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The Heart of Russia with Veliky Novgorod Extension

Small group tour
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12 days
4 cities
3nights

Moscow, Russia

Traveling to the capital of Russia? Make sure to leave extra time to really see all of the world-famous sights of Moscow, starting with St. Basil's Cathedral and Bolshoi Theater, to GUM - State Department Store, that once boasted 1200 different stores and continues to astonish travelers with its size, elegance, and opulent architecture. When visiting Moscow, make sure to pop up to Kremlin and see the remarkable red brick building that is the principal symbol of Russia....
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    Day 1: Arrival

    Welcome to the legendary capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free to relax in your cozy room, dine in one of the nearby restaurants or start exploring the amazing city center on your own.


    Day 2: Moscow City Tour & Visit to the Tretyakov Gallery

    Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a wonderful city tour around the most magnificent Moscow landmarks.

    During the tour you take a walk at the beautiful Red Square, admire the famous GUM department store and go inside the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral, and see the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Savior and learn the story of its destruction and reconstruction. 

    After lunch at a local restaurant, you pay a visit to the world-famous treasure trove of the Russian fine art, the Tretyakov Gallery, where you spend amazing time viewing the gems of its collection, including the famous masterpieces of Ivan Aivazovsky, Mikhail Vrubel and Viktor Vasnetsov.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel to have some rest.

    In the evening you board the Radisson boat and set off on the amazing 2,5-hour Night cruise to see stunning Moscow from the waterside.

    Lunch and a welcome drink on the boat is included.


    Day 3: Visiting the Kremlin Territory & Armoury Chamber

    This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin.

    Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and set off on a 4-hour walking tour. You walk to the Kremlin territory where you have a chance to explore the gems hidden behind the Kremlin walls such as the Cathedral Square and the Assumption and Annunciation cathedrals.

    Then you visit the famous Armoury Chamber that houses a unique collection of crown jewels, stunning coronation finery, hand-forged armor and weapons, royal carriages and sleighs, and world-famous Fabergé eggs.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    In the afternoon you can choose to join an optional guided tour of Izmailovo Kremlin and Vodka Museum (292 USD per person) or an optional evening walk with a local guide (130 USD per person).


    Day 4: Moscow Subway & the Sparrow Hills Viewpoint

    Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy discovering one of the most interesting sites in Moscow hidden deep beneath the surface - the Moscow Subway. You have a quick subway ride to taste local life and enjoy the splendid decorations of its stations. 

    After the Subway ride, you have a chance to enjoy one of the best city views at Sparrow Hills and see the grand building of Moscow State University, the highest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers of Moscow. 

    Today you also drive by the Victory park, have a photo stop at the Triumphal Arch and visit the new Zaryadye Park, dubbed as the new symbol of Moscow, where you have amazing photo opportunities with the most picturesque views on the historic center of Moscow.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, you are transferred to the train station where you board the modern high-speed Sapsan train (Business class tickets are included) that takes you to St. Petersburg in comfort and safety in just 4 hours. 

    Lunch and a meal on board the train are included.

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    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
    5-star hotel
    RU, Neglinnaya St, 4, Moscow, 109012
    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
    Park Double Room Breakfast Included
    The 5-star hotel, located near many of Moscow's metro stations is the perfect place to stay when traveling to the capital of Russia. Enjoy all the benefits of the luxurious hotel - fitness center, massage parlor, health bar, on-site restaurant. Your room boasts free WiFi, spacious bed, fully-stocked bathroom, satellite TV, mini-bar and many other extra perks.... show more
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    • Walking Tour of the Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
      Get ready for an unforgettable six hours of sightseeing with the top local guide in Moscow. Discover the best of the city from the iconic gems of the Red Square to the world-famous Fabergé eggs.
    • Half Day Moscow City Tour & Tretyakov Gallery
      Start your day right, and explore the most unforgettable sights in Moscow with a local professional guide. Witness the most impressive buildings in the city, including the most famous of all - St. Basil's Cathedral. Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery is a highlight.
    • Russian Visa Processing Service
      Sit back and relax while we will take care of your Russian visa. Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries.
    • Half Day Panoramic City Tour & Subway Tour
      Marvel at the gems of Moscow, including those beneath the surface, as you tour the magnificent capital of Russia. Explore the splendid stations of the Moscow Subway, and enjoy a short ride before making your way to the Sparrow Hills for some scenic views. Some other stops on the itinerary include the Victory park, the Triumphal Arch, and the new Zaryadye Park.
    • Moscow by Night Tour with Radisson Boat Ride
      Take a 2.5-hour boat ride along the Moskva river, during which you see the Russian capital from a completely different perspective!
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Minivan
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Connection | Moscow - Saint Petersburg
Business Сlass Seat
Leningradskiy station
Moscow, Russia
4 hours
Moskovskiy station
St. Petersburg, Russia
5nights

St. Petersburg, Russia

Visiting Saint Petersburg? The most romantic place in Russia also referred to as ‘The Second Capital of Russia’ is worth at least four days of your journey. Pay a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress - where almost all Russian emperors and empresses have been buried, then make your way to the most famous church in St. Petersburg the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. For the most memorable experience in Saint Petersburg, we recommend going on a river tour to see the stunning palaces and really understand why the city is also called ’The Venice of the North’. ...
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    Day 4: Arrival to Saint Petersburg

    Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.


    Day 5: St. Petersburg City Tour & Boat Ride

    After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, the Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospect and many other popular attractions.

    Then you visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - a burial place of almost all the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family. You have a photo stop at the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral and go inside Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which stands where Russia's great emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

    Today guide takes you to one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg - the Shuvalov Palace located on the Fontanka River to show you the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, you enjoy a private boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg to see the city from a completely new perspective.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Lunch is included.


    Day 6: Tour of the Hermitage Museum & Folk Show

    Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go to the legendary Hermitage Museum to see its unique collection of world art.

    During the tour, you visit the halls of the Winter Palace to explore the main collection of the Hermitage, including the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, El Greco, Francisco Goya and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as the famous Diamond Room that contains the unique collection of priceless gems belonging to the Romanov family.

    Cross the Palace square to enter the General Staff Building which houses Hermitage's superb collection of Modern European Art, primarily consisting of the world-famous French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel to have some rest.

    In the evening you enjoy a fascinating Folk Show at the Nikolaevsky Palace. 


    Day 7: Trip to Peterhof 

    After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a unique hydrofoil ride to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palace architecture - Peterhof.

    During the tour, you visit the famous Bath Cottage and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.

    After the tour we invite you for a coffee break with a traditional Russian treat. After the break, you are taken back to your hotel in St.Peterburg and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Coffee break with a traditional Russian treat is included.


    Day 8: Trip to Pushkin & Farewell Dinner

    After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and head for Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) to explore the brilliant Catherine's Palace that is a striking example of baroque architecture gifted by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I.

    During the tour, you walk through the lavish parks and gardens of this outstanding palace and enjoy its gorgeous interiors, including the replica of the world-renowned Amber Room.

    After the tour we invite you for a glass of champagne and the famous Russian red caviar. After this pleasant break, you return to your hotel in St. Petersburg. 

    In the evening you enjoy Farewell dinner in a company of your guide and fellow travelers.

    Champagne & caviar reception and dinner are included.


    Day 9: Free Day in S. Petersburg & Departure to Veliky Novgorod

    After breakfast and check-out from your hotel, this day is free for you to explore the city center of the most european city in Russia on your own. 

    In the evening your driver takes you to Moscow Railway Station, where you board a train to Veliky Novgorod. 

    Please note: alternatively, you may book optional tours in Saint-Petersburg for today or late check-out at your hotel. Please, contact your Destination Specialist for the details.

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    5-star Corinthia Nevsky Palace
    5-star hotel
    RU, Nevsky Prospect, 57, Saint Petersburg
    5-star Corinthia Nevsky Palace
    Grand Deluxe Double Room Breakfast Included
    The luxury hotel Corinthia is located on Nevsky Prospect, in the very heart of St. Petersburg and offers elegant design coupled with high-quality service. All air-conditioned guest rooms boast classic interiors and come with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs.... show more
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    • Half Day Panoramic City Tour and Boat Ride
      Set off to an amazing panoramic city tour around the most cherished gems of St. Petersburg, including the Palace Square and the Hermitage Museum, Nevsky Prospect, Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and many other famous attractions. In addition to that, enjoy a 1-hour guided boat ride to explore the Peter and Paul's Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum) from a different perspective.
    • Half Day Guided Tour of the Hermitage Museum
      Experience the grandeur of Saint Petersburg's Winter Palace, as you explore the second biggest art museum in the world - the State Hermitage Museum. Your private guide tells you about the most famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and others.
    • Trip to Pushkin with Entrances to the Catherine's Palace and Park
      Uncover the royal history of Catherine's Palace, situated in the breathtaking Pushkin. The lavish gardens and golden interiors will make you wish you were born in the 18th century.
    • Full Day Trip to Peterhof with Entrances to the Lower Park and Bath Cottage
      Together with your private guide and driver, you travel to the outskirts of St. Petersburg to explore the former summer residence of Russian tsars and the gem of palatial architecture - Peterhof. You explore the impressive Great Palace and take a walk in the beautiful Lower Park, lavishly adorned with 176 fountains of various forms and styles and numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes.
    • Feel Yourself Russian Folk Show with Private Transfers
      Enchanting festival of Russian spirit "Feel yourself Russian" is performed by a professional folk ensemble at the Nikolaevsky Palace. The musicians brilliantly perform folk compositions, accompanied by an accordion or a balalaika, traditional to Russian folk, as well as some other rare and even exotic musical instruments. These extraordinary performances are full of humor and stress the performers' efficiency and their ability to turn the ordinary into beautiful and remarkable. The show consists of two parts, during the break guests are offered some snacks and drinks.
    • Farewell Dinner
      In the evening you enjoy Farewell dinner in a company of your guide and fellow travelers.
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Minivan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | St. Petersburg - Veliky Novgorod
Standard Class Seat
Moskovskiy station
St. Petersburg, Russia
3 h
Novgorod-na-Volhove Railway Station
Veliky Novgorod, Russia
2nights

Veliky Novgorod, Russia

The oldest city in the country, Veliky Novgorod is undoubtedly a charming addition to any Russia tour. Boasting a UNESCO-listed city center, it houses an imposing 9th-century Kremlin, as well as the Cathedral of Saint Sophia. In addition to that, Veliky Novgorod also provides picturesque surroundings and scenic landscapes along the Volkhov River....
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    Day 9: Arrival in Veliky Novgorod

    Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

    Day 10: Veliky Novgorod City Tour

    After breakfast you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go on an amazing panoramic city tour around the most iconic sights of the city. Later you enter Great Novgorod Kremlin - a defensive fortress and economic, cultural center of the region centuries ago. You also explore the interiors of outstanding, thousand years old St. Sofia Cathedral, which is also a burial place of many Russian princes and princesses. 

    Together with your guide you travel outside of the city to walk along the archeological site - Rurikovo Gorodische, also known as the original settlement of Novgorod Princes in the 8th century.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Day 11: Visit to Yuriev Monastery and Wood Architecture Museum 

    After breakfast at your hotel you have some free time to explore the city on your own. 

    You meet your guide in the afternoon to drive to one of the most important religious sites of Novgorod lands - Yuriev Monastery, which according to the legend was founded by Yaroslav the Wise in the 8th century.  

    Next highlight for today is an open-air museum of wooden architecture, where you have a chance to learn about the daily life of old Russian village and its residents, enter churches and houses of gently preserved unique constructions. 

    The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.  

    In the evening your driver takes you to Central Novgorod Station, where you board a train to Saint-Petersburg. 

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    Boutique-Hotel Truvor
    4-star hotel
    RU, Dvortsovaya Ulitsa 2/1, 3,, Velikiy Novgorod, 173000
    Boutique-Hotel Truvor
    Deluxe Double Room Breakfast Included
    Stay at the authentic Boutique-Hotel Truvor while in Veliky Novgorod, Russia! Located within walking distance from the Kremlin, the Ancient Market Place and numerous other points of interest in the city, the hotel is situated in a house dating back to the 19th century! In addition to the great location and authentic surroundings, the Boutique-Hotel Truvor provides all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
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    • Full Day Comprehensive Sightseeing Tour
    • Tour to Yuriev Monastery and Open-Air Wooden Architecture Museum
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Veliky Novgorod - St. Petersburg
Standard Class Seat
Novgorod-na-Volhove Railway Station
Veliky Novgorod, Russia
3 h
Moskovskiy Railway Station
St. Petersburg, Russia
1night

St. Petersburg, Russia

Inspired by the grandeur of European architecture during his travels, Russia's legendary emperor, Peter the Great, laid the first bricks of what later became Russia's breathtaking second capital a little over 300 years ago. With an appearance untypical of Russia, to this day, grand cathedrals, ornate gardens, lush palaces and royal venues, designed by the greatest European architects of the time, line the many canals of the city, all resulting in the most romantic destination in Russia that's often called "The Venice of the North". No visit to St. Petersburg would be complete without time spent in the Peter and Paul Fortress, an exploration of the glorious Hermitage and Faberge museums, a climb up to the St. Isaac's Cathedral or a visit to the colorful Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. And for an even more spellbinding experience, make sure to save some time for the residences of the Russian Tsars, including stunning Peterhof and the brilliant Catherine's Palace....
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    Day 11: Evening arrival in Saint-Petersburg

    Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the train station platform and takes you to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

    Day 12: Departure

    This is the final day of your amazing Moscow - St. Petersburg - Veliky Novgorod tour! After breakfast you check out from your hotel and your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

    We hope you've enjoyed three magnificent Russian cities and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

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    5-star Corinthia Nevsky Palace
    5-star hotel
    RU, Nevsky Prospect, 57, Saint Petersburg
    5-star Corinthia Nevsky Palace
    Superior Double Room Breakfast Included
    The luxury hotel Corinthia is located on Nevsky Prospect, in the very heart of St. Petersburg and offers elegant design coupled with high-quality service. All air-conditioned guest rooms boast classic interiors and come with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs.... show more
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • Accommodation at cosy boutique hotel in Veliky Novgorod;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Executive airport transfers and business class transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Rich sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances fees to St. Basil's Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, Kremlin territory & Armoury Chamber, Moscow subway, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Faberge Museum, Hermitage Museum & General Staff Building, Diamond Room of the Hermitage, Bath Cottage and Lower Park in Peterhof, Hydrofoil ride, Pushkin Park and Catherine's Palace, open-air museum "Vitoslavlitsy";
  • Moscow boat ride & welcome drink;
  • Folk show at the Nikolaevsky Palace;
  • Private boat ride and hydrofoil ride in St-Petersburg;
  • Champagne reception with red caviar;
  • Coffee break with a traditional Russian treat;
  • Business class high-speed Sapsan train tickets from Moscow to St. Petersburg;
  • Standard Class roundtrip train ticket from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod; 
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens and visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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