The Romanovs, beginning of the dynasty

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Romanovs – the second and the last royal dynasty in Russia – was established in 1613 and ruled the country for 300 years until the revolution of 1917 when the last Romanov tzar Nicolas II, his wife and their five kids were killed by the Bolsheviks. In the beginning of 17th century after the cruel and bloody events of Time of Troubles the first Romanov tzar Michael was elected by medieval Parliament of Russia, which consisted of 1000 representatives of all classes from boyars (nobility) to peasants.

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Romanovs – the second and the last royal dynasty in Russia – was established in 1613 and ruled the country for 300 years until the revolution of 1917 when the last Romanov tzar Nicolas II, his wife and their five kids were killed by the Bolsheviks. 

In the beginning of 17th century after the cruel and bloody events of Time of Troubles the first Romanov tzar Michael was elected by medieval Parliament of Russia, which consisted of 1000 representatives of all classes from boyars (nobility) to peasants. Young Michael was only 16 years old, his father was in Polish captivity and his mother was the only unbiased and reliable adviser of young boy. However Michael had all necessary qualities: strong character, will and vision. With the help of his father who was later liberated and joined his son in Moscow Michael was able to create the second royal dynasty and enlarge the territory of Russia.

We will start this 3-hour walking tour near the Romanov’s chamber on St. Barbara St, where the first Romanov tzar Michael was possibly born in 1596. Stroll along St. Barbara street, which is also called by moscovites an open-air museum of the Medieval architecture, visit the magnificent Red Square and see whimsical St.Basil cathedral – true landmark of Russia, crenellated walls of the Kremlin, the Savior tower and the most precise clock on the top of it, gothic top of St. Nicolas tower, the Lenin’s tomb and the fabulous GUM department store.

After Red square we will walk along Nikolskaya street and will see the Greek-Slavonic Academy – the first higher education Academy which was established by half-sister of Peter the Great – Princess Sofia. Next we will pass by the legendary Bolshoi theatre, Alexander’s garden and will finish our tour near the Christ the Savior Cathedral, which was erected to commemorate victory over Napoleon. The original Cathedral was built in 19th century, the construction lasted for 44 years during the reign of three Romanov tzars, but in 1931 it was blown up by the order of Stalin. The new one we see today was put on the original place in 1995-2000 and now it’s the biggest Russian Orthodox Church.

Key highlights:

  • Private 3-hour tour with our guide experienced in Russian history
  • Listen to the exciting stories of Romanovs dynasty while observing the most magnificent monuments and sights in Moscow historical center: the Romanov’s chamber, St.Barbara street, Red square, St.Basil’s cathedral, The Kremlin walls and towers, Lenin’s tomb, GUM, Nikolskaya Street, the Bolshoi theatre and Alexander’s garden, Christ the Savior cathedral.
  • Get to know what happened with the Romanov’s obelisk in the Alexander’s garden after revolution of 1917 and why Lenin – the founder of the Soviet Union hated so much Romanov royal family.
  • Walk in historical downtown lined with beautiful churches, palaces and cathedrals dated back to 15th century.

Itinerary:

10.00 am – Hotel pick-up

10.30 am – Romanov’s chamber, St. Barbara street, Zaryadye park

11.00 am – Visit Red Square: see marvelous St.Basil’s cathedral, the Kremlin wall, the Kremlin towers – The Savior tower, Senate tower, St Nikolas tower, Lenin mausoleum, GUM, the History museum

11.30 am – Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Nokilskaya street, see the fabulous  building of the Greek-Slavonic Academy

12.00 am – The Bolshoi theater and Alexander’s garden

12.30 pm – Christ the Savior cathedral and the Patriarch’s bridge with the stunning panoramic view of the Kremlin

1.30 pm – Drop-off of at your hotel or destination of your choice

What makes it different:

  • You can adjust the itinerary according to your wish: we offer ideas & you choose what you want.
  • We will meet you at your hotel with your personalized itinerary.
  • Your tour will be a lot of fun, not a history lesson.
  • You may ask your guide any question which interests you about people, ways and traditions.

Additional information

Weight 2 kg
Number of persons

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

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