Optional Tours

Booking tours online was finished on June 30, 2015.

The next opportunity to book optional tours will be onsite during registration on August 2 and 3, provided that there are spots left.


August 2, 2015, Sunday, Morning
1A1 Moscow City Bus Sightseeing Tour + Novodevichiy Convent 10.00-14.00 20 25
1B Moscow City Bus Sightseeing Tour 10.00-12.30 20 20
August 5, 2015, Wednesday, Afternoon
1A2 Moscow City Bus Sightseeing Tour + Novodevichiy Convent 13.00-16.30 20 35 Lunch box includedTours ##1-4 may be combined   with tour #6
2A Moscow Kremlin including Armoury Chamber 13.00-16.30 20 55
4  Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve Kolomenskoye 13.00-16.30  20  35
6  Moscow River Boat Sightseeing Tour  17.00-20.00 50 60 Buffet dinner included


In case that the number of participants of the selected tour will not reach the minimum number, three options will be offered:

1. Participation in the same tour with surcharge.

2. Participation in another tour (with surcharge or partial refund if necessary).

3. Full money refund.


Tours description



DATE: AUGUST 2, 2015
Duration: 10:00 – 14:00

DATE: AUGUST 5, 2015 
Duration: 13:00 – 17:00

This excursion is to get you acquainted with the city of Moscow and it’s most famous and beautiful sights. During the tour you will visit the Red Square with the Lenin Mausoleum and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Tverskaya Street, New Arbat’s pedestrian street. You will also make the stop on the Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills), which are considered to be the highest point of Moscow where you can enjoy a great panorama of the city, as well as pass along the Kutuzov Street and visit the Victory Park with its fountains and churches.

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By the way, you will go down the Moscow metro. In fact, it looks like an underground museum. One of the reasons is that when it was built it was supposed to be an underground shelter in case of war, so it was built to be pleasing to the eyes and to ‘promote’ communist way of life. Hence many mosaics and sculptures dedicated to the life of Soviet people.

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You will also visit The Novodevichy Convent, one of Moscow`s most beautiful cloisters, which is nestled in the southwest of Moscow where the Moskva River bends to form what looks like a peninsula. It is an amazing architectural monument, and also the greatest of Moscow`s attractions, second only to the Kremlin. The architectural ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent is a miniature copy of the Kremlin. The oldest building in the convent is the cathedral church of the Smolensk icon of the Mother of God (the Smolensk Cathedral), built in the mid-16th century.

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DATE: AUGUST 5, 2015 
Duration: 13:00 – 16:30



The Moscow Kremlin is a symbol of the Russian State, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, a treasure house of magnificent relics and monuments of art.

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We are pleased to invite you to visit the Moscow Kremlin, the seat of the Russian Government and the official residence of the President of Russia. Kremlin is a historic fortified complex in the very heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River (to the south), Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square (to the east) and the Alexander Garden (to the west).
Moscow Kremlin is the most recognizable of all Russian sights and includes numerous palaces and cathedrals, and the famous red brick wall with 20 Kremlin towers.


You will visit the Armoury Chamber, a treasure-house. This is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex. It is situated in the building constructed in 1851 by architect Konstantin Ton. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin’s workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts. The museum was named after one of the oldest Kremlin’s treasury stores.

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The Armoury Chamber preserves ancient state regalia, ceremonial tsar’s vestments and coronation dress, vestments of the Russian Orthodox Church’es hierarchs, the largest collection of gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, West European artistic silver, ceremonial weapons and arms, carriages, horse ceremonial harness.

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The State Armoury presents more than four thousands items of applied art of Russia, European and Eastern countries of IV-early XX centuries. The highest artistic level and particular historical and cultural value of the exhibits have made the State Armoury of the Moscow Kremlin a world-wide known museum.


Although situated in the same building as the Armory Museum, the Diamond Fund is a separate institution, run by the Ministry of Finance. Admission to the Fund is a little complicated, but well worth the effort to see the fabulous collection of Russia’s state jewels on display inside.

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Highlights of the collection include Catherine the Great’s stunningly lavish coronation crown (also called the Great Imperial Crown), the world’s largest sapphire, the famous Orlov Diamond, and, of course, numerous Faberge eggs.

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Although there are still strict rules governing visits, this extraordinary collection is open to everyone, and ranks among the world’s most spectacular displays of jewels.


DATE: AUGUST 5, 2015 
Duration: 13:00 – 16:30

The Pushkin State Museum of fine arts is one of the largest artistic collection of the foreign art from the oldest time to nowadays.

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At the present time the collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts comprises over 670,000 paintings, works of sculpture, drawings, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts, coins and medals and art photographs.

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Its repository of manuscripts contains documents relating to the history of the Museum, academic works and letters written by the Museum’s founder, by other leading lights of the Museum and well known art-historians and artists and, also, archive materials from several museums whose collections were transferred to the Pushkin Museum.

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior was built by the entire Russian nation. It was a visible symbol of Faith, national glory, honor and a witness to many historical events.

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The history of the Cathedral begins on December 25, 1812. This was the day that the last soldiers of Napoleons’ 600,000 man army were driven out of Russia. Emperor Alexander I signed a Manifesto ordering the construction of a magnificent Cathedral in honor of Christ the Savior in Moscow as a thanksgiving to God and to honor the victorious Russian army.

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The names of the renowned heroes, whom God chose as instruments to save His people are engraved on marble boards in the main gallery of the Cathedral.


DATE: AUGUST 5, 2015
Duration: 13:00 – 16:00

Kolomenskoye is one of the most ancient places of human habitation within modern Moscow. Archaeological items discovered in its vicinity witness Stone Age (V-III millennium B.C.) settlements once existing here. In old times the village of Kolomenskoye near Moscow came to be directly involved into the historical events known as the Time of Troubles.

In 1923, a small museum was founded at the historically shaped ensemble of Russian Grand Princes and Tsars’ country estate; this museum was to grow up overtime into a complex Kolomenskoye art and architectural museum-reserve with a total area of 254.6 hectares. The unique landscape of Kolomenskoye bears traces of many generations’ life and activities.


DATE: AUGUST 5, 2015 
Duration: 13:00 – 20:00

Holy Trinity Monastery or Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra is probably the most important monastery in Russia and the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Christianity. The monastery is situated 70 km away from Moscow in the antique town Sergiev Posad. The town and monastery grew from the 14th century and was named after the famous saint Sergey Radonezhskiy, who decided to live in the woods. He constructed the Trinity cathedral. First, the small monastery turned into the main religious centre and has become a kind of “Russian Vatican”.

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We hope you will join excursion to Sergiev Posad with an inside visit to the Holy Trinity Monastery. While there, you will see the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which is considered to be the heart of the Lavra. There is no other way to appreciate its golden domes and see holy relics of St. Sergius, except by being there. Its beautiful interior, lit by lamps, is covered with icons of the great artist Andrei Rublev. The Vestry will also be opened to you with its rich collection of various items donated over the past 600 years. Among them there are: jewel-encrusted vestments, fine tapestries, solid-gold chalices and more.


DATE: AUGUST 5, 2015 
Duration: 17:00 – 19:30

Moscow River boat tours are mostly seasonal, available from April till October. You will enjoy the wonderful time in the circle of colleagues at the Boat Sightseeing Moscow river tour.

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The Kremlin, Gorky Park, Cathedral of Christ the Savior and other Moscow sights are yours – no traffic, haste and crowd around.
You will sail from “Novospasskiy bridge” to “the Pier of Kievsky Railway Station” and back with a tasty dinner on the boat. Sailing on the Moscow river is an absolute must for any visiting tourist.

It’s a perfect, relaxing way to enjoy your time in this bustling charming metropolis.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Symposium Operator:

+7 (495) 134-25-65