RUSSIA – MOSCOW to ST. PETERSBURG

This MOSCOW to ST. PETERSBURG itinerary contains some special events  and adventures with some exciting options.

Day 1: Arrival to Moscow

Meet and greet at the airport by the guide. Transfer to the hotel

On the way to the hotel stop at BOSCO café for the Welcome drink with vodka shot or glass of Russian Champagne, Mors (traditional Russian drink made from berries) and olives for a convivial moment in this fascinating place.

Bosco Grand Café is located in the unique historical place of Moscow GUM Department Store with magnificent view to the Red Square.

Then continue your drive to the hotel.

Suggested hotels:

Stand Art Boutique Hotel – https://www.standarthotel.com/en

The Stand Art Hotel Moscow is the first Russian hotel to join the international community of Design Hotels™, a worldwide network uniting more than 280 independent hotels in over 50 countries.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel – https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/europe/moscow  

Luxurious and modern palace located in the city centre, facing the Red Square. The hotel offers amenities and impeccable service, elegant decoration and Red Square breathtaking views

Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant depending on the arrival time.

Day 2:  Moscow

Enjoy the City tour by vehicle featuring the most attractive sites of Moscow such as Red Square, Lenin`s Mausoleum, Bolshoi Theatre , Boulevard Ring, New Madden Convent, Patriarch Ponds, Peter the Great Statue.

Continue with a walking tour down the Old Arbat Street with metro ride, Poklonnaya Hill and Victory Park, Sparrow Hill, inside visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour with observation deck.

Lunch at the local restaurant.

Afternoon visit to the Izmailovo Kremlin & Market.

Finding your way around a large area of ​​the cultural complex “Kremlin in Izmailovo” helps guests’ informative map, located at the entrance of the complex. If you cannot select a suitable walking route and find the desired object, you can always seek help from good-natured musketeers. They guard the entrance to the Kremlin with hammers in hand and ready to lend his wanting you to take pictures with the old weapons.

You will have a chance to walk along the Art Gallery under the open air and enjoy the paintings of the modern masters. Izmailovo is also best place to look for the Russian souvenirs.

An option:

– Caviar tasting

Dinner at the hotel

An option:

Dinner at legendary restaurant “YAR” with famous Variety Show (www.yar-restaurant.ru)

Day 3:  Moscow

The day starts by visit to the Moscow Kremlin and Armoury Chamber.

The Moscow Kremlin is the chief architectural ensemble of the city. Along the South wall of the Kremlin, overlooking the Moscow River, you will find the Grand Kremlin Palace. Within the Kremlin, there is a Cathedral Square, the so-called “City of God”. Six buildings, including three enormous cathedrals edge the square. Most of them, the work of Italian architects during the late 15th and early 16th Century. The tour includes the visit to the Kremlin Territory, two cathedral and Armoury Chamber.

Lunch at the local restaurant.

Afternoon options :

Option 1 : Visit to the COLD WAR Museum

In the afternoon we offer you to visit a unique object – the only one underground bunker in the world, located at a depth of 65 meters under the ground, preserved and functioning as a museum to this day.

Bunker is a mere monument to the might of former Soviet Union.

After taking a speed elevator to the depth of 65 meters (equals to the height of 22-stores building), you will find yourself inside one of the most restricted military objects of the USSR – Secured Command Post ‘Tagansky’ (GO-42). Construction of SCP «Tagansky» started in 1951.Five years later; in 1956 governmental authorities approved an enormous object ranging 7000 m2. Department for National Security of the USSR took the object under its strict control in order to provide round-the-clock communication for the leaders of the state in case of nuclear attack.

During the visit you will pass through the secret tunnels, see samples of arming and communication equipment. You will watch a documentary movie about The Cold War epoch. It is fascinating journey when you will see most unusual and mysterious places. During this experience, you will have the opportunity to explore the gas mask, try on personal protective equipment, look into the matter of Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as well as to assemble and disassemble Dragunov sniper rifle, a machine gun of Kalashnikov and other small arms.

Option 2: Visit to VADIM ZADOROJNY Vehicle Museum – https://tmuseum.ru/o-muzee/o-muzee

It is one of the largest in Europe and the largest in Russia. It’s a  private museum of vintage technical equipment. The best antique machinery of the last century has being collected here diligently during the long time: military hardware, weapons, aviation, motorcycles, and of course retro cars – more than 1000 exhibits. Vadim Zadorozhny’s Vehicle Museum can rightfully be called now a national-level cultural project. Shelter for the old vehicles.

In 2005 the museum exposition consisted of about a dozen cars actually located in an empty field. Today constantly expanding collection has already filled three floors of the exhibition building and open-air avenues of the museum from rare collection of motorbikes to the old fashion cars and military vehicles of the first and second World Wars.

In the Museum of Technology Vadim Zadorozhnogo you can enjoy a master class in the assembly / disassembly of historical weapons.

Performance at the Moscow Circus – www.circusnikulin.ru

Late dinner at the local restaurant or hotel.

Day 4 : Moscow-St.Petersburg

Morning free ; check out and transfer to the Railway Station for the SAPSAN high-speed train to St.Petersburg

13 :00-17 :00 Fast Speed SAPSAN train to St.Petersburg

Meet and greet at the the Railway Station by local guide. Transfer to the hotel.

Suggested hotels:

Boutique Hotel ‘ALBORA’ – http://www.albora-hotel.ru

ALBORA boutique Hotel offers 29 luxury comfort rooms of high level, 13 of which are unique and decorated in the style of the legendary ballet performances of the Mariinsky Theatre, a secluded location in one of the most beautiful historical districts of St. Petersburg.

The HERMITAGE Hotel – https://thehermitagehotel.ru

The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel in St Petersburg, Russia opened in summer 2013 as a new part of The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The philosophy and the values of the Museum reflected in the design and service concept of the hotel.

After check-in and some rest transfer to the Nevsky Prospekt. Short walk along the main city`s avenue and dinner at local restaurant.

Day 5: St.Petersburg – City tour by SEGWAYS.

Segway is a great fun. With it, you cannot only arrange an unusual walk down the streets, but also a fascinating trip over a long distance. Segway – a wonderful vehicle, easy to use and in urban areas and the countryside, and even indoors. It is good if the distance is too great for walking, if you want a ride, getting positive emotions or if you want to bypass traffic jams and get to your destination.

City tour will feature the main St.Petersburg attractions – St.Isaac`s Square, embankment of the Fontanka River, Church on the Spilled Blood, Summer Garden, Art Square, Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Avenue, Palace Square, Neva River Embankment, Spit of the Basil Island and will end on the territory of the Peter & Paul Fortress.

After the tour around the Fortress and inside visit to Peter & Paul Cathedral, the first Cathedral appeared in St.Petersburg and the burial place of all members of the Russian Royal Family.

Lunch at the restaurant “KORUSHKA” located on the territory of the Peter & Paul Fortress.

Afternoon options:  

 Option 1: the visit to Faberge Museum.

The private museum, owned by the famous Russian billionaire Victor Vekselberg, is located in the Shuvalov Palace St. Petersburg and was recently restored. The palace, situated on the Fontanka Embankment, was half destroyed in the mid-2000s. Before opening the museum, a major restoration took place in the palace. Historic interiors, unique in their kind, were refurbished.

The most valuable objects exposed are the imperial Easter eggs, including even the first egg made by Fabergé upon the request of the Emperor Alexander III for his wife Maria Fyodorovna in 1885. Rare paintings and other works from the private collection of Victor Vekselberg also are on display there.

Option 2: visit to the BEER Factory and Beer tasting

The modern beer market is rapidly growing in Russia during the last years “Baltika Beer Company” was founded in 1990.  Since opening, it started to introduce its products on the market. Nowadays items of production of this factory include some sorts of beer, mineral water, and lemonades.

“Baltika” is the biggest beer-manufacturing company not only in Russia but in the Eastern Europe as well. “Baltika” is the leader of the producing volume of beer in Russia today.

After the tour, the guests will have a chance to taste different kinds of Russian Beer.

Dinner at the local restaurant.

Night boat ride along rivers and canals of St. Petersburg including the light show of the opening bridges on the Neva River. This activity is possible only in the period from April 15 until October 15.

Day 6: St.Petersburg – Morning visit to the Hermitage Complex.

The Hermitage, one of the world`s greatest art museums and Russian largest art repository, houses 5 buildings created by celebrated architects of the 18th to 19th century. The Winter Palace, formerly the residence of Russian Emperors constructed between 1754 and 1762. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3 000 000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century.

Lunch at the local restaurant.

Transfer to Peterhof Complex by hydrofoil.

Hydrofoil is a fast boat that travels between St. Petersburg city center and the park of summer palace in Peterhof. Due to the shorter distance of travel along the waters of the Baltic Sea, the travel from the city takes 30 minutes only.

Tour around the Peterhof Lower Gardens.

The Necklace of Pearls – this is what we often call the palace and park ensembles around St. Petersburg, all of them being places of architectural and historical interest.

Lower Gardens, a 300-acre (121-hectare) fountain park with a number of pavilions and palaces overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The park comprises about 150 fountains and 4 cascades that include the Grand Cascade, the largest fountain ensemble in the world and the highlight of the grounds.

Ballet performance at one of the city`s theatres.

Late dinner at the local restaurant or hotel.

Day 7: St.Petersburg

 In the morning, take one-hour drive to the Catherine Palace. In route, see historic landmarks, and residential and commercial areas.

Catherine Palace located in Tsarskoye Selo, or ‘Tsar’s Village’, surrounded by a romantic park with mysterious arbours, pavilions, grottoes and statues. Upon arrival, admire the palace’s beautiful, 984-foot (300-metre) azure facades; then ascend the Great Staircase in route to the beautiful staterooms on the second floor. See the gilded and opulent Great Hall, the Amber Room and the famous Green Dining Room. After the palace tour, take a brief guided stroll in the 1,400-acre (566-hectare) park.

Afternoon options:

Option 1: Lunch at rustic Russian restaurant “Podvorie” with folklore show and visit to Paul`s Palace and park in Pavlovsk.

Pavlovsk Palace, the former royal summer residence of Emperor Paul I, the only son of Catherine the Great. The palace remained a residence of the Romanov family until 1915. The palace and the park were destroyed in 1941-1944; they were completely restored and now present the most complete picture of a royal suburban residence.

Following your palace tour, take a guided walk in the romantic, 1,800-acre (728-hectare) Pavlovsk Park, one of the finest landscaped parks in Europe and enjoy the carriage ride through the Park.

Option 2:  Jeep and Quad Bike Riding

If you do like to take part in something NOT touristic and unusual – this is exactly jeep rally, arranged by this club. Jeep rally (different cars: Russian “Niva”, Toyota) will take place near St. Petersburg (approx. 50 km from city centre). The competition will take place in forest (near lake) with quite developed forest tracks.

If you like active rest and extreme adventures, off-road ATV tour is just what you need! You will get the great opportunity to enjoy the company of cheerful people and to overpass off-road routes, which you will never reach by usual transport. You will feel yourself the participant of the off-road competition and get much pleasure and many impressions. We offer you the perfect off-road transport – Polaris Magnum 330 4×4 ATV. Fast, powerful, reliable and easy in operation, it is the best in its class of ATVs.

Last dinner at restaurant “RUSSIAN EMPIRE” with visiting secret wine cellars and wine tasting.

Placed in the interior of Stroganoff Palace, the genuine pearl of St.-Petersburg architecture from the times of Catherine the Great, five halls decorated in the style of Russian Empire represent noble elegance and outline the aristocracy spirit of the place. Beautiful collection of Stroganoff family portraits hang on the walls, imperial bronze statues, crystal and porcelain vases are characteristics of pure art worthy of the Hermitage and Louvre.

In the basement you will have chance to admire wine cellars of Count Stroganoff and taste the most rare and old wines belonged to his collection.

Day 8: St.Petersburg

Free morning

Check-out and guided transfer to the airport for the flight home

 

 

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