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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 the ‘new Russia’ while St Petersburg is renowned for its magnificent palaces, worldclass museums, elegant canals and grand architecture.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Moscow with Aeroflot. Transfer to
the National Hotel, just off Red Square, for 3
nights. Evening walking tour of Red Square. (N)
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)
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
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)
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)
Tour of the Hermitage. One of the largest and
oldest museums in the world, it has an unrivalled
collection of European masterpieces. (B)
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)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the
airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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
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.
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RUI2020: 7 Nights
There were lots of highlights, but seeing the Hermitage Gallery in St Petersburg, with its room of paintings by Rembrandt, was magical.Mr Charles Cox