The plan is to schedule a meeting in October to review the finalized plans and the itinerary. The following is brief outline about the projected itinerary. Air prices and itineraries will be available in October. Land prices will be published within the next week. Land pricing includes hotel, 2 meals a day, all excursions and museum entrances, land transfers, train and bus transportation, escort during the entire 14 days, museum guides and lectures. Extra costs will be Russian visa, trip insurance and tips.
Day 1– Arrive in Moscow
Day 2 to 6– Moscow excursions with highlights of the Kremlin and its Churches, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Tretykov Gallery, Arbot Street, day excursion to Sergiev Posad; Holy Trinity Lavra including Sofrino visit, day excursion to St. Nicholas Monastery in Maloyaroslavets, and more then overnight train to St. Petersburg
Day 7 to 9– Bus transport from St. Petersburg to Pskov. Pskov excursions include museums and cultural monuments, Svyatogorskiy Monastery and places where A. Pushkin lived (memorial estate), Pskov-Pechersky Monastery and Lavra and Medieval Fortress of Izborsk
Day 10 to 13– Return to St. Petersburg from Pskov, St. Petersburg excursions with highlights of Church of Spilled Blood, Ioannovsky Convent, Kazanskya Cathedral, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, The Hermitage, Russian State Museum, St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra, day excursion to Peterhoff and/or Katherine’s Palace and the nearby Fedorovskaya Cathedral undergoing restoration. Morning lecture on Religion in Society Nowadays by Sergey Akopov, Professor of Politics and Economics at the National Research University Higher School of Economics University of St. Petersburg.
Day 14– Depart for home
The itinerary program is hosted by The Benois Institute in St. Petersburg. Slava Benois, my partner in the developments of the pilgrimage, is the Russian director for the Benois Institute which also partners in France and provides cultural and educational exchanges.
Pictures from Russia Pilgrimage 2017
At the Hermitage
Rembrandt “The Return of the Prodigal Son”/ Hermitage
Ioannovsky Convent/St. Petersburg
Church of Spilled Blood/St. Petersburg
Deb next to Church of Spilled Blood
St. Isaac Cathedral/ St. Petersburg