b"YOUR ITINERARY 3 St Petersburg SCANDINAVIA AND RUSSIA RUSSIADays 1-2 - To MoscowWe fly to Moscow, staying in Russias cosmopolitan capital for three nights. We experience the spirit of Russian hospitality on arrival with a traditional welcome ceremony. On Day 2 we delve into Moscows fascinating heritage on a sightseeing tour. First we visit Sparrow Hills to soak up the wonderful panoramas across the city. We continue toMoscow 3the Temple of the Holy Trinity before heading to the world-famous Red Square. Here, were surrounded by history and a kaleidoscopeNights in hotel Railof colour; red brick walls and gilded church roofs in swirls of blues, greens and yellows. We see some of the most iconic sights in the cityTOUR HIGHLIGHTShere, including the multi-coloured domes of Saint Basils Cathedral and Lenins Mausoleum, where its possible to view the body of the formerTour vibrant Moscow, seeing Communist leader. Our final stop is the prestigious Moscow Statethe Kremlin, Red Square, Sparrow University. Founded in 1755, this was Russias first university. Hills and the ornate Metro system.Day 3 - The Kremlin Explore St Petersburg, visiting Today we visit arguably the most famous landmark in Russia. Filled withPeterhof Palace, the Hermitage, political history, the Kremlin holds UNESCO World Heritage status andand the Vodka Museum.is still the seat of government today. Later, we enjoy something unique;Visit the Literature Caf for a tour of Moscows Metro system, which dates back to the 1930s. We discover marble and bronze halls decorated with chandeliers, stainedafternoon tea.glass, and elegant columns. The magnificent stations also feature aExperience a unique Russian wealth of art and sculpture, making them a true gem to behold. welcome ceremony.Days 4-5 - St Petersburg WHAT'S INCLUDEDWe leave Moscow on the modern Sapsan train, making our way to St Petersburg. Smaller, more peaceful, and many would say moreUK Tour Manager throughoutbeautiful than Moscow, the city has a romantic, almost European atmosphere comparable to the likes of Paris or Vienna. We stay hereFlights from London Heathrow to for three nights. On Day 5, we discover the grandeur of St PetersburgMoscow via Germany, and from St on a guided tour. We see the Peter and Paul Fortress, an elegantPetersburg to London Heathrow, citadel founded in 1703 that was later used as a prison for criminalvia Germanypolitical activists. Since the 1920s, the site has housed the St Petersburg Museum of History, and we have free time here to admire theAll rail and coach transfersenthralling exhibitions. Next, we transfer to the St Petersburg MuseumLuggage transfers on some of Russian Vodka where we enjoy a taste of Russias national drink. Wesections of the toursample three different types of vodka - lassic, juniper, and ubrwka, alongside a traditional snack of mushroom and cabbage pies. This6 nights 4-Star hotel afternoon, enjoy time to explore St Petersburg at your own pace. Withaccommodationits grand boulevards and open squares, the city is a delight to explore.10 meals including 6 breakfasts You could visit one of the excellent art galleries, or relax in a coffeeand 4 dinnershouse.All tour excursionsDays 6-7 - Peterhof Palace, the Hermitage and homeWe discover one of St Petersburgs cultural highlights, Peterhof PalaceREGIONAL DEPARTURE AVAILABLEand Park. Sometimes referred to as a Russian Versailles, the opulentfrom Manchester from 75 per person.complex and UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its beautiful grounds, filled with spectacular fountains and waterways. The string of glittering palaces were constructed by Peter the Great, and we see2021 DEPARTURESsome of the most lavish artworks and ornaments that the world has to offer. We continue to the Hermitage. Founded by Catherine the Great inSep 3 1,845 Sep17 1,7951764 and housed in the grandest rooms of the Royal Winter Palace, this mesmerising museum is one of the most famous in the world. We have2022 DEPARTUREStime to admire its incredible collection, featuring over three million fascinating artefacts from different countries and eras. We pause thisMay 13 1,595 Jul 8 1,895afternoon for afternoon tea at the Literature Caf, a historic restaurantJun 17 1,795 Sep 2 1,895that was frequented by famous Russian writers in the 19th century. ThisTour Code: MPJ| per person based on 2 evening, we sit down to a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. On Day 7sharing. Deposit from 290 per person. we transfer to the airport for our flight home. Supplement for solo travellers from 395. Please note the itinerary for 2021 departures may differ, please call for more details. For the latest guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-adviceCall us on 01904 521990 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 27"