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Explore the magnificent cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg on a fascinating 8 day trip to Russia. At Moscow, you will visit the famous Red Square and the Kremlin, a grand fortified structure, once the home of the Tsars and now the residence of the President.
Discover the incredible underground anti-nuclear bunker of Taganka built during the Cold War. Besides this, there’s Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius, a stunning Russian monastery in Sergiev Posad. Experience the beauty of Saint Petersburg, a city of canals, bridges, and palaces. Appreciate the wonderful works of art at the exquisite Hermitage Museum. Stop by Peter and Paul’s Fortress and marvel at the impressive Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk Palace.
Are you all set to travel to two awe-inspiring cities in the largest country in the world? Let’s go!
Sheremetyevo – A.S. Pushkin international airport
Welcome to Moscow! A driver will pick you up at the airport and take you in a private vehicle to your hotel in the city. Unpack, rest and prepare yourself for the wonderful sights and experiences over the next few days.
Moscow is home to several historical landmarks that you will visit along with your guide. See the Red Square and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its colourful domes and interesting design. Stop by Sparrow Hills, the Novodevichy Convent–a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also see Poklonnaya Hill and the historical street centre of Old Arbat. After lunch, you will visit the power centre of Russia–the Kremlin. The tsars of Russia once reigned from this colossal fortified complex that serves as the President’s official residence today. It is the site of several remarkable cathedrals that are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As the day draws to a close, head to the golden domed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour for beautiful panoramic views of the Kremlin, and vistas of the Moskva River from the Bridge of Patriarchs.
Today, you will visit a place in Moscow that remained a secret till the fall of the Soviet Union–an enormous underground bunker in the eventuality of a nuclear war! The Taganka anti-nuclear bunker was built during the start of the Cold War, 65 meters below the ground. A lift takes you below to the underground network of tunnels that can now be seen as a Cold War museum. It is a truly fascinating place located near the historical center of Moscow. Next, you will head to the Tretyakov Gallery in the Zamoskvorechye district. It has the world’s largest collection of Russian art–100,000 pieces in 62 rooms! The gallery has an excellent selection of paintings from famous Russian artists in various styles and from different periods of time beginning from the medieval age.
You will travel to the city of Sergiev Posad today. Here, you will visit the majestic Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius, a spiritual hub of the church and the most significant monastery in Russia. Pre-revolution, it was one of the foremost religious destinations in Russia. Thousands traveled to this spiritual center by foot, some from as far as Siberia. You can see its amazing architecture, and visit the cathedrals such as the Holy Trinity Cathedral and other structures. Also, take a look at the refectory that has a beautifully designed exterior and impressive interiors. Back then, it served as a dining hall for pilgrims. After returning to Moscow, you will be taken to Leningradsky Station in the evening to catch the night train to Saint Petersburg.
On your arrival in Saint Petersburg, you will be greeted by your guide and taken on a city tour. At the Peter and Paul Fortress, an original fortified complex, you can see the Cathedral where the Romanovs–imperial rulers of Russia–are buried. After lunch, you will visit a stupendous art and culture museum–The Hermitage. It is a massive complex of historic buildings located on the Palace Quay on the banks of the Neva River. With its palatial interiors and an extensive collection of art, sculpture, and artifacts from all over the world, it is a sight to behold! Admire the masterpieces by the legends of the art world including Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Pablo Picasso and all the other greats.
Do you wish to take a look at the grand summer residences of Russia’s rulers? After breakfast, a visit to two suburban towns will acquaint you with the grandeur of the royal lifestyle. With its majestic design and architecture, the Catherine Palace in Pushkin is alluring in appearance. It served as the summer residence of Catherine I with construction beginning in 1717 and additions and modifications being made during several years. It’s luxurious and artistic interiors included the dazzling Amber Room decorated in amber panels and embellished with gold leaf, gemstones, and mirrors. The original Amber Room was disassembled during World War II and went missing. It was later reconstructed. You will also visit Pavlovsk Palace, the summer palace of Emperor Paul I, commissioned by his mother Catherine the Great.
After breakfast, make your way to the Yusupov Palace, built along the Moika River in Saint Petersburg. It was the residence of the House of Yusupov, a wealthy Russian noble family. The palace is also famous as the site where Grigori Rasputin, a mysterious mystic with close ties to the Russian royal family was murdered in 1916. At the palace, you can see an exhibition on the life of Rasputin. The series of events that led to his murder continues to interest people even today. A short distance away from the palace is the marvelous Saint Isaac’s cathedral, which is the city’s largest Russian Orthodox cathedral. With its pure gold-plated dome, splendid interiors and incredible views from the towering colonnade, the cathedral is a fabulous spot. There are several other interesting attractions in Saint Petersburg that you can explore on your own after lunch.
After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye and head to the airport with your chauffeur. You can always make another trip to see the other wonderful destinations in the country. Safe travels home, and see you again!