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Welcome to the city of the Tsars! We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel and get you checked in.
Today we visit a summer palace of the Tsars, either Peterhof or Catherine Palace. Both stunningly beautiful buildings, the Peterhof boasts one of the largest fountains in the world, whilst Catherine Palace is home to the Amber Room, made from several tons of amber. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight St Petersburg.
This morning we visit Peter and Paul Fortress, home to the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, housing the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. Situated on the banks of the River Neva and partly housed in the breathtaking Winter Palace, is the world famous Hermitage collection - one of the world's largest art collections. This afternoon we will enjoy a guided tour, to see the highlights of this incredible collection. Later, we transfer to the train station for our overnight journey to Moscow.
After hotel check-in, we head to legendary Red Square and on to the mighty Kremlin - seat of Russia’s power; where we enjoy a guided tour or the Kremlin and Armoury, taking in the the cathedrals, the bell-tower complex, the treasures in the armoury chamber and the largest bell in the world (200 ton) which has never been rung and is situated near the Tsar cannon that has never been fired.
We explore the Tretyakov Gallery which houses the best examples of Russian art, from icons to modern art, including Soviet propaganda paintings. This afternoon, we take a ride on the underground, seeing the Moscow Metro stations, built during Stalin’s rule as “palaces for the people”. Lavish designs, with columns and chandeliers, sculptures and paintings, they truly are a sight to behold.
Moscow - Kiev. After breakfast and hotel check out it’s just a short flight to Kiev, the Ukraine’s stunning capital (FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED). On arrival into Kiev you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel for check in. Later in the afternoon enjoy a guided walking tour of Kiev visiting its famous sights, including Independence Square – the scene of the recent ‘Orange Revolution, the sumptuous Opera House, ancient Golden Gates and the green onion-domed St Sophia Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Kiev. Finish the day with a welcome dinner of traditional Ukrainian cuisine. Overnight - Kiev at the Ukraine Hotel
Kiev. Today we visit the Pecherska Lavra monastery which features a tight cluster of gold-domed churches and intriguing underground labyrinths lined with mummified monks. Set on 28 hectares of grassy hills above the Dnipro River, the monastery boasts a hoard of Scythian gold to rival that of the Hermitage in St Petersburg. In the afternoon we visit the enthralling Chernobyl Museum, a museum dedicated to educating the public about many aspects of the Chernobyl disaster. A number of exhibits and photographs document the worst nuclear tragedy in history and include displays on the first clean-up crews who were exposed to fatal doses of radiation. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps head into town for an evening beer and hit the city’s lively nightclubs. Overnight - Kiev at the Ukraine Hotel
Today enjoy a day trip out to Chernobyl. The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. After your tour with your specialist guide. Return to Kiev. Overnight Kiev at the Ukraine Hotel
Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...