Best of Russia
- Day 1
Arrival Moscow. Meet & Greet by our representative, Transfer to hotel for check in
During any season, at any hour of the day, Moscow thrills visitors with its artistry, history and majesty.
A great city, the capital of Russia, Moscow was found in 1147 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky. It grew from a small town on the banks of the calm Moskva River into a giant city with a population of more than 9 million and a territory of more than 900 sq kms.
For the period of more than 850 years of its existence Moscow never lost its place for the Russian people as the country's heart and soul. It is the seat of the Russian parliament, and home to Russia's most renowned theatres and film studios. It is the country's most important hub: all the great rail lines radiate from it, and almost all flights to the former Soviet republics still go through Moscow airports.
Kremlin & Red Square - The very founding site of the city (and arguably, the country), the Kremlin and Red Square are still at the heart of Moscow – historically, geographically and spiritually. Feel the weight of this significance as you wander within the walls of the ancient fortress, marvel at the mind-boggling magnificence of St Basil's Cathedral and pay your respects to the revered leader of a now-defunct state. Moscow will move you. It will tantalise your senses, soothe your spirit and boggle your mind – and it all starts right here at the Kremlin and Red Square.
Performing Arts - What is more thrilling than watching a ballerina defy gravity, leaping across the stage at the glittering Bolshoi Theatre? Or feeling the force of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, just a few blocks away from where it premiered more than a century ago? Or oohing and aahing as circus performers soar under the big tent? The classical performing arts in Moscow are still among the best in the world.
Rest of the day at leisure to relax & explore the streets of Moscow ... We recommend you to visit the downtown ...
Spend the afternoon & evening wandering around the must-visit centre of the city: Red Square. It’s a legendary spot, and overwhelms visitors with its history, beauty, and scale. The square is surrounded by one of the Kremlin walls, the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum, and the GUM department store. It is equally beautiful in summer or winter, by day or by night, and in winter months there is a skating rink and Christmas market on the square. While you’re exploring, be sure sure to take a picture of St. Basil Cathedral (it really is worth snapping a photo of), then visit GUM department store and buy Soviet-inspired ice-cream and soda with nostalgic flavours for those who remember the USSR days.
If you still have energy left, take Nikolskaya Street to Moscow’s main children’s store Children’s World, which claims to be the biggest toy store in Europe. It’s beautiful inside, with lights, a massive clock, and many massive images of cartoon characters. Head to the roof (entrance from the food court) to get a nice view of downtown Moscow. Also, near the roof entrance is a museum of soviet toys — it’s interesting to compare what Russian children play with today, and what they played with in Soviet times.
Overnight at Moscow
- Day 2
After breakfast, Panoramic City tour of Moscow assisted by our expert guide
A memorial complex dedicated to the victory over Nazi Germany in the second world war
Moscow State University
Home to more than fourty thousand students including many more from all around the world, one of the largest libraries in Russia and numerous research institutions
Sparrow hills or Lenin Hills
The highest point of Moscow City, reaching the level of 220m above the sea. Take a picture at the observation platform and enjoy the great view of whole capital of Russia.
Being the most recognizable symbol of Russia in the world, the glorious Red Square is the UNESCO listed World Heritage which accepts thousands of tourists each year. No wonder that this sight is a true must-visit of any Moscow trip and every adventurous globe-trotter has a picture in front of St. Basil's Cathedral.
Evening at leisure to visit one of the famous pubs
Overnight at Moscow
- Day 3
Total visit Kremlin (territory + cathedrals) following by metro tour, underground bunker & Tank driving experience ... all assisted by our expert guide
The apex of Russian political power and once the centre of the Orthodox Church, the Kremlin is the kernel of not only Moscow, but of the whole country. From here, autocratic tsars, communist dictators and modern-day presidents have done their best – and worst – for Russia.
Covering Borovitsky Hill on the Moscow River's north bank, it's enclosed by high walls 2.25km long (Red Square's outside the east wall). The best views of the complex are from Sofiyskaya nab across the river.
Moscow metro tour
The Moscow Metropolitan is not just an extensive transportation system, but the whole underground city with its own rhythm, laws and legends. It is called the world’s most beautiful metro. Among the nearly 200 stations, 44 stations are cultural heritage sites. Taking the Moscow metro is akin to walking through an impressively beautiful museum. The stations will strike your mind with marble walls and columns, high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, stained glass and mosaics.
On the Moscow metro tour, you will go underground and visit 8 most interesting stations. You will see the oldest stations dated back in 1935 and new ones that were opened several years ago.
Later visit underground secret bunker (museum of Cold War)
explore this incredible Cold War bunker facility 50 meters underground, built 1 year before the Cuban missile crisis. Along the way, your expert guide will explain the logic behind Soviet bunkers and give a historical overview of the function served by this bunker in particular.
Next, go even deeper underground via a myriad of stairs. Down in the depths of the bunker, traverse the many dark tunnels of this underground facility and see an active 10-tonne door built to protect the bunker from nuclear strikes. Once you’ve reached its 50-meter depth, learn about the surrounding areas, technical rooms, storage facilities, the appendix, the connected metro, and more.
Tank driving & shooting experience
Go for a tank driving and shooting tour! Fight your enemies with the most powerful Russian and Soviet weapons. You can select from a variety of the legendary military vehicles (T-62, T-80, BMP-1, BRDM and BTR-80). Put on a military camouflage and shoot a tank gun or any of more than 10 available firearms. A selfie with a Kalashnikov AK-47? It’s a piece of cake! A traditional Russian military meal with buckwheat will taste delicious after the battle. No matter who you are – a fearless strong man or a graceful girl, the power of these machines will astonish you. If you enjoyed playing toy soldiers in your childhood, if you are a fearless Amazon in your heart – it’s time for a real adventure!
Overnight at Moscow
- Day 4
Moscow - St. Petersburg by train
Today morning, transfer to Moscow Railway Station for bullet train Sapsan to St Petersburg
The sheer grandeur and history of Russia's imperial capital never fail to amaze, but this is also a city with a revolutionary spirit.
The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is One of the world's most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience: high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured some of the modern world's greatest literature, music, and visual art.
From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and entices in every season.
City of the Tsars - The creation of westward-looking Peter the Great, St Petersburg was intended from its inception as a display of imperial Russia’s growing status in the world. Fine-tuned by Peter’s successors, who employed a host of European architects to add fabulous palaces and cathedrals to the city’s layout, St Petersburg grew to be the Romanovs’ showcase capital and Russia’s first great, modern city.
Venice of the North - Whether you’re cruising along the elegant canals, crossing one of the 342 bridges in the city, or just watching them being raised in summer over the mighty Neva River at night to allow ships to pass through, you’re never far from water in St Petersburg. This has earned the city unsurprising comparisons to Venice.
Artistic Powerhouse - St Petersburg is an almost unrivalled treasure trove of art and culture. You can spend days in the Hermitage, seeing everything from Egyptian mummies to Picassos, while the Russian Museum, spread over four sumptuous palaces, is perhaps the best collection of Russian art in the world. Add to this world-class ballet, opera and classical concerts at the illustrious performance halls, and a slew of big-name music festivals over the summer months, and you won’t be stuck for cultural nourishment.
All Seasons City - Summer White Nights are legendary: the northern sun barely dips below the horizon. Revelry begins in May, with parks and gardens greening with flowering trees, and peaks in mid-June when performing arts festivals pack out concert halls and the entire city seems to party all night long. It's the busiest time to visit and the crowds can often be overwhelming.
On arrival at St Petersburg transfer form railway station to hotel for check in
Rest of the day at leisure to relax & explore the streets of St Petersburg ... We recommend youto visit the downtown ...
Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You don't have to take my word for it- see it with your own eyes during a sightseeing tour around the downtown. You'll see the city's most famous palaces and churches, streets and squares.
The point where Nevsky crosses Griboyedov Canal is home to some of St. Petersburg’s most exemplary landmarks. The southwest corner features the magnificent Kazan Cathedral, an early 19th-century structure built in the image of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The church is a must-see for its imposing colonnade and detailed interiors decorated with frescoes depicting the life of Christ. On the northwest corner stands Dom Knigi (House of Books) with its iconic glass tower and globe. For the best views of Kazan Cathedral, head to the coffee shop on the first floor of Dom Knigi.
Overnight at St. Petersburg
- Day 5
St. Petersburg sightseeing
After breakfast, today sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg assisted by our expert guide
St. Isaac's Square
The magnificent, the Bronze Horseman, the Admiralty, the ceremonial residence of the Russian emperors -Winter Palace and Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Field of Mars.
3500 years old sculptures that were bought in the city from Egypt in XIX
The largest of forty two cities islands in the St. Petersburg
Peter and Paul Fortress
The birthplace of the city and Aurora Cruiser, which famous for its part played in Bolshevik revolution in 1917.
Evening at leisure for happy hours
Overnight at St. Petersburg
- Day 6
St. Petersburg sightseeing
After breakfast today, visit Pushkin ... 25 kms.
Pushkin - The most picturesque suburbs of St. Petersburg, the town of Pushkin named after a famous Russian poet, also know as Tsarskoye Selo. The Catherine Park, an inseparable part of the ensemble and a very poetic place, is a magnificent work of creative labor of several generations of talented Russian architects, prominent sculptors, gardeners, and engineers, thousands of craftsmen and working people of various specializations.
Catherine Palace is the center of the composition of the park and the main landmark of Pushkin. During the palace excursion you will get to know about the mysterious history the Amber Room and see its splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects and recently restored. You will enjoy the result of restoration works performed by skilled masters, who needed all their professionalism to recreate the eighth wonder of the world.
The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, canvases, etc., including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families.
Later cruise along the canals of St Petersburg
Overnight at St. Petersburg
- Day 7
Departure from St. Petersburg
Morning at leisure
Later transfer to Airport as per return flight
Round the Year Destination ... Extention available to Sochi & Other countries across Europe
Tour Inclusions - Russian Delight
- 03 night stay at Moscow
- 03 night stay at St. Petersburg
- Breakfast at the hotels
- All tours and transfers as per itinerary
- English speaking guide for all tours & transfers as per itinerary
- All tours with entrance tickets (Moscow metro, Kremlin territory & cathedrals, Hermitage museum)
- Train ticket from Moscow to St. Petersburg
- Visa support
Notes on itinerary
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