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The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, will be held in Russia within the period June 08 – July 08 in 2018.

The finals tournament will involve 32 national teams. This will be the first World Cup held in Eastern Europe.

Our country has proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl and Yekaterinburg. 

Enhance your Russian trip by taking advantage of the incredible pre and post travel opportunities in the cities.

Our company ‘Territory 007’ have put some fantastic add-on tours together for football fans, so that you could not only support your home team, but tailor-make different excursions and visits.

Here are a few suggestions for outstanding Pre and Post Travel options in the cities:

Moscow (the capital of Russia, founded in 1147 by Prince Yuri the Long-Armed).

Kremlin visit, including Kremlin grounds, cathedrals, Armoury and Diamond Fund (The Moscow Kremlin is one of the largest architectural ensembles of the world, including monuments built over the time from late XV to XX centuries. Historically the Moscow Kremlin has been the residence of power and in our days it is the residence of the Russian President. It is a unique museum complex including cathedrals-museums, the bell tower of Ivan the Great with the belfry and the State Armory Chamber — the treasury. A special exposition located in the basement of the Annunciation Cathedral displays the materials on the archaeology of the Kremlin. The Museums of the Kremlin preserve unique works of art of different genres, which illustrate parade ceremonial of secular and clerical rulers' courts). 

City tour, incl. Red Square (main square of Russia), St.Basil’s cathedral in Red Square (St.Basil's Cathedral, was built in 1555 — 1561 to commemorate the victory of the Russians over Kazan Khannate on 1st October 1552. The Russian tzar Ivan the Terrible ordered two Russian architects (Barma and Postnik) to build a monument in honour of the victory, and it is said he had their eyes poked out so that they could never design anything to rival its beauty). Our Saviour Cathedral (main Orthodox cathedral in Russia), New Maiden Convent (the shelter for royal and noble ladies,was built in 1524), Sparrow Hills (the highest point in Moscow), Moscow University, metro

Tretyakov Gallery (is one of the largest museums in Russia with over 100 000 works of art — icons, paintings, graphics and sculpture — spanning the entire history of Russian art. Its collection of Russian realism from the second half of the 19th century is the best in the country.  The Gallery collection was started by Pavel Tretyakov, the owner of a successful textile firm, and became famous from the minute it was opened to the public in 1870. After Tretyakov's death the gallery's collection grew rapidly, especially after the October Revolution when museum collections were privatised: art was bought, donated or «transferred» from other museums, private collections, cathedrals and monasteries). 

Stalin’s secret bunker (Stalin's Bunker, was constructed at the beginning of the Second World War and is located on the outskirts near Izmailovo market and now is open for the pubic. It’s a special visit, should be reserved beforehand).

Tagansky secret bunker (was built during the height of the Cold War and is located in the center of Moscow. Built in 1951, this super-secret bunker served as the the command post, the main artery for communication for the Soviet Union in the event of a nuclear war).

Radisson cruise on Moskva river (enjoy relaxing cruise on Moskva river on the board of modern vessel)

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St.Petersburg (important Baltic port, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great).

City tour, including St.Peter and Paul Fortress (original citadel of St.Petersburg founded by Peter the First in 1703. The fortress contains several buildings clustered around Peter and Paul cathedral. The cathedral is the burial place of Russian tsars from Peter the First to Alexander III. The remains of the imperial martyrs Nicholas II and his family were also interred there on the 80th anniversary of their deaths, in 1998. In 2006 remains of Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna were brought from Copenhagen to finally rest next to her husband Alexander III), St.Isaak cathedral (the largest cathedral in the city. It’s dedicated to St. Isaac of Dalmatia, the patron saint of Peter the First (Great) who had been born on the feast day of that saint), Spilled Blood Church (one of the main sights of St.Petersburg. The name refers to the blood of the assassinated Alexander II of Russia who was mortally wounded on that site in 1881).

Hermitage (museum of art and culture. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of 6 historic buildings along Palace Embankment including the Winter Palace (former residence of Russian Emperors). Apart from them, the Menshikov Palace, museum of porcelain, Storage facility and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building also make part of the museum)

Peterhof, Grand Palace, park, fountains   (A series of palaces and gardens laid out of the orders of Peter the First and often called ‘Russian Versailles’, not far from St.Petersburg).

Tsarskoe Selo with visit to Catherine palace, Amber room, Park (a former Russian residence of the imperial family, located 26 km far from St.Petersburg in the town of Pushkin. Catherine Palace, beautiful park with sculptures and of course, famous Amber room at the Palace are unforgettable. Amber room is a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. During WWII Nazy Germany looted Amber room and brought it to Koeninsberg (now Kaliningrad). There all traces of the Chamber were lost and up to date it remains a mystery where is the Amber room. However in 2003 Russian craftsmen reconstructed the Amber Chamber and now we have an opportunity to enjoy looking at the Chamber)   

Pavlovsk with visit to Palace and Park (Pavlovsk is situated 30 km far from St.Petersburg and just near Pushkin. The town is developed around Pavlovsk Palace one of the most splendid palaces of imperial family).

Night canal trip on the Neva (St.Petersburg is surrounded by water and most of sights are visible better from the water. At night it’s very romantic to explore the city taking a cruise).

Folkshow in Nikolaevsky Palace (enjoy the Russian folkshow in the real Palace and taste Russian champagne with canapé).

And others

Kaliningrad (ex-Koeningsberg, the most western city in Russia, founded in 1255).

City tour, including Koeningsberg cathedral (14 с., one of the main sights in the city) , monument to Baron von Muenchhausen (monument to famous storyteller. He was a German nobleman of 18 c. Baron joined the Russian military and took part in two campaigns against the Ottoman Turks).

Amber museum (Was opened in 1979, it in the tower built in the middle of the 19th century houses in the center of Kaliningrad. The exposition occupies more than 1000 sq. m. There are amber specimens of different weight, color- grade and transparency level in the science part. The biggest in Russia sun stone weights 4, 280 kilo is in the museum collection. A large part of collection includes the amber specimens with inclusions of flora and fauna that got in viscous resin millions years ago).

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Kazan – the capital of Tatarstan Republic, Russian muslim capital (was founded in the end of X c.)

City tour, including Kazan Kremlin — It was built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible on the ruins of the former castle of Kazan khans, It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. The Kazan Kremlin includes many old buildings including Kol-Sharif Mosque, one of the largest mosque in Russia.

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Krasnodar (it was founded in 1794. The city originated as a fortress built by Cossacks to defend imperial borders and assert Russian dominion over Circassia, a claim which Ottoman Turkey contested. Now it’s a big city in Kuban).

Krasnodar Dolmens — stone labyrinths have been found (but little studied) throughout the Caucasus Mountains, including Krasnodar. Only 1 hour driving and you will see monuments date between the end of the 4th millennium and the beginning of the 2nd millennium B.C. Most of them are represented by rectangular structures made of stone slabs or cut in rocks with holes in their facade. These dolmens cover the Western Caucasus on both sides of the mountain ridge, in an area of approximately 12.000 square kilometres of Russia.

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Nizhny Novgorod (the fifth largest city in Russia, founded in 1221 on the banks of the Volga river)

Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin –  The Kremlin started its life from a wooden fortress on the Volga defending the eastern borders of the Rostov-Suzdal principality. Dmitry Konstantinovich was the first to change the earthen-wooden fortress for a stone one during his reign in second of 14th century. The central tower of the Kremlin still bears his name — Dmitrievskaya. It was the main centre of resistance in the upper part of the Kremlin. The emergence of the present architectural ensemble of the Kremlin is referred to the beginning of the 16th century. High stone walls were connecting 14 towers, including a bastion tower in front of the Dmitrievskaya tower. Each of the towers had their specific functions. The five rectangular passage towers provided up to three ranges of fire and the eight round towers, built on the corners of the Kremlin walls, had no gates and provided 4-range fire. The perfect system of its defense turned the fortress into an inaccessible obstacle in the way of many enemies. The Nizhegorodian Kremlin is a unique monument of architecture and an important military fortification of its time, built in the years 1500-1511.The Museum offers visiting historical expositions in Dmitrievskaya and Ivanovskaya towers, walks on the Kremlin wall.

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Rostov-on-Don (a port city, 32 km far from the Azov Sea, founded in 1749 by edict of Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, in order to control trade with Turkey).

In this city explore city tour, including unusual, original monuments.

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 Samara (the sixth largest city in Russia, founded in 1586 on the banks of the river Volga)

Stalin’s bunker (1942) – For tourists «Stalin's bunker» is now the greatest attraction of Samara. In the guest book records are written in all languages, from Arabic to Hebrew. But most the Germans and Americans like to be here. When the son of Marshal Rommel, who visited Samara, was offered to take a photo at the table of Stalin, he politely refused. «I'm afraid, — he joked, that the host comes in.»

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Saransk (the capital of the Republic of Mordovia, Russia, founded in 1641).

City tour, including unusual monuments and Makarov monastery.

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Sochi  (the city on the coast of Black Sea, founded in 1838, hosted XXII Winter Olympic Games).

City tour, including Olimpic buildings, Vorontsovskie Caves, Sea Port.

Stalin’s dacha – built in 1937. Stalin often had vacations here. Very popular sight of interest among tourists.

Trout plant – Founded in 1964 for the study and reproduction of one of the delicacies of fish species — trout. One of the types of farmed trout is the rainbow trout. The plant is the largest producer of it in Russia, one of the largest in Europe. Currently, the plant does not only research, but also cultivate and product trout.

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Volgograd (the city on the banks of Volga, founded in 1589, world famous due to its resistance during WWII. That time Volgograd called Stalingrad).

City tour, including main attractions as memorial complex in Mamaev Kurgan, Pavlov’s house (in the days of the Stalingrad Battle became a bastion of the fascist German troops to the Volga river. The battle lasted for the house for 58 days and nights).

Volga cruise

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Yaroslavl (the city, 250 km far from Moscow, included in Golden Ring of Russia, founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslavl the Wise)

Yaroslavl museum – Our Saviour Transfiguration Monastery — The Museum fist opened its doors on January 25 1865. In its nearly century-and-a-nalf existence the museum has been repeatedly changed reorganized and relocated. Currendly, the museum is composed of the Yaroslavl Our Savior-Transfiguraition Monastery (or Hierarchs' Residence) founded in the 12 century art: the Church of Elijah Prophet, The Church of the Epiphany, the Church of St. Nicolas Nadein, the Church of St. John the Baptist, and the Church of the Nativity of Christ. Further branches of the Yaroslavl Museum include the Memorial Museum of great opera singer Leonid V. Sobinov. The museum of Battle Fame, and museum «Cosmos», dedicated to Valentina Tereshkova, the first female Russian astronaut. The ground of the our Savior-Transfiguraition Mohastery house the museum's main expositions, including an important work of medieval Russian literature, the twelfth-century epic poem «Lay of Igor's Campaign». This singular manuscript was kept by the monastery until its discovery in the 18 century by famous collector Count Musin-Pushkin. The Yaroslavl museum's entire collection includes over 300,000 pieces, which reflect the cultural history of Yaroslavl. Of particular value are the pieces from monastery and church sacristies and libraries, including rare paintings and printed books of the 12-20 centuries, icons of the 16-19 centuries, ornamental needlework and fabric of the 15-19 centuries, gold and silver from the 16-19 centuries, folk art and provincial portraits, an archeological natural science collection, and numerous documents and photographs. The Yaroslavl museum is a flourishing tourist center, located on Russia's Golden Ring. In 2005, the our Savior-Transfiguraition Monastery and the prominent churches of Yaroslavl were incorporated into United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.

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Yekaterinburg (the fourth largest city in Russia, the main industrial and cultural center in Ural, founded in 1723).

Stone cutting and Jewelry history museum — State Stone-cutting and Jewelry History museum was founded in 1992. It is located at the historical centre of Yekaterinburg — in the building of a former mining drugstore — an architectural monument of early XIX century. Bowels of the earth at the Urals are rich with minerals so stone-cutting and jewelry was wide development in the region. The oldest exhibits (XVIII century) were made at the Yekaterinburg Imperial lapidary factory. The unique objects made from malachite, jasper and marble are exhibited. Also visitors can see a 1.5 -meters vase made from Kalkansk jasper. In the «golden stockroom» visitors can observe materials and marble are exhibited on jewelry art history of the Urals region^ silver and golden objects of different styles — from Baroque and Rococo of the XVIII century — till the modernist style of the beginning of the XX century. Modern jewelry art of the Urals is represented by the works of L. Ustiatsev, V. Hramtsov, L. Lesik, V. Vetrov, V. Ustuzhanin, N. Kuznetsova and V. Denisov. Special excursion «Fairy World of the Stones» is available for the children.

City tour, including Sevastianov House (the local Government seats there now), monuments and city parks.

Ganina Yama — 17 km north from Yekaterinburg. On the night of 17 July 1918, after the shooting of the Romanov family, the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (who had been executed at the Ipatiev House) were secretly transported to Ganina Yama and thrown into the pit. On the anniversary of the murder, a night-long service is held at the Church of All Saints (Church on the Blood) on the site of the Ipatiev House. At daybreak, a procession walks four hours to Ganina Yama for another ceremony. The former mine pit is covered with lily plants for the ceremony. In 1998 the remains of Tsar Family were finally laid to rest in St.Peter and Paul Cathedral in St.Petersburg.

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