Day 1 – Cochin – Moscow
Sightseeing: Moscow Metro Tour – Street Russian Circus
Assemble at Cochin International Airport at 0030Hrs. After Boarding, Emigration and customs departure to Moscow by Gulf Air via hub city. Arrive Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow at 13.20 hrs. Our representative will meet and transfer to hotel Radisson Slavjanskaya**** for check in.
Welcome to Moscow, the capital and most populous city of the Russian Federation, with 12.2 million residents. According to Forbes 2013, Moscow has been ranked as the 9th most expensive city in the world. In the evening you will transfer to Moscow Metro underground Tour, fourth-largest in the world and largest outside of Asia in terms of passenger numbers and the busiest in Europe. It is recognized as one of the city’s landmarks due to the rich architecture of its 200 stations. It was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. Walk through the old Arbat Street – one of the oldest streets of Moscow is an approximately one-kilometer long pedestrian street in the historical centre of Moscow. The Arbat has existed at least since the 15th century, thus laying claim to being one of the oldest surviving streets of the Russian capital. Many historic buildings, and the numerous artists who have lived and worked in the street, the Arbat is also an important tourist attraction.
Evening we take you to Moscow State Circus. It is used for a variety of circuses. Most commonly, it refers to one of the two circuses in Moscow, the old circus, featuring animal acts and the new circus, featuring trapeze and acrobatics. Russian Circus traditions include clowning, juggling, acrobatics, contortion, and animal acts (especially bear acts, such as bears who juggle with their feet. Overnight at Hotel in Moscow. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Day 2 -Moscow
Sightseeing: Red Square-Kremlin-Lenin Mausoleum-2nd World War Museum
Today we will visit the famous Kremlin and Red Square and go inside St. Basil’s Cathedral, built by Ivan the Terrible in the 15th Century and do the Excursion to Kremlin with Armoury chamber. The Kremlin is located on a hill washed from one side by the Moscow River and from the other by its inflow – the Neglinnaya River. It is the best known of the Kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. The name Kremlin is often also used as a metonym to refer to the government of the Russian Federation in a similar sense to how the White House in United States. On the Kremlin grounds you can see the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon, Annunciation (Blagoveschensky), Arkhangel (Arkhalgelsky) and Assumption (Voznesensky) Cathedrals and the Church of the Twelve Apostles – wonderful monuments of Russian church architecture, Moscow Kremlin Complex Alexander Garden, Bolshoi Theater etc.
Visit the Lenin Mausoleum known as Lenin’s Tomb, where the Lenin’s Body is embalmed and preserved, situated in Red Square in the center of Moscow, is a Mausoleum that currently serves as the resting place of Vladimir Lenin. His embalmed body has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924, with rare exceptions in wartime.
After lunch we will proceed to city tour of Moscow. Visit the observation platform of Sparrow Hills also called Vorobyevi Hills, which is situated in the right bank of the Moskva river and one of the highest points in Moscow with an altitude of upto 220 m. Pass by the Moscow State University, Gagarin Square, Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect, Big Stone Bridge, Peter I Square, Moscow River Bridge, Russian State Library, Borovitskaya Tower, World War II Memorial Victory Park as well as the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and entry to 2nd World War Museum. St. Nikolas Church, Leo Tolstoy Street, Pirogovskaya Street, St. Sofya Embankment, Manezh Square, Boulevard Ring, Tverskaya Street, Ambassadorial Campus, Minskaya Street, the White House, New Arbat Street, Arbat Square, Zamoskvorechye, the monument dedicated to the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Navy, Later transfer to Poklonnaya Gora. Poklonnaya Gora is, at 171.5 metres, one of the highest spots in Moscow. Its two summits used to be separated by the Setun River, until one of the summits was razed in 1987. Since 1936, the area has been part of Moscow and now contains the Victory Park with many tanks and other vehicles used in the Second World War on display. Overnight at Hotel in Moscow. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 – Moscow – St.Petersburg
Sightseeing: Tretyakov Gallery
After buffet breakfast check out and transfer to visit Tretyakov Gallery. The State Tretyakov Gallery is an art gallery in Moscow, Russia, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world. The gallery’s history starts in 1856 when the Moscow merchant Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov acquired works by Russian artists of his day with the aim of creating a collection, which might later grow into a museum of national art. In 1892, Tretyakov presented his already famous collection of approximately 2,000 works (1,362 paintings, 526 drawings, and 9 sculptures) to the Russian nation. The façade of the gallery building was designed by the painter Viktor Vasnetsov in a peculiar Russian fairy- tale style in 1902–04. Now the collection contains more than 130,000 exhibits.
Evening the coach will transfer you to to take the fantastic Sapsan which is a 1,520 mm gauge high speed train in Russia. The design is part of the Siemens Velaro family. The trains started regular service on the Moscow — Saint Petersburg Railway in December 2009 at a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The total duration of the journey will be 4 hours. Arrival St. Petersburg. Dinner at an Indian restaurant. Later transfer to hotel Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya **** or similar. Overnight stay in St. Petersburg.
Day 4 – St.Petersburg
Sightseeing: Peter & Paul Fortress Nevsky Prospect – Russian Folk dance show
Welcome to St. Petersburg, Russia’s most beautiful city, the center of learning and culture in Russia, also known as the Northern Venice and the capital of Russia until the Revolution of 1917, but remains Russia’s most dynamic and amazing city. With the canal of Venice, the Palaces of Paris and the churches of Rome, you will not be disappointed by its beauty and culture.
City Sightseeing tour will include visit to Peter and Paul Fortress (outside). During the tour you will see the main highlights of Saint- Petersburg such as the Winter Palace, Kazan Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Bronze Horseman, Smolny Cathedral, the State Russian Museum, as well as numerous canals and rivers and beautiful bridges across them. The church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Issac’s cathedral, the Mariinsky Theater, The Hermitage, the Winter Palace, the Palace Square, the spit of Vasilievskiy Island, The Bronze Horseman Statue, Peter’s Log Cabin, Cruiser Aurora Smolny Palace, The Nevsky Prospect, the Square of Arts and More. Later we take you to the Russian Folk Show at Nikolaevsky Palace with Cocktail Party. The show starts with the dance group “Reverance”, the beautiful ladies in their crinolines and the elegant cavalier, accompanied by the “Peters Quartet”, a vocal quartet performing classical folk songs, lyrical romances and Russian Orthodox hymns. The show consists in two parts of 45 minutes each and lasts one and a half hours in total. In the intermission, refreshments will be served. Enjoy a buffet table of fruit, canapés with red caviar, ham, Russian-style Salami, cheeses, Russian vodka, champagne, red wine, mineral water, juice and soft drinks. During the interval, classical quartet will perform alongside with the dancers in crinolines. Overnight at Hotel in St. Petersburg (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Day 5 – St.Petersburg
Sightseeing: Peterhof – Hermitage Museum & Neva River Canal Cruise
After breakfast meet your guide start city tour, visit Grand Palace and Park (Peterhof). One-way you will enjoy Hydrofoil experience to reach the Palace and return by coach to city. Peterhof – one of the most prominent suburbs of Petersburg situated on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Highlights include the richly gilded Ballroom and splendid white-and- turquoise Throne Room, which has a particularly fine parquet floor. The Drawing Room of the Imperial Suite is equally influenced by chinoiserie, with particularly fine silk wall hangings. One of the largest fountains is the Samson Fountain, in the centre of the Great Grotto. In addition to Peterhof`s grand fountains, you will come across numerous “trick” fountains, designed to shower unwary passersby. The rest of the Imperial Suite, the royal family’s private quarters, is furnished in grand 19th century style. Also of interest is Peter the Great’s charmingly simple Oak Study, and the adjacent Crown Room, which was in fact the Imperial bedchamber. The Palace-ensemble along with the city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After lunch, we proceed to visit Hermitage Museum; the largest and oldest museums in the world, housed in the Winter Palace founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. World famous masterpieces in the collection include Raphael’s and Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonnas, paintings by Titian and Rembrandt, Mone, Renois, Picasso, Michelangelo and Matisse, numerous canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and several sculptures by Rodin. This winter palace is one of the buildings that make up the Hermitage, the fabulously rich treasure house of art whose collections are world renowned. The hermitage is the largest old tower clock of the Winter Palace, which is the remarkable achievement of clock master.
Enjoy Cruise on river Neva. After lunch enjoy the canal cruise of St. Petersburg. Cruise along the canals give a closer view of the city’s insides than the ferries that go up and down the Neva River. Overnight stay at Hotel in St. Petersburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Day 6 St.Petersburg- Moscow – Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Later we will transfer you to St. Petersburg Railway station for the Sapsan train to Moscow for your final departure to India. After emigration and customs formalities we will depart from Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow at 14.10 hrs.
Day 7 Arrive Cochin
Arrives Cochin via hub city with a lifetime of memories.
• Return Economy Class Air ticket from Cochin / Trivandrum
• Russian Visa
• Overseas Medical Insurance age up to 69Yrs
• 02 nights in 4Star hotel accommodation in Moscow
• 03 nights in 4Star hotel accommodation in St. Petersburg
• Sightseeing as per the Itinerary
• Sapsan High Speed Train ticket from Moscow – St. Petersburg – Moscow
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• All transfers
• English speaking local tour guide + Malayalam speaking Tour Manager from Kochi.
• Tips to Guide & Driver
• Early Check In and Late Check Out(Check in 1400 Hrs/Check out 1200 Hrs)
• Optional tours, Beverages
• All fares, tour cost as per cost available now and as at the prevailing rate of exchange and any Increase may be borne by the passengers. (These are calculated as of 1st September 2016 and conversion to EURO/INR @ Rs.72)
• Anything which is not specifically mentioned as services included above