Day 01: Arrive Moscow
Arrive Moscow. You will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. Arrive at Moscow – the capital of Russia and one of the biggest cities of the world. You will be met by a local epresentative and transferred to your hotel. The heart of the city is the Kremlin which stands on the crest of a hill above the Moskva River. Moscow has many modern buildings and is a city of theatres, opera and ballet. Rest of the day at leisure free to see the city on your own or for shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Moscow – City tour
After buffet breakfast, proceed for half day city tour – the historical centre of the city – the Red Square,St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Sofiskaya Embankment with the building of the St. Sophia Cathedral and the panorama of the Kremlin Walls. Also visit the modern part of the city – the Lenin Vorobievy Hills, the highest place in the city providing a beautiful view and the Poklonnaya Hill. Rest of the day at leisure free to see the city on your own or for shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal
After buffet breakfast, check out and proceed to Suzdal via Vladimir (203 kms). Arrive at Vladimir which was founded in 1108 as a fort. Visit the Golden Gates and the Uspensky Cathedral – the most significant building. Its oldest murals date from 1161. Proceed to Suzdal which was the town that was awarded The Golden Apple Prize by the International Journalist’s Organization for preservation of its architectural ensemble. Arrive at Suzdal in the afternoon. Take a city tour of Suzdal visiting the Kremlin, Spaso- Evfimievsky monastery and the open-air museum of wooden architecture. Evening check in at the hotel in Suzdal. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Suzdal – Ples – Kostroma – Yaroslavl
After buffet breakfast, check out and proceed to Kostroma. On the way take a “green stop” in Ples (a small town located 65 kms. From Kostroma). Ples is a small town located in a picturesque place on the banks of the river V olga, its an ideal site for a picnic or a walking tour. Afternoon arrive at Kostroma also known as the “cradle of the Romanov dynasty”. It is also well known for its handicrafts. Proceed for a half day city tour of Kostroma including Ipatievsky Monastery and the Church of Resurrection-on-Debra. Evening depart for Yaroslavl (250 kms. From Moscow). Arrive at Yaroslavl and check in at hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Yaroslavl – Rostov The Great – Pereyaslavl – Zalessky – Zagorsk - Moscow
After buffet breakfast, check out and depart for Moscow. On the way do a tour of Yaroslavl including visit to Transfiguration Monastery. Then arrive at Rostov-The-Great (190 kms. From Moscow) and do a city tour. This place is a sleepy old town with some magnificent buildings next to a lake. The focal point of the town is Kremlin. Its churches are good examples of Russian 17 century architecture. Afternoon take a photo stop in Pereyaslavl – Zalessky (127 kms. From Moscow)/ Arrive at Zagorsk (60 kms. From Moscow). Evening visit the St. Trinity – Sergius Monastery, Russi’a most important religious and historical landmarks and still a place of spiritual pilgrimage. Lunch in the evening at a local restaurant in Zagorsk and then depart for Moscow. Arrive at Moscow and transfer directly to the train station for your overnight train from Moscow – St. Petersburg (2nd class – quad cabin). Overnight onboard the train.
Day 06: Moscow - St. Petersburg
Early morning, arrive at St. Petersburg. You will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we proceed for the half day city tour of St. Petersburg (3.5 hrs.). Visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Nicolas Church, the Winter Palace, the Smolny Cathedral, the buildings of Senate and Sinod, the St. Issak’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan designed by world famous architects make a visit to the city unforgettable. The streets and squares of the city are ornamented by brilliant sculptures. Rest of the day at leisure free for shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: St. Petersburg
After buffet breakfast, full day at leisure to explore the town on your own. You can relax in your hotel or take an optional tour of the Hermitage Museum (3.5 hrs.) which contains one of the largest collections of pieces of art in the world. The collection is housed in 4 buildings and the most famous is the Winter Palace and the former Royal residence. The museum has over three million items, among them are examples of pre-historic culture – Egyptian art, the art of Antiquity, Scythian gold and a great collection of Western European paintings and sculptures. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Depart St. Petersburg
After breakfast, check out and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Russia – Moscow, Gold Ring.
Tour price includes:
1. Accommodation at hotel opted.
2. Daily buffet breakfast.
3. Moscow airport – hotel transfers and hotel – St. Petersburg hotel - airport transfers on private basis.
4. Sightseeings as mentioned in the itinerary on Seat in coach basis.
5. Oneway overnight train from Moscow - St. Petersburg in second class (sleeper, quadruple cabins).
6. Services of an English speaking guide.
Tour price does not include:
1. Passport, Visa charges, International Airfares & Airport taxes
2. Cost granted by the Reserve Bank of India under the Basic Travel Quota scheme.
3. Any increase in the rate of exchange, surface transportation and land arrangements, which may come into effect, prior to departure.
4. Porterage, tips, insurance, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, optional tours and all items of personal nature and also food & drinks not forming part of the group menus.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned in “Tour Price Includes” box.
You must be in possession of a single entry visa for Russia. Visa charges will be applicable as per the consulate fees.
To join the tour you must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your date of travel.
Hotels / Flights / Itinerary / Routes are subject to change without notice.
Subject to RBI / GOI regulations.
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