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8-DAY TOUR OF MOSCOW AND ST. PETERSBURG

 

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DAY 1. Leave the US on your overnight flight for your journey to Russia. If you fly from Europe your Day 1 will start on Day 2 of this program.

 

 

 

DAY 2.Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure for rest and relaxation.

 

 

 

DAY 3. After breakfast, you will be escorted on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legions of princes, paupers and poets who have passed through this ancient city. Visit to Novodevichy convent. Originally built as a fortress, it also functioned as a convent for women of the royal family and prison for Princess Sophia, sister of Peter the Great, after she made three aborted attempts on his life to deprive him of the throne. The convent itself is a unique example of 16th- and 17th-century architecture. Lunch on own. This afternoon's tour takes you to the heart of the city - the Kremlin. This former Moscow citadel - "Kremlin" means "fortress" - houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches and scores of major historical monuments. Your tour of the Kremlin will also include a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, as well as a treasure-trove of gorgeous crown jewels, gold-encrusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia. Overnight in Moscow.

 

 

 

DAY 4. Spend the morning at leisure doing some shopping and taking pictures. Lunch on own. After lunch ride the amazing Moscow Metro, where every station is an individual monument to Soviet art and design. The metro tour is followed by a tour of Tretyakov Gallery, the museum of Russian art. Most of the collection was a donation of one Russian merchant - PavelTretyakov - after whom the gallery is named. Evening transfer to the train station for your overnight trip to St.Petersburg.

 

 

 

DAY 5.Morning arrival in St. Petersburg. You will start your day with a city tour of this gorgeous city – Tsar Peter the Great's "Window to the West." Only 300 years old, the city was built by Tsar Peter to capture and rival the beauties of Paris and Venice. You'll love the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. Check-in at the hotel. Lunch on own. In the afternoon, enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history's most important art.

 

 

 

DAY 6. Today a late morning drive will take you to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly TsarskoeSelo, the Tsar's Village. Enjoy an escorted tour of the beautiful baroque-style Catherine Palace, built by Empress Elizabeth and named after her mother Catherine the First. The architect was BartolomeoRastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Pavilion. Visit Pavlovsk, one of Tsar Pavel's summer palaces. Like many other royal residences, the palace sustained heavy damage during the war, but most of it has been restored to its former glory. Overnight in St.Petersburg.

 

 

 

DAY 7.This morning tour Peter and Paul Fortress with its famous Peter and Paul Church, which contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Nicholas II. After visiting the fortress,your tour continues to St. Isaac's Cathedral (constructed 1818-58), the largest in the city, with its tall gilt dome one of the many focal points of St.Petersburg. Your tour continues with a visit to Alexander Nevsky Abbey. You will visit the oldest cemetery in Russia, with many of the country's most famous historical figures. The afternoon tour will take you to the Yusupov Palace, one of the most beautiful private palaces in St.Petersburs, also known as a place where Rasputin was murdered.

 

 

 

DAY 8. Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your fascinating journey.