Discover one of the Moscow region’s most famous ancient towns, Mozhaysk, in this historical tour of Mozhaysk and Borodino from Moscow. Highlights of this 13th century town include the beautiful neo-Gothic St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Mozhaysk Kremlin, and the medieval Luzhetsky Monastery. Continue nearby village of Borodino to explore the battle sites and visit the unique Museum-Reserve that commemorates the famous 1812 Battle of Borodino, the deadliest battle of the Napoleonic Wars.
Day 1: Moscow – Mozhaysk – Borodino – Moscow
08:45 Meet your driver and tour leader at the hotel.
09:00 Transfer to Mozhaysk (110 km, 2 hours).
11:00 Meet your local guide for a short sightseeing tour of Mozhaysk. Admire the town’s beautiful religious buildings which include the St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Church, and the Church of Jokim and Anna.
12:00 Explore the ancient Mozhaysk Kremlin, which is situated on Cathedral Hill next to the Mozhaika River. The Kremlin is a partially preserved white stone fortress that once served an important western outpost of the Russian State. Today, it is the town’s cultural and historical centre. It is still possible to see the remains of the earthen defensive ramparts with fragments of white stone towers and walls from different times, as well as entire fortress gates.
13:00 Visit the Luzhetsky Monastery founded in 1408 by St. Ferapont Belozersky, a disciple of Sergius of Radonezh. Admire the architecture and learn about the historically significant events that have occurred in the area since the monastery was built.
14:00 Lunch in the town centre.
15:00 Transfer to the Borodino Field (14 km, 15 mins).
15:30 Discover the Borodino Field Museum-Reserve (closed on Mondays and the last Wednesday of each month). This fascinating museum is located on the site of the deadliest battle of the Napoleonic Wars (the same site was also a place of conflict in the Great Patriotic War). Visit the “Glory Forever Borodino” exhibition and see various monuments and memorials.
18:00 Transfer to Moscow (130 km, 2-3 hours).
21:00 Arrive at the hotel. End of Historical Tour of Mozhaysk and Borodino from Moscow.
Tour duration: 12 hours
If you’d like to find out more about the Battle of Borodino, you may join us on another day for a guided tour of the Battle of Borodino Museum-Panorama in Moscow (closed on Fridays and the last Thursday of each month).
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);
- English-speaking tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole tour;
- Sightseeing tour programme with a local guide 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).
Nov-Mar: From 07:45 to 20:00
Apr-Oct: From 08:45 to 21:00