Moscow Adventure: start understanding Russia!

We invite you to join the trip to Moscow! Dive in the vibes of one of the most chaotic and vibrant cities – Moscow! This is the trip for people who are tired of regular tourism. This is not just a regular trip to Moscow! This is an experience! You will experience true Russia! You will live in a Russian house; you will meet Russian people. You will learn a lot about Russians! Why Russians never smile (or do they)? Does vodka really play a crucial role in social life? Come and find out!

This is the trip for people who value their time and want to experience a lot within a short period of time! The trip includes visits to the most interesting historical places of Moscow, explanations about Russian culture and society. After this trip, you will start understanding Russia and Russians better!

Russia is not just Putin, bears and vodka! It is much more! Come and discover what Russia really is! See the unique architecture with huge buildings and wide streets. Learn about the rich history of Russia with Mongols, tsars, emperors and learn about today! Forget for a moment what you have heard about Russia from the media! Let us surprise you and show how open-hearted Russian can be!

The visit will include meeting with local people who will share the information about various aspects of life in Russia and visits to the most interesting historical places in Moscow. What we try to reach is to give a broad view of Russia during this trip. We will show you various sides of Moscow and the life in Russia and will leave on you making the conclusions. We believe you might have particular stereotypes before coming to Russia. We do not aim to proof or disproof those stereotypes. We want to show you actual Russia and let you draw an opinion!

Despite whatever you have heard about Russia Moscow is a truly beautiful and amazing city! Let us show you the magic of the city and we are sure you will receive strong emotions and have an unforgettable experience!

Experience one of the largest cities in the world and have an unforgettable time! Observe the diversity of Moscow and start understanding a Russian soul!

Program

We offer the standard programs that can be adjusted upon the requests of the participants of the trip.

You will be always accompanied by a guide who will share the information about the places you visit as well as provide a lot of other information.

The program includes information about the places to be visited. Additional activities – meetings with locals, trying local food, vodka workshop (upon request) will be provided as well.

SUNDAY Arrival

There are no activities planned for that day. But if you arrive early during the day – you are welcome to spend a day discovering the city. Probably we will be able to provide you with a guide who can accompany you to the city. Or you can choose to relax and spend the day at home – it’s up to you!

MONDAY Morning – Lecture about Russia and Russian culture

You will learn about the culture of the country. We will try to answer the questions about why Russian never smile and why vodka plays such a significant role in Russian society.

Afternoon – you will visit the park Kolomenskoe to see the buildings in traditional Russian style and learn more about Russian history.

TUESDAY You will visit Red Square, Mausoleum, Kremlin. After the tour, you will visit huge shopping centres next to Kremlin – GUM and Okhotniy Ryad.

Boat trip (if the weather permits) – standard route includes Kremlin / Christ the Savior Cathedral / Monument to Peter I / Government House / Moscow City Hall / Main building of Moscow State University / “Luzhniki” / Sparrow Hills / Park of Culture and Rest / Novodevichy Convent / Gorkiy Park

WEDNESDAY You will visit Tretyakov Gallery – the largest gallery in Moscow and a number of other places in the city center – Arbat, multiple churches incl the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
THURSDAY You will visit VDNKh – the place to feel Soviet Culture.

Then you will be invited to visit the Pushkin Museum – one of the richest museums of Russia.

FRIDAY Departure Day

If you leave in the evening – we can provide you with a guide who will be happy to spend a day with you discovering the parts of Moscow that you still want to visit.

Accommodation

The accommodation during the event will be provided in a unique location – a modern comfortable training center. Participants will sleep and have sessions at the same building! The training center is located in the south of Moscow (so called New Moscow area).

The training center consists of 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a large common room for the sessions. In addition to the standard facilities, the training center is equipped with Jacuzzi that can be used by participants, the fire place where participants can gather in the evenings together, terrace and other facilities which will make the stay comfortable.

The training center in New Moscow is not just a building! It was constructed with the intention to give participants the feeling of the community together! To facilitate informal contacts among participants outside of the sessions. Fully equipped kitchen and the place for BBQing are also available for the participants.
In case of the good weather, the outside area can be used by participants as well.

The stay at the training center in New Moscow provides unique experience enhancing the learning process!

It is possible to arrive one/a few days earlier or leave one/a few days later. The fee for every extra night is 50 euro per night. You will be provided accommodation for extra nights at the training center, but no meals will be provided during these additional nights.

If you would like to book additional nights – please let us know and we will provide a visa invitation for a longer period. It is not possible to request a visa invitation for a longer period and stay at another venue for additional nights. Due to strict migration regulations, we can provide a visa invitation for a longer period only if you spend all the nights within your stay at the venue of our training center.

Price

The fee for the course is 490 euro. The fee includes:

  • The program of the course (including all necessary study materials)
  • The accommodation (in the comfortable training center in Moscow)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee-breaks)
  • Transfer
  • Visa invitation (which you will need to bring to the Russian Consulate in order to apply for a visa)

Air tickets are not included in the price.

Visa

Nationals of most of the countries need a visa to enter Russia. If you are not sure if you need a visa or not – please send us an email letting us know which nationality you have and we will be happy to advise you if you need a visa or not.

If you need a visa – we will send you a visa invitation. Please note the visa invitation is not a visa. With the visa invitation which you will receive from us, you will still need to go to the Russian Consulate and apply for a visa.
Together with the visa invitation, you will need to bring to the Consulate some other documents (usually these includes passport, passport size photo, filled application form, in some cases – insurance, proof of finances and other documents depending on the country where you are applying for a visa). We recommend you to check the website of the Russian Consulate to see the full list of documents you need to present.

Usually, it takes about 1-2 weeks to receive a visa at the Consulate after the moment you have submitted your visa application. In most of the cases before submitting the visa application you need to make an appointment. Some times you can only make an appointment 1-2 months in advance. That is why we recommend you to contact the closest Russian Consulate as soon as possible to make an appointment for a visa.

Visa fee varies depending on the country where you apply. For EU citizens in most cases, the visa can be done free of charge. For non-EU citizens, the visa fee is 35 or 60 euro (depending on the country where you apply for a visa). Those are the fees if you apply directly at the Consulate. In most of the countries, you can apply directly to the Consulate but you also have a choice to apply for a visa to the Visa Center of the Consulate, Visa Center, Travel Agency or to another organization. If you are applying through any of those organizations (e.g. anywhere except the Consulate itself) there might be extra charges.

We recommend you to apply for a visa as soon as possible. And of course – in case of any questions on any stage of visa application we will be more than happy to assist!

Apply

Just click to apply via website

Or you could send an email to the following address – netherlandsinstitute@gmail.com

Please indicate the following information in the text of the email:

  • Full name
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Telephone number
  • Title of the course you are applying for
  • The reasons why you would like to join the course and the expectations you have from the course

We do not have any age or geographical limits for the applicants. Person of any age from any country is welcome to apply for the course.

Questions

In case of any questions regarding the course – feel free to send us an E-mail – or call us +31 30 879 50 55