Summary of The Day: We'll take a short Moscow tour while en route to your hotel.
Summary of The Day: During the morning, we'll tour the Kremlin – the symbol of Moscow and the whole of Russia.
You might be surprised how many ancient and magnificent structures you can see within its walls: 15th century cathedrals (the coronation, wedding and burial place of Russian rulers), bell-tower, Patriach’s Palace, Grand Kremlin Palace and of course the famous Armoury Museum. The Armoury has a fantastic collection of symbols of Imperial power including clothing, equipment and carriages. Some of the priceless and luxurious items of the museum include Alexey Romanov's 17th century throne covered with a mosaic of turquoises and 900 diamonds, a phelonion of Metropolitan Platon decorated with 150,000 pearls (it took the embroiderer 2 years to work on the pattern!) and the famous Faberge eggs.
We'll next visit the 15th century cathedrals with fantastic interiors.
During the afternoon, we'll stop by Izmaylovo open air market. Izmaylovo is one of the oldest parts of Moscow. It is where the second Romanov Tzar Alexey Mikhailovich had his summer residence and where his son Peter the Great was raised. The complex features a market area with private shops where you can view and purchase a variety of traditional Russian crafts. You also can see traditional craft workshops.
We'll then take the Metro.
The Moscow Underground is not only the fastest means of transportation in the city, but features exquisite architecture. Major stations built in the 1930s resemble palaces richly decorated with marble, mosaic and semi-precious stones.
Summary of The Day: During the morning, we'll begin the tour in the heart of the city - Red Square.
Red Square has been at the very center of Russian history since the 15th century, from Ivan the Terrible’s confession of his misdeeds to the people in 1550, to great demonstrations, executions and the great parades of the Soviet Union’s military might. Ironically, "krasny" originally meant beautiful; it came to mean "red" only in the last century! From the time of Ivan the Great, the square was used as a huge gathering place for public events, markets, fairs and festivals.
At the southern end of Red Square is the almost fairy-tale like building of St. Basil’s cathedral, commissioned in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his conquering of Kazan. Legend has it that the architect was later blinded so that he could never repeat such a building that is so traditionally Russian.
We'll continue to enjoy the sights of Moscow during the city tour, passing the main streets and boulevards of the ancient city that is 855 years old. We'll go to the best viewpoint on Sparrow Hills, from which you could easily see most of the city. We'll pass the refined New Maiden Convent (outside).
During the afternoon, we'll visit the Tretyakov Gallery. Here, you'll be able to see some of the best Russian art. The Tretyakov Gallery reopened in 1995 after a nine-year renovation, and houses the world’s best collection of Russian icons, as well as a fantastic collection of other pre-Revolutionary Russian art.
Summary of The Day: You'll have the morning free to spend a little more time in Moscow before we depart for St. Petersburg.
During the afternoon, we'll drive to the local railway station for a high-speed day train to St. Petersburg (1:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.)
Summary of The Day: During the morning, you'll have a chance to get acquainted with one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg remains one of the most romantic cities in Russia.
St. Petersburg is often referred to as "Northern Venice" and "Northern Palmyra." The city features stunning palaces and cathedrals, beautiful bridges over Venice-like canals, spacious squares and wide streets decorated with edifices of flourished baroque and impressive classical styles.
With numerous palaces and the world famous Hermitage on the banks of the Neva river, the city is Russia’s most popular destination, drawing visitors from all over the world throughout the year.
We'll visit Peter and Paul Fortress, which was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great and is the oldest building in St. Petersburg. At the heart of the fortress is the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, with its landmark gold spire, where all of Russia’s pre-Revolutionary leaders were buried, apart from Peter, Ivan IV and Nicholas II.
Afterwards, we'll go to the State Hermitage Museum. The museum exhibitions are diverse with works by Da Vinci, Raphael and Rembrandt.
The main building of the Hermitage Museum ideally located on the bank of the river Neva is the Winter Palace. It was built between 1754 - 1762 and was once the main residence of the Russian Tsars. The Hermitage is one of the most prominent art museums in the world, Russia's best gallery and one of the main tourist attractions of St. Petersburg.
Summary of The Day: Today, we'll take you to the sumptuous village of Pushkin - a summer residence of Russian Emperors. Situated in the suburbs of St. Petersburg, Pushkin has several pavilions, beautiful lakes and gardens in addition to the lovely Catherine Palace.
The summer palace was originally a gift from Peter the Great to his wife Catherine, and was rebuilt by Italian architect Rastrelli in 1756. The palace is a grand elegant building with white and gold Baroque moldings set against a blue background. It's located in a beautiful park with elaborate gardens, canals and pavilions. Some of the more beautiful rooms include the Great Hall, State Dining Room, Amber Room, Blue Drawing Room, bedroom of Alexander I’s wife Elisabeth and the Palace Church.
Summary of The Day: You'll have the tour's seventh day at your leisure to further explore St. Petersburg, which is Russia's second largest city. It is full of interesting monuments, museums and theaters.
Summary of The Day: On the tour's last day, you'll have free time during the morning before your afternoon transfer to the airport.
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