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Don't let the name of this incredible package fool you. There are no compromises except for the chilly weather during Russia's winter. As savvy travelers will gladly attest, low season is the right time to enjoy the very best of Russia, if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy prices that are simply impossible to resist.
Fly non-stop from JFK via Aeroflot direct to Moscow; stay at first class hotels with lavish buffet breakfasts daily; spend three fascinating days in Moscow, Russia's historic capital and modern powerhouse, and three more days in St. Petersburg, one of Europe's most lovely and artistic cities.
Our amazing package even includes a panoramic tour of the main highlights of each city to help you get oriented. Then, explore on your own, or take advantage of our specially-priced optional tours packages to see some of the most famous sights. If you've always wanted to see Russia, this is one opportunity you can't afford to miss! But don't wait, because at these prices, space is sure to go very quickly!
Day 2: Arrive Moscow, Russia. Late morning arrival in Moscow, the historic Russian capital, where you'll see for yourself the amazing and invigorating transformation from Communist monolith to modern, free-market metropolis. After customs formalities, board your coach and enjoy a panoramic tour of this famous and formidable city's major highlights.
Continue to your hotel, conveniently located in Mira Prospect, one of the thoroughfares of Moscow and a short drive from the city center. Your guide will hold a short briefing meeting to orient you to the city and its most important sites, and then the balance of the day is yours to enjoy on your own or take advantage of optional tours. Cosmos Hotel Breakfast provided.
To make the most of your visit and enrich your experience, your guide will offer you a chance to join some exclusive excursions to the city's highlights, including the famous Red Square and Kremlin Cathedrals and Kuskovo Palace, as well as memorable evening activities. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Moscow & St. Petersburg. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the short flight to St. Petersburg, one of Europe's most magnificent cities, often called "Venice of the North." Board your touring coach for a panoramic city tour en route to your hotel, located a few blocks away from the world-famous Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater and the Hermitage. After a brief orientation meeting, set out to explore St. Petersburg on your own or on an optional tour. Petro Palace Hotel Breakfast provided.
Day 6 & 7: St. Petersburg. Enjoy two full days to explore one of Europe's most beloved cities. Your hotel is conveniently located in the historic center of St. Petersburg, within easy access to the Nevsky Prospect and many of the city's most important sites. Explore independently or join some exclusive excursions to the city's highlights as well as memorable evening activities. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: St. Petersburg/USA. After breakfast, say goodbye to Russia as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.
To take full advantage of your visit to Russia, we offer these optional tours to other "must see" sites. These are not "seat in coach" tours that pick up passengers in various hotels. All the optional tours are operated for Friendly Planet groups only and are available at highly discounted prices. The special package price is available ony when booked and prepaid prior to departure. The same tours, if purchased in Russia, will be at a considerably higher price.
Moscow Optionals Package Price, per person: $95 if booked and prepaid before departure.
St. Petersburg Optionals Package Price, per person: $95 per person if booked and prepaid before departure.
Tickets to the Moscow Circus, the Bolshoi, the Nikolayevsky Palace Folklore Show, the Mariinski Theatre and other cultural events will also be available. Complete descriptive details of all our optionals will follow shortly.
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