(Moscow, Suzdal, St. Petersburg)
Feel the allure of Russia as you drive past whitewashed walls of once-fortified cities, their golden spires and onion domes marking the horizon as bells ring out from soaring belfries announcing long ago tales.
Immerse yourself in the land of the czars, revolutionaries, dissidents, vodka and caviar on this private tour of Russia. Experience the legendary history, majestic art, captivating culture and architectural treasures that make it one of the world’s most fascinating countries. In the evenings, relax in well-appointed accommodations that offer first-rate service and exceptional style..
Tour Moscow’s Kremlin, Red Square, Saint Basil, Novodevichi Monastery and Tretyakov Gallery. Continue to the famous Golden Ring, a ring of ancient towns northeast of Moscow that played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. The towns have been called "open air museums" and feature unique monuments of Russian architecture from the 12th to 18th centuries. Take the high speed Sapsan train to St. Petersburg to see the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum boasting works of art for da Vinci, Michelangelo and Picasso, St. Peter and Paul’s fortress, St. Isaac Cathedral, and Pererhof and St. Catherine palaces. This exceptional journey will be one you won’t soon forget..
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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.
Enjoy a full day private guided city tour of Moscow. During this tour you will get to see the panorama of the Kremlin from the Sophiskaya Embankment, Lubyanka Square, Tverskaya Street, Christ The Saviour Cathedral, New Arbat Street, The White House of Russia and Victory Park, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kremlin Walks, Lenin Mausoleum, Alexandrovsky Garden, Manezh Square, and later there will be a chance for some shopping. Tour the Kremlin, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armoury, the sovereign treasury, and the workplace of the Russian President. The Armoury Palace features weaponry, imperial regalia, and unique art. Entrance fees inside the Kremlin Walls and Armoury Chamber are included.
Novodevichy Convent was 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. 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, and rich in the spirit of the past hidden behind a wall in the Twentieth century inner city. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery, the largest museum of Russian art in the world. The museum represents the history of Russian art from the ancient periods. Its superb collection consists of numerous icons, paintings, sculptures, and graphics. Entrance fees to the monastery and gallery are included.
Enjoy a Russian country side drive to Sergiev Posad, a lovely provincial town of Russia whose life centred around the monastery. Explore the unique monastic ensemble of Russian Orthodoxy from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and witness a functioning monastery with 200 monks, 300 novices, and an Ecclesiastical Academy on its grounds. Here, the finest choirs of Russia can be heard at services in any of the 5 churches open to the public. A flea market in front of the Holy Gates offers souvenirs and other memorabilia. Continue on to Vladimir, which is cosidered part of the "Golden Ring", the name for a popular tourist route connecting ancient towns north-east of Moscow. During this tour visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Golden Gates, Assumption Cathedral, and St. Demetrius Cathedral. The city is also home to several award winning museums, art galleries, and theaters; a number of world-class performing groups, artists and artisans, and several first rate institutions of higher learning. Entrance fees are included.
Wonderfully placed in the heart of the city and offering cozy lodging, the Pushkarskaya Sloboda (4*) welcomes all types of travellers for a memorable stay. The hotel is ideally placed on Lenin Street. The Museum of Wooden Architecture and Kremlin are the attractions that are close to the hotel. The hotel boasts 155 guest rooms that are spacious and equipped with basic requirements for a comfortable stay.
Enjoy a full day private tour of Suzdal, considered part of the "Golden Ring" and is known for unique architectural constructions dating back to the 12-17th centuries. Recognized as a leading museum of architecture, the town is fabulously rich in ancient cathedrals and monasteries, bell-towers and churches, and one and two-story wooden and brick buildings. The Kremlin, the Monastery of the Deposition of the Holy Robe, the Nativity Cathedral, and the Intercession Cathedral are the most popular places of interest. Suzdal is truly a town-museum distinguished for its fidelity to ancient traditions. Entrance fees to the Kremlin with Krestovaya Palata and the Intercession Monastery are included.
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 the chance to see the Hermitage Museum and the Chamber of Curiosities. Later you will drive by the Summer Garden and stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame and see the Cathedral on Spilled Blood. Drive through the Square of Arts with the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex. Continue to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fourth largest domed cathedral in the world. The Cathedral is 102 meters high and can hold up to 12,000 people and took 40 years to construct. Entrance fees to St. Isaac's Cathedral are 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.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Depart from St. Petersburg international airport - end of itinerary.
February 19, 2014
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