Two Capitals 8 days
Day 1: Moscow
Arrival in Moscow. Transfer from the train station/airport to your hotel. Shower/rest. You’ll be picked up from your hotel by a professional guide who will introduce you to the remarkable history of Russia. Enjoy a 4-hour city tour that will take you to the most popular sights and monuments of the Russian capital city. You will see such places as Red Square, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Arbat, Tverskaya Street, Poklonnaya and Vorobyovy Hills, Boulevard and Garden Rings, Novodevichy Convent, Kremlin (no entrance), Alexander Garden and many more.
Transfer to the hotel at the end of the tour.
Day 2: Moscow (B)
You’ll be picked up from your hotel by a professional guide and taken to see the Kremlin. The Kremlin is the most recognizable image of Russia and the most visited place in Moscow. On this tour you will walk on the Kremlin territory basically breathing in the history. The guide will show you the largest bombard in the world – the Tsar Cannon – and the largest bell in the world – the Tsar Bell. You will visit three Royal Cathedrals: Assumption, Annunciation and Michael Archangel Cathedrals. You’ll have a look at the Senate where the President works and the State Kremlin Palace. You’ll also see the Moscow Kremlin’s Faceted Chamber and Grand Kremlin Palace from the outside. You’ll finish the tour by visiting one of the oldest museums in Russia – the Armoury. Transfer back to the hotel.
Day 3: Moscow (B)
A trip to a former royal estate – Kolomenskoye located in the south of Moscow. Kolomenskoye was originally a summer residence adored by Russian princes and tsars since the 14th century. If you want to diverse your view of Moscow as a metropolitan city, you should go on a tour to the Kolomenskoye royal estate. You’ll walk though its beautiful gardens enjoying a peaceful atmosphere and a majestic view on the Moscow River.
Today it’s an open-air wooden architecture museum that holds a unique collection of old Russian architecture: a number of historical churches and wooden structures. You will see a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Church of the Ascension - an original wooden tent-roofed church built in stone in 1532. It's probably one of the most beautiful churches in Moscow. Other architectural attractions are the Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Wooden Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich Romanov, Church of John the Baptist in Dyakovo, Front Gates and many more.
Transfer back to your hotel. Free time.
Transfer to the railway station to catch the train ¹002 at 23:55.
Day 4: St.Petersburg
Arrival in St. Petersburg at 07:55. Transfer from the railway station to your hotel. Shower/rest.
Meet with your guide at the hotel lobby.
Enjoy a 4-hour city tour by car. St.Petersburg is the Russian cultural capital that is also often called the Venice of the North because of its canal system. You’ll have a fascinating city tour that includes all major sights of St. Petersburg such as Palace Square, Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Nevsky Prospect and many more. St. Isaac's Cathedral was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand and was originally the city's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It will impress you with its beautiful facades and interiors.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main Russian Orthodox cathedrals in St. Petersburg. The word "blood" in its name refers to the death of Tsar Alexander II who was killed on March 13, 1881 and this is exactly where the church was built. It contains over 7,500 square meters of peculiar mosaics showing biblical scenes and figures - more than any other church in the world. You’ll also see a former residence of the Russian Tsars, the Winter Palace where the cherished Hermitage Museum collection of more that 3 million world-famous works is presented. Visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress, the most famous political prison of the Tsarist Russia. Transfer back to the hotel.
Day 5: St.Petersburg (B)
Meet with your guide at the hotel lobby to start the tour. Hermitage museum is undoubtedly the largest museum in the world that was established in 1895 and became a real jewel of St. Petersburg. Most of the showpieces are located within the Winter Palace that was once the main residence of the Russian monarchs. The legendary collection of fine arts started by Catherine the Great represents the most important stages in the history of art in more than 350 magnificent rooms (from ancient times until the early 20th century). Now the museum contains more than three million works of world art including da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Monet, van Gogh, Durer, Picasso and many more.
Day 6: St.Petersburg (B)
Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and drive to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the charming Catherine Palace. Pushkin is one of the most fascinating suburbs of Saint Petersburg located 24 km to the south. Originally it was the main summer residence of Russian emperors. The first name of the town was Tsarskoye Selo, then it was Detskoye Selo and since 1937 it took the name of great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Enjoy walking through its beautiful parks and gardens and magnificent interiors and rich facades of the buildings in Baroque style. The jewel of the Catherine Palace is the famous Amber Room, which is fully decorated with amber panels backed with gold leaf. Thanks to its unicity, it was sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Transfer to the airport at the end of the tour. Departure. End of the tour.
Day 7: St.Petersburg (B)
Meet your guide at the hotel lobby to start the tour. Peterhof is one of the most incredible natural sites of St.Petersburg, commissioned by Peter the Great. Enjoy a guided tour around the territory of the beautiful summer residence of the Russian Imperial family that is located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, 34 kilometers from St.Petersburg. You’ll see plenty of fountains of various forms and styles, beautiful gardens, and numerous golden sculptures. Peterhof is called Russian Versailles for its fountains and palaces.
Day 8: St.Petersburg (B)
The Yusupov palace was the primary St. Petersburg residence built around 1776 by the French architect Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe. This is where Grigori Rasputin was murdered in the early morning of December 17, 1916. From 1830 to 1917 the palace belonged to the Yusupov family, the richest family of Russian nobles in the 19th century. Therefore the palace was named the Yusupov Palace. The rooms at the Yusupov Palace are decorated in various styles: baroque, empire, oriental, neoclassicism and other. This gorgeous palace contains plenty of interesting artworks and sculptures. You’ll see the Ballroom, Moorish Drawing Room, Green Drawing Room, Turkish Study, and the other Yusupov Palace chambers.
Transfer back to the hotel. Free time.
Transfer from the hotel to the train station/airport. Departure. End of the tour.
The Kremlin grounds and Armoury tour is not available on Thursdays.
The Kolomenskoye tour is not available on Mondays.
The St.Petersburg city tour is not available on Wednesdays.
The Hermitage tour is not available on Mondays.
The Pushkin tour is not available on Tuesdays and last Monday of the month.
The Peterhof tour is not available on Mondays and last Tuesday of the month.
The price might change depending on your dates.
Please note that if you arrive at night (11pm-6am), extra charge will occur.
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2018 package price per person:
1 person: 141150 RUR or $2664 or €2477
2 persons: 81400 RUR or $1536 or €1429
The price includes:
- 2 night accomodation at the Arbat House hotel 4* in Moscow (*early check-in and late check-out are not included)
- 4 night accomodation at the Moscow hotel 4* in St.Petersburg (*early check-in and late check-out are not included)
- Transfers as listed in the itinerary
- Tours and trips as listed in the itinerary
- Meals as listed in the itinerary
- English speaking guide services
- Entrance fees
- 2nd class train ticket
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