9:00 – Your private local guide will meet you in hotel lobby and discuss the tour itinerary with you at the beginning of the tour. Timing is flexible.
9:50 – Train from Moscow to Kolomna. The city of Kolomna is located in the center of the European part of Russia. It was founded in 1177 and is just 30 years younger than Moscow. The first human settlements in this region refer to the 12th century BC. The Slavs occupied the area only in the 7th century.
11:30 – Arriving in Kolomna. With 420 monuments of federal and regional significance, Kolomna is truly national heritage and pride. Get ready to get lost in a fairy tale: ancient architecture, historic streets and scenic maze-like alleyways. Very local and authentic experience.
12:00 – 13:00 – Kolomna Kremlin and Assumption Cathedral. Being #1 thing to do in Kolomna and one of TOP10 symbols of Russia, the Kremlin is one of the biggest and most powerful Kremlins of its time, built in 1525-1531. The walls are up to 20 meters high and almost 2 km long. The 17 towers of Kolomna Kremlin have much in common with fortification form the north Italian castles such as Turin, Milan, Verona.
Majestic Cathedral of the Assumption will impress you with unusual interior and the wonderful murals on the walls.
13:00 – 14:00 – Walking around, visiting local churches and/or museums. Several options for museums: 1. Learn the history of traditional Russian bread – kalach in a cute and tiny Kalachnaya Museum, buy your own freshly baked loaf and enjoy a tea ceremony. 2. Or learn the history of tea-making in Russia in the Museum House of Samovar. Its private collection of old samovars boasts 400 copies, as well as various objects of traditional folk life. Plenty of souvenirs and baking goodies to try: kulebyaki, pirogies, pirozhki, cakes.
If you fancy, come down to the Moscow River for spectacular views.
14:00 – 14:30 – Lunch in a local café with traditional Russian cuisines and interior.
14:30 – 15:00 – Marshmallow museum. Reservation should be made in advance. Not less popular then Kolomna Kremlin, Marshmallow (Pastila) Museum is a must-see. The tour here is like a performance. You come here for a story that the local guides imitating the manners of the 19th century will tell you. And, of course, for delicious marshmallow.
15:30 – 16:00 – Museum Forging Settlement. The museum features over 7000 exhibits. Here you can see the work area of the village blacksmith, see the weapons and armour of warriors of the past centuries, accessories for fishing and hunting, wrought iron household items, many of which have long been forgotten. You will learn many fun facts about the life of Russians in ancient times.
16:00 – 16:30 – Snack/Coffee
17:00 (approx) – Train back to Moscow
18:30 (approx) – Arriving to Moscow
19:00 – Back at the hotel
The itinerary may be modified in accordance with train`s timetable.
This was a very good day out, with a jknowledgeable and very helpful guide, who went out of her way to show me sights of interest, as well as to drop me off where I needed to go in Moscow afterwards. Highly recommended.