THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY AND NOVODEVICHY CONVENT

the Tretyakov State Art Gallery collection imagethe Tretyakov State Art Gallery collection

Come on a guided tour to the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, one of the two largest collections of Russian art. The other one (we are not talking about sizes!) is the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. The Collection of Russian Painting Masterpieces.

Novodevichiy Convent imageNovodevichiy Convent

Novodevichiy (New-maiden) Convent was founded in 1524 to celebrate the victory over Lithuania. The oldest building is the white Cathedral, with 16th-century frescoes. Novodevichy is the functioning monastery, please respect and be dressed accordingly. This is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour continues as we drive to the Sparrow Hills for the best views in the city, where you will also see the highest of Stalin's skycarppers: the Moscow State University.

You also have the opportunity to visit the adjoining Novodevichy cemetery, the final resting place of many Russian icons from the worlds of art, science and politics – including Boris Yeltsin, Nikita Khrushchev, Molotov, Stanislavski and Chekhov.

The cemetery is beautifully located next to the lake said to have been the inspiration behind Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet.

Vasnetsov museum imageVasnetsov museum

Optional tour: amazing wooden houses of "good old Moscow", hidden jems missed by big organized group of travellers! These houses are simply not big enough to handle a big party!

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. imageCathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Optional tour: visit one of Moscow's iconic landmarks, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The original church, built during the 19th century, took more than 40 years to build. It was destroyed in 1931 on the order of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The demolition was supposed to make way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets to house the country's legislature, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the current church was rebuilt on site during 1995–2000.

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Metro tour: today we will also use Moscow metro, the fastest and most reliable means of transport in this city. Some stations are like palaces and museums themselves!

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