Day 2 (Saturday): Moscow
Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Your sightseeing tour begins at Red Square, dominated by colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armoury Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewellery, armour, and other artefacts. Then walk by Moscow University. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and a stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. Continue, on the north bank of the River Moskva, passing by baroque Novodevichy convent; ending the tour at the popular Arbat shopping district, time to shop or enjoy lunch on your own. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 (Sunday): Moscow
Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk, founded in the 14th century and renowned as a centre of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. This evening take an Optional tour Moscow by night & Subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People”.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 (Monday): Moscow to St. Petersburg
Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for our four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 (Tuesday): St. Petersburg
There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen, and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Today the main sites to be visited are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit also Peter and Paul Fortress; built in 1703 on a small island, it was meant to protect the city from enemy attacks. Peter and Paul Cathedral towers in the centre of the fortress and is nowadays used as the burial place for Russian Emperors. Your evening is free or perhaps join an optional Evening Canal Cruise.
Day 6 (Wednesday): St. Petersburg
This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the world famous Hermitage, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The Hermitage occupies five buildings, the largest is the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight join your fellow travellers in a farewell dinner. Perhaps conclude your touring with an optional Russian Folklore evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 (Thursday): St. Petersburg
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Escorted Package Includes:
- First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
- Service charges and hotel taxes
- Breakfast daily, 1 Lunch and 3 Dinners
- Airport transfers
- Touring by modern motor-coach
- Professional English speaking tour director
- Luggage handling
- Headsets will be provided for included sightseeing tours, so you can easily hear your guide's commentary
Hotels (or similar):
- Moscow: Marriott Grand (SF)
- St. Petersburg: Courtyard by Marriott Center West Pushkin (F) / Radisson Royal (SF)
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (km)