Day 1: Arrive in Moscow, Walking tour of Red Square
Upon arrival at the Moscow airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by your local English speaking assistant and privately transferred to your hotel in the city centre. Your Guardian Angel will meet you there, welcome you to Russia and assist with check-in procedures. Once settled, your local guide will take you on a walking tour of Red Square where you will see many remarkable sights including the colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral and the vast Gum Department Store.
Day 2: Moscow: The Kremlin, Planetarium and Moscow Metro
Today enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Moscow with a private vehicle and your English speaking guide. The tour starts at the Moscow Kremlin, where you will visit the State Armoury museum. The museum dates back to 1485 and has a great collection of rifles and ammunition, horse ware, carriages, royal dresses, jewellery, silverware and world famous Faberge Eggs. Also, visit the Assumption and Archangel or Annunciation cathedrals.
Day 3: Moscow: Interactorium Mars-Tefo, Experimentarium, Private Tour of the Moscow State Circus
Today, continue your space adventure as you travel to the newly opened Interactorium Mars-Tefo. The exhibition is devoted to Mars and space exploration. During the tour you will learn about the solar system and Mars explorations, see the most recent images of outer space and the Martian surface with control models of Mars rovers, etc.
Day 4: Moscow to St Petersburg, Catherine Palace, Troika Ride and Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad
In the morning you will be privately transferred to Moscow airport with English speaking guide assistance for your flight to St Petersburg. Upon arrival into St Petersburg you’ll be met by your guide at the arrival hall. On the way from the airport, drive to the village of Pushkin (formerly known as Tsarskoye Selo), renamed in 1937 on the centenary of the famous Russian poet's death. Visit the grounds and the sparkling Catherine Palace. This palace was built in the mid-18th century for Tsarina Elizabeth, who named it the Catherine Palace in honor of her mother. The yellow and blue façade with its snowy white columns is one of the most famous examples of Russian baroque architecture.
Day 5: St Petersburg: Peter and Paul Fortress, Museum of Artillery, Yusupov Palace
Today you will have full day sightseeing with your English speaking guide and private vehicle. Begin with a visit to the Peter & Paul Fortress which is the oldest building in the city and sits on its own island on the Neva Delta. At the heart of the fortress at the cathedral is the burial site of most of the pre-revolutionary leaders of Russia. Visit prisoners’ cells of the fortress from which nobody managed to escape.
Day 6: St Petersburg: Museum of Water, Matryoshka doll painting
Today you will have a full day sightseeing with your English speaking guide and private vehicle. First visit the Museum of Water. Everything here is dedicated to water: water as the great mystery, water as medicine, water as destructor, water as standard, water as music. Multimedia technologies and effects are combined with exhibits that are permitted to be touched with hands. The sounds, pictures and light surrounding visitors is as changeable as the water itself.
Day 7: St Petersburg: Hermitage Museum and time at leisure
Today travel with your private vehicle and guide to the Hermitage museum. The museum is situated in the lavishly decorated Winter Palace and occupies six magnificent buildings with 3 million pieces of artwork from the Stone Age to modern times. The main building and largest part of the museum is the rococo-style Winter Palace, residence of the Tsars from 1762 to 1917. The museum was commissioned by Catherine the Great and she and her successors built the Hermitage collection in large part with purchases of private collections from the Western European aristocracy and monarchy.
This morning drive out to the countryside of Peterhof, the great summer estate and artistic gem of Peter the Great, nestled on the shore of the Gulf of Finland (part of the Baltic Sea). After his victory over the Swedes at Poltava in 1709, Peter decided to build a palace “befitting to the very highest of monarchs” and a visit to Versailles in 1717 furthered these ambitions. This magnificent estate was officially opened in 1723. A prominent highlight is the Grand Cascade, a delightful sequence of 37 gilded bronze sculptures, 64 fountains and 142 water jets descending from the terraces of the Great Palace to the Marine Canal and the sea. The park features numerous palaces, summer houses and pavilions.