• Visit the Russian Circus • Guided City Tour • Metro Tour • Leisure time at Arbat Street • Visit Kremlin and the cathedrals • Visit the Museum of Cosmonautics • Experience a Tank Ride
• Neva River Cruise • Guided City Tour • Visit the Kazan Cathedral • Hermitage Museum • Visit St. Isaac's Cathedral • Peter & Paul Fortress • Visit Peterhof – Grand Palace & Gardens
Day 1: Begin Your Tour • Arrive in Moscow
When Russia is on your travel list, there's no better place to start your tour than the most vibrant European Capital, both in colour and culture – Moscow. With its multi-faceted attractions ranging from historic to futuristic, the city is forever buzzing with life and thrill. This is where we begin our voyage too.
We arrive at the Moscow airport and after the customary immigration clearance at the airport, you are warmly received by our EBIXCASH Travel and Holidays representative and transferred comfortably to the hotel.
We visit the famous Russian Circus known for its nerve-racking stunts, hilarious clown stunts, inventive acrobat performances and a lot more. Enjoy a spellbound performance. (D)
Day 2: In Moscow • Guided City Tour • Metro Tour • Leisure Time at Arbat Street• Tour of Kremlin and Cathedrals
Today after breakfast, we begin exploring this history, culture and color-rich town with a guided city tour wandering past iconic landmarks including the Bolshoi Theatre, the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, the Cathedral of Archangel, the Novospassky Monastery and of course the iconic public square – The Red Square with the colourful St. Basil's Cathedral, known for its onion-shaped domes on one hand and the red wall of Kremlin on the other.
Continuing our journey to the mystic realms of Russia, we take the Metro tour. Known as the "people's palaces" the majestic Soviet-era stations with all their palace-like opulence, extravagant décor and sculptures and lavish use of marble, are a definite must-visit of Moscow. And because no trip seems complete without bagging a few souvenirs, we take some free time at the Arbat Street to shop for a few collectables.
We then proceed on a guided tour of the beautiful Kremlin, a fortress that's nestled in the very heart of Moscow along the banks of Moskva River. The fortress is an exemplary structure of the dramatic Russian history, having served as a residence to many political heads in the past from the Russian Grand Dukes to the Romanov tsars to Soviet leaders and now to the President of the Russian Federation. Encapsulated within Kremlin's distinctive red-bricked walls (that were hanged from the original white stoned-walls in the 15 century) are four cathedrals, three palaces and two museums, apart from the President's residence. While here, we also visit the Armoury Museum which was once Kremlin's Armoury Chamber.
After this long, long day, we grab dinner before we head back to our hotel. (B, D)
Day 3: In Moscow • Visit the Museum of Cosmonautics • Experience a Tank Ride
This morning we proceed to visit the Museum of Cosmonautics, also known as the Museum of Astronautics - a museum in Moscow, Russia, dedicated to space exploration. It is located within the base of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space in the north-east of the city. The museum contains a wide variety of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits and models which explore the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration and space technology. The museum's collection holds approximately 85,000 different items.
We then proceed on an experience of a life time. Take a ride on an army tank and experience the thrill of using a fire arm at the shooting range. (B, D)
Day 4: Onto St. Petersburg • High-Speed Sapsan Train to St. Petersburg • Neva River Cruise
After breakfast, today we make our way to yet another Russian town, St. Petersburg.
We travel to St. Petersburg on the famous Sapsan Highspeed train, Russia's fastest rail service. These trains can reach the speed up to 250 km/h. we reach St. Petersburg in about 4 hours.
If there's anything that could make this historic town even more magical, it is viewing it from the blue waters of the Neva River which offers spectacular views of St. Petersburg's various landmarks. (B, D)
Day 5: In St. Petersburg•Guided City tour •Visit the Kazan Cathedral•Hermitage Museum• Visit St. Isaac's Cathedral • Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress
After breakfast we proceed on a guided city tour of St. Petersberg the gold-capped city. As we go, we marvel over the architectural brilliance that is evident in just about every structure of the city, both ancient and modern. Our tour takes us past Isaac's Cathedral and Colonnade, the Peter and Paul Fortress, State Russian Museum and many other architectural treasures.
We then visit the Kazan Cathedral which is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia. Kazan Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Saint Petersburg. It was built in 1801-1811 by the architect Andrey Voronikhin by order of Emperor Paul I who wanted the cathedral to resemble St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
We visit the Hermitage Museum standing mightily on the banks of the Neva River. Originally, a palace of the ancient tsars, The Hermitage comprises a collection of several buildings making it one of the largest museums in the world, and also one of the most famous ones. With several rooms and other spaces to unravel and over 3 million works of art including paintings, sculptures, antiques, ancient coins, etc., it makes it impossible to go through the entire museum at once. We, however, will explore the most important rooms in the palace-museum in the few hours that we spend there. Of course, some of that time will also be dedicated to absorbing in the architectural awesomeness of this gigantic structure itself.
Our next stop is St. Isaac's Cathedral which is the largest orthodox church and the fourth largest cathedral in the world. The cathedral's main dome rises 101.5 metres (333 ft) and is plated with pure gold. The dome is decorated with twelve statues of angels.
Later we visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, it is considered to be a unique fortification monument of XVIII-XIX centuries. Its architectural ensemble is focused around St. Peter and Paul Cathedral where the tombs of all the Russian emperors can be found. (B, D)
Day 6: In St. Petersburg• VisitPeterhof Palace and Gardens
We proceed to the most visited attraction of the town, the Peterhof Palace & Gardens.
We head out after breakfast to board a Hydrofoil, unless the weather suggests otherwise to this world-famous Palace, Fountain and Park ensemble of Peterhof that shines forth as a glittering landmark of Russia's aesthetic culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, paintings and works of art and culture make Peterhof a veritable gem of art, often called the 'Capital of Fountains.' In fact, the lower park has a few trick fountains too that often leave visitors soaked in water.
The rest of the day is at leisure. (B, D)
Day 7: Homeward Bound
After breakfast we proceed to the airport with beautiful memories in our minds and souvenirs in our luggage, we board our flight back home. (B)
THE TOUR CONDITIONS
Tour price includes:
Cost of your round trip economy class airfare.
Airline / Airport taxes valid for the duration of the tour.
Accommodation at the hotels mentioned or similar.
Cost of your visa valid for the duration of the tour.
Services of EbixCash Travel & Holidays Tour Manager or Local Representative or Local Guide.
Meals, coach transfers, entrance fees, excursions, sightseeing and surface transportation as mentioned in the itinerary.
Cost of your Overseas Travel Insurance valid for passengers upto 60 years of age.
Tour price excludes:
Optional and Add -On excursions unless mentioned otherwise.
Cost of US $ 2,50,000 granted by the Reserve Bank of India under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme.
Any increase in airfare / taxes / routing charged by the airline for ticket (presently calculated on 01 Jan 2020).
Airline and Hotel surcharges (if applicable) during High / Festive season to be paid extra per person.
Cost of extension of validity of your air ticket.
Medical test and premium cost of insurance valid for passengers above 60 years of age.
Porterage at hotels, airports, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, items of personal nature, food and drinks not forming part of the touring group's menu.
Anything not specifically mentioned in "What Your Tour Price Includes" box.
Baggage handling fee charge by the operating airline for the excess check in baggage
Any increase in rate of EUR (presently calculated at 1 EUR = INR 80) leading to an increase in Tour cost coming into effect prior to departure. However the rate prevailing on given day of payment will apply.