➤Kolomenskoye Estate, UNESCO World Heritage Site & Wooden Palace
➤The State Tretyakov Art Gallery
➤VDNKh Soviet exhibition complex and skating (optional)
➤Group departure: New Year Gala Dinner
Kolomenskoye is a former royal estate situated several kilometres to the southeast of the city centre of Moscow. The 390-hectare scenic area overlooks the steep banks of the Moskva River. During the early Soviet period, under the initiative of architect and restorer Pyotr Baranovsky, old wooden buildings and various artefacts were transported to Kolomenskoye from different parts of the USSR for preservation, so currently Kolomenskoye Park hosts an impressive set of different constructions and historical objects.
The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow is one of the largest museums in Russia with over 100 000 works of art - icons, paintings, graphics and sculpture - spanning the entire history of Russian art. Its collection of Russian realism from the second half of the 19th century is the best in the country.
The Gallery collection was started by Pavel Tretyakov, the owner of a successful textile firm, and became famous from the minute it was opened to the public in 1870. After Tretyakov's death the gallery's collection grew rapidly, especially after the October Revolution when museum collections were privatised: art was bought, donated or "transferred" from other museums, private collections, cathedrals and monasteries. The latest part of the collection, dating from 1950 - 1990, opened recently, on 25th May 2000.
For groups we prepare a New Year Celebration Party in the Russian capital! In Russia, the New Year holiday trumps even Christmas in importance. Major celebrations take place all over the country in recognition of the holiday. For Russians, it’s the favourite day of the year, so be ready to have a good night!