Russia For You: Sample Programs

Destination
Season
Theme

River Cruise: St.Petersburg - Moscow ( 10 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 — Peterhoff — Pushkin — Mandrogi — Kizhi — Goritsy -Yaroslavl — 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

Day 2
14 Apr
2021
Wed

8:30 St.Petersburg — City Sightseeing

Smolny Cathedral from outside

Tauride Palace from outside

10:30 Hermitage State Museum visit

13:00 Lunch at a Local Restaurant

14:30 Continuation of City tour

Spilled Blood Church

Peter & Paul Fortress visit

St. Isaac's Cathedral visit

Kazan Cathedral visit

19:00 Dinner aboard

OPTIONAL: Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov)

OPTIONAL: Canal & River Tour

Day 3
15 Apr
2021
Thu

8:15 Departure to Catherine's Palace & Park

9:30 Catherine's Palace & Park (Pushkin)

12:30 Peterhoff Palace & Park (Lower Park)

15:30 Return and Lunch abroad

17:00 Departure from St.Petersburg to Mandrogui

18:30 — 22:30 Evening aboard

Day 4
16 Apr
2021
Fri

9:30 Souvenir Shop lecture (The most interesting about the Traditional Russian crafts)

11:30 — 15:30 Mandrogi — an amazing village

13:00 Lunch — Shashlik in a tent ashore

15:00 Departure from Mandrogui to Kizhi

Evening aboard: Masterclasses, Dinner, and concert

Day 5
17 Apr
2021
Sat

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

14:00 Documentary on Russian History at the Conference Hall

OPTIONAL: 15:00 Master Class of Painting Russian doll Matryoshka

OPTIONAL: 16:00 Vodka and blini tasting party

17:30 Master-class of Russian language

18:30 Treasure Hunt: The Pirate

19:30 Pirate Dinner aboard

Day 6
18 Apr
2021
Sun

OPTIONAL: 10:00 Russian tea-drinking ceremony

11:30 — 15:00 Gorizi Excursion (Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of icons)

15:00 Departure to Yaroslavl and Lunch aboard

17:00 Russian song and dance class

19:00 Lecture on Russian fairytales

20:00 Slavic Dinner

Day 7
19 Apr
2021
Mon

Yaroslavl Description

10:30 Watching Documentary at the Conference hall

12:00 Russian Bingo

13:00 Lunch aboard

14:30 City sightseeng tour, including the visit to the Spas Preobrazensky manastery & Elijah Chirch

The Church of Iliya Prorok / Prophet Elias Kirche (outside)

Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

Yaroslavl Art Museum

19:45 Departure to Uglich

20:00 Evening aboard

Day 8
20 Apr
2021
Tue

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 Captain’s Dinner aboard

Day 9
21 Apr
2021
Wed

Moscow Description

13:00 Moscow City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Vorobyovy (Sparrow) Hills

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 Walking Tour

GUM Store (interior visit)

18:00 Dinner aboard

OPTIONAL: 21:00 Moscow Underground Palaces — Metro Tour

Day 10
22 Apr
2021
Thu

9:00 Moscow City Sightseeing Tour

Kremlin Territory & Cathedral Visit

OPTIONAL: 14:30 Tretyakov Gallery (historical)

OPTIONAL: 12:00 The Armory Chamber Visit

OPTIONAL: 13:00 Zagorsk (Sergiev Posad) tour

13:00 Lunch aboard

OPTIONAL: 14:30 Cathedral of the Christ the Savior with observation decks

OPTIONAL: 14:30 Boat Tour on the Moskva River

OPTIONAL: 17:00 «Zlatoust» concert in Glazunov Gallery

OPTIONAL: 17:30 Moscow Circus — Old Circus in Tsvetnoy Boulevard (Yury Nikulin's Circus)

19:00 / 22:30 Dinner aboard if the cruise ship Msk-SPb

Day 11
23 Apr
2021
Fri

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. You will pass the Canals, view of the many beautiful palaces facing the Neva River. St. Petersburg is the fourth largest city in Europe, has its old city part and modern part. City in spite of according to European measurements is a rather young city. During the tour you will get acquainted with the rather small and concentrated city center (around the Nevsky Prospect, Neva River, St. Isaacs Square and peter & Paul Fortress with its many canals and bridges and land marks such as St. Isaacs Cathedral, The Church on Spilled Blood, the Kazan Cathedral, the Singer Sewing machine Head Quarters- today the House of books — Dom Knigi, the Neva River, The Hermitage and the Winter Palace to mentioned a few of the possible spots that you will be surrounded of. During the tour several picture stops are done as well as an eventual opportunity to stop for souvenirs if time allows. City tour could be combined with a short visit to one of the many museums or canal trip by boat in summer.

 Smolny Cathedral from outside

Smolny Cathedral is the main building of the unique architectural ensemble, originally, it was intended to be a convent.

The convent's main church (catholicon or sobor), a blue-and-white building, is considered to be one of the architectural masterpieces of the Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli.

The Smolny Cathedral is the record breaker of the construction terms, as the building has the longest story of erection in the city. The construction works were started in 1748, and the interior decorations were finished only in 1835. Thus, it took 87 years to build the cathedral.

The Cathedral perfectly illustrates the Russian baroque style: the large volume of the ensemble, bell-towers, cupola, porches, thin columns, intensive colors of the walls, rich gilding, natural motives in decoration. The Empress Catherine the Great turned the unfinished Smolny convent into an educational institution for girls that became famous worldwide as a model education institute.

Address: 3/1 Pl.Rastrelli.

 Tauride Palace from outside

Prince Grigory Potemkin of Tauride commissioned his favourite architect, Ivan Starov, to design his city residence in a rigorous Palladian style. Starov's design called for an extensive park and harbour in front of the palace, which would be linked with the Neva River by a canal. Building work began in 1783 and lasted for six years. Considered the grandest nobleman's residence of 18th-century Russia, Tauride Palace served as a model for innumerable manors scattered across the Russian Empire. Shortly before his death, on April 28, 1791, Potemkin used the palace to host unprecedented festivities and illuminations with the purpose of winning the Empress's waning affections. The ball was described by Gavrila Derzhavin in the longest of his compositions. Notwithstanding all the expenses, Potemkin failed in his ambition and departed for Jassy in despair. After the owner's death several months later, Catherine II purchased his palace and ordered architect Fyodor Volkov to transform it into her summer townhouse. Volkov was responsible for many improvements in the grounds, including the construction of the theatre in the east wing and the church in the west wing. In the garden, he designed the Admiralty Pavilion, gardener house, orangery, glass-houses, bridges, and ironwork fences. The exterior appearance of the palace was rather plain and contrasted sharply with the riotous luxuriance of its interiors.The decoration of every major room – including the Chinese Hall and the Tapestry Parlour – was destroyed after 1799, when Emperor Paul, who detested all the things his mother liked, gave over the palace to his favourite cavalry regiment to be used as barracks. In the 19th century, the palace was refurbished by Carlo Rossi and Vasily Stasov as a residence for minor royalty. It had been used to host balls and exhibitions until 1906, when it was transformed into the seat of the first Russian parliament, the Imperial State Duma.

Nowadays the official governmental organization is working in the building – the Interparlement Assembly of CIS. The Palace has the Congress Hall with the capacity of 800 people, shaped like amphitheater, and the main Column Hall designed in classical style. It is located in the historical part of the city and can be suggested for the Gala dinner for up to 1200 people. The welcome cocktail can be arranged at the Rotunda Hall, followed by the dinner at Column Hall. Excursion includes only 3 halls: Dome Hall, Catherine's Hall and Duma Hall. Also exhibition of 1 Day of State Duma can be included. Since it is the official state organization – the special permission is needed to enter the building with pre adviced passports details.

 10:30 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.

13:00 Lunch at a Local Restaurant

14:30 Continuation of City tour

The Spire of the Basil Island (buildings of Stock Exchange, Kunstkamera, Zoo Museum), 12 boards, Bronze Horseman, buildings of the Senate and the Synod, St.Isaac´s cathedral, Nevsky prospekt (The church of the Savior on spilled blood, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, Gostiny Dvor, Catherine II monument)).

Tour to Peter and Paul Fortress (walking tour: the Boat house, Peter I monument, Commandant´s house, Nevsky Gate, St.Peter and Paul´s Cathedral (visit)

 Spilled Blood Church 

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!

 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

 Kazan Cathedral visit

Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s main Orthodox Church.

After the war of 1812 (during which Napoleon was defeated) the church became a monument to Russian victory. Captured enemy banners were put in the cathedral and the famous Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who won the most important campaign of 1812, was buried inside the church.

The cathedral was named after the «miracle-making» icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which the church housed till the early 1930s. The Bolsheviks closed the cathedral for services in 1929, and from 1932 it housed the collections of the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism, which displayed numerous pieces of religious art and served anti-religious propaganda purposes. A couple of years ago regular services were resumed in the cathedral, though it still shares the premises with the museum, from whose name the word «atheism» has now been omitted.

Opened everyday. Excursions can be organized 12 am — 5 pm. Taking pictures & filming are not permited.

Location: Nevsky Prospekt, Kazanskaya Square, 2.

 19:00 Dinner aboard

 OPTIONAL: Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov)

The Mariinsky Theater (formerly the Kirov Academic Opera and Ballet Theater) is one of the biggest and oldest music theaters in Russia that is famous all over the world. The theater dates back to 1783. The construction of the theater building was completed in 1859 (architect A. Kavos).

On October 1860 the performance of M.I. Glinka's opera «Life sacrificed for Tsar» marked its inauguration. The theater was named after the wife of Alexander II. Operas and ballets written by the great Russian composers were put on the stage of the theater. The performances here featured such brilliant world famous stars as E. Lavrovskaya, F. Stravinsky, F. Shaliapin, M. Kshesinskaya, A. Pavlova, T. Karsavina, V. Nizhinsky, M. Fokin, and G. Ulanova. Valery Georgiev, one of the best orchestra conductors in the world, is now the Chief Producer of the theater. If you go to the opera you will surely enjoy splendid singing, magnificent costumes and scenery, and brilliant orchestra. The ballet repertoire consists of Marius Petipa's stage versions of classical Russian ballets like «Swan Lake», «Sleeping Beauty», «Nutcracker», etc.

SEATS CATEGORIES ARE:

— VIP parterre 1 circle, 1-8 row, 13 row

— Middle par-terre seat 9-12 row, 1-8 row side seats

  • Parterre seat in 14-18 row

 OPTIONAL: Canal & River Tour

St. Petersburg was built on the delta of the River Neva and is spread out over numerous islands of varying sizes. During centuries numerous bridges were built to connect these islands across the Neva and the city's many canals (Moika, Fontanka, Canal Griboyedova, etc.). Boat trip on St. Petersburg's canals is one of the highlights of any visit to the city. Canal boats are available from many docking stations around the city and provide a wonderful way to see the historic city from different perspective. The boats circle through many of the 64 canals, under beautiful bridges and past magnificent palaces and other landmarks dating back to the 20th, 19th and 18th century. Actual tour duration is 1 hour. Depending on group size can be offered boats of different size. The maximum capacity of the boat is 60 guests for inside and outside seating. Inside capacity is up to 40 seats. Security explanation is given by the guide before starting a tour and should be followed by the guests. Navigation starts at the beginning of May (depending on the ice from Ladoga Lake) and finishes at the end of September. Each time the Boat Tour is a subject of confirmation depending on the weather conditions including level of the water in Neva River, small rivers and canals and wind.

 

DAY 3 — 15th April 2021, Thursday

 8:15 Departure to Catherine's Palace & Park

 9:30 Catherine's Palace & Park (Pushkin)

Catherine Palace was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg. Originally it was a residence of Catherine I.

Catherine Palace complex includes Palace and Park ensemble. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions rise: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. In the years 1811 — 1843 the Tsarskoselsky Lyceum was established there, it was an elite school for noble family’s children. Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin was educated there. After revolution of 1917 the palace and park were made the museum. During the tour you will enjoy the magnificent view of the 300-meter facade of the palace and reconstructed Amber Room, located inside the palace.

It takes about 1 hour to go to Pushkin (Catherine Palace) by bus. (depending on traffic situation).

There is a flee market near the Palace.

 12:30 Peterhoff Palace & Park (Lower Park)

Peterhof is one of the world's most famous palace-park ensembles.

The Peterhof Museum Complex is one of the most popular museums not only in Russia, but in the whole world. Even a few hours here are enough to feel the spirit of history, which still lives on and breathes in this magnificent place.

As a former residence of the Russian monarchs, Peterhof brings together the finest achievements in national and international culture. This unique complex was created by outstanding architects, decorators and sculptors, whose spectacular works of art slot perfectly into the natural beauty of the coastal landscape.

Peter the Great planned Peterhof as the residence of a sea king. This was to be his incarnation of Russia as a great European power, with a foothold on the shores of the world's oceans, capable of competing with the finest Western courts — above all, with Versailles.

The history of Peterhof begins back in 1705, when travelling chambers were built for Peter the Great on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Soon, not far from this place, work began on the creation of a new imperial residence, which, Peter determined, would one day outshine all the other royal palaces of Europe. The tsar deliberately built his new residence by the sea, as a triumphant symbol of the successful conclusion of Russia's long struggle for an outlet to the Baltic Sea. Peterhof was officially opened in the presence of the tsar and foreign diplomats in August 1723.

The architecture and decor of Peterhof reflects all the artistic styles of the past and the personal tastes and preferences of every Russian monarch.

One of the world's most famous palace-park ensembles, Peterhof was virtually destroyed during the Second World War. The post-war resurrection of the entire complex was one of the finest chapters in the history of restoration in Russia. The present-day beauty of Peterhof is the result of decades of painstaking work by architects, painters and masters of decorative and applied art. Restoration work continues even to this day, in the Chapel Royal of the Grand Palace, which ought to be completed by May 2011.

Today, the museum complex stretches across five hundred hectares of territory, embracing Strelna, Peterhof and Oranienbaum. Dotted with sparkling fountains, the Lower Park and Upper Gardens flow effortlessly into the shady and romantic glades of Alexandria, forming a unique fusion of regular and landscape parks. Every day, more than twenty museums — vastly different in their origins, ideas and contents — delight visitors with exciting new discoveries and the joy of their handsome treasures.

The Peterhof Museum Complex is rightfully regarded as the «capital of fountains.» Included in the state register of most valuable cultural objects of the Russian Federation, Peterhof now bears the proud title of one of the «Seven Wonders of Russia.»

Peterhoff Palace and Park is reachable by hydrofoils, which depart from the city center and it takes 30 min one way. Visit duration is approximately 2 hours. Photo & video is prohibited in the Palaces.

 15:30 Return and Lunch abroad

 17:00 Departure from St.Petersburg to Mandrogui

 18:30 — 22:30 Evening aboard

18:30 Live music in the bar

19:30-21:00 Dinner aboard

21:30 Onboard Welcome Concert

22:30 Dancing music in the bar

DAY 4 — 16th April 2021, Friday

 9:30 Souvenir Shop lecture (The most interesting about the Traditional Russian crafts)

 11:30 — 15:30 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.

 13:00 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.

 15:00 Departure from Mandrogui to Kizhi

 Evening aboard

15:30 Russian dance class

16:30 Russian language class

18:00 Live music in the bar

19:00 Dinner aboard

21:00 Folk music concert

22:00 Dancing music in the bar

 

DAY 5 — 17th April 2021, Saturday

 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

18:30 Treasure Hunt: The Pirate

19:30 Pirate Dinner aboard

 

DAY 6 — 18th April 2021, Sunday

OPTIONAL: 10:00 Russian tea-drinking ceremony

Enjoy a Russian herbal tea (Ivan-tea) prepared in traditional way in Samovar served with mint, lemon and thyme. In addition to tea a pile of classic wheat blini (Russian pancakes) is served with honey, jam, sour cream and melted butter

 11:30 — 15:00 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 Yaroslavl and Lunch aboard

 Afternoon and Evening aboard

15:30 Russian song and dance class

19:00 Lecture on Russian fairytales

20:00 Slavic Dinner

Live music in the bar

Onboard musicians’ Folk Concert

Dancing music in the bar

 

DAY 7 — 19th April 2021, Monday

 10:30 Watching Documentary at the Conference hall

 12:00 Russian Bingo

Lotto first appeared in Genoa (Italy) in the 16th century. Venetian Senate as a gamble. In Russia, the same thing happened only in the 18th century, and this was only for wealthy people. Lose in the XX century. In the USSR, lotto was recognized as a family and developmental game.

 13:00 Lunch aboard

14:30 Arrival to Yaroslavl 

City sightseeng tour, including the visit to the Spas Preobrazensky manastery & Elijah Chirch

Though Yaroslavl is the biggest and most active city of the route, it has conserved a nice style of province life. Yaroslavl is «less north» than Kostroma, «less moscow» than Sergiev Posad and «less industrial» than Ivanovo, but it has a reach collection of historical and art monuments, first of all — its collection of wall-paintings in cathedrals and churches of the city.

Visitors usually start sightseeing with the Church of St.Elijah the Prophet (outside) situated in the Soviet Square, the administrative center of the city. The church was built in 1647-1650 by the brothers Skripiny who were the richest manufacturers in Yaroslavl. The interior of the church stands out for its murals painted in very hot and temperamental manner and panels of tiles made in Yaroslavl. Nothing is left uncovered by the lively illustrative painting; the walls of the church as well as galleries, vaults, piers, window sills and portals are all graced with artisans' original pigments. Actually this church contains the most interesting and complete collection of frescos and paintings among all over Golden Ring.

The next place to visit is the Saviour-Transfiguration Monastery — the main sightseeing destination in Yaroslavl. It was founded in 12th century but the constructions conserved till the present time are dated by 1550-1580, the period when the monastery became one of the most powerful fortresses of Volga region. The oldest cathedral of the monastery is the Transfiguration Cathedral built in 1505. This one reminds by its facade one of the cathedrals of Moscow Kremlin and served as a shrine for local princes for one century and then — for the local elite. The northern part of the cathedral were occupied by the monastery stacks where, according to the researches, the famous «Chronicle about the prince Igor's regiment» (poem that brought the world-wide fame to the Russian poesy of 12th century) had been kept for some time. By the way, there is a museum dedicated to this poem in the territory of the monastery. Beside the Cathedral and museum, visitors will see monks' cells and the belfry, and even listen to the licensed bell-ringer ringing the bells in the yard.

Also never missed is the red brick Church of the Epiphany, built in 1684-1693 that is situated next to the monastery. This striking building, whose green roofs and bluish-green cupolas complement the main body, is known for its 17th century handcrafted glazed tiles adorning the exterior. Local craftsmen have actually replaced some of the original, defiled tiles with reproductions, which means that experts on glazed, handcrafted, Volga-region ceramic work will have a field day trying to distinguish the new tiles from the old ones. Or, since no such experts likely exist, anybody can have some fun trying to differentiate the replacements from the authentics. Inside the church, frescoes painted in 1693 depict the life of Christ, and the seven-tiered gilded iconostasis that rounds out the impressive interior.

An area that is always mentioned during the excursion is Yaroslavl's embankment, one of the most pleasant to be found among all Volga towns. The embankment, landscaped in the mid-19th century, comprises a long promenade bordered by a picturesque greenbelt referred as «linden tree alley». By the way, the embankment is the favorite place to visit by the newlyweds — it is never missed in their nuptial route.

 The Church of Iliya Prorok / Prophet Elias Kirche (outside)

The most important sight for all tourists coming to Yaroslavl. You will find it in the city-centre, on the large Sovietskaja-square.

The church dates back to the year 1647, it was built by a rich merchant and it is a museum nowadays.

From outside this church does not look very special, but from inside it is simply great with lots of frescos and an excellent iconostasis — see my next 4 tips about different parts of that church!

The entrance-hall of the Prophet Elias Church is the first sight of this great church that you will see as a tourist: Wide arcades decorated all over by excellent and colorful frescos by the russian painters Sila Savin and Gury Nikitin in the beginnings of the 18th century.

 Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

The architectural ensemble of the Church of St. Nicholas Mokroi is located on the left low bank of Kotorosl. The ensemble consists of two churches: a cold one in the name of Nicholas the Wonderworker and a warm icon of the Tikhvin Mother of God, and a former almshouse. It arose on the site of wooden churches that stood on a small area between the two streams Pautov and Ershov (tributaries of Kotorosl). The parish of the temple consisted of two monastic settlements Spasskaya and Kiselyukha (a swampy, wet place, mud like jelly). The cold church of St. Nicholas the Wet was built in 1660-1670. This is a four-pillar five-domed church without a basement with two hipped side-chapels at the eastern corners, with a one-story closed gallery encircling it and a hipped-roof bell tower at the northwestern corner of the porch.

Yaroslavl Art Museum

The Yaroslavl Art museum is the biggest art museum of the Russian province, the winner of the first competition «Window to Russia». It is the only specialized art museum in the Yaroslavl region. Its collection contains more than 60 000 works of art including paintings, graphics, decorative-applied art, sculpture and numismatics. The exposition gives an opportunity to go through 8 centuries: from the first half of the 13th century to the beginning of the 21st centuries, including the art of Old Russia, the Golden and Silver Ages of Russia and the variety of contemporary culture. Our pride are the icon of Saviour the Pantocrator and the miraculously appeared icon of Our Lady Tolgskaya, the canvases by D. Levckiy, K. Brullov, A. Mokrickiy, V. Perov, I. Kramskoy, I. Repin, works of the artists of «The World of Art», «A Diamond Jack», «The Union of Russian Artists» and of different unions of Russian avant-garde, the paintings by Konstantin Korovin including his works of the late period executed in Paris.

19:45 Departure to Uglich

20:00 Evening aboard

20:00-21:30 Russian Dinner

21:30 Live music in the bar

21:30 Evening Dance Contest

22:00 Dancing music in the bar

 

DAY 8 — 20th April 2021, Tuesday

 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 Captain’s 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 9 — 21st April 2021, Wednesday

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.

Vorobyovy (Sparrow) Hills

Vorobyovy (Sparrow) Hills is the highest point in Moscow with a breathtaking panoramical view at the city and Moscow-river. The building of Lomonosov's Moscow State University (one of the seven famous Stalin's Age skyscrapers — so called «7 sisters») is located just in a short walk from here. The biggest in the city Luzhniki Stadium, which was honored to receive a final match of UEFA Champions League 2008, is situated right in front. You will be able to see also the White House, Governmental Complex, Ostankinskaya TV Tower, New Arbat street, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Novodevichy Convent and other significant Moscow sights. In winter, Vorobyovy Hills are popular among ski- and snowboard fans. Visitors can also try a ride in a lifting chair down/up the hill the year round (no advanced booking, subject to close without prior notice). In summer time, this is one of the most popular wedding stop points, so many wedding limo corteges can be found here.

Kremlin Territory & Cathedral Visit

 18:30 Dinner abroad

 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: 21:00 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 10 — 22nd April 2021, Thursday

 9:00 Moscow City Sightseeing Tour

 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.

 OPTIONAL: 12:00 The Armory Chamber Visit

The Armoury Chamber, a treasure-house, is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace's complex. It is situated in the building constructed in 1851 by architect Konstantin Ton. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars' treasury and the Patriarch's vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin's workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts. The museum was named after one of the oldest Kremlin's treasury stores.

The Armoury Chamber preserves ancient state regalia, ceremonial tsar's vestments and coronation dress, vestments of the Russian Orthodox Church's hierarchs, the largest collection of gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, West European artistic silver, ceremonial weapons and arms, carriages, horse ceremonial harness.

The State Armoury presents more than four thousands items of applied art of Russia, European and Eastern countries of IV-early XX centuries. The highest artistic level and particular historical and cultural value of the exhibits have made the State Armoury of the Moscow Kremlin a world-wide known museum.

The 10 Fabergé eggs in the Armory collection is the second biggest collection in the world. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry.

Closed on Thursdays. Session times for visits: 10:00, 12:00, 14:30, 16:30.

 OPTIONAL: 13:00 Zagorsk (Sergiev Posad) tour

Sergiev-Posad is a comfortable and popular day trip from Moscow. The town's chief attraction is the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, which for 500 years has been the most important center of pilgrimage in Russia and remains one of the most beautiful of all monasteries—the fairy-tale gold and azure onion domes of its Cathedral of the Assumption are among the most photographed in the country. The ride to Sergiev-Posad takes you through a lovely stretch of Russian countryside, dotted with colorful wooden cottages. As you approach the town, you see the sad and monolithic apartment buildings of the modern era. Then, peeking out above the hills, the monastery's golden cupolas and soft-blue bell tower come into view. Tour duration is 1 hour.

 13:00 Lunch aboard

 OPTIONAL: 14:30 Cathedral of the Christ the Savior with observation decks

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.

 OPTIONAL: 14:30 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: 14:30 Tretyakov Gallery (historical)

The Tretyakov Gallery houses one of the most celebrated and extensive collections of Russian art and artifacts in the world. The gallery was named after the financier and entrepreneur Pavel Tretyakov (1832-98), who donated approximately 2000 works of Russian art from his own private collection to the city of Moscow at the end of the 19th century.

It is located in one of the oldest directs of Moscow – Zamoskvorechye, not far from the Kremlin.

The collection contains more than 130 000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists.

A visit to the Tretyakov Gallery is a definite must for anyone interested in Russian art and culture.

 OPTIONAL: 17:00 «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.

 OPTIONAL: 17:30 Moscow Circus — Old Circus in Tsvetnoy Boulevard (Yury Nikulin's Circus)

The Yuri Nikulin's Circus (also known as «Old Circus»), was named after the most famous Russian clown/actor and a former longtime director of the circus. Today the circus returns to its traditional roots and features more and more of the clown acts that became so popular during the 17th and 18th centuries in Russia. The circus also features an excellent range of breathtaking acrobatic and gymnastic acts, and performances with bears, lions, horses, monkeys and dogs. The program varies from season to season with new acts constantly appearing. Evening performances start at 18:00 during weekend and at 19:00 on weekdays. The ticket price depends on the performance and can be confirmed 2 months prior the performance day. For the groups, a backstage tour to the Circus can be organized upon request (subject to availability). Advanced booking is required.

19:00 / 22:30 Dinner aboard

DAY 11 — 23rd April 2021, Friday

 Departure from the ship to the Airport

Tsar Events Russia DMC & PCO Team has created Instagram Mask    «Welcome to Russia» to raise awareness about Russia Travel Potential and started Instagram flash mob to promote possibilities of Russia for Meetings, Incentives, Congresses, Events and Leisure tourism. 

We invite you to become part of our flash mob on Instagram and other social media using our masks and putting hashtag #WelcomeToRussia.

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If you need assistance with getting tickets or private tour in St. Isaac Cathdral or other museums, or hotel accommodation you can always ask team of Tsar Events. Also we can help you with planning your special event, cultural or incentive program, conference and congress in Moscow or St. Petersburg.

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:

  • Meeting & Congress
  • Incentive Program
  • Cultural or Special Interest Professional Group
  • Theme Parties & Special Events
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transportation and Staff logistics
  • Team-Building Activities
  • Venues & vendors Selection

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