Summary of The Day: The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.
If you arrive early feel free to explore Moscow on your own.
Just a few minutes’ walk away from Izmailovsky Park Metro, the lively and bustling Izmailovsky Souvenir Market is an absolute must-see. The entire market is surrounded by a mock wooden fortress which is prettily decorated with statues from Russian legends. Browse around the seemingly endless stands, shopping for wooden matryoshka dolls, chess sets, amber jewellery and Soviet memorabilia such as authentic army belts and gas masks, or if you're looking for less kitsch and more art, you could aim for the traditional Russian handicrafts and original paintings. Don't forget to haggle! A useful word to know is ‘skolka' or ‘how much?'
More than a people-moving system, Moscow's metro system is a network of beautifully and artistically decorated stations. Why not take a self-guided tour of the system and discover Moscow's original underground art scene. (Please note you will need to pay for your own metro tickets).
Summary of The Day: We will spend our days in Moscow visiting some of the great historical sites of the city. The Kremlin is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and a main focus of Russia's political and historical heritage since the 13th century, housing both royalty and religious figures. The Kremlin wall contains a mass grave of Bolsheviks who perished during the battle for Moscow in 1917, together with the ashes of a number of well-known Russians, including writer Maxim Gorky and Yuriy Gagarin, the first Russian man to visit space.
It is said that soon after January 21, 1924, the day that Vladimir Lenin died, the Soviet government received more than 10,000 telegrams from all over Russia, which asked the government to preserve his body somehow for future generations. Lenin’s tomb, and final resting place, was then promptly set about being designed and a wooden tomb was constructed within 6 days of his death. A larger mausoleum was constructed later that year and stands today in the centre of the city in the prominent Red Square.
- Krasnaya Ploshchad (Red Square)
- Pokrovsky Sobor ( St Basil’s Cathedral)
- Muzey Izobrazitelnykh Iskusstv im A S Pushkina (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts)
- Tretyakov Galereya (Tretyakov Gallery)
- Sergiev Posad (Pilgramage site)
- Moscow Metro and City Tour
- Muzey-panorama ‘Borodinskaya bitva’ (Museum-Panorama 'Borodino Battle')
- Memorialny Muzey Kosmonavtiki (Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics)
- Khram Khrista Spansitelya (Christ the Saviour Cathedral)
- Bolshoi Theatre
- Museum of Russian History
Summary of The Day: We have the whole day to spend in Moscow enjoying some last minute sightseeing before we next head to Veliky Novgorod by overnight train - it's a good idea to buy some snacks before we board!
Summary of The Day: Today we'll arrive in Veliky Novgorod and take a guided tour.
Admire the five domed architecture that dominates the Kremlin in Novgorod, and visit the exhibition of the ancient bells that used to ring in St Sophia’s bell tower. Previously, the bells were heard from a 50 mile radius and had a distinct melody in memory of the composer Sergey Rakhaminoff, born in Novgorod. The bells were damaged during World War II, so unfortunately they now are grounded, however you can still enjoy panoramic views of Veliky Novgorod from the bell tower itself.
Summary of The Day: Today we'll travel to the cosmopolitan city of St Petersburg is known as the ‘Venice of the north' because of its rivers and canals which are fascinating and easy to explore by boat. There are many sights to see in this former capital including the Winter Palace, the famous Church of the Spilt Blood and the Hermitage museums.
We will take an orientation walk around the key sights of the city, include a visit to the Hermitage Museum (with a local guide) to explore the extensive art collection there, and then you will be free to explore this great city at your leisure.
Summary of The Day: Your exploration of St Petersburg continues.
- The Vodka Museum
- Mariinsky Theatre
- Catherine's Palace
- Peterhof Palace
- Canal Boat Ride
- Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera)
- Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
- St Isaac’s Cathedral
- Cabin of Peter the Great
- Faberge Egg Museum Guided Tour
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
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