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Moscow Non standard Tours (One day)

Backstage of the Bolshoi Theatre

 

 

The Bolshoi Theatre is the national pride of Russia and its main symbol. The magnificent building of the Bolshoi Theatre with white columns and the Quadriga of Apollo created by Pyotr Klodt two hundred forty years ago fascinates with its grandeur and beauty being one of the most famous symbols of Moscow and the main tourist attractions. During the excursion we will visit the following  premises:

 

THE BEETHOVEN HALL is one of the most high-tech halls in the world. A wonderful mechanism of transformation gives the opportunity to hide auditorium seats turning the hall into an enormous conference hall. The hall has hi-tech electronic acoustics. Therefore, a sound studio is located here. The modern Beethoven Hall is located under Teatralnaya Square and has four floors under the ground. Behind its walls just 70 meters there is a metro line.

 

THE WHITE HALLТs decorations of 1895 combine noble renaissance and the exuberant Byzantine style. Visitors can see delicate grisaille that bewildered all theatre lovers of the XIX century

 

THE RED HALL AND THE IMPERIAL FOYER buffet tables were arranged for the emperor and close persons. The hall boggles the mind with its luxury.

 

THE HISTORIC STAGE The auditorium of the Historic Stage boggles with its luxury and elegance and has harmony of Renaissance and Byzantine styles. There are arabesques, wall lamps, candelabrums, red velvet, natural wood and the real gold at every stage. The total square of gold leaf in the auditorium is 1100 m2.

 

THE REHEARSAL STAGE.

Nobody even can think that the rehearsal stage is located just under the Historic Stage, above the luxurious chandelier with the picturesque ceiling. The stage is a replica of the Historic Stage in terms of dimensions and the form. All rehearsals of operas and ballets excluding pre-premier ones are held here.

 

THE SEWING WORKSHOP

One more wonderful place hidden from the othersТ eyes, which everyone would like to visit, this is sewing workshops. They are located under the roof, at the level of the famous Quadriga of Apollo, a chariot with four horses over the columns of the Bolshoi Theatre. Just here splendid costumes are manufactured. You will see the process of cutting and needlework

 

THE EXHIBITION OF COSTUMES

We see an exhibition of the real stage dresses of prima ballerinas of the Bolshoi Theatre

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 Ц

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 Ц

on clientТs transport

1 pax

30 400

28 750

2 pax

15 200

14 300

3 pax

10 300

9 500

4 pax

7 700

7 200

5 pax

6 800

6 400

6 pax

6 600

6 200

 

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off Ц 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Entrance to the Bolshoi Theatre with private tour (no performance included)

House on the Embankment  a symbol of prosperity and of StalinТs repressions in the 1930Тs.

 

 

There are many buildings in Moscow along  the Moskva River, but only one of them is known as the House on the Embankment , a famous constructivist building in the center of Moscow that used to be an embodiment of how life of Soviet people would look like in the future.

It was designed by Soviet architect Boris Iofan and construction was completed in 1931. It is located directly opposite the Kremlin. This house was a unique complex :  505 apartments, with the latest equipment for those years, and was inhabited by a new Soviet elite - generals, people's commissars, cultural figures.

A whole system of serving the residents was built: a gym and indoor tennis courts, a cinema, a distribution store, an outpatient clinic, a post office, a day nursery, a kindergarten, a solarium, a library, a dining room, laundry.

During the Stalinist purges, many tenants were arrested and disappeared. Two-thirds of the residents were repressed, including the chairman of RykovТs government, Marshal Tukhachevsky.

The house became a symbol of this terrible time.

 

This interesting tour includes visiting a small apartment museum.

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 Ц

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 Ц

on clientТs transport

1 pax

10 580

8 500

2 pax

6 500

5 700

3 pax

4 500

3 900

4 pax

3 850

3 450

5 pax

3 500

3 100

6 pax

2 900

2 500

 

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off Ц 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Entrance to the museum of The House on Embakement

Famous Eliseev Grocery Store

A man who was ahead of his time and was shot for it.

Director of the grocery store " Eliseevsky"

 

 

Eliseevsky store is more than 100 years old and boasts a rich history. Long before the store was built here, the building served as a house for Ekaterina Kozitskaya, the wife of Grigoriy Kozitskiy who was the State Secretary of Ekaterina II.

In 1898 the building was bought by tradesman Grigoriy Eliseev from Saint Petersburg. Eliseevsky store was opened in Moscow  in 1901 and named after its owner. It definitely stoked the imagination of its customers.

They saw lavishly decorated interiors with huge crystal chandeliers, reminiscent of bunches of grapes; aisles heaped with exotic fruits: pyramids of coconuts and bunches of tropical bananas. Extremely polite sales people hurried to help their customers to make the best choice. 

 

During the Brezhnev stagnation period and the last years before Perestroika were remembered by Soviet citizens as a time of total deficit. All stores in the USSR could only show empty shelves, at best decorated with piles of canned goods. For any food and industrial goods, Soviet citizens had to literally УhuntФ, stand kilometer-long queues or make mutually beneficial friendships with store managers.

Under these conditions, the Moscow Grocery Store No. 1 on Gorky Street in Building No. 14 impressed the imagination with luxury. It contained such scarce goods that Soviet citizens couldnТt dream of. The director of Eliseevsky, Yuri Sokolov was person No. 1 for the capital's elite. In 1982, Yu. V. Andropov came to power in the USSR, one of the goals of which was to cleanse the country of corruption, theft and bribery. He was aware of the real state of affairs in trade, so Andropov decided to start with the Moscow food trade. Soon Sokolov was arrested.

 

The court sentenced Sokolov to capital punishment (execution) with confiscation of property and deprivation of all ranks and awards. The Eliseev case became the largest case of embezzlement in Soviet trade.

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 Ц

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 Ц

on clientТs transport

1 pax

9 600

7 900

2 pax

5 900

4 900

3 pax

4 700

3 900

4 pax

3 550

2 700

5 pax

3 250

2 400

6 pax

2 900

2 200

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off Ц 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Private tour at Eliseev Grosery

 

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour has the saddest and most tragic history

 

The CathedralТs history begins in 1812, after the victory of Russian troops over NapoleonТs French army. Tsar Alexander I wanted a temple to be erected in Moscow, with the name of Christ the Saviour, in honor of those who fought and died in the Patriotic War of 1812, However it was not until 1839, already in the time of Tsar Nicholas I, when the first stone was laid. It was built for almost 44 years, between 1839 and 1883.  After the Revolution of 1917, which included religious persecution, the closing and demolition of temples, Stalin ordered that the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour be demolished with explosives. On the same site  Stalin projected for the glory of the USSR the Palace of the Soviets - a mega-building which was planned to be the tallest building in the world  (415 meters high plus a statue of Lenin of another 100 meters), which never came to see the light, despite the works being initiated. The construction was interrupted by the Second World War and never renewed. The site was used for an open-air swimming pool Ц a gigantic outdoor swimming pool, the largest in the world, with hot water and 129 meters in diameter- in the post-war period, and then, in the 1990s the Moscow government decided to rebuild the cathedral. Millions of Muscovites contributed towards the cost of the reconstruction and the new cathedral, an almost exact copy of the building demolished 70 years before, was finally consecrated in 2000.

 

You will learn about the buildingТs turbulent history of  The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour , the highest orthodox temple in the world,admire the elaborate interior of this vast building and enjoy unrivaled panoramic views of the center of Moscow from its 40-meter-high viewing platform.

 

This tour can be combined with excursion to the House of Embakement. (send us request for the price of this combined tour).

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 Ц

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 Ц

on clientТs transport

1 pax

10 800

9 300

2 pax

6 850

5 900

3 pax

5 400

4 800

4 pax

3 960

3 400

5 pax

3 360

2 900

6 pax

2 900

2 400

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off Ц 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Private tour to Christ the Savour with observation platform

German Moscow

 

At the very beginning of the XVIII century, the mass German arrival in Russia was facilitated by the decree of Peter the Great on inviting Germans to Russia with the promise of freedom of religion and the right to use the German language and in fact they received great privileges.

The end of the XIX - beginning of the XX Ц the heyday of the German Community in Moscow. Families of German manufactures Ц Boray, Mark, Knoop, List - managed the development of heavy industry and set the tone for the business life of the city. 

Karl Ferrein's pharmaceutical factory and pharmacy became famous throughout Moscow, The words "German" and "doctor, pharmacist" in Russia for a long time were almost synonymous. A number of luxurious, unusual mansions and buildings were built in Moscow on the projects of  Franz Albert Schechtel, till now they are recognized as the pride of Russian architecture.

Modern Moscow carefully preserves the memory of its "Russian Germans".

We will take a fascinating walk through the former center of German Settlement. You will admire the palaces and mansions built by the УGermansФ: you will see the Lefort Palace, Slobodskoy and Catherine Palace, an old German cemetery founded during the terrible plague epidemic. We will stop at the former police hospital "Holy doctor" - Friedrich Joseph Haaz and admire the small elegant mansion of the Evangelical orphanage in Gorokhov lane and learn about the history of the Evangelical hospital.

So, the tour will continueЕ

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 Ц

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 Ц

on clientТs transport

1 pax

10 800

7 900

2 pax

5 400

4 800

3 pax

4 200

3 500

4 pax

3 250

2 900

5 pax

2 700

2 500

6 pax

2 600

2 200

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off Ц 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Private tour

Tour to Sergiev Posad (Russian Vatican) and visit to The Museum of Russian (Matreshka) toys

 

Sergiyev Posad is a small Russian city located  75 km north-east of Moscow. It is the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy. The main sight of the city is the Trinity-Sergius Lavra (monastery), a monument of culture and art included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Sergiev Posad is  included in the Golden Ring of Russia because of its rich cultural and historical heritage. The area around the city has rich cultural and historical heritage too. More than 250 architectural and archaeological monuments are located in the area; more than 50 churches are among them.

The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius was founded in the early 14th century by one of the most venerated saints of Russia St. Sergius. For centuries, Russian czars and common people set out on pilgrimage to the monastery. It remains one of the most sacred places in Russia today.

The name of Sergius of Radonezh is associated with the countryТs revival after the centuries of Tatar-Mongol rule and  Russian Renaissance. There are about ten churches inside the monastery built at different times from the 15th to the 18th century. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of Russian church architecture. There is no need to see inside all of them.  But Assumption Cathedral, commissioned by Ivan the Terrible himself, is a must. It is recognizable by its blue domes with golden stars

Trinity Cathedral houses the relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh. You will admire the wonderful five-tier iconostasis (many of the icons were painted in the 1400s by the reputed Andrei Rublev himself); visit the Refectory Chamber, one of the most beautiful structures in the ensemble of the Lavra. Trinity Cathedral was a particular favorite of Ivan the Terrible. It was here that he was baptized, got married, and held prayers after successful military campaigns.

Today the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius is home to over 300 monks. The monastery houses a theological college, spiritual academy and an icon painting school.

The monastery is not the only reason Sergiev Posad is famous for. A traditional folk craft for the manufacture of children's toys started here as well. Legend has it that Father Sergius himself would cut out various wooden toys and whistles for children. We believe that most popular Russian souvenir - the painted Russian matryoshka - a real symbol of Russia,originates from here.  You can see  some rare nesting dolls and other wooden toys and dolls in the town's Toy Museum  or do some matryoshka shopping in the market square near the monastery gates. Matryoshka painting master class might be added upon request.

 

One day is enough to get acquainted with the main sights of Sergiev Posad. But, if you want to visit the surrounding places of interest (for example, Abramtzevo museum-estate or Gremyachiy waterfall), then it is better to go to the city for the weekend (2-3 days).

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 Ц

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 Ц

on clientТs transport

1 pax

24 900

17 500

2 pax

12 750

8 950

3 pax

9 180

6 250

4 pax

7 170

4 990

5 pax

6 140

4 380

6 pax

5 400

3 840

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off Ц 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Private tour to Trinity Sergius Lavra and Museum of Russian toys

Stalin Skyscrapers

 

If you visit Moscow it will be impossible for you not to see Stalin skyscrapers, since they are popularly known as the Seven Sisters, and they measure between 134 and 240 meters in height.

The buildings were built in Moscow in 1940-1950s as the symbol of the power of the Soviet people, who won the Great Patriotic War, as the personification of the Уcity of the futureФ, which the capital was supposed to become. They combine the Russian Baroque and Gothic styles with the neoclassical one.

At present, they House of Moscow University, two hotels, two ministries and two residential buildings.

The skyscrapers were built in the form of a ring to emphasize the radial layout of the city. Consequently, The Sisters may best be seen by taking the metroТs ring line.

Originally, it was planned to build nine such buildings. It was Stalin's intention to symbolize the strength and power of each of the planets in the solar system, to form some kind of magic circle! However, the central object of this mystical ring - the House of Soviets was never destined to materialize. The reason for this was the following: it was  planned to construct  the building on the ruins of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which was  blown up by the Soviets.

Stalin's skyscrapers  preserve the tragic fate of a huge number of people associated with them, from architects, German prisoners who worked in construction and those who lived or worked within these walls.

These Soviet pyramids were shrouded in mystery from the very first day of their construction. They are majestically beautiful, their greatness is fascinating, and mystical stories about them will convince even the most avowed materialists.

 

Price in Rubbles per pax:

 

Number of pax

Option 1 Ц

including transportation from Spectrum

Option 2 Ц

on clientТs transport

1 pax

12  900

9 900

2 pax

7 800

6 300

3 pax

6 250

4 900

4 pax

4 620

3 400

5 pax

3 900

2 900

6 pax

3 600

2 650

 

Price includes:

  • Hotel pick up/Drop off  - 1st option , No pick up /drop off Ц 2d option (client may use his own transport)
  • Local guide on any European language
  • Private tour, including visit to one of the observation platforms.

A walk on the roof of Stadium "Luzhniki"

 

We invite you to take a walk along the route that runs on the top of  УLuzhnikiФ Stadium Ц the largest sports arena in Russia.

This exciting adventure at height of 57 m with magnificent panoramic views of Moscow has become one of the most popular options for active and fascinating excursions in Moscow.

This tour provides a great opportunity to look at the city from a height, feel freedom and an unforgettable sense of flight and capture all these moments on a photo with family and friends.

The observation deck on the top the stadium is the longest in Europe, and if you go round the observation deck, the distance will be 1 km! What a stunning view of the whole city, the Main building of Moscow state University, Novodevichy monastery and Moscow city complex!

 

 

Before observing Moscow from the top, visitors will go to the football field of the Big Sports arena and learn a lot of interesting things from the history of the country's main stadium and see what is usually hidden from fansТ eyes during matches.

YouТll go out the football field and touch the grass of  World Cup 2018! You will see the arena from the inside and learn how the arena has changed from the date of itТs construction in 1956 up to present days.

Do you know why СLUZHNIKIТ Stadium is a strategic object of the highest category? Do you know why seats on the stadium have different colours? What is the origin of the name СLuzhnikiТ? Would you like to enter on the field from the entrance of football teams?

Luzhniki Stadium was acknowledged as a stadium with best views of the football field from any seat of any row of 81.000-seat arena. Choose any seat and make sure it has no blind zones and the field view is great.

One of the most prestigious and recognizable football trophies of the world is located on our stadium! After the Champions League in 2008, UEFA presented to the stadium the copy of the Cup and you can take a photo with it!

 

All necessary sanitary measures are taken into account to ensure the safety of visitors. Before climbing to the roof, each guest will receive individual protective equipment Ц a mask, gloves, a helmet and all safety equipment, which will be disinfected before and after use.

 

The number of people in the group - no more than 10 people.

The guide meets the group near Excursion center (entrance S5, sector A4) 5-10 mins before the tour starts.

 

Please, take your passport or driver's license with you. Children are allowed from 14 y.o only in accompany with adults.

Tips for clothing: sneakers, jeans, coat, cap, sunglasses.

 

Price in Rubbles:

 

OPTION 1 Ц join in group (Russian language) Ц

900 RUB / pax (including entrance fees, excursion program)

11 July Ц 14.00, 16.00

12 July Ц 12.00, 14.00, 16.00

Stay tuned for other dates.

 

OPTION 2 Ц private tour (in Russian language) - any date Ц from 1 to 10 pax Ц

14 500 RUB / group (including entrance fees, excursion program).

 

OPTION 3 Ц private tour Ц (English/German/Spanish or any European language) - any date Ц from 1 to 10 pax Ц

19 900 RUB / group (including entrance fees, our interpreter with English, German, Spanish or any European language, excursion program).

 

Transfer to the stadium for additional cost (on request).

Duration Ц 1 h 45 min.

 

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