Everything about Russia is special – from climate and geography to culture and local lifestyles. This fascinating 7 days tour focuses around two of Russia’s most magnificent cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Moscow, the capital of Russian Federation, treasures rich historic and cultural heritage, whose past goes back for more than 8 centuries. The spirit of the past as well as signs and conveniences of modern city make Moscow one of the most attractive places for visitors. No less impressive, Russia’s former capital St. Petersburg will astonish you with its lavish palaces, broad avenues and winding canals. Top of the list of places to visit is the sumptuous Hermitage Museum, also known as the Winter Palace, which is the biggest museum in the world.
|SCHEDULE||DBL ROOM||SGL ROOM|
|From 21 till 27 July||1795||2100|
|From 18 till 24 August||1845||2150|
|Day 1||Moscow||5* Crown Plaza||1||1||1|
|Day 2||Moscow||5* Crown Plaza||1||1||1|
|Day 3||Moscow||5* Crown Plaza||1||1||1|
|Day 4||St. Petersburg||4* Int'l Holiday in||1||0||1|
|Day 5||St. Petersburg||4* Int'l Holiday in||1||1||1|
|Day 6||St. Petersburg||4* Int'l Holiday in||1||1||1|
|Day 7||St. Petersburg||Flight||1||1||0|
Departure from Beirut Int’l Airport at 01h10, arrival to Moscow at 04h55, meet and assistance. Transfer to a local café for breakfast, followed by a city sightseeing tour of the Red Square, the Exchange, the Gum department store, the Cathedral of St. Basil followed by the Alexander’s Garden “walking tour”. Stopover for lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to the Cathedral of St. Savior & the bridge. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow is situated a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin, with an overall height of 103 meters, it is considered as the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world. Transfer to the hotel. Check In. Buffet dinner at the hotel with a Russian Traditional Show. Overnight.
After breakfast, departure to the Tretyakov Gallery, the Metro and the Manezh Square walking tour. Lunch will be served at Hard Rock café, Arbat street. After lunch departure to the Armory tour & the Kremlin Grounds with the Cathedrals street. In the late afternoon, a visit to the Eliseev Food hall while driving through the Tverskaya street. Return to the hotel where a buffet dinner will be served. Overnight.
After breakfast, a full day tour to Sergiev Posad with a visit to the Trinity lavra of St. Sergius; the most important Russian Monastery and a spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Stopover for lunch, followed by an excursion to the flea market in Sergiev Posad for antiques and used items shopping. The flea market is a great and perfect place where you can find almost anything from antiquities, clothes, toys, electronics, household goods and some old stuff with good prices. Return to the hotel where a buffet dinner will be served. Overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to St. Petersburg. Arrival to St. Petersburg, the 2nd largest city in Russia. A city of beautiful Baroque Palaces, picturesque canals, splendid avenues and elaborate Cathedrals. City sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg, including St. Isaaq Cathedral; The dome of St. Isaaq’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and its gilded cupola can be seen glistening from all over the city. The Cathedral itself is an architectural marvel and took 40 years to construct. In the late afternoon, transfer to the hotel for check in followed by a buffet dinner. Overnight.
After breakfast, departure to Pushkin to visit the Ekaterina Great’s Palace and Parks. The Parks are considered to be some of the most attractive royal parks in Europe. After lunch, a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress, then proceed to visit the Cathedral of the Resurrection. Return to the hotel for a buffet dinner. At 23h00, the St. Petersburg and bridges night tour will take place. Return to the hotel. Overnight.
After breakfast, a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg, including a visit to the Hermitage Museum; the world’s best art gallery and one of the largest and oldest museums in the world founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, followed by a visit to the Church of St. Andrew; This impressive Cathedral is one of the essential sights on Vasilevsky Island, St. Petersburg’s oldest district. After lunch in a local restaurant, you can enjoy a cruise in the Peterhof’s Canal. Return to the hotel. Buffet dinner. Overnight.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel. A visit to the Peterhof Palace and Park. The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces & gardens laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These Palaces and gardens are sometimes referred to as the “Russian Versailles”. The palace – ensemble along with the city center is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Free time for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Beirut.
DEPARTURE: With Aeroflot from Beirut Int’l Airport