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Peter The Great History Tour, 8 days/ 7 nights
Experience the timeless classic twin city tour with a historical twist; visit the majestic Moscow and its elegant sibling, St Petersburg. Tour the Kolomenskoye residence of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in Moscow, the estate that is closely associated with the fate of Peter the Great. Follow the path of the Emperor and travel to the city of Pereslavl-Zalessky to see where the emperor established his flotilla; visit Seriev Posad where Peter found shelter and from where he returned to the capital as the sovereign ruler. St Petersburg welcomes you with a tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, a visit to the Central Naval Museum, one of the largest maritime museums in the world. Visit the unique city of Kronstadt located on the island of Kotlin in the Gulf of Finland. This unique trip down the pages of history will for sure satisfy evert history buff.
MOSCOW • Pereslavl-Zalessky • Sergiev Posad • Kronshtadt •ST PETERSBURG
DAY 1, MOSCOW
Welcome to Moscow! You will be met at the airport or train station by our driver and transferred to the hotel to check in. Leave your luggage or settle in your room if it’s ready and head out to discover the city at your own leisure.
DAY 2, MOSCOW
Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy an introductory bus city tour «The youth of Peter the Great». During the tour, you will pass through the territory of the former German settlement, see the Lefort palace, the royal palace of the Golovinsky Garden and the Preobrazhensk on Yauza with the White Barracks, some buildings dating back to the 16th century.You’ll see also the Novodevichy Convent on the Maiden’s Field, which also became a prison for Princess Sophia, who organized the Streltsy revolt. Time for lunch (lunch not included). After the meal, take the excursion to Kolomenskoye village «Kolomenskoye in the fate of Peter the Great». Kolomenskoye residence of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich keeps monuments of material culture and nature, closely associated with the fate of Peter the Great. You will see the only memorial House of Peter the Great in Moscow, the unique Church of the Ascension of the Lord, ancient cannons on the high bank of the Moscow River, royal gardens and an oak grove with a 600-year-old handsome oak - all these are living witnesses to the formation of the personality of the first Russian emperor.
Return to the hotel.
DAY 3, MOSCOW - PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY - SERGIEV POSAD - MOSCOW
Today we travel to Pereslavl-Zalessky, one of the cities of the Golden Ring, located in a picturesque location on the banks of Lake Pleshcheeva. Join the city tour In the Peter's footsteps and visit the St. Theodore monastery. During the sightseeing tour, you will visit Red Square, the ancient city center, where the monuments of church and civil architecture of the 12th-16th centuries are located. Visit the Feodorovsky Convent, where, during the time of Peter the Great and by his decree, a women's political prison was located.
Time for lunch (not included). Afterwards, you will take a trip to the lake Pleshcheevo and see the only one remaining bot: the Bot Fortuna, built by Peter the Great after he established his first flotilla there. Today you can see the famous Fortune bot in the museum on the high bank of the lake on Mount Gremyach.
After the Pereslavl-Zalessky visit, you will be transferred to the village of Sergiev Posad. Visit the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra where Peter found shelter and from where he returned to the capital as the sovereign ruler. The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the largest monastery in the Russian Orthodox Church with a rich and long history. Located in the city center of Sergiev Posad, Moscow Region, on the Konchur River, it has the status of stavropegic. It’s the largest center of educational and publishing activities of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Return to the hotel in Moscow.
DAY 4, MOSCOW - ST PETERSBURG
Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out. The driver will take you to the railway station to board the high-speed train «Sapsan» to St Petersburg. Once there, you will be picked up at the train station platform and transferred to the hotel. Check-in.
OPTIONAL: visit to the House of Peter the Great. The House of Peter I (The original palace of Peter I or the Red Mansions) was built by unknown builders-carpenters. It was constructed from a pine forest like a Swedish wooden house and painted like a brick. It is the first residential building and the only surviving wooden structure in St. Petersburg. The inside exhibition includes personal belongings of Peter I and stories of the events of the Northern War and the foundation of St. Petersburg.
DAY 5, ST PETERSBURG
Today you will join our sightseeing city tour with a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and visit to the Central Naval Museum. You will go on a journey through the history of the foundation, construction and prosperity of St Petersburg from the time of Peter I to the present day. During the trip, you will see many significant architectural monuments, Nevsky Prospect with its unique buildings dating back to the 18th century, the gloomy and majestic St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Blood, famous for the tragic history and other renowned buildings. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, where you will learn how St. Petersburg was founded, you will see ancient buildings, casemates and tombs.
Afterwards, you’ll visit the Central Naval Museum. This is one of the first museums in Russia and one of the largest maritime museums in the world. It has collected over 700,000 storage units, including more than 2000 ship models. Many of them are masterpieces of arts and crafts. The pride of the museum is the famous boat of Peter I.
Time for lunch (lunch is not included). OPTIONAL: Lunch in a local restaurant. Next on your list is the visit to the Summer Palace of Peter the Great. The Summer Palace, one of the oldest buildings in St Petersburg, was built on a small plot of land between the Neva and Fontanka Rivers, on the site of the former estate of a Swedish citizen, Major Connau. Peter I lived in this house only from May to October. Because the palace is called the Summer Palace, it has rather thin walls. There are 14 rooms, two kitchens and two corridors. The palace became the summer residence of the emperor: Peter I rested here every summer from 1714 until his death in 1725. You can go inside and find out how Peter I lived.
Return to the hotel.
OPTIONAL: visit to the Winter Palace of Peter the Great. The Winter Palace of Peter I is a unique architectural and memorial monument dating back to the first quarter of the 18th century. The official residence of Peter I was located on the territory that the Hermitage Theater now occupies. There is now a memorial exhibition dedicated to Peter the Great and his era, located in the preserved part of the palace. The rooms of Peter I — the Cabinet, the Dining Room, and the Turnar — recreate a setting that includes genuine objects that belonged to the emperor. The so-called “Wax person” is exhibited here - the posthumous sculptural portrait of Peter I.
DAY 6, ST PETERSBURG
Today you will visit Kronstadt and get a chance to see the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral. This small city is the most remote and unusual of the suburbs of St. Petersburg. Located on the island of Kotlin in the Gulf of Finland, it served throughout its history as the sea shield of St Petersburg. The tour introduces the fortified city of Kronstadt, with its history full of exploits and brutal tragedies associated with the Russian Navy, revolutionary and military events. The historic center of Kronstadt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker - the largest of the marine churches of the Russian Empire! The main shrine of the Russian fleet The Naval Cathedral rises above the island and the sea and, after restoration, once again bears its unique mission - to serve as the Cathedral of the Sea Glory of Russia, collect naval relics, and preserve the memory of heroic sailors. About a thousand names of naval officers who died in naval battles from 1695 to 1918 are printed on commemorative plaques inside the Cathedral. Return to the hotel.
OPTIONAL: visit to the Menshikov’s Palace.
Menshikov Palace is an excellent duet of Western and Russian art. During an excursion to the Menshikov Palace, you will plunge into the world of a luxurious interior, striking with its sophistication and grandeur. You will see the Great Chambers, where magnificent receptions and festivities were held. You will also visit the Great Hall, where Peter I held assemblies at the beginning of the 18th century, celebrated military victories and significant events. The lobby deserves special attention. It is decorated with an ancient statue of Apollo, which was made by Roman masters in the 2nd century.
DAY 7, ST PETERSBURG
Today you will tour the Peterhof and visit the Grand Palace and the park. Peterhof is a complex of palace and park ensembles in the suburbs of St Petersburg, created by Peter I as a suburban residence. Thinking of building an architectural structure, in its beauty not inferior to the French Versailles, Peter hardly imagined that Peterhof would be so striking in its scale and luxury. Today it includes several integrated palace and park areas, on the territory of which there are mansions, museums, sculptures and pavilions. The main pride of Peterhof - magnificent fountains, the number of which reaches 150 (fountains work during the summer season only). You will visit the Grand Peterhof Palace and take a walk along the Upper and Lower Park of Peterhof. Return to hotel.
OPTIONAL: visit to the Museum-model «Peter’s Water Area».
The museum Petrovskaya Aquatorium in St Petersburg is a mock-up theater dedicated to the time of Peter the Great. This project is dedicated to St Petersburg of the XVIII century. The model is a reconstruction of the most significant sights of the city and the suburbs associated with the city’s maritime history, on a scale of 1:87. This is the scenery in which the picture of the life of the city of the times of the great Russian emperors from Peter the Great to Catherine the Great unfolds. During the visit, you will touch on the history of the city on the Neva, because the layout lives its own life.
DAY 8, ST PETERSBURG
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport or the train station.
The itinerary is preliminary. The organizers reserve the right to replace the excursion blocks with similar ones, without changing main waypoints.
Please note that we reserve the right to change the hotels to similar hotels of the same standard and change the order of the excursions.
History Tour Peter The Great
8 days/ 7 nights
|Price per person|
|Dinner in Moscow hotel||29.22 £|
|Dinner in St Petersburg hotel||26.97 £|
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The tour is offered in 3 languages (English, Spanish, French ). Let us know your preferences at the booking stage.
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IntoRussia Ltd reserves the right to change hotels to similar ones of the same standard and change the order of excursions
If you are a group and want to add extra days or excursions, or you are looking for more independence, contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package
Included in price:
• Double accommodation in Moscow in 4* hotel (Holiday Inn Tagansky/ Novotel Moscow Center or similar)
• Double accommodation in St Petersburg in 4* hotel (Holiday Inn Moskovskie Vorota/ Radisson Sonya or similar)
• Excursion program as per itinerary with entrance tickets
• Bed and Breakfast in hotels
• Luggage handling in hotels
• Transport services as per program
• Local English/French/ German/Italian/Spanish speaking guides per program
• Sapsa speed train ticket (economy class, no meal)
• Full visa support
• Travel Insurance
• Dinners in hotels
• Lunch in a restaurant in St Petersburg
• International flights (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)
• Russian visa fees paid directly to the Consulate