Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Hotel accommodations (or similar) in double occupancy
- ~ 3 nights: Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow
- ~ 5 nights: Radisson Royale Ligovsky, St. Petersburg
- Whisper Headsets
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine and mineral water with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of local guide throughout
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Please be advised that US Citizens traveling to Russia are required to obtain a Tourist Visa prior to entry into Russia. Click Here to obtain a Russian Tourist Visa
- Tourist Visa for US Citizens, meals not mentioned, tips to your guide & driver, Items of a personal nature.
Day 1, Departure
Depart for your overnight flights to Moscow.
Day 2, Arrive Moscow
Upon arrival to Moscow, collect your luggage from baggage claims and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by a tour guide and/or driver and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or perhaps begin your independent discovery of the fabled capital of Russia. Tonight, your tour guide will provide a briefing on the fascinating tour that awaits you, followed by a welcome dinner before retiring for the evening.
Day 3, In Moscow
Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Your sightseeing tour begins at Red Square, dominated by the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral and by the massive red walls of the Kremlin. Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and other artifacts. Next, walk by Moscow University and continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and a stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. Continue on the north bank of the River Moskva, passing by the baroque Novodevichy convent. Today’s tour will end at the popular Arbat shopping district, with time to shop or enjoy lunch on your own. The rest of the day is to be enjoyed at your leisure before dinner and an overnight.
Day 4, In Moscow
Today you will travel 75 km north of Moscow to the small town of Sergiev Posad, formerly Zagorsk – which was founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries, it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. This evening you have the choice to take an optional tour to Moscow on the subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People,” and explore the city at night. Dinner and an overnight.
Day 5, Moscow to St. Petersburg
Take advantage for some final free-time in Moscow before transferring to the railway station for a four-hour high-speed Sapsan train to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel and an overnight.
Day 6, In St. Petersburg
There are not many cities in the world that can match the grace of St. Petersburg. When Peter the Great founded the city in 1703, he hired Europe’s best architects, craftsmen, and artists to build and decorate it. Hundreds of bridges, link to the many islands that make up St. Petersburg, which is why it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Today the main sites to visit are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument of Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square and Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, Nevsky Prospect and the Granite embankments of the Neva River. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress which was built in 1703 to protect the city from enemy attacks; this was also the first construction of St. Petersburg. Then visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the center of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I; today it is a museum. The gilded spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral is the highest landmark of the city. Dinner and an overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 7, St. Petersburg
Today, make a special visit to Alexander Nevsky Abbey, a monastery, and a 19th-century Necropolis, containing the graves of many world-famous Russian writers, composers, and sculptors. Then visit the Hermitage, also known as the Winter Palace (previously the residence of the imperial family). The Hermitage contains over three million exhibits and possesses one of the best art collections in the world. The gallery is most famous for its collection of West European art, with paintings by Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens, and Rembrandt. The remainder of the day is at your leisure before dinner and an overnight in Saint Petersburg.
Day 8, St. Petersburg
Today you will have a half day excursion to Pavlovsk, a royal summer estate. The land was originally used as royal hunting grounds. Catherine the Great gave this site to her son Paul I in 1777. The classic style of the palace was designed by Cameron and completed by Brenna and Rossi. After Paul's accession to the throne in 1796, it was used as an official imperial residence. Later, you will visit Tsarskoe Selo (formerly known as Pushkin). The estate boasts a large landscape park, dotted with architectural follies, and centered on the magnificent blue, white, and gold Catherine Palace. You will have the afternoon at your leisure before dinner and another overnight in Saint Petersburg.
Day 9, St. Petersburg
Today you will enjoy a tour of Peterhof, located 18 miles from Saint Petersburg. Set in magnificent gardens, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles and was only used by royalty for state occasions. The Grand Palace was built for Peter the Great, enlarged for Empress Elizabeth and remodeled for Catherine the Great. In the afternoon, your group will have some free time. Tonight you will join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner before your last overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 10, Depart St. Petersburg
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, with memories for a lifetime!*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
About your trip
Take in the history of Russia with this unique Pilgrimage to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Enjoy the colorful and ornate artistry and architecture of these cities. Experience your faith in new and exciting ways on this Pilgrimage and return with a renewed and rejuvenated spirit!