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Welcome to St Pete’s and the start of your city break. Arrival transfer from St Petersburg Airport, transfer to hotel and check-in. Remainder of the day at leisure.
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 and a visit to the amazing Hermitage art collection, located in the grand sky blue Winter Palace. The rest of the day is free.
A free day to explore on your own.
Today, there is time to enjoy St Pete’s your way. Maybe, explore the Gostinny Dvor shopping area, have some delicious St Petersburg ice cream or take a hike along Nevsky. Later, we travel by express train to Pskov. Late evening dinner upon arrival.
Richly historical Pskov is built around the riverside Kremlin, with a beautiful cathedral. This morning, we’ll enjoy a tour of historical Pskov. Then, steamy windows at a local Russian banya (sauna), before later having a vodka and lunch. Tonight, we enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Today, a short drive takes us to tranquil Pechory Monastery, founded in 1473. A sea of colours and architectural styles prevail in the grounds. If permitted on the day, we can explore the fascinating burial caves where some 10,000 souls rest. After lunch, we have some alpine fun - ice-skating on a frozen lake or cross-country skiing. Tonight we travel by overnight sleeper train to Moscow.
Today we ride the capital’s Stalinist designed Metro to Red Square and take a guided walk of the Kitay- Gorod and Lubyanka area and Red Square. At the bottom of the square feast your eyes on the wildly coloured, turban domed St Basil’s Cathedral - an enduring Russian symbol. Remains of day free.
Today, we head into Red Square where, if open, we can pay our respects for free to Lenin, the grandfather of Communism, who has lain in state within his eerie mausoleum since his death in 1924. We continue inside the Kremlin - Russia’s bastion of political might, where we enjoy a guided walk through the grounds, seeing numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight check-in.
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