Two Russian Capitals

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To Russia with love?  We are sure it can work in reverse as well! Come and fall in love with a country that so many in the west still find to be a mystery.  Experience the sights of St. Petersburg including the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum. Take a high-speed train to the capital and admire Moscow, a city that is a staple on everyone’s bucket list! Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral and more all are waiting to be discovered and marveled by you!

We will help you with everything, including helping you get your Russian Visa!

TWO RUSSIAN CAPITALS

DAY 1

ARRIVE IN MOSCOW

Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

In the evening we invite you to join the City at Night Tour. Moscow never sleeps — enjoy the stunning views of Moscow at night! The Night City Tour is an excellent way to see the exterior of famous buildings and palaces to which you may return at your leisure. You will get a panoramic view of the Kremlin, Sparrow Hills, Novodevichy Convent, White House of Russia, Lubyanka Square, Bolshoj Theater, Christ the Savior Cathedral, and many Moscow streets and squares.

DAY 2

MOSCOW SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast you will become acquainted with Moscow. The day begins with the tour to Red Square. Walk the Kremlin grounds and visit a couple of landmark churches–Cathedral of the Assumption where Russian tsars and emperors were crowned, and Annunciation and Archangel which was the burial place for the Grand Princes; Church of the deposition of the Robe; the Patriarch’s Chambers; Ivan the Great Bell Tower. The world-famous Tsar Canon and Tsar Bell became symbols of Moscow, and at the Senate Square one can see buildings of former Senate and Arsenal (monument of architecture of Peter the Great time). The Great Kremlin Palace used to be a residence of Russian tsars and imperators; today it is the residence of the Russian President.

Armory–you will visit the world famous museum. Treasures occupied the specially constructed building during the middle of the XIX century. It has a unique collection of ancient state regalia, gold and silver utensils, Tsars apparels and sacerdotal robes, weapons, luxury carriages and harnesses.

After lunch, you can visit the Diamond Fund where you can see Tsars regalia, the crown of the Russian Empire, Russian and foreign medals, the biggest gold and platinum bars found in Russia, giant diamonds, and numerous pieces of jewelry.

DAY 3

After breakfast at the hotel we offer you to tour the Tretyakov Gallery, one of the most celebrated and extensive collections of Russian art and artifacts in the world. The gallery was named after the financier and entrepreneur Pavel Tretyakov (1832-98), who donated approximately 2000 works of Russian art from his own private collection to the city of Moscow at the end of the 19th century.

At 1:00 pm, transfer to the train station for the express train to St. Petersburg.

Transfer from the train station to the hotel and check-in.

DAY 4

ST. PETERSBURG

After breakfast, start off your acquaintance with a private Sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg  . You will see the breathtaking architectural landmarks on the Nevsky Prospect along the Neva River–charming canals and narrow streets which will take you back to tsarist Russia. The tour will take you to Nevsky Prospect, Fontanka, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Canal Griboyedova, the Palace Square, Winter Palace, Summer Gardens and will conclude at St. Isaacs’ Cathedral – an architectural marvel built in 1858 to be the main church of the Russian Empire. You can climb up the 300 or so steps to the observation walkway at the base of the cathedral’s dome and enjoy the breathtaking views over the city.

In the evening we offer you the chance to see a Folk Show, “Feel Yourself Russian”. This show includes the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk music and dance ensembles. During the break you will be able to try Russian snacks and beverages.

DAY 5

After breakfast at the hotel we offer you to take a tour to Pushkin and Pavlovsk, two of the most marvelous ensembles of Royal palaces and parks, just outside St Petersburg. It is particularly famous for its impressive baroque palace where Catherine the Great lived and died. The present-day palace was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the Royal architect, who created the Winter Palace. Most of the restored interiors date back to the times of Empress Elisabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, though there are some early 19th century interiors as well. You will also get a chance to see the newly renovated Amber room.

After Pushkin, lunch is at the traditional Russian Restaurant in Podvorie, followed by the tour to Pavlovsk – the residence of Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great. A magnificent palace on a hill overlooks an English-style landscaped park, with a beautiful river running through it.

DAY 6

After breakfast we invite you to visit the Hermitage Museum, Russia’s best gallery of world art and one of the most prominent art museums in the world–definitely one of the main tourist attractions of St. Petersburg.

Afternoon is free to explore St. Petersburg on your own.

DAY 7

After breakfast, you will take a guided tour to Petergof which was founded in the very beginning of the XVIII century by Emperor Peter the Great, not far from the new northern capital of St Petersburg. Petergof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence.

Credit for its creation should go to a great number of eminent architects, artists, and anonymous folk craftsmen. Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms and styles and four cascades, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, remarkable collections of sculpture, painting and works of the minor arts make Peterhof a veritable gem of art, often called “Capital of Fountains“, unique in the world.

Afternoon is free to explore St. Petersburg on your own.

DAY 8

ST. PETERSBURG TO USA

After you breakfast at the hotel you will you will say goodbye to this unique and marvelous country.  A transfer back to the airport awaits.

Prices shown are based on double occupancy.

3 Star Accommodations - $2419.00 per person 

4 Star Accommodations - $2889.00 per person

Service Include:

  • 3* or 4* Hotels with breakfast
  • Russian Visa
  • 1 lunches at restaurants, 1 evening fourchette
  • All the entrance fee of the sites and shows listed in the itinerary
  • A/C coaches with good English speaking guide
  • Tickets for the express train from Moscow to St. Petersburg

Service Exclude:

  • International flights
  • Tips to the drivers and local guides
  • Any personal expenses
  • Lunches and dinners

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