Day 1: St.Petersburg
Arrive in St. Petersburg. Hotel. Dinner.
Day 2: St.Petersburg
Morning bus tour of the city. Lunch in the city. Peter and Paul Fortress.
Day 3: St.Petersburg
The Hermitage. Lunch in the city. Afternoon free.
Day 4: St.Petersburg
Bus or ship excursion to one of the country residences of the Russian tsars. In summer season: by ship (about 1 hour) to Petrodvoretz, exquisite palace of Peter the Great (18-th century), with the world famous palace, fountains and park on the bank of the Gulf of Finland. Not in Summer season: by bus to Pushkin town - the residence of Catharine-the-Great, and other tsars, which is known for the beautiful park and rich palace truly representing the tsar's way of life.
Day 5: St.Petersburg
Excursion to the Russian Museum of Fine Arts which houses one of the most brilliant collections of Russian painting - from icons to avant-garde of 1910-20's (closed on Tuesdays). Lunch in the city. In the afternoon drive by private bus to Velikiy Novgorod. Hotel.
Day 6: Velikiy Novgorod
Tour of the city. Excursion to the Novgorod Kremlin (11-17 century): Sofia Cathedral ( 11-th cent.), Hall of Facets (15 cent.). Historical center of the city 11-17 cc.
Day 7: Velikiy Novgorod
In the morning - excursion to the Yuriev Monastery (12 cent.), Vitoslavlitsy - the museum of Russian wood architecture. Lunch. Afternoon – free time. Overnight train to Moscow – 9 hours, sleeping compartment.
Day 8: Moscow
Bus excursion around Moscow. Lunch in the city. Tretyakov Gallery of Russian Arts.
Day 9: Moscow
Half day sightseeing tour: Moscow Kremlin where you will see how ancient architecture coexists with modern political center, Donskoy monastery (16-th century). Lunch in the city. Afternoon free.
Day 10: Moscow
Bus excursion to Sergiyev Posad (former Zagorsk) famous for its beautiful architectural ensemble, the seat of the Russian Patriarch till 1988, the Trinity Monastery of St.Sergius, functioning seminary.
Day 11: Moscow
Transfer to the airport. Depart from Moscow.