Moscow

Moscow tour Have you ever wanted to journey through Russia’s capital and see a bustling place full of tradition and excitement? Come join Magic Carpet Tours and explore Russia’s most populous city in all its glory. The itinerary for the tour is designed so you could explore every aspect and every corner of the metropolitan and luxurious city. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, and financial center of Russia. It is the most global city in Russian and is home to more than ten million people. It is also home to the Kremlin, which is an ancient fortress, but is currently used as the residence of the Russian president and the executive branch of the Russian government. Moscow is also filled with historic landmarks such as the Spasskaya Clocktower, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and numerous other famous monuments and cathedrals. Moscow’s architecture is world-renowned, filled with elegant domes, and detailed structures. If you get tired of the city life, come and visit the natural beauty of Moscow. Moscow is home to 96 parks and 18 gardens, and is considered one of the greenest cities. At night, once you’re done exploring the city, you can enjoy the fine cuisine, and support the music and the arts. Moscow is famous for its ballet, so why not stop by the world famous Bolshoi theatre and watch a ballet performance. Or you can listen to a classical performance by the symphony orchestra. If you’re up for dancing and drinking, Moscow has a vibrant night life, suitable for any fun-loving person. There are numerous luxurious bars, clubs, and restaurants that one can visit in the Red Square.

Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg tours Explore the beauty and the vast richness of St. Petersburg with Magic Carpet Tours! St. Petersburg is a vibrant and romantic city which is situated on the Baltic Sea. It was founded by Tsar Peter I in 1703, and has since remained one of the most historically and aesthetically pleasing cities of Russia. It is a populated and one of the most westernized of the Russian cities. As one of the economic capitals, it houses a large number of consulates, international corporations, banks and numerous other businesses. For those who are interested in a quick moving, fast paced life, St. Petersburg is the ideal place to visit with the endless amount of places that one could explore. St. Petersburg is home of the tsars, and its past imperialist roots can be witnessed through the luxurious and grand architecture. St. Petersburg has been the location for many historical events including the Decembrist revolt, the influence of Rasputin, the October Revolution and many more. The city is a mecca for art, literature and history, and its rich past can be explored and understood by visiting major landmarks and museums. Russian visionaries such as Pushkin and Dostoevsky were citizens of the city, and their literary influence rests over the city. If you’re an art connoisseur, visit the word famous Hermitage Museum which contains collections of art by Leonardo da Vince, Raphael, Rembrandt and Picasso. Either way, there is an endless amount of activities and places for any city lover to visit!

Petergof

St. Petersburg tour One of St. Petersburg's most famous and popular visitor attractions, the palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) is often referred to as "the Russian Versaille", although many visitors conclude that the comparison does a disservice to the grandeur and scope of this majestic estate. Versailles was, however, the inspiration for Peter the Great's desire to build an imperial palace in the suburbs of his new city and, after an aborted attempt at Strelna, Peterhof - which means "Peter's Court" in German - became the site for the Tsar's Monplaisir Palace, and then of the original Grand Palace. The estate was equally popular with Peter's granddaughter, Empress Elizabeth, who ordered the expansion of the Grand Palace and greatly extended the park and the famous system of fountains, including the truly spectacular Grand Cascade. Improvements to the park continued throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Catherine the Great, after leaving her own mark on the park, moved the court to Pushkin, but Peterhof once again became the official Imperial Residence in the reign of Nicholas I, who ordered the building of the modest Cottage Palace in 1826.Like almost all St. Petersburg's suburban estates, Peterhof was ravaged by German troops during the Second World War. It was, however, one of the first to be resurrected and, thanks to the work of military engineers and over 1,000 volunteers, most of the estate's major structures had been fully restored by 1947. The name was also de-Germanicized after the war, becoming Petrodvorets, the name under which the surrounding town is still known. The palace and park are once again known as Peterhof.

The Golden Ring

The Golden Ring tour The Golden Ring is a group of medieval towns and cities that form a ring to the northeast of Moscow. These ancient towns, which also played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church, preserve the memory of the most important and significant events in Russian history. The towns have been called "open air museums" and feature unique monuments of Russian architecture of the 12th–18th centuries, including kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches. Once powerful kingdoms, they were devastated by the Mongols and eventually became the first line of defense against invaders. With more than a thousand years of history, the Golden Ring is famous for its deep-rooted connections to Russian culture and tradition, as well as the inspiration it gave to generations of Russia's greatest authors, from Tolstoi to Dostoevsky.
The City of Vladimir is one of the oldest Russian communities. It is located in the heart of the historic Vladimir region (Vladimirskaya Oblast) 180 kilometers (115 miles) northeast of Moscow on the bank of the Klyazma River. Among many other attractions, the City boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are the Golden Gates, Vladimir's unofficial symbol, and the Assumption and St. Demetrius Cathedrals. The city is also home to several award winning museums, art galleries and theaters; a number of world-class performing groups, artists, and artisans, and several first rate institutions of higher learning. Modern Vladimir is a part of the Golden ring of the ancient Russian cities and a significant tourist center. Its three chief monuments are the magnificent five-domed Assumption Cathedral, which was designed as a sepulcher of grand princes and dedicated to the holy icon Theotokos of Vladimir, which had been brought to the city by Andrew the Pious; The warrior-like cathedral of St. Demetrius which represents a truly international project of Russian and Byzantine masters, and the Golden Gate.
Suzdal:The history of the town dates back to at least the year 1024. For centuries it functioned as the capital of several Russian principalities. It forms part of the Golden Ring. It was granted city status in 1777. After a decline in political importance, the town rose in prominence as a religious center with numerous monasteries and a remarkable ratio of churches to citizens: at one point, forty churches for four hundred families. Today, the town operates as an important tourist center, featuring many fine examples of old Russian architecture — most of them churches and monasteries. Suzdal retains an image of a small village, complete with livestock running around, and surrounding meadows and streams. This juxtaposition of stunning medieval architecture with its pastoral setting lends Suzdal a picturesque charm, and in the summer artists and easels are a common sight.
Kostroma:As one of the northernmost towns of Muscovy, Kostroma served for grand dukes as a place of retreat when enemies besieged Moscow in 1382, 1408, and 1433. In 1375, the town was looted by Novgorod pirates (ushkuiniks). The spectacular growth of the city in the 16th century may be attributed to the establishment of trade connections with English and Dutch merchants (Muscovy Company) through the northern port of Archangel. Boris Godunov had the Ipatyevsky and Epiphany monasteries rebuilt in stone. The construction works were finished just in time for the city to witness some of the most dramatic events of the Time of Troubles. Built in 1559-1565, the five-domed Epiphany Cathedral was the first stone edifice in the city. The minster houses the city's most precious relic, a 10th-century Byzantine icon called Our Lady of St. Theodore. Kostroma is the center of the region's cultural life and has a well-organized system of recreational and entertainment facilities.The theater arts are also well represented in the region. There are theaters of all scales from student and avant-garde to serious and classical theaters. Contemporary art is on display at museums, art galleries, and exhibitions. For the younger generation, there are sports clubs, cafes, casinos, entertainment centers, and discos.Many famous writers, poets, artists, and playwrights have glorified Kostroma. One of these was the Russian dramatist Aleksandr Nikolaevich Ostrovsky.
Yaroslavl lies at the intersection of several major highways, railways, and waterways. Today, Yaroslavl is an important industrial center (petrochemical plant, tire manufacturing plant, diesel engines plant and many others). In 2009 Yaroslavl became a meeting place for global policy debates within the International Conference 'The Modern State and Global Security' AKA Yaroslavl Global Policy Forum. The conference in Yaroslavl gathered the most authoritative representatives of political science, business community as well as the representatives of the government of different states. The most ancient building in the city is the Spaso-Preobrazhensky ("Transfiguration of the Saviour") Cathedral of the Spassky (St Saviour) Monastery constructed in 1506–1516. It is from this monastery that an army of volunteers led by Minin and Prince Pozharsky set out to liberate Moscow from Polish invaders. Apart from the Spaso-Preobrazhensky ("Transfiguration of the Saviour") Monastery, the oldest churches in the city date back to the 17th Century and belong to the so-called Yaroslavl type (built of red brick, with bright tiled exteriors). Those of St. Nicholas Nadein and Elijah the Prophet have some of the Golden Ring's most impressive frescoes.Yaroslavl is the site of the Volkov Theatre (built 1750), the oldest theater in Russia, and the Demidovsky Pillar.
Rostov-Veliky:Located on the shores of Lake Nero, Rostov Veliky is one of the oldest towns in Russia, tracing its roots back to 862 AD. The town has a long history of rebellion, and many of its inhabitants (including women who dressed in men’s clothing) went on to fight other principalities and invading armies. The city played a critical role in Russian history, having been a major site of siege and revolt against the Mongols in the 13th and 14th centuries, and the birthplace of some of the most influential leaders and clerics of the early Russian state. The earthen ramparts and 17th-century stone walls surround a medieval city. The Kremlin, unique in its architecture and dating back to 1162, is also where you will find the town's hotel. Rostov Veliky has the vast, still Ozero Nero, or Lake Nero, with fairy-tale clusters of domes and towers scattered about its shores. Today, Rostov Veliky`s charming collection of buildings -- it has both old and relatively new, and many of the older structures are currently the subject of meticulous restoration projects -- set amid overgrown gardens and parks is slowly waking up to the lure of the tourist trade. Its small-town dusty roads are officially home to 40,000 people, but -- barring the bustling Saturday market -- the city center remains largely deserted on weekends. By contrast, Rostov Veliky`s Kremlin, churches and monasteries are a hive of activity on Saturdays and Sundays, when predominantly Russian groups of tourists and schoolchildren arrive to see the sights.
Sergiev Posad:This town's magnificent 14th-century monastery and its history as the holiest of Russia's Orthodox shrines draws pilgrims from around the country, and plenty of non-Russian tourists. The trip serves as a course in Russian architecture and sociology, as well as an immersion into Orthodox traditions. Music enthusiasts can delight in informal choral concerts -- even a small midday church service produces hypnotizing harmonies. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the matryoshka, the ubiquitous nesting doll. Visiting the monastery, matryoshka shopping, and wandering the run-down but charming streets are enough to make this Moscow's most satisfying out-of-town day trip. It's also the only city on the historic Golden Ring that's a comfortable 1-day trip from the capital. Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius (Troitse-Sergiyevo Lavra) is the place to start sightseeing. Sergius of Radonezh founded the monastery in 1345, and it gained a reputation as the source of Russian military and spiritual strength after his blessing was believed to have inspired victory in one of Russian history's most crucial battles, against the Mongol Tatars at Kulikovo Pole in 1380. Cathedral of the Trinity boasts several works by Andrei Rublev, Russia's most famous icon painter. Many pilgrims come to Sergiev Posad just to see his iconostasis masterpiece, Old Testament Trinity. Museum of History and Art houses an impressive collection of jewel-encrusted robes, gems, and icons from centuries past. The more unusual garments and exhibits are on the second floor.
It is an easy 70km and 700 years back to modern-day Moscow, but do not overlook the contemporary capital's medieval roots. Moscow was founded in 1147 as a smallish fort, surrounded by a wall for protection; ceremonies and celebrations were held on the plaza outside. The fort, of course, is the Kremlin, while the ceremonial plaza is Red Square - still the heart of Moscow geographically, historically and spiritually.

Karelia

Karelia tour You must visit Karelia, which is often called a stony lake-and-forest land.There are more than 60 thousand lakes and 27 thousand rivers in Karelia. Karelia is not only the best place for fishing and watertours, but it also has a lot of unique architectural, cultural and historical objects on Kizhi and Valaam islands and on Solovetskie Islands, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Historically, Karelia was a region to the northwest of Russia, east of present-day Finland, controlled by the Novgorod Republic. From the 13th century and onwards, various parts were conquered by Sweden, and incorporated into Swedish Karelia until they were lost to Russia by the Treaty of Nystad in 1721.

Kizhi

Kizhi tour Wooden architecture can be found throughout Russia, but Kizhi Island boasts some of the nation's most famous, and most intricate, examples. These structures on Kizhi Island date from various centuries (the oldest from the 14th century), and they have been transported to the island in order to preserve them and make them accessible to the public. It is possible to visit Kizhi Island from Petrazavodsk, the capital city of the Karelia Region of Northern Russia. Ferries can be taken from the city to the island, which is located on Lake Onega. During certain seasons, cruises to Kizhi can also be booked. A reconstructed village on Kizhi Island demonstrates traditional crafts and tasks of peasant life in the Karelia Region of Russia. Villages original to the island also exist, and some houses are still inhabited by locals. Throughout Kizhi Island are remarkable examples of wooden architecture - so, if time permits, do explore the island.

Kamchatka

Kamchatka tour This wonderful land was discovered by Russian Cossacks over 3 hundred years ago. Even today, however, Russians know very little about it, to say nothing about the rest of the world where most people have hardly heard of Kamchatka. And not surprisingly. This century the airplanes have made Kamchatka closer to Europe and America though not more available. The mysterious peninsula get into the list of those regions that used to be called "closed" in the USSR. Up to 1990 not a single foreigner could step onto the Kamchatka land and even Russians needed a special permission to get there. However, those who desired to see the fairy world of Kamchatka with their own eyes broke through all the obstacles. Expeditions with geologists and volcano explorers, autonomous routes - Kamchatka seemed to be re-discovered: black beaches of the ocean line, smoking volcanoes, blue mountain ranges painted with white enamel of snowy peaks. The bears' paths led to the heart of wonderland.