We’ll leave on a panoramic tour of the main sites in the Russia capital. We’ll pass through the historic center, where the famous Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral are located. Very little is known about the genuine history of the church except that it was requisitioned by Ivan the Terrible to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces. It was completed in 1560. Nothing is known about the builders, except their names and the legend that Ivan had them blinded so that they could not create anything to compare. The Kremlin and Red Square are the heart and soul of Russia and the Russian equivalent of Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House and the Washington Mall. We’ll have lunch in town and then continue on to the Novodevichy Convent. Founded in 1524 by Grand Duke Vasily III to celebrate the recapture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians, the convent is definitely one of the most beautiful sights in Moscow. Also called New Maiden’s Convent, it is best known as the place where Peter the Great imprisoned his half-sister Sofia after deposing her and taking over as tsar of Russia. He later confined his first wife to the convent as well. We’ll then see the State Tretyakov Gallery, which possesses a unique collection of Russian art, including masterpieces that span a period of a thousand years. We’ll return on board after our tour.
Length: 10 hours
- The order of the visits may change.
- The times are given as an indication.