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PricesFrom: R 26,100.00
FlightsNo Flights Included
Valid From14th of September 2018 (Friday)
Valid To23rd of September 2018 (Sunday)
Need Visa'sSouth Africa: NoBritish: YesEuropean Union: YesAmerican: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview
You’ll spend 10 unforgettable days – from Moscow to St. Petersburg – on your affordable tour of Russia. Begin sightseeing in the capital city of Moscow with the iconic Kremlin complex, Red Square, and the Vladimir Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also see the 14th-century Troitse-Sergiev Monastery, and you’ll visit the Matryoshka Museum where you can learn how to paint your own Russian nesting dolls.
Travel to the pretty town of Klin to see historic Russian Christmas decorations at the local museum where you will be able to create your own to take home, , as well as the Tchaikovsky House-Museum – home of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. You’ll stop in Tver for a traditional evening of Russian dining, after visiting the Goldwork Embroidery Museum and the beautiful Russian Orthodox Valday Iversky Monastery.
Next, your escorted budget vacation in Russia will lead you to the city of Novgorod with its opulent St. Sophia Cathedral, St. George’s Cathedral, and an open-air wooden traditional Russian village.
Your budget travel vacation to Russia concludes with your 3-night stay in splendid St. Petersburg. You’ll discover the magnificent architecture, culture, and history of this amazing port city – founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. Explore the Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral – which served as a jail which held the likes of Dostoyevsky, Trotsky, and the Tsar’s son Alexei.
The local guide will show you the main sights and bring the city’s history back to life, and you will be able to choose from many sightseeing options – from the Tsar’s Winter Palace, the Hermitage, to the blue and white Catherine Palace, the Fabergé Museum, or enjoy a true Russian vodka-tasting session. Your exciting affordable tour of Russia will be an experience like no other. Your thoughts will often return to your memories of Russia with love for a long time to come.
About the Holiday
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Russia's exciting capital city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow Travellers. (D)
DAY 2: MOSCOW.
Guided sightseeing this morning reveals just what makes Moscow so special-from the fortified KREMLIN complex and ARMOURY MUSEUM in the heart of the historic city to the iconic onion-domed St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square with the Lenin Mausoleum. You'll also visit the splendid Moscow METRO, lavishly constructed in the early 20th century to resemble a magnificent subterranean palace. (B)
DAY 3: MOSCOW. EXCURSION TO SERGIEV POSAD.
Included excursion to picturesque Sergiev Posad with its 14th-century TROITSE-SERGIEV MONASTERY-the Russian Orthodox equivalent of the Vatican. With its imposing white-stone facade and blue and gold onion domes, this is one of the loveliest monasteries in Russia. Then, at the MATRYOSHKA MUSEUM, discover how these famous wooden nesting dolls are crafted and painted-and learn how to paint your own. (B,L)
DAY 4: MOSCOW-KLIN-TVER.
Leave Moscow and travel northwest, stopping in pretty Klin. Discover the historic CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS at the local museum and have a go at decorating your own to take home. Then, explore the TCHAIKOVSKY HOUSEMUSEUM, former country home of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This is where he wrote Symphony No 6 (Pathetique) and spent his final days in 1893. See the areas where he lived and worked, as well as his top hat, gloves, and the luggage he took on concert tours. Overnight in Tver, dating back to the 12th century and situated at the confluence of the Volga, Tmaka, and Tvertsa Rivers. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: TVER-TORZHOK- NOVGOROD.
Start the day with a visit to the GOLDWORK EMBROIDERY MUSEUM in Torzhok, famous for its delicate goldwire embroidery found in artwork, insignia, and royal clothing. Next, visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox VALDAY IVERSKY MONASTERY, founded in 1653. Situated on an island on Lake Valdayskoye, it became an important centre of culture and education in the 17th century, and producer of fine porcelain tiles. Arrive in Novgorod and enjoy an included dinner featuring traditional Russian cuisine at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: NOVGOROD.
VIsit Novgorod, the former cultural, social, and economic hub. Discover its KREMLIN (city centre) and magnificent ST. SOPHIA CATHEDRAL with its ancient frescoes, bronze 12th-century Magdeburg Doors, and five onion domes. Then, explore a recreated old Russian village with traditional izbas (homes), chapels, farmyards, and more at the OPEN-AIR VITOSLAVLITSY WOODEN ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM, and visit ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL, dating back to 1119. (B)
DAY 7: NOVGOROD-ST. PETERSBURG.
Depart Novgorod and push north to incomparable St. Petersburg, an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. An orientation drive introduces you to some of the city's palaces, parks, monuments, squares, boulevards, and 600 beautiful bridges. (B,D)
DAY 8: ST. PETERSBURG.
An architectural gem founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg rivals any other European capital in splendour, beauty, and distinction. During your guided sightseeing, see the city's main sights, including a visit to the PETER & PAUL FORTRESS and CATHEDRAL, which served as a high-security jail for political prisoners. Its most famous inmates included Dostoyevsky, Trotsky, and Peter the Great's own rebellious son, Alexei. This afternoon, consider joining our guided optional excursion to the Hermitage Museum. Housed in Peter's magnificent former Winter Palace on the banks of the Neva River, today the museum's collection boasts precious items from around the world. (B)
DAY 9: ST. PETERSBURG.
A whole day in St. Petersburg to do as you please. You could explore on your own, or to join the optional excursions to the flamboyant blue and white Catherine Palace, summer residence of the Russian tsars, and to the Faberge Museum, founded to repatriate Russia's lost cultural treasures, including the rare imperial Faberge eggs. You could also choose to celebrate the conclusion of your adventure at a vodka tasting and dinner at the Vodka Rooms. (B)
DAY 10: ST. PETERSBURG.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Includes & Excludes
- 9 nights hotel accomodation at 3-4 star hotel accomodation
- 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
- Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Local Guides for city sightseeing in Moscow, Segiev Posad, Klin, Torzhok/Valday, Novgorod, St. Petersburg; professional Tour Director while touring
Package is based on two set departures 14 or 28 September 2018
- International flights
- Travel and Medical insurance
- Meals not mentioned
- Items of personal nature
MoscowMoscow is the capital of Russia, and the country’s economic, financial, educational, and transportation centre.
The city is named after the river. The origin of the name is unknown, although several theories exist. One theory suggests that the source of the name is an ancient Finnic language, in which it means “dark” and “turbid”. The first Russian reference to Moscow dates from 1147 when Yuri Dolgoruki called upon the prince of the Novgorod Republic.
Moscow has a humid continental climate with warm, somewhat humid summers and long, cold winters.
There are 96 parks and 18 gardens in Moscow, including 4 botanical gardens. Moscow is a very green city if compared to other cities of comparable size in Western Europe and America.
Despite the long nights and cold weather, in recent years Moscow has become a truly 24-hour city. The range of chic bars, clubs and live entertainment on offer is extensive. Most places operate a strict door policy: whether that means ’face control’ to keep out hooligans or to keep out those in last season’s Prada depends on whether it is ‘democratichny’ or ‘elitny’.