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Little Tour Of Russia 2017

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Routing: Moscow – St Petersburg

 

Includes

• Airport transfers at start & end of tour
• 6 nights in 5* hotels
• Breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 3 dinners (B, L, D)
• A/C motor coach
• Tour Director – English speaking
• Standard class high speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg
• Service charges & hotel taxes
• Luggage handling

Accommodation (or similar)

• Moscow – Hotel Marriott Grand (5*)
• St Petersburg – Radisson Royal (5*)

Sightseeing

•Moscow
•St Petersburg

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2017-K011
Starts - Ends
Twin ShareSingle
28 Apr - 04 May2,5543,673
12 May - 18 May2,5543,673
19 May - 25 May2,5543,673
26 May - 01 Jun2,5543,673
16 Jun - 22 Jun2,5543,673
30 Jun - 06 Jul2,5543,673
21 Jul - 27 Jul2,5543,673
18 Aug - 24 Aug2,5543,673
01 Sep - 07 Sep2,5543,673
08 Sep - 14 Sep2,5543,673
15 Sep - 21 Sep2,5543,673
29 Sep - 05 Oct2,5543,673
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1, Friday: Moscow

Upon arrival to Moscow, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is to relax or perhaps begin your independent discovery of the fabled capital of Russia. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Director on the fascinating tour that awaits you, followed by a Welcome dinner. (D)

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 colorful St Basil’s Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and other artifacts. 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. (B)

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 center 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.” (B, L)

Day 4, Monday: Moscow – 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. (B, D)

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 on the tour 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. Granite embankments of the Neva River. Visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 on a small island it was meant to protect the city from enemy attacks; and the first construction of St Petersburg. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I. It is a museum nowadays. The gilded spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral is the highest landmark of the city. Your evening is free or join an optional Evening Canal Cruise. (B)

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 worldfamous 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 visit Catherine Palace & Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight join your fellow travelers in a farewell dinner and an optional Folklore evening. (B, D)

Day 7, Thursday: St Petersburg

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

 

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