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Welcome to the city of the Tsars! Arrival transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day free time to explore at leisure.
Today visit Pushkin (Catherine palace and park) and Yusupov palace. This beautiful 18th century palace was once the residence of the Yusupov's, the richest family in Russia and the site of the most legendary and mysterious episodes in Russian history occurred - the murder of Rasputin in 1916. Later on we visit the brightly coloured Church on Spilled Blood
This morning, we visit Peter and Paul Fortress, home to the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, housing the tombs of the Romanov monachs. Situated on the banks of the River Neva and partly housed in the breathtaking Winter Palace (which was home to the Tsars for almost two centuries), is the world famous Hermitage collection - one of the world's largest art collections. The collection offers a broad range of exhibits including Asian and European art, Pre historic art and the awe inspiring treasury collection. There are also countless works from the Masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage, where you will be taken to see the highlights of this incredible collection and the beautiful baroque palace that houses it.
Today we will transfer you to train station for your Lastocka train to Novgorod. On arrival transfer to your hotel and remaining day free. Explore the UNESCO heritage city your own way
Novgorod is one of Russia’s oldest cities, located within reach of the Volkhov river and Lake Ilmen. It was formed as a town in the middle of the 10th century. A tour of Novgorod takes in the riverside fortified kremlin, cathedral and other sights. Tonight we have dinner before travelling by overnight sleeper train from Novgorod to Moscow.
On arrival transfer to your hotel. Later on enjoy a walking tour of Red Square and the mighty Kremlin today. Red Square is dominated by the spectacular and iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, with its brightly coloured turban shaped domes. Red Square is also the site of the historic and ritzy GUM department store and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Next to Red Square is Russia’s political power house - the Kremlin. Our walking tour takes in the treasures of the golden domed Kremlin, its cathedrals, Ivan the Great’s Bell Tower and the Tsar Bell - the largest bell in the world, which weighs in at over 200 ton!
Day at leisure
Today, we tour Russia’s powerhouse - the mighty Kremlin, with guided walk through the grounds where we’ll see numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell - the largest bell that never rang! Afternoon at leisure. Later this evening guided tour of a Cold War Soviet bunker. Head 65 meters underground to explore a Stanlinist-era bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. Cleverly hidden beneath an ordinary apartment building, on a busy street in the heart of Moscow, constructed in secret to protect the select few against a US nuclear attack.
Departure transfer to the airport.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...