A place of majestic history and a mysterious allure, Moscow is both surreal and sophisticated. With stunning architecture, a thriving art scene and the Soviet legacy, Moscow is a treasure trove of experiences! You will be picked up at the airport for a transfer to the hotel for check-in and overnight stay.
After breakfast at the hotel, step out for a “Panoramic City” tour, which will acquaint you with the most sensational sights of Moscow, including the Kremlin, a symbol of the Russian statehood and one of the biggest architectural ensembles in the world. A few hundred metres from here is the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the largest church in Russia and the site where Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture premiered. Made by the same designer, the Peter the Great Statue is another monumental sight that was erected in 1997 to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy. We will also visit the Moscow State University in this immersive journey around the city. End with a visit to the nearest metro station to the pier.
Today, we will delve a little deeper into one of the most iconic sights of Russia – the fortified complex of Kremlin. An eclectic selection of churches, palaces, squares, walls and towers offer a peak into many stages of Russian arts and politics dating from the medieval imperial age up to the Soviet Union. Absorb the different aesthetics of the Great Kremlin Palace, the pretty Poteshny Palace and the classical Senate building, before heading off to visit the intriguing Armoury, Russia’s oldest and most important museum. Wander around the nine halls and gain an intriguing insight into the past of this fantastic country, including clothing, weaponry, carriages and other curious artefacts, before admiring the world-famous Faberge Eggs, as well as the most important item of the museum, the so-called Crown of Monomachos, the Imperial crown of Russia.
The Hermitage (Moscow – St. Petersburg)
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and leave for the station (with English-speaking assistance) to board the High Speed Sapsan Train to St. Petersburg. You will be transferred to the hotel and assisted for check-in. The capital of imperial Russia, St. Petersburg is one of the most spectacular cities of Russia. Visit the second-largest museum in the world, the Hermitage, a place that few can rival in terms of the sheer volume and quality of the art work on display. It’s impossible to leave without getting beguiled by the sheer expanse of the space, encompassing numerous buildings including the iconic Winter Palace. With around three million exhibits, the Hermitage is said to have so many pieces of art that it would take years to view them all.
After breakfast at hotel, spend the day on a “Panoramic City tour” to the most interesting and picturesque sights of St. Petersburg, including the unusual log cabin of Peter the Great, Nevsky Prospect (the main street of St. Petersburg) featuring the beautiful Anichkov Palace, the opulent Kazan Cathedral, Palace Square and Alexander Column, amongst others. Visit the University Embankment and the historic museum of Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University, Menshikov Palace, and the Foundry Prospect with the "Big House" (the KGB headquarters). No visit to St Petersburg is complete without spending a few hours at the site where it all began – the Peter & Paul Fortress. This is the original citadel of the city, built on Hare Island near the north bank of the Neva River and a place to see the 300-year-old Petersburg of royal tombs, prison blocks and historical museum exhibitions.
Countryside Views (St. Petersburg)
After breakfast at the hotel, step out for a half-day tour to Peterhoff and Russian Versailles. Experience the lavish lifestyles of the tsars with this breathtaking visit to the Peterhof gardens on the outskirts of St Petersburg. Built in the 18th century by Peter the Great as his summer residence, the Peterhof is today an ensemble of more than 20 museums and palaces that reflect the power and the wealth of the Romanov dynasty. Other buildings on the site are the original Monplaisir Palace and the small Marly Palace, which was modelled on a French hunting lodge. You will also visit The Peterhof Grand Palace that was designed to be the centerpiece of Peter the Great's "Russian Versaille" in 1721. Its elegant 3-storey facade is flanked with glass galleries and the shining gilded domes of Peterhof Church and Coat-of-Arms Pavilion can be seen from far away.
Farewell Russia (St. Petersburg)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight.