Two Capitals and The Golden Ring 10 Days/ 9 Nights St. Peterburg – Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal – Rostov – Sergiev Posad Dates in 2015: June 08 July 06, 20 August 10, 24 September 14 Itinerary Day 1. St. Petersburg. Arrival, transfer to the hotel, check in. Day 2. St. Petersburg. Breakfast. In the morning we will go on a panoramic city tour of St. Petersburg, the city which is called ¨Venice of the North¨ for its numerous rivers and canals that divide Saint Petersburg into beautiful islands. We will make several photo stops, one will be on St. Isaac’s square near magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral; the other in the Field of Mars that has a unrivalled view of the Church of Our Saviour on Spilt Blood; then at the Spit of the Vasilievsky Island to enjoy the splendid panorama of the Peter and Paul fortress, the Winter Palace and the river Neva. We will continue our tour with St. Nicholas Cathedral. Afterwards, we will go to the Peter and Paul Fortress, the cradle of the city. Day 3. St. Petersburg Breakfast. We will dedicate this morning to a visit of the world renowned State Hermitage museum, one of the largest museums in the world. Its collections comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Among the treasures of the Hermitage are works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Tiziano, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Rembrandt, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin etc. Day 4. St. Petersburg Breakfast. Package tour «The suburbs of Saint Petersburg» (Optional) We recommend you to dedicate this day to the suburbs of Saint Petersburg and go to the majestic summer residences of Russian Emperors: Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) and Peterhof. In the morning we will go to the town of Pushkin to visit the spectacular Catherine Palace with its famous ¨Golden Suite of rooms¨ including the unique Amber Room. Afterwards, we continue to the residence of Peter the Great - Peterhof located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. We will walk along the beautiful parks of Peterhof, enjoy the majestic water cascades, elegant gardens adorned with classical statues. Day 5. St. Petersburg - Moscow Breakfast. A transfer to the train station is scheduled according to the departure of the train, we will take a high speed train Sapsan to Moscow. Arrival. Transfer to the hotel, check in. Day 6. Moscow Breakfast. Today we will get acquainted with Moscow, the capital of Russia, during a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, we will drive along the main streets and squares, make photo stops at the most picturesque places of the city and see Red Square, the Bolshoy Theatre, St. Basil Cathedral, the building of Lyubyanka, the former KGB headquarters; and many others. We will make a stop to admire the beautiful Novodevichiy Convent, visit the famous Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which has a tragic history of its own. Afterwards we will go down on a fascinating trip of Moscow Metro that is considered to be among the most beautiful metros in the world. Some say that stations are as beautiful as palace halls. We will continue our tour by walking along the famous Arbat street, one of the oldest streets of the city that remains to be the cultural and tourist centre of the capital. Day 7. Moscow Breakfast. This morning we will visit the historical and political centre of Moscow – the Kremlin. During an unforgettable walk around the impressive territory of the Kremlin, the ancient citadel of Moscow we will visit one of the Cathedrals, see the Palace of the President, the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon. Day 8. Moscow – Vladimir - Suzdal Breakfast. Today we will get acquainted with the famous towns of the Golden Ring. The Golden Ring is a tourist route that passes through the ancient towns located around Moscow. White stone architecture of the towns of the Golden Ring was included in UNESCO World Heritage list. Transfer to Vladimir. A tour of the historical centre of Vladimir will tell us about the history of the town. Today we will visit the Assumption Cathedral, one of the principal churches of medieval Russia of the 12th-14th centuries that is now part of World Heritage. The exterior walls of the church are covered with elaborated engravings. The interior was painted in the 12th century and repainted by Andrei Rubliov. We will definitely see the Golden Doors and Cathedral of St. Dmitry. (Optional) Transfer to Bogolyubovo. Visit to the Church of Intercession on the Nerl and the ensemble of Bogolyubovsky monastery. Transfer to Suzdal. In 1024 the town of Suzdal was mentioned in the chronicles for the first time. Very soon the town became a major religious centre that counted numerous monasteries and churches. Today the town is an important tourist centre that has a large number of finest examples of ancient Russian architecture. A sightseeing tour of the town includes a visit to the Kremlin of Suzdal, the Nativity Cathedral, the Euthymios Saviour Monastery, the cathedral of Transfiguration, the museum of Wooden Art and the monastery of the Intercession. Check in at the hotel. Day 9. Rostov - Sergiev Posad Breakfast. Transfer to Rostov. Rostov is one of the most ancient towns in Russia. Starting 988 it was one of the principle Russian eparchies. In the 13th century Rostov became the capital of one of the most prominent Russian principalities. Even after it lost independence Rostov continued being an extremely important religious centre. We will visit the Kremlin and the Museum of Smalts, and walk to lake Nero. Transfer to Sergiev Posad. Check in at the hotel. Day 10. Sergiev Posad Breakfast. (Optional) As an optional tour you can visit the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius that is one of the most important monasteries in Russia and the spiritual centre of Russian Orthodox Church. UNESCO listed this Monastery in the World Heritage Sites in 1993 stating that it is “a good example of a functioning orthodox monastery that has some military features typical for the 15th-18th centuries, the main period of its development”. UNESCO also notes that one of the treasures of the monastery is the famous Trinity icon by Andrey Rubliov. Transfer to the airport. Price for 1 person, in EURO (group of 4 pax and more): Accommodation DBL SGL The price includes: August, September 1538 2052 June, July 1675 2325 Accommodation: o 4 nights at the Ambassador Hotel 4* (St. Petersburg) o 3 nights at the Marriott Tverskaya Hotel 4* (Moscow) o 1 night at the Heliopark Suzdal (ex. Goriachie Kliuchi Hotel 4*) o 1 night at the Imperial Village 4* (Sergiev Posad) Buffet breakfast in the hotel Transfers (transfer upon arrival with an English speaking guide and departure transfer without a guide) Tours and excursions in Saint Petersburg: city tour, St. Nicholas Church, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage museum Tours and excursions in Moscow: city tour, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Metro, a walk along Arbat Street, Kremlin Tours and excursions in Vladimir, Suzdal, Rostov according to the programme Transport: a/c minibus or bus for all the tours and transfers English speaking guide Entrances to the museums as per the itinerary Ticket to the high speed train «Sapsan» Saint Petersburg – Moscow standard class Additional costs: Air tickets to St. Petersburg and from Moscow at the start and end of the program Night transfer supplement - 50 EUR Other services and excursions that are not in the program CANCELATION POLICY: If the cancelled is made more than 30 days before the tour — cancellation is free of charge If the cancellation is made less than 29 days before the tour — 10% fee of the tour price will be charged If the cancellation is made less than 72 hours before the tour — 50% fee of the tour price will be charged If the cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the tour — 100% fee of the tour price will be charged.