Orthodox Christmas in Moscow
5 Jan — 11 Jan 2020 | Tour Director: Alex Koller
• Explore the historical and architectural evolution of Russia’s capital against a backdrop of seasonal festivities
• Discover a selection of beautiful and historical monasteries, including the UNESCO-listed Trinity-Sergius Lavra Monastery in Sergiev Posad
• Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Orthodox Christmastide during Moscow’s Winter Festival
lecturer in art history and architecture
Depart London Heathrow 1040 on Aeroflot, arriving Moscow 1740. Transfer to Hotel National, Moscow, for six nights. Evening introductory lecture: The History & Urban Development of Moscow.
Morning: Kremlin (Armoury and cathedrals). Afternoon: exploration of Red Square with visit to St Basil’s Cathedral, Kitay-gorod district with Church of the Trinity in Nikitniki (exterior).
Orthodox Christmas Day Monasteries of Moscow: Krutitskoe Podvorye Estate, Novospassky (including Christmas Day liturgy), Spaso-Andronikov (Andrei Rublev icon museum), Old Believers’ settlement at Rogozhsky Poselok, Pokrovsky Monastery (relics of St Matrona).
Coach tour of Moscow including Novodevichy (‘New Maidens’) Convent, Sparrows’ Hill, Leo Tolstoy House-Museum and Church of St Nicholas in Khamovniki. Afternoon: Pokrovskaya Church, Fili and exhibition of ice sculptures on Poklonnaya Hill. Evening lecture: Russian Art at the Tretyakov Gallery.
Historical Zamoskvorechye district (Church of St Gregory Neocaesarea, Marfo-Mariinsky Convent) followed by Tretyakov Gallery. Afternoon: Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (largest museum of European art in Moscow with archaeological collection including ‘Priam’s Treasure’) and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world). Free evening.
Morning: Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum followed by sleigh ride and visits to House of Peter the Great and Church of Our Lady of Kazan. Afternoon monastery visits: Danilov (headquarters of the Russian Orthodox Church) and Donskoy.
Excursion by coach to Sergiev Posad (ancient Golden Ring town, site of the UNESCO-listed Trinity-Sergius Lavra Monastery). Depart Moscow 1950, arriving Heathrow 2105.
5 Jan — 11 Jan 2020
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'Dr Koller is an articulate lucid and pleasant Tour Director, who made the (outstanding) cultural content of this course readily comprehensive on the basis of his extensive knowledge.'
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
Please note that we will be exploring the city on foot, and a good level of fitness is required for this tour.
Cost of £2395 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing an inner view studio twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visa, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £295.