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Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Meet and greet arrival transfer from airport to hotel and check in.
Today, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Peter and Paul Fortress was built in 1703, on the orders of Peter the Great, is considered to mark the founding of St Petersburg. It has a gruesome history. Hundreds of forced labourers died while building the fortress and its bastions were used to hold political prisoners. A magnificent cathedral here houses the remains of the Romanov dynasty. Later today, enjoy a guided visit of the Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace.
Today, we visit Catherine Palace and Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland is Russia’s ‘Versailles’. The lavish gold fountains - the centre piece of which is the ‘Grand Cascade’ are amazing.
Day at leisure. Later today, we transfer you to the train station for your overnight train to Moscow.
We meet you at the train station this morning to transfer you to the 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, 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! Later, we enjoy a guided tour of the mighty Kremlin and Armoury.
Join us on an interactive tour of Soviet Bunker. Head 65 meters underground to explore a Stalinist-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, 18 floors below ground level, this mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed in secret in the 1950’s, to protect a select few against a US nuclear attack. Later today, we enjoy a tour of the underground Metro.
Today, we visit Kuskovo. Today the estate including a Palace is the home of the Russian State Museum of Ceramics, and a park that presented an stunning array of nature, with winding paths, tunnels of greenery, trees, lawns, and pavilions.
Day at leisure. Later today, we transfer you to the train station for your overnight train to Pskov.
As our train bounds into Pskov, we are just 30km away from the Estonian border. We meet you at the train staion and 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. We also visit the fortress of Izborsk before returning back to Pskov to overnight.
Pskov is historically rich, having played host to a stream of Baltic invaders for 700 years. A tour of Pskov takes in the riverside fortified kremlin, Trinity Cathedral and Pogankin Chambers. Later today, we transfer you to the bus station for your bus to Tallin.
Today, you join a sightseeing tour by bus, sights include Tallinn port, Catherine’s Palace, the Song Festivals Arena, monument "Mermaid", Olympic centre "Pirita", Pirita Convent, the television tower, National library, Freedom square, Estonia Opera theatre, Viru square and gates to the Old Town. We also enjoy a walking city tour through the center of the city.
Day a leisure. Later today, we tranfer you to the ferry port for you ferry to Helsinki (departs at 17:30 - arrives at 19:30). On The Go arrangements end here.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...