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  • Date: June
  • Destination: Russia
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Price: 1679
Destination Russia
From Dublin
Date June to September 2016
Duration 6 Nights
Price From €1,679 pp
Flight Details To be confirmed
To be confirmed

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to The Russian Capitals

Peter the Great abandoned Moscow to create, in 1703, his new capital – a port on the Baltic coast and a ‘Window on the World’. Inviting the best European engineers, shipbuilders, architects, craftsmen and merchants to Russia, he initiated the impractical and expensive task of transforming a marshland into a great European city of canals, cathedrals and palaces – like Venice frozen in time and built on islands criss-crossed by canals and bridges.

Moscow was the first capital of Russia from the early 15th century until Peter the Great moved it to St. Petersburg. In the 18th century, the influence of Italian and French architects, which so inspired St. Petersburg, spread to Moscow and the surrounding countryside and it was thus that the great families of the period erected splendid houses and palaces. Red Square in Moscow is one of the largest of its kind and flanked by St. Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM department store and at its very heart, the Kremlin. Originally a fortress, this 60-acre architectural icon houses some of Russia’s finest churches, palaces and monasteries. Most notable is Cathedral Square, around which are grouped the cathedrals of the Assumption, Archangel Michael and the Annunciation. The great collections housed here in the Armoury include some of the Fabergé eggs created for the Imperial family. Other splendid museums include the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, which houses many master works and the Tretyakov Gallery with the greatest display of Russian art, from icons to art nouveau.

Itinerary

In brief:

St. Petersburg 3 Nights – Moscow 3 Nights

Day 1 Arrival in St. Petersburg, optional transfer to Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

Day 2 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 a pre-included 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 with Russian champagne and snacks.”

Day 3 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, a pre-included visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

Day 4 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 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 the pre-included excursion; Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Day 6 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. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.

Day 7 Transfer to the airport for your flight home to Dublin.

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Price inclusions

  • Flight Dublin to St. Petersburg (in direct)
  • Airport transfer to your hotel
  • 6 nights accommodation (see Itinerary)
  • Meals : Breakfast daily
  • Tours included:
    Catherines Palace
    Hermitage
    Moscow at night
  • Return transfer from your hotel to airport
  • Flight Moscow to Dublin (in direct)
  • Services of guide and local representatives
  • Taxes and charges of €246

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Single room supplement €450
  • Supplement for Half Board at hotels €195
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €200 per person required
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance €25 (conditions apply)
  • Flight times and routing are subject to confirmation
  • The sequence of tours in the itinerary is subject to change, depending on local arrangements
  • Taxes, charges or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
  • All Irish passport holders require a Russian visa for travel. On booking an invitation to Russia is sent along with your confirmation and details of how to apply for the visa. All applications must be done first online and then forwarded to the Russian Embassy in Dublin. Cost €75

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Optional Excursions

  • Excursion to Peterhof & the Grand Palace €75
  • Nikolaevsky Palace Folklore Show €50
  • Russian Dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch €40
  • 3 hour guided channel cruise €50
  • 3 hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour €25
  • 8 hour excursion to Sergiev Posad €80
  • Visit to the Old Russian Circus €70

Accommodation details

St. Petersburg – Hotel Radisson Sonya or similar 4****

Moscow – Hotel Park Inn Sadu 4****

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
30 May 2017 €1,759
06 June 2017 €1,759
13 June 2017 €1,829
20 June 2017 €1,829
27 June 2017 €1,829
4 July 2017 €1,679
11 July 2017 €1,679
18 July 2017 €1,679
25 July 2017 €1,679
01 August 2017 €1,679
08 August 2017 €1,679
15 August 2017 €1,679
22 August 2017 €1,679
29 August 2017 €1,679
05 September 2017 €1,679
12 September 2017 €1,679
19 September 2017 €1,679

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