Day 1 St. Petersburg
Arrival in St. Petersburg. Reserved transfer to the hotel, check-in and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 St. Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to a guided City Tour of St. Petersburg (external visits only): the Old Stock Market Square and the square of the Rostral Columns, Nevsky Prospect, the Field of Mars, the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square, and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Visit to the Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul (the Russian Bastille), on the small island of the hares in the Neva River, with the Cathedral of Peter and Paul included - the tallest building in the city and burial place of all Russian emperors and empresses, from Peter the Great to Alexander III. Visit to the Yusupov Palace (internal visit) where you can admire the elegant halls of the palace and the small eighteenth-century theater. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3 St. Petersburg
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to a guided tour of the residence and park in the town of Pushkin. Also known by the name of Tsarskoe Selo (the village of the tsars), the Pushkin residence houses a spectacular complex that belonged to Catherine II the Great and is located 27 km south of Saint Petersburg. The 600-hectare park contains two artificial lakes and is full of pavilions, caves and kiosks. The palace, with its very long facade, is one of the most precious architectural examples of Russian rococo and houses the famous Amber Room - a priceless piece of art. Free afternoon. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 4 St. Petersburg - Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum, one of the most famous museums in the world, organized by Tsarina Catherine the Great who acquired numerous masterpieces by European painters and erected the "Little Hermitage". Tsar Nicholas I later constructed the "New Hermitage" to house further acquisitions. The museum occupies 4 beautiful buildings along the Neva River, including the Winter Palace. The collections include over three million works of art. In the afternoon, private transfer to the train station and departure by fast train to Moscow (about 4 hours). Arrival in Moscow and private transfer to the hotel, check-in and overnight stay.
Day 5 Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to a guided City Tour of Moscow (external visits only): Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, the GUM Department Store, The Lenin Mausoleum, the Russian History Museum, Kazan Cathedral, Russia’s kilometer zero, the walls of the Kremlin, the Square Teatralnaya, at the center of which stands the famous Bolshoi Theater, Lubyanka Square with the KGB building, Tverskaya street - the main artery of the city with the emblematic neoclassical Town Hall, the Library of Lenin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Russian White House, via Novi Arbat, Sparrow Hills and Moscow State University - the main building being one of seven constructed by Stalin. Finally, the Novodevichy Monastery (entrance included) - one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in the capital, founded in 1524 - with the Cathedral of Our Lady of Smolensk. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 6 Moscow - Sergiev Posad - Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning departure for the town of Sergiev Posad to visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, one of the most revered sites in all of Russia, home of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox church. The Lavra complex, surrounded by a beautiful wall with 10 towers, includes seven churches, two cathedrals, an academy of theology, the ancient hospital and administrative offices - a truly magical place. Return back to Moscow. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 7 Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to a guided tour of the Kremlin, the oldest nucleus of the Russian capital, housing numerous religious and secular buildings of Russian history. The Kremlin itself is a fortified citadel closed by a triangle of walls with 20 towers. Among the cathedrals is the famous Cathedral of the Assumption, where the coronation of the Russian Monarch had been held. You will visit the cathedrals and explore the most significant buildings: The Tsar Bell, the czarina of the bells, the palaces of the Presidency of the Russian nation. Also we will pay a visit to the Kremlin Armory - one of the most interesting museums in Russia. The Armory does not store weapons, but instead some of the most precious treasures of the Tsarist and Soviet eras: thrones, scepters, carriages, the famous Fabergè eggs and a collection of gifts presented from foreign ambassadors. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 8 Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Moscow airport.
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→ Transfers to and from airports and to and from stations carried out by deluxe car (Mercedes E Class or similar)
→ Accommodation in a double room in a central 5-star hotel;
→ 3 nights in St. Petersburg;
→ 4 nights in Moscow;
→ Fast train passage Moscow / Saint Petersburg or vice versa with accommodation in 1st class wagons;
→ Breakfast at the hotel;
→ All excursions and scheduled visits made with a local professional English-speaking guide;
→ Admissions, if any, during the excursions;
→ Visa support (a standard «tourist voucher» issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency)
→ Our 24-hour telephone assistance in English, carried out by our office in Moscow.
→ It is possible to extend the number of overnight stays in the 2 cities.
→ Minimum number of participants is 2 people;
→ The tour can be done throughout the year (even during the white nights period);
→ The guides in English are limited in number, therefore requests must be made well in advance
→ 2020: While some countries have bilateral agreements in place to allow visa-free travel to Russia for their citizens, most foreign nationals are still required to have an Entry Visa. You will need to complete the application for a visa through a visa center or consulate in your home country and we will provide support in terms of the required standard "tourist voucher" issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency. Please read the information on the Russian entry visa requirements here.
→ 2021: The Russian government has announced its plans to implement simplified Electronic Visas for Russia starting Jan. 1, 2021. Foreign citizens of 53 countries will be able to obtain a 16-day, single-entry tourist visa online.
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