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Best of Russia

Fairytale castles, straight up vodka, and an intriguing and enigmatic culture. It's no surprise that sprawling Russia needs its very own Contiki trip. During these 8-days you will cast your eyes upon 3 World Heritage Sites and get familiar with 3 of Russia's most appealing cities; St Petersburg, Novgorod and Moscow.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: 73/209892
  • Starts: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Finishes: Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Age requirement: 18 - 35
You will Visit
  • St. Petersburg
  • Novgorod
  • Moscow

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive St. Petersburg

Our first stop on the Russian map is the imperial city of St. Petersburg. Meet up with your Contiki Squad for an epic time in Russia, your Trip Manager will meet up with you this evening at the hotel before you have a chance to dive in head first to sightseeing and see what St. petersburg has to offer. Built by the Italians, this city is a unique blend of Europe and Russia, unfathomably grand & made pretty by canals - which you can opt to explore tonight for the best view of the city's palaces by night. You'll be pleased to hear we have 2 full days to uncover its enigmatic ways.

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Day 2: St. Petersburg

Visit Peterhof Gardens, known as the Versailles of Russia will give you an outdoor lovers fix, including a beautiful gold fountain cascade. Use the rest of the day to take on the city, and tonight, you could choose to go local with folklore show for some sights and sounds of Russia.

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Day 3: St. Petersburg

Today is a full dose of history, learn about the Romanov's and its founding by Tsar Peter the Great as well as all the goss on the Tsar's of Russia. See one of the world’s top art collections at the Hermitage gallery; kick it in St. Petersburg’s main street of Nevsky Prospekt; find ways to tap into glitzy new Russia; and enjoy history lessons at the city's incredible list of monuments. And all that exploring could call for a beef stroganoff where it was invented, as well as a vodka or 2 - in the name of culture, of course.

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Day 4: St. Petersburg to Novgorod

So long St. Petersburg! Thanks for your hospitable welcome into the world of Russia. You've left us wanting a whole lot more.Now that we've got a taste of Russian city life, it's time to change the pace and step into the quieter town of Novgorod. Suffering two unfortunate eras at the hands of evil dictators, the town is now enjoying its time of slow life and peace. Soak up its new found happiness and explore its epic history - complete with a very large bell.

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Day 5: Novgorod to Moscow via Klin

After being submerged in small town feels, we'll be quite ready for the grandeur capital of Moscow. Time to hit the road!En route to Moscow we'll stop off in Klin, home of Russian composer Tchaikovsky. We can't resist the chance to see the place that inspired a man to make Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.Before you go screaming your way to the Aladdin's palace like monument of Saint Basil's Cathedral, let us settle in to our Moscow digs and hear of the many incredible things this city has on offer - and there are many. Hence we have two full days here - joy!!

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Day 6: Moscow

Oh good morning Moscow. Diving right in is the way to do it, so we'll start off with a guided city tour of all the sights, including one of the countries most colourful and quirky buildings St Basil's Cathedral.Chance to visit Lenin’s tomb followed by free time to explore more of what Red Square and this city have to offer.

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Day 7: Moscow

After the underground, probably the most famous metro in the world is Moscow's. Get up close with our local guide, uncovering the fascinating communist artworks that make it what it is today. The city keeps on giving today, with some free time to roam, before a guided visit to the famous Kremlin Museums, then the option to view the Romanov’s collection of Faberge Eggs, carriages, clothes and jewels at the Armoury.

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Day 8: Depart Moscow

Our trip finishes today after breakfast. Say goodbye to your Contiki Squad and although it will be hard to leave Russia, the lure of another trip in the near future will get us through our post holiday blues!

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • Prepare to be upgraded to fancy hotel digs every step of the way. Yes that's right ladies and gents, it's only the finest bed rest for our Best of Russia travellers. Right amongst the action and with all the mod-cons, that's how we shall roll
      Food
    • Each morning we'll kick off with a solid breakfast aimed to fuel you up for a day of travelling, then on 3 of the evenings we'll escort you to our favourite local haunts. When this isn't keeping you busy, we suggest you wash down your something on the rocks with caviar, blini pancakes, & anything dressed in sauerkraut
      Staff
    • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do
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Tour Highlights:
  • St. Petersburg: Visit the Hermitage
  • Moscow: Guided city tour to see the Red Square, Kremlin & see Lenin's Masoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral,Guided Tour of the Statue Park