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Russian Capitals and Tatarstan

10 days
9 nights

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Rates:

USD
EUR

$ 1,750.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,440.00 (single occupancy)

Supplement for May 28 - Jul 09:
$125.00 (double occupancy)
$125.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

May 28, 2019 - Jun 06, 2019 
Jun 11, 2019 - Jun 20, 2019 
Jun 25, 2019 - Jul 04, 2019 
Jul 09, 2019 - Jul 18, 2019 
Jul 23, 2019 - Aug 02, 2019 
Aug 06, 2019 - Aug 15, 2019 

Hotels:

St. Petersburg - Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar
Moscow - Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar
Kazan - Hotel Park Inn Kazan**** or similar

Included:

  • 8 overnights at centrally located 4-star hotels
  • 1 overnight on board “Tatarstan Premium” train in 2 berth compartment
  • 9 x buffet breakfast 
  • 1 x boxed dinner on board overnight train
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package 
  • Entrances to Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Moscow Kremlin and Kazan Kremlin
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of Italian speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class)
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations
  • RUSSIAN VISAS INCLUDED!

Optional Services:

PER PERSON IN EUR:

Transfer airport to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky: EUR 70.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 90.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti: EUR 50.00 pp
Guided channel cruise: EUR 65.00 pp
3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: EUR 25.00 pp
3-hour Moscow-by-night tour and river cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: EUR 80.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Admiralteyskaya Quarter and Raifa Monastery: EUR 40.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Iske-Kazan (Old Kazan) with entrance to the museum and fortress and interactive show: EUR 60.00 pp
6-hour excursion to Sviyazshsk with entrance to Holy Domitian Monastery and Temple of St. Sergius of Radonezh: EUR 60.00 pp
National dinner at Restaurant Tatar Cuisine House: EUR 40.00 pp
Transfer Hotel Park Inn Kazan to airport: EUR 40.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 80.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
Half board (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 240.00 pp

Itinerary:

Day 1  : St. Petersburg

Arrival in St. Petersburg, optional transfer to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting. Overnight in St. Petersburg.

Day 2  : St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title of Venice of the North. During sightseeingthe morning we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. 

The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show
and Russian „champagne” and snacks.

Options: folk show with Russian „champagne” and snacks at the Nikolayevsky Palace
Day 3  : St .Petersburg

The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Options: Peterhof with Grand Palace and Park with fountains, Hermitage, Russian cuisine dinner
Day 4  : St. Petersburg-Moscow

Early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg rivers and canals cruise. Around noon we go to Moscow Railway Station and board Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the Volga river. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar. Overnight in Moscow (B)

Options: St. Petersburg rivers and canals cruise
Day 5  : Moscow

Moscow is a genuine Russian city with its Kremlin and onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along a famous pedestrian Arbat Street. TIn the evening - optional Moscow-by-night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla. Overnight in Moscow (B)

Options: Moscow metro, Moscow-by-night tour with Moskva river cruise
Day 6  : Moscow

The day offers an optional full day excursion to Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh.  In the evening, transfer to the Kazanskaya Railway Station and departure with the Tatarstan Premium overnight train bound for Kazan. Overnight on a train (B)

Options: Excursion to Sergiev Posad
Day 7  : Kazan

In the morning, we arrive to Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan.  Located at the mighty Volga River, Kazan is a beautiful thousand-year-old city, where Christianity and Islam have co-existed peacefully through the centuries. Upon arrival we are transferred to Hotel Park Inn Kazan**** or similar, where breakfast is served. Morning sightseeing tour allows us to explore Kazan’s rich past and takes us to the old Tatar Quarter, where we visit the city’s oldest stone mosque and Kazan Kremlin, a stone fortress of the 16th century with a perfect panoramic view. We also visit  the Kul-Sharif Mosque, one of the largest in Europe, and the Catholic Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  Overnight in Kazan (B)

Day 8  : Kazan

Today we offer an optional visit to the Admiralteyskaya Quarter and the Raifa Monastery. The monastery, located on the bank of a beautiful lake and surrounded by forests, and is one of the most beautiful sites in Tatarstan. The monastery has an intriguing history dating back to the 17th century and is still a functioning monastery today. In the afternoon an optional visit is offered to Iske-Kazan (Old Kazan), a fascinating open-air museum located where the capital of the medieval Khanate of Kazan once stood. We visit the museum dominated by a modern reconstruction of the large wooden fortress from time of the khanate, while an interactive theatrical show with the medieval ruler of the city, the Kazan Khan, and his entourage gives us a further impression of the lives of the people of medieval Kazan. Overnight in Kazan (B)

Options: Visit to the Admiralteyskaya Quarter and the Raifa Monastery, visit to Iske-Kazan open air museum
Day 9  : Kazan

This morning an optional visit to Sviyazhsk is on our program. This scenic little town located an hour’s drive from Kazan at the confluence of the Volga and Sviyaga Rivers has served as a fortress and military base since the 16th century. We visit the Holy Domitian Monastery of Sviyazhsk and the Temple of St. Sergius of Radonezh and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the town and the rivers before we return to Kazan. In the evening an optional national cuisine dinner is offered at Restaurant Tatar Cuisine House. Overnight in Kazan (B)

Options: Visit to Sviyazhsk, Tatar cuisine dinner
Day 10  : Kazan

After breakfast optional transfer to the airport (B)

Options: Transfer

Notes:

Max group size is 40 people, however only 2-3 departure per season operate with a max. number of people. On the average the group size is 28-35 people per bus.

Tour leader speaks English and German. For all local sightseeing tours the group is divided into 2 smaller groups by language. These tours are conducted either in English only or German only.