Join our interesting tour, as we stay in Moscow, Russia‘s capital and largest city, before going on to St Petersburg, with it’s broad avenues, elegant buildings and charming canals. Be in awe of the landmarks and magnificent buildings, such as the Kremlin.
This morning we take breakfast at the beautiful 5-star Hotel Metropol, before going on to the nearby famous Bolshoi Theatre for an interesting hour tour.
Our guide will take us today to a highlight of the tour – the magnificent Hermitage Museum, a wonderful collection of art in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. Founded in 1764, this is one of the largest museums in the world - its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt and Rubens. We also include the new General Staff building, home to the French impressionist collection – a feast for art lovers. After our tour finishes, you may choose to stay on longer at the museum, explore the city at leisure, or return to the hotel.
Today our guide will accompany us as we take you to the most famous landmark of the Russian capital and symbol of its power, the magnificent Kremlin. Within its wall is the fascinating Armoury Museum, where we will see a spectacular collection of costumes, silver and arms, amongst a vast treasure trove of exhibits.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by your guide to visit one of St Petersburg’s most prized palaces. In the town of Pushkin, formerly Tsarskoye Selo, south of St. Petersburg, is Catherine’s Summer Palace. The construction of the palace for the Empress Catherine started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around the palace and, in the middle of 18th century, Tsarskoye Selo became the official royal residence. This palace is famous for the ‘Amber Room’, now completely restored to its former glory.
Enjoy a panoramic orientation tour of the city, where we will see all the major sights of beautiful St Petersburg. You will see the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace, and pass along Nevsky Prospect. St Isaac’s cathedral is also on our route, as well as the Church on the Spilled Blood. Later we include a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress, which guards the city of St Petersburg, located on an island, facing the Hermitage and dominating the River Neva. Built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish war, it was never used as a fortress and its bastions were turned into political prison cells. Peter and Paul Cathedral, designed by Tresini, contains the remains of Russian rulers since 1725.
Enjoy an orientation tour of the city by coach, you will see some of the famous landmarks and places to which you may return at your leisure. The tour sights include Red Square, the Kremlin, Sparrow Hills, Bolshoi Theatre, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Victory Park, Novodevichy Convent, the White House and the famous Moscow streets.
This modern hotel is conveniently located, just over two miles outside the centre, with two metro stations close by serving the city easily. Guests can choose to relax in the lobby bar in the evening after a busy day of sightseeing.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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