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Maslenitsa in Russia

Traditional Russian feast of Maslenitsa marks farewell to winter and welcomes spring. It is going to be yummy and funny!
Enjoy your vacations with TUI!

Route: Moscow — Saint Petersburg
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Tour type: Group
Physical difficulty level: Easy
Age: No limits
Meal plan: Half board
Languages: English/ French/ Spanish/ German
Starts from: 680 EUR

Day 1
Arrival to Moscow
Meet & greet the tour guide at the airport
Transfer to the hotel and check-in

Day 2
Breakfast at the hotel.
Meeting the guide at the hotel reception hall.
Sightseeing tour around Moscow (Manezhnaya Square, Alexandrovskiy Garden, Novodevichiy Convent (external tour), Sparrow Hills, the Moscow State University, Poklonnaya Hill, Christ the Saviour Chirch)
The Moscow Kremlin tour including a visit to one of the Cathedrals.
Lunch in the city
Walking tour down Red Square and the neighboring spots of attraction: GUM the Bolshoi Theater and etc.
Moscow metro tour
Return to the hotel by metro
OPTIONAL: An evening river cruise on the “Radisson Flotilla” yacht.
Flotilla Radisson Royal, Moscow consists of 10 ice-classed yachts with a full restaurant service Every day and all year round the yachts present excursion and entertainment cruises along the Moscow River. During these 2,5-3 hours cruise passengers will enjoy the most remarkable sights of Moscow: Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, monument to Peter I, St. Basil’s Cathedral, University and other symbolic monuments.

Day 3
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting the guide at the hotel reception hall
Continuation of the sightseeing tour (by metro):
Christ the Saviour
Arbat street
Izmailovo Kremlin. Souvenir and flee market
Lunch in the city.
Free time, souvenir shopping and the local market
Return to the hotel

Day 4
Breakfast at the hotel
Festival of Maslenitsa at The Russian Food Museum
The festive program including traditional folk entertainment and a pancake open fire cooking master class, stove-cooked festive dinner
Return to the hotel
Free time

Day 5
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting the guide at the hotel reception hall
Transfer to the rail station
Sapsan high-speed train journey to St Petersburg
Lunch on board
Transfer to the hotel
OPTIONAL: Night city-tour
Nothing beats the city at night.
Experience spectacular St Petersburg -the former capital of the Russian empire – illuminated at night. You will admire magnificent floodlit monuments in the city center including the State Hermitage Museum and St Isaac’s Cathedral as well as the surrounding streets, squares and embankments of the Neva River. This city’s unique architectural heritage, even more magical at night, is not to be missed!

Day 6
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting the tour-guide at the hotel reception hall
Sightseeing tour
Return to the hotel
OPTIONAL
Russian Folk Show
What better way to know the essence of a people than through their traditions, music, dances, dresses…? Russia, an immense country stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean, is a rich collection of ethnicities and cultures, to which we will be able to approach along a beautiful and emotional spectacle performed in one of the palaces of the city.

Day 7
Breakfast
Meeting the guide at the hotel reception hall
A Half-day tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin)
Lunch in the city
Excursion to the Hermitage
OPTIONAL: An evening river cruise on the “Radisson Flotilla” yacht.
Flotilla Radisson Royal, Moscow consists of 10 ice-classed yachts with a full restaurant service Every day and all year round the yachts present excursion and entertainment cruises along the Moscow River. During these 2,5-3 hours cruise passengers will enjoy the most remarkable sights of Moscow: Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, monument to Peter I, St. Basil’s Cathedral, University and other symbolic monuments.

Day 8.
Departure day
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to the airport

HOTELS 4*
Moscow (4 nights) – Holiday Inn Sokolniki 4* or similar
St. Petersburg (3 nights) – Hotel Azimut 4* or similar

included:
  • Accommodation in a 4* hotel
  • Transfers and excursions according to the program
  • English speaking local guide services during excursions and transfers
  • Half board meal plan (7 breakfasts at the hotel, 6 lunches, 1 festive dinner)
not included:
  • Optional excursion
  • Tips
  • Porterage service in hotels and at the train stations
  • Personal Expenses

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Description of sights, excursions and activities

Sightseeing tour around Moscow

You will not only see the main landmarks of the city, but you will also learn what historical moments they are related to and what where the obstacles that their inventors and creators had to face. The landmarks: St.Basil’s Cathedral, Lobnoe Mesto
(13-meter-long stone platform situated on Red Square in Moscow in front of Saint Basil’s Cathedral was the spot of Imperial decrees announcement and public executions) the Moscow GUM, The Tomb of an Unknown Soldier and many others, Manezhnaya Square, Alexandrovskiy Garden, Novodevichiy Convent (external tour), Sparrow Hills, the Moscow State University, Poklonnaya Hill, Christ the Saviour Chirch.

The Kremlin tour
the major part of the inner Kremlin territory is open for visitors. It’s home to the ancient ensemble of architecture comprising of temples and cathedrals, palaces and picturesque squares. The territory of the Moscow Kremlin is a town inside a city, its creation took many centuries and it still preserves the memorable objects of traditional Russian architecture of XIV—XX centuries. We’ll not only walk around the Cathedral Square, you’ll the famous Ivan the Great Bell Tower (just imagine – back in the past climbing on top of this tour you’d be able to observe the whole city of Moscow!).

Moscow Metro tour
Moscow Metro is rightfully considered to be a unique system of urban infrastructure being the most beautiful, the deepest and the largest of all the similar existent networks of transportation. It has been keeping the status of Cultural Significance Object for quite a long time already. Our tour reveals the answers to many questions arising in curious minds. This Underground City Palace route will teach us not to get bothered waiting for the next train to arrive; we will learn to understand the meaning of those intricate interior patterns.

The Izmailovo Kremlin
is a fairytale-like cultural complex modeled after Old Russia. Izmailovo Kremlin, a wooden complex completed in 2007, was not built for protection as its name suggests. It was established as a cultural center and marketplace loosely modeled after traditional Russian architecture and fairytale depictions of Old Russia. Wander about and you will spot the Romanov emblem of a crowned griffin decorating everything from buildings to fences, as well as a pink statue of Lenin which has caused some mild outrage.

Perhaps the most cheerful holiday in Russia is the Pancake week (Shrovetide). This holiday is considered to come from pre-Christian times, when the Slavs were still pagans.
In the old days Maslenitsa was for remembrance of the dead. So the burning of the figure of Maslenitsa means her funeral, and blini (pancakes) – coliphia. But with time the Russians longing for fun and entertainment turned the sad holiday into jolly Maslenitsa with blini – round, yellow and hot as the sun, sledding and horse sleigh riding, fistfights and mother-in-law chatting. The rituals of Maslenitsa are very unusual and interesting because they combine the end of the winter holiday rituals and the opening of new spring festivals and ceremonies, which were to promote a rich harvest.
Maslenitsa is celebrated during the week preceding the Lent. Every day of Maslenitsa was devoted to special rituals. The celebration will take you through all of them, day-by-day, represented in one interactive performance.

Sightseeing tour around Saint Petersburg

Sightseeing city tour, telling the story of our beautiful “Northern Capital” and its bright and eventful history. You will admire panoramic views over the Neva and beautiful central squares as we drive down the central prospects and beautiful city-streets. You will discover all the worldwide famous landmarks of the city: the Spit of Basil (Vasilievsky) Island, Saint Isaac’s cathedral, one of the most known landmarks, the Bronze Horseman – an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in the Senate Square, the Field of Mars, the cruiser Aurora and, of course, the picturesque Palace embankment and jaw-dropping Palace Square – the heart of the city that witnessed so many dramatic events, the Winter Palace, Mikhailovsky castle and many many more.

Peter and Paul Fortress
is the first settlement and the cradle of the city. Nowadays its home to a significant complex offering a bizarre selection of attractions to explore: the famous Cathedral of the Saint Apostles Peter and Paul, Commandant’s House museum representing the history of the city, the Engineer’s House, Museum of Space Exploration, the Mint and the Printing Workshops, Trubetskoy Bastion Prison the Neva Curtain Wall archway and etc.

Tsarskoye Selo
was the town containing a former Russian residence of the imperial family and visiting nobility. Tsarskoye Selo forms one of the World Heritage site. You will walk around the majestic Catherine palace (once the summer residence of the Russian tsars and now a museum) and the surrounding park which is a masterpiece of landscape arts and see the d Amber Room – a reconstructed chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, located in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg. Constructed in the 18th century in Prussia, the original Amber Room was dismantled and eventually disappeared during WW II.

The Hermitage
Russia’s most famous palace and museum, is located within a complex of several buildings along the riverbanks right in the city-center. The general exhibition contains millions of art works: paintings, sculptures, archaeological pieces, numismatics objects and other artefacts.

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