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10 DAYS TOURS TO MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES OF RUSSIA
- Aug, 3
VISIT: MOSCOW, SAINT PETERSBURG, PETERHOFF, PUSHKIN
Depart the USA to MOSCOW.
DAY 2: MOSCOW
Arrive today at Moscow's International airport. Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by Yona Tours representatives through Customs and baggage claim formalities. in the evening after dinner enjoy panoramic sightseeing by night through the most interesting avenues and squares of the city and past Moscow's spectacular illuminated sights. Then transfer to your hotel.
Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population well over 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. The city is filled with unique architecture from the Kremlin and Red Square to giant Stalin skyscrapers to new office blocks built during the economic boom of recent years and it contains a strikingly beautiful metro system. The city is the center of political as well as economic power in Russia and visitors can feel the energy in the streets. There is always something going on in Moscow and there is so much to see. Your tour will give you valuable insights into Russia’s history, its art and most importantly its culture and people. Welcome to Moscow, we are sure you will have an unforgettable stay with us!
DAY 3: MOSCOW
Morning city tour will take you to the most famous areas of Moscow within the boundaries of the Garden Ring and the Boulevard Ring. You will drive by Kremlin, Red Square and Kitay Gorod area, Tverskaya, Arbat and Zamoskvorechje areas. Sparrow Hills, topped by the Moscow University skyscraper, will offer the best panoramic views of the city.
During the tour you will visit Novodevichiy Convent founded in 1524 and proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The convent has sheltered many famous Russian ladies such as Irina Godunova (the sister of Boris Godunov), Sophia Alekseyevna (sister of Peter the Great), Eudoxia Lopukhina (first wife of Peter the Great) and others.
In the afternoon visit historic Red Square, Kremlin and Armory. You will see the golden domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, elegant arcades of the GUM store and other landmarks around the Red Square. Other landmarks are Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, Hall of Facets and Terem Place. Armory is famous for its stunning collection of treasures: royal regalia, Faberge Easter eggs of precious metals and jewels, the 800-diamond throne of Tsar Alexey, the jewel-studded and sable-trimmed gold Cap of Monomakh, the coronation dresses of the 18th century. Nobody can remain indifferent, having seen nuggets of gold and platinum, such as 36-kilogram " The Large triangle " and 14-kilogram the "Head of a horse ".
Day 4: MOSCOW
Today you will enjoy famous Moscow Metro tour. This is considered the most beautiful underground railway systems in the world. The stations, built in the Stalin era, are remarkable for their bold ornamentation and unique architecture and were created to look like temples and palaces. Most of these stations are decorated with sculptures, glass, colored marble and bronze chandeliers.
In the afternoon we are glad to offer you a guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, which is the largest museum of Russian art in the world. The gallery features a unique collection of Russian icons, paintings, and sculptures - more than 130,000 items.
In the afternoon - shopping at Arbat or IzmailovoIs st that is one of the oldest areas in Moscow and it's the name of the most touristic street in the city. There are many cafes, antiques and souvenir shops. Dinner at a local kosher restaurant.
Day 5: ST PETERSBURG
Fly from Moscow to St petrsbug. Upon arrival you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg and see the elegant buildings on the Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Strelka, Rosstral Columns, Fontanka, Canal Griboyedova, the Palace Square, Winter Palace, Summer Gardens and other remarkable landmarks. The tour includes Isaac’s and Peter and Paul Fortress
St. Petersburg, often called the cultural capital of Russia, has much to offer its guests. Saint Petersburg is a very young city compared to old European capitals and, probably, the only city in the world that has acquired so much historic significance in such a short time. It was founded in 1703 as an outlet to the sea, which was very important for Russia's future development from both strategic and economical points of view. Saint Petersburg today is one of the most important cultural, scientific and industrial cities in Russia, housing several hundred of museums and exhibition halls. Great Russian and foreign artists, poets, writers and composers admired the beauty of Saint Petersburg and commemorated it in their works.
Day 6: ST PETERSBURG
Visit and pray at a local magnificent synagogue. After Shabbat meal enjoy a walking tour of the area with your guide.
Day 7: ST PETERSBURG
In the morning tour of the Hermitage Art Museum - one of the nation's main glories. The Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built according to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. Put together throughout two and a half centuries, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Return to your hotel for Shabbat preparations.
Day 8: PETERHOFF
After breakfast visit Peterhoff located on the southern shores of the Finnish Gulf 14 miles away from St. Petersburg. The Grand Palace with its lavish interiors, gilded decorations, mirrors and paintings dominates the estate. The Park outside the Grand Palace is a kingdom of 144 unique fountains, all operating without the use of pumps by a combination of naturally generated water pressure and magic. Walking in the parking you will be amazed by the splendid beauty created by a man. The estate includes several other mini-museums of interest. The outwardly-modest Monplaisir Palace , which Peter I preferred to the Grand Palace , has a nice sea view and several interesting rooms, such as the State Hall where Peter would force his guests to drink huge quantities of wine until they passed out. The nearby Hermitage Pavilion, which also has nice views and artwork, is a two-storey dining room where guests sitting on the upper floor ate and drank in peace, occasionally lowering the table to the ground floor where servants refilled wine glasses, replaced dirty plates, and spat in the beef stroganoff.
After dinner you can enjoy optional visiting the Nikolaevsky Palace to see the amazing Folklore show in the evening.
Day 9: PUSHKIN
After breakfast travel to Pushkin and Pavlovsk located 30 km from St. Petersburg. Pushkin's Great Palace and park with a lot of fountains were created under Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great between 1744 and 1796. You will see the palatial rooms, opulent interiors of which will stir your imagination. A visit to the Amber Room, a real gem of art, is a must. Pavlovsk’s park of woods, lakes and rivers, valleys and avenues, classical statues and temples is one of the most exquisite. By afternoon have a free time for some shopping and gift or visit the Yusupov Palace.
Day 10: ST PETERSBURG-USA
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Welcome back to U.S. Begin planning your next trip with Yona Tours.
- AIRLINE TICKETS
Round trip airline tickets from USA-Moscow, Moscow-St Petersburg and Moscow-USA
8 nights at the 4* Superior 1st class hotels or similar include breakfast
8 full kosher dinner and continental breakfast
Arrival and departure transfer airports in Russia with assistance including domestic flights with airports taxes and fuel charges as specified in the itinerary
8 Days of sightseeing in a modern air-conditioned bus, according to your program.
- TOUR GUIDE
Services of a government licensed Tour Guide on touring days.
- ENTRANCE FEES
Admission to the attractions, museums and shows.
Visa fee to Russia not included.
From NY: $ 3600 From Los Angeles : $3800