Kompas Escorted Tours 2018

011 Included Features: � First class hotels, rooms with private facilities � Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 3 dinners � Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach � Airport arrival and departure transfers � Standard class high speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg � Professional Tour Director throughout � Luggage handling � Whisper technology enhanced touring � Service charges and hotel taxes Sightseeing Tours Included in: � Moscow � St. Petersburg Hotels: � Moscow: Marriott Grand (SF) � St. Petersburg: Courtyard by Marriott Center West Pushkin (F)/ Radisson Royal (SF) Day 3, in Moscow, excursion to Sergiev Posad, Sunday Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk – 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 take an Optional tour Moscow by night & Subway , to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People.” (B, L) Day 4, Moscow to St. Petersburg, Monday Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for our four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St. Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel. (B, D) Day 5, in St. Petersburg, Tuesday 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. Spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges, it is often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” Today the main sites to be visited are Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of the city, St. Isaac’s Square with St. Isaac’s Cathedral , Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit also Peter and Paul Fortress ; built in 1703 on a small island, it was meant to protect the city from enemy attacks. Peter and Paul Cathedral towers in the center of the fortress and is nowadays used as the burial place for Russian Emperors. Your evening is free or perhaps join an optional Evening Canal Cruise. (B) Day 6, in St. Petersburg, Wednesday This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the world-famous Hermitage , housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The Hermitage occupies five buildings, the largest is the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour to visit Catherine Palace & Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight join your fellow travelers in a farewell dinner. Perhaps conclude your touring with an optional Russian Folklore evening. (B, D) Day 7, Depart St. Petersburg, Thursday After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B) St. Petersburg Moscow BELARUS FINLAND ESTONIA LATVIA LITHUANIA RUSSIA TOUR K011 START DATES: END DATES: 27-Apr 03-May 11-May 17-May 18-May 24-May 25-May 31-May 20-Jul 26-Jul 27-Jul 02-Aug 17-Aug 23-Aug 31-Aug 06-Sep 07-Sep 13-Sep 14-Sep 20-Sep 28-Sep 04-Oct PRICES: PER PERSON IN TWIN: $1,745 SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $739 3 3 04-May 10-May