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Moscow, is a capital and, even more important, a familial heart of Russia. More than anywhere else in the country, it is in Moscow where the Soviet past collides with the capitalist future. Being scientific, business, cultural and historical center of the country, Moscow provides excellent opportunities for both scientific meetings and sightseeings. Kremlin, Bolshoy Theatre, Circus, Tretyakov and Pushkin Art Museums are just a few examples of cultural pieces of Moscow.

MOSCOW CITY TOUR (700* / 500** Roubles)
Time of excursion: 3 hours
During the tour, you visit Red Square, Zamoskvorechye, St. Sofya Embankment, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the monument dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Navy, St. Nikolas Church, Leo Tolstoy Street, Pirogovskaya Street, New Maiden Convent, the observation platform of Sparrow Hills, the Moscow State University, Mosfilm Movie Studios district, Ambassadorial Campus, Minskaya Street, Victory Park, Triumphal Arch, the superb, newly-built pedestrian Bagration Bridge, the White House, New Arbat Street, Arbat Square, Boulevard Ring, Tverskaya Street, Manezh Square.
KREMLIN AND THE CATHEDRALS (1150* / 950** Roubles)
Time of excursion: 2-3 hours
Moscow Kremlin is a unique architectural ensemble. It is famous for the ancient Sobornaya (Cathedrals') Square and cathedrals: Cathedral of the Annunciation; Assumption Cathedral where Russian tsars and imperators were crowned; Cathedral of the Archangel was a burial place for Grand Princes; Church of the Deposition of the Robe; the Patriarch's Chambers; Ivan the Great Bell Tower. The world-famous Tsar Canon and Tsar Bell became symbols of Moscow, and at the Senate Square, one can see buildings of former Senate and Arsenal (monument of architecture of Peter the Great time). The Great Kremlin Palace used to be a residence of Russian tsars and imperators; nowadays it is a residence of Russian President.
Time of excursion: 3 hours
Another art museum in the city of Moscow is the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, which was founded by, among others, Marina Tsvetaeva's father. The Pushkin Museum is similar to the British Museum in London in that its halls are a cross-section of world civilizations, with many plaster casts of ancient sculptures. However, it also hosts famous paintings from every major Western era of art; works by Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, and Pablo Picasso are all sampled there.

The original Cathedral of Christ the Savior was erected by the order of Russian Emperor Alexander I as a monument to the courage and fortitude of the Russian people in the struggle against the Napoleons invasion of 1812. The conception of building a grandiose gold-headed memorial resurrected the ancient tradition of vow temples dating back to the pre-Mongolian times and symbolized thanksgiving to God for the victory in the Patriotic War. The construction of the white-marble giant took almost 44 years the sublime edifice first appeared before Muscovites in 1860. Its creation was the result of the collaboration of the best architects and renowned artists of the time including V.Surikov, I.Kramskoy, V.Vereshchagin. However, in 1931 in the heat of the persecution of the Church by the Soviet regime the Cathedral was brutally vandalized and ruined. After 17 years the huge Moscow swimming-pool appeared on that spot. Nevertheless, in the end of the 80s a social movement appeared calling for the recreation of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and in 2000 the principal Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church reopened its doors. Now, as a century ago, the Cathedral hosts Orthodox divine services, along with housing a museum.

* The price for each person in the group of 15 persons

** The price for each person in the group of 30 persons
These excursions should be booked and paid separately.

There are a variety of individual excursions and you can choose according to your wish:

  • Tretyakov Art Gallery
  • Novodevichy Convent
  • Old Arbat Street
  • 2 GPW Museum, Victory Park
  • Kolomenskoe
  • Tsaritsyno
  • Moscow City tour by waterbus
  • Izmailovsky Market


    For those, who wish to discover Russia in August 2009, post-congress tours will be organized. For detailed information, please, read  Post-Congress Tours

    Attention! Please choose your Post-Congress Tour before specifying cities of visit in your Visa Application Documents.

    Visits can be guided in Russian, English, German, French, Italian and other languages not so widely-spoken. All foreign-speaking guides are licensed to accompany individual tourists and tour groups.

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