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MAY 2013 - JUNE 2013

Saturday, 1

  Day trip to ZARAISK
  08:00 AM

Day trip to ZARAISK, ancient Russian traditional town with the Kremlin of the XVIth century. You will have a chance to visit the St.Nicholas Cathedral of the XVIIth century. It is a great opportunity to visit Fedor Dostoevsky Estate in Darovoye and the museum of Anna Golubkina, famous Russia sculptor.
Price $95

  12:00 noon

Walk in a wonderful park among the remains of the seventeenth century IZMAILOVO ESTATE. Its fortress is where Peter the Great trained his first regular troops.
Price $32

Sunday, 2

  08:00 AM

These ancient towns (respectively 862 AD and 1152 AD) contain two of Russia's greatest buildings: the twelfth century Spasso Preobrazhensky Cathedral in Pereslavl and the seventeenth century Kremlin and Assumption Cathedral in Rostov. You will hear the Rostov bells and have a chance to buy the famous Rostov enamel pieces. Both towns are located on lovely lakes, and the one in Pereslavl was where Peter the Great started the Russian navy. The sole surviving boat from his flotilla is in the Botik museum on the lake.
Price $95

  02:00 PM

RUSSIAN ART NOUVEAU at the turn of this century differed from that in Western Europe, and is manifested in many Moscow buildings by the work of two architects in particular, Shekhtel and Kekushev. Some of their buildings are easily seen, but some are hidden away on small side streets.
Price $45

Saturday, 15 - Sunday, 16

  08:00 AM

We will drive through Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky and Rostov Veliky and there will be wonderful photographic opportunities. Yaroslavl is an old city on the Volga and Kotorosl rivers which used to be a mercantile center. The successful merchants tried to out-do each other in their contributions to the city's architecture, encouraged by the city's architectural school. We will visit the Tolg convent, first established in the fourteenth century, with the distinction of being the first one re-opened under Perestroika. Kostroma is a charming city with exquisite examples of provincial architecture and the Ipaty Monastery, the cradle of the Romanov dynasty.
Price $270-$290