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Moscow – St. Petersburg, 8 Days

“My daughter and I just returned from our excursion to Moscow, Vladimir, Suzdal and St. Petersburg. We had an absolutely marvelous time! Our guides were excellent. They were professional, friendly and exceedingly knowledgeable on all aspects of Russian history and culture. We would not have had as enjoyable a trip without their assistance! The weather was great and the itinerary was comprehensive. Thank you for making this once in a lifetime trip a memory my daughter and I will always treasure.”

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DAY 1. USA/EN ROUTE: Our Russian journey begins with an overnight flight to Moscow. All meals served on board, as well as complimentary beverages, movies and earphones for your travel comfort. If you fly from Europe your Day 1 will start on Day 2 of this program.

DAY 2. ARRIVE MOSCOW: Arrive at Moscow International Airport. Upon arrival, meet awaiting tour escort and motor coach and continue to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Moscow.

DAY 3. MOSCOW: After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the city, including Red Square, which was originally known more prosaically as the tog or market place. The present name dates from the 17th century, meaning “beautiful.” Red Square is famous for its scene of markets, fairs and religious festivals, as well as a famous place of execution. Here, rebels met their deaths beside the raised circular dais called the “Lobnoe Mesto,” from which state decrees were also read out. The tour continues with the former headquarters of the KGB, Moscow University and the Russian “White House.” Lunch on own in the city center. Lunch if followed by the tour of the Kremlin, which includes a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, but it also houses a treasure-trove of gorgeous jewels, gold-encrusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All of these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia. Overnight in Moscow.

DAY 4. MOSCOW /VLADIMIR /SUZDAL: After breakfast, meet awaiting motor coach and drive to the Golden Ring of Russia, including Vladimir, an ancient historic Russian town located on a tributary of the Volga. Upon arrival you will have lunch at a nice local restaurant, which will be followed by a city tour of Vladimir. The city dates back to the 10th century and some of its highlights such as the Golden Gates and the Byzantine Assumption Cathedral you will be able to admire during the tour. Continue to Suzdal, one of the most beautiful cities of the Golden Ring. Dinner and overnight in Suzdal.

DAY 5. SUZDAL/MOSCOW/ST.PETERSBURG OVERNIGHT TRAIN: After breakfast, full-day sightseeing of Suzdal, the best preserved town on the Golden Ring. Tour sights include the Kremlin of Suzdal and Assumption Cathedral. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you will visit a Museum of Wooden Architecture and then head for Moscow to catch an overnight train to St.Petersburg.

DAY 6. ST.PETERSBURG: Breakfast snack provided on board the train. Upon arrival begin a city sightseeing tour including views of the Peter and Paul Cathedral designed by the famous architect Rastrelli. It stands on the grounds of Peter and Paul Fortress in the oldest section of the city and contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Nicholas II. Lunch on own in the city center. Check-in at the hotel. After lunch visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. Its vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history’s most important art. Overnight in St.Petersburg.

DAY 7. ST. PETERSBURG: After breakfast, travel outside St. Petersburg to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsar’s Village. Tour Catherine Palace, the beautiful Baroque-style building that was built by Empress Elizabeth and named after her mother, Catherine I. The architect was Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Pavilion. Like many other royal residences, the palace sustained heavy damage during the war, although most of it has been restored to its former glory. Lunch on own in St.Petersburg. After lunch continue on your city tour along Nevsky Prospekt and visit Yusupov Palace, site of Rasputin’s death. The rest of the day is available for independent sightseeing, shopping and last-minute photo opportunities. Overnight in St. Petersburg.

DAY 8. ST.PETERSBURG/USA: After breakfast, time at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Transfer to St. Petersburg International Airport. Our journey comes to an end as we board our flight bound for the USA.

7- DAY TOUR OF MOSCOW AND ST. PETERSBURG

DAY 1. Arrive in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the comfort of a private car. Balance of day at leisure.

DAY 2 AND 3. While in Moscow, you will be escorted by private car on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See magnificent Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legion of princes, paupers and poets who have passed through this ancient city. For the rest of your stay in Moscow, you may explore on your own. Visit Novodevichy Convent or the exquisite palaces and churches of the Kremlin. Whatever your interest, our local hosts ease your way by making all arrangements for tours, theater, ballet, opera or circus tickets. They can even arrange for personal guides/interpreters, to help you enjoy your stay to the fullest. Private car transfer to the train station for your overnight train to St. Petersburg.

DAY 4. Private car transfer from the train station to your Hotel in St. Petersburg, Tsar Peter the Great’s “Window to the West”. Balance of day and evening free.

DAY 5 AND 6. Private-car city tour today. Enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. While in St. Petersburg, enjoy a visit to the elegant Winter Palace, which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. The vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history’s most important art. Numerous tours and cultural performances can be arranged by our experts in St. Petersburg.

DAY 7. Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your journey to this fascinating land.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE IN CATHERINE PALACE

“This is truly one of the great travel experiences to be enjoyed, savored, and remembered for a lifetime.
Russian National Group has assembled all the elements of a mind-enriching week’s journey taking in Russia’s great cultural treasures. That’s before we even start talking about the Tsar’s New Year’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace featuring an 8-course meal and evening-long entertainment sampling ballet, opera, and folkloric elements…all hosted by a cast of nearly a hundred Russian ‘nobility’ in period dress transporting guests by their presence back to 18th century Imperial Russia. This is an evening no one forgets!”

DECEMBER 28. DAY ONE. Leave the US on your overnight flight for your journey to Russia.

DECEMBER 29. DAY TWO. Arrival in St. Petersburg. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Balance a day at leisure of rest and relaxation. Welcome dinner with cocktail.

DECEMBER 30. DAY THREE.This morning you will have a city tour. En route, you will enjoy the sights of this gorgeous city, Tsar Peter the Greats “Window to the West.” Only 300 years ago, the city was built by Tsar Peter to capture and rival the beauties of Paris and Venice. You’ll love the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center,Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, and Smolny Convent. In the afternoon, tour Peter and Paul Fortress with its famous Peter and Paul Church containing the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Alexander III. After visiting the fortress, your tour continues to St.Isaac’s Cathedral (constructed 1818-58) is the largest in the city, with its tall gilt dome, one of the many focal points of St.Petersburg. Your tour continues with a visit to Alexander Nevsky Abbey. You will visit the oldest cemetery in Russia, wheremany of the country’s most famous historical figures are buried.

DECEMBER 31. DAY FOUR. Today enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace that houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history’s most important art. Lunch in the City. Balance of afternoon at leisure for relaxation before theNew Year’s Eve event in Catherine Palace. A late evening drive will take you to the lovely city of Pushkin, formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the “Tsar’s Village”. On the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, you will meet in the magnificent Catherine Palace, which hosts the Ball with an authentic atmosphere of unequaled pomp. A true romance and splendor of the Imperial traditions of festivities will be felt by the guests as they are brought back to the times of a bygone era. Inside the Palace the Russian hussars, Prince and Princess,provide a lavish welcome traditionally reserved for royalty. The Ball starts in the ballroom of the Catherine Palace. The Court Ballet greets the guests with a polonaise, followed by the official announcement of the dinner by the Prince and Princess. The specially created menu features traditional Russian caviar, served in large blocks of ice, blinis, and European-style dishes complemented by carefully selected wines and champagne. A philharmonic and classical balalaika orchestra provide background music. Midnight is celebrated with pomp, a bell concert and fireworks in the park. The extravaganza continues through the morning of the New Year with a Russian Folklore and Cossack Show, as well as Gypsy songs with wild dancing and singing by the performers.

JANUARY 1. DAY FIVE. This morning enjoy the Troika Ride. Afternoon transfer to the train station foryour day train trip Moscow. Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

JANUARY 2. DAY SIX. After breakfast, you will be escorted on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGBheadquarters, and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legions of princes, paupers, and poets who have passed through this ancient city. This afternoon delight in a visit to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Here, discover an important collection of FrenchImpressionism, as well as other major schools of Western Art dating from the Renaissance through the 20th century. After the museum, ride the amazing Moscow Metro where every station is an individual monument to Soviet art and design. Enjoy an evening performance in one of the best theatres of Moscow.

JANUARY 3. DAY SEVEN.This morning’s tour takes you to the heart of the city, the Kremlin. This former Moscow citadel, “Kremlin” means “fortress” and houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches, and scores of major historical monuments. Your tour of the Kremlin will also include a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, as well as a treasure-trove of gorgeous crown jewels, gold-encrusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia. Visit Novodevichy Convent. Originally built as a fortress, it also functioned as a convent for women of the royal family and prison for Princess Sophia, sister of Peter the Great, after she made three aborted attempts on his life to deprive him of the throne. The convent itself is a unique example of 16th and 17th century architecture.

JANUARY 4. DAY EIGHT. Bid farewell to this exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your fascinating journey.

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PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING

A great opportunity for you to custom-design the exact trips to these cities you’ve always dreamed about – with Russian National Group

MOSCOW

Founded more than 850 years ago the historical capital offers a wealth of cultural, musical and entertainment activities to its visitors. Today, this ancient heart of Russia is enjoying a renaissance of impressive proportions.

 

ST. PETERSBURG

Visit this 300 years old exquisite city of palaces and canals, built by tzar Peter the Great as his “Window on the west”, to rival other great cities of Europe; it is known to many as “Venice of the North”. Choose a hotel below and add your own sightseeing and ground services: airport to hotel transfers are $60 per car for 1 to 3 people in either direction. All sightseeing is by private car with driver and an expert English-speaking guide fom our fully staffed offices. With Russian National Group there is never a booking fee to create your own package, it’s one our manyfreebies we like to offer you. You’ll get great service and a plethora of historical facts to interest even the most avid history buff.

MOSCOW

City Tour Experience the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow.

Novodevichy Convent Add Novodevichy Convent to your city sightseeing tour. Originally built as a fortress, it also functioned as a convent for women of the royal family and a prison for Princess Sophia, sister of Peter the Great. It is a unique example of 16th and 17th century architecture.

The Kremlin This former Moscow citadel the name means Fortress houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches and scores of major historical monuments. Kremlin tour with three cathedrals.
Armory Museum Add a visit to the Armory Museum to your Kremlin tour.The State Armory is the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, but you will also find a treasure trove of gorgeous crown jewels, golden crusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. Kremlin tour with the Armory Museum.

Royal Diamond Fund You may add this to the above tour of the Kremlin and Armory Museum. The Diamond Fund is a true treasure trove of thousands of loose diamonds, gold nuggets, and both ancient and modern jewelry of kinds.Rate for Kremlin Tour with Armory and Diamond Fund.

Tretyakov Gallery Founded in 1856by Pavel Tretyakov to show the work of Russian artists. Today, after much expansion, the gallery houses and celebrates over 57,000 pieces of the most important ancient and contemporary Russian art in the world.

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Here you will discover an important collection of French Impressionists as well as other major schools of Western Art, dating from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century.
Excursion to Sergiev Posad Located 44 miles northeast of Moscow,you will visit the Trinity Monastery of St.Sergiy, Russia’s foremost chief monastery.After a visit to Trinity Church, oldest building in the monastery (1422 – 1423),you will visit the museum of icons.

Excursion to Kolomenskoe This summer residence of the Tzars is located on the high bank of the Moskva River. The museum houses a collection of decorative and applied arts and crafts of the 17th century
Performances Any tickets to performances are available for the Bolshoi theatre, Stanislavsky Opera or Ballet, Tchaikovsky Hall, Puppet Show, and folklore shows.

ST. PETERSBURG

City Tour Enjoy a tour of the central city including Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny convent.Combine a city sightseeing tour with one or more of the following in depth tours:Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, or the Alexander Nevsky Abbey.

Peter and Paul Fortress and St.Isaac’s Cathedral At the fortress,visit the famous Peter and Paul Cathedral,which contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Alexander III. After visiting the fortress,continue your tour with a visit to St.Isaac’s Cathedral (under construction from 1818 to 1858), largest in the city.With its tall gilt dome, is one of the landmarks of the city

Alexander Nevsky Abbey Visit the monastery and the 19thcenturyNecropolis, which contains the graves of many famous Russian writers, composers and sculptors

Hermitage Museum Enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace,which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history’s most important art.

Peterhof and Parks Visit the summer palace complex of Peter the Great,the construction of which began in 1714 and included numerous fountains.

Catherine Palace in Pushkin Visit the city of Pushkin, formerly Tsarskoe Selo, Cz

Pavlovsk Palace One of Czar Pavel’s summer palaces. Like many other royal residences, this palace sustained heavy damage during the war, but most of it has been restored to its former glory. Combine Pavlovsk with Catherine Palace.

Yusupov Palace Visit the palace where Rasputin was murdered. Enjoy a “Vodka Rasputin”.
Performances Any tickets to performances are available for the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres, Hermitage theatre, Alexandriysky Opera and Ballet,Stanislavsky Opera or Ballet, Tchaikovsky Hall, Puppet Show, and folklore shows.

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