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Russia 101 - Small Group Tour

8 days
7 nights

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Rates:

Per Person, USD:
$ 1,990.00 (double occupancy: Oct - Mar )
$ 600.00 (single supplement: Oct - Mar )
$ 2,290.00 (double occupancy: Mar - Apr)
$ 600.00 (single supplement: Mar - Apr)
$ 2,590.00 (double occupancy: May - Sep)
$ 650.00 (single supplement: May - Sep)

Dates:

ALL YEAR ROUND

Hotels:

Moscow: Courtyrad Mariott City Center 4*
St. Petersburg: Crown Plaza Ligovsky 4*

We reserve the right to change hotels within the same category and the order of the tours due to reasonable unforseen circumstances.

Included:

2 nights in Moscow 
4 nights in St. Petersburg 
Daily breakfast
Tours per itinerary
All entrance and service fees
Airport - hotel - airport transfers
Airfare JFK - MOW/LED - JFK

 

 

Highlights & Experience:

3H Moscow City Tour
1H Visit to Novodevichiy Monastery 
4H Red Square, Kremlin, Cathedrals and Armory 
3H St. Petersburg City Tour
1H Visit to St. Isaac Cathedral
1H Visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress

Optional Services:

Novgorod extension:  $290.00 per person (min 2 people)
1 additional night in St. Petersburg
12-hour tour to Velikij Novgorod including Kremlin, St Sophia cathedral, Yaroslav Court, Yurjev Monastery, Museum of Wooden art and lunch.

Kizhi extension: $590 per person (min 2 people)
Roundtrip train from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk
Transfers train - hydrofoil terminal
Boat tickets Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk
Escort guide on a boat
Entrance fee to Kizhi Museum
English-speaking guide on the city walking tour and Kizhi walking tour

Itinerary:

This small group  Russian tour is designed for people who would like to travel with the group but prefer flexibility in sighseeing prgram. The tour includes roundtrip airfare from JFK, accomodations in 4* hotels, transfers and some basic sighseeing. Most of the tours are optional which allows you to explore on your own or join the group.

Day 1  : JFK - Moscow

Your tour starts with a non-stop flight from JFK to Moscow.

Day 2  : Moscow

Upon arrival you will be met by our representative at the airport and transfered to the hotel. Relax and get some rest after your international flights. Overnight in Moscow.

Day 3  : Moscow

In the morning - the sightseeing tour of Moscow is included in your program.  You will drive around the historical part of the capital and enjoy the views of  Red Square and the Kremlin, old Kitay GorodTverskayaArbat,  Zamoskvorechje and the Church of Christ the Savior. You’ll also be able to see amazing panoramic views of the city from the Sparrow Hills as well as the historical building of Moscow University. After the driving tour we will visitNovodevichiy Convent, a proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site.  Many famous women have stayed here, including Peter the Great’s sister, Sophia Alekseyeyna, Boris Godunov’s sister, Irina Godunova, Peter the Great’s first wife, Eudoxia Lopukhina, and many others.

OPTIONAL TOURS:

In the afternoon we offer an optional tour to the Tretyakov Gallery and Moscow Metro The State Tretyakov Gallery possesses the world's most unique and extensive collection of the Russian art masterpieces which span a period of a thousand years. The collection was founded by a Russian merchant and art patron Pavel Tretyakov. He donated his collection to the city of Moscow in 1892 and later it  became a world-famous museum. Nowadays it contains more than 170,000 works by Russian artists from early religious paintings to modern art.

Moscow Metro is one of the most beautiful and efficient subway systems in the world carrying over 10 million passengers daily (more than the New York and London systems combined). It was designed by prominent Russian architects and artists whose goal was not to create just a transportation system but a showcase to glorify the socialism and its achievements. You will visit the most amazing stations decorated with granite, marble, bronze, statues and other pieces of art - making it look more like a museum than a subway.

Day 4  : Moscow

Today our Russian tour includes Red Square, the Kremlin and the Armory visit. You will have to check-out and leave your luggage with the concierge in the morning. During the tour you will be see the golden domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, the elegant arcades of the GUM department store, and other landmarks around Red Square. Three famous 15th - 16th century Cathedrals of  Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel, are located inside the Kremlin, along with Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets, and Terem Place and the Armory. Between the Armory and the Annunciation Cathedral is the Great Kremlin Palace - the official residence of Russian presidents.

In the evening, you will be transfered to the train station for express train "Sapsan" to St. Petersburg. The guide will meet you at the train station in St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel.

Day 5  : St. Petersburg

After breakfast, City Tour of St. Petersburg will allow you to get acquainted to the city center with views of the elegant on the Nevsky Prospect, stately palaces on Palace Embankment along the Neva River, Palace Square with Winter Palace and Alexander Column, Bronze Horseman - the famous monument to Peter the Great, Admiralty, Schmidt Bridge, Strelka with Stock Exchange and Rosstral Columns, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Canal Griboyedova, Fontanka, Kazan Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood and other finest architectural, historical and cultural landmarks. During the tour you will visit Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

Peter-and-Paul Fortress was built in 1704 to defend the city from naval attacks; however it never served it purpose. Instead its history is rather gruesome: thousands of laborers died while building the fortress, many political prisoners, including Peter's own son Alexi were kept and tortured in its cells, and the tombs of the Romanov family are in its Cathedral.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the world’s largest Cathedrals and can accommodate about 10,000 audiences. It was designed by then unknown Auguste de Montferrand and opened in 1858. The Cathedral is beautifully decorated inside with marble of 13 colors, malachite, lapis-lazuli, paintings, mosaics and stained glass made by the most famous Russian artists.

Day 6  : St. Petersburg

Free day in St. Petersburg to explore on your own or take an optional tour to Pushkin.

OPTIONAL TOURS:

Optional tour to Pushkin with Catherine Palace and Amber Room and Petergoff Palace and Park with Fountains (10H) - $270 per person

Description: After breakfast - half day tour to Pushkin located 25-30 km from St. Petersburg. Pushkin's palaces and parks were created under Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great between 1744 and 1796. The main landmark is the Catherine Palace designed by Rastrelli and a famous Amber Room inside the Palace. Pushkin's original name is Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village). It was renamed in 1937 after Russia 's famous poet who used to study here.

Description: After lunch visit Peterhoff (formerly known as Petrodvorets), located on the southern shores of the Finnish Gulf 14 miles away from St. Petersburg. The Grand Palace with its lavish interiors, gilded decorations, mirrors and paintings dominates the estate. The Parkoutside the Grand Palace is a kingdom of 144 unique fountains, all operating without the use of pumps by a combination of naturally generated water pressure and magic. Walking in the parking you will be amazed by the splendid beauty created by a man. The estate includes several other mini-museums of interest. The outwardly-modest Monplaisir Palace , which Peter I preferred to the Grand Palace , has a nice sea view and several interesting rooms, such as the State Hall where Peter would force his guests to drink huge quantities of wine until they passed out. The nearby Hermitage Pavilion, which also has nice views and artwork, is a two-storey dining room where guests sitting on the upper floor ate and drank in peace, occasionally lowering the table to the ground floor where servants refilled wine glasses, replaced dirty plates, and spat in the beef stroganoff. *

During winter season (October - mid-May) Yusupov Palace with Gregory Rasputin Chambers instead of Petergoff Palace and Park with Fountains.

Day 7  : St. Petersburg

Free day in St. Petersburg to explore on your own or take an optional tour.

OPTIONAL TOURS:

Optional tour to the Hermitage Museum (5H) - $75 per person

We begin the morning with a tour of the Hermitage Art Museum, one of Russia’s main treasures. The Hermitage occupies six magnificently large buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built according to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble is extended to the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace, and the recently constructed Repository. Collected together throughout two and a half centuries, the Hermitage houses over 3,000,000 items that represent the development of culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. In the afternoon you may choose to continue exploring the Hermitage independently or take some time to shop or stroll on nearby Nevsky Prospect.

Day 8  : St. Petersburg

Morning transfer to the airport. After a short St. Petersburg - Moscow flight you will connect to an international non-stop flight from Moscow to JFK.

Notes:

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 15 people

OPTIONAL TOURS:
Day 3 in Moscow - $110.00 per person
Day 6 in St. Petersburg - $270.00 per person
Day 7 in St. Petersburg - $75.00 per person

Additional nights: $140.00 per person (based on double)
Russian Visa: $350 per person