10 December 2016

 

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Moscow Boat Tour
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Moscow Boat Tour

See the Sights from the River

One great ways to get to know the city is to take a relaxing cruise down Moskva River with an unlimited travel ticket valid for one day or one single tour in one day, and see some of Moscow's wonderful sights. Pass the incredible monument to Peter the Great, created by the notorious Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, which sits on an artificial island and can only be seen close-up from the river.

As you cruise down the river, make your way down the Vodootvodny Canal pass the bustling Bolotnaya Square, the beautiful Novospassky Monastery, as well as Gorky Park, each of which has its own pier. Leave the river boat at these three locations whenever you feel like exploring a sight or neighborhood by foot, and then hop back on when you are ready to continue with your cruise.

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St Petersburg Hop on Hop off Bus City Tour
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St Petersburg Hop on Hop off Bus City Tour

See the Sights on a Bus Tour

The gold domed 19th century St Isaac’s Cathedral is the first stop on your route and is one of St Petersburg’s most famous landmarks, offering wonderful views of the city from its gilded viewing platform.
Continue on to the city’s most famous building, the Winter Palace, which dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River and plays a central political and cultural role in the history of the city.

For art enthusiasts the Hermitage boasts a marvel of masterpieces by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Rembrandt. With more than three million exhibits placed in 350 halls this is definitely a must see on your trip. This City Sightseeing tour will show you the many impressive buildings, statues, parks and canals that give this city its uniqueness and you can hop off and on at any time.

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Modern Moscow Tour
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Modern Moscow Tour

Arts, Crafts and Cafe Culture

On this popular tour you visit Moscow’s main arts and design districts, ArtPlay and Winzavod and browse through one-of-a-kind creations made by local artisans. Visit a shop that features artwork by autistic children, hunt for rare records in a vinyl store filled with collector’s editions and stop for a snack in the city's only vegan café.

Along the way, you’ll also learn a bit about recycling in Russia, as here is one of few places where they accept rubbish to recycle. You will also visit art houses, including the British Higher School of Design and Winzavod, the centre of modern arts. At the end of the tour you can stay for a meal at the café or your guide will take you to the closest metro station, leaving you free to explore more of Moscow on your own.

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Moscow Underground
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Moscow Underground

See the Amazing Metro

Go beneath the streets on this fascinating tour of the spectacular, mind-bending Moscow Metro. You will be amazed by the architecture and spot the propaganda, then hear soviet stories from a local in the know. Your tour then ends above ground, looking up to Stalin’s skyscrapers, where you get the inside story of what’s gone on behind those walls.

You begin by exploring the underground palace of the Moscow Metro. From the Square of Revolution station, famous for its huge statues, move onto some of the most significant stations with their impressive mosaics, columns, and chandeliers. Enjoy some traditional local pancakes then take an electric trolleybus around the Moscow Garden Ring. Throughout this tour, you’ll learn curious facts from soviet history.

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St Petersburg Like a Local
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St Petersburg Like a Local

The Heart of the City

Experience the history of Russia left behind by the likes of Rasputin and Lenin, uncover hidden gems, wallow in the architecture of Russia and savour traditional Russian delicacies like honey beer on this unique St Petersburg walking tour which is designed to show you the small things which make local life so bustling and important in this great historic city.

Begin at the Vosstania Square metro station then visit a unique pub run by the Russian aerobatics team, the Russian Knights. While here try the local honey beer made from an ancient local recipe. Then stop at the house of one of Russia’s most mysterious men, Rasputin. Walk through the atmospheric “well-yards” then see the splendid art nouveau façade of Baltiysky train station. The tour ends next to Vladimirskaya metro.

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Peter and Paul Fortress
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Peter and Paul Fortress

Where it all Began

Located on a small island opposite the Winter Palace and dominating three branches of the Neva River, the Peter and Paul Fortress was intended to protect the city from a naval assault. It was the city’s first building and is considered the foundation of St. Petersburg, while the tsars also used it as a political prison for their main opponents.

Now it is a museum and one of the best spots in the city to enjoy magnificent views of the Neva’s southern bank. What was initially a small wooden church built inside the big fortress was eventually expanded and improved on, becoming the current cathedral. Here you see the graves of all the tsars of the Romanov dynasty and those of Nicholas II and his family, killed during the Bolshevik revolution of 1918.

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Visit to Peterhof Palace and Gardens
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Visit to Peterhof Palace and Gardens

Picture Perfect Peterhof

Experience the lavish lifestyles of the tsars with this breathtaking visit to the Peterhof gardens on the outskirts of St Petersburg. Built in the 18th century by Peter the Great as his summer residence, the Peterhof is today an ensemble of more than 20 museums and palaces that reflect the power and the wealth of the Romanov dynasty.

Located in a picturesque position overlooking the Gulf of Finland, the Peterhof originally consisted of a small palace designed by the Tsar himself called Monplaisir. He later extended it to include a chateau-style palace and a park modelled on Versailles. It was however, his granddaughter, Empress Elizabeth, who made the palaces and parks the spellbinding sight that you see today.

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Kremlin Tour
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Kremlin Tour

Go Inside Fortress Russia

The word “Kremlin” in Russian means fortress, and in early Russia every important town had a fortress encircled by a wall where the main buildings, churches, and cathedrals were protected. The Moscow fortress, the cradle of the city, is the main fortress in the country and has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Built in the 12th century, it took the form we know today in the 15th century.

It is an excellent reflection of the different stages of Russian art - a single monumental centre of architecture, and painting. The best craftsmen worked on its churches, cathedrals, and palaces, bequeathing to us their priceless work framing the power of Russia that is concentrated in its unforgettable alleyways and different sections. Even today the Kremlin is the seat of some of the main political and religious government bodies.

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St Petersburg Boat Cruise
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St Petersburg Boat Cruise

See the Sights from the River

St. Petersburg is rightfully called the "Northern Venice", as it was built on the marshy area on the delta of the Neva River. Because of its location the architects had to design a major, complex system of canals for drainage to surmount the environment - more than 100 canals spanning 270 miles were built in total, a trademark of the city today.

Cruising along the canals and rivers in St. Petersburg is undoubtedly both the best way to get acquainted with the unique spirit of the former imperial capital and to admire the facades of the city, along with its pink granite embankments and several of its 350 bridges, each with a specific name and history. The most beautiful bridges have decorative wrought-iron railings and ornamental sculptures.

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Pavlovsk Park & Palace
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Pavlovsk Park & Palace

Treasures of the Palace

The palace at Pavlovsk was a present made by Catherine the Great to her son Pavel, future Tsar Paul I, in 1777. The place soon took the name of Pavlovsk and quickly acquired numerous masterpieces thanks to the tsar’s spouse, Maria Fedorovna, who was fond of art and a sponsor of many artists. And on this fascinating tour you will get to see all its treasures.

You will be able to appreciate the refinement of its salons, the harmony of its colours, the elegance of fireplaces made from Carrara marble, and an extensive collection of porcelain, paintings, and ivory articles. Its park, covering a huge area, which you will also visit, was initially a game reserve for the tsar, and is considered a masterpiece of European landscape architecture.

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Pushkin Park and Palace Tour
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Pushkin Park and Palace Tour

See the Stunning Amber

The small city of Pushkin, 25 miles south of St. Petersburg, was named after the great Russian poet. In the past it was also called Tsarskoe Selo, meaning Village of the Tsars. Catherine Palace, named after Peter the Great’s wife, is one of the most beautiful residences of the Russian tsars and designed by the famous Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the designer of the most important monuments and palaces of the city.

It was built in the 17th century, spanning the reigns of five tsars, and the amazing Amber Room, covered from floor to ceiling with Baltic amber, was kept from the public for almost 100 years and opened only after a full renovation in 2003. The palace is surrounded by the park, where you can walk among the trees, lakes, bridges, sculptures, and pavilions - unforgettable beauty that has been the subject of many poets and artists.

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St Petersburg City Tour and Hermitage
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St Petersburg City Tour and Hermitage

Museum with the Most

This guided tour is ideal for getting the feel of the city, and in particular its historical centre and major monuments. You will enjoy Nevsky Prospect along with its most prestigious buildings and visit the former Winter Palace, once a residence of the tsars and now the Hermitage Museum, which dominates the northern bank of the Neva River and on Vasilievsky Island you stop at the Menchikov palace.

The magnificent Hermitage Museum is the most important sight in St. Petersburg and is Russia’s biggest museum and one of the most important in the world. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and it grew richer through the centuries as tsars bought entire art collections abroad. Today it is home to more than three million masterpieces and hosts invaluable collections from the classical era.

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Peterhof Palace & Park
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Peterhof Palace & Park

Tour the Palace and the Park

Peterhof, rightfully called the "Russian Versailles", and in former days "Petrodvorets", was the main summer residence of the tsars. Located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland near the sea and about 25 miles from St. Petersburg, it is undoubtedly one of the main centres of interest of the former tsar’s capital. Construction on the Grand Palace was initiated under the reign of Peter I as his summer residence.

Its main attractions are the monumental ceremonial staircase, the luxuriously gilded ballroom and the private rooms of Peter I. Even considering the magnificent interiors of the Grand Palace, the main interest of the visit is the park, where many small palaces, monuments and pavilions are scattered throughout the beautiful gardens. And don’t miss its famous ensemble of 150 fountains and three cascades.

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St Petersburg City Tour by Night
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St Petersburg City Tour by Night

So Memorable by Night

As the sun goes down St. Petersburg offers absolutely different perspectives to the visitor, depending on the season. In winter the splendidly illuminated facades enhance the beauty of the snow covered main buildings, monuments, squares, and palaces, showing a new aspect of the city, especially on the scenic embankments along the frozen Neva river.

In summer, especially during the period known as the White Nights, a captivating semi-daylight surprises the visitor. Raising the city bridges every night allows ships to cross the city centre, creating a one-of-a-kind spectacle. The image of the raised bridges is a symbol of the city and an unforgettable memory for the traveller. Whatever season you visit, this is a must tour.

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Kolomenskoye Tour
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Kolomenskoye Tour

Where History Comes Alive

The ancient village of Kolomenskoye, located in southern Moscow, is a unique place where you can appreciate a piece of Russian history and art set in a beautiful, natural environment. Its construction started in the 14th century and for several hundred years it was the summer residence of the Moscow princes, followed by the tsars, once serving as the home and favourite hunting grounds for Ivan the Terrible.

On this tour you visit a museum of wooden architecture, the traditional material used in the construction of civil and religious buildings in ancient Russia. You also discover the old house of Peter the Great, while the most beautiful building is also the most ancient - the Church of the Ascension, which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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City Tour and Novodievichy
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City Tour and Novodievichy

Double Delight on City Tour

The ideal way to get in touch with the city, including its historical centre and major monuments, is this guided stroll along the broad avenues, through the famous Tverskaya Street to the top of Sparrow Hills, under the imposing stare of Lomonosov University, one of the Stalin-era skyscrapers scattered throughout the city. From there you get an impressive panorama of the city.

Then stop at Victory Park and Novodevichy Convent and its lake, the inspiration for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. You also stop at Arbat Street, a busy pedestrian thoroughfare nicknamed the “Moscow Montmartre” and walk past the Bolshoi, the Kremlin and through Red Square. Novodevichy Monastery is one of the most beautiful in all Russia and is situated in the southwest of the capital on a meadow next to the Moskva River.

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Novodievichy Monastery
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Novodievichy Monastery

Visit the Magical Monastery

Novodevichy Monastery, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful monasteries in all of Russia and is situated in the southwest of the capital on a meadow next to the Moskva River. It was founded as a fortified monastery in 1524 to commemorate a victory over the Polish and Lithuanian armies and during the 16th and 17th centuries the tsar’s family sent their daughters there.

The monastery is next to a small lake which was the inspiration for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet, the exteriors of its five-domed cathedral and bell tower being stunningly beautiful. In Novodevichy Cemetery, numerous famous Russian personalities from the worlds of art, science, and even politics are buried while in Novodevichy Museum are valuable collections of icons, jewellery, embroideries, and ancient books.

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City Tour and Tretiakov Gallery
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City Tour and Tretiakov Gallery

Take a Walk to the Gallery

The best way to get to know the city and its historical centre and monuments, is this guided walk along the broad avenues, through the famous Tverskaya Street to the top of Sparrow Hills, under the imposing stare of Lomonosov University, one of the Stalin-era skyscrapers. From here you get an impressive panorama of the city. Then stop at Novodevichy Convent and its lake, the inspiration for Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

Continue through the alleyways of the ancient merchant district Kitai-Gorod, which contains numerous small churches, finally arriving at Red Square, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the world and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Final stop is at the Tretyakov gallery with its collection of exhibits designed to help people understand and admire the history of Russian art.

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Moscow City Tour by Night
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Moscow City Tour by Night

See the Sights After Dark

The capital transforms itself after sunset, offering an absolute different view at night than the one during daylight hours. Stunning and recently installed illumination enhances the beauty of the severe and imposing Stalinist facades, while the magnificent Orthodox churches sparkle. The banks of the Moskva River offer this alternative vision of the city, to be discovered only after the sun goes down.

There is so much to see and do in the fascinating Russian capital city where during the day you can visit mighty Red Square, see the Kremlin and all the other famous sights and visit the convent and its lake that was the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. But there is nothing quite like seeing them all at night, especially now that they are so beautifully lit!

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Hop on Hop off CitySightseeing Moscow
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Hop on Hop off CitySightseeing Moscow

Hop around the capital

Explore Moscow from the top deck of an open top bus or choose to view it from both bus and boat! Russia’s capital city is steeped in history and home to 20 million inhabitants. Hop on and off at key locations and explore Moscow at your leisure on this tour which starts at renowned Red Square, which is home to the 16th Century St. Basil's Cathedral, one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world.

Travel over Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, a concrete arch structure which spans the Moscow River and connects the Red Square and Bolshaya Ordynka Street. The bridge’s architect chose pink granite as the facade to make the bridge look as if built by real rock. Absorb the history of Balchug Street, one of the oldest streets outside of the Kremlin walls and admire the unmistakable red brick factory of Red October, an architectural icon.

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