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Moscow - Sergiev Posad - Novgorod - St. Petersburg
Activity: World Heritage Destination: Moscow Season: All year round Days: 8
We start in Moscow, where the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square bear witness to the power and prestige of the Russian Empire under the Tsars. Sergiev Posad was named after Saint Sergey. He founded a monastery there in the 14th century, and it soon became one of the greatest and biggest monasteries in Russia. In present time the monastery carries the title of Lavra that translates from Greek as "main and most important monastery". The Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergey is considered to be "Russian Vatican" and besides our Patriarch's temporary residence is situated there. Novgorod was situated on the ancient trade route between central Asia and northern Europe, Novgorod was Russia's first capital in the 9th century. Surrounded by churches and monasteries, it was a centre for Orthodox spirituality and Russian architecture.
This extensive 12-night tour is designed for those who have a real interest in Russian history and culture.
Each of the stops along the way will bring new treasures to explore. Visitors are constantly amazed by just how much of old Russia has been preserved here. There are vistas of quite stunning beauty and each of the settlements has its own charm: Kremlins with churches and monasteries from a variety of periods, preserved wooden houses and museums displaying the great traditions of icon painting and handicrafts which still flourish here.
The climax of the trip is St. Petersburg, the greatest Russian city of all, where the Hermitage, Peter and Pauls's Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and other world famous sights will be shown to you by our professional guides.