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Sacred Art of Russia

21 June 2020

7 days from £2,595pp

Experience the unique architecture and splendid art of Russia, featuring exclusive lectures by a number of academic specialists. Explore Yaroslavl and the Golden Ring towns of Pylos and Suzdal, plus embark on a relaxing cruise to the impressive Tolgskii Monastery.
  • Enjoy exclusive additional lectures by a number of academic specialists
  • Relax on a river cruise to the picturesque Tolgskii Monastery
  • Visit the centres of the famous Palekh, the Russian art of miniature lacquer painting
  • Explore some of the most beautiful towns in the Golden Ring, including Pylos, pearl of the Volga River, and Suzdal

The adoption of Christianity in Russia in 988 marked the beginning of the ancient Russian art. Throughout the 10th–17th centuries, this ancient Russian art sought to embody in itself the Christian faith and create ‘theology in colour’ by making images and the words inseparable from each other. 

East of Moscow lies the land of small historical towns, ancient onion-domed churches and largely unspoilt countryside, often referred to as the ‘Golden Ring of Russia’. The area was largely bypassed by 20th century modernisation – or destruction – and still feels almost rural. Our tour begins in Yaroslavl – a jewel in the Golden Ring – studded with onion domes like no other place in Russia. Our second base will be Suzdal, one of the most popular destinations on the Golden Ring, thanks to its unspoilt charm. This new Art Pursuits Abroad tour breaks slightly from the conventional APA format; although the tour will be led by expert lecturer Dr Natalia Murray, most days will begin with a very special lecture given by an additional expert in mediaeval Russian art. This is an exciting opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the history of a beautiful portion of this vast and fascinating country.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Park Inn by Radisson, Yaroslavl

★★★★

The four star Park Inn by Radisson is located with ease of access to thousands of years of history, with plentiful of options to explore the area's beautiful architecture or to venture into new landscapes.

 

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Climate control
 
Finishing Touches

Nikolaevsky Posad, Suzdal

★★★★

This quirky four star ‘art hotel’ complex built in the style of a merchant’s estate is located in Suzdal, in the immediate vicinity of the city's main attractions. The complex is made up of comfortable two-storey cottages with all modern amenities built on the edge of a quiet city park. 

 
 

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning