There is no other country in the world with two capitals like Russia. Moscow and St. Petersburg have been compared for a long time. Both capitals had always been the stage of the main historical and political events, as well as the centers of scientific and cultural life of the country. Feel the difference!
Day 1: ST. PETERSBURG: ARRIVAL
Arrival. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the Hotel. Check-in Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: ST. PETERSBURG: CITY TOUR & STATE HERMITAGE
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour with visiting Peter & Paul Fortress. During the trip you will see all city center, Palace square, the Spit of Basil Island, the Church on the Spilled Blood, cruiser Aurora and many other sights. Visiting of Peter and Paul Fortress with Cathedral, where situated the tomb of Russian tsars. The Peter and Paul Fortress is the first construction in St. Petersburg. Lunch at local restaurant The Hermitage visiting. The Hermitage is one of the most famous and significant museums in Russia. Its third-biggest collection of fine arts can be placed in a row with The Louvre in Paris and El Prado in Madrid. The museum impresses with its enormous collection (around three million items of art) and luxurious décor. Free time.
Day 3: ST. PETERSBURG: GRAND PETERHOF & BOAT TRIP
Breakfast at the hotel. Peterhof: Palace & Park visiting The fantastic tourist destination sometimes is also called ‘Russian Versailles’ due to its brilliant palaces and splendid gardens adorned with hundreds of fountains. Four cascades and 150 fountains amaze those who enter the park. Luxurious and splendid Grand Palace is located in the middle of the park and strikes Peterhof guests with its majestic façade and great interiors. In old days it was a summer residence of Russian Emperors. Lunch at local restaurant Boat trip (rivers & canals). Cruises along rivers and canals are extremely popular among guests and citizens of Saint Petersburg during the period of navigation (usually from May till October) You will understand why Saint Petersburg is called “the Northen Venice”. The ship will pass under the bridges of Saint Petersburg. The guide will tell you about the city history and its legends connected with the waterways of Saint Petersburg. Free time.
Day 4: ST. PETERSBURG: PUSHKIN/ MOSCOW: ARRIVAL
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out Pushkin: Palace & Park visiting. The town of Pushkin (also known as Tsarskoe Selo) is a former summer residence of the Royal Family. It’s a fabulous ensemble of palaces and parks. The Grand Catherine Palace with its solemn and richly decorated façade, with its interiors decorated with guided cravings, mirrors inlaid with jade, is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Russian baroque style. The Palace is world known for its splendid Amber-Room that is often called the 8th Wonder of the World. Transfer to the Railway Station. Departure to Moscow. Arrival. Meeting and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: MOSCOW: THE KREMLIN, ARMORY CHAMBER AND DIAMOND FUND
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin and Kremlin Cathedrals. The Kremlin is a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. Red Square is just outside the Kremlin´s walls. While walking on Red Square you will admire the Mausoleum of Lenin, the clock on the Savior (Spasskaya) Tower - showing the most correct Moscow time, the History Museum, the beautiful Cathedral of the Intercession (the Church of St Basil the Blessed), Kazansky Cathedral, monument to Minin and Pozharsky, GUM and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture Lunch at local restaurant Armory Chamber is a world-wide known treasure-house presents ancient Russian regalia, ceremonial tsar's dress, church hierarchs' vestments, gold and silverware by Russian, European and Eastern masters, arms and armouries, royal carriages and horse ceremonial harness. Diamond Fund visiting. The Diamond Fund of Russia is part of the State Fund of Precious Metals and Precious Stones. Transfer to the hotel and free time.
Day 6: MOSCOW: CITY TOUR, NEW MAIDEN MONASTERY, TRETYAKOV GALLERY
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour with visiting New Maiden monastery During the tour the tourists get to know the history of the city and visit the main places of interest, e.g. Red Square, the Moscow State University, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Triumphal Arch. They drive along the main Moscow streets: Tverskaya, Novy Arbat Avenue, Kutuzovsky Avenue, Sadovoye and Bulvarnoye Rings. New Maiden monastery is one of the most famous historical places of interest in Moscow of the 16th - 18th centuries and at the same time the functioning convent which belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church. Lunch at local restaurant Tretyakov Gallery visiting The Tretyakov Art Gallery is the country’s largest and most important depository of Russian art. The original building of the Tretyakov Gallery is a work of art itself. It was designed by the Russian Artist Victor Vasnetsov and built in the fanciful style of early Russian Art Nouveau. The collection was started in 1856 by the wealthy brothers Pavel and Sergey Tretyakov, who donated it to the city of Moscow in 1892. Transfer to the hotel and free time.
Day 7: MOSCOW: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and, depending on your flight schedule, free time for shopping. Transfer to the airpor.