Moscow & St. Petersburg (6960) - 2015 / 2016

8 Day Tour from Moscow to St. Petersburg

Moscow & St. Petersburg
The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is one of the largest museums in the world
The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is one of the largest museums in the world
Visit the Moscow Kremlin and the Moskva River
Explore Moscows rich history at the History Museum

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

By Night No doubt you have seen pictures of the famous Moscow buildings illuminated at night but there is nothing like actually seeing them before your eyes! On this special evening tour by coach you will see Manezh Square, the new underground recreation centre "Hunting Row" with Alexander Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Monument to General Zhukov, the Resurrection Gates with Our Lady of Iberia Chapel. Several stops will be made en route including the panorama Platform of Moscow University and Hill of Bows with Victory Park and the Fountains.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Cathedral Christ The Saviour Under the guidance of a local guide visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which is the tallest and largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world. When the last of Napoleon's soldiers left Moscow, Tsar Alexander 1 signed an agreement declaring his intention to build a Cathedral in honour of Christ the Saviour. Construction work began on the Sparrow Hills in 1817 but as the site proved insecure a new site was chosen in 1837 closer to the Moscow Kremlin. The Cathedral took many years to build and the scaffolding was only removed in 1860. The Cathedral was finally consecrated on May 26th 1883, when Alexander 111 was crowned. However, on December 5th 1931 the Cathedral was dynamited and reduced to rubble. Eventually a new Cathedral was build and consecrated on August 19th 2000. During the visit you will have the opportunity to go up to the viewing platform on the roof of the Cathedral.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Moscow Circus A stay in Moscow is not complete without having seen one of the famous circuses. There are 2 venues used - depending on the time of the year. One of them is the oldest circus in Russia being built in 1880. It has gained world popularity due to the skill of its trapeze artists, animal trainers and clowns. The other venue used is nowadays the biggest stationary circus in the world and can seat almost 3,400 people. It has produced over a hundred different performances starring the best Russian and foreign circus artists from many different countries.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person

Moscow River Cruise Join an original and fascinating evening cruise on the Moskva River through the historical centre of Moscow. The cruise lasts just over an hour and there will be a guide on board to provide you with information about the sights seen from the river. The route includes the Kremlin, the Saint Basil Cathedral, the Bolshoi Kamenny Bridge, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Variety Theatre, the Red October confectionery factory, a monument to Peter the Great, the Krymsky Bridge, the Gorky Park, Vorobyovy Gory hills and Luzniki Stadium. These famous city attractions look completely different and special when seen from the river.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Tretyakov Gallery With a local guide visit The State Tretyakov Gallery, which is a national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. The date of its foundation is estimated as being around 1856 when the young Tretyakov first acquired works by Russian artists of his day, with the aim of creating a collection, which might later grow into a museum of national art. His big desire was put into practice in 1892 when he presented Moscow with a large and already famous gallery containing over 2,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

Ballet Take advantage of a unique opportunity to see one of the famous ballets at the Hermitage Theatre, which is one of the oldest theatres in Russia. It was built by order of Catherine the Great in 1782-1785 on the site that was once Peter 1's Winter Palace. The first season in the Theatre was opened in November 1785 with a comic opera and then in the 1980's the entire building was restored and apart from Russian ballet performances it is also used for musical festivals. The repertoire of the ballet performances change each year so exact programme will only be known once the tour starts.

Approximate value: €105 EUR per person

Canal Cruise Join a fascinating canal cruise to see the beautiful Russian city of St. Petersburg from the water. The cruise starts in the heart of the city on the Moika River before going on to the main waterway - the Neva River, where you can see Peter and Paul Fortress, the turquoise minarets of the Muslim Mosque and the legendery cruiser "Aurora". The cruise then takes you on the Fontanka River where you can marvel at amongst other sights, the Summer garden with numerous marble statues and fascinating railings, Field of Mars and the building of the State Circus. You continue into the Kriukov Canal seeing St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and the building of the Mariinskiy Theatre. The boat then takes you back into the Moika River and the heart of the city, having made a complete circle around the historical centre of St. Petersburg.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Catherine's Place Don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the most fascinating monuments of world's architectural and gardening arts of the 18th and 19th centuries - the Palace and Park ensemble of Tsarskoye Selo, under the guidance of a local guide. Its 3 parks occupy an area of 600 acres on which rise magnificent palaces, grand monuments, intimate pavilions and sculptures. In the centre of the ensemble is Catherine's Palace which contains exquisite decorative objects, furniture, unique collections of porcelain and both Russian and Western European paintings.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

Nikolaevsky Palace & Fourchette For a true Russian evening out why not join this excursion to Nikolaevsky Palace. The Palace was originally built for Grand Duke Nicole Nikolaevich in 1853. In 1895 it housed the Kseninsky Boarding School and then in the early 1918 the building was taken over by the Trade Union Council and renamed the Palace of Labour. On entering the Palace you will be greeted by soft music from a string quartet an after being seated you can enjoy a Russian show performed by folklore groups of the city. Lyrical dances and original Russian songs will help you learn more about the Russian soul. During the interval you will be served Russian refreshments and a glass of Russian champagne.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person

Peter & Paul Fortress A local guide will show you round this fortress commissioned by Peter the Great and built in 1703 as a protection against the Swedes. It stands on Hare Island and is one of the most historic parts of the area - in fact it eventually became St. Petersburg. The Fortress became a notorious prison for people such as Dostoevky, Trotsky and Lenin's eldest brother as well as many revolutionaries. In the centre of the complex is a beautiful Cathedral with a golden spire, which is such a contrast to the grim, depressing jail. Inside the Cathedral one can see the tombs of most of the Tsars and Tsarinas from the 18th century, including that of Peter the Great himself.This fortress on Zayachiy Island is the historical core of St. Petersburg. Ordered and planned by Peter the Great in 1703, it is a monument of military and engineering craft.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

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