Tour in short:
10 day tour to Moscow, Zagorsk and Saint Petersburg
DAY 1 – Arrive in Moscow
Upon your arrival sightseeing tour of the capital of Russia. Transfer to the hotel for rest and welcome dinner.
DAY 2 – Moscow
Start exploring the city from the Red Square the heart of Russia. See the colorful St.Basil Cathedral an outstanding masterpiece of Russian Orthodox architecture. On that same square one can see Lenin’s mausoleum. Continue to the Kremlin, the former residence of Russian tsars and today’s office of the president of Russian Federation. Walking in the Cathedral Square and see the Tsar Cannon, the Tsar Bell and three Cathedrals of 15-16c. Visit the fabulous Armory Museum home to a vast array of priceless Imperial Russian Treasures including royal crowns, luxurious carriages, great collection of Fabergé eggs and many other artifacts. After Kremlin go out to Alexander Park and see the Unknown Soldier Tomb and the obelisk for the Romanov dynasty. Continue by bus to explore the examples of Stalin “Empire” style architecture.
DAY 3 – Moscow
After the breakfast visit to the State Tretyakov Gallery an art museum the greatest depository of Russian fine art in the world. It contains over 130.000 exhibits ranging from the icons of Andrey Rubliov to the masterpieces of the modern art such as Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich. Continue to Novodevichy cemetery the most prestigious resting place of great writers, poets, composers, artists and politicians, among them Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Mayakovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Khrushchev, Yeltsin and others. After the break stroll along the famous pedestrian street Arbat with its variety of handiworks, coffee shops and street artists.
Optional: In the evening visit to Bolshoi Theatre to enjoy ballet or opera performance.
DAY 4 – Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Moscow
Morning drive to Sergiev Posad to visit one of the holiest places of Russia the stunning Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra founded by St. Sergey Radoniezhsky in 14th century. For centuries this monastery has been one of the main places of pilgrimage for Russian Orthodox believers. After return to Moscow visit GUM a great shopping mall with its magnificent interiors of three elegantly designed floors and a glass roofed central courtyard. Finish the tour day by ride few stops on the unique subway – Moscow metro, renowned for the ornate splendor of its stations lavishly decorated in marble and mosaics, by chandeliers and statues.
DAY 5 – Moscow – St.Petersburg
In the morning visit to Poklonnaya Gora and Victory park an open air memorial to see huge panorama “Battle of Borodino” and a golden-domed Orthodox church erected on the hilltop in 1993-95, followed by a memorial mosque and the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue. Transfer to Moscow railway station to board the high-speed train to St.Petersburg. After late afternoon arrival to the Northern capital of Russia a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city located on numerous islands of Neva river and its tributaries and connected with close to 500 bridges.
DAY 6 – St.Petersburg
Start exploring the city from Peter and Paul fortress built by Peter the Great in 1703. Visit the fortress cathedral whose spire of 122.5 m is seen from elsewhere in the city and has become a symbol of St.Petersburg. The crypts of all Russian tsars after Peter the Great in Petropavlovskaya Cathedral tell the history of Russian Empire throughout 200 years. Continue to Vassilyevsky island, its lay-out designed by Tsar Peter himself, and housing the first University in Russia, the Academy of the Fine Arts, “Kunstkamera” – the first museum in Russia and others. On to the left bank of Neva river to admire the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great, stroll along the famous Nevsky avenue, visit impressive Kazan Cathedral, see spectacular Anichkov bridge with its four Horse Tamers sculptures, enter the historic Yeliseyevsky store, one of St. Petersburg’s oldest food stores designed in Art Nouveau style. Finish the day by visiting Yusupov Palace that belonged to one of the wealthiest noble families in Russia. Today it houses a museum reflecting the 19-20 c. Russian nobility mode of life and also tells the mysterious story of Rasputin’s murder.
DAY 7 – St.Petersburg – Peterhof – St.Petersburg
Morning drive to Peterhof Palace and Gardens Ensemble one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the Grand Palace of “Russian Versailles”, admire Monplaisir and Marly palaces and especially the Great Cascade of gorgeous fountains decorated by gilded statues of biblical subjects. Back to St.Petersburg to visit huge Saint Isaac’s Cathedral the fourth largest domed cathedral in the world. Its interior is richly decorated with paintings of the leading Russian artists and mosaics that one can hardly tell them from a painting. 14 types of different colours of Italian marble were used for the interior decoration. At the end of the day visit to Smolny Convent of the Resurrection. Smolny Cathedral a stunning blue-and-white building is undoubtedly one of the architectural masterpieces of the Italian architect F.B.Rastrelli who has built a lot of the constructions in the city, including the Winter Palace.
DAY 8 – St.Petersburg
Start the day tour in Alexander Nevsky Lavra (resting place). It contains a monastery and two cemeteries which are the reason of your visit. They hold the remains of many Russia’s outstanding cultural figures, their gravestones are pieces of art themselves. You’ll pay tribute to Dostoyevsky and Tchaikovsky; fellow composers 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 visit the Winter Palace and one of the greatest world art museums Hermitage. Spend few good hours admiring the masterpieces of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Monet, Renoir Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse and many, many others.
Optional: In the evening visit to Mariinsky Theatre for enjoy ballet or opera performance.
DAY 9 – St.Petersburg – Pushkin – St.Petersburg
In the morning drive to the town Pushkin, former name Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar’s village). Visit Catherine Palace constructed in the 18th century for the Russian Empress Elisabeth I, the daughter of Peter the Great, as her Summer residence. Walk through a magnificent gallery of gala rooms where balls, receptions, and official dinners took place, see a rich collection of furniture and pieces of applied art, which belonged to the Royal family. The main point of interest is the world famous and unique Amber Room, the whole surface of its walls is covered with natural amber. Walk in a beautiful park around the Palace. Upon return to St.Petersburg visit the extremely colourful “Church of Our Savoir on the Spilt Blood” – a memorial church which was built in the place where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. Finish your stay in St.Petersburg by another glance on the city – a cruise along the rivers and numerous canals of the area.
DAY 10 – St.Petersburg – depart
Morning at leisure or for independent activities. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.
Destination Management Company JeruLita operates individual private tours as well as small and medium size groups in cooperation with our partners. We will be glad to accommodate you in a private tour or will direct you to travel expert in your country who will register you to the groups we operate.