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Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Meet and greet upon arrival transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight Izmailovo Gamma Delta (hotel booking number #22587)
To legendary Red Square for a guided walk of the Kitay-Gorod and Lubyanka area. In Red Square, feast your eyes on the intensely coloured, turban domed St Basil’s Cathedral, the subject of countless postcards. Along one side runs the elegant façade of the illustrious GUM department store, once the only choice for shopping in the Communist era. Also on Red Square is Lenin’s Mausoleum. If open, we can pay our respects to the father of Communism for free! Rest of the day is free.
Today, we journey back to Red Square via the Metro underground to undertake a guided tour inside the grounds of the mighty Moscow Kremlin. Highlights include the Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and Tsar Bell. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. Later this evening, we travel by comfortable overnight train to Pskov.
As our train bounds into Pskov, we are just 30km away from the Estonian border. Pskov is historically rich, having played host to a stream of Baltic invaders for 700 years. A short drive brings us to the beautiful 14th century Pechory Monastery, where we explore the peaceful grounds and if monastic law permits, an exploration of the burial caves of this fascinating and still-working cloister. Steaming up at a local Russian banya (sauna) will work our appetites up for a vodka and lunch. Later this afternoon we travel by shared shuttle bus to St Petersburg arriving late evening. Overnight Azimut hotel (hotel booking number #E00885695)
This morning, we embark on a city tour driving along Nevsky Prospekt, through the museum and university district and Admiralty End, with stops to view the outside of the Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and take a tour of Peter and Paul Fortress. This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of the incredible Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace.
Today offers free time for you to independently explore grandiose St Petersburg - designed around an intrinsic network of canals and rivers. Known as the cradle of Revolution, in the 20th century the city underwent three name changes, three revolutions and a 900-day siege.
Sadly your last day with us, after breakfast 10am check-out and your departure airport transfer.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...