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Russian winter

It’s time to get the best of Russian winter! 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: 710 EUR

Day 1. Arrival in Moscow
Meet& Greet with the guide at the arrivals’
Transfer to the hotel and check-in

Day 2. Moscow sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide at the hotel lobby
Sightseeing city-tour
The Kremlin tour (territory + visit to one of the cathedrals)
Lunch in the city
A walking tour in the city-center, visit of the traditional Christmas Fair
The Moscow metro tour
Return to the hotel by metro.
Free time.

Day 3. Moscow adventures
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide at the hotel lobby
Visit to the Husky Land (Shaman Show and husky sledge riding)
Lunch
Return to the hotel

Day 4. Sergiev Posad
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting the guide at the hotel lobby
Transfer to Sergiev Posad
Excursion to the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Toy Museum excursion and Matryoshka-painting master-class
Lunch in the city
Return to the hotel

Day 5. Moscow – Saint Petersburg
Breakfast in the hotel.
Check out, transfer to the train station
High-speed train “Sapsan”/Lunch on board
Meet& Great by a guide at the train station
Transfer to the hotel/ check-in
Free time

Day 6. Saint Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting the guide at the hotel lobby,
Sightseeing city-tour
Visit of the Peter and Paul Fortress
Lunch in the city
Excursion to the Hermitage
Return to the hotel
Free time

Day 7. A full-day tour to Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk
Breakfast at the hotel
Meeting with the guide at the hotel lobby
Excursion to the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) and Pavlovsk
*in Pavlovsk you will be able to ride the real traditional Russian Troika (is a traditional Russian harness driving combination, using threhorses abreast, usually pulling a sleigh)
Lunch in the city
Return to the hotel.
Free time

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

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

HOTELS 5*
Moscow (4 nights) – Metropol or similar 5*
St. Petersburg (3 nights) – Grand Hotel Emerald 5*

included:
  • Accommodation in the hotel of the chosen category
  • Transfers and visits according to program
  • English speaking local guide for all visits and transfers
  • Half board (7 breakfasts at the hotel, 6 lunches)
not included:
  • Optional activities
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Porterage service at hotels and train stations
  • Personal expenses

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Description of sights, excursions and activities

Moscow

Sightseeing tour around Moscow
We will drive around the city-center, admiring its spacious prospects, old boulevards and picturesque embankments. We’ll make a few photo-stops and take a stroll around the most remarkable sights and places. Today we’ll also get to the very heart of Moscow – Red Square! You will see all the fascinating landmarks, surrounding this central square of our capital: St. Basils, the Mausoleum, GUM, the Spasskaya Tower, etc. And of course, you will stroll down the famous paving stones of Red Square

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 walking tour includes an excursion to one of the cathedrals.

A walking tour in the city-center
• Walking tour in the historical city-center. Moscow is gorgeous at this time of year – it is pompously decorated and is full of festive lights and entertainment shows performed down the central streets. We will visit traditional Christmas Fair, located right underneath the Kremlin walls. We will see the main Christmas tree of Russia on Red Square and feel the festive spirit of Christmas in full manner. A glass of hot mulled wine will keep you warm.
• The skating rink on Red Square will become a perfect entertainment spot for those, who prefer active pastime.

Moscow Metro tour
Moscow Metro tour: A wonderful cascade of underground palaces, decorated with mosaics and sculptures, made by the greatest artists of all time. Semiprecious stones generously scattered on the surfaces of walls, paleontological curiosities, and other unusual pieces turn the Moscow metro stations into the living objects of art. Make sure you have a lot of free space for photos on your devices!

Near Moscow

Husky Land (Shaman Show and husky sledge riding)
• The Shaman Show takes place in Moscow neighborhood. It provides an extensive overview of traditions and culture of northern nativities, living in Russia: their daily life, history, beliefs and legends. You will be invited to join the “dance of purification” under the tambourine music. After a cup of authentic taiga tea, you can try yourself at archery at the specially equipped area and join many other exciting activities.
• Visiting the local husky farm, you will get acquainted to these wonderful, smart and friendly dogs. You will be invited to ride a husky-sledge – don’t miss this truly enjoyable experience!
• The programme ends with an interactive game and a photo session in traditional costumes of Evenki in an original photo zone

Excursion to the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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. Being situated in the town of Sergiev Posad about 70 km to the north-east from Moscow, it is the most important working Russian monastery and a residence of the Patriarch. This religious complex represents an epitome of the growth of Russian architecture and contains some of that architecture’s finest expressions. It exerted a profound influence on architecture in Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe

Toy Museum excursion and Matryoshka-painting master-class
It’s not just a museum, exhibiting Russian toys and telling the story of their origin and meanings. It is, at the same time, a toy-factory where Matryoshkas are being made. Its craftsmen constantly keep on mastering their skills on this ancient art. They will gladly share their secrets, taking you step-be-step through the whole production process.

Near Moscow

Discover our beautiful “Northern Capital” and its bright and glorious history!
Discover our beautiful “Northern Capital” and its bright and glorious history!
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.

Peter and Paul Fortress
The fortress is the first settlement and the cradle of the city. It used to be a prison and used to serve as a place of imprisonment for many famous politically engaged personalities.
Nowadays it includes the 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 more.

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.

Excursion to the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) and Pavlovsk
• 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 is the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg. Named in honour 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.

Here, in Pavlovsk you will be able to ride the real traditional Russian Troika – Enjoy the beauty of winter landscapes and don’t forget to take pictures!

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