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Discover the captivating Land of the Czars on this nine day journey to Russia. You'll view amazing treasures in Moscow's Armory Museum, including precious crown jewels and dazzling Faberge eggs. Other highlights include the Kremlin and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. In St. Petersburg you'll experience the most sumptuous palaces and cathedrals in all of Europe—including St. Issac's Cathedral, the Yusupov Palace, and the former Winter Palace—now the Hermitage—which houses an unrivaled art collection. Travel with us on this remarkable journey and discover a country rich beyond measure in culture, art, and history.


Day 1   We arrive in Moscow and are met by our tour escort who will be with us throughout our journey. We'll take an orientation tour of this fascinating and historic city including a visit to the Cathedral of Christ The Savior. The Cathedral was rebuilt in the 1990's and is considered a symbol of Russia's spiritual revival after many years of atheistic Communist rule. Join us tonight for a welcome dinner at our hotel.

Day 2   We begin today with a tour of one of the most magnificent sights in Moscow—The State Armory Museum on Red Square. Here you will see a dazzling collection of Faberge eggs and the precious crown jewels of the Romanovs. If possible we'll visit Lenin's Mausolium. Later, we'll stroll through Gum—Russia's largest department store, and enjoy some time in the popular Arbat shopping district. We will visit one of the city's star attractions—The Moscow Underground. Moscow Metro stations resemble underground palaces richly decorated with marble, crystal, mosaics, and statues. Dinner tonight is followed by a ballet performance at the Hotel Cosmos.

Day 3   This morning will be one of the highlights of our tour as we attend church services with Spring Hill Presbyterian's sister church in Kimry, just outside Moscow. After services we'll enjoy lunch and fellowship with members of the congregation. This afternoon we continue to Sergiev Posad. The town was founded in the 14th century and centered on the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius—one of the finest examples of early Russian architecture and today the center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Among its greatest treasures is the white stone Trinity Cathedral. We return to Moscow for dinner and overnight.

Day 4   Today we focus on Moscow's Christian sites with a visit to the very heart of the Kremlin—the great fortress and former residence of the Russian czars. We'll visit Cathedral Square where Christians have worshiped for more than eight centuries, but their early stone churches were demolished in the 1470's to make way for the present magnificent cathedrals. We'll begin with the 15th century Cathedral of the Assumption—the main church of Russia. We will also visit the Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Cathedral of the Archangel—the private church and burial place of the czars. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon before catching our evening flight from Moscow to St.Petersburg.

Day 5   Our day begins with an orientation tour of the grand city of St. Petersburg founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Later we visit St. Issac's Cathedral, which is one of the largest domed structures in the world. We'll tour the Peter and Paul Fortress—once used as a prison for revolutionaries and now the resting place of the Romanov Czars. After a full day of sightseeing, we'll return to our hotel for dinner this evening.

Day 6
  The world famous Hermitage Museum is our first stop today. This unrivaled art collection boasts the finest in Italian Renaissance masterpieces, which represents only a fraction of the artwork housed in this national treasure. The Hermitage was the Winter Palace of the czars, and each room is itself, a work of art. After lunch, we visit the Church of the Resurrection where we will see beautiful Russian mosaics that bring the Bible to life. We continue on to the Yusupov Palace. It is not only a remarkable architectural monument, but it also marks the fall of imperial Russia. It was here that the infamous Rasputin was murdered by the young count, Felix Yusupov.

Day 7   Today we drive a short distance outside the city for a visit to Peterhof, Peter the Great's Grand Palace. Built in the early 1700's, it is set in magnificent gardens and is reminiscent of Versailles. We return to St. Petersburg where you have the rest of the afternoon to discover this fascinating city on your own. Tonight at dinner Russian Pastors Paul and Ayna Poliakoff join us. They pastor a growing church in St. Petersburg and will share with us the challenges and opportunities for ministry in 21st century Russia. Hear Pastor Paul's miraculous testimony of how he came to know the Lord, despite the frightening threats of the Communist regime and the fact that his own mother was a KGB agent. You will be touched by this moving story of God's love and grace.

Day 8   This morning we visit the beautiful baroque style Catherine Palace and see the spectacular Amber Room. After lunch we tour nearby Pavlovsk, the gold and white summer palace that Catherine built for her son, Paul I. Although the palace seems untouched by the ravages of war, it is an extraordinary replica. Hitler's troops used it as Gestapo headquarters before setting fire to it in 1944. It took a virtual army of Russia's best artisans twenty-five years to recreate this beautiful palace. We return to St. Petersburg tonight for a farewell dinner at our hotel and treasured memories of our time in the land of the czars.

Day 9   After breakfast we depart for the airport for our return flight home.

On a Journeys of Faith Tour you'll stay in superior three-star and moderate four-star hotels. These are some examples of the type of accommodations we use in Russia. Each hotel is chosen for its quality, amenities, and location. All custom tour groups choose their own hotel categories based on their group budget.

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