8 hrs)/Private car and ES guide
AM/PM: Tretyakov Gallery, Metro tour, Izmaylovo Souvenir Market
O/N: in Moscow
Day 4/Monday. Departure transfer to the airport
AM/PM: Departure transfer with ES guide to the airport
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Tour priceThe price is subject to change in case of currency exchange rate fluctuations by more than 10%. The offer is subject to availability and advance reservation.
RATES AND AVAILABILITY ARE SUBJECT TO RECONFIRMATION
Ibis Paveletskaya Moscow 3*:
|DBL accomodation||€ 515|
Park Inn Sadu Moscow 4*:
|DBL accomodation||€ 555|
Kempinski Baltschug Moscow 5*:
|DBL accomodation||€ 800|
The price includes:
- 3 night’s accommodation in Moscow, B/B
- Private car and private English speaking guide on transfers and as per itinerary
- Entrance fees as per program
- Visa support letter
- Early check-in/ Late check-out
- Porterage at the airport
Detailed itineraryDAY 1 - MOSCOW
Upon arrival you will be met by ES guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel by private car.
DAY 2 - MOSCOW
Visit the legendary Red Square
Originally a commercial centre, Red Square has been at the very centre of Russian history since the 15th century, from Ivan the Terrible’s confession of his misdeeds to the people in 1550, to great demonstrations, executions and the great parades of the Soviet Union’s military might. Ironically, “krasny” originally meant beautiful; it came to mean “red” only in the last century! From the time of Ivan the Great the square was used as a huge gathering place for public events, markets, fairs and festivals. The magnificent square encompasses an area of over $ 70,000 square metres and is bounded by the Kremlin walls, St.Bazil’s cathedral, the Historical museum and GUM departments store, the shopping arcade, that was completed in 1893.
At the southern end of Red Square is the almost fairy-tale like building of St Basil’s cathedral, commissioned in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his conquering of Kazan; legend has it that the architect was later blinded so that he could never repeat such a building that is so traditionally Russian. It is built of brick and comprises many colourful asymmetrical helmet and onion domes situated over nine chapels; the interior is full of 16th and 17th century icons, frescoes and ceiling paintings of subtle blues and pinks.
Visit heart of Russia – Kremlin
You might be surprised how many ancient and magnificent structures one can see within the walls of the Kremlin: 15th century cathedrals (the coronation, wedding and burial place of early Russian rulers), the bell-tower, the Patriarch’s Palace, the Grand Kremlin Palace and of course the richest museum – the Armoury. The Armoury has a fascinating collection of Imperial insignia including precious clothes (some of which are currently on show at the Victoria and Albert museum in London), ceremonial harness and a unique collection of carriages. You can see the 17th century throne of Alexei Romanov covered with a mosaic of turquoises and 900 diamonds, a phelonion of Metropolitan Platon decorated with 150,000 pearls (it took the embroiderer 2 years to complete) and of course the famous Fabergé eggs. You will also visit two of the 15th century cathedrals.
Go to the best viewpoint on Sparrow hills, from which you could easily see most of the city.
Visit the State Lomonosov University – the biggest and the most prestigious institution – the university museum and some of its staff. Sparrow Hills known as Lenin Hills is a hill on the right bank of the Moskva River and one of highest points in Moscow, reaching a height of 220 m (720 ft), or 60–70 m (200–230 ft) above the river level.
The observation platform, which gives a good panoramic view of the city, is on a steep bank 85 m (279 ft) above the river, or 200 m (660 ft) above sea level. The Luzhniki Stadium (formerly the Lenin Stadium), where the opening and closing ceremony for the 1980 Summer Olympics took place, is right below, across the Moskva River. Next to it is the Novodevichy Convent, with its Naryshkin Baroque towers.
Not far from the observation platform is the Luzhniki Metro Bridge. The two-level Metro-Bridge traverses the river to link Komsomolsky Prospekt with Vernadsky Prospekt. It serves two urban transport systems: motor vehicles and the Moscow Metro subway. The glass-walled subway station Vorobyovy Gory is at the lower level of the bridge.
New Maiden Convent
Sink in the atmosphere of the medieval Russia, when even daughters of tsars were doomed to become nuns (such were the rules, visiting the refined New Maiden Convent. This is one of the most beautiful of the city collection of buildings, located to the south-west of the city centre, with 16 gilded domes, founded in 1524. Many noble women, including Peter the Great’s first wife and his sister took vows and spent the rest of their lives here and are buried here, in the Smolensk Cathedral. Next door is the Novodevichy Cemetery, which contains the tombs of many Russian and Soviet notables, including Chekov, Scriabin, Shaliapin, Stalin’s first wife and Krushchev.
DAY 3 - MOSCOW
The Tretyakov gallery is a unique museum where one can have a perfect chance to get acquainted with the best samples of the Russian art. The gallery was founded by Moscow Merchant Pavel Tretyakov, who began collecting the finest works of Russian artists in 1856. In August, 1892 Tretyakov presented the collection and the Gallery to the city of Moscow. The Tretyakov gallery reopened in 1995 after a nine-year renovation. In The gallery you will see the world’s best collection of Russian icons, as well as a fantastic collection of other pre-Revolutionary Russian art.
Moscow underground is not only the fastest means of transportation in the city but also a unique architectural ensemble. Major stations built in 30s of last century look like palaces richly decorated with marble, mosaic and semi-precious stones.
During the tour you will visit the oldest and the most beautiful metro-stations (Novoslobodskaya, Mayakovskaya, Komsomolskaya, Ploschad Revolutsii, Slavyanskiy Bulvar and some others). The guide will tell you thrilling facts of these “underground palaces” – each of these stations may be rightfully called a jewel of the world’s underground architecture.
IZMAYLOVO OPEN AIR MARKET (VERNISAGE)
We offer you the visit to Russian handicraft centre – Izmaylovo, famous for its open air souvenir market. Izmaylovo is one of the oldest part of Moscow, where the second Romanov Tzar Alexey Mikhailovich had his summer residence where his son Peter the Great was brought up. At the present moment the complex occupies the territory of 17 hectares and includes: trade town (with streets of private booth-shops where the clients can see and buy great variety of traditional Russian crafts objects – famous matryoshkas, wood-carving goods, porcelain, glass, birchbark items, Russian Army uniforms, badges, etc.), traditional crafts workshops where once can see the process of creation of handicraft items, “Russian Yard or Chudo grad” – a copy of a traditional wooden settlement with wooden churches, houses.
DAY 4 - MOSCOW
Departure transfer to the airport