The Photographic tour to Russia is another of our new destinations for 2020. From June 19 to July 2 we will photograph the main spirit of the country. An exciting destination for his architectural, cultural and social culture that will offer us amazing photographies. We will visit the main Russian cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg and its surroundings, where we can photograph both its main monuments and incredible locations in more hidden places of conventional routes.
Within this extraordinary 15-day photographic journey, we will photograph magical places such as St. Petersburg, the city of the Tsars, which specially at this time of the year offers its best lights during white nights, where the sunset and sunrise are almost at the same time and that will allow us to visit different locations in the same day with the best lights. We will also travel to Moscow where on the way we can photograph the most unknown Russia, its typical wooden houses in the middle of immense forests, kremlins more unknown or incredible orthodox religious centers in the middle of nature. Already in the capital, we will have the possibility to photograph the historical Soviet architecture in all its splendor: The Kremlin and the Red Square, Soviet skyscrapers or the wonderful famous metro stations.
A destination with so many possibilities facilitates the realization of a really complete program, and that will take us to use ourselves to the maximum from the first moment, until the last day, before moving to the airport to start the return home.
So that you can have the maximum and best possibilities of obtaining great images, we have prepared this Photographic Trip to Russia with the highest level of detail and knowledge of the terrain, given that our guide Eduardo Fuster lives in Russia. Therefore, you can enjoy almost constant photographic possibilities during each of the days of our stay in this beautiful country.
In short, we talk about a very special opportunity to visit and photograph a country as full of contrasts and beauty as Russia, join our Photographic Tour and be one of the lucky ones who can enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Arrival in Saint Petersburg. Meeting of the group and beginning of the trip.
Depending on the arrival time, we will visit the center to begin to know the city and photograph the Church of the Savior on the spilled blood, the Kazan Cathedral and the canals. Night at our hotel to rest and prepare for the next day.
In the morning we will visit the Winter Palace (Hermitage), where we will guide you to the most spectacular rooms and we will begin to know Russian history a little better.
At the end we can take a short break in the center to eat and visit the summer gardens. In the afternoon we will cross the Neva river to visit the Peter and Paul fortress, and take photographs of the same fortress from within. Once visited inside, we will take a break at the hotel to gather strength for the night, where we will have plenty of time, thanks to the white nights, to take photographs at sunset of the sites visited during the day and return to the center as the previous day to photograph the main churches and streets of St. Petersburg
In the morning we will go to visit the Peterhof Palace, about 30 kilometers from St. Petersburg. The place is considered the Russian Versailles, and apart from the great main palace we can photograph its immense gardens and the largest fountain complex in the world. We will attend the lighting of the fountains, and we will visit the palace inside on a guided tour.
In the afternoon we will return to St. Petersburg to have a bite to eat and rest before visiting St. Isaac and the statue of the bronze horse at dusk. We will climb to the top of St. Isaac to take panoramic photographs of the city. When going down and depending on the previous days, we will continue visiting the center to photograph its main monuments.
In the morning we will visit the Soviet monuments in honor of Leningrad, we will leave the city to visit the Way of Life, the only way to entry food during the Nazi siege to the city, where we can visit many Soviet monuments, built in honor of the defenders of the city. Arriving at the Ladoga Side, we will continue our way to the south to reach the Oreshek fortress, to photograph it at sunset from the other side of the river, which will give us spectacular views of this ancient fortress of the Russian Empire.
Back in the city we will stop at the Smolny Cathedral to be able to photograph it during the white nights, from the banks of the Neva River and from the church square itself.
We will leave early to visit the island of Krondstad, located in the Gulf of Finland, and where we can visit its forts and amazing cathedral.
After that, we will continue our route to the north where we will stop to visit the Mannerheim line, a series of Soviet and Finnish bunkers in the winter war. At dusk we will arrive at Vasilyevo, where the church is located on the smallest island in the world and will offer us some spectacular photographs in a unique atmosphere.
In the morning we will visit the Palace of Caterina. We will photograph the gardens and visit the interior in a guided tour.
At the end of our visit we will leave St Petersburg to go to Novgorod, stopping in the small towns to photograph typical Russian houses called isbas.
We will arrive in Novgorod where after settling in the hotel, we will go out to visit the Kremlin and photograph its walls. Depending on the forces we will wait at sunrise because, as we will still be north, the sun will rise at dawn and we will be able to rest after having made our photographs
In the morning, and depending on the time of arrival the previous day we will visit the interior of the Novgorod Kremlin. We will gather strength to resume the march and leave for Moscow.
Just before arriving, we will stop in Istra to take pictures of the monastery and its mill, once visited inside we will go around its surroundings to wait for the sunset in the best location to photograph this incredible monastery that is part of the Russian Golden Ring. At the end of our session, we will arrive in Moscow to rest in our hotel of the Soviet era.
In the morning we will visit the center of Moscow. Walking from our hotel we will visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and we will arrive to the Kremlin and the Red Square. We will visit the GUM, the Bolshoi Theater and Lubyanka Square.
We will rest and eat something before returning to the Kremlin to visit it inside. Where we can visit their cathedrals and have time to walk around its walls. At dusk we will continue touring the surroundings of the Kremlin to take pictures of this iconic location from the best points.
Early in the morning, we will take the car to visit the Russian golden ring. We will arrive at Serguei Posad, considered the Russian Vatican. Its fortress houses the largest monastery in Russia and its incredible churches and monastic life in the interior will allow us to take incredible photographs of the largest Orthodox spiritual center.
After a short break to eat we will continue our route towards Pereslavl-Zaleski. Where we will visit the Church of the Transfiguration, built in white stone, like all the surrounding Kremlin. At dusk, and from outside the Kremlin we will have the best moment of light to make incredible photographs of its architecture.
We will get up early to take photographs in the Church of the 40 martyrs, located just at the mouth of the river in the lake of the city, which along with the water lilies that grow on its shore will allow us to make magical photographs of its architecture. At the end of our session we will continue our route to Rostov Veliki, another of the cities of the Golden Ring and which has the most beautiful Kremlin in Russia.
In the afternoon we will travel to Suzdal, another of the cities of the Golden Ring, whose particularity is the colorful dome of its churches and the city retains a traditional atmosphere that will allow us to take pictures from the other side of the river with a spectacular skyline. We will spend the night in the city to take advantage of both sunset and sunrise the next day to be able to photograph its architecture in all its splendor.
After finishing the morning session in Suzdal, we will take the car to return to Moscow. In the afternoon we will visit the VDNKh park during the afternoon, where we can photograph Soviet pavilions dedicated to all the republics that were part of the USSR, as well as monuments dedicated to the scientists and workers of the extinct union.
In the surroundings we can also photograph the monument to the Soviet cosomonauts and one of the most emblematic monuments of the USSR: Worker and Kolkhoz. At the end of our session we will go to sunset to photograph one of the seven sisters of Stalin, a Soviet skyscraper on the riverbank that offers its best views at sunset. We will return to rest at the hotel once our session is over.
We will use the morning to visit and photograph its famous metro stations. We will make a tour of the most beautiful stations and be able to photograph them with time. At the end, we will make a little rest and visit in the afternoon the museum of World War II or Great Patriotic War, where we can continue photographing Soviet architecture and knowing this part of Russian history.
At the end we will visit one of the most iconic modern photographic points of the city: the financial center of Moscow at dusk. A set of skyscrapers on the banks of the river that will allow us to take pictures of the new Russia.
We will get up early to photograph another 4 of Stalin’s famous skyscrapers (The 7 Sisters) during the sunrise and in the morning. We will visit the city visiting the different buildings, besides knowing other buildings of interest. In the afternoon we will visit the university park, which has the last of the skyscrapers that we will visit this day and which will also offer panoramic views of the city.
In the afternoon we will visit the Novodevichy Convent that is close to the area, and at dusk we can choose between photographing its walls from the lake that surrounds it or returning to the university to make panoramic views of Moscow when the sun is setting.
We will get up early to finish photographing in the morning the 2 last sisters of Stalin. At the end of our session we will approach the Izmailovsky market where we can find Russian antiques and make social photography with calm, in addition to having time also to buy authentic Soviet souvenirs. As an optional activity, you can visit the Stalin bunker in the same area, which preserves the areas where the high Soviet leader sheltered from the Germans during the Nazi siege. In the afternoon we will visit the monastery of Izmaylovsky Ostrov inside and as usual, we will go outside to take pictures at sunset from the nearby lake.
Transfer to Moscow airport and return home.