Russia For You: Sample Programs

Destination
Season
Theme

Moscow & St. Petersburg Highlight For Male Group

15 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / Moscow
Season: Winter
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
21 Jan
2021
Thu

 

 

Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Arrival

Military Detainment on the way from the Airport

18:00 Bread & Salt Welcoming Ceremony at the hotel (CHECK-IN)

20:00 Visit of the Museum of Russian Vodka with Tasting

20:30 Welcome Dinner at Russian Vodka Room № 1

Day 2
22 Jan
2021
Fri

10:00 — 17:00 Transport & Guide Full Day & Evening (7 hours)

10:00 Full Day City Sightseeing

10:00 Peter & Paul Fortress visit with Cathedral inside

11:30 Helicopter ride in St-Petersburg

13:00 Lunch at Stroganoff Steak House

15:00 Visit to Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

16:00 Moskovsky Train Station Departure

17:00 — 21:00 Sapsan Train (St. Petersburg — Moscow)

21:00 Leningradsky Train Station Arrival (Moscow)

Day 3
23 Jan
2021
Sat

10:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide Full Day & Evening (13 hours)

10:00 Moscow City Sightseeing Tour

12:00 Bunker 'Taganski' — Cold War Museum visit with lunch

14:30 Moscow Metro Tour

16:00 COSMOS PAVILLION at VDNKh Soviet Theme Park

18:15 Limousine Transfer to dinner and back

19:30 HOCKEY MATCH AT VTB Arena Park — Dynamo Stadium

21:30 Farewell dinner at Ruski Restaurant on 85th Floor of Moscow city Oko Tower

Day 4
24 Jan
2021
Sun

09:30 — 17:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (8 hours)

10:00 Christ the Saviour Cathedral visit

10:45 Morning Kremlin Territory & Cathedrals Visit

12:00 Morning Kremlin: The Armory Chamber Visit

13:00 Ice Skating in Red Square

14:30 Lunch at Voskhod restaurant

Sheremetievo Airport Departure

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

21 — 22 JANUARY 2021: Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg — Ligovsky

Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg — Ligovsky is located in the spectacular environment of business area of St. Petersburg just a stone's throw from the main street Nevsky Prospect and Moskovsky railway station (right in the city center), right across the street from the largest shopping mall of Russia, the hotel will set your mood for this great city that is the cultural capital of the country. 

22 — 24 JANUARY 2021: Marriott Royal Aurora

This luxury Moscow hotel in city center is the perfect base to explore everything this metropolis has to offer. The hotel is few minutes away from historical places of interest such as Red Square, Arbat street and most popular shopping centers: TSUM and GUM. Warm and welcoming service coupled with fantastic amenities make us a unique Royal hotel in Moscow city center.

 

DAY 1 — 21st January 2021, Thursday

 Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Arrival

 Military Detainment on the way from the Airport

On the way from the airport the coaches will be stopped by the military black car and they will ask for passports of some people whom they are looking for (it could be the VIPs of the group) while passports will be collected in the hotel. KGB man give an order to follow them for checking the personal documents in the KGB office and ask the chosen people to leave the car and sit in the special Russian KGB cars (Upon request a transfer could be done with escort of the police car without stops). After the detainment following the KGB cars the group will arrive to the old battle ship, cruiser Aurora Upon arrival uniformed militaries will be around & while people depart the coach a Military welcome Orchestra will be formed…

 18:00 Bread & Salt Welcoming Ceremony at the hotel (CHECK-IN)

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).

 20:00 Visit of the Museum of Russian Vodka with Tasting

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.

 20:30 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.

 

DAY 2 — 22nd January 2021, Friday

 10:00 — 17:00 Transport & Guide Full Day & Evening (7 hours)

 10:00 Full Day City Sightseeing

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.

 10:00 Peter & Paul Fortress visit with Cathedral inside

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.

 11:30 Helicopter ride in St-Petersburg

See the historic city from a birds point of view with MI-8 helicopter. Traffic & flight corridor only permitted over the Neva River and with a few locations for landing. The only Heliport in the city center is located at the lawns of Peter & Paul Fortress.

Take a flight to Pushkin (Buferny Park landing spot) and enjoy Catherine's Palace&park, which can be combined with Pavlosk palace & park tour. We recommend an unfogettable flight to Peterhoff with its palace, parks and fountains (Kupecheskaya Gavan' landing spot), can be combined with Konstantinovsky Palace (President Putin's residence) on the South East side over the Baltic Sea.

 13:00 Lunch at Stroganoff Steak House

Stroganoff steak House is located in the very heart of the city, just a few steps from St. Isaacs Cathedral. It is one of the best high level steak houses in the city. You can try here truly American steak, Russian beef Stroganoff, Russian olivier salad and many others. Restaurant Interior created in American steak house style, with natural woods and leather. Rooms decorated by old photos, advertising production of 20th century. The leather furniture, sofas and oak floors creates comfortable atmosphere for restaurant guests. Restaurant is 1230 square meters, it has 8 rooms with total capacity of 350 places.

 15:00 Visit to Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is a private historical interactive museum that keeps a collection of arcade machines that were produced in the USSR from the mid-1970s. April 13, 2007 is considered to be the foundation day of the museum. Visitors of the museum are given 15-kopeck coins at the entrance to get the arcade machines started. The ticket price also includes an excursion.

 16:00 Moskovsky Train Station Departure

 17:00 — 21:00 Sapsan Train (St. Petersburg — Moscow)

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.

 21:00 Leningradsky Train Station Arrival (Moscow)

Leningradsky station is the oldest of Moscow's nine principal railway stations. Built in 1851 by the design of Ton in Empire style, like its twin-station in St. Petersburg. Situated on Komsomolskaya Square, the station serves north-western directions, notably Saint Petersburg. International services from the station include Tallinn, Estonia, operated by GoRail, and Helsinki, Finland.

 

DAY 3 — 23rd January 2021, Saturday

 10:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide Full Day & Evening (13 hours)

 10:00 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: the Kremlin, Novo-Devichiy Convent, Church of Pokrov in Fili, Moscow State University, Triumphal Arch, Memorial complex of Victory on the Poklonnaya Gora etc. 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. Transport makes sometimes the traffic to be blocked but with the right logistic and use of alternative transport and walking the city offers unique impressions and possibilities. Moscow has one of the fastest growing economical centers in the world with an active business life with an enormous changing profile / skyline. 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. Recommended duration of Moscow City Sightseeing Tour is 3 hours, but can be changes depending on logistic of the visited sights.

 12:00 Bunker 'Taganski' — Cold War Museum visit with lunch

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. 

 14:30 Moscow Metro Tour

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.

 16:00 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.

 18:15 Limousine Transfer to dinner and back

 19:30 HOCKEY MATCH AT VTB Arena Park — Dynamo Stadium

Dynamo stadium is the most modern arena in Europe that has been completed in December of 2018. Stadium is a home of Dynamo Moscow team. Stadium’s unique feature is its design, this is the only arena in the world that is a joint stadium for both football and basketball/hockey/concert arena and has a panoramic restaurant in the middle overviewing both fields. Arena is conveniently located 15 min away from Kremlin and only 30 km from international airport Sheremetyevo with an easy access from any city point as it is located on major city highway – Leningradskiy prospect. Central Dynamo Stadium was was built in 1928 and was able to hold 36,540 people. The stadium was one of the venues of the football tournament of the 1980 Summer Olympics.

 21:30 Farewell dinner at Ruski Restaurant on 85th Floor of Moscow city Oko Tower

The highest restaurant in Europe with russian cuisine and breathtaking views is situated in Moscow City. The restaurant with a panoramic view occupies the 85th floor of the «OKO» skyscraper in Moscow City and it seems to be floating in the air — the space is bright and breathing. The elegant and modern atmosphere of Ruski perfectly corresponds to the spirit of the restaurant, offering its guests traditional russian cuisine from chef Alexander Volkov-Medvedev.

In the heart of the restaurant is a completely open russian cuisine with no analogues. Guests can watch the work of cooks, in whose arsenal, in addition to traditional restaurant equipment, there is a real functioning eight-meter russian oven, created by all the canons of stove art. In this oven cooks are bake bread, ripen soup and porridge, make melted milk.

Ruski boasts the highest Ice bar in the world: here, guests dressed in fur coats, and can drink vodka, biting beluga caviar, behind a bar of ice blocks. For a reminder of the famous russian winter, the ice-bar maintains a constant temperature of -15 ° C, and a cold bluish backlight intensifies the frosty effect.

 

DAY 4 — 24th January 2021, Sunday

 09:30 — 17:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (8 hours)

 10:00 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. 

 10:45 Morning 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. 

 12:00 Morning 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.

 13:00 Ice Skating in Red Square

Ice skating on the main skating ring, placed directly on the Red Square.

 14:30 Lunch at Voskhod restaurant

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.

 Sheremetievo Airport Departure