Summary of timetable for WFM exhibition in Russia and associated excursions

St. Petersburg module is in red; the villages module is in green


This trip is designed and organised by ARSA []

The Friends of Kholui [society set up to promote and support the lacquer villages] has worked with ARSA for about 15 years.  ARSA is based in Moscow and specialises in art and cultural tours within Russia.  The business is run by Ludmilla and Vladimir Fishchuk. For health reasons Vladimir has been unable to update the ARSA website recently.  The information below is up to date.


Tuesday 11th September:

Delegates and visitors to arrive in Moscow

Transfer to hotel "Varshava”


Wednesday 12th September:

Tourist morning in Moscow – for full details see:

5pm Civic Reception and official opening of WFM exhibition


Thursday 13th September

10.00am conference

Afternoon: Leisure time


Friday 14th September

Tourist day in Moscow area. For details see above link

a.m.  Villages tour leaves for Sergei Posad, Suzdal. Overnight in Suzdal


Saturday 15th September

As above

Villages tour travels to Palekh. Visit Museum and meet some of the artists.

Travel to Kholui. Visit Village Museum and School; Probable picnic with an artist. Stay overnight in Vladimir


Sunday 16th September

Morning: Moscow party has leisure time

Villages tour returns to Moscow by 12 noon approx. Afternoon boat trip as on Moscow module. 

Afternoon: Farewell river boat trip with fork supper

10.00pm: St. Petersburg party leave by train for St. Petersburg

In the evening, those wishing to continue to St. Petersburg will take the train and continue with the St.Petersburg module.



Monday 17th September

8.00am St. Petersburg party arrives in St. Petersburg

Morning: after breakfast Moscow and village party leave for airport and return home

Afternoon: St. Petersburg tourist visits – see above link


Tuesday 18th September

Tourist day in St. Petersburg – see above link


Wednesday 19th September

Check out of hotel and transport to St. Petersburg airport






  1. 1.        Moscow module: 11th September – 17th September inclusive


US$1,593 per person; single sup US$198


The price includes:

Accommodation in Varsava Hotel [three star]

- transport as per itinerary

- Guide’s fees in the museum

- all entrance fees

- lunch on Sept 15

- boat trip with farewell fork supper on board

- visa support letter (Russian Embassy (Consulate) fee not included]

- local taxes


The price does not include:

  • International flights to and from Moscow
  • Some meals
  • Transport to and from Moscow airport. This will depend on the number of people travelling together :


 1-3 persons): US$ 70 per car;  4-10 persons): ): US $ 120 per minibus;  11-30 persons): ): US $ 180 per bus;

30-50ersons): ): US $ 220 per bus




  1. 2.        

2.   St. Petersburg module: 16th September – 19th September inclusive

NB this is an “add-on” to the Moscow or Village trip.  Please note that this section is costed, and must be paid for in Euros


Additional price Eur359 per person; single sup Eur70


The price includes:

- accommodation in Hotel “Aston” – 4 stars, in the city centre

- transport as per itinerary

- guide’s fees

- entrance fees to the museums

- lunches on Sep, 17, 18

- local taxes


The price does not include

  • International flights to and from Russia
  • Some meals
  • Railway ticket from Moscow to St. Petersburg – approximately US$100 - US$200 depending on class of travel chosen.





  1. 3.       Village Tour Tuesday 11th  September. – Sunday 17th  September inclusive


The final price of this trip depends upon the number of people in the group, as follows:


US$ 1566pp         group of  5            single supp. U$ 177

US$ 1412pp         group of 10          single supp  U$ 217

US$ 1374pp         group of 15          single supp. U$ 217

US$ 1353pp         group of 20          single supp. U$ 217


The price includes:

-All accommodation

-All transport

-All meals on 14th and 15th September.  Meal on the boat on 16th September

-All fees to the museums in Moscow, Palekh and Kholui

-Full time English speaking guide

-Visa support letter

-Local taxes


The price does not include:

  • International flights to and from Moscow
  • Some meals on 11th-13th September
  • Transport to and from Moscow airport. This will depend on the number of people travelling together [see above] :


On Sunday 16th September those going on to St. Petersburg will leave by train.

Those remaining in Moscow will stay one extra night:

Cost US$84pp – single supp.US$49, includes breakfast.




You now have 4 alternative trips to consider:


Moscow only                                      US$1,593 pp;      Single supp.  US$198        

Moscow/Villages                                From US$1353; Single supp.  US$217


Optional extra tour:

Moscow /St. Petersburg                     Eur359 pp;           Single supp.  Eur70pp       



In addition you will have to pay any bank charges associated with transfer of money to Moscow.  As there is usually one fixed charge per transaction it would be cheaper if you could club together with friends to make a single payment.


A currency converter can be found at:


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