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Itinerary for St Petersburg, Moscow & Tatarstan Escorted Tour

St Petersburg & Moscow & Tatarstan Escorted Tour

Get off the beaten track with a visit to Kazan after experiencing the main iconic sights of St Petersburg & Moscow. Hidden away in Tatarstan, Kazan is an under-acknowledged cultural city which was recently granted the right to promote itself as the 'Third Capital of Russia"! After the fast pace of Moscow and opulence of St Petersburg, Kazan is a refreshing insight into a more provincial Russian city with its own attractions and insights. For those looking to experience more hands-on Russia in the company of a group and tour leader.


9 nights * 4 star hotels * Train travel * Escorted Group Tour * Optional tours & day trips * Departure dates May - August * From 1112 EUR pp

 

DAY 1 (TUESDAY): ARRIVAL ST. PETERSBURG

Arrival in St. Petersburg, optional transfer to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting. 


DAY 2 (WEDNESDAY): ST. PETERSBURG

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 "The 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. The afternoon offers an optional 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 an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian "champagne" and snacks.


DAY 3 (THURSDAY): ST. PETERSBURG

The morning is reserved for an optional 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, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch. 

 

DAY 4 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW

The early morning is reserved for an optional 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 (SATURDAY): MOSCOW

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: the 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 an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

 

DAY 6 (SUNDAY): MOSCOW

The day offers an optional 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 (MONDAY): KAZAN

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 coexisted 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

This morning offers an optional 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 an optional visit is offered 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: (WEDNESDAY): KAZAN

This morning an optional 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 an optional national cuisine dinner is offered at Restaurant Tatar Cuisine House.

 

DAY 10: (THURSDAY): KAZAN

Optional transfer to the airport.

Overview

DEPARTURE DATES 2019

Tour departure date - Tour end date
28th May - 6th June 2019
1th June - 20th June 2019
25th June - 4th July 2019
9th July - 18th July 2019
23rd July - 2nd August 2019
6th August - 15th August 2019

TOUR INCLUDES

8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels 1 overnight on board 'Tatarstan Premium' train in 2 berth compartment
9 x buffet breakfast
1 x boxed dinner on overnight train
Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
Personalised welcome package 
Entrances to Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Moscow Kremlin & Kazan Kremlin
Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary 
Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow one way (2nd class) 
Portage at hotels and railway stations

Notes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS - choose your preferred tours!

Transfer airport to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky: EUR 70.00 for private car (1-3 pax), EUR 90.00 for private minivan (4-7 pax)
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti: EUR 50.00 pp
3-hour guided channel cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: EUR 25.00 pp
3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: EUR 80.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Admiralteyskaya Quarter and Raifa Monastery: EUR 40.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Iske-Kazan (Old Kazan) with entrance to the museum and fortress and interactive show: EUR 60.00 pp
6-hour excursion to Sviyazshsk with entrance to Holy Domitian Monastery and Temple of St. Sergius of Radonezh: EUR 60.00 pp
National dinner at Restaurant Tatar Cuisine House: EUR 40.00 pp
Transfer Hotel Park Inn Kazan to airport: EUR 40.00 for private car (1-3 pax), EUR 80.00 for private minivan (4-7 pax)
Half board (8 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 240.00 pp

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WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE COUNTRIES

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MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG PRIVATE TOUR

I wanted to let you know how nicely everything worked out. We will have a hard time deciding between Moscow and St Petersburg. Which one will we like better? Who knows. This is a really great trip and we want to thank you again!

JANE & TONY, MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG, MAY 2018


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I would like to thank Baltic Holidays for the well organised holiday that was organised for my friend and I in August. We visited St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Every aspect of the holiday worked well. Our accommodation was very comfortable, our guides informative and our drivers excellent. All staff were very punctual and polite. The places we were shown by our guides gave us a very good understanding of the countries we visited. My heartfelt thanks to Baltic Holidays.

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I wanted to let you know how nicely everything worked out. We will have a hard time deciding between Moscow and St Petersburg. Which one will we like better? Who knows. This is a really great trip and we want to thank you again!

JANE & TONY, MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG, MAY 2018

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