(Moscow, St. Petersburg)
When glimpsing the gold domes shimmering in afternoon light you’re aware you’re in a foreign land; but in an instant, when greeted by the warm smile of a local, you feel right at home.
Immerse yourself in the most dazzling landscape and architecture the Ukraine and Russia have to offer. From carved-marble metro stations replete with stained glass in Moscow, to the winding canals and baroque architecture in St. Petersburg, to the abundant art galleries and romantic streets of Kiev, this elegant journey will thrill you with eastern European delights. In the evenings, relax and unwind in modern and stylish accommodations that offer all the comforts of home.
Enjoy a private, panoramic tour of Kiev and visit Vladimir’s Cathedral, St. Sophia Cathedral with its magnificent mosaics and frescos, the Chernobyl museum, and Ethnographic museum, where 300 ancient rural huts have been reconstructed. Head to Moscow and tour the Kremlin, Mausoleum of Lenin, the Church of St. Basil, the clock at the Savior Tower, and Kazansky Cathedral. In St. Petersburg enjoy a private tour of the Hermitage and admire world famous works of art by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, Picasso and others.
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A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
The Hotel Riviera (4*) is located in the historical and business centre of Kiev, a few steps from the Dnipro river, 40 km from the International Borispil Airport, and 10 km from the train station. This suitable location makes it easy to reach the main historical attractions. The hotel offers 80 comfortable rooms of seven different categories. The details of each room, decorated in modern style, are meant to emphasize a cozy atmosphere. The restaurant offers a complete menu to please any taste. It is an excellent place for dinner or an evening cocktail. The hotel also provides a fitness centre and a massage room for relaxation.
Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine and the cradle of Eastern Slavonic states of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. The tour includes a visit to Vladimir’s Cathedral, the most prominent sacral painting complex of the late 19th century decorated by world renowned artists. You will examine magnificent mosaics and frescoes of Saint Sophia Cathedral, the oldest temple in the Eastern Slavonic states, built in the beginning of the 11th century to glorify the victory of Prince Yaroslav the Wise over Pechenegs tribes. You will enjoy amazing views of two golden-domed monastery complexes while walking along Sophiiska and Mykhailivska Squares. The tour continues to St. Andrew’s Church, a striking piece of baroque architecture of the 18th century built according to the designs of well-known architect B. Rastrelli on the top of Vladimir’s Hill. Entrance fees to Saint Sophia Cathedral are included.
Today you will take a visit to the Chernobyl Museum with your own private vehicle and English speaking guide. The museum chronicles was the biggest radioecological disaster to ever happen, which occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in 1986. The bulk of this exhibition, including hundreds of photos and witnessed testimonials are shown through the medium of modern technical and audio/visual aids. Over seven thousand exhibits are on show in five different halls helping visitors understand what happened on that fateful day. Some of these exhibits contain items that originated within the power plant as well as items that came from people who died in the disaster. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel. Entrances fees are included.
Enjoy a half a day tour to the Ethnographic Museum in Kiev, located in the suburbs of the town of Pirogivo. Three hundred ancient rural huts collected from all over Ukraine can be seen in Pirogovo. The majority of them were moved to the museum and then reconstructed. Huts, wooden churches, water, wind mills, clothes, and kitchen utensils dating back to the period of the 17th century to beginning of the 20th century give a realistic impression of this era. During the tour you will gain a better knowledge of how local inhabitants lived in the past. Entrance fees are included.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with small wooden doll Matreshka, nice book on Russia, vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
We will provide you with a letter of Invitation for your Russian Visa. Once payment has been received, the letter along with other important documents will be sent to you.
Peter 1 Hotel (4*) is located in the historical and cultural centre of the city, within walking distance from the Red Square and the Cathedral of Christ of the Saviour. The Big Theatre, State Duma, Manezhnaya Square as well as the State Tretjakov Gallery are some of the major attractions near the property. The hotel is housed in a six-story building and was constructed in the late XIX century. In 2005-2006 the hotel was totally renovated, and today is considered to be a modern hotel of the highest quality, while effortlessly combining its historical vestiges. The property has 133 spacious and originally decorated rooms.
Tour the Kremlin, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armoury, the sovereign treasury, and the workplace of the Russian President on a private guided tour with an English speaking guide and driver. Among the sights included in the tour are the Mausoleum of Lenin, the clock at the Saviour Tower – showing the most correct Moscow time, the beautiful Cathedral of the Intercession, Kazansky Cathedral, and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture. Entrance fees to the Kremlin Walls and Cathedrals are included.
Novodevichy Convent is one of the most beautiful Moscow convents, founded at the beginning of 16th century. The complex consists of 15 buildings, surmounted by golden domes. For 400 years the Novodevichy Convent was part of important historical events, connected with the names of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Sofia and Peter I. The architectural ensemble of the convent was formed by the end of 17th century and till now remains one of the best in Russia. For several years, it was even used as a place of imprisonment for disgraced women from noble families. Visit the interesting cemetery, a charming sight, rich in the spirit of the past, hidden behind a wall in the Twentieth century inner city. Explore how the sculptured gravestones of famous Russian artists, writers, and politicians illustrate the country’s history. Entrance fee is included in the tour price.
A transfer between the train station and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
Watch the changing landscapes on your fast speed train ride from Moscow to St. Petersburg, departing in the afternoon.
The Ambassador Hotel (4*) is located in the historic centre of St. Petersburg and is only a seven minute walk away from Sadovaya Underground Station. St. Isaac and St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Yusupov Gardens are all in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. The hotel building is a unique complex that combines an architectural monument of the 19th century and a modern building. There are 251 comfortable rooms at the hotel. All rooms are decorated in tranquil pastel shades with comfortable furniture upholstered in elegant fabrics and luxurious curtains. Bathrooms are equipped with big mirrors and some are decorated with mosaic. All the rooms have a beautiful view of the historic city centre, cozy courtyard or Rimsky-Korsakov avenue.
Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St. Petersburg. You will get to drive along the world famous Nevsky Prospect and view the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, and other world celebrities were buried. You will have a chance to visit Peter and Paul's Fortress and St. Isaac Cathedral with the Bronze Horseman. Later you will drive by the Summer Garden and stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame. Continuing on you will drive through the Square of Arts, enjoy an overwhelming beauty of the third largest square in the world, the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex. Entrance fees to Peter and Paul's Fortress is included.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage and admire the gems of the collection. During the tour you will see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, a part of the collection of paintings of Old Masters and other exciting exhibits and works of art. Value the splendour of the Gala stairway, Peter's Memorial Hall, the Armorial Hall, the Gallery of 1812 with its numerous portraits, the Pavilion Hall and its various amusements, and other gala rooms. You are sure to enjoy the works of applied arts, precious items and paintings. The collection of Western European art, numbering over 600,000 items, is considered to be one of the finest in the world. It presents all the stages of the development of art from the Middle Ages to the present. Enjoy masterpieces by outstanding Western European artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, and Picasso. You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Admire the richest collection of ancient and early medieval items, works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, fabulous treasures of oriental culture, and wonderful European art. Entrance fees to the Hermitage Museum are included.
Take a full day tour to Pushkin, originally named Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's Village), famous for the marvelous Catherine Palace and park. The town, also known as Pushkin, in honour of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, was the main summer residence of the royal family. The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, and canvases, including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families. Visit one of the most remarkable interiors of Catherine Palace, the Amber Room. Your private guide will tell the story of the consturuction of Catherine Palace and about the tragic moments in the palace's history, connected with the Nazi occupation during World War II. Continue with the summer residences of the Royal family, Peterhof. The world-famous palace, fountain, and park are an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. After the tour you will return to your hotel. Entrance fees to Peterhof Palace are included.
Depart from St. Petersburg international airport - end of itinerary.
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