After you travel to the Baltic capitals, discover the stunning brashness and renewed vitality of Russia's enchanting capital. Join us and explore the highlights of Moscow, an ancient city replete with an untold wealth of modern museums, medieval cathedrals, and monuments to historic battles and fallen heroes. And witness two of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War era known the world over: the massive Kremlin complex and unforgettable Red Square.
- It's Included:
- Airfare from St. Petersburg to Moscow
- Accommodations for 3 nights in Moscow
- 6 meals—3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner
- 4 small group activities
- Services of a local, English-speaking OAT representative
- All transfers
- NEW for 2015: Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
Upon arrival in Moscow, we check into our hotel and gather for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Then we enjoy an included tour of Red Square. Our hotel is just a five-minute walk from Moscow's famous Red Square, so you have plenty of time to explore on your own. Dinner is on your own this evening.
This morning we enjoy a tour of scenic Moscow, with views of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which may be the world's largest Orthodox church. Tour features a drive along the Kremlin Embankment and Lubyanskaya Square. We'll also visit Sparrow Hills and Victory Park before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.
Then we visit the Tretyakov Gallery, located near the Kremlin in Moscow's historic Zamoskvorechye district. In 1892, the merchant Pavel Tretyakov donated his expansive art collection to the city of Moscow. Originally comprised of an eclectic collection of 18th and 19th century Russian works, the gallery continued to expand and is today Russia's most prominent national collection of fine art. It contains more than 130,000 pieces and showcases creations from generations of Russian artists from the eleventh to the 20th centuries, featuring styles of Impressionism, Art Nouveau, and more.
We will ride the Moscow Metro, an attraction unto itself, back to our hotel. Started in the 1930s, stations were embellished by Soviet artisans with decorations including chandeliers, inlaid marble floors, and filigreed wall moldings. Though regimes have changed, the Moscow Metro remains an unusual object of beauty as well as a daily method of transportation for nine million people. Tonight, dinner is on your own. When performances are available, you may join an optional excursion to the famous Moscow Circus this evening.
After breakfast we visit the grounds of the historic Kremlin. Before lunch, you may join the optional Kremlin Armory Tour to explore Russia's royal history. Then, lunch is on your own and you may remain in the city to pursue individual discoveries. This evening, we gather together for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
We check out of our hotel very early this morning and transfer to the airport for our flight home.