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PALACES AND MOSQUES

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Julia Zueva, DOS

Intertimes Group

DMC for Russia since 1990. Member of ETOA. Experienced tour designers.

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PALACES AND MOSQUES

St.Petersburg and Kazan – two beautiful cities, so different and yet so close in spirit. The itinerary begins with a tour of the St.Petersburg historic centre and visits to its famous palaces included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Then a short flight will take you to the city of two religions–Kazan. You will learn about the city's rich past and amazing present, visit Great Bolgar, tour Kazan Kremlin, see unique monuments of the island city Sviyazhsk.

DAY 1

Arrival in St.Petersburg

Upon arrival in St.Petersburg, our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the MOSKVA Hotel for check-in (Please note! Regular check-in starts at 14:00 MSK). Afternoon – at leisure Overnight – MOSKVA HTL

St.Petersburg, 3 nights
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DAY 2

City tour,Shuvalov palace,the Hermitage

09.30 City tour including a visit to the Shuvalov palace to view world’s largest collection of works by Fabergé During your memorable city sightseeing tour guided by our professional guide you will see the most remarkable architectural ensembles of St.Petersburg: Palace Square and Winter Palace, Spit of the Vassilievsky Island, University Embankment, Main Building of the State St.Petersburg University, Admiralty, Senat Square, Monument to Peter the Great (Bronze Horseman), St.Isaac's Cathedral and St.Isaac's Square, Field of Mars and Summer Gardens, Cruiser Aurora, Smolny Cathedral. City sightseeing tour continues at the Fabergé Museum, located in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River - one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. The museum's collection contains the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts. The museum's collection also includes pieces of decorative and applied art made by the Russian masters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 13.30 Lunch/local restaurant 15.30 Tour of the Hermitage (Main Museum Complex) Founded in 1764 by the Russian empress Catherine the Great, the State Hermitage Museum is one of the oldest and largest art galleries in the world. It houses more than 2.7 million exhibits. During the tour you will visit 4 buildings of the Main Museum Complex: the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage. You will see works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Roden, Rembrandt, Rubens, etc. 18.00 Back at the hotel Read more

St.Petersburg, 3 nights
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DAY 3

Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) & Peterhof

09.00 Departure to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) 10.30 Tour of the Catherine palace and park Located 29 km south of St.Petersburg. Tsarskoye selo became the official summer royal residence in the middle of the 18th century. Catherine palace - a splendid example of the Russian Baroque style - is a stunning royal retreat well-known the world over. The splendor of the palace is magnified by the beautiful park surrounding it. During the tour of the palace you will see elegant state rooms as well as the famous Amber Room. 12.30 Lunch/local restaurant 13.30 Departure to Peterhof 14.45 Tour of the Grand Peterhof Palace followed by the tour of the Peterhof Lower Gardens - the most famouse part of the entire complex, featuring magnificent fountains. Peterhof palace-ensemble is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is included in the state register of the most valuable cultural objects of the Russian Federation and proudly bears the title of one of the "Seven Wonders of Russia." As a former residence of the Russian monarchs, Peterhof brings together the finest achievements in national and international culture. The architecture and decor of Peterhof reflects all the artistic styles of the past and the personal tastes and preferences of every Russian monarch. 19.00 Back at the hotel Read more

St.Petersburg, 3 nights
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DAY 4

Kazan Kremlin

07.00 Boxed breakfast & Check-out 07.30 Transfer to the Airport for the flight to Kazan at 10.30 12.40 Meeting at the Kazan airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Free time 14.30 Late lunch in one of the city restaurants with master class 16.30 KAZAN KREMLIN walking tour. You will visit UNESCO WHS - the Kazan Kremlin – and see Kul-Sharif Mosque – the main Juma mosque of Kazan and the Republic of Tatarstan, the Cathedral of the Annunciation, the Governor’s Palace and one of the symbols of Kazan – the falling tower of Sjujumbike. 18.00 Visit to the National Museum of Republic of Tatarstan 19.00 Transfer to the hotel. Free time Read more

Kazan, 2 nights
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DAY 5

Full-day visit to Great Bolgar

Breakfast at the hotel Full-day visit to Great Bolgar - the city where local population accepted Islam in year 922. We invite you to travel back in time, when the Volga Bolgarians explored that area, called “The Country of Cities”. There used to be about 250 small cities around and “Great Bolgar” was the biggest one. Thanks to its exceptionally favorable geographical location at the crossroads of trade river and land routes Great Bolgar quickly transformed into the largest shopping centre. Bolgar was known far in the East and in Europe. Peter the Great and Catherine II saved the heritage of Bolgar. Now these objects are places of pilgrimage in the "North Mecca", as the city of the Muslims of Russia has been long called. During the tour you will also see: The Red, Black and White Chambers and eastern baths. Cathedral Mosque and Big Minaret of the Khan Sepulcher. The Northern and the Eastern Mausoleums. Lunch in Chingizhan restaurant Return to Kazan. Read more

Kazan, 2 nights
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DAY 6

Tour of Sviyazhsk Fortress and departure

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. 08.00 Departure for the tour of Sviyazhsk Fortress founded by Ivan the Terrible in the second half of the 16th century. Located within 30 km of Kazan, it is a unique historical and architectural ensemble where numerous monuments of Ancient Russian architecture, orthodox culture and history of the 16th-20th centuries have been preserved. Lunch at a local restaurant 14.00 Transfer to the airport Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location St.Petersburg
Day 4
Location Kazan

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Hotel accommodation on a Standard TWIN/DBL sharing basis with daily breakfasts: 3 nights in St.Petersburg & 2 nights in Kazan;
  • 5 lunches at local restaurants;
  • Foreign passport registration fee;
  • Transportation for transfers and sightseeing tours as per above itinerary:
  • 2-3 pax Private car
  • 4-7 pax Private minivan
  • Fully licensed English speaking guide for transfers and sightseeing tours as per above itinerary;
  • Entrances to the Hermitage (Main Museum Complex), Grand Peterhof Palace & Lower Gardens, Fabergé Museum, Catherine Palace & Park in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), Kazan Kremlin, Bolgar, Sviyazhsk, National Museum of Tatarstan.
  • Please note! Once we know the exact dates of travel, we may need to rearrange the itinerary according to museums’ working schedules.

Package excludes

  • Airfare (including St.Petersburg-Kazan flight)
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Insurance

More information

  • Single Supplement:
  • 16.07.18-21.10.18: EUR 221 per person for the whole tour
  • 22.10.18-31.03.19: EUR 221 per person for the whole tour
  • Prices for children are provided upon request.

REVIEWS

6 Reviews

Kirsi Nopanen, Finland

Järjestelyt olivat erinomaiset ja kaikki toimi loistavasti. Opas oli aivan huipputapaus ja tiesi tolkuttoman paljon asioista ja historiasta. Olisimmepa vaan pystyneet ottamaan edes murto-osan siitä tiedosta, jota hänellä oli. Saimme hyvän yleiskuvan Pietarista, sen historiasta ja aarteista. Eli suuret kiitokset erinomaisesti organisoidusta matkasta ja oppaalle erityiskiitos! Read more

Mohit Mandhwani, India

We are back home in Delhi and would take this opportunity to thank you so much for a warm reception and your gracious hospitality on our recent Russia tour. Without your advice and constant attention to detail, we would not have enjoyed and learned ourselves nearly so much about your beautiful country. You were so considerate by helping us make the best use of our limited time to see the country and learn more of the Russian culture. Thank you again for such an enjoyable time in your country. You can be sure the communities and families in our country will hear of your country and the wonderful hospitality. Read more

Lene Willumsen, Denmark

Jeg synes du skal vide, at vi har haft en fantastisk ferie i Sankt Petersborg. Hotellet lå et godt sted, havde gode store værelser og fin morgenmad. Vores guide Tanja var altid til tiden, godt forberedt og meget vidende og samtidig rigtig rar. Vores største positive overraskelse var dog almindelige russers hjælpsomhed og venlighed, som vi blev mødt af dagligt på gader og i metroen. Alt i alt en stor oplevelse i en skøn by, hvor vi slet ikke kunne nå alt det, vi havde sat os for. Det bliver forhåbentlig en anden gang. Tusind tak for en fantastisk ferie fra os alle 4. Read more

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