Russia

The chance to explore the sites, cultures and spirit of the Holy Land and Russia. A trip that combines the aspects of pilgrimage, liesure and exploration in these two very distinct regions

in the world. Visit ancient churches, monuments and attractions on this all inclusive guided tour.

 

Day 1
Depart on your flight to Russia. Arrive in Moscow, where you will be met by your guide and driver after formalities and then taken to your hotel for an overnight. Dinner and overnight in Moscow.

Day 2
After breakfast, meet your guide and driver and depart for a sightseeing tour in the historical center of  Moscow. You will visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Danilov Monastery (13th Century), the official residence of the Russian Patriarch. Relics of blessedly true Daniel of Moscow, Alexander Nevsky. Donskoy Monastery. Relics of Saint Tikhon Patriarche of Moscow, visit the miracle-working icon of Blessed Virgin “Smolenskaya”. In the evening return to your hotel for your dinner and overnight

Day 3
After Breakfast you will be transferred with your guide to Red Square – Here you will have a walking tour admiring the beauty of Russian culture and power. You will visit St. Basil’s Cathedral, as well as the Kazan Cathedral. You will also visit the Kremlin and its Cathedrals, the Patriarch Palace, the Cathedral of the Annunciation, The Cathedral of the Assumption and others. Novodevichy Convent, Moscow's most famous convent boasts glorious baroque architecture and a fascinating cemetery. The miracle-working icons of the Blessed Virgin “Odigitriya” and “Tikhvinskaya”. You will return to the hotel for dinner and then have free time/Night walk along Arbat Street

Day 4
Today you will have a full day tour outside of Moscow. After breakfast depart to Sergiev Posad, Moscow region, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the capital. Here you will visit the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergii (Sergiev Posad, Holy Trinity-ST Sergius Lavra), one of Russia's holiest sites, named after St. Sergii of Radonezh. Relics of  St. Sergii of Radonezh. In the evening return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 5
Drive to Optina Monastery  (Optina Pustyn) – having a full day tour, with lunch at your destination. Optina Pustyn is a monastery for men (near Kozelsk town) which used to be the most important spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 19th century. In the evening return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6
Free day, possible visit to (visiting a theatre, Russian ballet, exhibitions, shopping and so on, options and costs can be provided later on)    
 
Day 7
After breakfast you will have a tour to the State Tretyakov Gallery, this will be followed by Lunch. After luch visit Butovsky Poligon - literally, the Butovo Shooting Range, a shrine to more, than 20,000 people shot and buried from August 1937 through October 1938, at the height of Stalin’s purges. The Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia and wooden cross called a Poklonny Krest (Cross of Worship), consecrated near the walls of the Solovetsky Monastery's Spaso-Preobrazhensky (Saviour Transfiguration) Cathedral. Return to you hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8
After an early breakfast depart Moscow city to the airport for your flight Home.

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