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To Russia With Love

8 Nights/9 Days

The largest country in the world, Russia is rich in heritage as well as beauty. The area spans nine time zones and provides a beautiful range of landscape for you to enjoy. Explore architectural wonders and historical monuments while experiencing a slice of exotic cultures of Russia in its cities. Soak in the atmosphere in St Petersburg & Moscow, shake a leg with folk dancers, taste some Russian Vodka and witness the famous Russian circus: step into the Russian fairytale!


WOW Highlights

  1. Folklore show
  2. Peterhof Tour
  3. Golden Ring Tour
  4. Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin
  5. The Kremlin
  6. Saspan Bullet Train ride to Moscow

Day 1: St Petersburg:

We arrive in St Petersburg, the erstwhile capital and culture hub of Russia in the afternoon. The check in time is 3 PM. We check in to our hotel, rest and recover from our journey and spend some time relaxing. In the evening we head out for first dinner together. We will be transferred back to the hotel after the dinner for some well deserved sleep.

Saint Petersburg is a world-class destination and Russia's second largest city; earlier known as Petrograd and later Leningrad. It is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic centre, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site


Day 2: St Petersburg

After Breakfast at the hotel we embark on our tour to the Catherine Palace and the magnificent park at Pushkin. Next take a break for a traditional Russian lunch at a restaurant. Later in afternoon we visit the Imperial Estate of Pavlovsk, the residence of Emperor Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great. The estate’s magnificent palace sits on hill overlooking an English-style landscaped park, with a beautiful river running through it.

The town of Pushkin lies just outside St. Petersburg and has a marvelous ensemble of palaces and parks. It’s famous for its impressive baroque Catherine Palace, where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. Stroll along the alleys of the park with its numerous pavilions, ponds and sculptures and don’t  forget to take a look at the Lyceum (Litzei), a 19th century school for the elite, where the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and many other well-known Russian figures studied


Day 3: St Petersburg

We begin the tour of two gems of St Petersburg, the city that is often called the Venice of the North and explore its rich culture and history. We will see the Peter and Paul Fortress which was built by the great Tsar Peter. This is followed by a tour of one of the largest and oldest art museums in the world—The Hermitage. We will get back to the hotel as the rest of the day is at leisure.


The Peter and Paul Fortress was the first structure to be built in St. Petersburg, and thus the birthplace  of the city, it never served its intended defensive function. The Hermitage - St. Petersburg's is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums, the Hermitage is a must-see for all first-time travelers to the city. With over 3 million items in its collection, it also definitely rewards repeat visits, and new- comers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. One estimate has it that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute.


Day 4: St Petersburg

We continue our exploration of St. Petersburg, with a visit to the majestic Grand Palace and  Park of Peterhof. We then visit the Lower Gardens which are adorned by arguably the most famous landmark of Russia – The Fountains of Peterhof. In the evening we head to the Nikolaevsky palace for a Folklore show.

One of St. Petersburg's most famous and popular visitor attractions, the palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as "the Russian Versaille". The fountains of Peterhof are one of Russia's most famous tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors every year and were intrinsic to Peter the Great's original plans for Peterhof.

                                                                                                                  

Day 5: St Petersburg Moscow:

We start the day early in order to catch the 7 AM "Sapsan" to Moscow. Saspan is the new high speed train between St Petersburg & Moscow. The train takes us through scenic country side to the magnificent new capital of Russia - Moscow. On arrival  we will leave the luggage at the hotel and begin the sightseeing tour of Moscow with Metro. We will then transfer back to the hotel and relax before we meet again at 8 PM in the lobby. We will head out for dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 6: Moscow:

Today we continue to explore Moscow. We visit the heart of the capital, The Kremlin—with its iconic onion shaped domes and partake of the historical and architectural marvels of the area including one of the Cathedrals. We also visit the armoury chamber. After the visit we transfer back to hotel and we have some free time for ourselves. In the evening we head out to experience the magnificence of a Russian Circus Show known world-over for its entertainment and extravagance.


Day 7: Golden Ring Tour: Vladimir - Suzdal:

After breakfast we transfer to the train station to catch the express train to Vladimir. On arrival we have lunch at a local restaurant. After having our fill we board our coach to begin the tour - A ring of cities known for their rich historical significance. We commence our city tour with a visit to the Golden Gate, built between 1158 and 1164, which is the only preserved instance of the ancient Russian city gates. The next city on our stop will be Suzdal. We do a city tour of Suzdal – including the Suzdal Kremlin which is the oldest part of the city, dating from the 10th century, followed by a slice of the rustic life at Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture. The ensemble of this open-air museum consists of 18th and 19th century wooden buildings brought here from various places of Vladimir Region. We visit

―Suzdalskaya Medovukha‖ and taste a unique and one of the oldest versions of the       Russian meal which is made out of honey. Enjoy your drink with a performance of Russian   folk dance with an array of traditional games for you. Having revelled in a truly Russian experience, we transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay and dinner in hotel in Suzdal


Day 8: Golden Ring Tour (Suzdal Alexandrov Zagorsk) - Moscow

After Breakfast we check out and continue our Golden Ring tour. The next stop on Tour is Alexandrov, where we visit its famous Kremlin. We conclude the Golden Ring Tour at Zagorsk, where we visit the Trinity Lavra – St. Sergius Monastery. We will have a late lunch* at ―Russkiy Dvorik‖. After the visit we transfer to Moscow.


Lavra is the highest rank of Orthodox monastery, and there are only four in all Russia. This is the Russian Orthodox equivalent of the Vatican, which has a complex of medieval buildings to rival those of the Kremlin. The monastery is named after St. Sergii of Radonezh, a 14th century monk from Rostov whose pious, ascetic existence attracted numerous followers to the hermit's retreat he had established in the forests around Moscow.


* The lunch is late because of the Monastery Schedule.


Day 9: Moscow - India

After breakfast we check out of our hotel and head to Arbat Street for a walking and shopping tour. Moscow’s most famous street market, the Arbat, is an eclectic art market filled with portrait painters, soapbox poets, and street musicians, with more than a few sidewalk cafés and souvenir stands. In the struggle between the freethinkers and the money makers, the latter seems to be winning the battle for the Arbat. But nonetheless, the historic and artistic atmosphere on this avenue endures. We break for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own cost). We then bid adieu to Moscow and head to the airport for our return flight back to India.


Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in 3/4/5 star with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing on private basis as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee wherever mentioned in the itinerary above
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Airport transfers on private basis.

Exclusions:

  • International Airfare
  • Visa
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, water, mini bar, coffee, Laundry, etc
  • Lunches and all other meals & services which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Norm for tipping guide is $ 3 per person/ per day and $ 10 for porters at railway station.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions

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