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Russia's two greatest cities provide an ideal base from which to explore the country's rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage. Moscow is now the epicentre of modern Russia, while St Petersburg is renowned for its magnificent palaces, world-class museums, elegant canals and grand architecture.
Fly direct from London (regional connections available) to Moscow. Transfer to the National Hotel, just off Red Square, for 3 nights. Evening walking tour of Red Square. (N)Day 2: Moscow
Morning tour including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, GUM state department store, Moscow State University, Novodevichy Convent, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Gorky Park. Finish with a brief metro tour to visit some of the city’s grandest stations. Afternoon at leisure. Evening talk on Russian life with the guide. (B)Day 3: Moscow
Full day at leisure or optional morning visit to Sergiev Posad. Built around the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius, it is one of Russia’s most important religious and historical landmarks. Optional afternoon tour to either the Tretyakov Gallery or the Museum of Cosmonautics. (B)Day 4: Moscow • St Petersburg
Morning visit to the Kremlin, including Cathedral Square and the Armoury Museum, with its collection of imperial treasures and Fabergé eggs. Take a late afternoon train to St Petersburg (4 hours). On arrival, transfer to the Taleon Imperial Hotel for 4 nights. (B)Day 5: St Petersburg
Morning tour of St Petersburg, including the main shopping street of Nevsky Prospekt and Vasilievsky island, and the entrances to the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Afternoon at leisure to visit St Isaac’s Cathedral. Continue to the historic Literaturnoe Cafe for caviar tasting and late afternoon tea. (B)Day 6: St Petersburg
Tour of the Hermitage. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it has an unrivalled collection of European masterpieces. (B)Day 7: Pushkin • St Petersburg
Morning tour of Catherine Palace at Pushkin, including the Amber Room. (Depending on the number of other visitors, this might be changed to Pavlovsk Palace.) Afternoon visit to Peterhof to view the exterior of the Summer Palace with its ornate gardens and cascade fountains. Return to St Petersburg by hydrofoil. Please note that days in St Petersburg may run in a different order due to entrance times. (B)Day 8: Fly to London
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information Superior group
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Single supplement
From £470pp.Locally escorted tour:
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour escort. You will be assisted with boarding the train in Moscow and met on the platform on arrival in St Petersburg.* Festival departures:
All departures from 26 August to 2 September include evening tickets to the Spasskaya Tower festival, a military music festival and tattoo held in Moscow on Red Square. Participating in the festival are Russian and international military bands, honour guard units and folk groups.Tailor-made travel:
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
Housed in a Tsar-era palace, The Taleon Imperial has an ideal location in the heart of St Petersburg on Nevsky Prospekt. The world-renowned Hermitage Museum is only a few minutes' walk away and the surrounding area has many shops and restaurants. The sixth-floor restaurant and terrace offers views over the adjacent canal and Nevsky Prospekt. The exclusive rooftop indoor spa and swimming pool is housed beneath a spectacular glass-domed roof. As this is an old building, the individual room styles and sizes will vary; Superior rooms are designed in a classic style and have an overall floor space of 35 to 45 sq metres. Please note: there is a small charge for the swimming & spa area for clients staying independently from a group tour.
The Hotel National was built in 1903 by renowned Russian architect Alexander Ivanov and stands in the heart of Moscow overlooking the walls of the Kremlin. Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and the Bolshoi Theatre are all within five minutes' walk. The hotel's eclectic Russian interior includes chandeliers, antiques and frescoed ceilings that survived the revolution and have been carefully restored. Rooms are traditionally furnished with antiques and art. Its award-winning Moskovsky Restaurant offers a range of Russian and European cuisine and has panoramic windows overlooking the Kremlin. The hotel's health and fitness centre includes an indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium, and also offers massage and spa treatments. Features: 221 rooms & 37 suites, restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, minibar, 24hr room service, robe & slippers, pillow menu, Wi-Fi.
Low season from £2140 per person
High season from £2140 per person
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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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