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Russia Day Tours

Moscow

 

Hop on Hop off Bus and Boat Sightseeing

Price from $95.00 per person

The Tour

Moscow, Russia's capital city, is steeped in history and home to 20 million inhabitants. Hop on and off at key locations and explore Moscow at your leisure. The bus tour starts at Moscow's renowned Red Square which is home to the 16th Century St. Basil's Cathedral, one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world, plus the constructivist pyramid of Lenin's Mausoleum. Travel over Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, a concrete arch structure which spans the Moscow River and connects the Red Square and Bolshaya Ordynka Street of Zamoskvorechye. The bridge's architect, Alexey Shchusev, chose pink granite as the facade to make the bridge look as if built by real rock. Absorb the history of Balchug street, one of the oldest Moscow streets outside of the Kremlin walls. Admire the unmistakable red brick factory of Red October which is situated on Bolotny Island in the middle of the Moscow River and has become an architectural icon.

Includes:
  • 48-hour ticket

 

Private Moscow City Tour

Price from $345.00 per person

Duration of tour: 3 hours

The Tour

Stroll along the vibrant Tverskaya Street, taking in the bustling atmosphere and exclusive shops. Continue to Red Square, so called because of the surrounding red brick buildings. Admire the History Museum, the Kremlin walls and the famous multicoloured onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral. Red Square is also where the Lenin Mausoleum still located, a curious relic of the Soviet Union. Admire the rebuilt Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Stalin had the original dynamited) and then see the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre building. Continue to the Lubyanka, where many an unfortunate prisoner passed through the hands of KGB henchmen and which is now the headquarters of its successor agency. Wander the alleyways of the historic merchants’ district Kitay-Gorod then explore the bank of the Moscow River, see the parliament (Duma) and stop at the top of the ‘Sparrow Hills’ for a superb view over the city. Pause in front of Lomonosov University to view a landmark Stalin-era skyscraper then move on to Victory Park. Finally, see the Novodevichy Convent, which inspired Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’.

Includes:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Service of a local guide

 

Private visit to Tretjakov Gallery

Price from $370.00 per person

Duration of tour: 3 hours

The Tour

Delve into the past of Russia’s glorious artistic heritage on a visit to the Tretyakov Gallery. This unsurpassed art gallery, named after its founder, the famous merchant Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898), houses one of the country’s biggest collections of Russian art. Tretyakov was a big sponsor of arts of the 19th century and his dream was to build a large museum open to everyone irrespective of class or fortune with a substantial collection of exhibits to help people understand and admire the history of Russian Art. The project was realized in 1881 with an inauguration of the gallery. Tretyakov presented more than 2,000 exhibits to the gallery from his own collection in Moscow, beginning the history of what has become an impressive museum today. After his death in 1898 the collection grew quite rapidly taking on new dimensions following the October Revolution of 1917 when museum collections were privatised and art was transferred from other museums and religious buildings. Works were also bought and donated from private collectors. Stroll around and explore more than 170,000 works of art created by Russian artists covering many centuries and styles. Besides its great collection of religious icons, we will admire the exclusive historical panorama of Russian painting from the 11th century up to the present day. Among some of the best most known pieces is the 12th century Byzantine ‘Virgin of Vladimir’, widely regarded to be the finest panel icon of its type and the medieval masterpiece of Andrei Rublev called the ‘Trinity’. Whatever your taste in art, be it modern, classic, or ancient you will be sure to find something to tickle your fancy.

Includes:
  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Tickets

 

Private Kremlin Tour with visit to Three Cathedrals

Price from $410.00 per person

Duration of tour: 3 hours

The Tour

The word Kremlin in Russian means fortress and this unconquerable citadel is the cradle of the city, its walls defiantly protecting it for centuries. To this day it remains the seat of power in Russia. Rather than a single monument, the Kremlin is an enigmatic and rather eclectic selection of churches, palaces, squares, walls and towers offering an enormous array of decorative and applied arts. Marvel at the impressive medieval walls and watch towers that still encircle the complex. Gaze in awe at the superb churches and cathedrals with their gleaming golden onion domes. Be stunned by the immense beauty of the Great Kremlin Palace or the pretty Poteshny Palace. Then visit the fort to see the Tsar Bell, the largest bell in the world. Broken during casting it has never been rung but still remains an incredible sight. Continue to the monumental Cathedral Square, the Sobornaya, for a in depth look at the Cathedral of the Dormition, the Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Cathedral of the Archangel. Also here are the Palace of Facets, the Church of the Deposition of the Robe and the Church of the Twelve Apostles as well as the imposing Ivan the Great Bell Tower.

Includes:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Service of a local guide
  • Tickets

 


 

St Petersburg

 

Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing - by Bus and Boat

Price from $100.00 per person

Let us show you around Russia's imperial capital and experience panoramic views of this dazzling metropolis from the top of our famous bright red double decker buses, hopping on and off at 18 conveniently located stops around the city over 2 days.

The Tour

Your tour will show you the many impressive buildings, statues, parks and canals that gives this city its uniqueness. Hop off and rub the toes of the 7 Atlantian Statues for good luck or explore the Nevsky Prospekt, that. as well as having numerous Palaces, Theatres and Museums, is the centre of the city's social and cultural life with countless bars, restaurants, shops and cafes along its 4-kilometre stretch. There are a number of other exciting attractions in the city including Kazan cathedral , summer garden and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, so make sure you take time to explore all St Petersburg has to offer and let us inform you through our exciting multilingual audio guide.

Includes:
  • 2-day ticket + 1-day boat ticket
  • Fun and informative on-board audio commentary accessible in several languages
  • Free headphones

 

Hermitage Museum - Private tour

Price from $160.00 per person

Admire some of the world's greatest masterpieces in an unforgettable setting as you pass through the grand doors to the second largest museum in the world, The Hermitage.

Duration of tour: 4 hours

The Tour

There are few museums that can rival The Hermitage in terms of the sheer volume and quality of the art work on display and no visitor can leave without being utterly beguiled by the surroundings let alone the art. Encompassing numerous buildings including the iconic Winter Palace, The Hermitage is said to have so many pieces of art that it would take years to view them all. With around three million exhibits it is easy to see why! Join the tour as a great way to get a thorough overview taking in some of the finest works of art on offer. The original museum, now called the ‘Small Hermitage’, was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Her collection and the museum swelled over the years to its present size and as we amble around the fabulous interior you get the opportunity to see some of the exhibits. See fascinating examples of prehistoric art and works from ancient Egypt and Greece. Be dazzled by the greats of the Italian Renaissance such as Raphael and Da Vinci and be bewitched by the classical beauty of Spanish masters like Velazquez and El Greco. Dutch and Flemish Baroque art along with fine art from France, Britain, Switzerland, Germany and Russia complement the classics. And for those preferring more modern art the likes of Renoir, Degas, Picasso and Kandinsky will not disappoint.

Includes:
  • Tickets
  • Local guide

 

Private St. Petersburg City Tour including Peter and Paul Fortress

Price from $260.00 per person

Duration of tour: 4 hours

The Tour

Enter the fortress through the imposing triumphal gate crowned by the twin-headed eagle that was the coast of arms of the tsars. Behold the breathtaking baroque Cathedral of Peter and Paul with its seemingly never-ending 123-metre-long golden spire topped by an angel. Since 1998, the cathedral has been the final resting place of the family of Tsar Nicholas II, who were murdered during the Russian Civil War. The small but beautiful boathouse beside it is completely dwarfed by the cathedral. This pavilion, which was built to store Peter the Great’s dinghy, is a brilliant example of the transition from baroque to neo-classical architecture. Also, within the fortress is the mint, which still produces coins and medals, and the cells of the prison. Explore this dungeon and find out about the appalling conditions prisoners such as Trotsky, Dostoyevsky, Gorky and even Peter the Great’s own son, Alexei, endured. Don’t miss out on the midday cannon salute from the Naryshkin Bastion (which marks the changing of the guard ceremony every Saturday in summer) then see if you can spot the resident walruses in the river below the fortress walls.

Includes:
  • Transportation by coach or minivan
  • Service of a local guide
  • Tickets