11 – 16 May 2020
Moscow

Description

This tour will be a real immersion into Russian culture. We will visit the main art collections of Moscow and learn a lot about classical and modern Russian and Soviet art. We will tour the Bolshoi Theatre and the museums of the Kremlin. In Pushkin museum we will have the opportunity to see one of the best collections of French Impressionists. Many architectural critics consider the Moscow underground stations the most beautiful of their kind in the world and we will have an excursion specifically dedicated to those marvels. And don’t forget a day trip to the headquarters of the Russian Orthodox Church the magnificent town of Sergiev Posad just outside Moscow.

Mayakovskaya tube station won grand prix at the New York Trade Fair in 1938.

 

Other Details

 Accommodation

5 nights in Moscow at the centrally located Hotel Mercure Moscow Paveletskaya ****

Bed and Breakfast tariff in twin-share room with private facilities and breakfast. (Extra nights for the tour can be organised).

 

Course Cost

£999 inclusive of tuition, local guide Lana Maximova, airport transfers (airport transfers are only available for the nominated flight) and a coach for a half a day sightseeing tour of Moscow (Day 2) and tour to Sergiev Posad (Day 5), accommodation with private facilities and breakfast, museum tickets for all venues on the itinerary and audio system, metro tickets.

 

Single Room Supplement

£177

 

VISA

Please note that you will need a Visa to enter Russia, and I am collaborating with RUVISA for this. The process involves filling in a questionnaire and a sending a copy of your passport.  You will then have to go to the Russian visa centre in London to submit the application and fingerprints.  Once the visa is granted RUVISA will collect your passport and deliver it back to you in accordance with your instructions.  The Visa fee which includes complete service, tourist voucher and all fees is £210 and it takes about 20 working days from submission of documents.

 

Flights

Scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Moscow with British Airways.

Once the tour is viable we will contact you with details of the ‘nominated flight’. You can decide whether you wish to make independent arrangements (people from the North may wish to use a Northern airport) or whether you wish to be booked on the group flight. Please note that when we contact you with fares they are usually only valid for the day and may be higher (or lower) the next day. On the booking form you have the option to authorise us to issue flights if we can’t get hold of you.

 

Local Transport

Airport transfers (if booked on the nominated flight), Moscow sightseeing and tour to Sergiev Posad by coach

 

Group Size

18

 

Tutor

Jerry was born and brought up in Moscow, he emigrated from the Soviet Union in the 1970s. He was invited to join the staff of the BBC World Service in the 1980s and worked as a journalist and a travel programmes presenter for more than 10 years. For the last 20 years he has been a professional London tour guide (so called “Blue Badge”). He visits Moscow at least once a year and has a very goods knowledge of its museums and other tourist attractions. Jerry is a fellow of Royal Geographical Society.

 

Related OU Courses

General interest

 

Itinerary / Study Programme

 Day 1, Monday 11 May 2020

Arrival to Moscow, transfer to hotel and orientation walk.

 

Day 2, Tuesday 12 May 2020

AM Panoramic coach tour, historical and architectural attractions of Moscow.

Lunch break around Red Square.

PM Moscow underground tour, historical Old Arbat walk and journey back to hotel by underground.

Evening programme of choice*.

 

Day 3, Wednesday 13 May 2020

AM Visit to Kremlin: The Armoury Palace and other Kremlin museums.

Lunch break in the shopping mall next to the Kremlin.

PM Guided backstage tour of Bolshoi theatre.

Evening programme of choice*.

 

Day 4, Thursday 14 May 2020

AM Old Tretyakov Gallery (Russian art: medieval and classical).

Lunch break in Tretyakov Gallery restaurant.

PM Walk along the Moscow river to Sculptural Park and guided visit to New Tretyakov Gallery (art of the Sovet era).

17:00 End of the the day programme.

Evening programme of choice*.

 

Day 5, Friday 15 May 2020

AM & PM Full day out of Moscow: tour to Sergiev Posad & Trinity Monastry of St Sergius.

Trinity Monastery is a headquarter of Russian Orthodox Church and most important art and cultural attraction outside Moscow.

Lunch break in historical town of Sergiev Pasad.

16:00 Way back to Moscow (about 1.5 hour).

Free time or evening programme of choice*.

 

Day 6, Saturday 16 May 2020

Check out and excursion of Impressionist paintings in Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

Departure to London.

 

*Possible evening programme choices:

Ballet or Opera in Bolshoi Theater or New Opera.

Concert in Chaikovsky Hall or Great Hall of Moscow conservatory.

Moscow river cruise including evening meal.

A folk show.

Shopping expedition.

 

This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions