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Welcome to Russia. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel for overnight.
Enjoy the best of this sprawling capital in 3 hours and visit St. Basil's Cathedral. Hop aboard a comfortable coach and view a unique panorama of Moscow from the Sparrow Hills, watch changing of the guard at Alexander's Garden, stroll through the legendary Red Square - the site of many marches and celebrations during Communist times - and the famous GUM department store. Admire the magnificent St. Basil's Cathedral, pass through Lubyanka Square and the headquarters of the former KGB. Walk along the popular Arbat Street with hundreds of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops.
The Kremlin is Russia's mighty political powerhouse and today the seat of the Russian President. During the guided walk through the grounds of the Kremlin you will see governmental buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the Tsar's bell - the largest bell that never rang! Within the 15th- century Kremlin fortress, you will visit the stunning Byzantinestyle Assumption Cathedral - the oldest and the most important church in the Kremlin - where tsars were crowned, decrees were read and solemn events of state were celebrated.
Sergiyev Posad (Zagorsk). The town was founded in the 14th-century around the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergio, one of the finest examples of Russian architecture of the 14th-C. Today, it functions as the heart of the Russian Orthodox Church and is sometimes known as the "Russian Vatican." The interiors of the white stone Trinity Cathedral are decorated with the icons painted by the old masters. The Museum of Applied Art offers displays of ancient embroidery, gold and silver tableware, furniture and tapestries. The city is also home to the Pilgrimage Center.
Tretyakov Gallery. Founded in 1856 by the merchant Tretyakov, the museum boasts the largest collection of Russian masters, from ancient Russian icons to an outstanding collection of pre-revolutionary art and major works up to the present day. Night Train 4-Berth cabin
A city orientation drive. The tour includes a visit to Peter and Paul Cathedral, the impressive 18th century ecclesiastical edifice and the burial place of many of the Romanovs. Your route takes you past the Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg's most famous street. Admire magnificent buildings and palaces, travel past the vast Palace Square, the University Embankment that is lined with buildings of the 18th century, the Admiralty, the famous Bronze Horseman and much more.
Today you will visit the Hermitage (the Winter Palace). With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety. The collection is displayed in 4 buildings built in the 18th-19th centuries, the home of the Russian Tsars. Then tonight relax in your hotel before the start of you "group tour" tomorrow.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...