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Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! We will be there to meet you at the airport and transfer you through to your hotel.
Today we take a city tour that takes us to the main sights. We drive along colourful Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue of St Pete’s from which most main attractions can be easily reached. There’ll be a stop at the famous Church on Spilled Blood (viewed from outside) and Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in St Petersburg, which was built in 1703. This fortress was once used as a political prison - containing the likes of Dostoevsky and Lenin’s older brother, Alexander. Later we enjoy a guided tour of the amazing Hermitage art collection, located in the grand sky blue Winter Palace.
Day at leisure to explore St petersburg. Or you could opt for a tour to Catherine Palce - The lavish Palace is adorned with a stunning peacock blue Baroque exterior and inside offers an insight into the privileged lives of Russia’s aristocracy. (Cost and inclusions are detailed at the end of the itinerary - to be booked at time of deposit).
Day at leisure in St Petersburg. Today you could choose to opt for a tour of Yusupov’s Palace and Museum of political history. Yusupov’s Palace is a museum which provides an interesting look at the lives of the aristocracy of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Palace is best known as the site of the murder of Grigory Rasputin, a man with mystical powers who influenced the family of the last Russian tsar. Tonight we join a Russian family for dinner. (Cost and inclusions are detailed at the end of the itinerary - to be booked at time of deposit).
Day at leisure in St Petersburg. Today you have the option of going shopping. Tonight we board our overnight train to Moscow.
Welcome to Moscow. We will be there to meet you at the train station and transfer you through to your hotel. Today we enjoy a walking tour of Moscow, the highlights include the UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral. We later ride the underground Metro and hop from station to staion and absorb the opulence of Stalin's marble clad, chandelier lit underground stations.
A free day to explore Moscow. Or your could opt to tour 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. (Cost and inclusions are detailed at the end of the itinerary - to be booked at time of deposit).
Today, we tour Russia’s powerhouse - the mighty Kremlin, with a specialist local guide. Entering the grounds we’ll see numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell - the largest bell that never rang! Later we visit St Basil’s Cathedral, commissioned by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the terrible) in 1555 to commemorate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan. The multi-tented cathedral with brightly coloured onion shaped domes is distinctively iconic Russia.
Today we travel out of town to Vladimir and Suzdal - the towns of the Golden Ring. Today and tomorrow we explore Vladimir and Suzdal hightlights. Suzdal's highlights are its convents and monasteries, Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant's Life. One of the monasteries - the Pokrovsky Convent is known as a shelter for the first wives of Russian czars seeking younger companionship, including Peter the Great's wife Evdokia Lopukhina.
Returning to Moscow today to transfer to the train station to board our Trans-Siberian train travelling eastbound.
The train continues across the Ural Mountains. Pulling in this evening, we’re met and transferred to our hotel for dinner and relaxation. Founded in 1723 to exploit the mineral riches of the surrounding Urals and Siberia, is Yekaterinburg. It was here in the cellar of a house, where now the beautiful Church on the Blood stands, that Tsar Nicholas Romanov II and his family were executed in 1918. Overnight - Chekhov
Today our tour takes us to the Church where you’ll see a sculpture dedicated to the Tsar and his family and the area of execution. Out of town, we visit Ganina Yama - the monastic complex set in Taiga forest, where the Romanov family remains were unceremoniously dumped and later discovered. After breaking for lunch, we then continue to the Mineral or Railway Museum and out to the famous Europe/Asia border marker where you can stand with a foot on either side of the boundary marker! Overnight - Chekhov
Today it’s outdoor action! Choose from a range of exciting options available locally (at your own cost). In the summer there’s rafting, hiking and a visit to Koptelova (a traditional Siberian village). In the winter dog-sledding and ice fishing and more! Overnight - Chekhov
Today we bid you farewell with a departure transfer to the airport or train station. Overnight - Chekhov
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...