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Explore Russia's Capital City

Overview

Enhance your cruise and extend your trip with a carefully designed program. Take advantage of three days to discover the highlights of Moscow, the Russian capital city. Highlights include: the Kremlin, the Red Square and the Grand Kremlin Palace, as well as two world-famous Russian ancient towns of the Golden Ring: Vladimir and Suzdal. Stay overnight in a luxury hotel downtown. This program will be a beautiful prelude to your embarkation.

Detailed Itinerary


Please note:

This program includes extensive walking over cobblestone surfaces, it is not recommended for persons with limited mobility. A private transfer from the airport to the hotel can be organized for an additional cost. Early check-in and/or late check-out are available depending on availability. Additional hotel nights are available upon request and depending on hotel availability

The private visit of the Kremlin Grand Palace could be moved if an official state event appears in the calendar. To visit churches, it is advisable to respect dress code covering the upper body and legs below the knees.

Day 1
Moscow

Arrive and check-in at the hotel Ritz Carlton Moscow. Official check-in time is 3:00-4:30 pm. Meet in the hotel lobby by our local representative for a walking orientation tour to discover the beautiful architecture in the historical center of Moscow. Stroll in Zariadie Park inaugurated in 2017 by Vladimir Poutine to celebrate the 870th-anniversary of Moscow. Its floating bridge over the Moskva River offers panorama views. Walk along the main street of the city called Tverskaya and head back to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own.

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Day 2
Moscow / Golden Ring / Vladimir / Suzdal

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kursky railway station to take a 2.5-hour train ride to Vladimir. Vladimir is one of the oldest Russian cities. It was first mentioned in the chronicles in 1108, when the prince of Rostov-Suzdal land Vladimir Monomakh decided to fortify the shores of Klyazma River and founded a town at a place of a small village, giving it his name. At that time the capital of Rostov-Suzdal land was Suzdal, but in 1157 the capital was moved to Vladimir. That is when Vladimir started to gain importance, and many famous Russian craftsmen and artists worked there, creating its world-famous architectural monuments which are now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will see the most famous sites of Vladimir: the Golden Gate, the Dormition Cathedral, and the Cathedral of St. Dmitry. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Your tour will then take you from Vladimir to Suzdal, approximately a 30-minute drive. Suzdal lies north of Vladimir on Kamenka River. Today, it is a small town with a population of about 12,000 people. After a decline in political importance, the town rose in prominence as a religious center with numerous monasteries and a remarkable ratio of churches to citizens: at one point the city had 40 churches for 400 families. You will visit the Suzdal Kremlin and the famous Saviour Monastery of St. Euthemia. Inside the Kremlin, enjoy the beautiful Nativity Cathedral, the oldest in Suzdal.

You will also visit the monastery-fortress of St. Euthemia, and then walk around its walls and enjoy Suzdal’s countryside. Walk down the steep footpath to Kamenka River, cross the wooden bridge, and come to the walls of Pokrovsky Convent. After dinner downtown, you will be transferred to Vladimir for Lastochka train and in 2 hours, you will be back in Moscow to return to your hotel around 11:00 pm...BLD

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Day 3
Moscow

After breakfast, your guide will take you on a tour to the famous Moscow Kremlin, the heart of the Russian capital. The Kremlin is an old fortress, and is also the seat of the presidency of the Russian Federation. Your walking tour of the Kremlin will include all the most important sites. Before all others, you will have an exclusive visit to the Armoury Chamber–the treasury of Russian tsars that houses a collection of unique jewellery, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Fabergé. You will see the Kremlin compositional center–the Cathedral Square. Here ceremonies connected with the coronations of the Russian rulers were held, the heads of the Russian Church, metropolitans and patriarchs were chosen, foreign ambassadors were received, church processions took place and theatrical mysteries were enacted. Visit one of the three main cathedrals that surround the Kremlin square: the Assumption, the Annunciation, or the Archangel Michael, all decorated with numerous golden domes. The neighboring Ivan Square boasts two remarkable specimens of Russian metalwork, namely, the 890-millimetre calibre Tsar Cannon and the largest bell in the world – the 200-ton Tsar Bell.

Your tour also includes an exclusive visit to the Grand Kremlin Palace. Located along the Kremlin south wall and overlooking the Moskva River, today the Palace is part of the President’s residence used for holding official receptions by the President of Russian Federation. The Grand Kremlin Palace is a masterpiece of Russian architecture of its time; a unique complex of buildings with gala reception halls, living rooms, court churches, workshops and household premises. Tsar Nicholas I commissioned the construction of the Grand Palace in 1838. It was the largest structure in the Kremlin, nearly 500,000 square feet. It was designed to link the older Terem Palace and the Palace of Facets, with its new and glorious reception halls, a ceremonial staircase with red carpet, and private Imperial Apartments.

After the Kremlin tour, you will visit the picturesque multi-domed church of St. Basil the Blessed on the south side of the Red Square. St. Basil’s Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat) is an Orthodox church and constitutes the symbol or icon of the city. It was declared in 1990 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with the entire Kremlin. After a short drive, you will arrive at one of the most luxurious restaurants in Moscow, the famous Turandot for lunch. Admire the beautiful interior with gilded carvings and embroidered tapestries. After lunch, your coach will take you to your hotel and you will still have free time for an independent walk in Moscow.
The evening is at leisure...BL

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Day 4
From Moscow to St. Petersburg

Breakfast and check-out. You will depart the hotel by coach for Leningradsky railway station. You will board a comfortable high-speed train “Sapsan” to St. Petersburg. Along the 4-hour ride aboard the way, admire the picturesque views of the Russian countryside and enjoy lunch. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to the port to embark aboard your ship...BLD

Details

Length: 4 days
Cost From: $2390  
Arrive: Moscow, Russia
Depart: Moscow, Russia
Lodging: 3 nights hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking
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