8 Days Treasures of Russia | Land Tour

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8 Days Treasures of Russia | Land Tour

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"Discover the Land of the Tsars, a mix of modern and historic and famed for its White Nights. Russia is a truly fascinating country to explore. On this tour, you will get to explore Russia's two main cities - Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as life in the charming provinces. Tour highlights include the Kremlin, Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and a Russian homecooked meal in Moscow. Admire the impressive art collection at the famous Hermitage Museum, stroll along Nevksy Prospekt and discover beautiful churches and cathedrals in St Petersburg."

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MOSCOW

Upon arrival in Moscow airport, transfer to hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in a 4* Hotel

DAY 2: MOSCOW

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This morning, depart on a full-day tour of Moscow.  

Moscow today is a booming metropolis, dignified yet dynamic, where ancient churches sit shoulder to shoulder with 21st-century financial institutions, and where the new high-rise commercial district of Moscow-City is changing the face of the city forever. 

Visit a few of the world-reowned metro stations, sometimes referred to as “Underground Palaces.” Make a stop at the famous Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which was built in 1839. Take a stroll on the Patriarch Bridge over the beautiful Moskva River, on the way to the Cathedral. 

After your visit to the Cathedral, the tour continues to the Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery, founded in the 16th Century. The main attraction of the convent is the cemetery where the famous Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin were buried here, and many of such famous individuals.

In the afternoon, enjoy a private Vodka tasting tour at the Vodka Museum. Learn about the history of Russia’s premium distillery, Cristall, the outfit that gave the world the vodka formerly known as Stolichnaya-Cristall, and now just Cristall.

At the end of your tour, your guide will take you to the acclaimed Bolshoi Theatre. Here, you may choose to enjoy an evening performance* at the theatre. The surroundings of the Bolshoi Theatre are as wonderful as the performances.

*Please note that the tickets to the Bolshoi Theater are not included - we will advise the available performances and ticket prices once the travel dates are established.*

Overnight in a 4* Hotel

DAY 3: MOSCOW 

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Meet your local guide this morning and begin with a walking tour of Kitay Gorod, the cultural and historical areas in Moscow. 

Make a stop at one of the oldest women’s convents in Moscow, on a hill not far from the Kremlin. After the Revolution, the convent was closed and transformed into a prison. It was opened again after the Soviet Union dissolved. After that, visit the Choral (Great) Synagogue as well as Red Square & St. Basil's Cathedral, the most recognizable symbols of Russia. The eastern side of Red Square is dominated by the elaborate façade of GUM, the former State Department Store, and a glass-topped 1890s arcade of booths. 

Spend some time in the GUM Department Store before continue to Victory Park and The Moscow International Business Center which Located on the Moskva River a couple of miles west of the Kremlin. 

In the evening, experience the Russian hospitality in the home of a Russian family with a special Russian homecooked dinner consists of a beautiful array of different salads, zakuskie or appetizers, fish and meat dishes.

Overnight in a 4* Hotel

DAY 4: MOSCOW - ST. PETERSBURG

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After breakfast, start your tour with Kremlin & Armory Tour with Kremlin Diamond Fund. The Moscow Kremlin reminds modern-day Russia of its medieval past. Built on the site of Prince Yuri's hunting lodge, the Kremlin overlooks the Moskva and Neglina rivers. 

Today, the Kremlin remains the center of Moscow and Russian politics. Inside the fortress walls are palaces, cathedrals, government buildings and the Armory Museum. The Diamond Fund- an exclusive collection of "crown valuables," jewelry pieces made for the czars and the royal court, including imperial regalia such as crowns, scepters, and bejeweled clasps to fasten the coronation mantle. The 189-carat Orlov Diamond is among the treasures, as is Catherine the Great's coronation crown, encrusted with pearls and 4,936 diamonds.

After lunch (own expenses), you will be transfer to Moscow railway station for your high speed train to St. Petersburg. Dinner will be served onboard.

Overnight in a 4* Hotel

DAY 5: ST. PETERSBURG 

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This morning, begin an exploration of Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg. Often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its miles of canals, laced together with graceful bridges set amidst 18th-century buildings, have earned it the name, “Venice of the North.” The historic center of St. Petersburg has been added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Start with St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The cathedral is bursting with sculptures, frescoes, stained glass works and woodcarvings. Climb the 262 steps to the colonnade walkway along the perimeter of St. Isaac's for a fabulous view of St. Petersburg.

Continue your tour to Peter and Paul Fortress which located Across the Neva River from the Hermitage on Hare Island, the Fortress of Peter and Paul was one of the first structures in St. Petersburg. Peter the Great laid the cornerstone of the earthen fortress in May 1703, intending it to be used to repel a Swedish invasion. After the Swedes capitulated, the fortress was transformed into a prison in 1718. Most importantly, it is the burial place for most of the czars beginning with Peter the Great

End the tour with St.Petersburg canal cruise and walking tour of Nevsky Prospekt. Nevsky is best seen on foot, you will walk pass five churches including Kazan Cathedral and seven palaces, including the Usupoff Palace where Rasputin met his end.

Overnight in a 4* Hotel

DAY 6: ST. PETERSBURG

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This morning, you will visit the Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage today houses one of the largest museum collections in the world. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, the French Impressionists, Van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin, and Picasso. The fabulous rooms with their inlaid floors and gilded woodwork and the grand double entry staircase are works of art in themselves.

After that, you will have a chance to attend a ballet master class where the dancers run through their warm-up routines and practice fragments of ballets, accompanied by a pianist. 

Spend a romantic evening at one of St. Petersburg’s illustrious theaters. Russia has long been known as a place where the arts are held in high regard. It is the home of some of the world’s finest ballet companies and Russian composers. Additionally, musicians and opera singers have always held places in the pantheon of global cultural luminaries. Attend a memorable ballet, concert, or opera performance in Russia’s cultural capital.

**Please note theatre schedules are not finalized until 90 days prior to the date of performance. 

Overnight in a 4* Hotel


DAY 7: ST. PETERSBURG 

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After breakfast, begin your day with an exciting hydrofoil ride from the Hermitage pier down the Neva and out into the Gulfof Finland to Peterhof. The hydrofoil takes only half an hour to arrive at Peter the Great's palace and park with its cascades of almost 150 fountains. The gravity-fed collection pools in Peterhof’s Upper Garden discharge their waters nearly 50 feet down to the Lower Park’s cascades and jets, creating enormous force and powering fountains all over the park.

Take a tour of Peter the Great’s favorite residence, Monplaisir Palace, the only fully original building remaining at Peterhof. The first structure built on the estate, the early 18th-century Monplaisir has a sweeping view over the Gulf of Finland so Peter could keep an eye on the passing ships. 

Stop for lunch at Podvorye Restaurant, built in the style of a traditional Russian izba, or wooden cottage. Enjoy wonderful Russian peasant-style cuisine, served family style at long wooden tables. The owner has hosted some distinguished guests as Vladimir Putin and First Lady Laura Bush.

Overnight in a 4* Hotel

DAY 8: ST. PETERSBURG (Departure)

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After breakfast, spend the morning at your own leisure and transfer to airport for your flight back to Singapore.