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The Capitals of Russia - Moscow & St Petersburg

MOSCOW

Where do we start with Moscow, so many choices and so many things to see and do, it’s wonderful architecture, it’s deep history or it’s fast moving modern society all live side by side in this fascinating capital.

We all know Red Square, so what better place to start, a symbol of Russia’s power and might with the red bricked Kremlin sitting at it’s Eastern wall. Visit St Basil’s Cathederal, a vibrant candy coloured Christian church which draws visitors daily or take in the romance of the historic Bolshoi Theatre.

If a more leisurely experience of Moscow is more to your liking then a trip around Gorky Park certainly takes life at a slower pace. Festivals, art exhibitions and food kiosks scatter the park, all selling their wares as you cycle through the labyrinth of walkways to sample each one at your leisure.

ST PETERSBURG

St Petersburg has been given the name of ‘the cultural capital’ and quite rightly so, offering tourists a wealth of romance, excursions, historic tours and an abundance of places to eat, drink and dance into the night with lively locals who are always happy to point you in the right direction to the latest bar, restaurant or club.

With over 250 museums, St Petersburg doesn’t just offer lively nights and fine fayre, those who love masterpiece paintings and sculptures are spoilt by what this colourful city has to offer.

Wherever you go in St Petersburg, one thing you will find in abundance is ‘hospitality’, information and advice freely offered by both young and old, proud of their history and looking forward to their future.

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Itinerary

Grand Tour Of Russia - Itinerary

Day 1 - Moscow

After a warm welcome to your hotel you will begin your tour of fascinating Moscow where you will stay for the first 4 days. We start at Red Square, the central square of the city where you will see St. Vasiliy Catherderal, the GUM department store and the magnificent gold topped Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, considered to be the largest Orthodox church in the world.

Day 2 – Moscow

Day 2 takes us to the 12th Century fortress the Kremlin, where you can spend you free time exploring the 6 centuries of monuments which left their mark on its’ architecture over the years. Inside the Kremlin, see the Assumption Cathedral, Cathedral Arkhanguelsky, the Belfry of Ivan the Great and other important monuments of the country.

Later in the day we visit the Moscow Circus (optional) to witness the awesome performers amazing the crowds with their trademark tricks and death defying stunts. Acrobats, trapeze artists, clowns, balancers, horses, dogs, tigers, showgirls and lots more get a roar of applause from the audience thrown into ecstasy by their unbelievable skills.

Day 3 – Moscow

After breakfast we travel approximately 60km out of Moscow to a small town called Sergiev Posad and visit the monastery of the Trinity Sergius, a stunning blue and gold topped monastery and the spiritual center of the Orthodox church where over 300 monks live.

Next we visit The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics which celebrates the
achievements of the Soviet space programme and is one of the largest museums in the world. See the first spacesuits, the first artificial Earth satellites and spacecraft that study the moon and planets in our solar system. Take a ride in a simulator and visit Mission Control where you can pretend to be Yuri Gagarin for a few hours.

Day 4 – Moscow

Next up is the Tretiakov Gallery which holds over 130,000 works depicting Russian life throughout the centuries, from the 14th to the 20th. An encyclopedia of Russian fine art indeed.

Now to the famous Moscow Metro, vast, elegant and considered to be one of the most efficient in the world. Opened in 1935 and decorated by some of the most important artists of the time the system has 182 stations, 44 of which are considered to be the cultural heritage of the country.

Day 5 – Moscow To St. Petersburg

It’s high speed all the way today as we take the Sapsan train to St. Petersburg to begin a tour of this beautiful city.

During the visit, we cross the Nevsky prospect, the splendid main avenue with elegant buildings such as Gostiniy Dvor, Zinger House, Stroganov Palace and the imposing Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan.

Then to the old port island of Vasilievskiy and see the golden dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral and then to the miraculous Summer Garden, stopping at the Champ of Mars at the center of which stands the eternal flame and breathtaking views of the multicolored domes of the church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

Day 6 – St. Petersburg

Today we visit The State Hermitage Museum located in the former Winter Palace and the residence of the Tsars. The largest museum in Russia and one of the largest in the world, with more than 3 million works of art, it boasts collections of sculpture and painting, glass and porcelain, tapestries and jewelry, prints, antiquities, weapons, medals, coins and precious books. In particular the works of masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, Gauguin, Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso can all be seen hanging on its’ walls.

Next to The Fortress of St. Peter and Paul, the historical and architectural center of St. Petersburg. Founded by Peter The Great in 1703 this imposing defensive fortress, once prison, became the Pantheon of the Romanov family, when in 1998 in a side chapel of the cathedral the remains of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family were laid to rest.

Day 7 - St. Petersburg

Just 30km south of St. Petersburg is the small town of Pushkin, named in honor of the greatest Russian poet.

Known as the Village of the Tsars it is home to one of the most beautiful imperial residences, Catherine's Palace, whose name is dedicated to the wife of Peter the Great, Catherine I. It was a favorite place of Catherine II the Great, with its incomparable Amber Room, entirely covered with Baltic Amber. Hidden to visitors for nearly a century, it has been completely restored in 2003, to mark the Tercentenary of St. Petersburg. The beautiful architecture of the palace is reflected in the surrounding park, where you can see forests, lakes and ponds, streams, bridges, sculptures.

Anyone for eggs? Not just any old eggs, we next visit the world famous Fabergé Museum which houses world's largest collection of works by Karl Fabergé, including nine famous imperial Easter eggs. Also in the Museum is the collection of decorative arts created by Russian masters during the second half of the nineteenth century-early twentieth century.

Located in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River it considered to be one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg.

Day 8 – St. Petersburg - Moscow

Time to say Proshchay to Russia and transfer to the airport for your domestic flight from St Petersburg to Moscow before rerunning to the UK with many fond memories and a wealth of knowledge that this magnificent country has to offer.

New Year Special - The Capitals of Russia 

 

Day 1 - MOSCOW - 29 of December, Tuesday

Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Free time for leisure.

Day 2 - MOSCOW - 30 of December, Wednesday

After Breakfast you will be joining our guide for the Moscow City Tour.

City Tour.  5 hours.

During the tour we walk through the most attractive areas of Moscow: Red Square where is located Lenin's Mausoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral with its famous multicolored domes built according to the order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible and the magnificent building of GUM or "Universal Top Shops", where  historically  the  center  of  the  country's  largest  trade  was.  Nearby  is  the  famous  Bolshoi Theater, the imposing building Lubyanka, Russian KGB and beautiful churches of the old district Kitay  Gorod.  You  will  discover  the  majestic  Cathedral  of  Christ  the  Savior  of  the  Patriarch  of Moscow, which is considered the highest Orthodox Church in the world. VDNKH PARK.

Kremlin. 1,5 hours. 

It is the old fortress called Kremlin, was built in the XII century. Even now, all the major organs of political  and  religious  government  is  located  on  its  territory.  In  the  grounds  of  the  Kremlin  are represented monuments of six centuries each of which left their mark on the architectural image of the Kremlin. These monuments are witnesses of the most important events in the history of Russia. In the territory of the Kremlin, you will see the Assumption Cathedral, Cathedral Arkhanguelsky, the Belfry of Ivan the Great and other important monuments of the country

Russian circus. 1,5 hours. (Optional)

The Moscow Circus started in Russia more than 80 years and now the Russian capital can boast of two  fascinating  circuses  striking  the  spectators  with  wide  technical  possibilities  and  amazing performers.  Various  shows  including  acrobats,  trapeze  artists,  clowns,  balancers,  horses,  dogs, tigers, showgirls and loads more get the roar of applause from the audience thrown into ecstasy by the unbelievable skills of circus artists. Every year the performers of Moscow circuses take part in the most prestigious international festivals and contests winning highest awards. 

Transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 3 - MOSCOW - 31 of December, Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel and free day for leisure.

In the evening you will visit Red Square to join new year celebration. Explore Red Square & enjoy Fireworks.

You will return to the hotel by metro.

Day 4 - MOSCOW - SAINT-PETERSBURG - 1 of January, Friday

After breakfast you will be taking Fast train from Sapsan to St. Petersburg. (4 hours) 

Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to the hotel. 

Day 5 -ST.PETERSBURG - 2 of January, Saturday

After Breakfast you will be joining our guide for the St. Petersburg City Tour.

City Tour of St. Petersburg. Duration 4 hours.

During the visit, we cross Nevsky prospect- the splendid main avenue with its elegant buildings Gostiniy  Dvor  (the  famous  shopping  galleries),  Zinger  House,  Stroganov  Palace  and  imposing Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Then we cross the island Vasilievskiy- the old port, the university area, we see the golden dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral. Than we turn to the miracle of the Summer Garden, stop at the Champ of Mars at the center of which stands the eternal flame and a breathtaking view of the multicolored domes of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood opens. 

Transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 6 - ST.PETERSBURG - 3 of January, Sunday

After Breakfast you will visit The State Hermitage Museum. Duration 3 hours. 

The museum is located in the former Winter Palace, residence of the Tsars. The Hermitage is the

largest museum in Russia and one of the largest in the world, with more than 3 million works of art. It  has  collections  of  sculpture  and  painting,  glass  and  porcelain,  tapestries  and  jewelry,  prints, antiquities from the classical period, weapons, medals, coins, precious books. You will find a great collection of paintings from the Italian, Flemish, French and Spanish schools. In particular works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Rembrandt.

Transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 7 - ST.PETERSBURG - Moscow - 4 of January, Monday       

Time to say Proshchay to Russia and transfer to the airport for your domestic flight from St Petersburg to Moscow before rerunning to the UK with many fond memories and a wealth of knowledge that this magnificent country has to offer.

 

Accommodation

Holiday Inn Moscow ****

A modern four-star Moscow hotel close to Rizhskaya metro station providing easy access to city centre.  Located beside the bustling Prospekt Mira boulevard, Holiday Inn Moscow Suschevsky hotel offers easy access to Moscow’s city centre with Rizhskaya metro station less than five minutes' walk from the hotel.  

Accommodation 

Feel at home in your air-conditioned room featuring contemporary decor. Experience great sleep on a super comfortable bed, stay connected free WiFi, be productive at spacious working area, take advantage of coffee and tea making facilities and minibar.

 Facilities

  • Restaurant,
  • Bar,
  • Free Wifi,
  • Coffee / tea making facilities,
  • Air conditioning,
  • Currency exchange,
  • Safety boxes,
  • Souvenir store,
  • Gym.

Oktiabrskaya Hotel ****

Located in the heart of St. Petersburg the hotel offers guests the ideal opportunity to explore the city’s amenities such as shopping centres, museums, theatres, bars and restaurants. 

With a high level of comfort and service each of the 373 modern rooms.

Facilities

  • Restaurant & Bar,
  • Free WiFi,
  • Coffee / tea making facilities,
  • Air conditioning,
  • Currency exchange,
  • Safety boxes,
  • Souvenir store,
  • A beauty salon and a massage salon. 
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    What is included in the tour

    • Stay at 4* hotels on the tour (Holiday Inn Moscow & 4* Oktiabrskaya hotel St. Petersburg ( or similar category hotels)
    • Your own single occupancy en suite room 
    • 4 nights accommodation in Moscow
    • 3 nights accommodation in Saint-Petersburg
    • Meal - Bed & Breakfast
    • Flights from any UK airport
    • All Taxes & Surcharges
    • 20Kg Baggage allowance and 5kg hand baggage.
    • All transfers indicated in the itinerary by coach with the guide 
    • Fast train ticket Moscow- Saint Petersburg (tourist class)
    • Domestic flight Saint Petersburg - Moscow (last day)
    • The Museum Entrances as per itinerary 
    • English speaking guide throughout the tour
    • Visa documents support
    • Airport transfers
    • Dedicated GoSingles host at the hotel
    • Welcome get together
    • Coordinated Singles only site-seeing and activities (Optional Extra)
    • Meet other single, like minded travellers who wish to socialise and make new friends

     

    Russia Visa Information      

    Visa applications for UK residents are to be submitted online https://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/ at the Russia Visa Application Centre in London, Manchester or Edinburgh

    The visa fee is £101.40

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