Highlights of Russia (8 Days and 7 Nights)
Tour Operation: Fixed dates January - March; October - December.
Tour Highlights: Moscow - St Petersburg: Red Square, Kremlin, Armoury, Moscow Metro, Tretyakov Gallery, Gorky Leninskiye; Peter & Paul Fortress, Hermitage, Catherine Palace at Pushkin.
Day 1, Moscow
Arrival transfer by car. Accommodation.
Day 2, Moscow
After breakfast. A guided out-of-town excursion to Gorki Leninskye, a large museum complex set up in a nice estate where Vladimir Lenin lived until his death in 1924. The estate also boasts an exposition of Russian suburban life of the 19th-20th centuries. Lunch included. In the afternoon. 3h Moscow city sightseeing with photo stops, including Red Square, Kremlin, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Vorobiovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) and other major landmarks. No entrances included.
Day 3, Moscow
After breakfast. A walking tour of the Kremlin grounds and visit to the Armoury. The Moscow Kremlin is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and boasts such architectural marvels as gold-domed cathedrals, the gigantic Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell, the Grand Kremlin Palace, and other historic monuments. Visit to one of the cathedrals to admire frescoes and icons created by old masters. Visit to the Armoury Chamber (time of visit to be specified by the guide) to marvel at a unique collection of gold and silver articles, diamonds, the tsar crowns and regalia. In the Afternoon. Tour of the Moscow Metro, the most beautiful underground transport network distinguished for artistic decorations of stations. A walking tour of Arbat, the downtown pedestrian street full of souvenir shops, street performers, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Day 4, Moscow
After breakfast.Check out of hotel with luggage. Tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, the largest repository of Russian paintings and icons based on the 19th c. private collection of Pavel Tretyakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant.
Transfer to the railway station. Train MoscowSt Petersburg 2nd Class, departure time:16:30. Arrival in St. Petersburg at 20:25. Guided transfer to the hotel.
Day 5, St. Petersburg
After breakfast. A 3h tour of St. Petersburg with photo stops including the main city thoroughfare Nevsky Prospect, architectural masterpieces of the Admiralty, Kazan Cathedral, Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Anichkov Bridge and other highlights of the city. No entrances included. In the afternoon. A 1,5h visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, the birth place of the new capital set up by Peter the Great. Walk around the Fortress grounds and admire the numerous historic buildings, the cannon with over a 150 year long tradition of firing at noon, the Trubetskoy Bastion, where rebellious poets, writers and other prominent personalities were incarcerated in imperial Russia. Visit the impressive Peter & Paul Cathedral, the burial grounds of Russian emperors.
Day 6, St. Petersburg
After breakfast meet your guide for a 2,5h visit of Hermitage. The world renowned museum is home to an enormous collection of masterpieces by great masters, and fascinating Scythian gold articles. Your guide will ensure you see the best.
Day 7, St. Petersburg
Afterbreakfast, take a guided tour to Pushkin. Formerly known as Tsarskoye Selo, the town of Pushkin is famous for the majestic Catherine Palace. Visit the Grand Hall decorated with glided wood carvings and mirrors; the Dining Room with magnificent porcelain dinner services and other palace interiors. Admire the gorgeous Amber Room faced with natural amber of different colours, and hear the story of its recreation.
Day 8 - St. Petersburg
Transfer to airport for departure.