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Russian Classics: Moscow and Saint Petersburg

Classic tour of “the two capitals” of Russia. Moscow and Saint Petersburg – two gorgeous cities with incredible history.
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Route: Moscow-Saint Petersburg
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Physical difficulty level: Easy
Age: No limits
Meal plan: Full board
Languages: English/ French/ Spanish/ German

Day 1 Friday – Moscow
Arrival to Moscow
Transfer to the hotel, check-in
Dinner at the hotel

Free time

Day 2 Saturday – Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel
City-tour
Lunch in the city
Tretyakov Gallery excursion
Return to the hotel
Dinner at the hotel

Day 3 Sunday – Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel
The Moscow metro tour
Boat tour
Lunch in the city
Excursion to the inner Kremlin and its cathedrals
Red Square tour
GUM department store visiting
Return to the hotel by metro
Dinner at the hotel
*all the tours are performed by means of public transportation

Day 4 Monday – Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel
Excursion to Sergiyev Posad and the Holy Trinity Lavra
Lunch in the city
Return to Moscow
Walking tour of the historical center
Dinner in the city
Transfer to the train station
Departure to St. Petersburg by night train (sleeper)

Day 5 Tuesday – St. Petersburg
Arrival in St. Petersburg
Breakfast in the city restaurant
Observation city-tour including Peter&Paul Fortress and its Cathedral with grand-ducal shrine of Romanoff’s Dynasty
St. Isaac’s cathedral
Lunch in the city
Transfer to the hotel check-in
Dinner at the hotel

Day 6 Wednesday – St. Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to the Holy Trinity Cathedral with possibility to attend a church service
Excursion to Pavlovsk (palace and park)
Lunch in the city
The Town of Pushkin and Catherine Palace and Park, Amber Room
Return to the hotel
Dinner at the hotel

Day 7 Thursday – St. Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel
The State Hermitage Museum excursion
Lunch in the city
Free time
Dinner at the hotel

Day 8 Friday – ST. Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to the airport

HOTELS 3*
Moscow (3 nighs) – Hotel Ibis Paveletskaya or similar ***
St. Petersburg (3 nights) – Hotel Station L1 or similar ***

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

included:
  • Accommodation in the hotel of the chosen category on B&B
  • Transfers and visits according to program
  • English speaking local guide for all visits and transfers
  • Full board meal plan (5 breakfasts at the hotel, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Night train ticket Moscow – St. Petersburg, 2 class (4- four-berth compartment)
  • Headphones from D2 to D7 for the groups from 20 pax
not included:
  • Unmentioned excursions
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Porterage service at hotels and train stations
  • Personal expenses
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
  • Dinner at the restaurant Glavpivtorg or Godounov in Moscow, based on 3* hotel
  • Dinner at the restaurant Glavpivtorg or Godounov in Moscow, on 4* hotel
  • Russian dinner with folk show at the traditional restaurant “Izba Podvorie”, with free vodka and wine, base hotel 3*
  • Russian dinner with folk show at the typical wooden restaurant “Isba Podvorie”, with free vodka and wine, base hotel 4*

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Description of sights, excursions and activities

Moscow

The City Center of Moscow
It’s time to explore the city-center. Admire the gorgeous GUM – the central department store of Russia. Then our guide will take you down the beautiful historical Nikolskaya stree, walking you straight to Lyubyanka square, famous for the former KGM (current FSB) building and the biggest department kids’ store in the world called Detskiy Mir. It holds one of the key positions among the finest examples if Soviet architecture and represents a moment of shift from Stalinist retrospective architecture towards international style of 60-80ss

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. Our tour reveals the answers to many questions arising in curious minds in regard to this “Underground Palace”: you will learn a lot of impressive and fascinating facts about our fantastic Metro system.

The Tretyakov’s State Gallery
The Tretyakov’s Gallery is one of the biggest and most famous Russia’s art-galleries. It’s gorgeous collection represents more than 1300 Russian art masterpieces of XI – XX centuries from pre-Mongolian icons and mosaics to landscapes, portraits and historical paintings – all giving complete overview of Russian fine art.

The inner territory of Kremlin
The Kremlin tour – most of the inner Kremlin territory is open for visitors. It’s home to an 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, growing and developing through centuries, it carefully preserves the memorable objects of traditional Russian architecture of XIV—XX centuries. Our Kremlin tour includes an excursion to one of the cathedrals.

Red Square
You will see all the fascinating landmarks, surrounding this central square of our capital: St. Basils, the Mausoleum, the Spasskaya Tower, etc. We’ll walk down to Alexandrovskiy garden and see the change of guard if we are lucky. And of course, you will stroll down the famous paving stones of Red Square.

The Holy Trinity of St. Sergius Lavra
Excurion to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is a world famous spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church and a popular site of pilgrimage and tourism counting a number of centuries of age. This UNESCO-protected complex represents an epitome of the growth of Russian architecture and contains some of that architecture’s finest expressions.

Saint Petersburg

Sightseeing city-tour
You will admire panoramic views over the Neva and beautiful central
squares as we drive down the central prospects and city-streets. You will see all the worldwide famous landmarks of the city: the Spit of Basil (Vasilievsky) Island, Saint Isaac’s cathedral (one of the most widely-known landmarks) the Bronze Horseman – an equestrian statue of Peter the Great on 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 others.

Excursion to the State Hermitage Museum
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. 

St. Isaac’s Cathedral
This, the fourth largest cathedral in the world, is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint. It is also the second highest Orthodox church in the world, 101.5 meters high, behind the Cathedral of Christ the Savior of Moscow that reaches 103 meters. There were more than 40 different minerals used for its decoration. The plinth was covered with granite, the walls and floors of the interior of Russian, Italian and French marbles, the columns of malachite and lapis lazuli. In the dome of 21.8 meters in diameter, around 100 kilos of gold were used. The cathedral is adorned with 400 works, including sculptures, paintings and mosaics.

Peter and Paul fortress
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

Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)
Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) is the former residence of The Russian 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 will see the Amber Room – a reconstructed chamber, decorated in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, located in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo. Constructed in the 18th century in Prussia, the original Amber Room was dismantled and eventually disappeared during WW II

Pavlovsk
Pavlovsk is the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg. Named in honor of Tsar Pavel, this fine neo-classical palace and its extensive landscaped gardens are stamped with his taste and even more so with that of his wife, the German-born Maria Feodorovna.

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