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1 day. St. Petersburg

Arrival in Saint-Petersburg. Meet & greet and transfer to the hotel to check-in

Inc. Panoramic tour of Saint-Petersburg in the afternoon.

Welcome to this tour of St. Petersburg! You will be introduces to the greatest marvel of Russia's past and present, known to the world as the "Northern Capital of Russia" and the "the Venice of the North". Virtually unharmed by the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, downtown St. Petersburg dazzles the eye of a visitor with splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges and other attractions. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery. Where else would you find a city which is just a bit more than 300 years old, but is already full of myths and legends? Just sit back and discover the unparalleled beauty of St. Petersburg, Russia. Your tour will cover all of the highlights of the city, we will drive along the Nevsky Prospect - the heart of the city and make picture stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Senates Square and the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Art's Square and the Russian Museum

2 day. St. Petersburg

Including. City-sightseeing tour including visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and the Hermitage
Welcome to this tour of St. Petersburg! You will be introduces to the greatest marvel of Russia’s past and present, known to the world as the «Northern Capital of Russia» and the «the Venice of the North». Virtually unharmed by the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, downtown St. Petersburg dazzles the eye of a visitor with splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges and other attractions. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery. Where else would you find a city which is just a bit more than not even 300 years old, but is already full of myths and legends? Just sit back and discover the unparalleled beauty of St Petersburg, Russia. Your tour will cover all of the highlights of the city, we will drive along the Nevsky Prospect — the heart of the city and make picture stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Senates Square and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Art’s Square and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches, the «Spilled Blood» and the Nikolsky Cathedral
During the tour we visit Peter & Paul Fortress. The origins of the city are traced to this fortress built by Peter the Great on Zayachy Island (also known as Hare Island), located between the right bank of the River Neva and the Kronverk Strait. Peter planned it as a defense against the Swedes but defeated them before it was finished. It is here that the first political prison was built in Russia, it was the main use of the fortress up to 1917 and this has been preserved and is today a museum. Most worth seeing is the St. Peter & Paul Cathedral with its landmark needle-thin spire, all of Russia’s pre-Revolutionary rulers from Peter the Great are buried here. The small island surrounded by fortress walls preserves an ancient atmosphere of the 18th century.

The famous Hermitage Museum is the largest museum in the county and one of the finest in the world.
The Hermitage, as its name suggests, is a solitary place, the dwelling of a hermit. It is the name that Russia’s Empress Catherine the Great bestowed on the part of her palace where she kept unique art treasures. The Hermitage does in fact occupy several buildings in addition to the WINTER PALACE. There is the LITTLE HERMITAGE which houses Catherine’s original collection, the OLD HERMITAGE which was specially built to provide space for Catherine the Great’s growing collection, the HERMITAGE THEATER which was Catherine the Great’s private theatre linked with the Old Hermitage by a small bridge and the NEW HERMITAGE building that was built in 1839 to house more works of art. Today it’s one of the world’s largest museums, which contains works of art by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, French impressionists, as well as various objects of applied art, coins, medals, and other treasures from hoary antiquity to the present. It is said, that if you study each item in the collection for just 10 seconds, a complete tour will still take 2,5 years! The collection of the museum number over 3 million items and displayed in the 400 halls of the museum.
We have no time to visit all of them, but the main only:
starting at the Main staircase — Fieldmarshal hall — Memorial room of Peter the Great- Emblem Hall- Gallery of heroes of 1812 — Throne room — Pavilion hall — Italian art — Leonardo da Vinci- Rafael Lodges — Rafael hall — Michelangelo — Big Italian hall — New Hermitage — Spanish art — Rembrandt hall — Small Dutch masters — Rubens — French art — Impressionists — Malachite room — Small dining room — Gallery of Russian art with portraits of all Russian tsars.

Opt. Pushkin, Catherine Palace
Tsarskoye Selo (formerly known as Pushkin) is one of St. Petersburg’s numerous Imperial estates. Located just 25 kilometres south of the city, the estate boasts a large landscape park, dotted with architectural follies, and centred on the magnificent blue, white and gold Catherine Palace. The Catherine Palace houses some beautiful Baroque interiors, including the luxurious Grand Hall, a long, gold, mirrored ballroom. The Palace also boasts a unique Amber Room, whose priceless amber panels were stolen by Nazi troops during WWII, but which are now being painstakingly recreated by Russian craftsmen.
Tsarskoye Selo boasts almost 600 hectares of beautiful parkland. In front of the Catherine Palace visitors can enjoy formal gardens with finely trimmed trees and bushes, geometrically designed flowerbeds and fine marble statues.

Opt. Boat trip "Along rivers and canals"
St. Petersburg is often called Venice of the North, because of its beautiful rivers and canals. The city is built on water, as well as Venice and Amsterdam. They make mysterious atmosphere especially in summer when they reflect the facades of the buildings round the clock during the period of white nights*. There are 65 rivers and canals within the city limits, about 500 bridges, including draw bridges that are opened at night for the ships during the navigation that starts in April and ends in December. The main waterway of the city is the river Neva. It flows from the lake Ladoga and empties into the Gulf of Finland. It is only 74 km long but it has always been one of the main waterways of the country. The city’s numerous canals were built not only to prevent flooding but also to symbolize Russia as the naval power, having one of the most strategically important points – the outlet to the Baltic Sea. Now the water-tour along rivers and canals is regarded as one of the most fascinating tours around the city.

3 day. St. Petersburg

Opt. Peterhof
This tour will take you to Peterhof, which is the palace of the sea god. Here the fountains are not mere accessories: they are the essence of the place. They are the symbolic expression of the sea’s dominion, the mist that rises from the waves as they surge against its shores. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth century by Emperor Peter the Great not far from his new northern capital St Petersburg, Peterhof 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. After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into architecture and art museum. Nowadays, due to the unforgettable beauty of its fountains, parks and palaces, Peterhof has become the most attractive for numerous Russian and foreign visitors suburban royal park and palace ensemble of the northern Russia’s capital. To feel happy, to make their spirits high, people often come to Peterhof and enjoy its magic charms.
Visits included — Grand Palace & Low Park:
We first visit the Grand Palace, standing high on a hill, separating the Upper and Lower Parks. We will pass through the 18th century interiors — Russian baroque and early classicism and will see the Oak Study, the only room preserved in the style of Peter the Great.
Then we will go down to see the Grand Cascade, and there will be an opportunity for you to take some unforgettable photographs of the fountains of the Grand cascade (64 fountains, 37 gilded statues).
Then we will go down for a walk in the Low Park to see fountains, statues and numerous little palaces and pavilions.

Opt.: Visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral & Church on Spilled Blood
St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of the finest architectural monuments of the 19th century (architect A.Montferrand), the former principal cathedral of the Russian capital, the largest cathedral in the city able to accommodate about 10,000 audience. The cathedral is graced with 112 solid granite columns weighing up to 114 tons each, and about 400 relieves and bronze sculptures. The observation platform on the colonnade provides a magnificent view of the city.
The next stop – at the Saviour-on-Blood Church. It was built between 1887 and 1907 to mark the spot where Alexander II was mortally wounded by a bomb thrown by a member of the “People’s will” revolutionary movement on March 1, 1881. The canal has been narrowed so that the altar stands exactly where the royal blood stained the pavement. The Church’s unique decorations, both interior and exterior, include icons and panels made from majolica and mosaic created by the leading Russian artists of the last century. The church was closed for more than 80 years and was newly opened to visitors only in 1997.

Opt. Folklore show
The Nikolaevsky Art-Centre is placed in the Nikolaevsky Palace and named after it. The Nicholas Palace was built for son of Emperor Nikolay I, Grand Duke Nikolay. Due to this fact, the current name of the former Grand duke’s residence is the Nikolaevsky Palace. It is unique by its architectural design and history. The show is performed in Nickolaevsky Palace & Cadet Building (situated in front of St.Isaac’s Cathedral, on the opposite side of the Neva river) by the professional folk companies:
The show lasts for about two hours. It consists of two parts. In the intermission the refreshments are served. Guests are treated to fruit, canapes with caviar red and black, ham, smoked sausage, cheese; also, strong and soft drinks: Russian vodka, champagne, mineral water, juice. During the interval, classical music is performed by a string quartette. The show takes place on the stage of the Concert Hall with a seating capacity of 340 seats.

4 day. St. Petersburg — Moscow

Transfer to train station. Sapsan speed train to Moscow, 2nd class (seating, no meals included).

MOSCOW, arrival
Arrival in Moscow. Meet your local guide (porter services at train station included).

Inc. Panoramic city tour (including photo stop on Red Square)
Moscow, being the capital of one the largest countries on the planet, is supposed to be something impressive. And it certainly is. It’s a totally ‘mad’ city with raw and chaotic energy, attracting 80% of the country’s money and 10% of its population. Moscow is uncomfortable and charming, filthy rich and desperately poor, fast-paced and lazy, trendy and kitschy — all at the same time.
Today Moscow is a modern city with tremendous plans for its future. After 1990, Moscow has become the fastest developing city of Russia. Moscow is the seat of the Russian government and the location of major banks, enterprises, educational and cultural institutions, representatives of major international banks and companies. It is also a city of entertainment, with theatres, museums, art galleries and the renowned Moscow Circus.
During the tour you will see all major sights of the city — embankment of Moscva river, monument of Peter the Great, Novodevichy convent, cathedral of Christ the Redeemer, Bolshoi theatre, and you will enjoy the best view over Moscow with your feet on the ground from University square on the Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovie Gory), formerly the Lenin Hills. Most of the city spreads out before you. Immediately behind University square rises the 36-storey Stalinesque main spire of Moscow University, visible from most places in the city thanks to its elevated site.

You will see the Red Square lies just outside the Kremlin’s north-east wall. It used to be a market square and has always been a place the Kremlin’s occupants chose to make points to their people. The name Krasnaya ploshchad has nothing to do with either communism or the blood that’s flowed here. Krasnyy originally meant beautiful.
Lenin’s granite tomb stands at the foot of the Kremlin wall. From 1953 to 1961 Lenin shared the tomb with Stalin, who when alive initiated the tradition that Soviet leaders stand atop the tomb to inspect the annual May Day and & 7 November parades. From the tomb you emerge into a plot beneath the Kremlin wall where the remains of many more Soviet-era luminaries lie.
St. Basil’s Cathedral rises like at the south end of the Red Square. Despite its Oriental-looking turban domes, the cathedral is in fact the culmination in brick of a wholly Russian style that had been developed in building wooden churches.

No visits are included, all highlights from outside.

End of the tour at the hotel to check-in and overnight.

5 day. Moscow

Inc. Sightseeing of Moscow inc. Kremlin grounds with cathedrals, Metro tour.
The Kremlin is the kernel of its city and country, the place to which all Russian roads lead and from which most Russian power emanates. Here Ivan the Terrible and Stalin orchestrated their terrors; Napoleon watched Moscow burn; Lenin fashioned the dictatorship of the proletariat; Khrushchev led communism in the Cold War; Gorbachev unleashed perestroika; and Yeltsin struggled to keep reform afloat. Today the white, blue and red Russian flag flies over the Kremlin.
After the tour of the Kremlin grounds you will see the Moscow Metro — the world’s largest and most efficient metro system with gleaming stations hidden deep underground and astonishingly decorated with elegant marble, glittering chandeliers, magnificent mosaics and gilded works of art. It is the soul of the new Russia and an intriguing mix of history and politics, business and culture.

Opt.: St. Basil’s Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral is world-famous landmark that rises at the south end of the Red Square. It was build in the second half of the 16th century on order of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It's design is not very typical for Russian ortodox churhes, thou it's interiors have world-famous Russian ornaments.

Opt.: Moscow river cruise
Moscow is situated on the banks of the Moscow river. It is more than 500 km long. Take a river-cruise to enjoy the amazing views of the central part of Moscow. You will see Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Tretiakov gallery and one of the Seven Sisters, Sparrow Hills and Gorky Park.

6 day. Moscow

Opt. Sergiev Posad
Sergiyev Possad is famous with its Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergy, due to which it is considered to be Russian Orthodox capital, so called Russian Vatican. The monastery appeared on Makovets hill in the 14th century. Its founder was the spiritual preceptor of Russian monarchs, St. Sergy Radonezhsky, in honor of whom the city was called. In 1380 Father Superior Sergy blessed Moscow knyaz Dmitry Donskoy for Kulikovskaya battle. For centuries the monastery was one of the major religious and cultural centers of the Russian state. Icon painters Andrei Rublyov and Daniil Cherny worked here, they made the painting of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the remains of St. Sergy are buried. The Orthodox community goes on pilgrimage to visit his tomb. Outside the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergy the major monastery is situated. Moscow Spiritual Academy and Seminary has functioned here till nowadays. The historical and architectural ensemble consisting of churches, bell towers, palaces and halls of the 15-19th centuries as well as of the monastery necropolis has been preserved up to the present days.

Opt. Folk Show "Kostroma"
Having already won the hearts of audiences around the globe, from Russia to Australia, this incredible dance show will present in its most refined form Russian traditional performance art. The programme cleverly, and with great prowess, unites lyrical sketches with elements of folklore and ancient Russian epic, whilst preserving the flavor of both Soviet and contemporary Russia. The show is presented against a backdrop of panoramic sets that reflect in turn the spirit of imperial pre-revolutionary Russia, the passion of socialist zeal, the patriotism and unity of wartime, and the sparkling talent and richness of modern Russia. From orthodox to secular to heroic, this spectacular show offers a compelling insight into the traditions, culture and history of a great country.

Opt. Moscow circus
The Old Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard is one of the oldest circuses in Russia. The former rider and gymnast Albert Salamonski established the permanent brick building for the circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard in Moscow in 1880. In 1985, the circus was closed for renovation and was opened in 1989. A new building was built on the old site. The interior of the new building included modern technical equipment, new offices, dressing rooms and stalls for the animals. The foyer was remodeled into the elegant and beautiful structure we see today. Today, the Old Moscow Circus can accommodate more than 2 000 spectators.

7 day. Moscow

Assistance in the hotel for deparure transfers.

Hotels

RADISSON SONYA HOTEL ****

5/19, Liteyny pr., St Petersburg;
http://www.radisson.com/;
The four-star Radisson Sonya Hotel is based on the renowned Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel Crime and Punishment, and the theme runs throughout this hotel's 173 rooms and suites.

VEDENSKY HOTEL ****

37, Bolshoy prospekt Petrogradskaya storona, St. Petersburg;
http://vedenskyhotel.com/;
«Vedensky» Hotel is conveniently located, just 10 minute walk from the metro stations «Petrogradskaya» and «Chkalovskaya». The interior is designed with aristocratic elegance: bright colors, beautiful furnishings in a modern and classic style, an abundance of light and space.

HOLIDAY INN LESNAYA ****

15, Lesnaya st., Moscow;
http://www.moscow-hi.ru/;
The Holiday Inn Moscow Lesnaya hotel is perfectly situated in the centre of Moscow in a short distance from the Red Square and other famous Moscow attractions.

About package

Package price per person:


Group #

Dates
Package Price per person
(double occupancy)

Single supplement
GD 0510 24.05 — 30.05.2016 EURO 930 EURO 420
GD 0517 31.05 — 06.06.2016 EURO 930 EURO 420
GD 0524 07.06 — 13.06.2016 EURO 930 EURO 420
GD 0531 14.06 — 20.06.2016 EURO 930 EURO 420
GD 0607 21.06 — 27.06.2016 EURO 930 EURO 420
GD 0614 28.06 — 04.07.2016 EURO 930EURO 420
GD 0621 05.07 — 11.07.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0628 12.07 — 18.07.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0705 19.07 — 25.07.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0712 26.07 — 01.08.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0719 02.08 — 08.08.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0726 09.08 — 15.08.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0802 16.08 — 22.08.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0809 23.08 — 29.08.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0816 30.08 — 05.09.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0823 06.09 — 12.09.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0830 13.09 — 19.09.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0906 20.09 — 26.09.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0913 27.09 — 03.10.2016 EURO 830EURO 320
GD 0920 04.10 — 10.10.2016 EURO 830 EURO 320

Package price includes:

3 overnights in 4 star hotel, St. Petersburg, in double room, BB buffet;
3 overnights in 4 star hotel, Moscow, in double room, BB buffet;
Entrance to Peter & Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum, Kremlin grounds incl. cathedrals;
Service of tour escorts on all tours;
Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary;
Sapsan speed train from St. Petersburg to Moscow, 2 class seating, NO meals included;
Luggage handling at hotels (2) and railway stations (3);
Service & VAT.



Arrival to Moscow
The price for this tour
(including accomodation, meal & transfers according to program)
from 830

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