Meet your activity leaders: Ksenia and Artem
My name is Ksenia and my husband's name is Artem. 6 years ago we graduated from the Moscow State University of Foreign Relations, Faculty of International Journalism. Soon after graduation we decided to try ourselves as diplomats - so I started my first full-time job at the the Russian Embassy in Mali and Artem - at the Russian Embassy in Nigeria. During our diplomatic posting we had a great chance to travel a lot, and during these trips we realised that not so many people around the globe know the true image of Russia. Taking this fact into account, we decided to contribute to the development of the "tourist-welcome" approach of the Russian tourism. We would like to show to all who is interested in the history and culture of our Motherland the best places of our country and to tell interesting and adventures stories about the true Russian life.
What to expect
Two unforgettable days of new impressions, interesting facts, picturesque sceneries and extremely positive mood. You are going to discover the West advance stronghold of Russia and see the most beautiful and interesting sights of Smolensk and its nearest neighbours.
Day 1: the excursion starts in Moscow at 7am on Saturday. On the way to Smolensk we offer you several options, it depends of what are interested in most of all.
Option #1: We are visiting one of the oldest Russian cities Vyazma - its Spasskaya tower, which is the only tower left from the medieval Vyazma Kremlin, and the famous Hodegetria church dated XVII century.
Option #2: We are making a stop at the Borodino Museum where you have a chance to see the scene of the deadliest battle in the world's history between Russia and Napoleon troops. The battle of Borodino became a defining moment in the results of the French invasion to Russia since it led to the soonest complete defeat of the Napoleon army.
Option #3: If you are interested in science, we offer you to make a stop in the city of Gagarin, named after Yuri Gagarin, who was the first human in outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. You may visit either the the space museum or the memorial museum of Yuri Gagarin.
End of the Day 1: We arrive to Smolensk at approximately 6 pm. After check-in you have free time to walk around at the evening city center. We may also recommend you a wonderful place for dinner located in the old city wall dated to the XVI century.
Day 2: We start exploring the city of Smolensk at 9 am. First of all, we are going to start from the medieval origins of the city, since it is was founded in the early XI century. We are going to walk in the old city center along the medieval defensive wall. Then we offer you to visit several most adorable churches of Smolensk: the St.Michael`s Church, Church of Petr and Pavel on Gorodyanka (both built in XII century before the Mongol armies invaded the city) and the Uspensky Cathedral (XVIII century).