Moscow – Kolomna – Moscow
Venture outside Moscow to one of Russia’s oldest cities, Kolomna. Founded in the 12th century, Kolomna is naturally famous for its Kremlin. It is one of the country’s most impressive ancient fortresses and has been involved in many significant events in Russian history. The city also boasts a lively and elegant posad (old merchants’ quarter) with old churches, mansions of rich merchants, and traditional wooden houses. If you’re lucky enough to be in Kolomna in the spring, you may see the city’s legendary apple trees in bloom. But all year round you can learn about Kolomna’s rich history and traditions related to apples – in particular, how the famous pastila (apple-based confectionery) is made.
09:15 Meet your driver and tour leader at your hotel.
09:30 Drive to Kolomna (110 km, 2h).
11:30 Take a short sightseeing tour of the new part of the city.
12:00 Visit the Kalach Museum to learn about the traditions of making and eating kalach (traditional local bread rolls). Enjoy the aroma of fresh bread while tasting kalach and sipping tea.
13:15 Explore the Kolomna Kremlin. See various old churches and monasteries, including the active Holy Trinity Monastery and the Assumption Cathedral.
15:40 Explore Kolomensky Posad, imagining what life was like in the heyday of this old merchants’ quarter and listening to fascinating local tales and legends. The excursion ends at the unique Pastila Museum, where you’ll learn about the history of the Kolomna pastila and the secrets of its production, before relaxing with tea and a taste of the famous apple-based confectionery.
17:40 Free time.
18:30 Transfer to Moscow (110 km, 2h30m).
21:00 Arrive at your hotel. End of the tour.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 11 hours 30 minutes
RECOMMENDATIONS: Bring comfortable footwear and clothing suitable for the weather. Please note: when visiting Orthodox churches, men must take off their hats while women must cover their heads. We therefore recommend that ladies wishing to visit churches bring along a headscarf.
- All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan type car, 3-7 pax by minivan, 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus, 14+ pax by 40-50 seat bus);
- Tour Leader (guide) to accompany the travellers for the whole tour;
- Sightseeing tour programme with local guides and translation into English;
- Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
Price does not include:
- Additional services during the tour;
- Tips/gratuities for guides and drivers (although these would be appreciated).