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Orthodox Pilgrimage to Russia


established by St. Sergius in the 14th century and became the single most important spiritual centre of Russia. Visit the village Semhoz and the church built on the spot where Fr. Alexander Men, a famous Missionary, was assassinated. After lunch, we visit Butovo, a memorial for thousands of innocents who perished from the hands of the Godless Communist regime. Tonight embark on the train for an overnight travel to Pskov. (B,L,D)


DAY 6: PSKOV After breakfast, we visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral situated amidst picturesque fortifications of the Pskovan Kremlin. We visit the state historical museum with its excellent Icon collection, and a special chamber with various medieval ecclesiasti- cal artifacts. Then we continue to explore the treasures of Pskov – among them two splendid jewels – Mirozhsky monastery and Church of St. John the Baptist. (B,L,D)


St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA


Depart for your overnight flight to Russia. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board. (B,D)


DAY 2: MOSCOW


Upon arrival meet your Homeric Tours representa- tive and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at your hotel. (D)


DAY 3: MOSCOW After breakfast, we begin with a visit to Moscow Kremlin. Visit Uspenskiy (Dormition) Cathedral, once the place of installation of the Russian Patriarchs and Crowning of the Tsars. We proceed to the Red Square with its iconic “picture of Russia,” the famous Cathedral of St. Basil and the Donskoy Monastery, and the “jail” and resting place of the Russian Patriarch Tikhon. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 4: MOSCOW After breakfast, we visit the Tretyakov gallery of Russian art from the 10th century. In the attached museum church we will see the miracle-working “patron” Icon of Russia, Our Lady of Vladimir. After lunch, visit the largest functioning Orthodox Church in the World, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Continue to the Arbat Street, a famous Moscow pedestrian zone of art galleries and souvenir shopping. (B,D)


DAY 5: MOSCOW / PSKOV After breakfast, we travel to the famous Holy Trinity Lavra. This monastic settlement was


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DAY 7: PECHORI / IZBORSK / VYBUTY After breakfast, we visit the Ancient Monastery of Pechori (Pskov Cave Monastery). These “God made caves” were used as the monastic cemetery and partial hermit cells. We then visit the ancient town of Izborsk for an inspiring walk through the ruins of a medieval fortress to the icy-cold shower in the Holy Springs. We then stop at a small village of Vybuty, believed to be the birth place of the Russian equal-to-the-apostles princess Olga. (B,L)


DAY 8: NOVGOROD / VITOSLAVITSI This morning we visit Novgorod to visit St. George Monastery - the oldest Russian Monastery. We proceed to Vitoslavitsi whose museum has the finest collection of wooden architecture of the North. Optional, boat ride on Volkhov River for splendid panoramic view of the city. (B,L,D)


DAY 9: NOVGOROD Today we visit the main attraction of Novgorod, the Medieval Kremlin. The buildings dates back to the 11th -16th centuries, in particular, the Cathedral of St. Sophia. Visit several historic and art exhibits in the museums of the Kremlin. After lunch we visit the Market square, Il’ina street and Znamensky Cathedral. This afternoon we visit the monastery of St. Varlaam of Hutyn, founded by St. Varlaam in the 12th century. (B,L)


DAY 10: NOVGOROD / TZARSKOE SELO / PETERHOFF


Today we travel to “Tzarskoe Selo” (Tsar’s village,) the summer residence of the Romanov dynasty with the Catherine’s Summer Palace, representing the glory of Russia’s “Golden Age.” This afternoon we visit Peterhoff, the location of the famous Golden Palace surrounded by arcades of golden fountains. Our final stop is SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, an Orthodox Architectural Masterpiece built in Neo-Russian style. (B,L)


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14 Days / 12 Nights, Moscow, Pskov, Pechori, Izborsk, Vybuty, Novgorod, Vitoslavitsi, Tzarskoe Selo, Peterhoff, St. Petersburg


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES:


• Round-trip air: USA – Moscow and St. Petersburg – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• Professional English speaking Orthodox guide(s) • Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels • 12 Nights of hotel accommodation


• Breakfast, lunch and dinner as indicated in the itinerary


• 11 Days of sightseeing tours • Overnight sleeper train from Pskov to Moscow • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group. * Ask about our church donation program


DAY 11: ST. PETERSBURG If it’s Sunday, we attend the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral dedicated to the Icon of our Lady of Kazan, known as Kazan Cathedral where a miracle working copy of the Icon of our Lady of Kazan is housed. Visit the Russian Museum, housing art from its Byzantine origins. We then visit Alexander- Nevsky Holy Trinity Lavra, a beautiful monastery and tour the grounds, and the Holy Trinity that houses relics of St. Alexander Nevsky. (B,L)


DAY 12: ST. PETERSBURG This morning we stop at Smolenskoye Cemetery where the Russian Saint and heavenly patron, St. Xenia is buried. We visit St. John of Rila Monastery on Karpovka River. Visit SS Peter and Paul Fortress. Its Cathedral also serves as a final resting place for the Russian Rulers of the Romanov dynasty. After lunch we visit St. Nicholas Cathedral, the most illustrious example of the Baroque style in Russian Church Architecture, built in the 18th century. (B,L)


DAY 13: ST. PETERSBURG After breakfast, we visit the State Hermitage, once the Winter Palace of the Russian Tsars, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of Fine Arts. After lunch, we stop at the Cathedral of St. Isaac, one of the world’s largest domed Cathedrals and built as a dedication to the Patron of Peter the Great, St. Isaac of Dalmatia. The pan- oramic view of St. Petersburg from its observation deck around the dome is truly magnificent. (B,L)


DAY 14: USA After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)


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