||Sunday. Arrival in Saint-Petersburg. Meet and greet with a local guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel Check in. Dinner at the hotel.
||Breakfast in the hotel.Morning: Sightseeing tour with visit to the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Kazan Cathedral, Smolensky Cemetery with Chapel of St. Ksenia the Blessed, St. Ekaterina Catholic Cathedrals. The Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Laura is one of the first monasteries of St. Petersburg, for some centuries it was the main Russian abbey patronised by Sovereigns. For a long time the cemetery on the Laura’s territory had been the family vault of Russian Sovereigns, grand generals, politicians and prominent Russian such as Dostoevsky, Mussorgsky, and Tchaikovsky. Today, it functions as a monastery, museum and theological seminary and academy, one of the biggest educational organizations for priests. Kazan Cathedral, built for keeping the icon of Our Lady of Kazan and named after it, – the main church of Saint –Petersburg, the marvelous temple, which has no analogues all over Russia and no similarities to any other Orthodox church. The main facade of the Kazan Cathedral was adorned with grand colonnade standing in a semicircle, resembling St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. The main miracle making icon, Our Lady of Kazan, is the icon with the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church and it is considered a palladium of Russia for centuries. Chapel of St. Kseniya the Blessed of St. Petersburg is located in the grounds of the Smolensk Cemetery on Vasilevsky Island. St. Kseniya is the city's favourite saint and one of the patron saints of the city. She lived in the 18th century and was a "Holy Fool". Every day crowds of piligrims from all over the world come here to bow and ask for help in their troubles from St. Kseniya the Blessed. Lunch in the city. Catherine Cathedral, one of the oldest Catholic churches in Russia, the main of 4th Catholic church in Saint-Petersburg. St. Isaac’s Cathedral, used to be the main cathedra of the city, the forth biggest domed cathedral in the world, famous for its elaborately decorated interiors, one of the highest domed buildings in the world, to fully decorate it 400 kg of gold and 16 tons of malachite were used. The interior design is composed of more than 300 paintings, mosaics, sculptures, various kinds of semi-precious stones and gilding. Of particular interest is one of Russia's largest stained glasses with the area of 28,5 square meters. Inside, the cathedral walls are faced with expensive Italian and Russian varieties of marble and other stones: malachite, lapis lazuli, porphyry.Dinner at the hotel.
||Breakfast in the hotel.Departure for the Vvedeno-Oyatsky Nunnery and Alexander Svirsky Monastery. Vvedeno-Oyatsky Nunnery is one of the oldest cloisters in the North-Western Russia, the date of its foundation is not known. Originally it was founded as a monastery. There was a holy spring that stopped functioning after closing the monastery in 1920s. It was re-opened in 1993 as a nunnery and at the same time the holy springs revived. It is located in the distance of about 250 km from St. Petersburg (approximately 4,5 hours by coach). Alexander-Svirsky Monastery is a Russian Orthodox monastery situated deep in the woods, in the distance of about 50 km from Vvedeno –Oyatskiy Nunnery. Its founder, a monk of the Valaam Monastery, named Alexander, born in 15 century, lived in woods for some time. During his life in the woods, he had a vision of the Holy Trinity who ordered him to build two oaken chapels dedicated to the Trinity and the Saviour's Transfiguration. These churches gave birth to the twin Trinity and the Transfiguration cloisters, collectively known as the Alexander-Svirsky Monastery. The monastery's founder, Alexander Svirsky, died on August 30, 1533 and was buried at the Transfiguration cloister, which still serves as a burial place for the local monks. Later, the church synod of 1547 canonized Alexander Svirsky, and the new saint became venerated throughout Russian lands. Here, in monastery, his holy miracle making relics are kept. Lunch at the monastery or lunch box. Arrival at Russian village “Verkhnie Mandrogi”(about 270 km from Saint-Petersburg). Tour of village. Verkhnie Mandrogi is a reconstructed traditional Russian village. It is located on the shore of the Svir River, which connects the greatest European Lakes Ladoga and Onega. The village has several traditional Russian houses (izba) where you can get acquainted with the traditional Russian peasant culture. Dinner at the restaurant in the village. The restaurant serves traditional Russian dishes. The hotel corresponds 3 * star level, designed in Russian traditional (peasant) style. Accommodation in twin standard rooms.
||Breakfast. Departure for St. Petersburg. Tour of Staraya Ladoga –the first capital of Russia (located in the distance of 115 kilometers from Saint-Petersburg). Staraya Ladoga, founded almost 1250 years ago, used to be a large trade and craft center. It is considered to be the first ancient capital of Rus in 9th century. The relatively small territory retains 160 monuments of the 8th -20th centuries. Visit to one of the 3 functional monasteries of Staraya Ladoga. Lunch in Staraya Ladoga. Arrival in Saint-Petersburg. Evening: free Dinner at the hotel.
||Breakfast in the hotel. Morning: Visit to the Hermitage – one of the greatest and most famous museums in the world that houses masterpieces such artists as Rembrandt, Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Rafael, Matisse, Picasso. Departure for Vladimir with Sapsan train. Arrival in Vladimir. Meet and greet with local guide at the railway station. Dinner at the hotel Overnight in Vladimir.
||Breakfast in the hotel. Tour of Vladimir, Bogolyubovo and Suzdal. City tour of Vladimir – the Golden Gates (without entrance), the Assumption and St. Demetrius Cathedrals (with entrances). The City of Vladimir, one of the oldest Russian communities, is now considered as one of the major cities of the Golden Ring of Russia. Among many other attractions, the City boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are the Golden Gates, Vladimir's unofficial symbol, and the Assumption and St. Demetrius Cathedrals. Visit to Bogolyubovo – a suburb of Vladimir (14 km), famous for its Convent. Russian Orthodox Christians believe that Bogolyubovo was founded on the spot where Andrei Bogolyubsky (Russian Great prince) saw a miraculous vision of the Theotokos (meaning "God bearer", Virgin Mary). The Theotokos appeared to him in a dream-like vision holding a scroll in Her right hand, and commanded him to build a church and monastery on the place of the vision. Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky also commissioned an iconographer to paint the icon of the apparition of the Theotokos to him. This icon has been known as the Bogolubskaya Icon of the Theotokos. The convent was founded on this holy place in 13th century. Now it is a functional nunnery. City tour of Suzdal with visit to the Kremlin with entrance to the cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin (13th century) and the Archbishops' Chambers and visit to the monastery of our Saviour and St. Euthimius. n medieval times Suzdal rose in prominence as a religious center with numerous monasteries and a remarkable ratio of churches to citizens: at one point, forty churches for four hundred families. Today, the town operates as an important tourist center, featuring many fine examples of old Russian architecture — most of them churches and monasteries. Lunch in Suzdal. Departure for Sergiev Posad. Overnight in Segiev Posad. Dinner at the hotel.
||Tour of Trinity-Sergius Lavra. The ensemble of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad is an outstanding example of 14th- to 18th-century Russian architecture. Many of these buildings were models for later buildings in Russia. The monastery is considered to be a prime center of religious education, former residence of the Patriarch of All Russia. Important restoration works were conducted at Holy Trinity in the 1960s and 1970s, and the monastery was added to UNESCO's World Heritage. Lunch in Sergiev Posad. Departure for Moscow. Overnight in Moscow. Dinner at the hotel.
||Morning. Sightseeing tour with visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, New Maiden Nunnery and Andronikov Monastery. The Andronikov Monastery was built in 14th century as part of Moscow's outer defensive ring of monastery-fortresses. The monastery's most famous monk was undoubtedly the great 14th century icon painter, Andrei Rublev. The monastery itself is encircled by white stone crenellated ramparts with stout lookout towers added at three corners, built in the 17th century to replace the earlier high earthen ramparts topped with wooden palisade and blockhouses. It houses the Andrei Rublev Museum and boasts a fine collection of 15th century works by the Rublev School, 17th century works from the ancient Russian city of Novogorod. The museum also includes a separate exhibition of decorative and applied art, including jewelry, goblets, coins and religious vestments from medieval Russia onwards. The red and white crenellated walls and golden domes of Novodevichy Convent make it one of Moscow's most attractive monasteries. Most of the capital's monasteries were built between the 13th and 16th centuries, not merely as religious centers but as fortified structures with the express purpose of defending the city from Tatar and Pole attacks. Novodevichy, or "New Maidens Convent" was founded to commemorate the recapture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians in 1514. The convent's main cathedral was consecrated in honor of the Smolenskaya Icon of the Mother of God Hodigitria, which according to legend was painted by St. Luke himself. Lunch in the city. Afternoon. Visit to the Kremlin –grounds and cathedrals. From medieval citadel to modern power centre, the Moscow Kremlin has played a dominant role in Russian life for over eight hundred. Dinner at the hotel.
||Breakfast in the hotel.Transfer to the airport.