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Three Capitals of Russia

In Russia, informally, there are three capitals. It is of course Moscow, the main, and most often visited city, the capital of the “great and mighty” USSR. St. Petersburg, the capital of the Russian Empire or as it was called by contemporaries, St. Petersburg, or Northern Venice. And Kazan, the city with thousand-year history, the most senior of three cities, the largest shopping center and the capital of the Kazan khanate, nowadays sports capital of Russia. These centers are closely connected among themselves, however the atmosphere reigns in each city. There live absolutely different people, build absolutely different houses and have different religions. Let’s compare Moscow to other two informal capitals of Russia.

Day 1
Arrival in St. Petersburg.
Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel. Free time at leisure. Overnight.

Day 2
Breakfast at the hotelSaint Petersburg city tour that includes all major points of interest such as Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Isaac Square and the outer part of the Church of the Savior on Blood. Visit of the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral,one of the most striking St. Petersburg’s buildings. It has a rich and misterious history of a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family and the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments. Free time. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 3
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the main tourist attraction of Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum. Its collection includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material. Free time at leisure
Visit to the Pushkin Palace and Park (Optional)
The Summer Palace is the heart of Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar’s Village) – one of the most picturesque parks among the former residences of the Russian Emperors. Here you may touch the atmosphere of the Royal way of life in all its splendor. It is hard to believe but almost everything inside the palace is a result of a careful restoration which had been finished just 8 years ago when works on the legendary Amber Room were finally finished after the mysterious disappearance during the World War II. Today tourists from all over the world come to the Pushkin to see the marvelous park and the Catherine’s Palace.
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Visit to the Peterhof(The official opening of the fountains at Peterhof is on May 16th 2015).
Located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, the spectacular Peterhof attracts thousands of tourists with its parks, palaces and, of course, fountains. Among the suburban parks Peterhof is probably the most famous for its fountains and thus it is frequently compared with Versailles. ‘The Samson’ of the Grand Cascade is the most powerful and magnificent among the fountains of Peterhof therefore it is a symbol of the park. As a former residence of the Emperors, Peterhof is also the home of several palaces with the Grand Palace as its main landmark. It had been destroyed by the Nazis and than was carefully restored to demonstrate the splendor of the Royal way of life. You’ll see the halls, brightly decorated with gold, marble and numerous mirrors. The beauty of Peterhof, its marvelous fountains and palaces has left nobody indifferent and neither would be you. Visit to the Grand Palace and the Lower Park. Return to the hotel.
Overnight.

Day 4
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Transportation to the railway station or airport.
Arrival in Moscow, meeting with a tour guide. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.
Moscow city tour including all major sights of Russian capital such as Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Bolshoi Theater, Kremlin Embankment, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Sparrow Hills and Moscow State University, Tverskaya and Mokhovaya Streets.
You can also be taken to visit some of the spectacularly beautiful underground metro stations in Moscow, known as the ‘Palaces of the People’. Return to the hotel by metro. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the Moscow Kremlin (with its territory and cathedrals), a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow that has played a dominant role in Russian life for over eight hundred years.
Nowadays the complex serves as the official residence of the president of the Russian Federation. It had previously been used to refer to the government of the Soviet Union (1922-1991). It’s the most known museum of Russia and includes five places, four cathedrals and enclosing Kremlin wall with Kremlin towers.
Return to the hotel. Free time at leisure. Overnight.

Day 6
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Kazan.
Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Check-in. A panoramic city tour with visit to the most famous sights of Kazan: Kazan Kremlin, Old Tatar Sloboda, a Tatar village Tugan Avylym in the city center, the oldest mosque Marjani, Kamal theatre, Kazanka river embankment, offering unique views of the coast of the Kazan Riviera, Peter and Paul Cathedral, the miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Kazan.
Free time. Overnight.

Day 7
Breakfast at the hotel.
Bus tour to the Sviyazhsk island, located in the picturesque estuary of Sviyaga river on a hill «High Mountain». The ancient fortress built in Medieval times during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, served as a military outpost in the Volga region and the place of rest and preparation of military units to march on the impregnable fortress of Kazan. After the capture of Kazan Island-hail continued to live and tell their memories of the best and most serious times.
The tour route includes a unique historical monuments: the Cathedral of Holy Virgin, one of the oldest wooden churches of Russia — the Church of the Holy Trinity, the current Assumption Monastery with its 17th century architectural monument, the Museum of Sviyazhsk, Stables and workshops, a walk through the county Sviyazhsk.
Free time at leisure in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Raifa Monastery
At 30 km from Kazan on the banks of the lake, in the reserve woods located Raif monastery.
Its main shrine — is the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Georgia. The monastery complex consists of Cathedral in honor of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Georgian icon of the Mother of God, Church in honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa Belfry, with the gate church in honor of the Archangel Michael. You will learn about the unique history of the monastery, you can take the healing water and visit the miraculous icon.
Free time at leisure in the afternoon. Dinner at a folklore restaurant of national cuisine.
Overnight at the hotel

Day 9
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport.

Price includes:

  • Foreign language speaking licensed guide as per the program;
  • Entrance fees: as per the program;
  • Visa support Letter;

Price doesn’t include:

  • Single accomodation
  • Tips;
  • Photo and video shooting tickets;
  • Russian visa fees;
  • Porterage;
  • Optionals;

The Company reserves the right to make changes to the order of visiting tour facilities or replace EQUAL without changing the full program.
 Prices are not valid during periods of high occupancy in the hotel: exhibition period, major international events.
More detailed information can be obtained by sending a request by e-mail: info@intour-mzt.ruor contact our managers by phone + 7 (495) 787 44 09 

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