Artistic Moscow

Duration: 4 days

Highlights: GROUP TOUR. Moscow, River Cruise, Kremlin, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Explore the State Tretyakov Gallery

Moscow is home to a fantastically broad array of museums and galleries. Contemporary art spaces promoting young Russian artists compete with the grand and traditional museums that house the country’s priceless heritage. This itinerary incorporates some of Moscow’s most important historical collections with its vibrant and innovative modern art scene.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Moscow, Tour of Red Square

Upon arrival at Moscow airport you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel, where you will be met by your Tour Director. 

Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of Red Square which includes St Basil’s Cathedral, a colourful multi-domed complex whose architects were supposedly blinded by Ivan the Terrible so they could never recreate such splendour again.

The rest of the evening is at your leisure to explore Moscow on your own.

Overnight: The Ritz Carlton/ Marriott Royal Aurora

Meal Plan: D

 

Day 2 - Moscow’s Art Galleries

Join your guide for a full day sightseeing tour of some of Moscow’s most significant art galleries. Begin with the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, which is famous for its valuable collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, along with work by some of the old masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Botticelli. 

Continue to Winzavod Art Gallery. This privately owned gated property, which was formerly a winery, is now considered to be the heart of Russia’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. Also stop off at the Aidan Gallery and the Marat Guelman Gallery, which was one of the first and most famous galleries to appear in Post-Soviet Russia.

End your day at the pop/off/art gallery and meet with the director Sergey Popov. The pop/off/art gallery was established in 2004 and primarily exhibits paintings, sculpture and installations. In addition to presenting work by international artists the gallery also plays a significant role in promoting young Russian artists.

Overnight: The Ritz Carlton/ Marriott Royal Aurora

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 3 - State Tretyakov Gallery, Novodevichy Convent and Moscow River Cruise Lunch

The morning of day 3, visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, which has the world’s best collection of Russian icons and an outstanding collection of pre-Revolutionary Russian art. Enjoy a private concert of spiritual music at St. Nickolas church following your tour. 

Afterwards continue to the Novodevichy convent complex. Founded in 1584 it became home to many noble women such as Peter the Great’s wife, who took vows to see their lives out at Novodevichy. Explore the convent’s cemetery where Nikita Khrushchev, Raisa Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and many other famous Russians are buried. 

In the afternoon enjoy a lunch cruise along the Moscow River on the newly-built floating restaurant.

Afterwards you may wish to take a ride on the famous Moscow metro, renowned for the ornate splendour of its stations. Or visit the Art Sale situated near Peter the Great monument. Later make a stop at the nearby New Tretyakov Gallery with its collection of 20th-century Russian art.

Overnight: The Ritz Carlton/ Marriott Royal Aurora

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 4 - State Armoury, Kremlin Territory and Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery

Begin your full-day guided tour of Moscow with a visit to the State Armoury; the oldest museum in Russia and home to a collection of precious stones, masterpieces of 18th- and 19th-century jewellery, and an impressive collection of Faberge Eggs. 

Continue your tour to the Kremlin Territory, a treasure trove of Russian history. Lunch is suggested at the Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery, following which you have the opportunity to take a look around the gallery. Zurab Tsereteli is a controversial figure in Russia’s contemporary art scene, most well-known for his architectural designs and striking sculptures. 

Continue with a private backstage tour of the newly rebuilt main stage of the Bolshoi Theatre. The interior of the theatre is stunning, and includes a six-tiered auditorium decorated in red and gold. 

The evening is at leisure.

Overnight: The Ritz Carlton/ Marriott Royal Aurora

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 5 - Depart Moscow

Today you will be privately transferred to Moscow Airport.

Meal Plan: B

 

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