St-Petersburg and Moscow, a question always arises: which one to choose, which one to love most? This is a painstaking dilemma for all visitors. As you will see, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with one or both of them. Built in 1703, St-Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the artistic capital of Russia called also the Venice of the North. The jewell city of the tsars is located at the mouth of the Neva river, a place where poets, composers and writers celebrated its White Nights and lengthy snowy winters along the canals and imperial palaces. St-Petersburg will unsettle you by the utter magnificence of its architecture. The eternal rival of St-Petersburg remains Moscow, the business beehive located in the very heart of Russia entangling a huge variety of people coming from all horizons. For Moscovites, the bigger is always the better, embracing all excesses in this megalopolis crossed by wide avenues and swarmed by endless flows of people and cars. In the heart of this ever expanding metropolis, no one will miss Saint Basil’s Church, the Red Square, the Metro and Gum, the most famous mall of the city. Ah, between St-Petersburg and Moscow which one to choose? As far as we believe, both cities will truly bewitch you.
Day 1 Tuesday: Arrival in St. Petersburg Arrival in St. Petersburg, optional transfer to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
Day 2 Wednesday: St. Petersburg St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title of Venice of the North. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks.
Day 3 Thursday: St. Petersburg The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti.
Day 4 Friday: St. Petersburg The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar.
Day 5 Saturday: Moscow Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow-by-night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.
Day 6 Sunday: Moscow The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
Day 7 Monday: Moscow departure Optional transfer to the airport.