Spend time with two different host clubs who will introduce you to some of Russia's historical, artistic, and religious sites. You will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on topics including cooking, doll making, and porcelain that will help you get a more hands-on feel for Russian culture!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Krasnogorsk and Velikiy Novgorod.

Live With a Local

  • Get to know our host families in Krasnogorsk and Velikiy Novgorod
  • Take a visit to a local library
  • Meet children at a local school

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Red Square and the Kremlin
  • Moscow City
  • VDNKh
  • Sparrow (Vorobyovy) Hills
  • Velikiy Novgorod's Kremlin
  • St. Sophia’s Cathedral
  • Monument to the Millennium of Russian Statehood
  • Yaroslav’s Court
  • Valday city
I visited five years ago, and I loved all things - the city Novgorod and the lovely people. - Previous ambassador

Krasnogorsk and Velikiy Novgorod, Russia

16 Days / 15 Nights Program and Itinerary:

September 10, 2021 – September 25, 2021
Coordinator: Oyuna Sengeeva, FFI
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Sept. 10, 2021

Arrive in Moscow where you will be met at the airport by host club members

Stay the night at the hotel near the airport

Sept. 11, 2021

After breakfast, a bus will pick you up at the hotel and bring to the city

Meet with family

After lunch with family, go on a city tour, where you will see Red Square and the Kremlin, visit the Armoury, containing a number of Fabergé Eggs as well as jewels, weapons and clothing of the Tsars, and St Basil’s Cathedral

Welcome party in the evening

Sept. 12, 2021

Moscow’s metro system is one of the busiest and most beautiful in the world, carrying over nine million passengers each day and providing an intriguing insight into Russia during Soviet times. A guided tour takes you to the most remarkable stations and offers an essential overview of the history of the metro

Free time with family

Sept. 13, 2021

VDNKh is a guest favorite in Moscow. The abbreviation stands for Russian Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy). With more than 200 buildings and 30 pavilions on the grounds, VDNKh serves as an open-air museum

Sept. 14, 2021

The Tretyakov Gallery


Sept. 15, 2021

Tour of Moscow City (modern part of Moscow).

Federation Tower (360 meters high) and high-rise ice-cream factory with tasting

Shopping and snacks* in Moscow City

Back to host families

Ambassadors invite their hosts to dinner *

* = not included in Journey price

Sept. 16, 2021

Sparrow (Vorobyovy) Hills is the 80-meter-high bank of the Moscow river, located at the spectacular river bend. It is popular for being the best panorama of the city of Moscow, seen from the observation point. You can see the contemporary towers of the Moscow city business district, Stalin’s 7 sister skyscrapers, Novodevichiy convent complex, Luzhniki sport arena – the main stadium of Moscow 1980 Olympics, the red towers of Kremlin in the distance, and many more. The hills are crowned by the impressive structure of Moscow University

Farewell party

In the evening take a train to Velikiy Novgorod, the Motherland of Russia

Sept. 17, 2021

Arrive at train station in the morning

Guided tour around the downtown – the Kremlin, St. Sophia’s Cathedral, the Monument to the Millennium of Russian Statehood, and Yaroslav’s Court

Welcome party

Sept. 18, 2021

St. George’s Monastery

Culinary Workshop: “Traditional Russian Cuisine”

Visit the Open-Air Museum of Folk Wooden architecture “Vitoslavlitsy”

Ambassadors invite their hosts to dinner *

Sept. 19, 2021

Walking tour of a monastery

Workshop at a porcelain museum

Birch bark crafting

Sept. 20, 2021

Concert of classical music at Rakhmaninov museum

The Chamber of Facets

Applied Art Collection of the 12-15th centuries

Sept. 21, 2021

Historical Museum, featuring a collection of iconic paintings

Russian doll workshop

A visit to a library

A visit to a local school

Sept. 22, 2021

A day tour to Staraya Russa* by bus

Dostoevsky Museum

City museum

Take a visit to the resort

Sept. 23, 2021

A day trip to Valday

City tour, Iverskiy monastery, and Bell museum

Farewell party

Night train to Moscow

Sept. 24, 2021

Arrive in Moscow in the early morning

Transfer to hotel near airport

Check in at the hotel

Sept. 25, 2021

Departure home


$2500 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, entrance fees in itinerary, transportation (bus/train), transfer to/from airport, and double accommodation hotel.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 21345.
  • Optional extension to St. Petersburg (5 days, 4 nights). Please contact Journey Coordinator for more information.
  • Average temperature is around 70F and sunny, but it’s better to bring a warm sweater for rainy and cool weather.
  • Pack comfortable shoes, as we will be walking a lot.
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