Russian Capitals & Tatarstan

St. Petersburg, Moscow & Tatarstan, Kazan.
9 days
May - Aug 2018
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An exciting combination of the two traditional Russian Capitals, St. Petersburg and Moscow and the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan, a thousand-year-old city, where Islam and Christianity have co-existed peacefully throughout the centuries. Moreover, Kazan has seen a great development over the last decade and is the new Russian boomtown.

Day 1 (Tuesday): Arrival St. Petersburg

Arrival in St. Petersburg, 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 “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 an 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 a 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 a 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, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

Day 4 (Friday): St. Petersburg-Moscow

The early morning is reserved for a 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 a 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 a Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Day 6 (Sunday): Moscow

The day offers a 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.  In the evening, transfer to the Kazanskaya Railway Station and departure with the Tatarstan Premium overnight train bound for Kazan.

Day 7 (Monday): Kazan

In the morning, we arrive to Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. Kazan, located at the mighty Volga River, is a beautiful thousand-year-old city and through the centuries, Christianity and Islam have co-existed peacefully here. Upon arrival we are transferred to Hotel Park Inn Kazan**** or similar, where breakfast is served. The morning and early afternoon sightseeing tour allows us to explore the rich past of the Kazan and takes us to the old Tatar Quarter, where we visit the oldest stone mosque of Kazan, Kazan Kremlin, a stone fortress of the 16th century with a perfect panoramic view, Kul-Sharif Mosque, which is one of the largest in Europe, and the Catholic Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Day 8: Kazan

Morning visit to the Admiralteyskaya Quarter and the Raifa Monastery. The monastery, located on the bank of a beautiful lake and surrounded by virgin forests, and is one of the most beautiful sites in Tatarstan. The monastery has an intriguing history dating back to the 17th  century and it is still a functioning monastery today. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to Iske-Kazan (Old Kazan), a fascinating open-air museum located where the capital of the medieval Khanate of Kazan once stood. We visit the museum dominated by a modern reconstruction of the large wooden fortress from time of the khanate and an interactive theatrical show with the medieval ruler of the city, the Kazan Khan, and his men, gives us further impression of the life of the people of medieval Kazan.

Day 9: Kazan

Morning visit to Sviyazhsk. This scenic little town located an hour’s drive from Kazan at the confluence of the Volga and Sviyaga rivers has served as a fortress and military base since the 16th century. We visit the Holy Domitian Monastery of Sviyazhsk and the Temple of St. Sergius of Radonezh and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the town and the rivers before we return to Kazan. In the evening is offered an optional national cuisine dinner at Restaurant “Tatar Kulinary House”.

Day 10: Kazan

Transfer to the airport.

Departures 2018: 

May 29;

July 17 and 31;

August 14 and 28.

Extra nights can be added at the beginning or end.

Includes: Transfer airport to hotel (Day 1 only), 8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels including buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice, personalised welcome package, 1 overnight on board “Tatarstan Premium” train in 2 berth compartment, 1 x boxed dinner on board overnight train, entrances to Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Moscow Kremlin and Kazan Kremlin, Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class), 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace,Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace, 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum, 3-hour guided channel cruise, 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour, 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise, 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad, 4-hour excursion to Admiralteyskaya Quarter and Raifa Monastery, 4-hour excursion to Iske-Kazan (Old Kazan) with entrance to the museum and fortress and interactive show, 6-hour excursion to Sviyazshsk with entrance to Holy Domitian Monastery and Temple of St. Sergius of Radonezh, transfer hotel to airport (Day 10 only); Service of English speaking tour escort; service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary, Portage at hotels and railway stations, Service and VAT.

Excludes: half board at hotels (8 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea), Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch, National dinner ar Restaurant “Tatar Kalypush”.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2950.00
Single AUD$ 3889.00

Includes: Transfer airport to hotel (Day 1 only), 8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels including buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice, personalised welcome package, 1 overnight on board “Tatarstan Premium” train in 2 berth compartment, 1 x boxed dinner on board overnight train, entrances to Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Moscow Kremlin and Kazan Kremlin, Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class), 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace,Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace, 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum, 3-hour guided channel cruise, 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour, 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise, 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad, 4-hour excursion to Admiralteyskaya Quarter and Raifa Monastery, 4-hour excursion to Iske-Kazan (Old Kazan) with entrance to the museum and fortress and interactive show, 6-hour excursion to Sviyazshsk with entrance to Holy Domitian Monastery and Temple of St. Sergius of Radonezh, transfer hotel to airport (Day 10 only); Service of English speaking tour escort; service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary, Portage at hotels and railway stations, Service and VAT.

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