Moscow overview city tour
(duration - 3-4 hrs)
The tour of Moscow City will present you one of the most beautiful sights of the capital of Russia. You will visit the Red Square, see the world-famous St. Basil Cathedral, enjoy the beautiful panoramas of the Moscow Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent and the city itself from the observation terrace of the Sparrow Hills
The Moscow Metro tour
The Moscow Metro is the most popular and, that is why, the most overcrowded public transport facility of the city. The first line of the Moscow Metro was open in 1935, it covered the distance from Sokolniki to Gorky Park and included 13 stations. Currently, there are over 150 stations (including transition stations) of the Moscow Metro. The Metro stations were designed and embellished by prominent Russian architects, artists and sculptors. Their great talent and decorative skills created a peculiar underground network of great artistic value. The gamut of original materials, which were used to ornament the stations, is so wide that the Moscow Metro may be called a unique Museum of Geology or even a peculiar Museum of Arts.
Sergiev Posad (formerly Zagorsk) is a small town, 70 km far from Moscow. The town emerged long time ago, round the St. Trinity Sergius Lavra, the monastery established here by one of the most honoured Russian saints, reverend Sergius of Radonezh. The monastery, which got the status of Lavra in 1744, has currently become a place of pilgrimage of the Russian Orthodox Church and one of the most interesting museums, where one may find the icons of Andrei Rublev and other famous masters of the 15th-18th centuries. The architecture ensemble of monastery created during the long period of the 14th-19th centuries is a unique sample of wonderful combination of different architectural styles forming the most impressive and harmonious composition.
Suzdal is a wonderful ancient town with fantastic architectural monuments of the past. The architectural style of Suzdal is characterized by sophisticated proportions ( the use of “golden section”). One of the latest monuments of above architectural style, the Church of the Nativity, is located in Suzdal.The Monastery of the Deposition of the Robe is famous with its wonderful Church over the Gates.
Vladimir was the capital of Vladimir-Suzdal`s principality of the Old Rus in the 12-th century. This town is the site of several unique architectural monuments. The most outstanding of these are the Assumption Cathedral, the St-Demetrius Cathedral, the Golden Gate. These monuments are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Yaroslavl is an ancient town and considered to be the “pearl” of the Golden Ring. In 1010 Prince Yaroslavl the Wise founded a fortress on the spot known as Medvezhi Ugol where the Kotorosl River falls into the Volga. The greatest architectural ensemble in Yaroslavl is the Transfiguration monastery. The church of Elijah the Prophet, that stands in the centre of the town, is the pride of Yaroslavl.
Rostov the Great
Rostov-the-Great is one of the oldest Russian towns. It is almost three hundred years older than Moscow. Rostov on lake Nero was first mentioned in the XII century chronicle "The Tale of Bygone Years" among the entries for the year 862. Since the XII century the town has been called Rostov-the-Great. "Great" did not mean the size of the town but the degree of the civic and religious authority concentrated in one place. The Rostov Kremlin with its museum of Enamels are worth of attention as well as St.Abraham and Yakovlevsky Convents.
Kostroma is as old as Moscow. Located on the left bank of the Volga River, it abounds in magnificent monuments of old architecture. Its picturesque suburbs have long been a source of inspiration for many Russian artists.The history of Kostroma is tightly connected with the Ipatievsky Monastery located in it. The historical and architectural museum displays a wide range of peculiarities and icons.