Russian Capitals 2018

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Peter the Great abandoned Moscow to create, in 1703, his new capital – a port on the Baltic coast and a ‘Window on the World’. Inviting the best European engineers, shipbuilders, architects, craftsmen and merchants to Russia, he initiated the impractical and expensive task of transforming a marshland into a great European city of canals, cathedrals and palaces – like Venice frozen in time and built on islands criss-crossed by canals and bridges.

Moscow was the first capital of Russia from the early 15th century until Peter the Great moved it to St. Petersburg. In the 18th century, the influence of Italian and French architects, which so inspired St. Petersburg, spread to Moscow and the surrounding countryside and it was thus that the great families of the period erected splendid houses and palaces. Red Square in Moscow is one of the largest of its kind and flanked by St. Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM department store and at its very heart, the Kremlin. Originally a fortress, this 60-acre architectural icon houses some of Russia’s finest churches, palaces and monasteries. Most notable is Cathedral Square, around which are grouped the cathedrals of the Assumption, Archangel Michael and the Annunciation. The great collections housed here in the Armoury include some of the Fabergé eggs created for the Imperial family. Other splendid museums include the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, which houses many master works and the Tretyakov Gallery with the greatest display of Russian art, from icons to art nouveau.

Itinerary

Day 1 (TUESDAY): ARRIVAL ST. PETERSBURG

Arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

Day 2 (WEDNESDAY): ST. PETERSBURG

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks.

Day 3 (THURSDAY): ST .PETERSBURG

The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, a visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is included. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

Day 4 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG-MOSCOW

The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar.

Day 5 (SATURDAY): MOSCOW

Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Day 6 (SUNDAY): MOSCOW

The day includes a full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh.  The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.

Day 7 (MONDAY): MOSCOW DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Ireland.

Accommodation

Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar
Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Russian Visa is not included and must be obtained for Irish Passport holders
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit €200 per person
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Single room supplement €450
    • Single Room Supplement 29th May & 5th June €550
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares
  • FLIGHT TIMINGS are subject to change at any time until air tickets are issued.

Optional Excursions

  • 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: € 70.00 pp
  • Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: € 50.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: € 75.00 pp
  • 3-hour guided channel cruise: € 50.00 pp
  • 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: € 25.00 pp
  • 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: € 50.00 pp
  • Visit to Old Russian Circus: € 70.00 pp

  Cost per person: €1,549pp
  Number of nights: 6

Travel on 29th May or 5th June to experience “White Nights” when the night doesn’t get completely dark due to the high latitude of the region.

08 May 2018 €1,549
15 May 2018 €1,549
22 May 2018 €1,549
29 May 2018 €1,649
05 June 2018 €1,649
17 July 2018 €1,549
24 July 2018 €1,549
31 July 2018 €1,549
07 August 2018 €1,549
14 August 2018 €1,549
21 August 2018 €1,549
28 August 2018 €1,549
04 September 2018 €1,549
11 September 2018 €1,549
18 September 2018 €1,549

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