– City tours of Moscow, St. Petersburg
– Kremlin, Moscow with three Cathedrals
– Tretyakov Gallery
– Moscow Metro
– Arbat Street
– Hermitage Museum
– Catherine's Palace in Pushkin
– Peter and Paul Fortress
– Peter the Great Summer Palace (Peterhof).
Day 1: Moscow. Arrive at Moscow International Airport. Meet awaiting tour escort and motor coach and continue to the hotel for check-in. Welcome dinner and overnight in Moscow.
Day 2: Moscow. After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the city, including Red Square, which was originally known more prosaically as the tog or marketplace. The present name dates from the 17th century, meaning “beautiful.” Red Square is famous for its markets, fairs and religious festivals, as well as a famous place of execution. Here, rebels met their deaths beside the raised circular dais called the “Lobnoe Mesto,” from which state decrees were also read out. Independent lunch in the city downtown. See the former headquarters of the KGB, Moscow University and the Russian “White House.” Take an afternoon tour of the Tretyakov Gallery. Founded in 1856 by Pavel Tretyakov to show the work of Russian artists. Today, after much expansion, the gallery houses and celebrates over 57,000 pieces of the most important ancient and contemporary Russian art in the world. Dinner and overnight in Moscow.
Day 3: Moscow. After breakfast, visit of the Kremlin including a visit to three main Cathedrals. After the museum, ride the amazing Moscow Metro, where every station is an individual monument to Soviet art and design. Dinner at the local restaurant. Evening transfer to the train station for your overnight trip to St. Petersburg.
Day 4: St. Petersburg. Morning arrival in St. Petersburg. Transfer to your hotel with a city tour. En route, you will enjoy the sights 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. Continuation of sightseeing tour including views of the Peter and Paul Cathedral designed by the famous architect Rastrelli. It stands on the grounds of Peter and Paul Fortress in the oldest section of the city and contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Alexander III. Dinner. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 5: St. Petersburg. This morning you will delight in visiting the Summer Palace complex of Peter the Great. This 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. Dinner and overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 6: St. Petersburg. After breakfast, travel outside St. Petersburg to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsar’s Village. Tour Catherine Palace, the beautiful Baroque-style building that was built by Empress Elizabeth and named for her mother, Catherine the First. The architect was Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace, and the Hermitage Pavilion. Like many other royal residences, the palace sustained heavy damage during World War II, although most of it has been restored to its former glory. The rest of the day is available for independent sightseeing, shopping and last-minute photo opportunities. Dinner. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 7: St. Petersburg. After breakfast, transfer to St. Petersburg International Airport after your unforgettable journey through this fascinating land.
* Moscow: Cosmos Hotel****
* St. Petersburg: Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya Hotel****.
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