From boyar palaces to modern art quarters: more than 200 free excursions will be held on the Tourism Day

September 14
Tourism and travels

More than 200 free excursions will be held in Moscow September 25-27. According to Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Moscow Mayor, they are timed to coincide with World Tourism Day celebrated on September 27. Anyone can take part in them. To do this, register on the project website until September 23 inclusive.

“We presented similar large-scale excursion program last February. Then, it was timed to coincide with the International Tourist Guide Day. The three days saw about 130 free excursions held in Moscow with their audience exceeding 3.5 thousand people. Over 200 thematic tours are planned for Muscovites this year,” said Natalya Sergunina.

The excursions are prepared by Moscow Committee for Tourism in cooperation with Departments of Culture, Cultural Heritage, National Policy and Interregional Relations, as well as with the Moscow Metro, the Association of Guide-Translators, Tour Guides and Tour Managers, and excursion bureaus.

“Organizers of river excursions, bus excursion agencies and the ‘City Farm’ family educational center at VDNKh joined the project for the first time. Educational tours around Moscow are a good opportunity to broaden understanding of Moscow, discover new places and get vivid impressions,” said Ekaterina Pronicheva, Chairperson of Moscow Committee for Tourism.

A large selection of tours enables one to choose an excursion to his liking. For example, the excursion "In the labyrinths of old Moscow" will appeal to history lovers and connoisseurs of ancient architecture. The tour will cover Slavyanskaya Square, Pokrovka Street, Kolpachny, Khokhlovsky and other lanes of the city center. Tourists will see the Chambers of the Romanov boyars, rich merchant manor houses, roman catholic and orthodox churches.

Another interesting walking tour is “The history of the Troitse-Lykovo village and manor house". Today this area is included in the list of protected villages of Moscow. In addition to walking along the picturesque bank of the Moskva River, it includes a visit of Troitse-Lykovo manor house, churches of the Life-Giving Trinity and Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. Tourists will learn about peculiarities of these churches construction, their architecture details, and also about owners of manor houses and their famous inhabitants. For example, writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn spent the last years of his life here.

The excursion "Interview with the Empire" will help you immerse into the 19th century Moscow ambience. This is a tour along Prechistenka Street and adjacent lanes. It is there where magnificent examples of the post 1812 fire buildings survived. For example, the Khrushchevs - Seleznevs nobleman manor house. Now it is the main building of the A.S. Pushkin State Museum.

Special tours are prepared for scooter and bicycle riders. For example, participants will learn about the WWII heroes during the “Scooter excursion”. The tour will begin near the monument to the Fyodor Poletaev, Hero of the Soviet Union and the national hero of Italy, then the excursionists will stop at Shumilov Street, named after the Hero of the Soviet Union, Colonel-General and participant in the Battle of Kursk. The tour will end near the Music of Glory fountain next to the Kuzminki metro station. This is one of the largest fountains in Europe. It was opened on May 7, 2005 in honor of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Those who prefer to travel around the city by bike can take a tour "The History of the Garden Ring". They will learn about architectural monuments of one of the city's oldest street.

World Tourism Day is an international holiday established by the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization in 1979. It is celebrated annually on September 27. The date of the holiday coincides with the end of the tourist season in the Northern Hemisphere and its beginning in the Southern Hemisphere. The goal is to draw attention of the international community to the importance of tourism, its social, cultural and economic significance. In Russia, Tourism Day is celebrated since 1983.


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