Little Tour of Russia
7days/6nights, Moscow/St Petersburg
2018 depart Fri: Apr 27. May 11,18,25. Jul 20, 27. Aug 17, 31. Sep 07,14,28.
day 01 Moscow-Arrival
Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is to relax or perhaps begin your independent discovery of the fabled capital of Russia. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Director on the fascinating tour that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner. D
day 02 Moscow
Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Sightseeing begins at the Red Square, dominated by St Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armoury Museum, view the Moscow University. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and then stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. Continue, on the north bank of the River Moskva, passing by baroque Novodevichy convent; ending the tour at the popular Arbat shopping district, time to shop or enjoy lunch on your own. Remainder of the day is at leisure.B
day 03 Moscow
Today we travel 75km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk-founded in the 14th Century and renowned as a centre of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. This evening take an optional tour Moscow by night & subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People”. BL
day 04 Moscow to St. Petersburg
Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for our four hours high speed Sapsan train
ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel. BD
day 05 St Petersburg
There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen, and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”. Today the main sites to be visited on the tour are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russion Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Granite embankments of the Neva River. Visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 on a small island it was meant to protect the city from enemy attacks; and the first construction of St. Petersburg. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the centre of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I. It is a museum nowadays. The gilded spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral is the highest landmark of the city. Your evening is free to join an optional Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise. B
Optional tour Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise.
day 06 St Petersburg
This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the world-famous Hermitage, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the worldfamous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The Hermitage occupies five buildings, the largest is the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian
Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour to visit Catherine Palace & Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight join your fellow travellers in a farewell dinner. BD
day 07 St Petersburg-Departure
After breakfast, your tour comes to an end. B
Inclusions: twin share in first class hotels, service charges, taxes, return airport transfers, standard class high speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg, deluxe coach, professional English speaking tour director throughout, local tour guides, breakfast daily, one lunch, three dinners, porterage.
Sightseeing: Moscow, St Petersburg, Moscow-Kremlin Armoury Museum, St Petersburg-St Sophia’s Cathedral, Yaroslav Court, Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Hermitage.
Hotels: Moscow-Marriott Grand, St Petersburg-Courtyard by Marriott Center West Pushkin/ Radisson Royal (or similar).