Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for rest and a welcome dinner.
We’ll introduce you to Russia with a sightseeing tour of its capital. Start from the Red Square, for a glimpse of the colorful St. Basil Cathedral, an outstanding masterpiece of Russian Orthodox architecture. On that same square, you can see Lenin’s mausoleum. Continue to the Kremlin, the former residence of Russian Tsars, and today, the office of the President of the Russian Federation. Walk in the Cathedral Square and see Tsar Cannon, the Tsar Bell and three Cathedrals dating to the 15-16 centuries. We’ll stop by the fabulous Armory Museum, home to a vast array of priceless Imperial Russian Treasures, including royal crowns, luxurious carriages, a great collection of Fabergé eggs and many other artifacts. After the Kremlin, we’ll exit out to Alexander Park for the Unknown Soldier Tomb and obelisk to the Romanov dynasty. Continue by bus to explore examples of Stalinist Empire-style architecture.
After breakfast, visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, an art museum and one of the greatest depository of Russian fine art in the world. It contains over 180.000 exhibits ranging from the icons of Andrey Rubliov to the masterpieces of modern art such as Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich. Continue to Novodevichy cemetery, the most prestigious resting place of Russia’s great writers, poets, composers, artists, and politicians. Among the tombstones, lie, Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Mayakovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Khrushchev, Yeltsin, and others. After a break, stroll along the famous pedestrian street Arbat, with its variety of handiworks, coffee shops, and street artists.
Optional: In the evening, visit Bolshoi Theatre to enjoy a ballet or opera performance.
We’ll start off the morning with a drive to Sergiev Posad to visit one of the holiest places of Russia. The location is home to the stunning monastery, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, founded by St. Sergey Radoniezhsky in the 14th century. For centuries, this monastery has been one of the main places of pilgrimage for Russian Orthodox.
After returning to Moscow, we’ll visit GUM, a shopping mall with magnificent interiors, three elegantly designed floors, and a glass-roofed central courtyard. Wrap up the tour day with a few stops on Moscow’s world-famous subway. Renowned for the ornate splendor of its stations, the metro offers photo ops galore of lavish marble and mosaics, chandeliers and statues.
In the morning, we’ll visit Poklonnaya Gora and Victory Park, home to the panoramic painting “Battle of Borodino”. Here we’ll get a multicultural insight into Muscovite history, via a golden-domed Orthodox church, a memorial mosque and the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue. Transfer to Moscow railway station to board the high-speed train to St.Petersburg. After a late afternoon arrival, we’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of this city, known for its islands, the Neva river, over 500 bridges, called “Venice of the North”.
Our day starts off with a walk around Peter and Paul Fortress, built by Peter the Great in 1703. Visit the fortress cathedral whose iconic spire of 122.5 m is visible throughout St. Petersburg. In Petropavlovskaya Cathedral lie the crypts of all Russian tsars starting with Peter the Great. Continue to Vassilyevsky Island, its layout designed by Tsar Peter himself. This island is now home to the first University in Russia, the Academy of Fine Arts, “Kunstkamera,” the first museum in Russia and other notable institutions.
We continue onto the left bank of Neva river, where stands the might Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great. We embark on a leisurely stroll along the famous Nevsky avenue, impressive Kazan Cathedral, and Anichkov Bridge with its four Horse Tamers sculptures. Drop into Yeliseyevsky, one of St. Petersburg’s oldest food stores and astonishing for its Art Nouveau decor. We wrap up the day in Yusupov Palace, which once belonged to one of the wealthiest noble families in Russia. Today it houses a museum of 19th-20th c. nobility and recounts the mysterious story of the notorious Rasputin’s murder.
First, we drive to Peterhof Palace and Gardens Ensemble, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The morning is dedicated to the Grand Palace, sometimes called the Russian Versailles, as well as the Monplaisir and Marly palaces, and the Great Cascade of gorgeous, gilded fountains.
In the afternoon, we make our way back to St. Petersburg to visit Saint Isaac’s Cathedral – the fourth largest domed cathedral in the world. This elegant church is filled with paintings from leading Russian artists and mosaics that are nearly indistinguishable from a painting. The richly decorated interior owes its colors to 14 different types of Italian marble.
As the day draws to a close, we’ll pay a visit to the Smolny Convent of the Resurrection. Eye-catching thanks to its crisp blue and white exterior, this building is arguably one of the masterpieces of Italian architect F.B. Rastrelli, who also counts the Winter Palace in his portfolio.
Start the day off with a tour of Alexander Nevsky Lavra. This monastery complex guards the remains of many noteworthy cultural figures, with gravestones that are pieces of art themselves. Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, and Mussorgsky, founder of Russia’s first university Mikhail Lomonosov and mathematician Leonhard Euler, architects Quarenghi, Rossi and Voronikhin and many others.
Next, we’ll visit the Winter Palace and one of the greatest art museums in the world – the Hermitage. Devote a few good hours to immerse yourself among the masterpieces of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse and many, many others.
Optional: In the evening, visit Mariinsky Theatre for a ballet or opera performance.
In the morning, drive to the town of Pushkin, formerly called Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar’s village). We’ll visit Catherine Palace, constructed in the 18th century for the Russian Empress Elisabeth I, the daughter of Peter the Great. Walk through a magnificent gallery of gala rooms where balls, receptions, and official dinners took place, and admire the royal family’s rich collection of furniture and applied art. The main point of interest is the world-famous and unique Amber Room, whose walls are smothered in natural amber. Stroll in the beautiful park surrounding the Palace. Upon returning to St.Petersburg, visit the extremely colorful “Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood” – a memorial church built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. Wrap up your stay in St.Petersburg with a final farewell glimpse of the city, via a canal cruise.
Morning at your leisure. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.
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