9 Day Tour of Russia - Vodka on Ice
Welcome to Russia and the start of your holiday! Meet and Greet group arrival transfer from St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport. We register our hotel stay and check-in. Tonight, around 2000hrs, our tip-filled Welcome Meeting takes place. Rest of evening free. Overnight – St Petersburg
Day 2 - St Petersburg - breakfast
Like Amsterdam, this stunning city founded by Peter the Great, is built around a series of bridge-connected canals and rivers. A city coach tour gives us an orientation of St Pete’s. We then enjoy a guided visit at the Hermitage. Crammed to the rafters with art and treasures, it’s one of the city’s prime attractions. Rest of Day free. Most of St Petersburg’s inner city sights are located on or just off the city’s main thoroughfare - Nevsky Prospekt. Overnight – St Petersburg
Day 3 - St Petersburg - breakfast
Free Day. If you purchase the pukka Pass Day 3 will include additional guided sightseeing inclusive of transport. The timetable of events will incorporate a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress on the Petrogradskaya Side, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo and a guided tour and lunch at the Vodka Museum. Peter and Paul Fortress, built on the orders of Peter the Great was at one time a gruesome prison. On the grounds is SS Peter and Paul Cathedral - housing the tombs of the Romanov dynasty. St Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the world’s largest. The construction was a colossal engineering feat. Thousands of wood piles were sunk into the city’s marshy ground to support its weight of 300,000 tonnes! From the dome are panoramic views that sweep across the city. The lavish imperial palace at Tsarskoe Selo was designed for Tsarina Elizabeth, who named it Catherine Palace in honour of her mum, Catherine I. The Amber Room is a stunning drawcard. Overnight – St Petersburg
Day 4- St Petersburg - Pskov - breakfast
Last Day in St Pete’s before we head away to Pskov. Blow some cash at Gostinny Dvor shopping area, have some fab St Petersburg ice cream, take a hike along Nevsky. Later this evening, we travel by train to Pskov. Arriving tonight, we enjoy a late dinner. Dinner & overnight – Pskov
Day 5 - Pskov - breakfast
Richly historical Pskov is built around a riverside Kremlin with a beautiful cathedral. We’ll enjoy a tour of historical Pskov. A short drive takes us to tranquil Pechory Monastery, founded in 1473. A sea of colours and architectural styles prevail in the grounds of this still-working cloister, where if monastic law permits, we can explore the fascinating burial caves where some 10,000 souls rest. Later, see the ruins of the fortress at ancient Izborsk. Then, steamy windows at a local Russian banya (sauna), before later enjoying a vodka and shashlyk lunch. Tonight, we enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Lunch, dinner & overnight - Pskov
Day 6 - Pskov – Moscow - breakfast
ToDay, enjoy a Day of alpine fun - ice-skating on a frozen lake or cross-country skiing with lunch. There are no mountains in the region, so a special type of ski is used for cross-country. Please note that if the weather is inclement, then the itinerary may alter slightly.
Lunch and overnight train to Moscow
Day 7 - Moscow – breakfast
We’re here in the city that kept Bond busy. ToDay, we’ll ride the capital’s Stalinist designed Metro to Red Square. From here, we’ll take in the jewels of Russia’s capital on a guided walk in the Kitay-Gorod and Lubyanka area that takes in sights such as the epitome of Russian power – the Kremlin where we enjoy on Day 8 a guided tour. In Red Square, feast your eyes on the wildly coloured turban domed St Basil’s Cathedral - an enduring Russian symbol. Remains of Day free. Moscow’s nightlife is bolshoi (big). Go the large. Overnight – Moscow
Day 8 - Moscow – breakfast
ToDay, we head into Red Square where, if open, we can pay our respects for free to Lenin (the father of Communism) at his eerie mausoleum. We continue inside the Kremlin where we enjoy a guided walk through the grounds where we’ll see numerous governmental buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell. Famous Gorky Park with it’s winter ice rink where cheap skates can be hired and neighbouring Sculpture Park - home to redundant statues from Russia’s Communist era are worth a visit and for those interested, we’ll head there with our guide. Alternatively, you’re free to enjoy Moscow your way. The Metro is the most efficient way to get around. Izmailovsky fleamarket or Novy Arbat is worth a visit. Both offer stalls hocking everything from Soviet Red Army memorabilia to Matryoshka dolls. Overnight - Moscow.
Day 9 - Moscow – breakfast
Hotel checkout. Last minute shopping and sightseeing, if your flight schedule permits. Later - departure transfer to Moscow Domodedovo airport for your onward flight home.
What You See
St Petersburg & city area sights. View sights on a guided city coach tour * St Petersburg Hermitage at the Winter Palace * Other sites of St. Petersburg included on the optional Pukka Pass * Ancient Pskov & surrounds * Pechory Monastery * Moscow & Red Square, Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum * Moscow city area sights - Gorky & Sculpture Park
Airport arrival and departure transfers * 7 nights 3 star superior tourist class hotels * 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
*1 night train Pskov - Moscow (4-berth sleeper cabin) inc- bed linen * Relevant transfers on tour * Guided sightseeing - St Petersburg city coach tour, Hermitage at Winter Palace * Pskov, Pechory, Moscow walk, Moscow Kremlin * Russian banya (sauna) experience * Winter pursuits - ice skating, cross-country skiing in Pskov * Moscow Metro travelcard * English speaking tour leader * Russia A - Z guide
Airport transfers only included if flying by British Airways and travelling on the scheduled tour start/finish dates
£399 GBP per person (single supplement £99) - BOOK NOW