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Best Selling Tour: Bistro Russia

7 days
6 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

PER PERSON IN USD:

Oct 1 - Dec 15
Jan 5 - Mar 1
$ 1,970.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,900.00 (single occupancy)
Mar 1 - Apr 30
$ 2,100.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,950.00 (single occupancy)
Apr 30 - Sep 30
$ 2,500.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,400.00 (single occupancy)

 

Dates:

May 11, 2018 - May 17, 2018 
May 25, 2018 - May 31, 2018 
Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 26, 2018 
Jul 27, 2018 - Aug 02, 2018 
Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 
Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 
Sep 07, 2018 - Sep 13, 2018 
Sep 21, 2018 - Sep 27, 2018 
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Hotels:

Moscow: Courtyard Mariott City Center 4*
St. Petersburg: Crowne Plaza Ligovsky 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
4 nights in St. Petersburg
"Sapsan" express train Moscow to St. Petersburg
Daily breakfast
Tours per itinerary
Entrance fees
English speaking tour guide
Transportation by private mini-bus with a/c
All transfers
Russian Visa is included!

 

Highlights & Experience:

3H City Tour of Moscow
1H Visit to Novodevichiy Monastery
4H Tour of the Red Square, Kremlin and Armory
2H Moscow Metro Tour
3H Tretyakov Gallery
3H City Tour of St.Petersburg
1H Visit to Peter-and-Paul Fortress
1H Visit to St. Isaac Cathedral
4H Hermitage Tour
10H Pushkin and Petergoff Tour

 

Optional Services:

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

Nikulin Circus  - $150
Folk Show in St. Petersburg  - $150
St. Petersburg Rivers and Canals cruise - $120
Marinsky Theater in St. Petersburg - TBD
Bolshoi Theater in Moscow - TBD

*all optional tours and performances include transfers to/from hotel

Full Visa Service: $250 per person

Novgorod extension:  $340 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  : Moscow

Upon arrival you will be transfered to the hotel. Hotel check-in. Rest after the long flight before your tour of Russia starts tomorrowm. Overnight in Moscow (B)

Day 2  : Moscow

The first day of our Russian tour starts with Moscow city sightseeing. Sit back and enjoy the beauty 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 and then continue to the the observation deck on the Sparrow Hills, near the Moscow University skyscraper built in 1953. The view beneath the skyscraper offers the best panoramic view of the city.

Our tour continues with a visit to the Novodevichiy Convent. The convent is an amazing architectural monument and one of the top Moscow sightseeing attractions. It was founded in 1524 and proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. From its first days the convent was a refuge for privileged and rich banished Russian ladies. It was here that the noblest ladies of the time, from tsars

Day 3  : Moscow

In the morning we will visit Red Square, the Kremlin and the 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 Red Square. Inside the Kremlin you will see 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.

The Armory 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.

Today you will tour one of the most amazing and efficient subway systems in the world - theMoscow 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.

Our tour of Russia continues with visit to St. Petersburgby express train "Sapsan". In the evening, you will be transfered to the train station and after a 3.5-hour train ride you will meet your St. Petersburg guide and transfer to the hotel.

Day 4  : St. Petersburg

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 HorsemanAlexander Column, and the famous Peter the Great monument. Other landmarks include the famous Church on Spilled BloodSt. Isaac’s CathedralSchmidt 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 explore St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress up close on the tour.

Though the Peter and Paul Fortress was built to defend the city from naval attacks in 1704, it never served its purpose. Thousands of laborers who helped to build the fortress died and some political prisoners, like Alexi (Peter’s own son), were held and tortured in the cells here. The tombs of the Romanov family are also in its Cathedral.

Designed by Auguste de Montferrand and opened in 1858, St. Isaac’s Cathedral 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.

Day 5  : St. Petersburg

In the morning enjoy a tour to Pushkin. The town is 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.Amber Room is part of Catherine Palace exibition. 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.

In the afternoon visit Petergoff (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 Park outside 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. 

Day 6  : St. Petersburg

Located along the embankment of the River Neva, the Hermitage Art Museum is one of world's most popular art destinations. Your tour will take you through this remarkable structure designed and built in mid-18th century by the famous architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The Winter Palace was at one time the residence of the Russian tsars and extends out into the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace, and the most recently constructed section in the Repository. The Hermitage is home to magnificent collections of art work (over 3,000,000 items) starting from the Stone Age up to the 20th century. After the tour, you may continue to explore the Hermitage on your own, or you can head over to the Nevsky Prospect for a bit of leisure time or shopping at your own pace.

Day 7  : St. Petersburg

Transfer to the airport.

Notes:

Max group size: 15 people