5 days tour "Two capitals"

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow. Meeting at the terminal.

City sightseeing  tour, when you will see: The Red Square - is  the heart and soul of Russia. Red Square is rich in symbols of Russia's turbulent and intriguing past, Kremlin- Russia's historical and political centre combines sumptuous architecture with a fascinating history that spans nearly nine centuries of religious and secular power, monument to the Unknown Soldier, Alexander Garden, Moscow River, Arbat and  Gorky Street, monument to the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, the State University, the Bolshoi Theatre, Victory Park - located on and around the Poklonnaya Gora - the hill where Napoleon waited in vain to be given the keys to the city when his troops were surrounding Moscow in 1812 - the park is set in an area steeped in Russian military history, Sparrow Hills, the Triumphal Arch, Tverskaya Street.

Dinner.

Visit to the Novodevichy Monastery. Founded in 1524 by Grand Duke Vasily III to celebrate the recapture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians, the Novodevichy Convent is one of the most beautiful sights in Moscow. It is particularly notable for its architectural harmony of which its position, on the banks of the Moskva River, allows excellent views. The convent is also famous for its New Cemetery, which became the most prestigious in the city in the last century and the final resting place for a number of great cultural and political figures, including Chekhov and Shostakovich.

Transfer and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast.

Most every country has a central shrine, a place that without a shadow of a doubt serves as the face of that nation and is recognizable from any vantage point. For Russia, this symbol is the Moscow Kremlin. Visit to Kremlin: The Assembly Square - Church of the Deposition of the Robe, the Patriarch's Palace, the cathedrals of Assumption, Archangel and Annunciation, the Ivan the Great Bell; The Ivanovskaya Square - the Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell; Senate Square: building of Arsenal from the Peter the Great times, the Great Kremlin Palace - the former residence of the Russian emperors.

Lunch.

Visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The enormous - and extremely expensive - cathedral was eventually consecrated in 1883, and its vast copper domes dominated the Moscow skyline.

In the evening transfer to the railway station. Departure for St. Petersburg by night train.

Day 3

Arrival in St. Petersburg. Meeting at the railway station. 

Breakfast.

Excursion  around St.Petersburg center on a bus (City sightseeing tour): you will see the Peter and Paul Fortress – the first fortification on the Neva River banks, which was a prison in tsarist time. In the centre of it there is a Cathedral, where members of the imperial family and their relatives were buried beginning from Peter the Great. The Spit of St. Basil’s Island: Navy museum, Rostral columns, Academy of Sciences, Kunstcamer – the museum of Curiosities, created  by Peter 1, State University, Menshikov Palace – belonged to  the first general governor of St. Petersburg, close friend of Peter the Great, the Academy of Fine Arts. Palace Square in the centre of which there is Alexander’s column,  the Hermitage museum, one of its building is the Winter Palace,  Arch of the General Staff, the Admiralty, Decembrists’ Square, in the middle of it there is a monument to Peter the Great the Bronze Horseman, St.Isaac’s Cathedral. The main street of the city is Nevsky prospect, the Cathedral of Our Mother of Kazan, Cathedral on the Spilled Blood, cruiser Aurora, the Summer Garden the first regular Park of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter I.  Summer Palace of Peter the 1, Smolny Cathedral and Smolny Institute, Russia's first educational establishment for women, where now is located the city government. We will see the rivers, canals and draw bridges of our city.

Dinner.

A visit to the Hermitage (Winter Palace). Hermitage is the biggest and the most important museum in Russia. The State Hermitage is a home of more than 3 million masterpieces. There are the collections sculptures and pictorial art, crystals and porcelain, carpets and jewelry, weapon coins. It is world famous for its collections of Italian, Flemish, French and Spanish art, paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, French Impressionists – Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso.

Transfer to the hotel.

Day 4

Breakfast.

Country bus excursion to the Petergof with visiting the Peterhof Grand Palace, The Marly Palace, The Mon Plaisir Palace and walk in the Fountains Park (only summer). Peterhof, rightfully called "Russian Versailles" was the main summer residence of Tsars.  You will see the Grand Palace built in Baroque style and so famous Park ensemble with its 150 fountains decorated with splendid gilded statues, as well as the amazing “play of water” which will surprise you during your promenade.

Lunch. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 5

Breakfast.

Bus excursion to the Tsarskoye Selo with visiting the Catherine Palace and the Amber room. Catherine's Palace, one of the most beautiful residences of Russian Tsars is world famous for its Amber room that is fully covered with Baltic Amber. The beautiful architecture of the palace finds its reflection in the neighboring park, where you can walk along the birches and firs, lakes and ponds, streams, bridges, sculptures, pavilions...

Dinner. Transfer to the train station / airport. End of the tour.