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Russian Capitals and Tatarstan

10 Days / 3 locations in Russia

Itinerary

 
Day 1     St. Petersburg
Accommodation: Sokos Vasilievsky

Arrival in St. Petersburg and transfer to Hotel Sokos

Vasilievsky or similar, check-in, welcome meeting in the evening.

 
Day 2     St. Petersburg
Accommodation: Sokos Vasilievsky
Meals: Breakfast

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 of 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. In the afternoon an 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 a visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks

 
Day 3     St. Petersburg
Accommodation: Sokos Vasilievsky
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

The morning is reserved for a 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 offered. In the evening enjoy a Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti

 
Day 4     St. Petersburg - Moscow
Accommodation: Park Inn Sadu
Meals: Breakfast

The early morning is reserved for a 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     Moscow
Accommodation: Park Inn Sadu
Meals: Breakfast

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: 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 a visit to the Moscow Metro

including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided

stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. In the he evening a Moscow-by-night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla

 
Day 6     Moscow
Meals: Breakfast

The day offers 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. In the evening, transfer to the Kazanskaya Railway Station and departure with the Tatarstan Premium overnight train bound for Kazan.

 
Day 7     Kazan
Accommodation: Park Inn Kazan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, we arrive to Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. Located at the mighty Volga River, Kazan is a beautiful thousand-year-old city, where Christianity and Islam have co-existed peacefully through the centuries. Upon arrival we are transferred to Hotel Park Inn Kazan or similar, where breakfast is served. The morning and early afternoon sightseeing tour allows us to explore Kazan’s rich past and takes us to the old Tatar Quarter, where we visit the city’s oldest stone mosque and Kazan Kremlin, a stone fortress of the 16th century with a perfect panoramic view. We also visit the Kul-Sharif Mosque, one of the largest in Europe, and the Catholic Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

 
Day 8     Kazan
Accommodation: Park Inn Kazan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

This morning offers a visit to the Admiralteyskaya Quarter and the Raifa Monastery. The monastery, located on the bank of a beautiful lake and surrounded by virgin forests, and is one of the most beautiful sites in Tatarstan. The monastery has an intriguing history dating back to the 17th century and it is still a functioning monastery today. In the afternoon a visit is to Iske-Kazan (Old Kazan), a fascinating open-air museum located where the capital of the medieval Khanate of Kazan once stood. We visit the museum dominated by a modern reconstruction of the large wooden fortress from time of the khanate, while an interactive theatrical show with the medieval ruler of the city, the Kazan Khan, and his entourage gives us a further impression of the lives of the people of medieval Kazan.

 
Day 9     Kazan
Accommodation: Park Inn Kazan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

This morning al visit to Sviyazhsk is on our program. This scenic little town located an hour’s drive from Kazan at the confluence of the Volga and Sviyaga Rivers has served as a fortress and military base since the 16th century. We visit the Holy Domitian Monastery of Sviyazhsk and the Temple of St. Sergius of Radonezh and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the town and the rivers before we return to Kazan. In the evening a national cuisine dinner is offered at Restaurant Tatar Cuisine House.

 
Day 10     Kazan
Meals: Breakfast

The arrangements end after breakfast with a transfer to the airport

 

Notes

TOUR ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON OPERATIONAL NEEDS

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is organized and operated by our Associate Office in Riga. Due to the nature of this tour organization departures are bi-lingual tours escorted in English and other language(s). We hope this does not create any distraction and is understood it is a means to offer as much variety to the customers as possible.

Price Includes
1 Overnight on Board “tatarstan Premium” Train in 2 Berth Compartment
Daily Breakfast
1 X Boxed Dinner on Board Overnight Train
Welcome Meeting With Champagne Cocktail or Juice
Personalized Welcome Package
Service of English and German Speaking Tour Escort on All Tours
Service of 1st Class Coach or 1st Class Minivan Throughout the Itinerary
Sapsan High-Speed Train St. Petersburg-Moscow Ow (2nd Class)
Portage at Hotels and Railway Stations
Airport Transfers
Tours As Per Itinerary
9 Overnights at Centrally Located 4 Star Hotels
Entrances Per Itinerary
Price Does Not Include
 Visa
VIA-1269