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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. Tonight, our tip-filled Welcome Meeting takes place, afterward head to the bar with your tour leader and fellow passengers. Remainder of the evening at leisure. Overnight - Moscow
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. Cultured out? Moscow’s restaurants and clubs are open until very late! Overnight - Moscow
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 rest of the day at your leisure. Later this evening, we travel by comfortable overnight train (2 berth sleeper cabin) to Pskov. Overnight - Sleeper Train
Pskov - St Petersburg. 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. Steaming up at a local Russian banya (sauna) will work our appetites up for a vodka and lunch. Later this afternoon you will board a public train to St Petersburg arriving late evening. Overnight - St Petersburg
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 followed by a visit to ‘The Vodka Museum’ with a tour explaining the history of vodka which would not be complete without some vodka tasting! Overnight - St Petersburg
Start the day with a visit to either the gardens of palatial Peterhof, overlooking the Gulf of Finland in the summer OR Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in the winter (Pavlosk Palace is viewed if Catherine Palace is closed). We stop for lunch at the popular Tinkoff Beer Restaurant, where we enjoy a hearty meal, plus a tour and beer tasting at the Tinkoff brewery, before exploring inside the beautiful Church on Spilled Blood. Overnight - St Petersburg
Enjoy free time to explore St Petersburg.
After breakfast, hotel check out. It is time to bid St Peterburg a farewell on your final day.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...