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The splendor of St Petersburg and Moscow (full program)

The splendor of St Petersburg and Moscow (full program)

April 2019 – September 2019

 NET PRICE PER PERSON PER PACKAGE, IN ½ DBL, IN EUR*

DatesPetersburg Centre Hotel 3* &
Moscow Dynamo 3*
  Saint Petersburg 4* and
Novotel Moscow Kievskaya 4*
 
½ DBLSNGL½ DBLSNGL
28.04 – 05.05.2019875 EUR285 EUR

925 EUR
325 EUR
05.05 – 12.05.2019
19.05 – 26.05.2019
925 EUR300 EUR
985 EUR

395 EUR
10.06 – 17.06.2019
16.06 – 23.06.2019
30.06 – 07.06.2019
14.07 – 21.07.2019
28.07 – 04.08.2019
960 EUR



325 EUR1050 EUR430 EUR
04.08 – 11.08.2019
18.08 – 25.08.2019
925 EUR

300EUR
986 EUR



395 EUR
01.09 – 08.09.2019
15.09 – 22.09.2019
910 EUR

300 EUR

975 EUR385 EUR

ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT

TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT

CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL

FREE TIME FOR DINNER

OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL

MEETING WITH THE GUIDE

 

CITY TOUR

During the tour, you will be taken to the most precious monuments of the city’s rich history and original architecture carefully preserved as the world cultural heritage. You will be able to hear amazing stories and to take fine pictures of the main architectural and historical sites like Nevsky prospect, the Kazan Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Vasilievsky Island, St. Isaac Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Senate Square and the Palace Square. The 3-hour sightseeing tour will allow you to get a brief but bright impression of Saint Petersburg.

PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS

Peter and Paul Fortress is the place of birth of Saint Petersburg, here began the foundation of this beautiful city.  Today it is home to several museums, which exhibit to everyone the splendid history of Saint-Petersburg’s foundation and growth. Here you may visit main museums like the Peter and Paul cathedral – the tallest building in the city center and the burial place of members of the Imperial family – the Grand Ducan Mausoleum, the Boat house, the Artillery Armory, the Mint, Engineering and Commandant’s house, guardhouse and many others. The fortress also used to be a political prison as you may see during a visit to its casemates, in the XIX in became the main political prison of Russia.

LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)

SAINT-ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL WITH COLONNADE

St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the largest churches in Saint-Petersburg. Its construction took 40 years, and today it remains one of the most impressive buildings in the city center. Inside the cathedral, which also holds services, you may visit an exhibition telling the incredible story of its construction, represented with the authentic historical documents, plans and models. Finally, you will overcome more than 200 steps to climb atop the cathedral’s colonnade in order to discover one of the best panoramic views of the city! The observation deck is located on the height of 42 meters and thus is the highest in the center of St Petersburg. You will see the Neva River, St. Isaac’s and the Palace squares, the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Church of the Savior on Blood and other famous sights.

NEVSKY PROPECT WALKING TOUR

Nevsky prospect has always been the main street of the city, it remembers many important historical events. On both sides the street is surrounded by architectural masterpieces, keeping their own unique history. During this tour you will see the treasures of Saint Petersburg – Anichkov bridge decorated with sculptures, Catherine’s garden and monument in front of the Alexandrinsky theatre, Eliseevy Merchants’ Shop, Church of the Savior on blood, Kazan Cathedral, Royal square with Hermitage, Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Cathedral at the left side, and much more. On the way you will meet street musicians, artists, actors and even clowns, which will let you feel the unique creative atmosphere of the city. Even Russian Emperors liked to take a walk along Nevsky prospect – today you will follow their steps!

KAZAN CATHEDRAL

The Kazan Cathedral was built in 1811 and is usually associated with Russia’s victory over Napoleon in 1812. Its monumental construction was designed in Russian classical style, but it also carries resemblance to great St. Paul cathedral in Rome. Such resemblance was made on purpose – emperor Pavel the First wanted his city to be close to stylish Italy. All 96 columns of cathedral look at the Nevsky Street and greet people walking in the center of Saint Petersburg with its elegant beauty. Museum, which is situated inside of the cathedral, displays many relics from the Patriotic war, including banners and the heart of Field-Marshal Kutuzov. You are guaranteed to see these relics as well as spectacular Orthodox Church services. Moreover, the small park near the cathedral is the finest place to feed little birds from your hand and blend with locals.

FREE TIME FOR DINNER

OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL

MEETING WITH THE GUIDE

HERMITAGE. WINTER PALACE (MAIN COLLECTION)

It is hard to imagine a trip to Saint Petersburg without visiting one of the most famous museums worldwide – the State Hermitage. Its priceless collection occupies 5 historical buildings of which the Winter Palace – the former residence of the Russian Royal family – is the most remarkable. Its rooms, decorated with marble and gold provide a fine background for the treasures of the Hermitage. You might be surprised to know that the collection of this unique museum contains over 3 million exhibits including the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael and other famous artists; however the collections of the Egyptian, Oriental and Ancient Greek art should not be missed as well. You will be literally overwhelmed by the beauty of the museum and will never forget this magnificent and legendary place.

LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)

CRUISE BY NEVA RIVER AND CANALS

Saint-Petersburg is aptly called “North Venice”: a boat tour on its rivers and canals is an absolute must-do there. Breathtaking views from the water and bridges over the city architecture are really worth seeing. During this tour you will see all the main points of interest of Saint-Petersburg from water and hear the stories about its most famous bridges such as Anichkov Bridge and Bridge with Golden Gryphons. You will travel along the canals and see such jewels of the city as St. Isaac Cathedral; The Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood and other places than will mesmerize you and make your visit to the city unforgettable.

FREE TIME FOR DINNER

OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL

MEETING WITH THE GUIDE

PETERHOF (PALACE AND PARK)

Located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, 34 kilometers from St. Petersburg, spectacular Peterhof attracts thousands of tourists with its parks, palaces and, mainly, fountains. Among the suburban parks, Peterhof is probably the most famous for its fountains and is thus frequently compared to Versailles. ‘The Samson’ of the Grand Cascade is the most powerful and magnificent of them and thus has been made a symbol of the park. As a former residence of the Emperors, Peterhof is also the home of several palaces with the Grand Palace as its main landmark. It had been destroyed by the Nazis and then carefully restored as to exhibit the splendor of the Royal way of life. The beauty of Peterhof, its marvelous fountains and palaces has left nobody indifferent, and you will probably be no exception.

LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)

PUSHKIN (PALACE AND PARK)

The Summer Palace is the heart of Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar’s Village) – one of the most picturesque parks among the former residences of the Russian Emperors. Here you may feel the atmosphere of the Royal way of life in its entire magnificence. It is hard to believe that almost everything inside the palace is a result of a careful restoration, which has been finished just 8 years ago. Nowadays the legendary Amber Room, where this precious resin covered the walls in a magnificent and shining style, as well as the radiant interiors have finally regained their former splendor after they suffered from severe damages during World War II. Today tourists from all over the world come to the Pushkin to see the marvelous park and the Catherine’s Palace, definitely one of the most impressive highlight of every visit to Saint Petersburg.

FREE TIME FOR DINNER

OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL

CHECK-OUT OF THE HOTEL

MEETING WITH THE GUIDE

TRANSFER TO THE RAILWAY STATION

SAPSAN TRAIN SAINT PETERSBURG – MOSCOW (2ND CLASS)

ARRIVING AT THE RAILWAY STATION

MEETING WITH THE GUIDE

LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)

CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL

FREE TIME FOR DINNER

OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL

MEETING WITH THE GUIDE

CITY TOUR

Moscow is the capital of Russian Federation and represents a unique set of old architecture masterpieces and modern high-tech buildings. If you want to know more about the history of the Russian capital, you need to take this City tour! In only a few hours, you will have a glimpse of its main landmarks, such as the Red Square, the Kremlin, the Victory Park, the White House, the Arbat, Cathedral Christ-the-Saviour, the observation platform of Sparrow hills, Lomonosov University and much more! It is an interesting and efficient introduction to Europe’s biggest city.

 

 

 

CHRIST THE SAVIOUR CATHEDRAL

This tour is a wonderful introduction to the most majestic and grandiose cathedral of Moscow. It was edified for the first time between 1839 and 1883, in memory of the Russian’s victory on the Napoleon I, in 1931 it was dynamited and reduced to rubble and then, in 2000 rebuilt again. And today among the necklace of Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is considered the main temple of the city. During the tour you will hear a lot of the little-known facts from its “biography” and admire the countless details of the stunning interior.

LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)

TRETYAKOV GALLERY

The State Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856 by the merchant and patron of the arts Pavel Tretyakov to display the works of Russian artists. It holds the richest collection (more than 150 000 works) of Russian painters and sculptors from the 18th and 19th centuries like Brullov, Kiprensky, Aivazovsky, Ivanov or Repin, as well as the finest collection of Russian icons. Among the treasures of the gallery are “Morning in a pine forest” by Shishkin, “Alyonushka” by Vasnetsov, “Ivan the terrible and his son Ivan” by Repin and many others.

ARBAT STREET

Arbat Street is one of the oldest streets in Moscow. Originally it was a part of an important trade route and was home to a large number of craftsmen. In the 18th century Arbat became one of the most prestigious living areas in Moscow and then a place for the intelligentsia and artists to live. In soviet times young people used to held their meetings and protests here. The street nowadays reflects these eventful periods with its elegant buildings, a museum in the house of Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, a lot of nice shops, cafés and restaurants, an entire wall dedicated to the pioneers of Russian rock and the impressive building of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

FREE TIME FOR DINNER

OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL

MEETING WITH THE GUIDE

 

KREMLIN (TERRITORY AND CATHEDRALS)

Visit one of the most well-known sights of Moscow – the Kremlin with its red brick walls and 20 towers holding their own unique history. Since its first construction in 1156 as a wooden fortress by the order of Grand Duke Yuri Dolgoruky, it has been rebuilt several times. The current appearance was formed in 1495 by the best architects of Russia and Italy. Today Kremlin is the residence of Russian President and the main symbol of the country, revered by all of its citizens.

 

RED SQUARE WALKING TOUR

Even if you have seen this place and its landmarks dozens of times, it will be a breathtaking experience to see it in real life. During the walking tour, you will have the time to take pictures of this 73,000 square meters brick-paved square surrounded by the Kremlin Walls, Lenin’s Tomb, St Basil’s Cathedral, Resurrection gate, GUM superstore and the Russian State Historical Museum. Turn to the left, and find yourself in one of the oldest urban public parks in Moscow – Alexander Garden. It keeps a lot of valuable architectural monuments: Kutafia tower of the Kremlin, Italian grotto, an obelisk to the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, as well as sculptures, fountains and mosaics based on popular fairytales. The guide will tell you about the numerous of important historical events, which took place on the Red square and bring you all around it to discover from different points of view.

ALEXANDER GARDEN

Founded in 1812, Alexander Garden is one of the oldest urban public parks in Moscow. It lies along the Kremlin’s western wall and consists of three separate gardens: Upper, Middle and Lower Garden. There are a lot of valuable architectural monuments in the gardens: Kutafia tower of the Kremlin, Italian grotto, an obelisk to the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, as well as sculptures, fountains and mosaics based on popular fairytales. The biggest essential sight is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier near to the entrance to Red Square. Don’t miss a guard change ceremony which takes place in front of the eternal flame every hour!

LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT (EUROPEAN)

FREE TIME FOR DINNER

OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL

BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL

CHECK-OUT OF THE HOTEL

TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

DEPARTURE FROM THE AIRPORT

The order of the visits might be changed. However, all visits mentioned in the program will be provided in full.

Price includes

  • 4 nights in chosen hotel in St. Petersburg
  • 3 nights in chosen hotel in Moscow
  • Sapsan Train Saint Petersburg – Moscow (2nd class)
  • Transport services as per the program
  • Guide services as per the program
  • HB meal plan as per program
  • Entrance fee as per the program
  • Visa support letter (scan) if required

Price does not include

  • Tips
  • Meals and beverages except mentioned
  • Russian visa fees
  • Flights

Rates are subject to 10% increase due to Euro/Ruble currency fluctuation unless a deposit or full payment is made

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