Today, begin your ‘Royal Russia&39 tour. Our local representative
will be waiting at the arrival hall outside Moscow&39s Sheremetevo Airport to welcome you and to take you to your hotel (check-in time is 12 noon). The rest of the day is free for you to relax and experience the royal charm of this great city on your own. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at Hotel Izmailovo Delta or similar in Moscow. Day 2:
After breakfast, get ready as we set out to explore the city of
Moscow. We first take you to visit the Kremlin, the very heart of Russia. Specifically located and built on the confluence of the Moskva & Neglinnaya rivers, this famous landmark of Russia has been a symbol of power of the state and now a home to the President. The highlight of our visit to the Kremlin include the State Armoury, Patriarch&39s Palace, Terem Palace and Cathedral Square, which houses many churches with exquisite golden domes.
Also see Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Tsar Bell, the largest in the world with the 11 tonne section that broke off. Later, on a city tour of Moscow, we visit the world famous Red Square. See the stunning St. Basil&39s Cathedral. Its extravagant and coloured onionshaped domes are a delightful array of swirling colours and red-brick towers. Also see Zamoskvorechye, Sofya Embankment, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the monument dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Russian Navy. We proceed to see Leo Tolstoy Street, Triumphal Arch, White House, New Arbat Street, Arbat Square, Boulevard Ring, Tverskaya Street and Manezh Square. As a grand finale of your Moscow experience, enjoy a performance at the famous Moscow Circus. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at Izmailovo Delta or similar in Moscow. Day 3:
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and proceed to
Sergiev Posad, a historic monastery town and an integral part of the Golden Ring. In Sergiev Possad you can find the most important thing that can not be imitated - its aura. The architectural ensemble of the Trinity Monastery of St.Sergius looks majestic against the background of green patriarchal suburbs. The well-proportioned vertical line of the Bell Tower can be seen from far. Later we take you to Troice-Sergiev Lavra.
This territory boast of great monasteries, such as St. Trinity Lavra and the Solovki Monastery. On our return to Moscow, enjoy a boat ride on the famous Moscow river. We now take a ride on the famous Moscow Subway. The Metro stations of Moscow Subway have often been called ‘the people&39s palaces’, for their elegant designs, lavish and profuse use of marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. Take a stroll on the famous Arbat Walk, well known in Moscow for its shopping. After an Indian dinner, we proceed to Moscow railway station for our overnight journey to St. Petersburg. Overnight on board the train. Day 4:
On arrival at St. Petersburg station, our representative will
receive you and take you for an Indian breakfast. Later, we take you an a city tour of St. Petersburg, a magnificent city build three hundred years ago and also known as &39Northern Venice&39. We drive along the &39Great Perspective&39 famous today as Nevsky Prospect, lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy, with boutiques and art salons arranged in old settings of the 18th century and Renaissance cathedrals & churches as its backdrop.
Enjoy this 4.5 km long thoroughfare drive which cut&39s through woods and marshes from the Admiralty to the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky, with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral. Take a photo-stop along the Neva embankments for a panorama of the city&39s Rostral Columns. We drive by the Summer Garden surrounded by cast iron fence whose beauty is described as every kilo of cast iron being worth a kilo of gold. Stop to enjoy an overwhelming beauty of the third largest square in the world – Palace Square with the world&39s biggest free-standing Alexander Column. See the beautiful architectural building as you pass through the city. Visit Peter & Paul Fortress, for its nucleus around which this magnificent city has arisen. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at Hotel Pribaltijskaya or similar in St. Petersburg. Day 5:
After breakfast at the hotel, today be ready to visit the
Hermitage Museum. The gigantic collection of nearly three million objects of the Heritage Museum, ranked as one of the world&39s major museums, is housed in six buildings and categorised as: West European art, the Antique world, primitive culture, Oriental culture and Art, the history of Russian culture and numismatics. Later, we take you to Issac&39s Cathedral – the main chruch of the Russian Empire. The cathedral was under construction for 40 years and was decorated in an elaborate way.
Later we take you on a boat ride of the river and channel of St. Petersburg. Enjoy a ride along the canals of St. Petersburg from where you can view the city&39s grand neoclassical architecture. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at Hotel Pribaltijskaya or similar in St. Petersburg. Day 6:
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Peterhoff, a former
summer residence of the Tsars in the 18th-19th centuries. Explore Peterhoff, designed to rival the Versailles Palace of France. Also called the &39Russian Versailles&39, Peterhoff boasts of 300-acre parks and spectacular fountains. The Grand Palace of Peterhoff crowns the hill with about 20 smaller palaces & pavilions located below and around. Enjoy the picturesque Lower Gardens with three unique cascades, dozens of water jets and miniature palaces.
Take a deep breath looking at the centre of the composition, the Grand Palace and Grand Cascade. Marvel at the staircases, waterfalls, 37 gilded statues and an avenue of 64 fountains including the Samson Fountain, an allegory of the Russian victory. Later, take a guided tour of the Grand Palace, one of the most spectacular Russian palaces. Marvel at the grandeur of its gilded interiors. Later, we take you to Catherine Palace, a magnificent royal residence of Peter the Great&39s wife Catherine. Enjoy an Indian veg / non-veg dinner. Overnight at Hotel Pribaltijskaya or similar in St. Petersburg. Day 7:
After an early breakfast, we proceed to the airport for your flight to India. Its time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made.