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Welcome to Moscow and the start of your holiday. Arrival transfer from the airport to hotel and check in. Remainder of the evening at leisure.
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, onion domed St Basil’s Cathedral. Along one side runs the elegant façade of the illustrious GUM department store. Also on Red Square is Lenin’s Mausoleum. If open, we can pay our respects to the father of Communism for free! Rest of day free.
Journeying to Red Square via the underground Metro, we enjoy a guided tour of the mighty Kremlin. The fortified stronghold built in the 11th century. Inside the grounds we view the Russian Palaces of Congresses, Senate and Supreme Soviet buildings, the Assumption Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell and Armoury. The remainder of the afternoon is free for your explore on your own.
Pulsating neons and billboard hoardings are proof Moscow has embraced capitalism. However, its plentiful museums, Stalinist-era Metro, stately buildings and traditions ensure Moscow holds onto its rich heritage. The Metro is the easiest way to get around - take a whizz around the circle line, to view some amazing works of station art. Later this evening, we travel by comfortable overnight sleeper train to Pskov.
We will pick you up from the train station and head out on a guided tour of the riverside fortified kremlin, cathedral and other sights. We then head to the beautiful 14th century Pechory Monastery, where we explore the peaceful grounds and if monastic law permits, an exploration of the burial caves. We then have a Russian banya (sauna) and lunch. Tonight at our hotel we’ll tuck into dinner.
This morning, we drive to St Petersburg and arrive early afternoon. Founded by Peter the Great, grandiose St Petersburg is 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. The rest of the day is free.
This morning, we embark on a city tour driving along Nevsky Prospekt, through the museum and university district and Admiralty End, with stops at the Church on Spilled Blood and The Bronze Horseman. We then enjoy a guided visit of the Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace. The rest of the day is free to do St Pete’s your way.
Free day to explore St Petersburg. Wander along one of the many canals, taking in the baroque style buildings. With more than 90 museums, many of which are housed in imperial palaces, plus flamboyant galleries and churches, there’s masses to see! Most of the inner city sights are on and just off the main thoroughfare - Nevsky Prospekt
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight check-in.
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