Elena Kuryleva
Elena Kuryleva

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Russia, the Land of Contrasts and Promises

Russia, the Land of Contrasts and Promises

From restless, buzzing megalopolises to peaceful, sleepy towns, from golden domes to wooden houses, from centuries-old traditions to post-modern trends – Russia is the land of endless contrasts.


Russia has undergone many great changes over the past twenty years, and also the tourist infrastructure has developed a great deal. And yet, as much as Russia has changed, many things remain the same. It is a land of real treasures of history, culture, art, music and gastronomy. The people that inhabit this vast landmass stretching across many time and climate zones are fascinating and diverse – caught between Asia and Europe, they are a mix of ethnicities, a product of Russian expansionism and their turbulent past.

We hereby present some new sample programs for Russia, great contrasts, indeed, and great promises. As great as Russia is large!

 

 

 

8 days: Moscow – St. Petersburg


Program

Day 01
Arrival to Moscow airport, transfer to Hotel Holiday Inn Suschevskaya****, check-in, dinner at hotel.

Day 02
Breakfast, 09.00-13.00 Moscow city sightseeing tour, including Red Square with Lenin Mausoleum, Tverskaja Street, St. Basil`s Cathedral, along the Moscow River to Sparrow Hills, Teatralnaya Square, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow State University, Victory Park, 14.00-17.00 visit to the Kremlin and the cathedrals (entrance), and stroll down the Arbat Street, dinner at hotel.

Day 03
Breakfast, 09.00-15.00 excursion to Sergijev Posad, visit to Holy Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (entrance), return to Moscow, afternoon at leisure, dinner at hotel.

Day 04
Breakfast, morning at leisure, 10.30 transfer to train station, 13.30 departure to St. Petersburg by high speed Sapsan train (2nd class ticket), 17.45 arrival to St. Petersburg, transfer to Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiskaya****, check-in, dinner at hotel.

Day 05
Breakfast, 09.00-13.00 St. Petersburg city sightseeing tour including Nevsky Prospect, the Church of the Spilled Blood, the Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Anchikov Palace, Smolny Cathedral, visit to Peter and Paul Fortress (entrance), 14.00-17.00 visit to Hermitage Art Museum (entrance), dinner at hotel.

Day 06
Breakfast, 09.00-15.00 excursion to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) and visit to Catherine`s Palace with the Amber Room (entrance), return to St. Petersburg, afternoon at leisure, dinner at hotel.

Day 07
Breakfast, 09.00-15.00 excursion to Peterhof and visit to Grand Palace and Park (entrance), return to St. Petersburg, afternoon at leisure, dinner at hotel.

Day 08
Breakfast, transfer to airport, departure, end of service


10 days: Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod – Kazan – Perm –Yekaterinburg


Program

Day 01
Arrival to Moscow airport, transfer to Hotel Holiday Inn Suschevskaya****, check-in, dinner at hotel.

Day 02
Breakfast, 09.00-17.00 Moscow city sightseeing tour, including Red Square with Lenin Mausoleum, Tverskaja Street, St.Basil`s Cathedral, along the Moscow River to Sparrow Hills, Teatralnaya Square, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow State University, Victory Park, vis
it to the Kremlin and the cathedrals (entrance) and stroll down the Arbat Street, dinner at hotel.

Day 03
Breakfast, 08.00-16.00 departure to Nizhny Novgorod (420 km), 16.00-19.00 Nizhny Novgorod city sightseeing tour, including visit to the Kremlin (entrance), the observation deck “Strelka”, Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, visit to the Old Town, including stroll down the Bolshaya Pokrovsksaya Street, check-in at Hotel Grand Oka Premier***, dinner at hotel.

Day 04
Breakfast, 09.00-17.00 departure to Kazan (400 km), arrival and check-in at Hotel Park Inn Kazan****, dinner at hotel.

Day 05
Breakfast, 09.00-13.30 Kazan city sightseeing tour, including visit to the Kazan Kremlin (entrance) with Annunciation Cathedral and Soyembika Tower (the Khan's Mosque), the Governer’s Palace, the Qol Sharif Mosque, the Mardzhani Mosque and Tatarst an National Museum (entrance), leisure, 15.00-17.00 sightseeing tour, incl. Volga cruise, dinner at hotel [optional: stroll to the restaurant, dinner at Restaurant “DTK” (The House of Tatarian Cuisine), stroll to hotel].

Day 06
Breakfast, 07.00-21.00 departure to Perm (670 km), arrival and check-in at Hotel Amaks Premier Perm****, dinner at hotel.

Day 07
Breakfast, 09.00-11.00 Perm city sightseeing tour, including visit to Kazan Cathedral, the Mosque and central market, 11.00-12.30 departure to Kungur (95km), 13.30-14.30 visit to Kungur Ice Cave, 14.30-19.30 continue to Yekaterinburg (290 km), arrival and check-in at Hotel Park Inn Yekaterinburg****, dinner at hotel.

Day 08
Breakfast, 09.00-13.00 Yekaterinburg city sightseeing tour, including visit to the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land, the Swjato Wosnesenski Cathedral and the TV tower, leisure, 14.00-18.00 excursion to Ganina Yama (Ganya's Pit), visit to the Monastery with ensemble of wooden churches and the Worship Cross of the last Russian tsar Nicolas II, return to Yekaterinburg, dinner at hotel.

Day 09
Breakfast, 09.00-18.00 excursion to Europe-Asia border site, en route stop at the Memorial to the Victims of Political Repressions, 12.00 reception with a glass of sparkling wine at the border site, 12.20-18.00 visit to the nature reserve Olenji Ruchji (Deer Creeks) [optional: BBQ with grilled vegetables and salad], 4-hour hiking tour through the nature reserve (6 km), return to Yekaterinburg, dinner at hotel.

Day 10
Breakfast, transfer to airport, departure, end of service.


9 days: St. Petersburg – Suzdal – Moscow

Program

Day 01
Arrival to St. Petersburg airport, transfer to Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiskaya****, check-in, dinner at hotel.

Day 02
Breakfast, 09.00-13.00 St. Petersburg city sightseeing tour including Nevsky Prospect, the Church of the Spilled Blood, the Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Anchikov Palace, Smolny Cathedral, visit to Peter and Paul Fortress (entrance), 14.00-17.00 visit to Hermitage Art Museum (entrance), dinner at hotel.

Day 03
Breakfast, 09.00-15.00 excursion to Peterhof and visit to Grand Palace and Park (entrance), return to St. Petersburg, afternoon at leisure, dinner at hotel.

Day 04
Breakfast, morning at leisure, 11.30 transfer to train station, 13.30 departure to Moscow by high speed Sapsan train (2nd class ticket), 17.40 arrival to Moscow, continue to Suzdal (220 km), arrival and check-in at Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad****, dinner at hotel.

Day 05
Breakfast, 09.00-13.00 Suzdal city sighseeing tour, including visit to the Suzdal Kremlin (entrance) with the Cathedral of the Navity of the Virgin Mary and visit to the Museum of Wooden Architecture (entrance), 14.00 -18.00 excursion to Bogolyubovo, incl. visit to the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl (entrance) and Bogolyubovo convent (entrance), return to Suzdal, dinner at hotel.

Day 06
Breakfast, 09.00 departure to Vladimir (35 km), 09.30-12.30 Vladimir sightseeing tour, including visit to the Assumption Cathedral (entrance), St.Demetrius (entrance) and the Golden Gates of Vladimir, 12.30 continue to Sergijev Posad (185 km), 15.30-17.30 vi
sit to Holy Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (entrance), 17.30 continue to Moscow (80 km), 19.00 arrival and check-in at Hotel Holiday Inn Suschevskaya****, dinner at hotel.

Day 07
Breakfast, 09.00-13.00 Moscow city sightseeing tour, including Red Square with Lenin Mausoleum, Tverskaja Street, St. Basil`s Cathedral, along the Moscow River to Sparrow Hills, Teatralnaya Square, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow State University, Victory Park, 14.00-17.00 visit to the Kremlin and the cathedrals (entrance), and stroll down the Arbat Street, dinner at hotel.

Day 08
Breakfast, 09.00-15.00 excursion to Tsaritsyno, incl. visit to the parks with fountains and the Great Palace (entrance), afternoon at leisure, dinner at hotel.

Day 09
Breakfast, transfer to airport, departure, end of service.


7 days: Moscow – Suzdal – Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Moscow

Program

Day 01
Arrival to Moscow airport, transfer to Hotel Holiday Inn Suschevskaya****, check-in, dinner at hotel.

Day 02
Breakfast, 09.00-17.00 Moscow city sightseeing tour, including Red Square with Lenin Mausoleum, Tverskaja Street, St. Basil`s Cathedral, along the Moscow River to Sparrow Hills, Teatralnaya Square, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow State University, Victory Park, visit to the Kremlin and the cathedrals (entrance) and stroll down the Arbat Street, dinner at hotel.

Day 03
Breakfast, 09.00-12.00 departure to Vladimir (185 km), 12.30-15.30 Vladimir sightseeing tour, including visit to the Assumption Cathedral (entrance) and the Golden Gates of Vladimir, 15.30-17.30 excursion to Bogolyubovo, incl. visit to the Church of the In
tercession on the Nerl (entrance) and Bogolyubovo convent (entrance), 17.30-18.00 continue to Suzdal (35 km), arrival and check-in at Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad****, dinner at hotel.

Day 04
Breakfast, 09.00-13.00 Suzdal city sighseeing tour, including visit to the Suzdal Kremlin (entrance) with the Cathedral of the Navity of the Virgin Mary, 14.00-17.00 departure to Kostroma (185 km), arrival and check-in at Hotel Snegurochka***, dinner at hotel.

Day 05
Breakfast, 09.00-13.00 Kostroma sightseeing tour, including visit to the Epiphany Cathedral (entrance) and the Ipatyevsky Monastery (entrance), 13.30-15.00 departure to Yaroslavl (90 km), 15.00-18.00 Yaroslavl sightseeing tour, including visit to the Spassky Monastery with the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (entrance) and to the Church of Elijat the Prohet (entrance), arrival and check-in at Hotel Park Inn Yaroslavl****, dinner at hotel.

Day 06
Breakfast, 09.00-12.30 departure to Sergijev Posad (205 km), 13.00-16.00 visit to Holy Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (entrance), 16.00-17.30 continue to Moscow (80 km), arrival and check-in at Hotel Holiday Inn Suschevskaya****, dinner at hotel.

Day 07
Breakfast, transfer to airport, departure, end of service.


12 Days: Moscow – Irkutsk – Vladivostok

Programm

Day 01
Arrival to Moscow airport, transfer to Hotel Holiday Inn Suschevskaya****, check-in, dinner at hotel.

Day 02
Breakfast, 09.00-13.00 Moscow city sightseeing tour, including Red Square with Lenin Mausoleum, Tverskaja Street, St. Basil`s Cathedral, along the Moscow River to Sparrow Hills, Teatralnaya Square, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow State University, Victory Park, 14.00-17.00 visit to the Kremlin and the cathedrals (entrance) and stroll down the Arbat Street, dinner at hotel, transfer to railway station, 23.25 departure by train No. 2 “Rossiya”.

Day 02 – Day 06: on Transsiberian
Train trip from Moscow via Perm, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnojarsk to Irkutsk, incl. breakfast and dinner on train.

Day 06
07.32 Arrival to Irkutsk, transfer to hotel, breakfast at hotel, 10.00-14.00 Irkutsk sightseeing tour, including Saviour’s Church, Cathedral of the Epiphany, Drama Theater, the wooden buildings, and visit to historic-memorial museum of the Decembrists at Volkonsky Manor (entrance), 14.00 lunch at hotel, 15.00 check-in at Hotel Courtyard Irkutsk City Centre****, afternoon at leisure, dinner at hotel.

Day 07
Breakfast, 09.00-17.00 excursion to Baikal Lake, incl. transfer toListvyanka and visit to the open air Museum of Wooden Architecture ”Talzy” (entrance), 13.00-14.00 lunch at restaurant „Podlemorye“, 14.00-17.00 visit to Baikal Museum (entrance), a cable-car to Chersky Observation Peak over the Baikal and show with Baikal seals at Nerpinarium (entrance), return to Irkutsk, dinner at hotel.

Day 08
Breakfast, 07.00 transfer to railway station, 07.57 departure by train No. 2 “Rossiya”.

Day 08 – Day 11: on Transsiberian

Day 11
06.17 arrival to Vladivostok, transfer to Hotel Azimut Vladivostok, breakfast at hotel, 09.00-13.00 Vladivostok sightseeing tour, incl. visit to harborarea, the city center with the Gorky Theatre, the White House, visit to oceanarium (entrance), 13.00 lunch,
14.00 check-in at Hotel Azimut Amur Bay***, superior rooms, afternoon at leisure, dinner at hotel.

Day 12
Breakfast, transfer to airport, departure, end of service.

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