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    Jewels of the Russian Capitals

    Resort:Jewels of the Russian Capitals
    Operator: Saga
    Destination: Russia
    Price From: £1469.00

    Discover the decadence of the Tsars on this highlight-packed tour of Russia’s grandest cities

    Step back in time to discover the decadence of the Tsars on this trip to Russia’s treasured cities. Stay in centrally located hotels in both Moscow and St Petersburg and uncover the must-see sights with our all-encompassing selection of included and optional excursions.

    Including…

    6 nights in hotels

    12 meals: 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners

    Excursions and visits

    • Tour of the Moscow Kremlin
    • Moscow city tour
    • Visit to Tretyakov Gallery
    • St Petersburg city tour
    • Visit to the Hermitage Museum
    • Tour of Catherine Palace
    • Use of audio headsets on all guided tours

    Itinerary

    Day 1 UK to Moscow

    Fly to Moscow and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Holiday Inn Tagansky (4Q), the locally rated 4-star Novotel Moscow Centre (4Q) or similar 4Q hotel(depending on your departure date) for your first three nights in this bustling city. Moscow is a city of enormous opulence where historic, iconic and cultural monuments mingle with modern businesses and bustling boulevards linked by a veritable spider’s web of Metro lines and monorails. D

    Day 2 Moscow

    Spend the morning exploring the Moscow Kremlin. Tour the magnificent Armoury, where the priceless riches of the Tsars are stored. In the afternoon you’ll tour the city, seeing Red Square and iconic St Basil’s Cathedral with its highly decorative ‘onion’ domes. This evening you may have the chance to attend a national folklore show. B, D

    Day 3 Moscow

    This morning you’ll visit the Tretyakov Gallery, home to an important collection of pre-revolutionary Russian art. Afterwards, visit the nearby Church of St Nicholas for an exclusive a cappella concert (unaccompanied singing); Russian Orthodox tradition believes musical instruments do not belong in church services. An optional excursion visits the opulent stations of the Moscow Metro. B, D

    Day 4 Moscow to St Petersburg

    Take a high-speed Sapsan train journey through the scenic Russian countryside this afternoon to St Petersburg, the ‘Venice of the North’. When Peter the Great founded the city – named not in vanity but after his patron saint – in 1703 he wanted it to be European in style as a ‘window to the west’. As a result it is quite unlike other Russian cities, especially Moscow, as you’ll discover during your three-night stay here at the locally-rated 4-star Parklane Resort & SPA (3Q) or similar 3Q hotel. B, D

    Day 5 St Petersburg

    Begin the day with a visit to the Hermitage Museum – a combination of four interconnecting palaces with around 365 rooms of exhibits! Enjoy a tour of the city this afternoon, with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress where historic buildings jostle around the magnificent Peter and Paul Cathedral with its towering yellow spire. Later there may be the chance to see a folklore show or perhaps a ballet (selected departures only). B, D

    Day 6 St Petersburg

    This morning you’ll head to the imperial estate of Pushkin, originally known as Tsarskoe Selo. In the 18th century two huge, ornate palaces were built with landscaped gardens created around them. One is the eye-wateringly opulent Catherine Palace, a gift to Catherine I. Tour the grounds and interior with a fascinating room-by-room headset commentary. The highlight is bound to be the famous Amber Room, decorated with engraved amber panels, jewelled mosaics and gilded wooden carvings. B, D

    Day 7 St Petersburg to UK

    This morning you are free to do as you please in this magical city, or you might like to join an optional trip to Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Later, transfer to the sirport for your flight home.