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The Cold War and Beyond into a World of Russian Aviation and Space Exploration (CB-08)

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The Cold War and Beyond into a World of Russian Aviation and Space Exploration (CB-08)

This week long tour takes you back in time to the once top secret sites of the USSR. In Moscow, we head to Lybianka Street to discover what lies behind the doors of the legendary KGB Secret Service building and to Moscow’s newest museum, the Museum of the Cold War.
In addition, we include a special guided tour to the training centre at Star City where for fifty years cosmonauts have been trained as well as to Russia’s largest aviation museum at Monino. Of course, we can’t take you to Moscow and miss its world-class sights, so you’ll also enjoy St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and more.


In May 2020 Russia will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory in the WWII. An extensive festive programme is planned and many foreign high rank officials are expected at the victory parade. Be prepared to road closures and inconvenience when travelling. The Red Square will be closed from 01 to 10 May 2020. The Moscow Kremlin may be closed as well (not confirmed yet).
Day 1
Saturday - Moscow
Arrival Transfer to the Hotel
Our driver will greet you in the arrival sector; look out for a Go Russia sign board and you’ll be transferred to the hotel.
Day 2
Sunday - Moscow
Exploring Moscow. Red Square. Central Museum of the Armed Forces
The Russian capital’s our destination today. We begin with a drive through Moscow’s historic streets to get our bearings as well as to visit some fascinating sights, among them the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the cemetery of one of the oldest convents in the city, the New Maiden's Convent. We’ll drive up to the Moscow State University to take a look at the city panorama spread out below us from this, one of Stalin’s high rises. Back in the city centre, we shall visit unmissable, eclectic Red Square, which took its name from the Russian word for red meaning beautiful. In it, you’ll instantly recognise the colourful domes of St Basil’s Cathedral and delight in the less famous but equally stunning Kazan Cathedral. GUM department store lines a whole side of the square. You’ll also find Lenin, his body embalmed for posterity in a granite Mausoleum. Our final stop today will be at the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia. There, our guided visit will reveal an extensive collection of banners of Soviet and Third Reich Army as well as personal belongings belonging to Soviet and Nazi leaders including the General Zhukov and Adolf Hitler. Inside, there’s a wide range of weapons, military uniforms and decorations, while the outside exhibits include many armoured vehicles, artillery, antiaircraft systems and battle aircrafts.
Day 3
Monday - Moscow
Kremlin & Armoury. Moscow Underground. Museum of the Cold War
The Kremlin, former residence of the Tsars and now home to the President, is a crowd pleaser, especially its Cathedral Square packed full of golden-domed churches. You’ll discover the Armoury too, once the Kremlin’s storehouse and now a museum showcasing not only weapons but exquisite works of art including the famous Faberge eggs. We will also visit the wondrous Moscow Underground. Created in the Socialist Realism style, this lavishly decorated system with its marble, mosaics and magical stained glass has to be seen to be believed. Finally, we step into the newest museum in the city. The Museum of the Cold War was once a top secret command centre. Now you’ll descend underground for a guided tour of this ex-military facility, where you will pass through formerly secret tunnels, see samples of communication equipment and fire arms and learn about how it functioned during Soviet times.
Day 4
Tuesday - Moscow
Poklonnaya Hill and WWII Victory Park
Poklonnaya Hill (Poklonnaya Gora in Russian) is the most significant monument constructed to honour Russia’s victory in the Great Patriotic War. Its Victory Memorial opened only in 1995, but since 1958 on this site there has been a granite plaque bearing the inscription: "Here there will be a monument to the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War." Nearby, you’ll pay a visit to a museum commemorating the Soviet victory in World War Two; this open air space contains many interesting tanks and military vehicles used at that time.
Day 5
Wednesday - Moscow
Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City
North east of Moscow, we find Star City. Surrounded by pine and birch forest, this is Russia’s cosmonaut training facility. For fifty years, this is where cosmonauts have come to learn how to cope in space; you’ll discover how they cope with weightlessness in the hydro laboratory, see the mock up of space station MIR and visit the hall where real space vehicles are used to prepare them for their missions.
Day 6
Thursday - Moscow
Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino
Today’s included sightseeing programme is based around the Central Museum of the Air Forces. Situated at Monino, just outside Moscow, it’s one of the world’s biggest aviation museums. Among the historic craft on display are the famous Ilya Muromets – a four-engined biplane which was the first mass-produced bomber in the world – the Soviet "Concorde" (the Tupolev-144), the Tupolev-95 Bomber (NATO classification - Bear) and the Tupolev-22М (Backfire). You’ll also see Ivan Kozhedub’s La-7; during World War Two he brought down 62 German airplanes and is considered a hero. The museum also features collections of weapons, uniforms and air-related artwork.
Day 7
Friday - Moscow
Departure Transfer from the Hotel
Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the hotel lobby and you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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All our hotels have been carefully selected and personally tested by Go Russia product development team. They have been chosen for their central location, available facilities, tastefully designed interiors, and friendly service and customers’ feedbacks. Please note all our hotels are recommended on Tripadvisor and have above average ratings. On all our city-break tours we also offer evening meals and early-check / late check-out option in hotels as well as extra nights.
Hotel Marriott Courtyard 4*
The Courtyard by the Marriott Moscow City Centre is a brand new full service property yet safe, tranquil and residential, located right in the heart of town between Tverskaya and Nikitskaya streets, surrounded by residential buildings and the Tchaikovsky Music Conservatory.  It is an ideal place to stay, whether you are on business or leisure, since the hotel is only 10 minutes walk from Kremlin, Red Square, City Hall, and the Old Arbat; all major Moscow business centres and several embassies are within easy reach.Learn more
Hotel Katerina City Moscow 4*
Katerina City is located in the picturesque district of the Russian capital, on the bank of the Moscow River, just two metro stations to the Red Square. A wide range of facilities makes the guests' stay comfortable and pleasant and modern European architecture and fresh interiors in a Scandinavian style combined with the home-like atmosphere make this hotel a perfect holiday retreat. The hotel rooms feature elegant and modern design, comfortable furniture and superb amenities. Your accommodation also includes free drinking water and tea / coffee making facilities. Sauna and fitness centre are free of charge: 07:00 – 23:00.Learn more
Moscow Ibis Centre Bakhrushina Hotel 3*
Part of the Ibis collection, the Moscow Centre Bakhrushina Hotel is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a value hotel with facilities you can trust. Situated within the meander of the Moskva River, it’s centrally located a half hour stroll from Red Square or the Kremlin and within easy reach of the Paveletskaya metro station.Learn more
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Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the right-hand side column, section “Included”.
  2. Price “Including flight” is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  5. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.
  6. “Train upgrade” supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
We thrive on feedback! We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us. Please browse our guestbook below, read our clients' feedback on Tripadvisor and also watch a short customer's interview sharing her travel experience with Go Russia. To respect our clients' privacy all names are encoded.
The guides were excellent. The itinerary was excellent. The hotels were very good. The logistics and pick ups were excellent. It was one of the best holidays I have ever had. it was marvellous.
Mary Parker
I have recently returned from visiting Moscow on one of your tours and felt that I had to let you know how good Igor Utesov was as a guide. He was keen to understand what we were particularly interested in, and where we had spare time in the itinerary took us to see additional things. As a result of his thoughtful adjustments we had a truly wonderful visit, tailored to our specific interests. I would highly recommend him - one of the best guides I have ever had.
Genevie Neeley
Just wanted to say that Stewart and I had a great trip to Moscow and thoroughly enjoyed our itinerary. I would like to give special thanks to Lubov our fantastic guide, whom without would have made it a very difficult holiday. She gave us such a great insight into the people and was exceptionally knowledgeable. The hotel was very comfortable and we were only 2 stops on the metro into the city, so it was ideally placed. So thanks again for organising the holiday for us. I would certainly recommend your company to others to use in the future.
Shari James
Just a few words to say thanks a million for a great week in Moscow. Everything went without a hitch and every minute of the holiday was thoroughly enjoyable. Our two guides Olga and Valeria, were outstanding in terms of both their knowledge and their helpfulness...we can't praise them enough, they were absolutely brilliant. The tours that you organised for us were totally enjoyable and along with the Military Music festival there was always so much to see and do. We managed to see almost everything that we had planned to see...but as you know there is so much more to see in Moscow that it is impossible to see it all in such a short space of time.
Rex Flowers
Wanted to say a personal thank you to you for your hard work in putting together our amazing trip. The travel arrangements and guides all worked out so well and we did enjoy the opportunities to have time with English speakers along the way who were so open and informative about life in Russia. I very much hope to return to Russia for another trip and will have absolutely no hesitation in using your company again and in recommending it to others who are considering travel in Russia.
Hector Fowler
The visits were well planned and gave experiences which visitors unfamiliar with the country and language could not hope to arrange. The guides worked hard to keep us informed about what we were seeing and to fit as much as possible into a limited time. They were knowledgeable and enthusiastic, especially about the history behind the itinerary.
Juan Mack
Please note all prices are per person based on a minimum of two people travelling together. Read more about prices for solo travellers.

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