Magnificent Moscow and St Petersburg

MSP MAGNIFICENT MOSCOW AND ST PETERSBURG

Day 1 UK - Moscow

VIP Outbound3 Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Moscow.

Day 2 Moscow

Red Square During its 850-year history, Moscow has witnessed times of glory and darkness, growing into the centre of Russian political, cultural and economic life. Our tour includes the historical centre of Moscow, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral in its colourful Byzantine splendour. From the best viewpoint on Sparrow Hills, you could easily see most of the city. We’ll also visit the 16th-century New Maiden Convent, where Peter the Great’s first wife and his sister spent much of their lives. In the afternoon, visit the Tretyakov Gallery, where you can get acquainted with the best samples of Russian art. Then head to Moscow underground - not only the fastest means of transportation in the city but also a unique architectural ensemble. Major stations built in the 1930s are richly decorated with marble, mosaic and semi-precious stones. On a short tour we’ll learn of these ‘underground palaces’ - some of the oldest and the most beautiful metro stations.

Day 3 Moscow - Sapsan train - St Petersburg

The Annunciation Cathedral We visit the heart of the country, the Kremlin, this morning. You might be surprised how many ancient and magnificent structures you can see within its walls - 15th-century cathedrals (the coronation, wedding and burial place of early Russian rulers), the bell-tower, the Patriarch’s Palace, the Grand Kremlin Palace and of course the richest museum, the Armoury. A special early entrance has been arranged to visit the Armoury which has a fascinating collection of Imperial insignia including precious clothes and carriages. You can see the 17th-century throne of Alexei Romanov, the phelonion of Metropolitan Platon made of Italian velvet and 150,000 pearls, and of course the famous Fabergé eggs. You’ll visit all three cathedrals, Assumption, Annunication, and Archangel; but please note that on very rare occasions one of them might be closed during your visit for restoration or a church event. This afternoon we travel by high-speed Sapsan train from Moscow, arriving into St Petersburg in just over four hours. Please note: A late dinner is included this evening, due to the time of arrival into St Petersburg.

Day 4 Pushkin

The Catherine Palace St Petersburg is a city of haunting magnificence - it has witnessed so many dramatic events, you might find it hard to believe that it’s a mere 300 years old. We visit the palace of Pushkin, formally called Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar’s Village), and Detskoye Selo (Children’s Village) during Soviet times. It was renamed Pushkin in 1937 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the poet’s death. At Catherine Palace, see the world-famous Amber room and formal gardens of Yekaterinsky Park, named for Peter the Great’s wife, Catherine I, for whom the entire village was a gift.

Day 5 St Petersburg

Winter Palace Russia Visit the extraordinary Hermitage Museum. One of the largest and most respected art museums in the world; it contains works by Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Michelangelo. The main building of the Hermitage Museum is the beautiful Winter Palace. Built 1754-1762, it was once the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Later, we take an orientation tour of the famous Peter and Paul Fortress - the oldest building in St Petersburg.

Day 6 St Petersburg

Grand Peterhof Palace Today we visit the opulent Peterhof Palace and Gardens, built by Peter the Great to impress European royalty. Over 175 fountains dominate the gardens, and include the Great Cascade, in front of the palace, that commemorates the Russian victory over the Swedes in 1709.

Day 7 St Petersburg - UK

VIP Inbound Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, you are met by a Titan vehicle for the journey home.