Day 1 (Monday). ST.PETERSBURG

Arrival. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 2 (Tuesday)(BASIC no Hermitage) Breakfast. Morning starts from the visit to the Hermitage museum, Russia’s best gallery of world art, one of the most prominent art museums in the world and definitely the main tourist attraction of St. Petersburg. The

principal building of the Hermitage Museum is the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian Czars. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from throughout history The Hermitage’s collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens. Lunch. City Sightseeing Tour in the city. The historical capital of the Russian Empire invites you to admire its splendid views: the Square of Arts with 3 museums and 4 theatres along its perimeter, the Palace Square offering an impressive view upon the Baroque Winter Palace; the historical Strelka (Cape) of the Vasilevsky Isle; the famous Nevsky Avenue considered the “heart” of the city. We will also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress that is actually considered the place of birth of St. Petersburg. During this tour you will take an insight into the history of the city and the Romanovs’ royal dynasty. Free time.

Day 3 (Wednesday). (BASIC - Free Day) Breakfast. The morning starts with the visit to Peterhof. It is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Nestled on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, the palace was built by Peter the Great initially as a resting place on the way to the Imperial naval base at Kronshtadt. But the Czar was quick to recognize the attractiveness of the area and masterminded a vast estate intended to rival the famous gardens of Versailles. The Grand Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors, sits on top of a high seashore ridge overlooking

the vast Lower Park. The enormous park is adorned with statues and pavilions, it boasts the world’s largest system of fountains, earning it the title of the “Russian Versaille”.

Day 4 (Thursday). ST.PETERSBURG – MOSCOW

Breakfast. Transfer to the train station for the high-

speed train to Moscow. Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 5 (Friday). MOSCOW

Breakfast. City Sightseeing Tour of Moscow. Doing this tour you’ve got an excellent opportunity to learn the history of the Russian capital and see the most impressive sights of great historic and cultural value. The Red Square, one of the most spacious squares of the world, famous for Lenin’s Mausoleum and St. Basil Cathedral, and dominated by the grand Kremlin walls of red brick. You will have a chance to see the glanderous tower buildings symbolic of the Soviet Moscow, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished and then reconstructed as a symbol of the Russian faith. After that we will visit the Moscow Subway (Metro) which spans almost the entire Russian capital. It is one of the world’s most heavily used metro systems. It is well known for the ornate design of many of its stations, which contain beautiful examples of socialist realist art. Lunch. Free time.

Day 6 (Saturday). (BASIC - Free Day) Breakfast. In the morning we visit the Moscow Kremlin. It is the symbol of Moscow and of the entire Russia. This stronghold is the historical, spiritual and political heart of Moscow and the city’s most famous landmark and tourist attraction. Most of the city had been inside the Kremlin walls until the XVI century. It was rebuilt several times in the past, it was wooden originally and the brick walls and towers we see now were built in 15th century. Today the Kremlin is the official residence of the Russian President. Lunch. Free time.

Day 7 (Sunday). (BASIC - Free Day) Breakfast. In the morning we go to the Sergiyev Posad. Located 70 km north from Moscow the historic ensemble  of  Sergiyev  Posad  is  of  great  interest   for tourists and pilgrims as it is a place abundant in excellently preserved monuments of the Russian

culture, dating back to the XV-XVII centuries. The Monastery of the Trinity and St. Serge founded in 1337 is famous all over the world and often referred to as the “Russian Vatican”. Lunch. Return to Moscow.

Day 8 (Monday)

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.