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Russia tour, Moscow tour, Tour St. Petersburg Russia
Russia tour, Moscow tour, Tour St. Petersburg Russia
Russia tour, Moscow tour, Tour St. Petersburg Russia
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Russia tour, Moscow tour, Tour St. Petersburg Russia
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   Day One - must-see
     Tourists usually start from Red Suare. One must-see is St.Basil's Cathedral, right on Red Square. It's open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but keep in mind that you can purchase tickets till 3 p.m. The cost 150 roubles for foreigners.
     The Lenin Mausoleum is no longer the tourist shrine it used to be, but some visitors are still curious enough to check it out. The continuing interest in this odd place, where you can walk through and observe what remains of first Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, is fueled by the constant talk of its permanent closure. The mausoleum is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and entrance is free.
     Red Square is also home to the State Historical Museum. Here you'll see an enormous collection of archeological finds that tell the fascinating tale of Russia's history. But keep in mind that while some love wandering around museums, others get so bored they're ready to fall asleep the moment they walk through the door. The museum's hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., while tickets are sold until 6 p.m. every day except Tuesdays and the first Monday of the month. Tickets cost from 50 to 150 roubles.
     Once you're through all the main tourist attractions, move on to Alexandrovsky Sad (Garden). But first, stop by the Kilometer Zero mark in front of the gates, throw a coin and make a wish - legend says thet your wish will come true.
     Once in the garden, stretch out on a bench and enjoy the sun for a while. Don't forget, though, to approach the Eternal Flame and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, both memorials to the brutal fighting and Russian victories in World War 2. The guards around the Unknown Soldier change every hour, to the beautiful sound of Kremlin bells - an experience you won't to miss. During Soviet era the guards were in front of the Lenin Mausoleum.
     Walking around Manezhnaya Ploshchad, directly behind the park, is best on weekdays; on weekends it fills with thousands of teenagers, interrupting its usual peaceful atmosphere and leaving you feeling jostled.
     The Kremlin itself, with its museums and cathedrals, is also a must-see. But if you have less than 2 hours free, it's probably better to find something else to do, because you don't want to hurry through some of the most beautiful pieces of Russia's architecture and history. For the moment, foreigners are allowed inside only in groups. The Kremlin is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week except Thursdays. A regular entrance ticket costs 70 roubles. Visiting the Armory and the Diamond Fund costs extra.
   Day Two - combine leisure with tourist attractions
     First, get on the metro and head for the recently reopened Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) station, formerly known as Leninskiye Gory. This is the only metro station in Russia located on a bridge, and through its glass windows you can see an incredible view of the Moscow River and Luzhniki Stadium. As you leave the station, head in the direction of Moscow State University (one of seven Moscow so-called Stalin skyscrapers; Stalin wanted to build 8 skyscrapers to commemorate 800 anniversary of Moscow in 1947). Near the University walk toward the rever to the observation point and be amazed by gorgeous view of the capital - Luzhniki, Novodevichy convent, the Kremlin and a huge array of tiny pushcarts with souvenirs starting with traditional matryoshka dolls and ending with antique cameras.
     Stock up on souvenirs here, then head for a gondola lift, which is a new form of entertainment in town and operates round the clock. For 30 roubles, you'll be carried down to the Moscow River embankment, where you'll find a reverboat berth. The boats operate from April to the end of September, from 10 a.m. to midnight. Buy a ticket which costs 80 roubles on weekdays and twice as much on weekends, and take a ride on the river.
     The first stop is Gorky Park. The park itself is not worth spending much time in; it has fallen into disrepair over the past few years. But do get off for the Ferris wheel and its bird's-eye view of Moscow. Tickets cost 50 roubles, plus a park entrance fee of 40-50 roubles.
     Return to the boat - you'll have to purchase a new ticket - and watch for the following sites: the Central House of Artist on the right; the Peter the Great monument, also on the right; the city's oldest chocolate factory Krasny Okyabr (Red October), where the smell of melted chocolate will stay with you for days; the Christ the Savior Cathedral on the left; and a great view of the Kremlin.
   Day Three - cultural picnic
     Stock up on your usual picnic supplies - a blanket, a basket of food, a bottle of wine and other accessories, depending on your preferences and your budget. Then decide on your cultural entertainment; choose either the Kuskovo, Kolomenskoye or Tsaritsyno estates.
     KUSKOVO was built in the 17th century and was the residence of Count Sheremetyev. It has a gorgeous park witn a number of lakes and canals, as well as a huge array of architectural monuments of various periods and styles. Visit the main museum and the museum of ceramics. It is one of the best-kept parks in Moscow, but is hard to get to, and even having a car doesn't help, since it's far from downtown and doesn't have a decent parking lot. Koskovo is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but is closed on the last Wednesday of the month.
    KOLOMENSKOYE, to the south of the center, is an eclectic spot with a collection of architecture beginning from the 14th century. The buildings include a cabin of Peter the Great brought to Kolomenskoye from Arkhangelsk, the Nikolo-Karelsky Monastery tower and the church/bell tower of St.George. If the weather is good, you can also visit the crafts museum, where you will find objects from the 17th to 19th centuries. The park has a beautiful view from the banks of the Moscow River and the Church of the Ascension but one drawback is the crowds.
     TSARITSYNO is the estate of the unfinished palace of Catherine the Great, which was built on her orders by the architect Bazhenov. Catherine hated the design, however, because Bazhenov didn't follow her instructions to he letter. Unfortunately, the palace is in deteriorating condition. The park around the palace is as gorgeous as ever, though, and is best viewed on horse-back. The park has a riding stable, which rents horses out by the hour. Tsaritsyno has an array of activities that also include boat rentals, but the park is, unfortunately, not the cleanest spot you'll find in Moscow. It's open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.


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