Situated on an island on Lake Valdayskoye, it became an important centre of culture and education in the 17th century, and producer of fine porcelain tiles.Arrive in Novgorod and enjoy an included dinner featuring traditional Russian cuisine at a local restaurant.
Basil's Cathedral and Red Square with the Lenin Mausoleum.You'll also visit the splendid Moscow METRO, lavishly constructed in the early 20th century to resemble a magnificent subterranean palace.(B)An included excursion travels to picturesque Sergiev Posad with its 14th-century TRINITY-SERGIUS MONASTERY—the Russian Orthodox equivalent of the Vatican.(B, L, D)Start the day with a visit to the GOLDWORK EMBROIDERY MUSEUM in Torzhok, famous for its delicate goldwire embroidery found in artwork, insignia, and royal clothing.Next, visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox VALDAY IVERSKY MONASTERY, founded in 1653.Travel to the pretty town of Klin to see historic Russian Christmas decorations at the local museum where you will be able to create your own to take home, , as well as the Tchaikovsky House-Museum – home of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
You’ll stop in Tver for a traditional evening of Russian dining, after visiting the Goldwork Embroidery Museum and the beautiful Russian Orthodox Valday Iversky Monastery.
Then, explore the TCHAIKOVSKY HOUSEMUSEUM, former country home of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
This is where he wrote Symphony No 6 (Pathetique) and spent his final days in 1893.
See the areas where he lived and worked, as well as his top hat, gloves, and the luggage he took on concert tours.
Overnight in Tver, dating back to the 12th century and situated at the confluence of the Volga, Tmaka, and Tvertsa Rivers.
With its imposing white-stone façade and blue and gold onion domes, this is one of the loveliest monasteries in Russia.