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TRIP TO RUSSIA & ALMATY- 8 Days

TRIP TO RUSSIA & ALMATY: With a history of being one of the superpowers of the world, Russia still stands strong in every realm possible. Being the largest country in the world, Russia seems endless and amazing. The country has enough for everyone. Russia will never stop to amaze you with its diverse territory and culture. In this tour you shall be taken across the two capitals of Russia, Moscow & St. Petersburg blending modernism & heritage. You will experience the sheer beauty of Russian architecture, art and its culture. You will feel and see the history of this great country right from the Russians Tsars to the Soviet Union and the present modern times, all in the city of Moscow. The second capital of Russia is also the most renowned culture, art, heritage and history city in the world with more than 200 museums, operas, ballets, canals and is sometimes also referred to as the Venice of the East. A truly European city with attractions,Russian destinations have always been on the wish-list of all the travellers around the world. The leafy city of Almaty , with a backdrop of the snowcapped Zailiysky Alatau, has always been among the more appealing Russian creations in Central Asia. Sophisticated place -one for enjoying green parks and excellent museums, shops and markets, and for eating, drinking and partying in Central Asia’s best selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs.

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TRIP ESSENCE

Architecture / Photography / History / Relax

Moscow- St Basil's Cathedral

St. Petersberg- Draw Bridge Cruise

Almaty – Big Lake

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 - MOSCOW CITY TOUR

Arrival at Moscow and transfer to hotel. Standard check in time is 2:00pm so we would freshen up at Hotel Lobby and start for the Moscow City Tour- Your first day in Moscow you will have a guided tour of the major cultural and historical sites of the city. This morning you will visit Red Square,arguably one of the most famous squares in the world. You will see the brightly-domed St Basil's Cathedral, the world-renowned Lenin Mausoleum (outside), the expansive facade of the GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral (outside) and the Kremlin towers. You will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian President. We visit the Moscow State University on Lenin Hill, where there are outstanding views over Moscow. On the way down, we pass through the Memorial Complex at Poklonnaya Hill and Victory Park, where the impressive Triumphal Arch is sited. Then it's back to the city streets, taking in Kutuzov Avenue, New Arbat,Boulevard Ring and Pushkin Square, before ending up at Tverskaya Street.

Note :- Entrance to Kremlin & St Basil's Cathedral Included. Overnight at Moscow

Day 2 – MOSCOW METRO TOUR

Morning after breakfast, Guided tour of Metro– explore one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era created in the Socialist Realism style. The Moscow Metro, with its stations decorated with marble, mosaics, stained-glass panels and bronze sculptures, looks more like a vast art museum. It was one of the proudest achievements of the Soviet era and it still beats many other European underground systems with its ultra-reliable service. Entrance to Metro is included. Evening is free. We can opt for Circus or shopping.

Overnight at Moscow

Day 3 –SAPSAN TRAIN & PUB CRAWL

In the morning post breakfast we would depart for St. Petersburg via Sapsan Train. It will take 4 hrs to reach. Check in to the hotel.

Evening free to explore.

Day 4 – CITY TOUR of ST. PETERSBURG

CITY TOUR- St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title of Venice of the North. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral (entrance included), the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. Evening we would enjoy the night life with Pub crawl tour.

Overnight at St. Petersburg.

Day 5 – DTsarskoye Selo, the Catherine Palace and Amber Room [Pushkin]

After breakfast, this morning you will be taken to Tsarskoye Selo to see the magnificent Catherine Palace and its legendary Amber Room. A gift by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine I, the Catherine Palace owes its awesome grandeur to their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who chose Tsarskoe Selo as her chief summer residence. The Palace is an astonishing example of Baroque architecture with its striking interiors that are incredibly spectacular. The Catherine Palace is known for its legendary, unique Amber Room that was looted during World War II, and completely and painstakingly recreated as recently as 2003 – a process that took over 20 years and cost more than $12 million.

Late Night go for Draw Bridge Boat Cruise - Explore the central district of St. Peterburg made up of an incredible network of canals and rivers, over which many grand drawbridges are spanned. Discover the architecture history of these incredible constructions, built by highly skilled engineers and designers. Their n ames and history are of a great value to the entire city and cannot exist separately from it.

Day 6 – FREE DAY at Saint Petersburg and evening Flight to Almaty

Post Breakfast you can Opt for St. Petersof Garden,Hermitage Art Museum Tour or see Russia in 1hrs at The Grand market Rossiya or enjoy shopping.
(Optional at additional cost)

Evening Flight to Almaty ( Note need to book Air Astana Airlines only to book for Almaty)

Day 7 – Arrival at Almaty, Later Big Lake Mountain Tour

Arrival at Early morning, Checkin to Hotel Immediately as we have payed for Early Check in. Post check in and breakfast we would go for City tour of Almaty.
This day trip to Big Almaty Lake is the convenient way to get out into the nature of Kazakhstan from Almaty city.
The tour starts from the Meeting point or from your hotel. After you meet your guide and board a comfortable vehicle, you will be taken from the city center to its south-western part. Passing by the city's newest Al-Farabi Avenue you will observe the ski jumping complex “Sunkar”, park of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and listen to the stories of your guide about Almaty city and its history. After 40 minutes of driving in the gorge through the winding mountain paved road with breathtaking views, you will see the the glorious panorama of the Big Almaty Lake, color of which is always different depending on the weather. You will have around an hour to admire the scenery of the lake and make a walk on the banks of the lake half-way to the water surface which is about 300 meters down from the road. Descend to the lake is stony and covered with seasonal shrubs and herbs so comfortable shoes or boots will make the walking more enjoyable. On the way back to the town you will visit the Falcon Farm, where you will enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks, falcons and eagles - hunting with them is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh way of life. Show is open-air and takes around 30-40 minutes. After visiting the Falcon Farm you will have your ride back to the original Meeting point or to your hotel.

Day 8 – Post breakfast we would check out & we would go for City tour of Almaty.

THE BEST OF ALMATY TOUR WITH MEDEO GORGE - After meeting the guide at your hotel, your will start the tour with a ride to the oldest of Almaty parks - Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral is located. In the park you will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, listen to the stories of the guide and admire the beauty of the Museum of Musical Instruments. A leisurely walk under the crowns of old trees will take about 40 minutes.Then, after the park, you will get to the Medeo Gorge (1690 meters above sea level), well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. Brief walk around with a chance to take your mountain-view pictures and breath the fresh pine-tree air, then driving back to the downtown. On the way you will be told an interesting story why Almaty is actually called «the Apple city».Next destination of the tour is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road on the park eco-cars. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck, throw a coin in the "apple" fountain and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway and the dropping you off at your hotel.

Later transfer to Airport and BYE BYE TO ALMATY.

Cost Includes

Departure Date- 10th JUNE 2020 | 8 days
Cost-INR 59,999 + Airfare Extra

Cost Includes

  • ~Accommodation in 3* / 4* Quality Hotels (Moscow, St. Petersburg & Almaty)
  • ~Twin sharing with 7 breakfast
  • ~Internal Tours and transfers (airport,station) in a group
  • ~Fast train from Moscow to St Petersburg - 2nd Class
  • ~Guided City tour of Moscow with Kremlin entrance & St Basil Cathedral.
  • ~Moscow Metro Tour - Guided with entrance
  • ~Guided Saint Petersburg City Tour
  • ~Pub Crawl Entry excluding food and drinks
  • ~Guided Tsarskoye Selo, the Catherine Palace and Amber Room with entrance included.
  • ~Guided Almaty City tour & Half day Big Lake Mountain tour in Almaty
  • ~Tour Leader
  • ~Almaty Visa
  • ~Insurance & All taxes

Cost Excludes

  • ~International Airfare
  • ~Lunch & Dinner unless mentioned
  • ~Russia Visa- INR 6000
  • ~Entrance fees unless mentioned
  • ~Extended stay or travelling due to any reason
  • ~Tips, laundry and other miscellaneous activities

NOTES TO REMEMBER

Age Limit : 25 – 55years

Total Group Size : 12 - 16 Members.