Saint-Petersburg: Peter the Great build his own capital on the Baltic coast as a "window onto Europe". The city changed its name several times. It was know as Saint-Petersburg, Petrograd and Leningrad. Now it is called Saint-Petersburg. Saint Petersburg is both West European and Russian. It has come from Saint Petersburg much of what is known as Russian culture. It was from Saint Petersburg that the Faberge craftsmen created splendid objects; that Pavlova, Nijinsky and Ulanova showed the world what ballet was about; that Dostoyevksy and Pushkin used the settings for their masterpieces. Saint Petersburg is a thriving city, the home of five million people, who often say that they consider their city superior to other cities - especially to Moscow.
Day 1: Moscow. Arrival to Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow. Guided transfer to hotel. Accommodation in hotel.
Day 2: Moscow. Breakfast in hotel. Car or minivan sightseeing tour of Moscow, including Red Square, GUM department store, Lenin Mausoleum, Moscow University, Russian "White House". Tour of the Tretyakov gallery (collection of icons).
Day 3: Moscow. Breakfast in hotel. Tour of the Moscow Kremlin including two cathedrals. Tour of the Moscow metro (subway).
Day 4: Moscow. Breakfast in hotel. Tour of Trinity St. Sergius Lavra. This monastery was founded in 1340 AD (60 km out of Moscow). Tour of Kolomenskoe, the former country residence of Russian tzars. Free time for shopping at Arbat street. Late departure to Saint-Petersburg by overnight train.
Day 5: Arrival to Saint-Petersburg. Breakfast in hotel. Car or minivan sightseeing tour of the city. Accommodation in hotel. Tour of Hermitage.
Day 6: Saint-Petersburg. Breakfast in hotel. Tour of Peter and Paul's Fortress. The tour of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.
Day 7: Saint-Petersburg. Breakfast in hotel. Tour of Peterhoff. Tour of Ethnographic Museum.
Day 8: Saint-Petersburg. Breakfast in hotel. Free time for shopping. Transfer to airport.
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