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Best Selling Tour: Bistro Russia

7 days
6 nights

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PER PERSON :

Oct 1 - Dec 15
Jan 5 - Mar 1
$ 2,200.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,700.00 (single occupancy)
Mar 1 - Apr 30
$ 2,400.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,100.00 (single occupancy)
Apr 30 - Sep 30
$ 2,990.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,600.00 (single occupancy)

 

Dates:

ALL YEAR ROUND

Hotels:

Moscow: Peter 1 -  4*
Suzdal: Pushkarskaya Sloboda - 4*
St. Petersburg: Akyan -  4*

Listed hotels will be used on all tours. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those listed.

Included:

2 nights in Moscow
1 night in Suzdal
3 nights in St. Petersburg
"Sapsan" express train Moscow to St. Petersburg
"Sapsan" express train Moscow to Vladimir
Daily breakfast. 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Tours per itinerary
Entrance fees per itinerary
English speaking tour guide
Transportation by private mini-bus with a/c
Transfers on the 1st and last day of the tour
Russian Visa is included!

Highlights & Experience:

 

 

Optional Services:

PER PERSON IN USD:
(based on min. 2 people)

Armory Museum  - $75
Tretyakov Gallery  - $75
Evening performance with dinner - $170
St. Petersburg rivers and canals cruise - $90
Marinsky Theater in St. Petersburg - TBD
Bolshoi Theater in Moscow - TBD

Novgorod extension:  $480 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: $640 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:

Our Best Short Tour of Russia visits two Russian capitals - Moscow and St. Petersburg. All tours are included!

Bistro is a type of cafe where inexpensive meals are served in an unpretentious setting. It is believed that the word is derived from the Russian Language which means 'quickly.' Russian soldiers in France, after the defeat of Napoleon. would shout to the waiters to be served quickly, thus the word evolved into the neologism 'Bistro'. This tour of Russia is short and inexpensive, therefore we called it - BISTRO RUSSIA

Day 1  : Arrival in Moscow

CITY TOUR - MOSCOW METRO - DINNER

Upon arrival you will be met by our driver and guide.

3-hour sighseeing city tour enroute to the hotel as you drive alongside the historical part within the  Garden Ring and Boulevard Ring. Enjoy the excellent views of the Kremlin, Red Square, Kitay Gorod, Tverskaya, Arbat, and Zamoskvorechje. Short stop for lunch (not included) before check-in. 

In the evening enjoy a 2 hour Moscow Metro tour and Russian dinner at a local restaurant.

Moscow metro is the most amazing and efficient subway systems in the world - the  Moscow Metro. Over twenty kinds of precious stones and metals were used in construction of these "underground palaces", decorated by statues, bareliefs, and monumental compositions.  Architects and builders of Moscow underground aspired to create not only comfortable conditions for passengers, but also to give an individual shape to each station. 

Overnight in Moscow (D)

Day 2  : Moscow

RED SQUARE - ST. BASIL CATHEDRAL - KREMLIN GROUNDS AND CATHEDRALS - BOLSHOI THEATER - GUM - LENIN MAUSOLEUM

In the morning we visit the Red Square,  Kremlin and Armory. You are surrounded by the golden domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, the elegant arcades of the GUM department store, and other landmarks around the Red Square. Inside the Kremlin we explore the three Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel, which date back to the 15-16th centuries, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets, and Terem Place.

Free afternoon and evening or optional:

Armory Museum boasts a stunning collection of treasures including royal regalia, Faberge eggs of precious metals and jewels, the 800-diamond throne of Tsar Alexey, the jewel-studded and sable-trimmed gold Cap of Monomakh, the coronation dresses of 18th century empresses, and the sleigh that was led by 23 horses in which Elizabeth rode from St. Petersburg to Moscow for her coronation. The official residence of Russian presidents the Great Kremlin Palace is part of the Kremlin ensemble.

Tretyakov Gallery - one of the most celebrated and extensive collections of Russian art and artifacts in the world. It is located in Zamoskvorechye - one of the oldest districts of Moscow. The collection contains more than 130,000 masterpieces of Russian art created throughout the centuries by many generations of Russian artists.

Evening performance with dinner & transfers - choose from Russian folklore show, Moscow circus, ballet or opera performancy.

Overnight in Moscow (B)

Options: Armory, Tretyakov Gallery, Evening performance with dinner
Day 3  : Moscow - Vladimir - Suzdal

FAST TRAIN TO VLADIMIR - CITY TOUR IN VLADIMIR - VLADIMIR CATHEDRALS - MUSEUMS OF CRYSTAL AND LACQUERED MINIATURE - SUZDAL KREMLIN AND KRESTOVAYA CHAMBER - WOODEN ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM

In the morning we check-out and board a fast train Sapsan which takes us to Vladimir located 124 miles east of Moscow, in less than 2 hours. In Vladimir we meet a local guide and begin a guided tour of the Russia’s ancient Golden Ring cities, after a short stop for lunch (not included)

Vladimir is the medieval capital on the Klyazma river. Its three main monuments, the magnificent five-domed Assumption Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, and the Golden Gates are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will see all three as well as the Museum of Crystal, Lacquered Miniature.

We continue to Suzdal, another Golden Ring town with numerous monasteries and a remarkable ratio of churches to citizens (at one point, forty churches for four hundred families). This may have been due to the princely families' spirit of competition. Many of the churches are the finest examples of Old Russian architecture. We will visit the Kremlin with Krestovaya Chamber and the Wooden Architecture Museum. 

In the evening dinner and overnight at the hotel in Suzdal (B, D)

Day 4  : Suzdal - Sergiev Posad - Moscow - St. Petersburg

YURIEV POLSKY - SERGIEV POSAD - TRINITY MONASTERY OF ST. SERGIUS - FAST TRAIN TO ST. PETERSBURG

In the morning we check-out of our hotel in Suzdal and continue to one of the oldest towns in Russia - Yuriev Polsky, on the Koloksha River. It was founded by Yury Dolgoruky in 1152. The town's main landmark is the Cathedral of St. George  built in 1230–1234. It is the latest pre-Mongol construction in Russia, famous for its stone sculptures, and also the model for first stone churches in Moscow Kremlin. 

Lunch at a local restaurant "Russian Yard"

Continue to Sergiev Posad. The town was built around the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, and is one of Russia's most important religious and historical landmarks, a place of pilgrimage of the Russian Orthodox Church and one of the most important museums housing the icons of Andrei Rublev and other famous masters of the 15th to 18th centuries.

We return to Moscow train stationa nd take a fast train to St. Petersburg. Meet the guide at the train platform in St. Petersburg.

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B, L)

Options: Dinner on a train
Day 5  : St. Petersburg

CITY TOUR - VISIT ST. ISAAC CATHEDRAL - PUSHKIN WITH CATHERINE PALACE AND AMBER ROOM

We will start St. Petersburg sightseeing tour right after breakfast. One of the most mesmerizing cities in the world, St. Petersburg is full of excitement and is sure to please visitors of all backgrounds and ages. You’ll have the opportunity to view remarkable sites such as the Palace Square and the Winter Palace situated along the Palace Embankment on the Neva River. You’ll also see the Bronze Horseman, Alexander Column, and the famous Peter the Great monument. Other landmarks include the famous Church on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Schmidt Bridge, Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Fontanka, Admiralty, Peter and Paul Fortress, Strelka with the Stock Exchange and Rosstral Columns, Canal Griboyedova, and the Kazan Cathedral as well as many other top tourist sites.

You will also get a chance to visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral designed by Auguste de Montferrand and opened in 1858. It is one of the world’s largest Cathedrals, built to accommodate around 10,000 people. Covered in gorgeous marble in over 13 colors and semi precious stones such as well as lapis-lazuli, malachite, decorated with mosaics, stained glass, and paintings by some of the most famous Russian artists.

Short lunch stop (not included)

In the afternoon we drive to Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) to visit the famous Catherine Palace with its legendary Amber Room. Designed by the Italian architect Rastrelli, it is one of the top St. Petersburg landmarks. The town itself is a charming suburb named after the greatest Russian poet, Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. 

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Options: evening performance, or St. Petersburg Rivers and Canals cruise
Day 6  : St. Petersburg

PETERHOF GRAND PALACE AND PARK WITH FOUNTAINS - VISIT TO THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive to Peterhof, through the suburbs and summer houses (dachas) of the local people. In Peterhof, we will visit the Grand Palace and Upper and Lower Park with fountains, dominated by a spectacular Grand Cascade. The Grand Cascade with its gilded statues is the centerpiece of the park. Stroll around and learn about the unique pumpless fountain system, enjoy "trick fountains" invented by Peter the Great to entertain his guests, walk along the Gulf of Finland' with its beautiful sea views and St. Petersburg panorama.

Another visit today is to the Hermitage Museum. We will spend several hours in the main building where you will see old European masters including Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Rubens, Titian, and Rembrandt, etc.**

* Petergof fountains are closed approx. from the end of September to mid-May. We will visit Yusupov Palace with Gregory Raspitin cellars instead. 

Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Options: Evening performance
Day 7  : St. Petersburg

After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport. (B)