Russian art and culture

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Arrive in Moscow
Day 1

Arriving in Moscow

Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Then drive to Local restaurant for dinner. Return back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. Bus and guide: from 16:00 till 21:00

Moscow
Arrive in Moscow
Day 2

Moscow - City Tour & Kremlin

Breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide at the hotel lobby. Your first full day in Moscow you will have a guided tour of the major cultural and historical sites of the city. Starting with excursion to Kremlin territory, Assumption Cathedral and Armoury Chamber: the heart of Moscow. The Kremlin has always been the centre of political life. The tsars’ coronation ceremony took place in one of the Cathedrals. All tsars before Peter the Great are buried there. The Armoury Chamber preserves ancient state regalia, ceremonial tsar’s vestments and coronation dress, vestments of the Russian Orthodox Church’es hierarchs, the largest collection of gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, West European artistic silver, ceremonial weapons and arms, carriages, horse ceremonial harness.
Walk on Red Square, visit to colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral – This crazy confusion of colours, patterns and shapes is the culmination of a style that is unique to Russian architecture. In 1552 Ivan the Terrible captured the Tatar stronghold of Kazan on the Feast of Intercession. He commissioned this landmark church, officially the Intercession Cathedral, to commemorate the victory. Created from 1555 to 1561, this masterpiece would become the ultimate symbol of Russia.
Continue the tour with guided tour of Moscow Underground – explore one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era created in the Socialist Realism style. Moscow Metro with its stations decorated with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures looks like a vast art museum. It was one of the proudest achievements of the Soviet era and it’s still beating many other European underground system with its extremely reliable services.
Later on pay a visit to Luzhniki sport cluster and see legendary Luzhniki Olympic Stadium – It was the chief venue for the 1980 Summer Olympics, the spectator capacity being 103,000 at that time. The events hosted in this stadium were the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football finals, and the Individual Jumping Grand Prix. This Stadium has been selected by the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup bid as the venue for the final which will be held on July 8, 2018.
End the day program by visit to Sparrow Hills (in Soviet times it was Lenin Hills), which is one of the most beautiful and mysterious places in Moscow. Moscow State University’s main building (and an entire college town around it) is one of the most well-known Stalin skyscrapers, and the unique panoramic view of the city that opens up nearby is especially beautiful in the evening.

Moscow city tour and visit to Izmailovo Kremlin with local antique market+Vodka museum and testing
Arrive in Moscow
Day 3

Moscow-St. Petersburg – Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide at the hotel lobby.
Depart for an excursion to Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is a museum complex that is currently in possession of one of the largest world art collections from Ancient Egypt and Greece to our days. Today the holdings of the museum contain around 700 000 art works of different epochs. The jewel of the collection is French art of the XIX – XX centuries – one of the most famous collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world.
Transfer to the Leningradsky railway station, take your Sapsan train to St.Petersburg.
Arrive in St. Petersburg, transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Then drive to Local restaurant for dinner.
Return back to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Bus and guide Moscow: from 09:00 till 13:00
Bus and guide St. Petersburg : from 17:25 till 21:25

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Arrive in Moscow
Day 4

St. Petersburg – City tour & St. Isaak’s Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood & Peter and Paul’s Fortress

Breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide at the hotel lobby.
Today will take you around the stunning “Venice of the North”, as St Petersburg is also known. You will see the famous Spit of St. Basil’s island, Smolny Institute, Bronze Horseman. Then there’s the famous Aurora warship, the legendary ship whose canon-fire gave the signal, on the order of Lenin, for the beginning of the Great Socialist Revolution more than 90 years ago.
Continue the tour with Peter and Paul Fortress – The first structure to be built in St. Petersburg, and thus the birthplace of the city, it never served its intended defensive function. Instead it has had a rich, hugely varied, and sometimes sinister history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of ground-breaking scientific experiments, and a forbidding jail that held some of Russia’s most prominent political prisoners. (entrance to Cathedral and Prison).
Then will visit St. Isaak Cathedral – the city’s main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. The gilded dome of St. Isaac’s dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors.
End of the day program with visit Church on Spilled Blood – or even just the Church on the Blood – as it marks the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881. Designed by Alfred Parland in the style of 16th and 17th-century Russian churches, the Church of the Resurrection provides a stark (some would say jarring) contrast to its surroundings of Baroque, Classical and Modernist architecture.
Return back to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Bus and guide: from 09:00 till 19:00

St. Isaak’s Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood & Peter and Paul’s Fortress
Arrive in Moscow
Day 5

St. Petersburg – Hermitage & Peterhof Palace and Park

Breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide at the hotel lobby.
Start the program with Hermitage tour: Hermitage is of the largest museums in the world founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. It’s collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the large collection of Western European paintings, the Antique world, Primitive culture, Oriental culture and art, the history of Russian Culture and coin and currency collections. The museum occupies the complex of five buildings connected to each other with the roofed passages – the Winter Palace – a former residence of Russian emperors, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage and the New Hermitage.
In the afternoon we will depart to famous suburban estate of Russian Tsars – Peterhof, located on the bank of Gulf of Finland. Visit the Grand Palace and be amazed with its fascinating & elaborate interiors. This world-famous Palace, Fountain and Park ensemble of Peterhof shines forth as a glittering landmark of Russia’s aesthetic culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, paintings and works of art and culture make Peterhof a veritable gem of art, often called the ‘Capital of Fountains,’ unique in the world.
Return back to the city, continue the tour with the Summer Garden, Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Church, Monument to Peter the Great.
Return back to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Bus and guide: from 09:00 till 19:00

Hermitage & Peterhof Palace and Park
Arrive in Moscow
Day 6

St.Petersburg - Hermitage Museum & Russian Museum & Faberge Museum

reakfast at the hotel, meet your guide at the hotel lobby.
Continue excursion to the Hermitage (Impressionists section) – The Hermitage’s collection of Modern European Art, the bulk of which is made up of French impressionist and post-impressionist painting, is divided between those works that were received into the Hermitage collections after the Revolution, and art seized from Germany after World War II. Displayed to the world for the first time in a 1995 exhibition entitled “Hidden Treasures: Impressionist masterpieces and other important French paintings preserved by the State Hermitage Museum”, the collection covers nearly all of the major painters working in France in the final decades of the 19th century and first twenty years of the last century.
Continue the tour with The State Russian Museum, which is the world’s largest collection of Russian art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical centre of St Petersburg. It was the first museum of Russian art, initiated by Emperor Alexander III. Later, in 1895, Emperor Nicholas II signed a decree ordering “The foundation of a special establishment named ‘The Russian Museum of Emperor Alexander III’ and the assignment of Mikhailovsky Palace with all outbuildings, services and the garden, specially acquired by the state treasury for this purpose”. In May of same year architect Svinyin started the reconstruction of the palace interiors for accommodating future collections of art.
End the day with fantastic exposition of Faberge eggs at first privately owned museum in the city – Faberge museum. The founding organization of the museum is the Link of Times cultural and historical foundation, which was established in 2004 by Viktor Vekselberg with the aim of repatriating items of cultural significance to Russia.
The idea of creating a series of museums in Russia dedicated to the works of the great jeweler Carl Fabergé first came to the Link of Times in 2004. In that year, Viktor Vekselberg purchased a one-of-a-kind collection of Fabergé works which had been collected by Malcolm Forbes. Since then, the foundation has been collecting Russian works of decorative and fine art and has amassed more than 4,000 items today. In terms of its size, diversity, and the quality of its pieces, many of which belonged to the royal family and other members of the royal courts of Europe, the collection is without a doubt one of the best in the world.
Return back to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Hermitage Museum & Russian Museum & Faberge Museum
Arrive in Moscow
Day 7

St.Petersburg – Pushkin: Catherine’s palace and park & Pavlovsk Imperial Palace

After breakfast, we head off to Catherine’s palace and park – The Catherine Park, an inseparable part of the ensemble and a very poetic place, Catherine Palace is the center of the composition of the park and the main landmark of Pushkin. During the palace excursion you will get to know about the mysterious history the Amber Room and see its splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects and recently restored. The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, canvases, etc., including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families.
Continue with excursion to nearby Pavlovsk Imperial Palace – Built in the late XVIII and early XIX centuries, the palace and park was used as a summer residence for emperor Paul I and his family. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers an area of 600 hectares. The museum in the palace displays an excellent collection of portraits by Russian artists and a number of Pavlovsk landscape paintings and drawings. Residential rooms of the Empress Maria Fedorovna are enrapturing with their harmonious Return back to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Bus and guide: from 09:00 till 19:00

Pushkin: Catherine’s palace and park & Pavlovsk Imperial Palace
Arrive in Moscow
Day 8

St.Petersburg – Departure from Russia

Breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide at the hotel lobby.
Transfer to the airport, return back home with happy memories!

St.Petersburg
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