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Destination: 2N ST PETERSBURG + 3N MOSCOW

Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Must see attractions in St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine Palace and Park, Peterhof Palace and Garden, Russian Museum.

Must see attractions in Moscow: Red Square, Tretyakov Gallery, St. Basil's Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Bolshoi Theatre.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Russia is during summer (June to August), with its long, light evenings and balmy temperatures of 21°C-25°C.

Time difference:India is 2 hours 30 minutes ahead of Moscow, Russia.

Airport in St. Petersburg:Pulkovo Airport

Airport in Moscow:Sheremetyevo International Airport



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Hotel Info:

2 Nights at St.Petersburg - ART HOTEL KARELIA/SIMILAR

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3 Nights at Moscow - IZAMAILOVO Delta/ Similar

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Day 2: ST. PETERSBURG CITY TOUR

After a wholesome breakfast at hotel get ready to get introduced to the city of St.Petersburg. Major highlights of the day will be the Admiralty (outside), St.Isaac's Cathedral (outside), Fine Arts Square, Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood, Smolny Cathedral, Bronze Horseman, The Quay with Sphinxes, Anichkov Bridge
The Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in the Senate Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The pedestal is made of a single piece of red granite molded into the shape of a cliff. From the top of this "cliff" Peter gallantly leads Russia forward, while his horse steps on a snake, which represents the enemies of Peter and his reforms.
During an SRAS-arranged walking tour of central St. Petersburg, our guide, Sergei, pointed across the Neva River to the Quay with Sphinxes, a little outpost on the University Embankment near house number 17. The site displays two massive sphinxes that are carved out of pink granite and weigh about 23 tons each. The sphinxes, are 3,500-year-old monuments that once stood in the Alley of Sphinxes in Egypt, serving as guards at the tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep. They were discovered by French excavators in Egypt in the 1820s. In 1832, Tsar Nicholas I, influenced by the "Egyptomania" trend prevalent throughout the Western world at the time, purchased them from France as an exotic way to spice up St. Petersburg.
The cathedral differs from other buildings in St. Petersburg by its architecture. There is more than 7,500 square meters of mosaic inside, which, according to the restorers who worked on it, is more than in any other cathedral in the world. Its walls and ceilings are entirely and elaborately covered with mosaics, mostly depicting biblical events and personalities, images have very fine patterned borders that clearly separate them from each other. This mosaic interior was created by artists V. Vasnetsov, M. Nesterov and A. Ryabushkin.
For the decoration of the church domes, copper details covered with colored, durable and frost-resistant enamel (an area of 1000 square meters) were used. The height of the highest dome is 81 m. Along the entire perimeter of the building, there are 20 granite boards on which the deeds of Alexander II are described in gilded letters. From the side of the Mikhailovsky Garden, the church is surrounded by a lacy cast-iron fence with a floral pattern, made according to a Parland's design.
Post tour, transfers for lunch (lunch to be paid on spot).
At around 3pm you will be taken to Hermitage Museum. St. Petersburg's most popular visitor attraction, and one of the world's largest and most prestigious museums, the Hermitage is a must-see for all first-time travelers to the city. With over 3 million items in its collection, it also definitely rewards repeat visits, and new-comers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. One estimate has it that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute.
You will be dropped back to hotel. At around 10pm dinner transfers to restaurant. Enjoy your meal. (dinner cost to be paid on spot). Drop off to hotel. Relax for an overnight stay.


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TRAVEL FACTS

Do I need a visa for Russia?

Yes

Permits and local requirements for entry

You need to have the following documents with you at all times in Russia:
Passport with visa (nowadays the migration card is electronically completed on arrival into Moscow airport) The tourist voucher
The OVIR (Visa & Registration Department) registration stamp, which is either put in your passport or on a local permit. The police can stop visitors at any time and ask to see these papers.

When is the best time of the year to visit Mt Elbrus?

The best time to visit is from mid May through to September. May offers a challenging climb with cold weather, more difficult conditions and very few visitors; June is a little warmer but still with few visitors; July and August is the peak season with the most settled and warmer months; September is also a nice time of year with fewer visitors and still warm but slightly more temperamental conditions.

What vaccinations do I need for Russia?

No vaccinations are required

What's the currency in Russia?

The currency is the rouble which can be purchased from some banks before travel. It is often hard to have time to buy rubles on your journey through the airport and the ATMs have limited payout facilities. In the Elbrus area nobody will accept foreign currencies and there are few, if not any, ATMs in the villages and small towns down in the Caucasus.

What is the time difference and phone code for Russia?What is the Russian character like?

They are generous and warm hearted with quite a cynical sense of humour. They are forthright with each other, often very loud, polite and sometimes suspicious towards strangers and generally difficult to assess to a western mind. They are not overly demonstrative people but they do love literature, music, nature and of course vodka.

Are there ATM facilities in Russia?

Yes, in the airport and in Terskol however guarantees of them working cannot be made. We suggest you bring cash in roubles.

Are prices set in Russia, or can we expect to haggle?

Generally the price you see is the price you pay, however on occasion it is possible to seek out the best deal particularly when buying souvenirs in the markets in Terskol.

What type of plug is used in Russia?

Russia uses a Type C Europlug as well as the Type E and Type F Schuko. The voltage is 220-240.

What Language is Spoken in Russia?

Russian is the official language of Russia. English is not widely spoken or written in Russia. All of our guides at Adventure Alternative can understand and speak English, however, outside of that do not expect to hear much English.

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