Saturday Day 1 arrive Moscow (WD)
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.
Sunday Day 2 in Moscow (B)
Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Sightseeing begins at Red Square dominated by St. Basil’s Cathedral and the massive red walls of the Kremlin with its fascinating history. Visit the celebrated Armory Museum part of the great Kremlin Palace complex which boasts a staggering collection of Tsarist artifacts, Russian and foreign jewelry as well as armor. The highlight of the collection is the Faberge eggs exchanged as presents between the Tsar and his wife every Easter. Walk by Moscow University established in 1755 and the popular Arbat shopping district, the first pedestrian zone in the city lined with restaurants and historic buildings. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards. Stroll through GUM (Goom) located on the east side of Red Square and today a shopping mall which contains many exclusive shops. The rest of the day is 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 3 Moscow to Tver and Novgorod (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast depart for Tver, an ancient trading port nestled on the banks of the Volga River. The city offers fascinating treasures including Putevoy Dvorets, one of the most impressive buildings in the city built for Catherine II as a resting place on her journey from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Enjoy a short sightseeing tour of this remarkable city. End the day in historic Novgorod, founded almost twelve centuries ago. Overnight at your hotel.
Tuesday Day 4 Novgorod to St. Petersburg (B/D)
A morning sightseeing tour of ancient Novgorod founded in the 9th or 10th century starts at the Kremlin traditionally known as the “Detinets” with a visit to St. Sophia Cathedral built between 1045-1050 A.D. probably the oldest structure still in use in Russia. Crossing the River Volkhov via a pedestrian bridge we come to the princely compound known as Yaroslav Court named after Yaroslav the Wise, prince of the city from 988-1015 A.D.
In the afternoon we travel north to St. Petersburg, formerly known as Leningrad and the former capital of the Romanov Czars. On arrival our sightseeing program begins with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress founded by Peter the Great in 1703 to protect the city against a Swedish invasion, but was later turned into a political prison. The adjoining Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of most of the Russian tsars. We now on our way to St. Isaac’s Square to visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Peter the Great. Taking over 40 years to construct, the cathedral features a total of 112 red granite columns with Corinthian capitals, an enormous dome covered with pure gold and decorated with twelve statues of angels in addition to a lavish interior of granite, marble, malachite and precious stones. Overnight at your hotel.
Wednesday Day 5 in St. Petersburg (B)
There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace and elegance of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he enlisted Europe’s best architects, craftsmen and artists to create and decorate a city of beauty. Spread over 100 islands linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as “Venice of the North”. This morning we visit the world-famous State Hermitage, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world founded by Catherine the Great in 1764. The priceless collection houses over 3½ million exhibits in several buildings along the Palace Embankment and its neighborhoods and is made up of private collections from several palaces and private mansions. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Perhaps an optional tour to visit Petrodvorets, Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, also known as Peterhof and often referred to as the “Russian Versailles” with its elegant palaces, perfectly manicured gardens and decorative system of fountains. In the evening there is the possibility of an optional folklore performance. Overnight at your hotel.
Thursday Day 6 in St. Petersburg (B)
Free day for shopping or additional sightseeing or perhaps an optional tour to visit Pushkin, the elegant palace complex named after Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great with its remarkable blue and white façade. Its lavish interior is dazzling. Pushkin was renowned for its priceless Amber Room which was dismantled and shipped to Nazi Germany in 1941, its whereabouts never confirmed. Taking over 20 years and more than $12 million dollars, the Amber Room was finally restored and reopened in 2003. Overnight at your hotel.
Friday Day 7 depart St. Petersburg (B)
Breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
YOUR LAND TOUR INCLUDES
Airport transfers on arrival and departure
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
Luggage handling of one normal sized suitcase per person
Professional English speaking tour director
First class hotels with private facilities based on double occupancy for 6 nights
Breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 3 dinners (D)
Locally escorted sightseeing as outlined with local guides where necessary. Inside visits as shown in bold in the tour description include admission charges where applicable
Headsets will be provided for included sightseeing tours so you can easily hear your
Service charges and hotel taxes
YOUR LAND TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
Airfare, departure taxes, fuel surcharge, insurance, Russian visa, gratuities and tipping
SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED
Moscow: Marriott Grand (SF)
Novgorod: Park Inn Veliky Novgorod (F)
St. Petersburg: Holiday Inn (F)
NOTE: A similar program can be custom tailored for individuals based on upgraded hotels and sightseeing by private car.