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Season
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Moscow + St. Petersburg Cultural Spring Program

07 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / Moscow
Season: Spring
Theme: Cultural & Leisure Group

 

Morning Activities
08:00 — 13:00

Lunch
13:00 — 14:00

Afternoon Activities
14:00 — 19:00

Dinner Evening Activities
19:00 — 00:00

Day 1
5 Apr
2020
Sun

Sheremetievo Airport Arrival

Traditional Bread & Salt Welcoming Ceremony at the Airport

Vodka stop on Vorobyovy Hills Observation Platform on the way from airport to hotel (with Red Army Choir concert) 

19:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide (Evening Hotel-Restaurant-Hotel)

20:00 Welcome dinner at Bolshoi Restaurant

Day 2
6 Apr
2020
Mon

10:00 — 20:00 Moscow City Sightseeing Half day Tour

VDNKh Exhibiton Center visit

COSMOS PAVILLION at VDNKh Soviet Theme Park

14:00 Lunch at Bunker 'Taganski' — Cold War Museum

13:00 -13:45 Moscow Metro Tour — Underground palaces of Moscow

15:00 Excursion at Bunker 'Tagansky' — Cold War Museum

20:00 Dinner at Oblomov — Legendary Moscow Restaurant

Day 3
7 Apr
2020
Tue

09:30 — 18:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (9 hours)

10:30 Red square & Kremlin Territory & Cathedrals Visit

11:30 Kremlin: The Armory Chamber Visit

12:30 St. Basil's Cathedral on Red square

15:00 Ice Cave of Park Zaryadye

13:30 Lunch at Voskhod restaurant at Perk Zaryadye (5 minutes on foot from Red square)

 

15:30 Shopping at GUM Store (Red Square)

16:30 Christ the Saviour Cathedral visit

18:30 — 19:30 At Leisure

19:30 — 23:30 Transport & Guide (Evening Hotel-Restaurant-Hotel)

20:30 Farewell dinner at Ruski Restaurant on 85th Floor of Moscow city Oko Tower

Day 4
8 Apr
2020
Wed

11:30 Departure from the hotel to Leningradsky Train Station

13:30 Sapsan Train (Moscow — St. Petersburg)

18:00 — 18:40 Check in at the hotel and Free time

 

 

17:25 Arrival to Moskovsky Train Station

Retro Buses for the evening (HOTEL-RESTAURANT- HOTEL)

19:00 Museum of Russian Vodka under roof of Russian Vodka Room 1

19:30 Welcome dinner at Russian Vodka Room № 1

Interactive Vodka Tasting during Dinner

Cossack Dance Show

Day 5
9 Apr
2020
Thu

10:00 City Sightseeing tour to see sigtssting from outside

10:30 Peter & Paul Fortress

OPTIONAL: Walking on the walls of Peter & Paul Fortress (with amazing view to the whole city)

11:10 Spilled Blood Church

12:20 St. Isaac's Cathedral

Kazan Cathedral visit

12:50 Lunch at Petrov-Vodkin Russian Tapas Bar & Restaurant

14:30 Hermitage State Museum visit

OPTIONAL: Marina Gisich Gallery

OPTIONAL: 19:00 Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov)

Dinner at Russian Sadko Restaurant

Day 6
10 Apr
2020
Fri

10:00 — 16:00 St. Petersburg Mosaic — 5 Steps to know the City & it’s regular life (Walking tour with using public transport)

Metro Tour St. Petersburg — The deepest metro in the world

1/ Farmers Market visit (Kuznechny)

2/ Orthodox ceremony in St. Vladimir Cathedral

3/ Roof tour

4/ Eliseev Store visit

12:50 Lunch at Luce Panoramic Restaurant

5/ 14:30 Communal Apartment Visit

OPTIONAL: Faberge Museum

16:00 — 18:30 Afternoon At Leisure / Free time

18:30 Transfer to the restaurant by Horse Phaetons (Carriages)

19:00 Farewell dinner at Stroganoff Palace at RUSSIAN AMPIR Restaurant (with Welcome cocktail served at secret undeground rooms)

Day 7
11 Apr
2020
Sat

Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

 

 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 MOSCOW: Lotte hotel 5*

Lotte Hotel Moscow is ideally located on the New Arbat, the financial and shopping center of Moscow, and just a stone’s throw away from the Red Square, the Kremlin Palace, and the Bolshoi Theater. The hotel features 300 elegant and spacious guest rooms and two top-notch restaurants. «Les Menus» is a French restaurant by 3-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire and «MEGU» introduces modern fusion Japanese cuisine. A premier experience is granted at six small and large banquet halls, the luxurious Mandara Spa, Club Lounge, and Atrium Garden. At Lotte Hotel Moscow, you can enjoy the warmth and depth of Korean service.

Lotte hotel is strategically located in the centre of Moscow, in immediate proximity to the Kremlin and the Red Square. Lotte hotel is only few kilometers from main railway stations and a comfortable drive from the Moscow International Airports Domodedovo and Sheremetievo-2.

Lotte hotel Moscow offers 6 banquet halls to accomodate any event, from small social gatherings to business seminars and international conventions. Equipped with a simultaneous interpretation system and large screen projector, the Crystal Ballroom is a perfect venue for international conferences. It can accomodate up to 640 persons (theratre style).

 ST.PETERSBURG SO Sofitel Hotel 5*

SO Sofitel St. Petersburg is located in the city’s cultural center, next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, near to the lavish Winter Palace, stunning Hermitage and famed Mariinsky Theater. In the hotel, designed by famous Italian designer Antonio Citterio, all guests will enjoy a breathtaking view of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Just Say SO concept, the philosophy of serenity in the SPA and Wellness centers of the hotel — SoSPA and SoFIT, as well as fashion parties SO Parties on the panoramic summer terrace.

SO/ Sofitel is a playful mix of sophistication and modern style. Each hotel has inspired by famous designers and reflects its individual character, a creative and fashionable approach to travel.

There are 137 rooms and suites in SO/ Sofitel St. Petersburg, each of that reflects the original and modern design of SO Sofitel brand and offers its guests a high level of comfort: SO Cozy, SO Urban, SO Comfy, SO Club, SO Studio Double, SO Studio Twin, SO Lofty, SO VIP, SO Very Vip.

Restaurants and bars of the hotel will satisfy even the most refined tastes of any gourmet. The Cococo Restaurant is a new representation of Russian cuisine. Its gastronomic concept is based on the use of seasonal products from local farmers and the latest culinary achievements.

The hotel’s bar is a real oasis of social life and the center of attraction of the most fashionable city events. Sit in an armchair by the fireplace, talk to your friends and enjoy a unique atmosphere with a wide selection of bright author's drinks and light snacks that amaze the imagination. From May to September also enjoy SO Parties parties with famous Djs that will take place on the summer panoramic terrace with a breathtaking view of the city.

 

DAY 1 — 5th April 2020, Sunday

 Sheremetievo Airport Arrival

Sheremetyevo International Airport is one of the biggest Russian airports in terms of regular international traffic. Sheremetyevo serves as the headquarters for the Aeroflot Russian Airlines, the Russian biggest air carrier. Airport has 5 terminals. Terminal B & C located in the opposite side from terminals D, E and F.

Transfer time from Airport to city center is approximately from one up to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic situation and time of the day. Transportation via AeroExpress train is available from Airport to the city (to Belorusskaya and Savelovskaya metro stations).

 Traditional Bread & Salt Welcoming Ceremony at the Airport

Bread and Salt Ceremony is one of the oldest Russian traditions. When important, respected or admired guests arrive, they were greeted by young women in traditional costumes with a loaf of bread placed on a rushnik (embroidered towel). A salt holder or a salt cellar is placed on top of the bread loaf or secured in a hole on the top of the loaf.

The tradition originated as a folk custom in western Russia. As a sign of hospitality, when the emperor or empress visited their towns, merchants and gentry would present a loaf of bread placed on a round dish covered with an embroidered towel. The ceremony also was used prior to the marriage of a landowner when he traveled to each village on his estate, introducing his new bride to the peasants. The ceremony symbolized that the couple would never be without the necessities of life.

The tradition still is practiced, both in Russia (occasionally at weddings) and by descendants of Russians living in other countries (bread and salt is brought to a family member or friend when they move into a new home).

Man and woman, dressed in Russian national costumes serve Bread & Salt, while a folklore trio is playing and singing. The Ceremony is perfect in combination with the welcome reception during check – in (glass of champagne or a shot of Russian vodka). Ceremony duration is 20-30 min.

 Vodka stop on Vorobyovy Hills Observation Platform on the way from airport to hotel (with Red Army Choir concert)

During transfer from airport to hotel group will make stop at the highest point in Moscow, Vorobyovy Hills Observation Platform. You will see the panorama of the city open before you with the main building of Moscow State University, White House, Governmental complex, Ostankinskaya tower, Luzhniki, New Arbat, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Novodevichy Convent and other Moscow sights. Group photo can be done here in order to memorize your Moscow trip. A shot of Vodka with Russian Traditional pickles can be servedwill be served during this stop. Also it is possible to organize different kinds of Entertainment: Red Army Choir, Balalaika trio etc.

Red Army choir will include 10 men, who will perform Russian traditional famous songs like «Kalinka», «Katyusha» etc. Total Performance is about 15-20 minutes.

Vodka stop on Vorobyovy Hills Observation Platform recommended during good weather

 19:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide (Evening Hotel-Restaurant-Hotel)

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 20:00 Welcome dinner at Bolshoi Restaurant

Restaurant Bolshoi is a unique project, even for Europe, where it is difficult to surprise anyone with non-standard concept. Absolute novelty and full pride of the restaurant lies in its artistic component. There is an exclusive collection of works by contemporary artists and sculptors, such as Dietrich Klinge, Isabel Munoz, George Pusenkoff, Juan Hernandez Pijuan, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tapies.

Two spacious rooms are filled with luxurious furniture from Ralph Lauren, an adherent of casual elegance and adjusted to the smallest detail of naturalness.

Executed in shades of ivory, columned Great Hall is an ideal place for solitary interviews, business lunches, dinners. More intimate small hall combines leather furniture lemon-cream and rich chocolate color, rigorous nobleness massive walls of wood a dark burgundy color and moderately subdued light. Distance from the hustle and bustle of the capital, the interior warm colors and soft light create an enveloping atmosphere that relieves stress. Max capacity 120 pax.

 

DAY 2 — 6th April 2020, Monday

 10:00 — 20:00 Moscow City Sightseeing Tour

Moscow is the biggest city in Europe and the Capital of Russia founded in 1147. The city possesses the most valuable historical and architectural monuments of world importance. A great number of historic monuments are being reconstructed and restored. The population of 11,5 million people makes it the biggest city in Europe. During the orientation of Moscow we will acquaint ourselves with the main tourist attractions of the city. Passing the famous Tverskaya Boulevard, the Red and Manage Squares as well as Arbat (the capital's commercial center), we will stop at Vorobyovy Hills — the highest point of Moscow with a breathtaking view at the city and Moscow-river. The building of Lomonosov's Moscow State University (one of the seven famous Stalin's Age skyscrapers) is located just in a short walk from here. Luzhniki Stadium (honored the final UEFA Champions League match 2008), is situated right in front. 

 VDNKh Exhibiton Center visit

Conceived as a cross between World Fair and Theme Park, with monuments to Soviet science, fountains, amusement-park rides and national pavilions for all the republics of the USSR, the former Exhibition of the Achievements of the People's Economy has been denuded of most of its original exhibits and filled with goods for sale. The VDNKh's genesis was the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (VSKhV) of 1939. This display of the fruits of Socialism and showpiece of Stalinist monumental art was intended to open two years earlier, but was delayed by the purging of many of its leading participants. The exhibition was so successful that it was revived on a permanent basis in 1954, with some eighty pavilions spread over 578 acres. Gradually, Western goods started appearing and the Soviet pavilions lost whatever conviction they might once have possessed. Shorn of ideological pretensions, it has now been renamed the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VVTs) — but everyone continues to call it the VDNKh.

Reminiscent of the Admiralty in St. Petersburg, the Central Pavilion of VDNKh culminates in a 35-metre spire. Its interior once featured a huge illuminated map of the USSR, dioramas of Lenin's hometown and a Siberian hydroelectric power station. Beyond lies an octagonal square centered on the Fountain of the Friendship of Peoples, whose gilded statues of maidens in the national costumes of the sixteen Soviet republics demurely encircle a golden wheat sheaf.

Just outside the VDNKh grounds, the 100m high Space Obelisk was unveiled in 1964, three years after Yuri Alekseevitch Gagarin circled the earth. It is undoubtedly one of the most memorable Soviet-era monuments.

 COSMOS PAVILLION at VDNKh Soviet Theme Park

VDNH is named after All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (VSKhV) of 1939 that took place here and for this purpose on 578 acres some eighty pavilions were built. After the failure of the USSR the complex was turned into the Soviet Theme Park where the one can see monuments to Soviet science, fountains, enjoy amusement-park rides and renovated national pavilions for all the republics of the USSR.

The largest space museum complex in Russia, the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre at VDNH, first opened to the general public in the renovated historic Pavilion No. 34 Space on April 13, 2018. Everyone can visit the large-scale exposition on the achievements of Russian cosmonautics and future space exploration projects.

The Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre is a joint project of the Moscow Government, VDNH JSC, Roskosmos State Corporation and enterprises of the military-industrial complex, created to popularize the achievements of the Russian space, aviation and defense industry, and to generate interest in the professions related to these industries. The author of the scientific concept is the Polytechnic Museum.

The Centre's exposition features more than 120 unique exhibits of aircraft and spacecrat which have never been exhibited in museums before; exhibits of the military-industrial complex enterprises; more than two thousand rare archival documents, photo and video materials. More than 50 unique exhibits were created specially for the centre. Every day, 20,000 people can visit the exposition.

The area under the dome will house game simulators, the «Monolith» and «Cosmic sphere» exposition modules, and a virtual reality hall with the external form of a huge sphere. There you can watch a rocket launch or see Earth from space.

Cosmos pavilion (Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre) can show the visitors:

1) A model of the artificial Earth satellite Sputnik-1, 1957 S

2) Mir orbital complex (scale 1:1). The orbital complex was used for the work of long-term expeditions, and to conduct various scientific experiments in space flight conditions.

3) Full-scale example of the Soviet liquid-propellant rocket engine RD-170.

The thrust of the RD-170 is over 800 tonnes, it is the most powerful liquid fuel rocket engine ever created. The RD-170 engine was designed and certified for use on 10 flights.

4) MAKS orbital aircraft — The MAKS (multi-purpose aerospace system) project entails the aerial launch of a spacecraft taken to the upper atmosphere with an airplane. The main purpose of the rocketplane is the delivery of cargo and crews to the orbital stations.

5) Luch-5A satellite retransmitter. Satellite retransmitters are used to provide continuous and reliable communications with the Earth for space vehicles located at any point in its orbit.

 13:00 -13:45 Moscow Metro Tour — Underground palaces of Moscow

Moscow Metro is well-known all over the world as the most beautiful underground transit system. The Moscow Metro is one of the most efficient and extensive metro systems in the world, but its real draw for travellers is the extravagant decoration of its soviet-era stations, each one of them a work of art in itself. Metro is one of the main and significant memorials of Soviet Union's era. The decision to build underground railway in Moscow was taken on the 15th of June in 1931 by Central Committee. The first trains, which contained only 4 carriages, departed on the 15th of May in 1935. Those days the amount of passengers using Metro was about 177,000 daily. The metro currently comprises 172 stations, and the system carries well over nine million passengers a day on average, more than the Paris and New York systems combined. The guided tour around Moscow Metro includes some of the most beautiful stations.

 14:00 Lunch at Bunker 'Taganski' — Cold War Museum

 15:00 Excursion at Bunker 'Tagansky' — Cold War Museum

Projecting of the object began in 40s of last century. In 1956 the bucker with the general square of more than 7000 m2 was taken over by the state commission and passed to the Ministry of Defence of the USSR.

Bunker-42 is the outpost in the capital center which used to be in charge about 30 years providing security in case of nuclear attack.

Every day from 100 to 600 people worked in the object for being in ready alert of providing with the telephone and telegraphy communications.

The museum complex of «Bunker-42» gives individual and group guided tours let you to dip interactively to atmosphere of the time.

Group can have as a usual tour arounfd the bunker but also take part in different interactive programs.

Program «Top Secret»

Tour through the secret tunnels and halls of SCP «Taganskiy» is waiting for you.

First you will listen to the history of SCP «Taganskiy» and it’s place in the Cold war and will receive the answers to all your questions. In addition to captivating tour you will watch a scintillating movie about the Cold war. You will also learn about the construction of the secured post, about its life and functioning during those tough days.

 20:00 Dinner at Oblomov — Legendary Moscow Restaurant

«Oblomov» is located in an old quarter of Moscow where estates from the 18th and 19th centuries are preserved. Located in the former merchant's residence.

Restaurant has 3 floors and a summer garden, guests can choose a table on one of three floors.

In Oblomov you will see with your own eyes the contrast between the Russian greatheartedness and the foreign order, iron-bound coffers, low little windows and creaky floorboards of the master’s house. The interior features a variety of antiques including paintings, frames, china cabinets, mirrors, bureaus and even a typewriter carefully selected throughout Russia and restored.

The «Oblomov» restaurant has three floors: the ground floor accommodates a coffee bar, where you can enjoy wonderful coffee with home-made pastry, on the first floor you can find two dining halls «Shtolz» and «Oblomov», where you can taste dishes of the Russian and European cuisines, and the second floor is occupied by the «Oriental Room». Here, wearing a Turkish caftan you can smoke hookas, read books and play cards.

DAY 3 — 7th April 2020, Tuesday

 09:30 — 18:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (9 hours)

 10:30 Red square & Kremlin Territory & Cathedrals Visit

The Moscow Kremlin is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River, Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square and the Alexander Garden. It is the best known of kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes four palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of Russia. Within the Kremlin there is a Cathedral Square, the so-called «City of God». Six buildings, including 3 three enormous cathedrals edge the square. Most of them, the work of Italian architects during the late 15th and early 16th Century. The Armory building built in 1851 as a factory for making weapons nowadays houses a museum, in which an enormous collection of Russian national treasures, including the famous Faberge eggs, carriages, cookware, jewelry, etc. is on display. The State Historical Museum is located outside the walls. Entry fee includes the visit to the Kremlin Territory and 3 cathedrals.

In the course of its centuries-old history the name of the museum and its administration have changed lots of times. Nevertheless the Kremlin remains one of the most beautiful and famous architectural ensembles of the world, included into the World Heritage list of UNESCO; its collection have always been of high historical and cultural value, carefully preserved and studied by the museum’s team of researchers.

CANCELLATION POLICY: 5 working days prior the visit.

 11:30 Kremlin: The Armory Chamber Visit

The Armoury Chamber, a treasure-house, is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace's complex. It is situated in the building constructed in 1851 by architect Konstantin Ton. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars' treasury and the Patriarch's vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin's workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts. The museum was named after one of the oldest Kremlin's treasury stores.

The Armoury Chamber preserves ancient state regalia, ceremonial tsar's vestments and coronation dress, vestments of the Russian Orthodox Church's hierarchs, the largest collection of gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, West European artistic silver, ceremonial weapons and arms, carriages, horse ceremonial harness.

The State Armoury presents more than four thousands items of applied art of Russia, European and Eastern countries of IV-early XX centuries. The highest artistic level and particular historical and cultural value of the exhibits have made the State Armoury of the Moscow Kremlin a world-wide known museum.

The 10 Fabergé eggs in the Armory collection is the second biggest collection in the world. The museum collections were based on the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry.

 12:30 St. Basil's Cathedral on Red square

St. Basil Cathedral is situated in the very heart of Moscow, on Red Square.

Although it's known to everyone as St. Basil's, this legendary building is officially called «The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat». The popular alternative refers to Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite 'holy fool' who was buried on the site (in the Trinity Cathedral that once stood here) a few years before the present building was erected.

Cathedral is one of the symbols of the city was built in the period of 1555-1561 by the order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible in commemoration of the capture of Kazan.

The Cathedral is now a museum. During restoration work in the seventies a wooden spiral staircase was discovered within one of the walls. Visitors now take this route into the central church, with its extraordinary, soaring tented roof and a fine 16th Century iconostasis. You can also walk along the narrow, winding gallery, covered in beautiful patterned paintwork.

Opening hours: Daily from 11.00 to 17.00, every Sunday from 12:00-17:00, opened daily, closed on first Wednesday of the month.

 13:30 Lunch at Voskhod restaurant at Perk Zaryadye (5 minutes on foot from Red square)

Voskhod restaurant — newly opened restaurant in Park Zaryadie. Kitchen of the restaurant is a deep dive into the Soviet cuisine heritage. Imagine a dinner that combines lamb plov from Azerbaidjan, julien with Kamchatka crab, Ukrainian borsch and pickled apples.

Design idea was to create a relevant and delicate ensemble of ultra-modern spatial architecture and nostalgic notes, which themselves represent the theme of the kitchen the culinary masterpieces of the Soviet era. At the same time, designers wanted to pay tribute to the past: both the history of the place itself, and the heritage of the Russian avant-garde, art deco and the era of conquest of the cosmos. This theme was chosen with a special purpose — in the 60's every child in Soviet Union dreamed of becoming an astronaut and going into space on the «Voskhod» rocket.

 15:00 Ice Cave of Park Zaryadye

Around the corner from the Kremlin the authors have created a piece that takes the viewers on a journey through ice and snow, invites them to enjoy the beauty of the shimmering crystals covering the columns and walls of the Ice Cave. Feel the depth and greatness of the nature of the North

Almost 70 tons of water were frozen to achieve a beautiful 750m² ice mantle on 14 kilometers of curved tubes.

You enter the Cave through a sluice which at once makes you feel like you’re on a polar station. The Cave covered with ice and snow is dimly lit by white LEDs. The temperature here remains between -4 and -9°C all year round.

The authors were inspired by the complicated process of cave formation and its rich history – ancient people started using caves as shelter thousands of years ago. Many have left footprints and cave paintings there defining many caves as art memorials. The creators of the installation have been fascinated by the power and mystique associated with caves. When inside you’ll feel logic giving way to hearing, tactile perception, instincts, intuition. There are thousands of caves on the territory of Russia but not many are open to the public, some are not fully investigated, many aren’t even accessible.

Grab a sweater if you are planning a visit to the Ice Cave so the cold doesn’t distract you from the surrounding beauty. If you forget to bring one, there will be 200₽ blankets available for purchase at the box office.

 15:30 Shopping at GUM Store (Red Square)

GUM is well-known to every Russian as the main shopping mall in the country, GUM always was and remains the greatest country’s store. The 120-year history of this architectural monument made it popular also in other countries.

GUM is an architectural masterpiece and a harmonic part of the Red Square ensemble. Stretching on a quarter of a kilometer along the Kremlin’s wall, the GUM’s building encloses the Red Square from the East with its facades’ architecture (decorated with facet rustics), and calls up with Kremlin and the Historical museum.

Inside, it consists of many different galleries with various shops, boutiques, numerous dining places. In winter, an adjacent ice-rink is one of the most famous and exciting attractions of Moscow, which is extremely popular both for locals and tourists (recommended for an evening walk on Red Square tour).

Stores accept Russian Rubles,Visa & MasterCard.

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 16:30 Christ the Saviour Cathedral visit

The main Cathedral of Russia — Christ the Saviour Cathedral barbarously destroyed on December 5, 1931, has been rebuilt in 1994-2000 with joint work of architects, builders, as well as artists and sculptors, who reconstructed artistic beauty of the Cathedral. Construction was sponsored by Moscow Government and citizens. Located in very heart of Moscow the Cathedral is a perceptible memorial to the battle of the Russian people against the Napoleonic hordes. The names of the renowned heroes, whom God chose as instruments to save His people are engraved on marble boards in the main gallery of the Cathedral. Opening hours 10.00 -18.00 Sunday 10.00 -17.00, Monday 13.00 — 18:00. The entrance is free of charge (not possible during the service). It is not allowed to have a guided tour inside of the Cathedral during a visit, therefore the guide will tell guests the history of the Cathedral from outside.

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 18:30 — 19:30 At Leisure

During your free time in Moscow, we recommend you:

1/Do some shopping. Pay your attention to Russian scarves, fabrics, fur hats, souvenirs, crystal, Russian porcelain, paintings, caviar, lacquer boxes, amber, Matreshka (Russian Doll).

Shops are also opened dayly from 10- 21:00, some malls are opened even longer. Main department stores located on Red Square. Main Department stores are «GUM», «TSUM», «Okhotny Ryad».

2/ Relax and enjoy coffee/tea in numerous coffee-houses. Explore the city and its people.

 19:30 — 23:30 Transport & Guide (Evening Hotel-Restaurant-Hotel)

 20:30 Farewell dinner at Ruski Restaurant on 85th Floor of Moscow city Oko Tower

This new restaurant has light and spacious hall, located on the 85 floor of the «OKO» tower, with 360 panoramic view of Moscow. Here you can see all Moscow at a glance.

The restaurant has an eight-meter furnace where hand made bread and pies are baked. The menu for was by several chefs, it offers unique Russian dishes: soup of beef tails, marinated smelts and Karelian trout, dumplings with potatoes and cottage cheese stuffed duck neck «Delicieux» and stuffed carp.

Ice Bar of the restaurant offers guests a caviar bar, homemade vodkas and liqueurs.

The design of restaurant tells about the Russian culture and history without cliches. Thus, teh interior is bright and avant-garde.

Restaurant has a total of four areas: kitchen area, Ice Bar, main hall, VIP room.

 

DAY 4 — 8th April 2020, Wednesday

 11:30 Departure from the hotel to Leningradsky Train Station

Moscow has nine main train terminals serving various parts of Russia, Europe and the CIS. All stations have kiosks, cafes, restaurants (many are being converted to fast food restaurants), phones, waiting rooms, pay toilets, pharmacies and hair salons. Most stations have postal services. Advance booking is available for all tickets and is recommended. In some stations, entrance to the interior station and waiting rooms (but not to the platforms) requires a ticket or payment. Most stations have both local militia and internal guards, and booking offices for long distance and suburban trains. Belorussia, Kiev and Kazan stations have special security agents! Suburban Commuter Trains. Commuter trains serve all the suburbs of Moscow. Many commuter stations and platforms in Moscow are shown on our maps of Moscow and the region.

 13:30 Sapsan Train (Moscow — St. Petersburg)

Sapsan is a high speed train in Russia, named for the mythical Russian firebird. The Sapsan Trains travel at a top speed of 200km/hr and connect Moscow with Saint Petersburg, and Nizhny Novgorod. Trains started regular service on18 December 2009 running from Moscow-St. Petersburg, the total length of each train is 250 m, carrying up to 604 passengers.

Train consists of 10 NON-SMOKING cars:

BUSINESS CLASS (1,2 carriages)- offers 44 seats with an adjustable backrest, individual lightning, a built-in audio- video module, a collapsible table and a footrest. Electric outlets for battery charges and laptops between seats.

ECONOMY CLASS (carriages 3,4, 6,7,8,9,10) — offers 66 seats with an adjustable backrest, individual lighting, a collapsible table and a footrest.

BISTRO (5 carriage)- car has 40 seats in open saloon.

Travel time from Moscow to St.Petersburg and vice versa is 3 hrs 45 min.

Ticket sale starts 45 days before the departure.

Departure from St. Petersburg and arrival to Moscow:

Departure: 6:45 — Arrival: 10:30, 7:00 — 10:55, 13:30 — 17:45, 15:30 — 19:25, 19:25 — 23:20, 19:45 — 23:30

Departure from Moscow and arrival to St.Petersburg:

Departure: 6:45 — Arrival: 10:30, 13:30 — 17:45, 16:30 — 20:25, 16:45 — 20:43, 19:45 — 23:30

 17:25 Arrival to Moskovsky Train Station

Moskovsky Rail Terminal, also called Moscow Rail Terminal, with an easily recognizable Neo-Renaissance frontage on Nevsky Prospekt and Uprising Square, is a terminal railway station in Saint Petersburg.

Moskovsky Railway station serves trains to and from Moscow, Central and Southern Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Crimea.

High-speed train Sapsan (only 4 hours way to Moscow) leaves from this terminal.

Ticket office is located on the first door on the right from the main entrance.

Terminal has customer service department, small shops, newspaper kiosks, etc.

Usually cars supply is done 30 min before the train departure. Please be aware that some trains have the automatically closed doors.

In the terminal is also applied security system with «check in gates» for customer check. Please consider additional time for passing through the security gates at the railway station.

 18:00 — 18:40 Check in at the hotel and Free time

 Retro Buses for the evening (HOTEL-RESTAURANT- HOTEL)

Start your evening programe with some action and take a short tour on Soviet retro buses before dinner! This can ideally go with soviet themed dinner. We can invite actors to create this special historical atmosphere of the eveing.

Take a ride on a unique old buses, the only in the world that old.

NB! Can be arranged for excursions, lessons of St-Petersburg history, corporate events, Birthday parties, weddings, dancing parties, competitions and many more things to do. Also option for airport transfers (in this case separate luggage van reccomended)

 19:00 Museum of Russian Vodka under roof of Russian Vodka Room 1

Russian Vodka Museum was opened in 2009 in a new location on Konnogvardeysky Boulevard under the same roof with the restaurant Russian Vodka Room # 1.

Complex is situated in the very heart of St. Petersburg near St. Isaac’s Square. Russian Vodka Museum is the first museum in Russia and in the world dedicated exclusively to Vodka. Its exhibition tells about the drink which has been an integral part and essential attribute of Russian life for centuries.

The museum gives a fascinating insight into the Russian history, culture and drinking traditions. During the guided tour around museum the guests will listen to about the vodka’s origin, Russian dining traditions, Russian vodka Kings and get to understand close link between the history of Russian State and the history of this strong drink.

Museum tour includes: excursion and tasting.

Timing:

20 min — excursion/20 min — vodka tasting/20 min — shopping souvenirs

 19:30 Welcome dinner at Russian Vodka Room № 1

The restaurant was opened in September 2008 under the same roof as the museum of Russian vodka. The restaurant and museum are located in the center of the city next to St. Isaac's Cathedral in the historic building of the Hussars Regiment.

It is a typical restaurant offering traditional Russian cuisine. It is the only restaurant in the city that offers only traditional Russian dishes.

The interior of the restaurant corresponds to the 1950s in Russia, creating a calm and comfortable atmosphere. The restaurant offers a wide variety of traditional Russian dishes. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of different kinds of vodka.

 Interactive Vodka Tasting during Dinner

Always going abroad we try to try the national drink or food of each country we travel to. What Russian drink is one of the most famous? – Vodka! Today we suggest you to have a special interactive performance with vodka tasting.

Group arrives to the restaurant and is greeted by Russian Hussar in the historical uniform.

During lunch/dinner guests will be welcomed to raise a toasts but in unusual form. Each 20 min the hussar will show up and make toast in Russian and in English. (or other requested language) Totally 4 – 5 toast will be made during all meal.

Guests repeat the toast after the Hussar and take a short with vodka (as well as a hussar).

Vodka menus will be printed in advanced and placed on tables for each guest. On menus there will be vodka specification (eg. Russian Standard Vodka, Horseradish Vodka etc) and also toasts in both languages.

After the last toast, suddenly appears the Cossack Dance Group, which perform national Cossack dance for 5 minutes and after invite guest to dance with them. (about 15 min).

PS. Please note that not all restaurants allow have the above entertainment at the restaurant.

 Cossack Dance Show

Cossack Dance Show is performance of traditional Cossack Russian folk dance routine consisting of acrobatic tumbles, jumps, breathtaking spins and leaps and the infamous Cossack kicks! It's also a traditional Russian entertainment for dinners, birthday parties and different functions.

The cossaks are a group of Russian military warriors who still exist today, but without the same military power they had in the past. The Cossacks had specific customs and traditions. The Cossacks of Russia were legendary horsemen and warriors, but it was really through their music and dance that they unleashed their relentless energy and passion for life and freedom. Cossack (or Hopak) dancing originated in southern Russian and Ukranian military communities. The general plan was to have a battle, win, then return and have a big dance off with all your comrades. The party was male-only, of course, and often involved pantomime style re-enactments of battlefield moments, with sabres et al. Cossack Dance captivates audiences with the ultimate in folklore presentation. Theirs is a truly remarkable performance, rich in energy, passion and excitement, that will leave lasting memories of a truly remarkable evening's entertainment.

The duration of the performance is about 20-25 minutes (depending on client’s wish).

 

DAY 5 — 9th April 2020, Thursday

 10:00 City Sightseeing tour to see sigtssting from outside

St. Petersburg city tour includes general city tour with main city attractions. You will pass the Canals, view of the many beautiful palaces facing the Neva River. St. Petersburg is the fourth largest city in Europe, has its old city part and modern part. City in spite of according to European measurements is a rather young city. During the tour you will get acquainted with the rather small and concentrated city center (around the Nevsky Prospect, Neva River, St. Isaacs Square and peter & Paul Fortress with its many canals and bridges and land marks such as St. Isaacs Cathedral, The Church on Spilled Blood, the Kazan Cathedral, the Singer Sewing machine Head Quarters- today the House of books — Dom Knigi, the Neva River, The Hermitage and the Winter Palace to mentioned a few of the possible spots that you will be surrounded of. During the tour several picture stops are done as well as an eventual opportunity to stop for souvenirs if time allows. City tour could be combined with a short visit to one of the many museums or canal trip by boat in summer.

 10:30 Peter & Paul Fortress

Peter & Paul Fortress was established by Peter the Great on May 16 (May 27 by the Gregorian Calendar) 1703 on small Hare Island by the north bank of the Neva River and now it is considered to be the birthplace of St Petersburg. The fortress contains several notable buildings clustered around the Peter and Paul Cathedral (1712-1733), which has a 123.2 m (404 ft) bell-tower (the tallest in the downtown) and a gilded angel-topped cupola. The Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul is the main part of the fortress complex. The Cathedral is the burial place of the Czars beginning from Peter the Great. The remains of Nicholas II and his family were buried here on the 17th of July 1998. It is also possible to walk up to the Fortress Murals, from where opens a wonderful panoramic view of the city. On the Fortress Murals you can enjoy the impressive facades of numerous Palaces, including the Hermitage, the Marble Palace, Basil Island Spire and other splendid architectural buildings.

 11:10 Spilled Blood Church

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Spilled Blood Cathedral) is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. The Church of Resurrection was built as a historical and memorial center of all Russian people. This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. The Church was commissioned by Alexander III to commemorate the death of his father, Alexander II, and is built on the exact spot where Alexander II was assassinated on this spot. Five cupolas of the church, some 1000 square meters in area are covered with jewelry enamel. The belfry is decorated with mosaic coats-of-arms of cities and regions of the Russian empire. The facades of the church are lined with ceramic tiles, and colored glazed bricks; in the interior decoration the Italian marbles and different sorts of semi-precious Russian stones were used. The Cathedral has outstanding and breath taking mosaic exterior and interior!

 12:20 St. Isaac's Cathedral

The dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and its gilded cupola can be seen glistening from all over the city. The church itself is an architectural marvel. Built by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand to be the main church of the Russian Empire, the cathedral was under construction for 40 years (1818-1858), and was decorated in the most elaborate way possible.

When you enter the cathedral you pass through one of the porticos — note that the columns are made of single pieces of red granite and weight 80 tons (about 177,770 pounds) each. Inside the church many of the icons were created using moaic techniques and the iconostasis (the icon wall that separates the altar from the rest of the church) is decorated with 8 malachite and 2 lapis lazuli columns. The cathedral, which can accommodate 14,000 worshipers, now serves as a museum and services are held only on significant ecclesiastical holidays

 12:50 Lunch at Petrov-Vodkin Russian Tapas Bar & Restaurant

From veteran Petersburg restaurateur Igor Meltzer comes new Russian-style tapas bar and restaurant, Petrov-Vodkin. Walls splashed with the colors of reproduction paintings by the restaurant’s namesake artist form the backdrop to a dining experience delivered by the mastermind behind La Perla, Chef Stanislav Potemkin. Think herring with mustard and egg on rye, and horseradish with cucumber and boiled ham as tapas; Kuril sea scallops, rock oysters and crab from Kamchatka as part of the seafood spread; and traditional aspic, Olivier salad, dumplings, stroganoff and borsch with bacon off the menu a la carte.

 14:30 Hermitage State Museum visit

The State Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums of the world; it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Apart from them, the Menshikov Palace, Museum of Porcelain, Storage Facility at Staraya Derevnya and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building are also part of the museum. The museum has several exhibition centers abroad. The Hermitage is a federal state property. Since 1990, the director of the museum has been Mikhail Piotrovsky.

Out of six buildings of the main museum complex, four, namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, are partially open to the public. The other two are Hermitage Theatre and the Reserve House. The entrance ticket for foreign tourists costs several times as much as the fee paid by Russian citizens. However, the entrance is free of charge the first Thursday of every month for all visitors and daily for students and children. The museum is closed on Mondays. Entrance is in the Winter Palace from Palace Embankment or the Courtyard.

The experts say that if you were to spend a minute looking at each exhibit on display in the Hermitage, you would need 11 years before you’d seen them all.

Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 — 18:00, on Wednesday, Friday till 21:00

 Kazan Cathedral visit

Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s main Orthodox Church.

After the war of 1812 (during which Napoleon was defeated) the church became a monument to Russian victory. Captured enemy banners were put in the cathedral and the famous Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who won the most important campaign of 1812, was buried inside the church.

The cathedral was named after the «miracle-making» icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which the church housed till the early 1930s. The Bolsheviks closed the cathedral for services in 1929, and from 1932 it housed the collections of the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism, which displayed numerous pieces of religious art and served anti-religious propaganda purposes. A couple of years ago regular services were resumed in the cathedral, though it still shares the premises with the museum, from whose name the word «atheism» has now been omitted.

Opened everyday. Excursions can be organized 12 am — 5 pm. Taking pictures & filming are not permited.

Location: Nevsky Prospekt, Kazanskaya Square, 2.

 Dinner at Russian Sadko Restaurant

Sadko restaurant was opened in 2006 as a Russian Russian restaurant with separate wine bar and high level of service and food.

Restaurant Sadko is located in the very city center, close to Marinsky Theater. Walking distance is approximately 5 minutes. You will be impressed by restaurants interior, which include and stylishly combine modern and folklore elements. Ceilings are covered with Russian authentic patterns with huge red crystal chandeliers and colorful food plates for the food. The restaurant is famous for its singing waiters. Breathtaking singing of a few waiters during dinner or lunch will make your event unforgettable. Singing waiters take palace every Friday and Saturday. For supplement charge they can be invited to sing on other days. Maximum restaurant capacity is 160 persons. (Including separate banquet hall for 50 persons). Maximum size of the group is 60 persons. Bigger groups only upon separate requested. Restaurant offers wide variety of Russian traditional cuisine, starting from Russian Borch (beetroot soup), «Herring under fur coat», Chicken Kiev and many others. All food is cooked according to Old Russian recipes and there are no doubts that you will enjoy this restaurant.

 

DAY 6 — 10th April 2020, Friday

 10:00 — 16:00 St. Petersburg Mosaic — 5 Steps to know the City & it’s regular life (Walking tour with using public transport)

Do you want to see st. Petersburg from different sides of classical programs. Now you can see how Russian people live every day. We recommend this tour for small groups 15- 20 accompanied by guide. Main Purpose is to understand the Russian way of living and to see the contrast and day-to-day life with different means of transportation. You will have 5 steps to know the city:

1) use the most beautiful stations of St. Petersburg metro,

2) meet locals on historical farmers market,

3) listen service during Orthodox ceremony in St. Vladimir church,

4) make a roof tour

5) to see unique heritage of soviet union — Communal apartment

Tour recommended for small group (not more than 20 persons for guide).

Duration of the program is 4 hours.

The best period for this tour is Saturday and Sunday morning in order to avoide traffic.

 Metro Tour St. Petersburg — The deepest metro in the world

The first plans to build a metro in St. Petersburg were drawn in 1899, but were not implemented due to the outbreak of WWI and then the Revolution of 1917. In 1941, 8 years after the Moscow metro was opened, building was started on the Leningrad metro, but a few months later the U.S.S.R. was forced to enter WWII. After the war the construction work resumed and the first metro line (from Avtovo to Ploschad Vosstania) was opened on November 15, 1955. Since then the metro network has grown to five lines with an average of 1.9 km (1.19 miles) between its 62 stations.

Subway stations exhibit many typical Soviet designs and features exquisite decorations and artwork making it one of the most attractive and elegant metros in the world. Due to the city's unique geology, the Saint Petersburg Metro is the deepest metro system in the world. Serving nearly three million passengers daily, it is also one of world's busyest metro system.

During the guided tour around the Metro you will visit the the most beautiful stations: Ploshad Vosstania, Vladimirskaya, Avtovo, Nevsky Prospect and other stations.

Duration of the tour is 1 hour.

Recommend to combine with Farmer’s market visit and Orthodox Church Ceremony.

Small Groups of 10 -15 persons each.

 1/ Farmers Market visit (Kuznechny)

Kuznechny Market in St. Petersburg, Russia is a site not to miss.

A trip to the Kuznechny Market is an experience in itself, never mind the need to buy anything. Probably the best of its type in the city. The first indoor market of the city was Kuznechnyy, which was established in 1927. Caucasian vendors aggressively promote their wares to hapless passer-bys, in a way that only market traders know how.

Market offers fresh produce from all over the former Soviet Union: melons from Kazakhstan, tomatoes from Georgia, farmhouse honey (more than 20 kinds!), pickles (including marinated and salted cucumbers, tomatoes and even garlic) sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying – you can obtain breakfast by visiting a score of stalls. Outside the market are «babushkas» (pensioners) who sell herbs, mushrooms or berries, and flowers that they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

If you're planning to purchase be prepared to put your poker face on and haggle as the starting prices can be excessive.

Note: Be very aware of pickpockets.

The tour is recommended to handle in small groups of 10 -15 persons each.

The market is open 08:00 — 20:00 (18:00 on Sundays), but closed on Mondays.

 2/ Orthodox ceremony in St. Vladimir Cathedral

Early in the morning the group departs by coach, metro or walking to get the warmest feeling of a Russian Orthodox Ceremony during an actual mass. The church is dedicated to one of the most respect Russian icons.

The current five-domed church was built next to Vladimirsky Market between 1761 and 1769. The church's design, frequently ascribed to Pietro Antonio Trezzini, straddles the line betweenBaroque and Neoclassicism. The building has two stories, with the lower church dedicated to Saint John Damascene. The detached belfry is a fine work of mature Neoclassicism, built toQuarenghi's design in 1791. The portico, chapel, fence, and outbuildings were added in the 19th century.The interior of the church features an elaborate Baroque iconostasis, transferred from the Anichkov Palace chapel in 1808. When the 900th anniversary of the Christianisation of Russia was celebrated in 1888, the church underwent restoration. The most famous of its parishioners was Fyodor Dostoevsky.

St. Vladimir's Cathedral is located in walking distance from Nevskiy Prospect, Corinthia Hotel, the Farmers Market and one of the most beautiful metro stations — Vladimirskaya. Vladimirskiy Prospect 20.

Services daily.

 3/ Roof tour

Everybody knows that St.Petersburg is famous for beautiful sights. Nevsky prospect, Hermitage, Saint Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Blood, rivers and bridges of the Northern Capital.

Seeing the city from above is a must when visiting St. Petersburg. Since the mid 19th century local law has limited building height, with the exception of churches, to that of the tsar’s Winter Palace (23.5 meters). Today, if you climb onto the roof of any six-storey building in the downtown, you’ll be able to see the glorious St. Petersburg skyline and its major architectural gems.

It is possible to see all these sights from the ordinary walk tours of city sightseeing buses, but just roof tours let you to see famous sights from the different point/in a new fashion. There is no better place to enjoy St. Petersburg.

 4/ Eliseev Store visit

Once an impressive showcase for an ambitious family business, Eliseevsky grocery store had seen some rough times but fortunately has been restored to its full art-deco magnificence. The stunning interiors make Eliseevsky a must-stop on a stroll along Nevsky and thanks to a recent bundle of changes a tired wanderer may comfortably relax in one of the store’s two restaurants or a charming coffee-shop located right in the middle of the store. The store itself offers a grand variety of delicatessen.

 12:50 Lunch at Luce Panoramic Restaurant

Luce restaurant will inevitably arouse high hopes and vast expectations of any visitor. After all, it is a restaurant neatly tucked onto the top floor of the upscale Grand Palace boutique mall and boasting a fabulous panoramic view over the Church on the Spilled Blood, Arts Square, the Russian Museum and the Mikhailovsky Castle. And if those expectations would likely consist of good service, fantastic food, sumptuous surroundings, an extensive wine list and a well-heeled clientele.

Maximum cpacity of the restaurant is 65 persons. Exclusive usage conditions must be disussed separately.

Located in walking distance from Belmod Grand Hotel Europe.

 5/ 14:30 Communal Apartment Visit

Communal apartment is intended for common use, i.e. does not belong to one owner, but used by several families/inhabitants. Statistics say presently there are 105,000 communal apartments in the city or approximately 10% of the total number of apartments in St. Petersburg. All the communal apartments used to belong to the state/city, and only recently it became possible for inhabitants to privatize shares of the apartments.

Communal apartment appeared in Russia with industrializing process when workers moved to industrial cities for work. In 1917 all the buildings were «nationalized» and ex-owners were forced to share their apartments with other families. A communal apartment was typically shared between two to seven families. Usually it consists of from two to twenty (and more) living rooms, with only one kitchen, one toilet and one bathroom, shared by all the inhabitants of the apartment.

Communal apartments still exist in many cities of Russia. Local authorities make efforts to solve this problem by selling apartments/buildings to investors & at same time providing ex-inhabitans with new normal apartments; however the process is very slow, and not all the apartments are attractive for investors.

Actual visit about 45 min-1 hour. It is possible to talk to inhabitants of communal apartment, and have tea, lunch or dinner with them (upon request and confirmation).

 16:00 — 18:30 Afternoon At Leisure / Free time

During your free time in St. Petersburg, we recommend you:

1/ Do some shopping. Pay your attention to Russian scarves, fabrics, fur hats, souvenirs, crystal, Russian porcelain, paintings, caviar, lacquer boxes, amber, Matreshka (Russian Doll).

Shops are also opened dayly from 10- 22:00, some malls are opened even longer. Main department stores lockated on Nevsky Prospekt, Sadovaya street and Bolshaya Konjushenaya. Main Department stores are «Passage», «Gostiny Dvor», «Stockmann» and «Gallery».

2/ Walk along gorgeous embankments.

3/ Relax and enjoy coffee/tea in numerous coffee-houses on Nevsky prospect.

4/ Visit the Zinger House (nowadays – Book House, one of the oldest in the city)

and many other things to explore the city and its people.

 18:30 Transfer to the restaurant by Horse Phaetons (Carriages)

Horse Phaetons create historical atmosphere and communicate special touch to your stay.

Phaetons capacity is maximum 4 persons in each. Phaetons will wait the group near the meeting point or hotel and carry the clients to the palace of arrival along the main street and attractions of the city. Please note that the Carriages are all slightly different in shape and characters and coachmen are not dressed in neither uniforms or historical costumes. Phaetons are used in the warm part of the year (and it is sledges — «Sani» in Russain — that are used in the winter season).

Horse phaetons used for long rides, as well as in the suburbs, might need special permission from city authorities (suppliment). In Pushkin and Pavlovsk phanetons will take you for a ride in the Tsar's parks and gardens and will deliver the group to Podvorie restaurant for lunch after visit to the Imperail palace.

 19:00 Farewell dinner at Stroganoff Palace at RUSSIAN AMPIR Restaurant (with Welcome cocktail served at secret undeground rooms)

The Russian Empire Restaurant is housed in one of the oldest and most luxurious mansions of St. Petersburg, in the Stroganov Palace that stands in Nevsky Prospect, the main street of the city.

The restaurant consists of five opulent halls; each of them has its own style and character. The attention to detail is breathtaking, the finest porcelain, gold cutlery and the engraved walnut furniture amaze. The cellars have been totally transformed. The interior was designed with 24 Carat Gold Cutlery and Gianni Versace Porcelain. Restaurant has three dining rooms and impressive wine cellar. Wine cellar has an interesting stock of Armagnac (the oldest from 1812) and impressive and luxury interior. Restaurant has Russian cuisine; many dishes were created according to the tsar’s menu recipes: Cigal Lobster, imperial oysters and the Count’s beef Stroganoff. The wine cellar boasts one of the finest wine collections in Europe.

 

DAY 7 — 11th April 2020, Saturday

 Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

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