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Our 2 days with Dianna as a guide was wonderful. We appreciated her flexibility and felt liki we got a good overview of St. Petersburg in a short time. We are so glad we booked a private tour instead of using the ship's tours. Thank you to you all!Jerry and Sally Macy
Moscow & St.Petersburg Grand Tour
Due to the high demand of General Sightseeing tours in both St.Petersburg and Moscow we have created this special section for those who are visiting these two amazing cities during their journey to Russia.
The offer includes 2 full sightseeing days in Moscow and 2 full sightseeing days in St.Peterbsurg with an optional free day in either city.
More tour days can be easily added upon your request.
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7 day/6 night Grand Tour of the two Russian Capitals
The best of MOSCOW
Arrival at the airport. Transfer to the hotel
Meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel and start a city tour , that will give you a general idea of the Russian capital.
Walk past its old and new streets and squares, such as
- Notorious Lubyanskaya Square with headquarters of the former KGB;
- Theatre Square with the stunning Bolshoi Theatre;
- Tverskaya street, the main street of the city, where we will visit Yeleseyevskiy Grocery Store- one of a kind-built as a palace and turned into a luxurious grocery store more than a hundred years ago;
- Boulevard Ring with exquisite cozy 18-19th century mansions of Moscow Nobility;
- Kutuzovskiy Avenue with the Triumphal Arch;
- “Moscow city” complex- new growing business district of high rises.
Enjoy a panoramic drive along the embankment of the Moskva River and see a huge controversial statue to Peter the Great located right in the river; pass by the legendary Gorkiy Park and the White House, the seat of Russian government.
During the day you will also make several stops at the most picturesque places of the city, such as
- Christ the Savior Cathedral the main church in Russia and a foot bridge next to it, offering some of the best views of the city;
- Zamoskovorechye, an old neighborhood of Moscow with little churches and stately mansions, some interesting pieces of contemporary art and the most romantic city spot – Love bridge with Love trees;
- Novodevichiy (New Maiden) Convent noted for its architectural beauty and historical significance (we will view the convent from outside) and visit the New Maiden Cemetery where the outstanding people of Russia have been buried for over a century;
- the house-museum of Leo Tolstoy, where the great Russian writer lived for more then 20 years;
- Victory Park, memorial complex dedicated to the WW2;
- Sparrow Hills known for the main building of Moscow State University and the observation platform offering a fascinating view of the huge megalopolis.
You will finish the day with a visit to Izmailovo Craft and Flea Market, an open air wooden complex built in old Russian style, - the best place to get Russian gifts and souvenirs to take home.
Return to the hotel
Start the day with a walk in the historical centre of the city with a visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum, St Basil Cathedral and shopping mall GUM.
Almost every building in the historical center of Moscow is associated with different events and celebrated personalities of the Russian history and culture. You will see and hear the stories of the most popular places of the city:
- Red Square, the hub of Russia, with its fantastic "stone flower"- St. Basil Cathedral, one of the symbols of Moscow;
- fancy Manezhnaya Square with the Zero Kilometer, a starting point for all Moscow roads;
- Alexander’s Garden with the eternal flame, a WW2 memorial, where you might watch a change of guards;
These are places that make Moscow one of the most beautiful cities of Russia.
Have a delicious lunch in one of the multiple downtown cafes or restaurants and continue the day with a tour of the Kremlin and Armoury museum.
The Kremlin used to be a fortress then the residence of the Russian tsars. After the Revolution of 1917 the USSR Government moved in it. Now it is the seat of the Russian President and a unique cultural museum complex compromising palaces, cathedrals and museums.
You will tour the grounds of the Kremlin and visit its cathedrals striking with architecture, ancient frescoes and icons: Assumption Cathedral where Russian tsars and emperors were crowned; Archangel Cathedral - the burial vault of the Russian tsars until 18th centuries; and Annunciation Cathedral, a home church for the royalty. You will get to meet the 2 prominent Russian tsars in person: the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon, the biggest in the world.
Kremlin is sure to reveal you some mysteries of the Russian state and soul.: )
While touring the Kremlin you will also visit Armoury museum, famous for the Tsar's regalia such as jewelry crowns, orbs and scepters, clothing of the Russian tsars and tsarinas, royal carriages, collection of arms and armour, gifts to the Russian Tsars from various countries of the West and the East, and the illustrious collection of Faberge Easter eggs.
The tour continues with a walk along Arbat Street, a colorful promenade with numerous souvenir stalls, antique stores, cafes, street musicians and painters.
You will take Metro to go back to the hotel and have a short Metro tour on the way to see some of the most beautiful stations of world famous Moscow subway system.
Evening Transfer to the train station to catch Fast Sapsan Train to St.Petersburg. Enjoy the luxury of this speedy ride and keep your eyes open for the marvellous St.Petersburg at night.
The Best of SAINT - PETERSBURG
Your day with start with meet with your friendly St.Petersburg guide in the lobby of your hotel and you will first walk to the Palace Square. Walk across the square, admire the beauty and grandeur of the Tzar’s residence – Winter Palace, which is part of the Hermitage museum.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage museum and ask as many questions as you can think of while exploring the enormous collections. During the tour you will see state palace interiors of the Winter Palace, the most glorious tzar residence in Russia, started by Empress Elizabeth I and finished under Catherine the Great's rule. Explore magnificent art collections assembled by the Imperial family and carefully saved from destruction by the staff of the musem during the Second World War. You will see the highlights of the 15th-18th century European Art collection like Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Veronese, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and other world-famous names, as well as enjoy the museum's collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists.
Savour a delicious lunch in a local café/restaurant and strech your legs!
Its time to meet your private driver to enjoy a Panoramic City tour of St.Peterbsurg with picturesque stops in most popular places and by most spectacular sights: Aurora cruiser, Peter's Log cabin, Nevsky Prospect - the main street of St. Petersburg, Anichkov Bridge and Anichkov Palace, Fontanka and Moika Rivers, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Palace Square and Alexander Column, General Headquarters Arch, Senate Square with the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great, Palace Bridge, the monument to Nicholas the First, St. Nicholas Cathedral, University Embankment with its historical buildings : Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University, Menshikov Palace, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Square of Arts with Michael's Palace, the Mosque, the Aurora Cruiser, the Smolny Convent, the Taurida Palace, the Foundry Bridge and the Foundry Prospect with the "Big House" (the KGB headquarters) and many more!
During the tour you will visit Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on the Spilled Blood and St.Isaac’s Cathedral.
Return back to the hotel at the end of the day.
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel and depart to the suburban Imperial Residences.
Explore the favourite residence of Empress Catherine the Great - Tsarskoye Selo - and see what was left from it after the hard days of the Second World War. Enjoy the unconventional beauty of the newly-recreated Amber Room, which is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. Walk the peaceful grounds of Catherine's residence and relax.
Have lunch in a local cafe/restaurant. We highly recommend to try a Degustational Menu at Podvorye Restaurant where ex-president of Russia Vladimir Putin celebrated his birthday in 2000. Forget about the president, it's not about him. It's about the delicacies you get to enjoy.
Drive to Peterhof and explore the world-famous gardens and enjoy the multitude of beautiful fountains and realise that the nick-name this place was given - Russian Versailles - is more than justified!
You will also visit the Grand Palace of Peterhof and enjoy the cosiness of this 'miniature' (in comparison to the Winter palace and Catherine's palace) Imperial residence rebuilt by Rastrelli from Peter's modest mansion into a truly splendid gala residence of Elisabeth!
|INCLUDED into the tour cost ARE:
1. 2+2 days of guide service (Moscow & St.Pete )
8. Visa Support (if required)
4. Accommodations (can be arranged individually upon request)
5. Air transportation to/from Russia
Total for the Grand tour in USD, 2016:
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Tour Cost, PER PERSON
Prices may change without prior notice. Please contact us if your group is greater than 10 people for a custom quote.