K011 - Little Tour of Russia 7 Days / 6 Nights
Upon arrival to Moscow, you will be met and transferred to
your hotel. The rest of the day is to relax or perhaps begin
your independent discovery of the fabled capital of Russia.
Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Director on the fascinating
tour that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Dinner.
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, 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.
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. This evening take an
Optional tour Moscow by night & Subway, to see the metro
stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People.”
Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for
our 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 tour Russian Folklore evening.
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 tour Evening Canal Cruise.
This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the worldfamous
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 visit Catherine Palace
& Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer
Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight join your fellow travelers
in a farewell dinner. Perhaps conclude your touring with an
optional Russian Folklore evening.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
NOTE: Russia requires citizens of most countries to obtain a visitor visa prior to travel. CIE Tours can assist you with obtaining the necessary forms for the visa.