Leo Tolstoy in our Moscow Literary Tour

The program is built in such a way that, in addition to Moscow mansions and streets associated with the name of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and buildings connected, for example, with his great novel "War and Peace", you will be able to visit the famous Yasnaya Polyana – the Leo Tolstoy house museum in the Tula region ...

A great opportunity to extend your stay in Russia is to continue your literary journey by moving on the high-speed train Sapsan (4 hours) to Saint-Petersburg under our program "Saint-Petersburg of Fyodor Dostoevsky".

We will visit the charming wooden mansion of Tolstoy in Khamovniki surrounded by an old garden and carved timber fence where it seems that the time has stopped. Inside you will see many interesting details from the everyday life of the writer and his family, such as the bike that Tolstoy learnt to ride when he was almost 70 or an exquisite pair of shoes that he carved for his friend.

Another famous Russian literary destination is Tula, located 120 kilometers south of Moscow. Tula is famous worldwide for The National Leo Tolstoy Museum-Estate in Yasnaya Polyana, where the great Russian writer was born in 1828, lived for about sixty years, wrote many of his books including «War and Peace» and was buried in 1910.

With its authentic buildings, surrounded by picturesque forests, orchards and parks, it is a typical Russian estate, which will give the traveller an insight into the everyday life and traditions of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries
Program 5 days/4 nights - Literary Tour of Leo Tolstoy
Arrival to Moscow. Transfer to the hotel, check in.
Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Kremlin+1 Cathedral visit.
There are dozens of Kremlin in Russia, but the Moscow one has no equal. Because the Moscow Kremlin is not just a historical defensive structure. This is the heart of Russia. The main spiritual and political center of the country. Her pride and glory. The official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. Attraction № 1 in Moscow.
Lunch at a local restaurant of noble cuisine.
Thematic walking tour of Khamovniki with a visit to the wooden estate of Lev Tolstoy.
Tolstoy's estate in Khamovniki is a quiet corner in the middle of a bustling metropolis. A place where time seems to have stopped, and it is not difficult to get from the rapid XXI century to the XIX. A cozy house, a wooden fence and a quiet Park that can tell guests a lot of interesting things about their former owners. Here the classic lived for 19 years and wrote more than 100 works. Here everything remains as it was during his lifetime, and more than 5 thousand authentic exhibits breathe the memory of their great master.
The history of the market in the Khamovniki district dates back to the 19th century, from the merchants Usachevs, in whose honor the street where the market is located is named. The historical past is preserved in the walls, decorated with old bricks of those times. In 2017, the market survived a rebirth. Today, in addition to the counters where products from Moscow and regional farms are presented, food courts from the best Moscow restaurateurs are located on it.
Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.
“Moscow times of War and peace” bus tour, dedicated to the life and work of the great Russian writer.
Lev Tolstoy was a man of high moral values: Each of his works celebrates honesty, dignity and love. The Tolstoy era is an era of high ideals, now lost. But we have a unique opportunity to take a trip to the bright and beautiful world created by Lev Nikolaevich, and fully feel like the heroes of his works. In this route, we will visit places that are associated with the novel “War and peace”. Some houses became prototypes of the houses of the novel's characters, some buildings are connected with the history of its creation.
Time for lunch (lunch in not included).
Optional: Lunch at a local cafe / restaurant.
The fate of Lev Tolstoy is firmly connected with Moscow, where he stayed, learned to ride a bicycle, wrote diaries and settled the heroes of his works in Moscow homes. We offer to see only part of the buildings associated with the name of Lev Tolstoy and walk along the Arbat and Plyushchikha.
Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Bus tour to the Tula region to the Museum-estate of L. Tolstoy “Yasnaya Polyana”.
Yasnaya Polyana is the family estate of L. N. Tolstoy. The appearance of the estate, familiar to Tolstoy, which has largely survived to this day, took shape at the beginning of the 19th century under the writer's grandfather, Prince N.S. Volkonsky. In Yasnaya Polyana Tolstoy was born and spent most of his life. Today Yasnaya Polyana remains the same as Tolstoy knew and loved. The memorial landscapes of the estate (gardens, parks, ponds planted by Tolstoy forests), like the buildings of the late 18th – early 19th centuries, are maintained in their unchanged historical form.
The main memorial buildings of the estate:
Volkonsky House – the oldest stone building in Yasnaya Polyana; under L. N. Tolstoy it had an economic purpose, today it is the administrative building of the museum; the house also has an exhibition hall
House of L. N. Tolstoy, in which Tolstoy lived for over 50 years and wrote most of his works; preserved as of 1910 (the last year of the writer's life)
The Kuzminskys' wing – the building of Tolstoy's Yasnaya Polyana school, later – a guest house; now it houses temporary exhibitions
Memorial stable, which today contains about 30 horses, as well as various outbuildings
Lunch at the local cafe.
Continuation of the tour.
Return to the hotel in Moscow.
Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.
Transfer to the airport / railway station.
End of the tour.

For groups of less than 5 pax we reserve the right to use public transportation on short distances.
Groups of different languages can be combined in one bus with individual guides.
Please always consider a single supplement in case you need a single accommodation.
What is included and not included in the tour?
Our prices include:
  • Double accommodation in Moscow in hotel 4* for 4 nights (Holiday Inn Tagansky / Novotel Moscow Center or similar)
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Luggage handling in the hotel
  • Lunches in city restaurant on Day 2, 4
  • Excursion program with entrance fees when necessary
  • Transport service and all transfers per program in cars / minivan / buses depending on number of pax
  • Local English, French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking guides per program
  • Visa support letter if necessary

Supplementary (for prebooking only):
  • Dinners in hotel
  • Optional tours
  • Single supplement in hotel * Please always consider a single supplement in case the number of pax is odd
  • Pre / post accommodation in Moscow or Saint-Peterburg and excursion program before or after the tour

* If restrictions are imposed on the entrance to museums for a certain number of people, we can serve group requests with the division of groups into smaller ones, with the predominant use of the same transport (or with a different number and capacity of transport), but with a large number of guides.
** Some museums or excursions can be excluded from the program if circumstances beyond the control of the tour operator require it (time constraints due to covid-19 / bans on the operation of facilities). At the same time, as far as possible, we will offer an alternative replacement.
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