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St. Petersburg and Moscow

9 Nights / 10 Days

TOUR CODE - IHP0034

Day Itinerary Details

Day 01

Arrival in St. Petersburg. Welcome reception at the airport/railway/bus station.Transfer to the Hotel. Spare time in the city.

Day 02

City tour. Drive along the Neva Embankment, passing the Bronze Horseman, the Academy of Arts and St. Petersburg State University, around the Theatre Square (Mariinsky “Kirov? Opera and Ballet House) and Ostrovsky Square (Alexander Theatre). Photo-stops on the Spit of Basil Island, in St. Isaac’s Square, by the battleship “Aurora?, near the Smolny Institute and St Nickolas Naval Cathedral. St. Peter and Paul Fortress – the birthplace of St, Petersburg. A walk around the grounds, a visit to St. Peter and Paul Cathedral – the burial place of Russian Tsars and Tsarinas. A visit to a former imperial political prison is also available, Walk along the Nevsky Avenue. Visit to the functioning Russian Orthodox church - the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, and the functioning Roman Catholic church of St. Catherine. The Square of Arts: Michael Theater, Russian Museum, the monument to the Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The interior of the church is completely covered with mosaics. It was built as a memorial to the Russian Emperor Alexander II on the very spot where he was mortally wounded by a terrorist.

Walk around the Michael Garden, on the Field of Mars (the eternal flame in the memory of all the Second World War casualties). The Engineering (St. Michael) Castle - the former private residence of Russian Tsar Paul I, where he lived for just 40 days before he was assassinated during the coup d’état(exterior only).St. Isaac’s Cathedral – the fourth tallest cupola construction in the world, and formerly the main Russian Orthodox church of the country.Return to the hotel.

Day 03

Tzar Village?. The Catherine palace and the Ember room. Russian museum – the collection of Russian art starting with 12th century icons and finishing with 20th century abstract works. Return to the hotel.

Day 04

State Hermitage museum. Spare time in the city. Ballet performance.

Day 05

Check-out of the hotel.Yusupov Palace. It used to belong to one of the wealthiest and most powerful noble families of Russia – the Yusupovs - before the October Revolution in 1917. Visit to the grand halls, private rooms, the exhibition rooms dedicated to the murder of Gregory Rasputin – one of the darkest and most mysterious figures of the first half of the XX century. The palace is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.Departure to Moscow by the express train. Arrival in Moscow. Spare time in the city.

Day 06

City tour. Drive by the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the monument to Peter I, Moscow State University, the Hill of Respectful Salutation, the Sparrow Hills, along Old and New Arbat and Tverskaja streets, to the Theater and Pushkin squares and the Boulevard Ring. The view of Kremlin from the Sifiyskaya Embankment and the New Maiden Nunnery panorama. Numerous photo-stops. Free time in Red Square. The famous “GUM? department store is located here. St. Basil’s Cathedral (the Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Virgin Mary on the Moat) – the Orthodox Church commissioned by Russian Tsar Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) in the 14th century. The church is the symbol of Moscow. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Moscow underground railway. Tretyakov gallery – the art museum founded in the 19th century by Russian merchant Paul Tretyakov, housing one of the best collections of Russian art in the world.Return to the hotel.

Day 07

Moscow Kremlin. The Armory – the treasury museum, part of the Grand Kremlin Palace complex. Royal regalia, gowns and thrones, gold and silver items created by Russian and European jewelry masters including the renowned Faberge Easter eggs, court gala carriages, knightly armor. Moscow Kremlin. The Cathedral Square. Visit to the Assumption, Archangel’s and Holy Annunciation Cathedrals. The Tsar Cannon. The Tsar Bell. Alexander garden. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.Return to the hotel. Circus performance.

Day 08

New Maiden Nunnery – this working convent was founded in the 17th century, it is famous for its sacred relics as well as for being the place of exile for girls of noble origin. New Maiden Cemetery – the burial place of many outstanding Russian and Soviet politicians, Second World War heroes, musicians, authors and actors. Central Armed Forces Museum. Its exposition has everything connected with a war. There are about 8.000.000 items on display and in the funds of the museum. These are the Colours and captured enemy banners, documents, photos, guns, personal things of famous military officers. In the museum yard one can see tanks, helicopters, war-crafts and other combat equipment, all together 150 pieces.Return to the hotel

Day 09

Cathedral of Christ the Savior (a functioning church) – the church was rebuilt in the 1990s. The original cathedral on this site had been designed by the best Russian architects and artists of the late 19th century, but it was destroyed in 1931 and, for 35 years, a swimming pool had operated there. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts – one of the largest Russian museums of foreign art items from ancient times until the modern era. There is a vast collection of full sized copies of famous antique, medieval and Renaissance masterpieces as well as a number of original works in the museum.Return to the hotel.

Day 10

Check-out of the hotel. Airport/railway station transfer.