8 days / 7 nights
- Accommodation in Moscow and Sochi (hotels 4*)
- Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
- English-speaking guide
- Museum entrance fees
PRICE: 1 person: - 2180 у.е. 2 persons - 1330 у.е.
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.
Lunch. Accommodation at the hotel.
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.
Dinner. Transfer to the hotel.
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.
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.
In the evening transfer to the railway station. Departure for St. Petersburg by night train.
Arrival in St. Petersburg. Meeting at the railway station.
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, Kunstkammer – 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. Also you will see the Admiralty, Decembrists’ Square, in the middle of it there is a monument to Peter the Great the Bronze Horseman, St.Isaac’s Cathedral. Now we are in the main street of the city 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.
Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a unique historical, architectural and fortification art monument of XVIII-XIX centuries. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703. It's architectural ensemble is focused around St. Peter and Paul Cathedral where the tombs of all the Russian emperors can be found. Excursion to the Aurora Cruiser. The legendary protected cruiser "Aurora" was laid down in Saint-Petersburg in 1897. She took part in the Battle of Tsushima and in the battles of the World War I, but today she is most famous for the role she played in the October Revolution.
Dinner. Accommodation at the hotel.
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.
Lunch. Free time. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Sochi. Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia/Abkhazia and Russia. Sochi was founded in 1838 as a Fort Alexandria. In May 23, 1896 Nicholas II approved the decision on creation of the Black Sea province and gave Sochi status of the city.
Excursion to the Akhun Mountain. Akhun is the mountain that lies between Matsesta and Khosta Rivers (Khosta District in Sochi, Krasnodar region). The highest point is the Bol’shoy Akhun (663 m above sea level). Maly Akhun Mountain (501 m) and Orlinye Skaly (Eagle Rocks) – 380 m are marked out also. On top of the Bol’shoy Akhun Mountain there is an observation tower, constructed in 1936, according to design of architect S.I. Vorobyov.
Lunch. Transfer to the hotel.
Visit the lake Ritsa. The lake is the most known and popular among tourists place of rest and one of the nature's miracles of Abkhazia. It is located at a height of 950 meters above sea level and surrounded from different sides by mountains, covered with a dense forest. Through the way visit the Blue lake. By the side of the road at the 13th kilometer is a small blue lake surrounded by mountain rock. The lake is an amazing shade of vivid light blue, which does not change even in bad weather. The Blue Lake formed by the foot of the Tskhyn Mountain at 100 meters above sea level. The temperature of the Blue Lake is always under 14 degrees Celsius at the surface and about 6 degrees Celsius at the bottom of the lake.
Visit the Dacha of J.V. Stalin. The residence was founded in 1936 on the top of a picturesque mountain ridge between Agourskoe canyon and Matsesta valley. Party and country leaders visited this resort area in 1930s. The idea to build a cottage in Sochi came to Stalin after the murder of his wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva.
Transfer to the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Moscow.