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Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Domina Prestige Hotel
Today we take a city tour of St Pete’s key areas including a drive along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, the museum and university districts and a stop will be made at the Church on Spilled Blood (viewed from outside from the Nevsky prospect side). Also The Bronze Horseman and Peter and Paul Fortress, built on the orders of Peter the Great. At one time a gruesome prison, within the compound is SS Peter and Paul Cathedral - housing the tombs of the Romanov monarchs. Later enjoy a guided tour the Hermitage. The variety and quality of the museum is breath-taking, ranging from gifts to the Tsars to archaeological finds and masterpieces from some of the greatest painters. Overnight Domina Prestige Hotel
Enjoy a full days guided sightseeing today which includes a visit to the gardens of Peter the Great’s palatial Peterhof which overlooks the Gulf of Finland, with hydrofoil transportation. We then stop for a hearty restaurant lunch overlooking the Griboyedov Canal. Our typical lunch menu includes traditional Russian favourites such as Borsch, Beef Stroganoff, dessert and a shot of Vodka. After lunch we continue with a guided tour of the interior of The Church on Spilled Blood with time to shop in the souvenir market located alongside the church. Overnight Domina Prestige Hotel
Today gives the opportunity to shop for souvenirs, maybe some wooden dolls or russian memorabilia found at the canal side market near the striking Church on Spilled Blood. Or take a walk along Nevsky Prospekt. Later we travel by coach to Novgorod where we enjoy a steamy Russian banya (sauna). Overnight Yurievo Podvorie
Novgorod is one of Russia’s oldest cities, located within reach of the Volkhov River and Lake Ilmen. It was formed as a town in the middle of the 10th century. A tour of Novgorod takes in the riverside fortified kremlin, cathedral and other sights. The fortress was mentioned in chronicles as early as in 1044, whilst today’s walls and towers, despite being re-built in 15th century, are impressive all the same. Tonight we board our overnight sleeper train from Novgorod to Moscow.
Early this morning, we arrive into Moscow - the capital that spawned dozens of spy novels! Today we will ride on the capital’s efficient Metro to Red Square. From here, we’ll take in the jewels of Russia’s capital on a guided walk in the Kitay-Gorod and Lubyanka area, taking in sights such as the epitome of Russian power – the Kremlin (we take a guided tour on day 8), Lenin’s Mausoleum and the ritzy GUM department store. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the wildly coloured, turban domed St Basil’s Cathedral, an enduring Russian symbol commissioned by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the terrible) in 1555.
A free day to explore Moscow at your leisure. There are plenty of galleries, museums and shops to entertain. Perhaps hit one of the late night bars or nightclubs this evening; Moscow’s nightlife can rival any of the world’s capital cities!
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 where we enjoy a guided walk through the grounds, seeing numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell. This afternoon take a guided tour of a formerly top secret Cold War bunker! Hidden beneath an ordinary two storey apartment building in Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, the facility was constructed in the 1950’s, to protect against the threat of a US nuclear attack. Also included is a guided tour of some of the Stalinist era's most opulent metro stations.
Sadly your tour with us comes to an end today. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...