Day 1: St. Petersburg. Arrival in SPB and meeting with guide. Transfer to hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: St. Petersburg. Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Saint-Petersburg (including Peter and Paul's Fortress). St. Petersburg is a city, rightfully described as «Northern Venice» or «Pearl of the Baltic». Nevsky Prospect lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy, with most fashionable boutiques and art salons arranged in old settings of the 18th century, trading rows and arcades, with impressive classical and Renaissance cathedrals and churches as its backdrop, enjoy this 4.5 km long thoroughfare cut through woods and marshes from the Admiralty with the city’s symbol (2 ship) on top of its gilded spire to the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky, one of four Russia’s Lavras with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities were buried.
Stop over at an excellent picture opportunity with a stunning panorama along the Neva’s embankments, by the city’s Rostral Columns you will have a view of the 5 buildings of the State Hermitage Museum and the fortress of St. Peter and Paul - the cradle of Russia’s new capital, the first public museum of the country - the Chamber of Curiosities, founded by Peter the Great and the 4th world’s largest domed structures - St. Isaac Cathedral with «The Bronze Horseman» unveiled in Senate Square. Overnight.
Day 3: St. Petersburg. Breakfast at hotel. Tour of Hermitage and Isaac's Cathedral. State Hermitage Museum is the largest world’s museum complex, consisting of 5 buildings. The Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old or Grand Hermitage, the Hermitage Theatre and the New Hermitage. Marvel at its striking collection both for its unprecedented artistic value and its size, when a visitor needs over 9 years to stop for a minute in front of each exhibit. Enjoy a unique opportunity to appreciate a very special charm and grandeur of royal living apartments and the treasures of world arts, be it the world’s largest malachite vase or 25 Rembrandts in one hall. Time for lunch at restaurant (not included). Tour of Isaac's Cathedral (incl. Colonnade). Overnight.
Day 4: St. Petersburg – Moscow. Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure. Transfer to railway station
Afternoon train to St. Petersburg (4-5 hours). Arrival in Moscow and meeting with guide. Transfer to hotel. Overnight.
Day 5: Moscow. Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Moscow. Moscow - the capital of Russia is a political, scientific, historical, architectural and business centre. Overnight.
Day 6: Moscow. Breakfast at hotel. Tour of Kremlin (including 3 Cathedrals and Diamond Fund)
The Moscow Kremlin is the chief architectural ensemble of the city. Cathedral Square, a breathtaking architectural ensemble of the 15th – 17th centuries, where the life of Russian grand princes and tsar started and ended, the Annunciation Cathedral where they were baptized the Assumption Cathedral where they were crowned and the Archangel Michael Cathedral where they were buried.
Tsar’s bell and cannon, stunning examples of casting of the 16th – 18th centuries.
The Grand Kremlin Palace, from the imperial residence to the Russian President’s gala reception quarters. Political and governmental buildings of the Kremlin, the Senate, the Palace of Congress', the Arsenal. Kremlin walls and towers, a unique fortress of Middle Ages’ Russia.
Admission to the Diamond Fund is a little complicated, but well worth the effort to see the fabulous collection of Russia's state jewels on display inside. Highlights of the collection include Catherine the Great's stunningly lavish coronation crown (also called the Great Imperial Crown), the world's largest sapphire, the famous Orlov Diamond, and, of course, numerous Faberge eggs. Transfer to airport.
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