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7-Day Russian Highlights Tour
Product Code: 3076-136510
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Entry and guided tour of Moscow Kremlin
  • • Lenin's Tomb
  • • Guided tour of St Sophia's Cathedral and the Kremlin
  • • Entry and guided tour of the Hermitage Museum
Tour Code
3076-136510
Duration
7 days
Departure City
Moscow
End City
Saint Petersburg
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
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Experience: UNESCO

Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations

Itinerary
Day 01
Moscow

Moscow

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).

Tips:
Joining location: Hotel Gamma Delta @ Izmailovo Hotel Complex (address: Building Gamma, 71, 4 G-D, Izmailovskoe shosse, Moscow)

Check-in: after 2:00pm

You would be informed of the accommodation information of the rest of the nights once your reservation is confirmed.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Moscow

Moscow

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.

Optional Excursions:

- 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

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 03
Novgorod

Moscow - Veliky Novgorod

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!

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod

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.

Day 05
Saint Petersburg

Veliky Novgorod - St Petersburg

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.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 06
Saint Petersburg

St Petersburg

Your exploration of St Petersburg continues.

Optional Excursions:

- 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

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Saint Petersburg

St Petersburg

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.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Arrivals

If you have booked an airport/hotel transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name after exiting the customs hall.

If you are going to be delayed by more than two hours, you must advise the local operator of the delay at least six hours before arrival. They will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if they are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense. Please contact the local operator if you are likely to be delayed.

Make your own way

If you would prefer to make your own way to and from your hotel, taxis are available from the airports but you may have problems finding drivers who speak English. The journey should cost approximately 1,500 rubles from airports. The taxi should be on a meter (make sure they start it when you begin your journey) and you pay the driver when you arrive at the hotel.

Moscow is equidistant from all the airports and the the journeys take approximately an hour depending on Moscow traffic which can be notoriously bad.

As taxis are expensive you may prefer to use public transport where possible:

To connect to the Metro network from Domodedovo Airport you can take a shuttle bus to Domodedovskaya Metro station. Travel time to Partizanskaya is about two hours.

From Sheremetyevo Airport the No. 851 bus goes to Rechnoy Vokzal Metro station. Travel time to Partizanskaya is about one hour and 20 minutes.

From Vnukovo International Airport, take the Bhykobo Commuter Train in the city and then transfer to the Metro. Travel time is approximately 1 and a half hours.

Please note that you must validate your Russia visa within 72 hours of your arrival in each Russian city. This can be done when you check in at your hotel. The price is approximately 3.00 euros (not included).

Departures

Airport transfer to Pulkovo International Airport are available during booking.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Lenin's Tomb
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Entry and guided tour of Moscow Kremlin
  • Entry and guided tour of the Hermitage Museum
  • Guided tour of St Sophia's Cathedral and the Kremlin
  • 5 nights in hotels, 1 night on overnight sleeper train
  • Travel by public bus, taxi, overnight train, foot, metro

Package Excludes

  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional excursions (price and availability subject to change)
    - Pokrovsky Sobor ( St Basil’s Cathedral): RUB 250.00/person
    - Muzey Izobrazitelnykh Iskusstv im A S Pushkina (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts): RUB 300.00/person
    - Tretyakov Galereya (Tretyakov Gallery): RUB 400.00/person
    - Sergiev Posad (Pilgramage site) with train return: RUB 300.00/person
    - Moscow Metro & City Tour: from EUR 50.00pp based on 3 people
    - Muzey-panorama ‘Borodinskaya bitva’ (Museum-Panorama 'Borodino Battle'): RUB 200.00/person
    - Memorialny Muzey Kosmonavtiki (Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics): RUB 200.00/person
    - Bolshoi Theatre: RUB 500.00-1000.00/person
    - Museum of Russian History: RUB 300.00/person
    - Fine Art Museum: RUB 150.00/person
    - Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture: RUB 150.00/person
    - The Vodka Museum (includes guided tour, tasting and small traditional snacks): RUB 500.00/person
    - Mariinsky Theatre: RUB 1000.00-7000.00/person
    - Catherine's Palace: RUB 400.00/person
    - Peterhof Palace: RUB 550.00/person
    - Canal Boat Ride: RUB 1000.00/person
    - Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera): RUB 250.00/person
    - Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood: RUB 250.00/person
    - St Isaac’s Cathedral: RUB 250.00 + RUB 150.00 for viewing deck
    - Cabin of Peter the Great: RUB 200.00/person
    - Faberge Egg Museum Guided Tour: RUB 450.00/person
Special Notes
  • Travel Style: This is an Adventure Tour, we see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
  • Arriving in Dubrovnik: When arriving at Domodedovo International Airport (34 kilometres south of Moscow) or Sheremetyevo International Airport (29 kilometres northwest of Moscow), we recommend that you obtain some Russian rubles as soon as you arrive. There are numerous international ATMs inside the airports. The rate will always differ slightly depending on where you go. The airport does offer a decent rate and it may otherwise be inconvenient to find an exchange office open in the city, depending on what time you arrive.
  • Travel Insurance Policy: Travel insurance is compulsory for the tour. You must be adequately insured for medical, hospital, baggage and personal expenses, any necessary extra travel (rejoining tour or repatriation) as well as curtailment and cancellation. We strongly recommend that all clients carry a copy of their full policy document with them at all times, together with any certificate showing the policy number and emergency contact details. Your tour leader will also ask for a photocopy of your insurance document, so please take this to the pre-departure meeting at the start of your tour. You will not be able to commence your tour unless you can provide proof of insurance to your tour leader.
  • Cancellation Policy
    - 28 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
    - 29-60 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
    - 61 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
  • To protect your personal property, please carry all valuable items on your person at all times. Do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction or restaurant. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* 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.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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