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  • Date: May
  • Destination: St Petersburg & Moscow
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Price: 1639
Destination Russia
From Dublin
Date April – October
Duration 6 Nights
Price From €1,639 pp
Flight Details Dublin to St Petersburg
Moscow to Dublin (indirect)

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Russia 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

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 of 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, visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum (included). In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti.

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

DAY 7 (MONDAY): MOSCOW DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Ireland.

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Price Inclusions

  • Flight Dublin to St Petersburg
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • 6 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels (hotels subject to confirmation)
  • 6 x buffet breakfast
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
  • 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum
  • 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow (2nd class)
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Service of English speaking tour escort
  • Portage at hotels and railway stations
  • Service and VAT
  • Flight Moscow to Dublin (indirect)
  • Taxes & Charges
  • One 15kg check-in bag per person & carry-on bag

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Russian Visa is not included and must be obtained for Irish Passport holders
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit €250 per person
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Single room supplement €350
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares
  • FLIGHT TIMINGS are subject to change at any time until air tickets are issued.

Optional Excursions

  • 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
  • Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti: EUR 50.00 pp
  • Guided channel cruise: EUR 65.00 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
  • Visit to Old Russian Circus: EUR 70.00 pp

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Accommodation details

Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar
Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
16 April 2019 €1,639
07 May 2019 €1,639
14 May 2019 €1,639
21 May 2019 €1,639
28 May 2019 €1,739
11 June 2019 €1,739
18 June 2019 €1,739
25 June 2019 €1,739
02 July 2019 €1,739
09 July 2019 €1,739
16 July 2019 €1,639
23 July 2019 €1,639
30 July 2019 €1,639
06 August 2019 €1,639
13 August 2019 €1,639
20 August 2019 €1,639
27 August 2019 €1,639
03 September 2019 €1,639
10 September 2019 €1,639
17 September 2019 €1,639
24 September 2019 €1,639
01 October 2019 €1,639

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