TOUR CODE: DISRUS
Trip Type: Independent Journey
Get acquainted with Russia’s two heartlands, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. In Moscow, the nation’s capital, we discover its medieval foundations at the Red Square and see the colorful St Basil’s cathedral. We also visit other world-famous Moscow sights such as Kremlin and Tretyakov Gallery. Then, take a high-speed train to Saint Petersburg, admire fascinating palaces, cathedrals, and bridges over canals. Here, the streets are decorated with edifices of flourished baroque and impressive classical styles.
Arrive in Moscow, the capital city of Russia. Upon arrival, meet your driver at the airport arrival hall for your private transfer to your hotel.
Situated on the Moskva River in Western Russia, Moscow is Russia’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. It’s home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum’s comprehensive collection, and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes.
FULL-DAY MOSCOW CITY TOUR (B)
Meet your guide for a private 8-hour tour and get acquainted with many of the city’s major highlights. Start from the historic Red Square, Moscow’s most iconic landmarks. We tour the ornate 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral and the enormous GUM Department Store before heading to Sparrow Hills for a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Then, drive to the refined New Maiden Convent, one of Moscow’s most beautiful sights, for opportunities to snap some photos. In the afternoon, explore the Kremlin, a beautiful fortress in the heart of Moscow. Behind its medieval walls, discover the oldest square in Moscow and impressive cathedrals where Russian rulers used to get married, crowned, and buried. We also visit the Armoury Chamber to view the fantastic collection of Imperial power’s insignia, precious clothes, ceremonial harness, and a unique collection of imperial carriages. The 17th-century throne of Alexey Romanov is covered with a mosaic of turquoises and 900 diamonds, a Metropolitan Platon phenomenon decorated with 150,000 pearls (it took the embroiderer two years to work on the pattern!), the famous Faberge eggs – one help admiring the priceless and luxurious items.
TRETYAKOV GALLERY/ST. PETERSBURG (B)
This morning’s sightseeing takes in the highlights of the world’s best collection of Russian icons and pre-Revolutionary Russian art. Your guide will accompany you to the eye-catching Tretyakov Gallery, whose collection today consists of over 100,000 outstanding works of art. Originally the private collection of a wealthy Russian merchant, Pavel Tretyakov, this vast art collection was given to the Russian nation as a gift in 1892 and is one of Moscow’s greatest treasures. Then we board a high-speed train, “Sapsan” to St. Petersburg. The journey takes four hours. Upon arrival, meet your guide at the train station for your private transfer to the hotel.
St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in Russia after its capital – Moscow, with about 6 million people. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. From the White Nights’ mysterious twilight to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and entices every season.
FULL DAY ST. PETERSBURG CITY TOUR (B)
After breakfast, we will have a chance to get acquainted with one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city is known for its fascinating palaces, cathedrals, beautiful bridges over Venice-like canals, spacious squares, and extensive streets decorated with edifices of flourished baroque and impressive classical styles, monumental sculpture, and lacy iron grilles. First, we head to the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest of St Petersburg’s landmarks. As we tour the museum, listen to your guide for the fortress’s fascinating history and learn how it turned in to a political prison in the 19th century. Visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral, admire the soaring bell tower and opulent interior, and see the tombs of several of the Tsars laid to rest here, including Peter the Great and Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Their remains were buried here in 1998. In the afternoon, drive outside the city to Pushkin, the former summer residence of Russian Emperors. See fascinating monuments of the world’s architectural and gardening arts of the 18th to the 19th centuries. Explore the Catherine Palace, containing exquisite decorative objects, furniture, Russian and Western-European paintings, unique collections of porcelain, arms, and decorative bronze sculptures. Proceed to the Amber Room, the mansion’s gem that contains 6 tonnes of exquisitely crafted amber panels, along with gold leaf decor and mirrors.
HERMITAGE MUSEUM (B)
Set off on a morning tour with your guide and a private vehicle to the State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and most important art and cultural-historical museums in Russia and the world. The museum consists of five historical buildings, including the Winter Palace, once the Russian Tsars’ residence. The museum contains over 3 million art pieces with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage’s treasures are Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, and more. The rest of the day is free at leisure, or spend your free evening at one of the city’s most beautiful theaters.
ST. PETERSBURG DEPARTURE (B)
Meet your driver at the hotel lobby for your private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Per person, based on double occupancy
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|Apr 01 - 18||$1,899||$2,399|
|Apr 19 - May 10||$1,999||$2,399|
|May 11 - Jul 31||$2,099||$2,699|
|Aug 01 - Sep 30||$1,999||$2,599|
|Oct 01 - 17||$1,999||$2,399|
|Oct 18 - Dec 31||$1,899||$2,399|
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