• Little Tour of Russia, 7 days/6 nights

  • Little Tour of Russia invites to discover the magic of this dramatic country as you visit the two major cultural centers of Russia: Moscow, seat of power of the Russian Federation and epicenter of what is considered the “new Russia”, while sophisticated St. Petersburg, formerly known as Leningrad was the vision of Peter the Great and is unlike any city anywhere else.

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Itinerary

Friday Day 1 arrive Moscow  (D)

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight gather with your travelling companions for a Welcome dinner.

Saturday Day 2 in Moscow  (B)

St. Basil's Cathedral on Red square, Little Tour of Russia
St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red square

Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Your sightseeing tour begins at Red Square, dominated by colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and other artifacts.

Then walk by Moscow University. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and a stroll through GUM (Goom), Russia’s largest department store. Continue, on the north bank of the River Moskva, passing by baroque Novodevichy convent; ending the tour at the popular Arbat shopping district, time to shop or enjoy lunch on your own. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Moscow.

Sunday Day 3 in Moscow, excursion to Sergiev Posad  (B/L/D)

Belfry in the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad, Little Tour of Russia
Belfry in the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad

Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk – founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries.

After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. You may want to join an optional Night Tour of Moscow and its impressive subway system opened in 1935 and today encompassing 195 stations decorated with marble and bronze statues, stained glass windows and countless mosaics made with glass, marble and granite.
Overnight in Moscow.

Monday Day 4 Moscow to St. Petersburg (B/D)

High Speed Sapsan Train, Little Tour of Russia
High Speed Sapsan Train Moscow-St. Petersburg

Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg.
Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel.
Dinner at hotel.
Join an optional Russian Folklore evening.
Overnight at your hotel.

Tuesday Day 5 in St. Petersburg  (B)

Monument to Peter the Great, St. Petersburg, Russia, Little Tour of Russia
Monument to Peter the Great, St. Petersburg, Russia

There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen, and artists to build and decorate it. Spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Today the main sites to be visited are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit also Peter and Paul Fortress; built in 1703 on a small island, it was meant to protect the city from enemy attacks. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I.
Your evening is free or join an optional Evening Canal Cruise.
Overnight at your hotel.

Wednesday Day 6 in St. Petersburg  (B, D)

the State Hermitage Museum, the Peter or small throne room, St. Petersburg, Little Tour of Russia
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the world-famous Hermitage, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The Hermitage occupies five buildings, the largest is the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at
leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great.
Tonight join your fellow travelers in a farewell dinner.
Overnight at your hotel.

Thursday Day 7 depart St. Petersburg  (B)

Breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Tour dates for 2018 (from – to):

27-Apr  – 03-May
11-May – 17-May
20-Jul – 26-Jul
27-Jul – 02-Aug
17-Aug – 23-Aug
07-Sep – 13-Sep
14-Sep – 20-Sep
28-Sep – 04-Oct

Package price:

$1,845 USD – per person based on double occupancy
$769 USD – single supplement

Your land tour includes:
  • First class hotels with private facilities based on double occupancy for 6 nights
  • Breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 3 dinners (D)
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • High speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • Professional English speaking tour director
  • Luggage handling of one normal sized suitcase per person
  • Locally escorted sightseeing as outlined with local guides where necessary.
  • Headsets will be provided for included sightseeing tours so you can easily hear your guide’s commentary
  • Service charges and hotel taxes
Your land tour doesn’t include:
  • Airfare
  • departure taxes
  • fuel surcharge
  • insurance
  • Russian visa
  • gratuities and tipping
Note:
  • A similar program can be custom tailored for individuals based on upgraded hotels and sightseeing program by private car.
  • Although airfare is not included in this program, we are able to suggest economy class round trip airfares. Please note the airfare suggested is subject to change without prior notice and is not guaranteed until such time as the ticket has actually been issued.
Hotels:

Moscow: Marriott Grand (SF)
St. Petersburg: Radisson Royale (SF)/ Crowne Plaza Ligovsky (F)