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Russia Past and Present

Russia Past and Present

Purpose: Culture, History, Discovery - Este programa también se opera en Español
No. of days: 6 days - 5 nights
First & Last Cities: St. Petersburg, Mowcow
Starting cost: $2,259
 
Day 1 – Tue: St. Petersburg
Upon your arrival in St. Petersburg you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to discover this glorious city. [B]
 
Day 2 – Wed: St. Petersburg
Buffet breakfast star your morning tour of the city. St. Petersburg is one of the most mysterious cities. Built on a swamp, it quickly turned into a pearl of European architecture. Myths and legends of the city on the Neva River, about which we'll tell you, are still present to this day. The tour is not only about sights themselves, but also about prominent people who created our city, lived and worked on the banks of the Neva. During our tour you will get acquainted with the main sights of St. Petersburg including a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress. Time for lunch on your own and in the afternoon tour the Main Museum Complex of the Hermitage that is among the largest, oldest and most respected art museums in the world and is the largest art gallery in Russia housing a collection of over 3 million items. The heart of the museum is the Tsars’ Theater and the former Winter Palace of the Russian Tsars that offers magnificent walking tours through the staterooms. Return to the hotel for overnight. [B]
 
Day 3 – Thu: St. Petersburg
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before this morning’s visit to Peterhof. Many people compare Peterhof to Versailles, but when you visit Peterhof you will find that, without a doubt, the park and its numerous palaces surpass the famous residence of the French kings. Founded in the early XVIII century by Emperor Peter I in the vicinity of the new capital, Peterhof has become one of the most luxurious royal summer residences and a kind of triumphal monument to the successful completion of Russia's struggle for access to the Baltic Sea. Also visit the Grand Palace of Peter the Great and take a walking tour of the Lower Park with fountains. The rests of the day is at leisure to continue discovering this fascinating city. Overnight at hotel. [B]
 
Day 4 – Fri: St. Petersburg, Moscow
Be ready after your breakfast to take your bus transfer to the rail station. There board your morning “Sapsan” high-speed express train to Moscow*. Arrive in to Moscow after 4 hours and meet with your guide on the platform to accompany you on your bus transfer from to the hotel for check-in. After you’re settled start you tour to the Kremlin that has always been perceived as a symbol of power and might of the Russian state, the national idea expressed in stone. Each era in the history of Russia left its significant architectural trace in the Kremlin. On the territory of the Kremlin there are buildings of 5 Russian Orthodox Cathedrals among which the most famous is the Cathedral of Assumption (1475–79) — Russia's principal church; the Bell Tower named after Ivan the Great (1505–08); the Tsar Bell — the biggest bell in the world (1733-35); the Tsar Cannon with the largest caliber of any gun in the world (1586); the Grand Kremlin Palace (which is a group of several buildings with the main section dating back to 1838–1849); the Arsenal (early 19th cent); the Palace of Congresses (1961) and many other objects. The Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral is one of the oldest edifices of the Kremlin. It was built by the Italian architect Aristotle Fiorovanti, who had spent many years in Russia studying traditional architecture. Topped by five gilt domes, it is both austere and solemn. It contains rare ancient paintings, including the icon of the Virgin of Vladimir (11th cent) and the icons of St. George (12th cent) and the Trinity (14th cent). The carved throne of Ivan the Terrible also stands here. Return to the hotel for overnight. [B]
 *Train schedule is subject to final reconfirmation at the time of booking.
 
Day 5 – Sat: Moscow
After breakfast at your hotel start the tour of Moscow, the capital of Russia, one of the biggest cities of the world with a population of almost 10 million people and occupying an area of over 255,000 acres. Moscow's history covers about two thousand years, though the earliest annals set the date of its foundation as 1147, which is the city’s official "birthday". The heart of the city is the Kremlin flanked by the Red Square crowned by the unique and gorgeous St. Basil's Cathedral. The city tour includes visits to both the historical center of the city (the Red Square, the Sofiiskaya Embankment with the building of the St. Sophia Cathedral and the panorama of the Kremlin walls, etc.) and its modern part (the Lenin (Vorobievy) Hills — the highest place in the city, providing a beautiful view; the Poklonnaya Hill where there is a monument commemorating the defenders of the city during the World War Two. The rest of the day is free for you to complete the visit, go shopping or just relax. Overnight at hotel. [B]
 
Day 6 – Sun: Moscow, USA
Buffet breakfast and some free time depending on your flight schedule. At the appointed time you’ll be transferred to the airport to board your flight back home. [B]
 
[B] = Breakfast


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Tour includes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 5 nights accommodation
    • St. Petersburg – 3 nights
    • Moscow – 2 nights
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Visit to the Hermitage Museum
  • Panoramic tour of St. Petersburg
  • Visit to the Kremlin
  • Tour Moscow’s most prominent highlights
  • Sapsan express train St.Petersburg – Moscow in economy class
  • Entrance fees to the sites visited
  • English speaking tour guides in both cities
Not included in tour
  • International airline tickets
  • Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Extras and gratuities
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Expenses of personal nature

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Room Type Tripadvisor
Deluxe
St. Petersburg Belmond Grand Hotel Europe Superior 4.5
Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Deluxe 4.5

Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking


Tour Pricing

Season Double Single
Apr $2,259 $3,135
May-Jul $2,819 $3,919
Aug-Sep $2,959 $4,109
Prices are per person, valid for 2020 and may change without notice
 
Tour Code: RU01LED20ST