Russia For You: Sample Programs

Destination
Season
Theme

River Cruise: St.Petersburg - Moscow ( 7 nights )

08 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / Other Russian Cities
Season: Summer
Theme: Cultural & Leisure Group

Sailing between Moscow and St. Petersburg, each unique experience includes an array of cultural riches and awe-inspiring natural phenomena, bookended by the country’s most iconic cities: St.Petersburg — Mandrogi — Kizhi — Goritsy — Uglich — Moscow

 

Morning Activities
08:00 — 13:00

Lunch
13:00 — 14:00

Afternoon Activities
14:00 — 19:00

Dinner Evening Activities
19:00 — 00:00

Day 1
13 Apr
2021
Tue

St.Petersburg — Moscow river cruise White Nights Program

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg Description

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg WeatherForecast

 

Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Arrival

19:00 Dinner aboard

OPTIONAL: White Nights tour  (opening bridges)

Day 2
14 Apr
2021
Wed

8:30 — 18:30 St.Petersburg — City Sightseeing

13:00 Lunch at a Local Restaurant

Peter & Paul Fortress visit

St. Isaac's Cathedral visit

Spilled Blood Church from outside

14:30-16:30 Hermitage State Museum

19:00 Departure from St.Petersburg to Mandrogui

19:30 Evening aboard

Day 3
15 Apr
2021
Thu

7:30 Morning aboard

12:30 — 16:00 Mandrogi — Free time in amazing village

13:30 Lunch — Shashlik in a tent ashore

16:00 Departure from Mandrogui to Kizhi

Evening aboard

Day 4
16 Apr
2021
Fri

7:30 Arrival to Kizhi

8:00 — 10:00 Excursion — Open-air museum of wooden architecture

Pokrovsky Cathedral

Izba (traditional wooden house)

10:15 Departure from Kizhi to Goritsy

11:00 Russian songs & dance class

13:00 Lunch aboard

Afternoon and evenin aboard

 

Day 5
17 Apr
2021
Sat

Morning aboard

12:15 — 14:15 Gorizi Excursion (Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons)

15:00 Departure to Uglich and Lunch aboard

 

Afternoon and Evening aboard

Day 6
18 Apr
2021
Sun

Description of Uglich city

8:30 — 12:00 City Tour

Uglich Kremlin

Dmitry on the Blood Church

Transfiguration Cathedral

12:00 Departure to Moscow

13:00 Lunch abroad

14:30 — 19:00 Afternoon Master Classes

19:30 Farewell dinner aboard

Day 7
19 Apr
2021
Mon

Moscow Description

13:00 Moscow City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Kremlin Territory & Cathedral Visit

OPTIONAL: 21:00 Moscow by Night with the visit of observation deck «Panorama 360»

11:30 — 13:00 Lunch aboard

Christ the Saviour Cathedral from outside

Red Square free time

GUM Store (interior visit)

18:30 Dinner in the city

OPTIONAL: 20:30 «Zlatoust» concert in Glazunov Gallery

OPTIONAL: 20:30 Moscow Underground Palaces — Metro Tour

OPTIONAL: 21:30 Boat Tour on the Moskva River

Day 8
20 Apr
2021
Tue

Departure from the ship to the Airport

 

 

 

SHIP ACCOMMODATION

 5* MUSTAI KARIM SHIP

Meet the Mustai Karim – a state-of-the-art ship built to exceed your every expectation. Step into a 5-star floating hotel, with impeccable design and an onboard experience that’s a lesson in Russian luxury. Exquisite cuisine and a premium wine list to be enjoyed in several stunning panoramic bars are just a glimpse of the delights to be found on board. You’ll dream the night away in total comfort, with pristine 5-star interiors decorated in soothing neutral tones, with panoramic windows framing each incredible view as you float past. Wake up feeling rejuvenated every day thanks to onboard spa and wellness activities. When you join us on board the Mustai Karim – the newest, most magnificent ship on the Volga in 2020 – you’ll experience a true masterpiece in river cruising, complete with exclusive excursions we’ve crafted especially for our guests.

 OPTIONAL: 4* N.Chernishevsky ship

4-star ships have all been upgraded since 2018, bringing new standards to the Moscow to St. Petersburg route. The MS N.Chernishevsky, MS Kronshtadt and MS K. Korotkov all offer luxury and comfort while introducing you to spectacular destinations along the way. Each ship now offers enhanced comfort, with sauna, solarium, and welcoming bar and lounge areas as standard. Exclusively outside staterooms with large opening windows allow you to fully appreciate the glorious scenery outside without leaving your own private sanctuary. Each cabin also boasts boasting ensuite facilities, air conditioning, and refrigerator as standard.

 OPTIONAL: 3* Z.Shashkov Ship

Perfectly suited for trips across rivers and lakes, MS Z. Shashkov and MS G. Chicherin carry passengers along the Volga River between Moscow and

St. Petersburg in superior style. These ships maintain the high quality that comes as standard on all Vodohod cruises, with all cabins boasting outside views and private facilities. In the public areas, you’ll find a bar and sauna on each ship, with MS Z. Shashkov also offering a solarium, nightclub, and coffee bar for your pleasure.

DAY 1 — 13th April 2021, Tuesday

Arrival to St.Petersburg Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) 

Pulkovo Airport  (IATA: LED, ICAO: ULLI) is an international airport serving Saint Petersburg, Russia. Pulkovo is the 3rd busiest in Russia after Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports. A new terminal is located directly to the north of the Terminal 1 and contains 18 gates, it is capable of supporting up to 17 million passengers annually. The new terminal is easier to navigate, compared to most of the other European airports, and is the most aesthetically pleasing terminal in Northern Europe. Airport is located on the way to Pushkin (Catherine’s Palace) and Pavlovsk. It takes approximately from 30 min to 1 hour and half to go from city center to the airport, depending on traffic situation.

 19:00 Dinner aboard

Dinner aboard (for late arrivals boxed dinner is provided instead)

There will be certain tables for each group in the restaurant

Live music in the bar after dinner

Three meals per day during the tour, except for the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation. On the day of enbarkation — dinner, on the day of disembarkation — European breakfast. On embarkation day after 23.00 and on disembarkation day before 06.00 the boxed meal is provided instead of dinner/breakfast respectively. Breakfast and lunch — buffet, dinner — served to the table.

— Coffee station (tea, coffee, biscuits) works on board the ship — from 06:00 till 19:00. — for 5 and 4 stars ship

— 1 bottle of mineral water (0.5 l) for 1 person. Daily in the cabin — for 5 and 4 stars ship

— Breakfast, lunch (including lunch in the city): water on the table -for 5 and 4 stars ship

— Dinner (including dinner in the city): 1 bottle of mineral water (0,5 l) + 1 glass (150 ml) of red or white wine or 1 glass of juice (200 ml) per person -for 5 and 4 stars ship

— Welcome «bread and salt» ceremony

— Welcome cocktail — 1 glass of sparkling wine or juice for one person;

— Tea / coffee for all meals;

— Russian Tea Ceremony -for 5 and 4 stars ship

— Themed dinners;

«Captain dinner» with an improved menu + 1 glass of sparkling wine per person;

Hot tea (in cool weather) upon returning to the boat from shore excursion

Cold iced tea / juice (in hot weather) upon returning to the motor ship from shore excursions;

 OPTIONAL: White Nights tour  (opening bridges)

Have you ever heard of the White Nights?

Just draw in your imagination a mirage city that comes from a dream world …a city, where days dissolve into the nights … a city where reflections of majestic palaces hover in the deep dark waters of the river… where milky fogs hold above the bridges … a city full of romance and beautiful legends. Got a full image? Enjoy St-Petersburg during the White Nights, the best time of the year! From 20 to 25th June we are glad to share the splendor of the night with you! Mysterious time when the night doesn't mean darkness — you'll have a night city tour!

From April till November the main bridges over the Neva and the Nevka Rivers open at certain night hours allowing ships to pass by. The view of the Palace Bridge with its parts opened is one of the world-wide known symbols of Saint-Petersburg.

 

DAY 2 — 14th April 2021, Wednesday

 8:30 — 18:30 St.Petersburg — City Sightseeing

St. Petersburg city tour includes general city tour with main city attractions. Bus city tour (St Basil island, The Building of Exchange, Palace square (or while Hermitage visit), Rostrum columns, Nevsky prospect, St. Isaac cathedral, cathedral of Savior on the Spilt Blood — outside), Peter and Paul fortress

 Peter & Paul Fortress visit

Peter & Paul Fortress was established by Peter the Great on May 16 (May 27 by the Gregorian Calendar) 1703 on small Hare Island by the north bank of the Neva River and now it is considered to be the birthplace of St Petersburg. The fortress contains several notable buildings clustered around the Peter and Paul Cathedral (1712-1733), which has a 123.2 m (404 ft) bell-tower (the tallest in the downtown) and a gilded angel-topped cupola. The Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul is the main part of the fortress complex. The Cathedral is the burial place of the Czars beginning from Peter the Great. The remains of Nicholas II and his family were buried here on the 17th of July 1998. It is also possible to walk up to the Fortress Murals, from where opens a wonderful panoramic view of the city. On the Fortress Murals you can enjoy the impressive facades of numerous Palaces, including the Hermitage, the Marble Palace, Basil Island Spire and other splendid architectural buildings.

 St. Isaac's Cathedral visit

The dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and its gilded cupola can be seen glistening from all over the city. The church itself is an architectural marvel. Built by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand to be the main church of the Russian Empire, the cathedral was under construction for 40 years (1818-1858), and was decorated in the most elaborate way possible. When you enter the cathedral you pass through one of the porticos — note that the columns are made of single pieces of red granite and weight 80 tons (about 177,770 pounds) each. Inside the church many of the icons were created using moaic techniques and the iconostasis (the icon wall that separates the altar from the rest of the church) is decorated with 8 malachite and 2 lapis lazuli columns. The cathedral, which can accommodate 14,000 worshipers, now serves as a museum and services are held only on significant ecclesiastical holidays

 Spilled Blood Church from outside

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Spilled Blood Cathedral) is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. The Church of Resurrection was built as a historical and memorial center of all Russian people. This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. The Church was commissioned by Alexander III to commemorate the death of his father, Alexander II, and is built on the exact spot where Alexander II was assassinated on this spot. Five cupolas of the church, some 1000 square meters in area are covered with jewelry enamel. The belfry is decorated with mosaic coats-of-arms of cities and regions of the Russian empire. The facades of the church are lined with ceramic tiles, and colored glazed bricks; in the interior decoration the Italian marbles and different sorts of semi-precious Russian stones were used. The Cathedral has outstanding and breath taking mosaic exterior and interior!

 13:00 Lunch at a Local Restaurant

 14:30-16:30 Hermitage State Museum

The State Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums of the world; it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Apart from them, the Menshikov Palace, Museum of Porcelain, Storage Facility at Staraya Derevnya and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building are also part of the museum. The museum has several exhibition centers abroad. The Hermitage is a federal state property. Since 1990, the director of the museum has been Mikhail Piotrovsky.

Out of six buildings of the main museum complex, four, namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, are partially open to the public. The other two are Hermitage Theatre and the Reserve House. The entrance ticket for foreign tourists costs several times as much as the fee paid by Russian citizens. However, the entrance is free of charge the first Thursday of every month for all visitors and daily for students and children. The museum is closed on Mondays. Entrance is in the Winter Palace from Palace Embankment or the Courtyard.

The experts say that if you were to spend a minute looking at each exhibit on display in the Hermitage, you would need 11 years before you’d seen them all.

Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 — 18:00, on Wednesday, Friday till 21:00

Closed: Mondays

Address: 34 Dvortsovaya embankment.

 19:00 Departure from St.Petersburg to Mandrogui

 19:30 — 23:00 Evening aboard

19:30 Captain’s Welcome Cocktail. Presentation of the crew and of the staff

20:00 Dinner aboard

21:30 Concert of onboard musicians «Let`s get acquainted»

21:30 Demonstration of a film

22:15 Musical lounge

22:15 Dancing music

 

DAY 3 — 15th April 2021, Thursday

07:30 Morning aboard

07:30 Morning exercises, yoga

08:00 – 09:30 Breakfast aboard

09:30 Presentation of Russian national crafts

10:30 Lecture on Russian History

11:30 Russian language lesson

12:30 Arrival to Mandrogui

 12:30 — 16:00 Mandrogi — Free time in the amazing village

The newly rebuilt Russian village in the traditions of the best Russian wooden architecture since 1996 with all the nessesarry facilities & accommodation in the Russian style log houses.

The village is situated in 340 km from St-Petersburg on the picturesque Shir river, surrounded with natural woods.

Fasades of the hotel building are very unusual in architecture. You will have a feeling that you are in a fairytale.

Inside hotel is very cozy. Interiors of the rooms made in different style, some of them made of woods. Rooms are equipped with antique furniture.

During vacations in the Mandrogi Russia Village you can try yourself in horse ridding, visit vodka museum, drive quadrocycle, enjoy Russian Banya, go fishing, have master-class of Russian arts, etc. Mandrogi village was formed by XIX century historical Russian houses which were transferred here from the village of Vologda region. These houses (Izba in Russian) were found in villages where no one lives anymore. Izbas were grouped together by wooden logs and each of the wooden logs had its number because after they were grouped together and so the village Mandrogi was created in the special place that was elected far from the agitation of the people. The village Mandrogi respects the Russian traditions and tries to preserve and support them and each year seeks the objects of cultural values ​​and histories that have been forgotten. The real peasant houses are carefully restored and filled with love with articles from the daily life of that period. For this moment there are 8 Isbas of XIX sciecle and in each house there are some craft workshops. Here you can feel the heart of Russia and the Russian traditions of that period and see the 19th century life of the peasants.

 13:30 Lunch — Shashlik in a tent ashore

Shashlik is a dish of skewered and grilled cubes of meat, similar to or synonymous with shish kebab. It is known traditionally, by various other names in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and from the 19th century became popular as shashlik across much of the Russian Empire.

 16:00 Departure from Mandrogui to Kizhi

 Evening aboard

16:15 Documentary on Russian History

16:15 OPTIONAL: Culinary master class

17:15 Russian songs lesson

18:00 Russian dance lesson

18:00 Musical lounge or Concert of piano music

19:00 Russian Cuisine dinner aboard

21:00 Folk concert

21:00 Demonstration of a film

21:45 OPTIONAL: Vodka tasting

22:00 Musical lounge

22:00 Dancing music

 

DAY 4 — 16th April 2021, Friday

 7:30 Arrival to Kizhi

Kizhi is an island in Lake Onega, 68 km from the capital of Karelia — Petrozavodsk. On the island is a museum of traditional peasant culture. It contains monuments of architecture, icon painting and household items that were created in Karelian, Veps and Russian villages over the centuries. Hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world come to the museum to see its main attraction — the ensemble of wooden churches of the XVIII century — the cultural and natural heritage of UNESCO.

 8:00 — 10:00 Excursion — Open-air museum of wooden architecture

Kizhi Museum is the unique museum of peasant culture and wooden architecture of the Russian North

The Kizhi Museum is one of the first and largest open air museums in Russia. It is located on Kizhi Island in Onega Lake, 68 km from Petrozavodsk (the capital of Karelia) and 425 km from Saint Petersburg. The unique collection of ancient wooden architecture monuments and natural sites is available for visitors in the carefully preserved landscapes of the late XIX century on the archipelago of picturesque islands in Onega Lake. The basis of the museum's collection is the world famous architectural ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990 together with the Moscow Kremlin and the Historical Center of Saint Petersburg. The heart of the architectural ensemble is the multi-domed Church of the Transfiguration, a universally recognized masterpiece of Russian wooden architecture.

They have painstakingly reconstructed the economic way of life and the cultural world of the Russian North peasants of the late XIX c. on the island. Churches, chapels, houses, and mills are integral with historic landscapes filled with live pictures of the past. Men are ploughing the land, harvesting and building boats, ringing the bells and telling ancient national epic tales. Women are beading and sewing, making tissue and lace, breaking and pulling the flax, singing traditional songs and dancing to melodies of days of yore.

 Pokrovsky Cathedral

Kizhi Museum is the unique museum of peasant culture and wooden architecture of the Russian North

The Kizhi Museum is one of the first and largest open air museums in Russia. It is located on Kizhi Island in Onega Lake, 68 km from Petrozavodsk (the capital of Karelia) and 425 km from Saint Petersburg. The unique collection of ancient wooden architecture monuments and natural sites is available for visitors in the carefully preserved landscapes of the late XIX century on the archipelago of picturesque islands in Onega Lake. The basis of the museum's collection is the world famous architectural ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990 together with the Moscow Kremlin and the Historical Center of Saint Petersburg. The heart of the architectural ensemble is the multi-domed Church of the Transfiguration, a universally recognized masterpiece of Russian wooden architecture.

They have painstakingly reconstructed the economic way of life and the cultural world of the Russian North peasants of the late XIX c. on the island. Churches, chapels, houses, and mills are integral with historic landscapes filled with live pictures of the past. Men are ploughing the land, harvesting and building boats, ringing the bells and telling ancient national epic tales. Women are beading and sewing, making tissue and lace, breaking and pulling the flax, singing traditional songs and dancing to melodies of days of yore.

 Izba (traditional wooden house)

An izba is a traditional Russian countryside dwelling. Often a log house, it forms the living quarters of a conventional Russian farmstead. Traditional, old-style izba construction involved the use of simple tools, such as ropes, axes, knives, and spades. Nails were not generally used, as metal was relatively expensive, and neither were saws a common construction tool.

The central element of the interior of izba was the Russian stove, which could occupy up to one-quarter of the floorspace in smaller dwellings, it is interesting that it also has been used to be a bed for children or the aged.

 10:15 Departure from Kizhi to Goritsy

 11:00 Russian songs & dance class

The program of the master class: you will train and see:

The dance master conducts a master class. You will obtain some knowledge about 4 folk dances

- the Dance of the Kuban Cossacks,

- the Dance of the Terek Cossacks,

- the quadrille

— Kalinka (a dance to the song Kalinka).

During the event — the artists show you how it should be and will be dance with you.

 13:00 Lunch aboard

 Afternoon and evening aboard

15:00 OPTIONAL: Matryoshka painting lesson

15:00 Documentary on Russian History

16:00 Hospitality Desk with CD and Restaurant Director

17:00 Russian language lesson

18:00 Yoga

18:00 Concert of piano music

19:00 Dinner aboard

21:00 International music concert

21:00 Demonstration of a film

22:00 Dancing music

22:00 Musical lounge

 

DAY 5 — 17th April 2021, Saturday

 Morning aboard

07:30 Musical wake-up call+ Route information

07:30 Morning exercises, yoga

08:00 – 12:00 Brunch aboard

09:30 Lecture on Russian fairytales

09:30 Documentary on Russian History

10:30 Briefing on Moscow program

11:00 Lecture on Russian History

 12:15 — 14:15 Gorizi Excursion (Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons)

Gorizi is a village on the eastern bank of the Kovzha river. The main sightseeing is the architectural ensemble of Gorizky convent with the church of Resurrection (1544) and the church of Dimitrius (1611). Besides, the chapel of the XVIIth century and the cathedral of Trinity (the beginning of the XIXth century) were preserved in the convent.

The Maura mountain (185 m high), a natural monument of Gorizi, is situated in 1,5 km to the east of the village. There is a wonderful view on the surroundings there. According to the legend, st. Kirill Belozersky had a vision here: from this mountain he saw the place, prescribed him by the Godmother for the cloister to be built there. On the top of the Maura mountain there is a a huge stone with a hollow in it. According to the folk legend, this is the footstep of st. Kirill.

That was the foundation of Kirillo-Belozersky cloister, which became later one of the largest Russian monasteries. It turned into a real town-fortress rich in vast lands and fish. One of the largest Russian libraries was in that monastery. Talanted icon-painters and carvers worked there. The Monastery was in close connection with the Moscow Kremlin and with other Russian cities. Kirillo-Belozersky monastery helped the government with money and property.

 15:00 Departure to Uglich and Lunch aboard

 Afternoon and Evening aboard

15:30 Russian tea ceremony

16:30 Russian dance lesson

17:15 Russian songs lesson

18:00 Russian Poetry Evening with participation of onboard musicians

18:00 Yoga

19:00 Dinner aboard

21:00 Folk concert

21:00 Demonstration of a film

22:00 Musical lounge

22:00 Dancing music

 

DAY 6 — 18th April 2021, Sunday

 Arrival to Uglich

Uglich is a historic town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, on the Volga River. Population: 38,260.

A local tradition dates the town's origin back to 937. It was first documented in 1148 as Ugliche Pole (Corner Field). The town's name is thought to allude to the turn the Volga makes nearby.

Uglich had been the seat of a small princedom from 1218 until 1328 when the local princes sold their rights to the great prince of Moscow. As a border town of Muscovy, it was burnt several times by Lithuanians, Tatars and the grand prince of Tver. The distance from Moscow dures 4 hours by bus.

The modern town did have a famous watch manufacturing plant now closed, a railway station, and a hydroelectric power station. In November 2008 was opened a new Nexans cable mill. Actually, Stalin's decision to create the Uglich Reservoir led to severe flooding of the town's outskirts. Apart from the Kremlin, the city centre features other nice samples of old Russian architecture. Particularly notable are the Alexeievsky and Resurrection monasteries.

Throughout almost all of its history Uglich lived by trade. In ancient times this was a site of the leather trade. In the 16th century the town provided the royal kitchens with starlet, and traded in pelts. In the 19th century it made a name for itself with cured hams and sausage. And in the 20th century — the Uglich cheeses, the famous watches with bracelets of the exquisite finift enamel and delicate, lace-like metal tracery.

In this town everything – the unique watches, the lovingly preserved wooden and stone houses of the 18th-19th centuries, where one can still encounter the old stoves with ornate tiles, the lacework of wooden-carved window casings and valances, in everything one witnesses the remarkable talent of the people who are both capable of creating works of art and able to lovingly preserve them for the generations to come.

It’s not by chance the small Uglich is not only entered into the historical «Golden Ring of Russia», but is by right one of its main historical landmarks.

 8:30 — 12:00 City Tour

Walking city tour, territory of Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration Cathedral (about 90 minutes’ walk)

The main sight of the city is the Uglich Kremlin, where Prince Dmitri used to live, St Resurrection Monastry, Transfiguration Cathedral, Alexeevsky Monastry and Church of St Dmitry on the Blood. Also there is a Historical museum of Arts and other private museums which one will never find anywhere else such as ‘Prison Art&rsquo, ‘Myths and Superstition Museum&rsquo, ‘Doll Museum&rsquo, ‘Museum of Russian Vodka’ and ‘Uglich Bell Museum’.

The districts of Uglich are famous for their picturesque landscapes that open up from the banks of Volga river attracting and amazing visitors. To many of those who are sailing along the Volga River Uglich City appears to be the most memorable as the beauty of the Volga scenery gloriously combines with the masterpieces of the ancient architecture. During the visit to the Museum of ‘Every day life’ guests will be offered to purchase traditional Russian souvenirs and take photos in the costumes of XIX-XX century.

 Uglich Kremlin

The Uglich Kremlin is a historical and architectural complex in the historic center of Uglich. It is located on the high right bank of the Volga River, between the Shelkovka River and the Kamenny Brook flowing into it, which provided natural protection to the fortress, reinforced by a moat dug from Shelkovka to the Kamenny Stream.

The Kremlin was once fortified with shafts and wooden walls, which were repeatedly destroyed. The last time the walls, towers and bridges were restored in 1660-1662. After a hundred years, they were dismantled due to disrepair and uselessness. Currently, only the remains of a moat remind of the former fortifications of the Kremlin.

The ensemble of buildings, including the prince’s chambers, the church of Dimitry Tsarevich, the Transfiguration Cathedral, the bell tower and the city council building, has been preserved from the old days.

 Dmitry on the Blood Church

Built at the site of the tragic death of Ivan the Terrible's infant son tsarevich Dmitry, the Church of Tsarevich Dmitry on the Blood is undoubtedly the best known church in Uglich.

A small chapel was built here right after the death of the tsarevich. It was there for a short time, until the town was devastated by the Poles in 1611. The wooden hip-roof church of Tsarevich Dmitry and the warm (winter) Church of Michael the Archangel nearby were constructed in 1630 in its place. The church contained a tomb that had been moved over the very place where the blood of Dmitry was spilled. According to legend, blood came out of the earth each time on the anniversary of Dmitry's death. Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, who visited Uglich in 1654, saw this miracle, but at an inopportune time. Struck by what he saw, he donated a cross to the church icon.

A new stone church, in which the ground floor was the Church of Michael the Archangel and the upper floor — the church of Tsarevich Dmitry, was built in place of the wooden one in 1692. It was built in the bright Moscow style characteristic of the time.

The drop-forged door (17th century) made of «plank-iron» and the floor covered in the 18th century with cast iron plates are preserved in the church refectory. The interior was decorated in 1778 by the craftsman Peter Khlebnikov with the pictures from the biblical legends on the Creation of the World and the Fall of Adam and Eve and Their Expulsion.

A large composition on Uglich events dated May 15, 1591, occupies the western wall of the church. The relics connected with the death of tsarevich Dmitry are exposed here as well, including the mica lamp, litter, and shrine in which the relics of the tsarevich were carried in 1606 from Uglich to Moscow. The iconostasis built in 1867 holds the old icon of Holy Mother of Smolensk, a contribution by tsar Mikhail Fedorovich to the first wooden church in 1630. The rare subscribed icon Christ Pantocrator was made in the Armory in 1696.

The exiled bell of Uglich can be called the most outstanding exhibit of the church. It was a participant of the tragic event on May 15, 1591, and tolled the death of the tsarevich. Rousing the citizens with its tolling and calling upon them to the riot against the people of Boris Godunov, the bell was thrown down from the chapel as if it had been a person, deprived of the sign of the cross, of the tongue, and of one ear, was beaten 12 times with whips, and exiled to Tobolsk. The dwellers of Uglich many times tried to return the alarm bell to its homeland. They managed to do it only at the end of the 19th century. On May 20 (June 3), 1892, a steamboat carrying the alarm bell moored at the quay opposite the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour. The citizens welcomed it shouting «Hurray!».

The inscription on the bell reads: «This bell tolled the murder of right-believing tsarevich Dmitry. In 1593 it was sent from Uglich to exile to Tobolsk, to the Church of Savior, and later was moved to the clock of Sofia's Chapel.»

Currently one of the departments of Uglich State Historical, Architectural, and Art Museum is situated in the Church of Tsarevich Dmitry on the Blood.

 Transfiguration Cathedral

The main building of the Uglich Kremlin — the Transfiguration Cathedral — is distinguished by its clear monumentality of forms. It was erected by talented serf masters led by Grigory Fedorov in 1706 on the site of a dilapidated 15th-century cathedral. The general composition goes back to the 17th century Yaroslavl church, but some elements were brought from the «Naryshkin Baroque».

 12:00 Departure to Moscow

 13:00 Lunch abroad

 14:30 — 19:00 Afternoon Master Classes

14:30 Russian songs class

15:30 Rehearsal of the Talent Show. All performers are welcome!

17:00 Russian language class

 19:30 Farewell dinner aboard

19:30 Farewell dinner aboard

21:30 Talent show

21:30 Demonstration of a film

22:15 Musical lounge

22:15 Dancing music

 

DAY 7 — 19th April 2021, Monday

07:30 Musical wake-up call+ Route information

07:30 Morning exercises, yoga

08:00 – 09:30 Breakfast aboard

09:15 Route information

09:30 Lecture on Russian Histrory

10:30 Q&A session on everyday life in Russia with onboard guides

11:30 Lunch aboard

 13:00 Moscow City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Bus city tour (Leningradskaya street, Tverskaya street, KGB (passing by), Red square (free time), GUM (interior visit), Cathedral of Christ the Savior (passing by).

Kremlin tour — Palace of Congresses, Senate square: Arsenal, Senate buildings; residence of the President of the Russian Federation, Tsar bell and Tsar cannon, Cathedral Square ensemble: Assumption cathedral, Archangel cathedral and Annunciation cathedral with visit to one of them.

Moscow is the biggest city in Europe and the Capital of Russia founded in 1147. The city possesses the most valuable historical and architectural monuments of world importance: the Kremlin, Novo-Devichiy Convent, Church of Pokrov in Fili, Moscow State University, Triumphal Arch, Memorial complex of Victory on the Poklonnaya Gora etc. A great number of historic monuments are being reconstructed and restored. The population of 11,5 million people makes it the biggest city in Europe. Transport makes sometimes the traffic to be blocked but with the right logistic and use of alternative transport and walking the city offers unique impressions and possibilities. Moscow has one of the fastest growing economical centers in the world with an active business life with an enormous changing profile / skyline. During the orientation of Moscow we will acquaint ourselves with the main tourist attractions of the city. Passing the famous Tverskaya Boulevard, the Red and Manage Squares as well as Arbat (the capital's commercial center), we will stop at Vorobyovy Hills — the highest point of Moscow with a breathtaking view at the city and Moscow-river. The building of Lomonosov's Moscow State University (one of the seven famous Stalin's Age skyscrapers) is located just in a short walk from here. Luzhniki Stadium (honored the final UEFA Champions League match 2008), is situated right in front. Recommended duration of Moscow City Sightseeing Tour is 3 hours, but can be changes depending on logistic of the visited sights.

 Christ the Saviour Cathedral from outside

The main Cathedral of Russia — Christ the Saviour Cathedral barbarously destroyed on December 5, 1931, has been rebuilt in 1994-2000 with joint work of architects, builders, as well as artists and sculptors, who reconstructed artistic beauty of the Cathedral. Construction was sponsored by Moscow Government and citizens. Located in very heart of Moscow the Cathedral is a perceptible memorial to the battle of the Russian people against the Napoleonic hordes. The names of the renowned heroes, whom God chose as instruments to save His people are engraved on marble boards in the main gallery of the Cathedral. Opening hours 10.00 -18.00 Sunday 10.00 -17.00, Monday 13.00 — 18:00. The entrance is free of charge (not possible during the service). It is not allowed to have a guided tour inside of the Cathedral during a visit, therefore the guide will tell guests the history of the Cathedral from outside.

Please, note: it is strictly prohibited to enter the Cathedral in sportive clothes, such as shorts, tank top etc; for women: shirts with uncovered shoulders, short trousers, skirts etc.

 Red Square free time

The national heritage and a UNESCO Listed site — Red Square — is very well known far beyond Russian borders. The country’s main square, it is one of the most recognized Russian symbols, along with the Kremlin (which eastern wall boarders it) and St. Basil Cathedral (which actually stands at it). It is also one of Moscow’s most vibrant open spaces whatever the weather or time of day – Muscovites and visitors enjoy it long after dark alike (in fact, it becomes even more popular at nightfall). During Red Square walking tour you will see St. Basil Cathedral, The GUM (main Russian department store), The Kremlin Walls, Lenin’s Tomb and the Kremlin graveyard, The State History Museum. Please, note that entrances to museums are not included to this tour.

 GUM Store (interior visit)

GUM is well-known to every Russian as the main shopping mall in the country, GUM always was and remains the greatest country’s store. The 120-year history of this architectural monument made it popular also in other countries.

GUM is an architectural masterpiece and a harmonic part of the Red Square ensemble. Stretching on a quarter of a kilometer along the Kremlin’s wall, the GUM’s building encloses the Red Square from the East with its facades’ architecture (decorated with facet rustics), and calls up with Kremlin and the Historical museum.

Inside, it consists of many different galleries with various shops, boutiques, numerous dining places. In winter, an adjacent ice-rink is one of the most famous and exciting attractions of Moscow, which is extremely popular both for locals and tourists (recommended for an evening walk on Red Square tour).

Stores accept Russian Rubles,Visa & MasterCard.

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 Kremlin Territory & Cathedral Visit

Kremlin tour — Palace of Congresses, Senate square: Arsenal, Senate buildings; residence of the President of the Russian Federation, Tsar bell and Tsar cannon, Cathedral Square ensemble: Assumption cathedral, Archangel cathedral and Annunciation cathedral with visit to one of them.

The Moscow Kremlin is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River, Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square and the Alexander Garden. It is the best known of kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes four palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of Russia. Within the Kremlin there is a Cathedral Square, the so-called «City of God». Six buildings, including 3 three enormous cathedrals edge the square. Most of them, the work of Italian architects during the late 15th and early 16th Century. The Armory building built in 1851 as a factory for making weapons nowadays houses a museum, in which an enormous collection of Russian national treasures, including the famous Faberge eggs, carriages, cookware, jewelry, etc. is on display. The State Historical Museum is located outside the walls. Entry fee includes the visit to the Kremlin Territory and 1 cathedral.

In the course of its centuries-old history the name of the museum and its administration have changed lots of times. Nevertheless the Kremlin remains one of the most beautiful and famous architectural ensembles of the world, included into the World Heritage list of UNESCO; its collection have always been of high historical and cultural value, carefully preserved and studied by the museum’s team of researchers.

CANCELLATION POLICY: 5 working days prior the visit.

 18:30 Dinner in the city

 OPTIONAL: 20:30 «Zlatoust» concert in Glazunov Gallery

Zlatoust — Moscow ensemble of Russian music.

A virtuoso technique and an accurate sense of style, a unique combination of voice tones, entertainment and emotional performance — all this immerses the audience in the unusually inspired atmosphere of a musical holiday!

The ensemble's repertoire includes the sacred music of Russian composers of the 18-20 centuries. (Bortnyansky, Wedel, Azeev, Frunza, Tchaikovsky, Chesnokov, Rachmaninoff …)

Russian folk songs and romances occupy a central place in the collective programs. Their soulful images conquer with their originality and beauty.

(The performance starts at 18:30)

 OPTIONAL: 20:30 Moscow Underground Palaces — Metro Tour

Moscow Metro is well-known all over the world as the most beautiful underground transit system. The Moscow Metro is one of the most efficient and extensive metro systems in the world, but its real draw for travellers is the extravagant decoration of its soviet-era stations, each one of them a work of art in itself. Metro is one of the main and significant memorials of Soviet Union's era. The decision to build underground railway in Moscow was taken on the 15th of June in 1931 by Central Committee. The first trains, which contained only 4 carriages, departed on the 15th of May in 1935. Those days the amount of passengers using Metro was about 177,000 daily. The metro currently comprises 172 stations, and the system carries well over nine million passengers a day on average, more than the Paris and New York systems combined. The guided tour around Moscow Metro includes some of the most beautiful stations.

 OPTIONAL: 21:30 Boat Tour on the Moskva River

Take a chance to have a wonderful boat journey along the Moskva River. During boat trip you will pass walls and Cathedrals of Moscow Kremlin, Church of the Christ the Savior, modern Peter the Great monument, old and new buildings of Moscow, parks and gardens.

Boat type depends on group capacity. During the trip welcome drinks can be served.

Average duration of a tour is about 1,5 hours.

Navigation opens from the end of April till the end of September.

 OPTIONAL: 21:00 Moscow by Night with the visit of observation deck «Panorama 360»

In the evening after the dinner visit it is grate to make a short stop in the heart of Moscow — at the Sophiiskaya embankment — to have an unforgettable Kremlin view with fantastic reflection of its colors and lights in the magnificent Moscva River.

 

DAY 8 — 20th April 2021, Tuesday

 Departure from the ship to the Airport

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Tsar Events Destination Management Company & Professional Congress Organizer provides all MICE services in all Russian cities.

Tsar Events Russia DMC & PCO is existing on the market already 10 years and we have very long list of satisfied clients and successful events.

We can help you in RUSSIA, UKRAINE, BALTIC STATES, BELARUS with any MICE needs. and with planning, organizing and operating of:

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Why Tsar Events Russia DMC & PCO?

  1. The only CMP    (Certified Meeting Professional) in Russia. Managing Director & Founder of the company Alexander Rodionov is the only CMP in the country   (since 2010)
  2. The first DMCP   (Destination Management Certified Professional) in Russia! Managing Director & Founder of the company Alexander Rodionov is the first DMCP in the country   (since 2011)
  3.  The only CITP   (Certified Incentive Travel Specialist) in Russia. Managing Director & Founder of the company Alexander Rodionov is the only CITP in the country  (since 2019)
  4.  We are the only company in Russia where all project managers are CIS   (Certified Incentive specialist) — since 2019
  5.  We are the first Accredited Destination Management Company   (ADMC) in Russia   (since 2015).
  6.  We wrote book Russia Survival Guide — first Book-instruction for Meeting planners who is organizing event in Russia. Published in 2013 and available online and in bookstores   (sold more than 20 000 books).
  7.  We created Russia Survival Guide Vlog – first Russian MICE Theme YouTube Channel with instructions for Meeting planners who is organizing event in Russia   (since 2018, more than 300,000 views)
  8.  We are winner of 4   (four!) World Travel Awards in category Russia’s Leading Destination Management company
  9.  Winner of ADME International Recognition Award 2016 in category Destination Management Professional of the Year, won by Alexander Rodionov, DMCP, CMP, CITP, Managing Director & Founder of Company
  10.  We are winner of ADMEI Achievements Award 2020 in nomination     «Best Tour Program» with incentive BMW Baltics     «Dreamland Program» in Moscow
  11.  We are finalist of ADMEI Excellence Award 2020 in nomination     «Excellence in Meeting Services» with SPIMUN 2019    (St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference)
  12. We are finalist of ADMEI Excellence Award 2016 in nomination     «Excellence in Entertainment Production» with SPIMUN 2015    (St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference)
  13.  We are finalist of ADMEI Excellence Award 2019 in nomination     «Excellence in Cultural and Tradition Integration» with our event Gala Dinner at Moscow GUM for FIFA World Cup 2018 Coca Cola Global Hospitality Program
  14.  We are the first Russian DMC opened Franchised office outside of Russia opening Tsar Events Panama DMC & PCO providing services in Panama Republic
  15.  We organized more than 600 events during 10 years of providing MICE services in Russia, CIS countries and Panama
  16.  We provided service for more than 90000 clients during 10 years working in Russia, CIS countries and Panama
  17.  We are helping to develop MICE industry in Russia collaborating with local Travel universities and colleges providing work places for students and graduates
  18.  Our Project Manager Ekaterina Antonova, CIS is the winner of 2019 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship supported by ADME International
  19.  We are promoting and supporting responsible consuming during planning and program execution process selecting only suppliers and activities answering ethical and ecological requirements
  20.  Together with local public schools we are supporting new generation and promoting United Nations values organizing annual non-profit event — SPIMUN    (St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference) during 10 years already
  21.  Our team members never stop personal and professional development regularly participating in global MICE industry educational events like SITE Global conferences, MPI WEC, ICCA Annual congress
  22.  Every week we are creating for you new concepts, themes, and activities and select venues vetting and choosing the best suppliers in our destinations
  23.  We are small company   (only 9 team members) and every projects becomes our  «baby» and every clients becomes our family member for life