15 Days | Imperial Jewels of Russia
MOSCOW TO ST. PETERSBURG
Day 1 | Moscow, Russia. Welcome! A Scenic Tours representative will personally greet you and arrange your transfer to your ship where you will be warmly invited on board by your dedicated crew. (D)
Day 2 | Moscow. Start your day by choosing from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) take a guided tour, seeing Tverskaya Street and the KGB building; or (2) enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Moskva River, where you can admire the Moscow sites and fine architecture from the waterways. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a ride on Moscow’s Metro – considered one of the best subway systems in the world. After lunch visit Red Square and enjoy a tour of the most well-known icon in Russia, St. Basil’s Cathedral. (FB,L,D)
Day 3 | Moscow.Your day starts with a visit to the Kremlin, seat of the former Soviet Union’s intrigue. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. After your tour enjoy free time to explore the bustling city of Moscow on your own or return to the ship. Tonight you’ll attend an internationally renowned Circus. (FB,L,D)
Day 4 | Moscow. SCENIC ENRICH: This morning visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you will have the opportunity to meet with a real cosmonaut and see the history of space exploration, including original exhibits and models of space technology, history and art. This evening you’ll witness a thrilling National Russian Show (not available on all departures). (FB,L,D)
Day 5 | Moscow. This morning chose from the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art which includes masterpieces created more than a thousand years ago; or (2) visit the Museum of the Armed Forces, where you will have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia, and displays relating to the Soviet Union's part in WWII. This afternoon we depart Moscow and set sail for Uglich. (FB,L,D)
Day 6 | Uglich. Take an Included walking tour of historic Uglich, part of the Golden Ring of cities around Moscow. The town dates back to the 10th century and was used by the legendary Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century as a base for his attacks against the Tatars. (FB,L,D)
Day 7 | Yaroslavl. Today tour the magnificent Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl; founded in 1010 it is older than Moscow. The historic part of the city, a World Heritage Site, is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. During your Included city tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Transfiguration of the Saviour Monastery, founded in the 12th century, the monastery and its cathedral are among the oldest buildings in the city; we will also see the magnificent Church of Elias the Prophet, which is also a UNESCO site. (FB,L,D)
Day 8 | Goritsy. Today we visit the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to an impressive collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship sets sail this afternoon, sample the beverage that has been integral to Russian culture for over 600 years, Vodka. (FB,L,D)
Day 9 | Kizhi Island. Today your ship docks at Kizhi Island; the island hosts some of Russia’s most amazing wooden architecture. You’ll visit this open air museum and its precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You’ll also view the Church of Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. (FB,L,D)
Day 10 | Mandrogi. Your ship arrives in the museum village of Mandrogi, on the bank of the river Svir, a majestic river running from Lake Ladoga to Lake Onega. SCENIC ENRICH:It’s all ashore to explore this charming summer resort, reconstructed after WWII. You will have the opportunity to try Shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab. (FB,L,D)
Day 11 | St. Petersburg. Welcome! Start your day with an Included city tour, seeing all the major sights, followed by lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon choose from the following SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) enjoy a guided visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral; or (2) tour the 19th century Yusupov Palace. (FB,L,D)
Day 12 | St. Petersburg. Your day starts with a visit to the magnificent summer residence of Russian royalty at Peterhof. Choose from one of the following Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE tours: (1) enjoy a guided tour of Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden; or (2) an orientation tour of the Grand Palace, followed by a walk through its magnificent Gardens; or (3) a guided tour of the Palaces’ majestic Fountains, including both the Upper and Lower Gardens. This afternoon you’ll visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s greatest art collections. (FB,L,D)
Day 13 | St. Petersburg. This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. SCENIC ENRICH: Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden ‘Podvorie’ restaurant. Here you will be offered traditional Russian cuisine with all products and wine home-grown from the restaurant owner’s private summer residence. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure. SCENIC ENRICH: This evening you will be treated to a glass of sparkling wine followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last Imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg. (FB,L,D)
Day 14 | St. Petersburg. Commonly known as the 'Venice of the North' St. Petersburg lies on the River Neva and it's home to 18th century palaces, towering cathedrals and churches. This morning we'll enjoy a cruise through the city's canals and glide under some of the city's 400 bridges, while admiring historic monuments and landmarks. (FB,L,D)
Day 15 | St. Petersburg. After breakfast this morning It Is time to farewell your fellow guests and disembark the cruise. Your Scenic Tours Representative will take you to the airport. (FB)
NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.
15 DAYS | MOSCOW TO ST. PETERSBURG
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