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Sample Itinerary - REF RUSSIA 425

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Day 1: Moscow

Welcome to Russia’s famed historical heartland! Airport arrival transfer, hotel check in and overnight.

Day 2: Moscow

Today enjoy a guided tour of Moscow’s most famous sites - in Red Square see the beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral, with its wildly colourful turban shaped domes, wander around the historic GUM department store and if open, pay your respects to Lenin at the mausoleum. You will also have the opportunity to visit the New Maiden Convent which has the highest viewpoint over the city: Sparrow Hills and Christ the Saviour Church.

Day 3: Moscow

Today you will visit the mighty Kremlin - Russia’s powerhouse, visit its gold domed cathedrals, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Armoury, where you can see incredible jewels and ancient artefact's.

Days 4-5: Moscow - Suzdal

Driving onward to Vladimir, the city which gave way to Moscow as Russia’s capital. Tour the impressive defensive fort built in 1108, the beautiful Assumption Cathedral with frescoes by the greatest of old Russian painters, Andrei Rubliov and the famous Golden Gate. This afternoon head to the beautiful, rural Suzdal. Exploring the town mostly on foot, see the enchanting wooden houses, medieval churches and the Assumption Refractory and prison, built on the order of Catherine II, to house those who committed crimes against the church. Suzdal is also famed as a place of exile for many Russian ladies of noble birth, including Peter the Great’s first wife, Evdokia.

Day 6: Suzdal - Moscow

Today you will drive to Sergiev Posad, and visit to Trinity Sergius Lavra. The town was founded in the 14th-century around the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergio, one of the greatest examples of Russian architecture of the 14th-C. Currently, it functions as the base of the Russian Orthodox Church and is frequently known as the “Russian Vatican.” The inside of the white stone Trinity Cathedral are adorned with the icons painted by the old masters. The Museum of Applied Art offers exhibits of ancient embroidery, gold and silver tableware, furniture and tapestries. The city is also home to the Pilgrimage Centre. Overnight - Sergiev Posad

Russian flags

Day 7: Moscow - St Petersburg

Today we transfer you to the train station where you board a train to St Petersburg. Upon arriving in St Petersburg you will be transferred to your hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: St Petersburg

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. We will visit St Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul's fortress.

Day 9: St Petersburg

Today visit Catherine palace. This beautiful 18th century palace was once the residence of the Yusupov's, the richest family in Russia and the site of the most legendary and mysterious episodes in Russian history occurred - the murder of Rasputin in 1916.

Day 10: St Petersburg

Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.

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Yuriev Monastery and Museum of Wooden Architecture

Novgorod

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Russia Weather

Weather in Suzdal
Partly Cloudy, -15°C
Local Time: 9:53 AM

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last updated - 26 Dec 2014 7:35 AM