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TOUR EXPRESS general information……………………………………………………………………….2 Contacts, payment conditions……………………………………………………………………………..…3 Country information………………………………………………………………………………………………4 Russian Tour Programs…………………………………………………………………………………………..5 Tour “Saint-Petersburg in 4 days” (4 days/3 nights)….………...……………………..………….6 Tour “Saint-Petersburg and Moscow” (6 days/5 nights)..…………………..……..……………9 Tour “Magnificent Saint-Petersburg” (8 days/7 nights).……………………………….………12 Tour “3 capitals of Russia” (9 days/8 nights)…………….……..……………..………………..….16 Tour “Big Russian Tour” (9 days/8 nights)..…………………….…………………………………….20 Tour “Splendid Saint-Petersburg” (10 days/9 nights)..……….…………………………………25 Tour “Amazing Russia” (13 days/12 nights)………………………………………………………….29 Tour “Adventure in the Northern Russia” (12 days/11 nights)…….……………………….34

Tour “Astonishing Kamchatka adventure” (7 days/6 nights)………….……………………..40 Tour “Literary Russia” (8 days/7 nights)…………………………………………………………..…..43

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GENERAL INFORMATION is a well-known company that welcomes foreign tourists in Russia since 1995 and helps them getting acquainted with one of the most beautiful, intriguing and marvelous country. We arrange Russian tours for individuals and groups as well as provide separate services such as Russian visa support, accommodation in Russian hotels, river cruises, conferences, train tickets, plane tickets and transfers for independent travelers who require minimal assistance. We work 365 days a year to make sure your trip will be a unique and unforgettable experience. We offer the highest quality service for the lowest prices available for travel to Russia with packages and services tailored to fit any budget - ranging from inexpensive tours for the budget traveler to the height in luxury travel and accommodation. With permanent offices in both St. Petersburg and Moscow TOUR EXPRESS is in the best position to provide support to our travelers while they are in Russia. All entrances to museums, airline tickets, transfers, train or bus tickets, shows, and meals are included in our standard tours, only if it’s not outlined as optional. In all of our transfers and excursions the passengers will be driven in private automobiles or mini vans up to 12 passengers or buses in case of groups. All of our vehicles are completely equipped for the comfort and safety of the passengers. Vehicles include: air conditioning, heating, communication, insurance, luggage storage, seatbelts, music etc. TOUR EXPRESS holds the right to change or modify any service in order to assure the safety and comfort of its clients.

Taking one of our tours will give you unforgettable memories. Our friendly and experienced staff and guides will make you feel at home throughout your stay in Russia and are always on call to assist you with any requests or questions that you may have.

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CONTACTS Address: 197198, Bolshoi ave. Petogradskaya side, 10, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation tel. +7 812 327 7770 fax. +7 812 233 8183 e-mail: incoming@tourexpress.ru web-site: www.viajararusia.ru

PAYMENT CONDITIONS Agent: «TOUREXPRESS» Ltd. License: MT3 № 000726 Russia, Moscow, Kholodilnyi per., d. 3, k.1, str. 2 INN 7726595495 / KPP 772601001 Acc.№ 407 028 104 001 606 807 01 BIK 044525555 OJSC "Promsvyazbank" in Moscow Corr.acc. 30101810400000000555 Actual address: Russia, Moscow, Kholodilniy per., 3, k.1, of. 2204 Tel.: (495) 781-8177 Fax: (495) 955-2865 Director Mrs. Irina M. Kameneva

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COUNTRY INFORMATION Russia is a large and diverse nation that continues to evolve politically, economically, and socially. Most foreign citizens find their stay in Russia both exciting and rewarding. Vast area of Russia covering thousands of square kilometers, significant differences in climate conditions, flora and fauna, variety of nationalities and cultures make Russia a real treasury of wonders impressing imagination of many tourists from all over the world.

Visiting Russia, you'll see neverending forests and lakes, scattered among them, gleaming little churches in Moscow and impressive emperors' palaces in St. Petersburg, all the modern attributes of "capitalist" world and old relics of communist times, hip crowds of young people and old women (babushkas) wearing big fur hats and coats in the snow. It's all about this kind of differences, about constant change in Russia now, which makes it a very dynamic country with lots of energy and potential.

Area: 17,075,400 square kilometers Population: 142.4 million Capital city: Moscow (population 10.4 million) People: 81.5% Russians; 3.8% Tatars; 3% Ukrainians (more than 100 nationalities in all) Languages: Russian, Tatar, other Religions: Orthodox Christianity; Islam; Judaism; Buddhism Currency: 1 Rouble = 100 Kopeks Climate: ranges from steppes in the south through humid continental in much of European Russia; subarctic in Siberia to tundra climate in the polar north; winters vary from cool along Black Sea coast to frigid in Siberia; summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along Arctic coast

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RUSSIAN TOUR PROGRAMS

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Saint-Petersburg in 4 days (4 days/3 nights) 3 nights in Saint-Petersburg Day 1 (early arrival before 12 a.m.) TOUR EXPRESS representative will meet you at the point or your arrival and accompany to the hotel. Panoramic city tour: 1. Peter and Paul fortress 2.

Vasilievsky island, arrow, Kunstkamera, Senat and Sinod palace

3.

Nevsky prospect, Kazan cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood cathedral

St. Isaac’s cathedral

We start getting acquainted with the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with visiting the first fortress which was built by tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and it is considered as a year of the city’s foundation. We continue observing 18th century buildings on the Vasilievsky island which was the center of the city at that time. Period of the greatest prosperity of the city as well as the whole empire we could study in the Nevsky prospect area which still is a heart of the city life. We will end our excursion by visiting the most impressive cathedral of the city by climbing the 56 meter colonnade of St. Isaac’s cathedral where we could see the dawn over St. Petersburg.

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Day 2 1.

The Hermitage museum

2.

Boat trip over the rivers and channels of the city

The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums of the world, its vast collections include masterpieces of ancient, Renaissance and modern artists as well as the precious objects from all over the world. The Hermitage is a jewel box of the city and we would open it during our visit. St. Petersburg is also called “Venice of the North” due to the quantity of rivers and channels in the city, there are over 300 bridges, some 20 of them can be raised to let the large ships through. We would take a boat trip to have the best view of the city’s aquatic system. Day 3 1.

Peterhoff palace

2.

Fountains

3.

Folk show

Marvelous royal summer palace which was constructed on the bay of Finland shore in the delta of the river Neva, gives the best impression of the Russian nobility life. The famous fountains are well known all over the world and would be the most vivid impression of the long northern summer days. In the evening we would visit the folk show where traditional Russian dance and music are supplemented with delicious Russian cuisine.

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Day 4 (departure day) Free time. Last day of the tour would give a nice opportunity to enjoy the city exactly the way you would like to. St. Petersburg would always have a special place in your hearts!

4 days in SaintPetersburg tour

3 * hotel 4* hotel 5* hotel single double single double single double room per room per room per room per room per room per person person person person person person

2 persons group

1146,96

909,78

1532,82

1111,56

2807,22

1748,76

3-6 persons group

1069,08

831,9

1454,94

1033,68

2729,34

1670,88

7-12 persons group

899,16

661,98

1285,02

863,76

2559,42

1500,96 *

*US dollars net price per person Cost of the tour includes: -

Transfers; Guide; Museums, parks and shows tickets; Boat tickets; Hotel; Breakfasts

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Saint-Petersburg and Moscow (6 days/5 nights) 3 nights in Saint-Petersburg, 2 nights in Moscow Day 1 (arrival day) TOUR EXPRESS representative will meet you at the point or your arrival and accompany to the hotel. Day 2 Panoramic city tour: 1. Peter and Paul fortress 2. Vasilievsky island, arrow, Kunstkamera, Senat and Sinod palace 3. Nevsky prospect, Kazan cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood cathedral 4. St. Isaac’s cathedral We start getting acquainted with the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with visiting the first fortress which was built by tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and it is considered as a year of the city’s foundation. We continue observing 18th century buildings on the Vasilievsky island which was the center of the city at that time. Period of the greatest prosperity of the city as well as the whole empire we could study in the Nevsky prospect area which still is a heart of the city life. We will end our excursion by visiting the most impressive cathedral of the city by climbing the 56 meter colonnade of St. Isaac’s cathedral where we could see the dawn over St. Petersburg. Day 3 1. The Hermitage museum 2. Boat trip over the rivers and channels of the city The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums of the world, its vast collections include masterpieces of ancient, Renaissance and modern artists as well as the precious objects from all over the world. The Hermitage is a jewel box of the city and we would open it during our visit. St. Petersburg is also called “Venice of the North” due to the quantity of rivers and channels in the city, there are over 300 bridges, some 20 of them can be 9


raised to let the large ships through. We would take a boat trip to have the best view of the city’s aquatic system. Day 4 1. Peterhoff palace 2. Fountains Marvelous royal summer palace which was constructed on the bay of Finland shore in the delta of the river Neva, gives the best impression of the Russian nobility life. The famous fountains are well known all over the world and would be the most vivid impression of the long northern summer days. In the evening we take the “Sapsan” train to Moscow. Day 5 Moscow 1. Panoramic city tour 2. Excursion to the Kremlin We visit the actual capital of the Russian Federation with its busy life, rich history and world famous buildings. We will see many famous places during the bus city tour and go inside the Kremlin where are taken the most important political decisions in the life of the country. Day 6 (departure day) Free time Last day of the tour would give a nice opportunity to enjoy the city exactly the way you would like to.

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Saint-Petersburg and Moscow tour

3 * hotel 4* hotel 5* hotel single double single double single double room per room per room per room per room per room per person

person

person

person

person

1958,8

1466,74

2420,18

1701,56

3694,58

2338,76

3-6 persons group

1859,68

1367,62

2321,06

1602,44

3595,46

2239,64

7-12 persons group

1656,72

1164,66

2118,1

1399,48

3392,5

2 persons group

person

*US dollars net price per person

Cost of the tour includes: - Transfers; - Guide; - Museums, parks and shows tickets; - Boat, train tickets; - Hotel; - Breakfasts

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2036,68 *


Magnificent Saint-Petersburg (8 days/7 nights) 7 nights in Saint-Petersburg Day 1 (arrival day) TOUR EXPRESS representative will meet you at the point or your arrival and accompany to the hotel. Day 2 Panoramic city tour: 1. Peter and Paul fortress 2. Vasilievsky island, arrow, Kunstkamera, Senat and Sinod palace 3. Nevsky prospect, Kazan cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood cathedral 4. St. Isaac’s cathedral We start getting acquainted with the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with visiting the first fortress which was built by tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and it is considered as a year of the city’s foundation. We continue observing 18th century buildings on the Vasilievsky island which was the center of the city at that time. Period of the greatest prosperity of the city as well as the whole empire we could study in the Nevsky prospect area which still is a heart of the city life. We will end our excursion by visiting the most impressive cathedral of the city by climbing the 56 meter colonnade of St. Isaac’s cathedral where we could see the dawn over St. Petersburg. Day 3 1. The Hermitage museum 2. Boat trip over the rivers and channels of the city The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums of the world, its vast collections include masterpieces of ancient, Renaissance and modern artists as well as the precious objects from all over the world. The Hermitage is a jewel box of the city and we would open it during our visit;

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St. Petersburg is also called “Venice of the North” due to the quantity of rivers and channels in the city, there are over 300 bridges, some 20 of them can be raised to let the large ships through. We would take a boat trip to have the best view of the city’s aquatic system. Day 4 1. Pushkin city 2. Catherine palace 3. Folk show Continuing exploration of the most splendid époque in the city’s history we would go to the Pushkin city where is situated one of the most amazing palaces of Russia with its great park. In the Catherine palace we would see the famous amber room which mysteriously disappeared during the World War II. In the evening we would visit the folk show where traditional Russian dance and music are supplemented with delicious Russian cuisine.

Day 5 1. Peterhoff palace 2. Fountains Marvelous royal summer palace which was constructed on the bay of Finland shore in the delta of the river Neva, gives the best impression of the Russian nobility life. The famous fountains are well known all over the world and would be the most vivid impression of the long northern summer days. Day 6 1. The Russian museum 2. Mariinsky theatre (optional) 13


St. Petersburg always was and still is the cultural capital of Russia, a home city of the most famous artists, sculptors, writers and composers. We would see the masterpieces of Russian artists in the Russian museum and listen to the classical music in the Mariinsky theatre, though we would enjoy the inspiration that was brought to the world in this magnificent city. Day 7 1. Dostoyevsky museum 2. Raskolnikov walking tour

St. Petersburg is a home city of one of the most well-known writers in the world – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, almost in all of his books we recognize the city’s streets and yards, rivers and facades, shadows and mysteries. We would visit the museum of Dostoyevsky in his old apartments and have a walking tour over the places that were described in one of his most famous books “Crime and Punishment”.

Day 8 (departure day) Free time Last day of the tour would give a nice opportunity to enjoy the city exactly the way you would like to. Magnificent St.Petersburg would always have a special place in your hearts!

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Magnificent SaintPetersburg tour

3 * hotel 4* hotel 5* hotel single double single double single double room per room per room per room per room per room per person person person person person person

2 persons group

2414,28

1781,8

3443,24

2319,88

6841,64

4019,08

3-6 persons group

2290,38

1657,9

3319,34

2195,98

6717,74

3895,18

7-12 persons group

2049,66

1417,18

3078,62

1955,26

6477,02

3654,46 *

*US dollars net price per person

Cost of the tour includes: - Transfers; - Guide; - Museums, parks and shows tickets; - Boat tickets; - Hotel; - Breakfasts Cost of the tour excludes: - Theatre tickets

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3 capitals of Russia (9 days/8 nights) 1 night in Saint-Peter, 1 night in Novgorod, 3 nights in Saint-Petersburg, 3 nights in Moscow Day 1 (arrival day) TOUR EXPRESS representative will meet you at the point or your arrival and accompany to the hotel. Day 2 Novgorod city: 1. Ancient town of Ryurik, Yuriev monastery 2. Novgorod Kremlin, St. Sophia Cathedral, Kokui tower, Yaroslav’s Court 3. State cultural museum of Novgorod • Night in Novgorod We begin our Big Russian journey with visiting its first capital, the city of Novgorod the Great which was one of the biggest trade centers in old Russia and became the basement of Russian democracy, economy and culture. We will take a trip over the river Volkhov up to the ancient town of Ryurik the first Russian king of Scandinavian origin and see as well the 11th century Yuriev monastery. In the city of Novgorod we will visit the oldest Russian Kremlin where we’ll go up the Kokui tower for the best view and go to the state museum where we’ll get acquainted with the sources of written knowledge – the famous birchbark letters that Novgorod citizens exchanged in 10th-11th century AD.

Day 3 Novgorod region: 1. Folk Museum of traditional wooden houses 2. Trip to Saint-Petersburg 16


Continuing to explore the old Russian history and traditions we will visit special village Vitoslavitsy where are gathered best examples of traditional wooden buildings (churches, mills, warehouses, living houses). You could see tradition Russian village of 16th century the way it was, go inside the buildings and take pictures with museum workers wearing traditional clothes and involved in a traditional activity. Day 4 Saint-Petersburg Panoramic city tour: 1. Peter and Paul fortress 2. Vasilievsky island, arrow, Kunstkamera, Senat and Sinod palace 3. Nevsky prospect, Kazan cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood cathedral 4. St. Isaac’s cathedral We start getting acquainted with the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with visiting the first fortress which was built by tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and it is considered as a year of the city’s foundation. We continue observing 18th century buildings on the Vasilievsky island which was the center of the city at that time. Period of the greatest prosperity of the city as well as the whole empire we could study in the Nevsky prospect area which still is a heart of the city life. We will end our excursion by visiting the most impressive cathedral of the city by climbing the 56 meter colonnade of St. Isaac’s cathedral where we could see the dawn over St. Petersburg. Day 5 1. The Hermitage museum 2. Mariinsky theatre (optional) The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums of the world, its vast collections include masterpieces of ancient, Renaissance and modern artists as well as the precious objects from all over the world. The Hermitage is a jewel box of the city and we would open it during our visit. In the evening we will listen to the classical music in the Mariinsky theatre, though we would enjoy the inspiration that was brought to the world in this magnificent city. 17


Day 6 1. Peterhoff palace 2. Fountains Marvelous royal summer palace which was constructed on the bay of Finland shore in the delta of the river Neva, gives the best impression of the Russian nobility life. The famous fountains are well known all over the world and would be the most vivid impression of the long northern summer days. Day 7 1. Boat trip over the rivers and channels of St. Petersburg 2. Trip to Moscow • Night in Moscow St. Petersburg is also called “Venice of the North” due to the quantity of rivers and channels in the city, there are over 300 bridges, some 20 of them can be raised to let the large ships through. We would take a boat trip to have the best view of the city’s aquatic system. Day 8 Moscow 1. Panoramic city tour 2. Excursion to the Kremlin 3. Tretyakov gallery Last day of the trip we visit the actual capital of the Russian Federation with its busy life, rich history and world famous buildings. We will see many famous places during the bus city tour and go inside the Kremlin where are taken the most important political decisions in the life of the country. We will also see the masterpieces of Russian artists and sculptors in the Tretyakov gallery who painted mostly in traditional Russian styles to keep the best views of Russia in our hearts!

Day 9 (departure day) Free time. Last day of the tour would give a nice opportunity to enjoy the city exactly the way you would like to. Russia would always have a special place in your hearts!

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3 capitals of Russia tour

3 * hotel 4* hotel 5* hotel single double single double single double room per room per room per room per room per room per person person person person person person

2 persons group

2718,72

2047,3

3437,34

2416,64

5561,34

3478,64

3-6 persons group

2562,96

1891,54

3281,58

2260,88

5405,58

3322,88

7-12 persons group

2247,9

1576,48

2966,52

1945,82

5090,52

3007,82 *

*US dollars net price per person

Cost of the tour includes: -

Transfers; Guide; Museums, parks and shows tickets; Boat, train tickets; Hotel; Breakfasts

Cost of the tour excludes: - Theatre tickets

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Big Russian Tour (9 days/8 nights) 1 night in Saint-Petersburg, 1 night in Novgorod, 4 nights in Saint-Petersburg, 2 nights in Moscow Day 1 (arrival day) TOUR EXPRESS representative will meet you at the point or your arrival and accompany to the hotel. Day 2 Novgorod city: 1. Ancient town of Ryurik, Yuriev monastery 2. Novgorod Kremlin, St. Sophia Cathedral, Kokui tower 3. State cultural museum of Novgorod • Night in Novgorod We begin our Big Russian journey with visiting its first capital, the city of Novgorod the Great which was one of the biggest trade centers in old Russia and became the basement of Russian democracy, economy and culture. We will take a trip on the river Volkhov up to the ancient town of Ryurik the first Russian king of Scandinavian origin and see as well the 11th century Yuriev monastery. In the city of Novgorod we will visit the oldest Russian Kremlin where we’ll go up the Kokui tower for the best view and go to the state museum where we’ll get acquainted with the sources of written knowledge – the famous birchbark letters that Novgorod citizens exchanged in 10th-11th century AD.

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Day 3 Novgorod region: 1. Folk Museum of the traditional wooden houses 2. Trip to Saint-Petersburg Continuing to explore the old Russian history and traditions we will visit special village Vitoslavitsy where are gathered best examples of traditional wooden buildings (churches, mills, warehouses, living houses). You could see tradition Russian village of 16th century the way it was, go inside the buildings and take pictures with museum workers wearing traditional clothes and involved in a traditional activity. Day 4 Saint-Petersburg Panoramic city tour: 1. Peter and Paul fortress 2. Vasilievsky island, arrow, Kunstkamera, Senat and Sinod palace 3. Nevsky prospect, Kazan cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood cathedral 4. St. Isaac’s cathedral

We start getting acquainted with the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with visiting the first fortress which was built by tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and it is considered as a year of the city’s foundation. We continue observing 18th century buildings on the Vasilievsky island which was the center of the city at that time. Period of the greatest prosperity of the city as well as the whole empire we could study in the Nevsky prospect area which still is a heart of the city life. We will end our excursion by visiting the most impressive cathedral of the city by climbing the 56 meter colonnade of St. Isaac’s cathedral where we could see the dawn over St. Petersburg. Day 5 Vyborg city: 1. City sightseeing tour 2. Swedish (Olaf’s) castle 3. Mon repos park 21


The Hanseatic city lies in the boundary zone between the East Slavic/Russian and Finnish/Scandinavian worlds and has changed hands several times in history, most recently in 1944 when it was retaken by the Soviet Union from Finland during World War II. Vyborg's most prominent landmark is the Swedish built castle, started in the 13th century and extensively reconstructed in 1891–1894. The Round Tower and the Rathaus Tower date from the mid-16th century. The Viipuri Library by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto is a reference point in the history of modern architecture.

Day 6 1. The Hermitage museum 2. Boat trip over the rivers and channels of the city

The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums of the world, its vast collections include masterpieces of ancient, Renaissance and modern artists as well as the precious objects from all over the world. The Hermitage is a jewel box of the city and we would open it during our visit. St.Petersburg is also called “Venice of the North” due to the quantity of rivers and channels in the city, there are over 300 bridges, some 20 of them can be raised to let the large ships through. We would take a boat trip to have the best view of the city’s aquatic system.

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Day 7 1. Peterhoff palace 2. Fountains Marvelous royal summer palace which was constructed on the bay of Finland shore in the delta of the river Neva, gives the best impression of the Russian nobility life. The famous fountains are well known all over the world and would be the most vivid impression of the long northern summer days. In the evening we will go by the “Sapsan� train to Moscow. Day 8 Moscow 1. Panoramic city tour 2. Excursion to the Kremlin 3. Tretyakov gallery We visit the actual capital of the Russian Federation with its busy life, rich history and world famous buildings. We will see many famous places during the bus city tour and go inside the Kremlin where are taken the most important political decisions in the life of the country. We will also see the masterpieces of Russian artists and sculptors in the Tretyakov gallery who painted mostly in traditional Russian styles to keep the best views of Russia in our hearts! Day 9 (departure day) Free time in Moscow. The last day you will have the chance to spend the time exactly the way you like being in the heart of Russia on your Big Russian Tour.

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Big Russian tour

3 * hotel 4* hotel 5* hotel single double single double single double room per room per room per room per room per room per person person person person person person

2 persons group

2894,54

2223,12

3613,16

2592,46

5737,16

3654,46

3-6 persons group

2705,74

2034,32

3424,36

2403,66

5548,36

3465,66

7-12 persons group

2321,06

1649,64

3039,68

2018,98

5163,68

3080,98 *

*US dollars net price per person

Cost of the tour includes: - Transfers; - Guide; - Museums, parks and shows tickets; - Boat, train tickets; - Hotel; - Breakfasts

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Splendid Saint-Petersburg (10 days/9 nights) 6 nights in Saint-Petersburg, 3 nights in a ferry to Valaam Day 1 (arrival day) TOUR EXPRESS representative will meet you at the point or your arrival and accompany to the hotel. Day 2 Panoramic city tour: 1. Peter and Paul fortress 2. Vasilievsky island, arrow, Kunstkamera, Senat and Sinod palace 3. Nevsky prospect, Kazan cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood cathedral 4. St. Isaac’s cathedral We start getting acquainted with the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with visiting the first fortress which was built by tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and it is considered as a year of the city’s foundation. We continue observing 18th century buildings on the Vasilievsky island which was the center of the city at that time. Period of the greatest prosperity of the city as well as the whole empire we could study in the Nevsky prospect area which still is a heart of the city life. We will end our excursion by visiting the most impressive cathedral of the city by climbing the 56 meter colonnade of St. Isaac’s cathedral where we could see the dawn over St. Petersburg.

Day 3 Oranienbaum city: 1. Count Menshikov’s palace 25


2. 3. 4.

Fortress of Peter III China palace of Catherine the Great Slide

We continue getting acquainted with the history of Saint-Petersburg by going to the adjacent city of Oranienbaum (orange tree). Initially the place belonged to Alexander Menshikov companion and friend of the Russian tsar Peter the Great where all the official political events took part. We will see the unique rococo palace where queen Catherine loved to spend her summer time and the reconstruction of the 570 m slide to have fun during the long Russian winter. Day 4 1. The Hermitage museum 2. Boat trip over the rivers and channels of the city The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums of the world, its vast collections include masterpieces of ancient, Renaissance and modern artists as well as the precious objects from all over the world. The Hermitage is a jewel box of the city and we would open it during our visit. St. Petersburg is also called “Venice of the North” due to the quantity of rivers and channels in the city, there are over 300 bridges, some 20 of them can be raised to let the large ships through. We would take a boat trip to have the best view of the city’s aquatic system. Day 5 1. Pushkin city 2. Catherine palace 3. Folk show Continuing exploration of the most splendid époque in the city’s history we would go to the Pushkin city where is situated one of the most amazing palaces of Russia with its great park. In the Catherine palace we would see the famous amber room which mysteriously disappeared during the World War II. In the evening we would visit the folk show where traditional Russian dance and music are supplemented with delicious Russian cuisine.

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Day 6 1. Peterhoff palace 2. Fountains Marvelous royal summer palace which was constructed on the bay of Finland shore in the delta of the river Neva, gives the best impression of the Russian nobility life. The famous fountains are well known all over the world and would be the most vivid impression of the long northern summer days.

Day 7 1. The Russian museum 2. Trip to the Valaam Island (night on a ferry) St. Petersburg always was and still is the cultural capital of Russia, a home city of the most famous artists, sculptors, writers and composers. We would see the masterpieces of Russian artists in the Russian museum. In the evening we will go to the ferry port to take one to the Valaam Island.

Day 8-9 Island Valaam: 1. Excursion over Valaam Island 2. Churches of Valaam 3. Free time 4. Trip to Saint-Petersburg (night on a ferry) Valaam Island is a heart of the religious life of Russia, situated in the lake Ladoga. It is best known as the site of the 14th century Valaam Monastery and for its natural beauty. The climate and natural history of the island are unique because 27


of its position on Lake Ladoga. More than 480 species of the plants grow on the island, many of which have been cultivated by monks. The island is permanently inhabited by monks and families. Day 10 (departure day) Free time. Last day of the tour would give a nice opportunity to enjoy the city exactly the way you would like to. Magnificent St.Petersburg would always have a special place in your hearts!

Splendid SaintPetersburg tour

3 * hotel 4* hotel 5* hotel single double single double single double room per room per room per room per room per room per person person person person person person

2 persons group

2906,34

2352,92

3806,68

2823,74

6780,28

4310,54

3-6 persons group

2664,44

2111,02

3564,78

2581,84

6538,38

4068,64

7-12 persons group

2266,78

1713,36

3167,12

2184,18

6140,72

3670,98 *

*US dollars net price per person

Cost of the tour includes: - Transfers; - Guide; - Museums, parks and shows tickets; - Boat, train tickets; - Hotel; - Breakfasts - Ferry tour cost (meal included)

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Amazing Russia (13 days/12 nights) 1 night in Saint-Petersburg, 1 night in Novgorod, 7 nights in Saint-Petersburg, 3 nights on a ferry to Valaam Day 1 (arrival day) TOUR EXPRESS representative will meet you at the point or your arrival and accompany to the hotel. Day 2 Novgorod city: 1. Ancient town of Ryurik, Yuriev monastery 2. Novgorod Kremlin, St. Sophia Cathedral, Kokui tower 3. State cultural museum of Novgorod  Night in Novgorod We begin our Big Russian journey with visiting its first capital the city of Novgorod the Great which was one of the biggest trade centers in old Russia and became the basement of Russian democracy, economy and culture. We will take a trip on the river Volkhov up to the ancient town of Ryurik the first Russian king of Scandinavian origin and see as well the 11th century Yuriev monastery. In the city of Novgorod we will visit the oldest Russian Kremlin where we’ll go up the Kokui tower for the best view and go to the state museum where we’ll get acquainted with the sources of written knowledge – the famous birchbark letters that Novgorod citizens exchanged in 10th-11th century AD.

Day 3 Novgorod region: 1. Folk Museum of the traditional wooden houses 2. Trip to Saint-Petersburg

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Continuing to explore old Russian history and traditions we will visit special village Vitoslavitsy where are gathered best examples of traditional wooden buildings (churches, mills, warehouses, living houses). You could see tradition Russian village of 16th century the way it was, go inside the buildings and take pictures with museum workers wearing traditional clothes and involved in a traditional activity. Day 4 Saint-Petersburg Panoramic city tour: 1. Peter and Paul fortress 2. Vasilievsky island, arrow, Kunstkamera, Senat and Sinod palace 3. Nevsky prospect, Kazan cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood cathedral 4. St. Isaac’s cathedral We start getting acquainted with the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with visiting the first fortress which was built by tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and it is considered as a year of the city’s foundation. We continue observing 18th century buildings on the Vasilievsky island which was the center of the city at that time. Period of the greatest prosperity of the city as well as the whole empire we could study in the Nevsky prospect area which still is a heart of the city life. We will end our excursion by visiting the most impressive cathedral of the city by climbing the 56 meter colonnade of St. Isaac’s cathedral where we could see the dawn over St. Petersburg. Day 5 Vyborg city: 1. City sightseeing tour 2. Swedish (Olaf’s) castle 3. Mon repos park The Hanseatic city lies in the boundary zone between the East Slavic/Russian and Finnish/Scandinavian worlds and has changed hands several times in history, most recently in 1944 when it was retaken by the Soviet Union from Finland during World War II. Vyborg's most prominent landmark is the Swedish built castle, started in the 13th century and extensively reconstructed in 1891–1894. The Round Tower and the Rathaus Tower date from the mid-16th century. The Viipuri Library by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto is a reference point in the history of modern architecture. 30


Day 6 Oranienbaum city: 1. Count Menshikov’s palace 2. Fortress of Peter III 3. China palace of Catherine the Great 4. Slide We continue getting acquainted with the history of Saint-Petersburg by going to the adjacent city of Oranienbaum (orange tree). Initially the place belonged to Alexander Menshikov companion and friend of the Russian tsar Peter the Great where all the official political events took part. We will see the unique rococo palace where queen Catherine loved to spend her summer time and the reconstruction of the 570 m slide to have fun during the long Russian winter.

Day 7 1. The Hermitage museum 2. Boat trip over the rivers and channels of the city The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums of the world, its vast collections include masterpieces of ancient, Renaissance and modern artists as well as the precious objects from all over the world. The Hermitage is a jewel box of the city and we would open it during our visit. St. Petersburg is also called “Venice of the North” due to the quantity of rivers and channels in the city, there are over 300 bridges, some 20 of them can be raised to let the large ships through. We would take a boat trip to have the best view of the city’s aquatic system. Day 8 1. Pushkin city 2. Catherine palace 3. Folk show

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Continuing exploration of the most splendid Êpoque in the city’s history we would go to the Pushkin city where is situated one of the most amazing palaces of Russia with its great park. In the Catherine palace we would see the famous amber room which mysteriously disappeared during the World War II. Day 9 1. Peterhoff palace 2. Fountains Marvelous royal summer palace which was constructed on the bay of Finland shore in the delta of the river Neva, gives the best impression of the Russian nobility life. The famous fountains are well known all over the world and would be the most vivid impression of the long northern summer days. Day 10 1. The Russian museum 2. Trip to the Valaam Island (night on a ferry) St. Petersburg always was and still is the cultural capital of Russia, a home city of the most famous artists, sculptors, writers and composers. We would see the masterpieces of Russian artists in the Russian museum. In the evening we will go to the ferry port to take one to the Valaam Island. Day 11-12 Island Valaam: 1. Excursion over Valaam Island 2. Churches of Valaam 3. Free time 4. Trip to Saint-Petersburg (night on a ferry) Valaam Island is a heart of the religious life of Russia, situated in the lake Ladoga. It is best known as the site of the 14th century Valaam Monastery and for its natural beauty. The climate and natural history of the island are unique because of its position on Lake Ladoga. More than 480 species of the plants grow on the island, many of which have been cultivated by monks. The island is permanently inhabited by monks and families.

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Day 13 (departure day) Free time. Last day of the tour would give a nice opportunity to enjoy the city exactly the way you would like to. Magnificent St. Petersburg would always have a special place in your hearts! 3 * hotel 4* hotel 5* hotel single double single double single double Amazing Russia tour room per room per room per room per room per room per person person person person person person 2 persons group

3850,34

3117,56

5007,92

3722,9

8831,12

5634,5

3-6 persons group

3516,4

2783,62

4673,98

3388,96

8497,18

5300,56

7-12 persons group

2933,48

2200,7

4091,06

2806,04

7914,26

4717,64 *

*US dollars net price per person Cost of the tour includes: -

Transfers; Guide; Museums, parks and shows tickets; Boat, train tickets; Hotel; Breakfasts; Ferry tour cost (meal included)

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Adventure in the Northern Russia (12 days/11 nights) 2 nights in Moscow, 4 nights in Saint-Petersburg, 1 night in Vyborg, 4 nights in Yanisyarvi lake hotel Day 1 (arrival day) TOUR EXPRESS representative will meet you at the point or your arrival and accompany to the hotel in Moscow. Day 2 Moscow 1. Panoramic city tour 2. Excursion to the Kremlin We begin our tour with visiting the actual capital of the Russian Federation with its busy life, rich history and world famous buildings. We will see many famous places during the bus city tour and go inside the Kremlin where are taken the most important political decisions in the life of the country. Day 3 1. Tretyakov gallery 2. Trip to Saint-Petersburg

We will see the masterpieces of Russian artists and sculptors in the Tretyakov gallery who painted mostly in traditional Russian styles to keep the best views of Russia in our hearts! In the evening you will take the “Sapsan” train to SaintPetersburg.

Day 4 Saint-Petersburg panoramic city tour: 1. Peter and Paul fortress 2. Vasilievsky island, arrow, Kunstkamera, Senat and Sinod palace 3. Nevsky prospect, Kazan cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood cathedral 4. St. Isaac’s cathedral 34


We start getting acquainted with the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with visiting the first fortress which was built by tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and it is considered as a year of the city’s foundation; We continue observing 18th century buildings on the Vasilievsky island which was the center of the city at that time; Period of the greatest prosperity of the city as well as the whole empire we could study in the Nevsky prospect area which still is a heart of the city life; We will end our excursion by visiting the most impressive cathedral of the city by climbing the 56 meter colonnade of St. Isaac’s cathedral where we could see the dawn over St. Petersburg. Day 5 1. The Hermitage museum 2. Boat trip over the rivers and channels of the city The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums of the world, its vast collections include masterpieces of ancient, Renaissance and modern artists as well as the precious objects from all over the world. The Hermitage is a jewel box of the city and we would open it during our visit; St. Petersburg is also called “Venice of the North” due to the quantity of rivers and channels in the city, there are over 300 bridges, some 20 of them can be raised to let the large ships through. We would take a boat trip to have the best view of the city’s aquatic system. Day 6 1. Peterhoff palace 2. Fountains 3. Mariinsky Theatre (optional) Marvelous royal summer palace which was constructed on the bay of Finland shore in the delta of the river Neva, gives the best impression of the Russian nobility life; The famous fountains are well known all over the world and would be the most vivid impression of the long northern summer days. Day 7 Vyborg city: 1. City sightseeing tour 2. Swedish (Olaf’s) castle 3. Mon repos park • Night in Vyborg 35


The Hanseatic city lies in the boundary zone between the East Slavic/Russian and Finnish/Scandinavian worlds and has changed hands several times in history, most recently in 1944 when it was retaken by the Soviet Union from Finland during World War II. Vyborg's most prominent landmark is the Swedish built castle, started in the 13th century and extensively reconstructed in 1891–1894. The Round Tower and the Rathaus Tower date from the mid-16th century. The Viipuri Library by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto is a reference point in the history of modern architecture.

Day 8 Yanisyarvi lake: 1. Transfer from Vyborg 2. Accommodation in the hotel 3. Free time Lake Yanisyarvi is a lake in the Republic of Karelia, Russia, located north of and draining to Lake Ladoga. The basin of this somewhat circular lake was formed by meteorite impact 700 million years ago during the Cryogenian period. The crater is 14 kilometers in diameter. Day 9 Island Valaam: 1. Excursion over Valaam Island 2. Churches of Valaam 3. Free time Valaam Island is a heart of the religious life of Russia, situated in the lake Ladoga. It is best known as the site of the 14th century Valaam Monastery and for its natural beauty. The climate and natural history of the island are unique because of its position on Lake Ladoga. More than 480 species of the plants grow on the island, many of which have been cultivated by monks. The island is permanently inhabited by monks and families.

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Day 10 Lake Yanisyarvi: 1. Excursion on the motor boat over the lake 2. Marble Canyon excursion 3. Ruskeal waterfalls During this day you will get acquainted with the whole area of the lake as well as the unique reserved corners of Karelia: famous Ruskeal-skiye Waterfalls, fantastic marble lakes. Day 11 Lake Yanisyarvi: Free day Spending the day in Karelia you will have a great opportunity enjoy the unique northern nature, go camping, hiking, fishing or hunting with professional instructors according your personal preferences.

Day 12 DEPARTURE DAY Transfer from Yanisyarvi lake to Saint-Petersburg with a stopover for a dinner in a restaurant of Saint-Petersburg. Amazing beauty of the Northern Russia will remain in your hearts!

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3 * hotel 4* hotel 5* hotel Adventure in the single double single double single double room per room per room per room per room per room per Northern Russia tour person person person person person person 2 persons group

3670,98

2726,98

4275,14

3416,1

6009,74

4327,06

3-6 persons group

3416,1

2472,1

4020,26

3161,22

5754,86

4072,18

7-12 persons group

2986,58

2042,58

3590,74

2731,7

5325,34

3642,66

*US dollars net price per person Cost of the tour includes: Transfers; Guide; Museums, parks and shows tickets; Boat, train tickets; Hotel; Breakfasts; Gardarika hotel in Karelia (meal included)

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Astonishing Kamchatka adventure (7 days/6 nights) 4 nights in Paratunka recreation base, 1 night in a camping base, 1 night in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky hotel Day 1 (arrival day) 1. Transfer to Paratunka village 2. Accommodation in a hotel 3. Bathing in an open swimming-pool with thermal water under the open sky 4. Acclimatization rest

Our representative will meet you at the airport of Elizovo town and accompany to the Paratunka village. The territory of Paratunka is famous for the hot geothermal springs all over Russia and abroad. Several health resorts and a great number of recreation bases function nowadays. Here you will have a wonderful possibility to relax the best way due to the recovering effect of the thermal water. Day 2 1. Helicopter flight to the Valley of Geysers 2. Walking tour in The Valley of Geysers with landing in the Caldera of Uzon volcano (2 hrs) 3. Walking tour in Vostochny thermal field (1 hr) 4. Flight around Karymsky and Maly Semyachik volcanoes 5. Helicopter flight to the Nalychevo nature park 6. Bathing in a thermal springs 7. Return to the recreation base by helicopter The Valley of Geysers is a unique natural site located in the Kronotsky Reserve in a vast gorge and the river Geysernaya flows along it. All forms of geothermal activity can be found here within 6 kilometers, including active pulsing boiling springs, hot lakes, mud pots, and small volcanoes, steam jets, hot fields, and, of course, geysers. Diameter of the biggest geyser Velikan (“Giant�) is up to 3 meters; the blast of water while erupting reaches 30 meters height. Karymsky volcano (1536 m) is located in the central part of the Eastern volcanic belt of Kamchatka. Nowadays it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world

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with 20 eruptions for the last 215 years. The latest eruption started on 2nd January 1996 and is still going on. Each 5-15 minutes it throws out gas and ash 300-1000 meters above its crater.

Day 3 1. Departure to Levaya Avacha river 2. Rafting on the river 3. Fishing 4. Lunch 5. Transfer to Paratunka recreation base During the river rafting you will have an unforgettable experience of combining a physical activity with sightseeing and fishing. An experienced instructor will accompany you throughout all the river trip and instruct you on the safety rules. Here you could go fishing (Arctic Char, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Grayling) for all your prey will be cooked specially for you on the way. Back to the recreation base you could enjoy swimming in a pool with thermal water. Day 4 1. Excursion to the volcano Mutnovskiy 2. Optional excursion to Kurilskoye lake by helicopter 3. Night in a base camp An interesting excursion to the Mutnovskiy volcano with the best sightseeing and outdoors activity accompanied by professional guides and instructors. You will see the volcano Ksudach (1,079 m) – a monument of nature, a truncated cone with a bowl 18 by 22 kilometers, depth of 600 meters. For those who would choose the optional excursion to Kurilskoye lake (1,5 hr) by helicopter, there will open a wonderful view over salmon and bears, in their natural habitat. You will also fly by helicopter to stop for a bathe in the thermal 40


hot water of the Khodutka river. Khodutka hot springs contain a large amount of silicic acid and are considered to be the best natural treatment. Then you will fly back to the volcanic plateau at the foot of Mutnovsky volcano and set up a tent base camp.

Day 5 1. Trekking to the crater of active Mutnovsky volcano 2. Excursion in the volcano crater 3. Departure to Paratunka village 4. Accommodation at a recreation base The trekking will take about 3-4 hours but that will give you an unforgettable experience. The path goes across vast perennial snowfields and a narrow canyon - breach in the volcano crater. You will have a lunch on the way. Mutnovsky volcano (2323 m) is one of the biggest volcanoes in the south of Kamchatka. A majestic picture of an active crater will open to you from the top of the volcano. After the latest earthquake of 2000, a huge glacier in the crater of Mutnovsky volcano partially melted, forming a crater lake of deep-turquoise color. It freezes in winter and melts in late July, stripping its surface from the shield ice. Day 6 1. Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski 2. Boat-trip in Avacha bay to Starichkov 3. Lunch on the boat 4. Transfer to the recreation base The boat-trip will take approximately 6 hours when you will have a chance to watch the marine birds, sea fish, seals, kalans (sea otter), fur seals and perhaps beautiful killer-whales! A great number of birds are nesting on the island, such 41


as red-faced cormorant, glaucous-winged gull, fulmar, tufted puffin, pigeon guillemot and many others. These islands are also the place of habitat for a rare sea-eagle, the biggest eagle in the world. All this and a majestic panorama of Avacha bay with a crown of Viluchinsky volcano top will leave in your heart an incredible impression!

Day 6 1. Visit to a fish market 2. Transfer to the airport 3. Departure Astonishing

Double room

Kamchatka adventure tour

accomodation

min. 5 persons group

4365,62

optional tour

996,87

*

*US dollars net price per person Cost of the tour includes: - accommodation at a recreation base in Paratunka village (DBL, BB); - guide; - cook service; - board en route; - excursions according to the program; - transfers according to the program; - insurance; - tickets.

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Cost of the tour excludes: - air tickets to Kamchatka and back; - extra nights in a hotel; - extra transfer and excursions; - insurance; - alcoholic beverages. Bring: - a backpack for hiking (45 liters); - comfortable clothes for a back-packing; - tourist trekking boots; - warm waterproof jacket with a hood; - warm waterproof trousers; - thermal underwear Power Stretch; - warm sweater; - gloves, warm mittens; - warm hat; - cap or panama; - extra underwear; - bathing and swimming accessories; - sitting flat pad to sit on rocks and slag; - units of personal hygiene; - personal first aid kit; - sun-glasses; - headlight and spare batteries; - sun-protective cream and after tan cream; - mosquitoes repellent; - photo and video camera; - copies of the documents in a water-proof pack.

Tourists carry their personal gear by themselves.

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Literary Russia (8 days/7 nights) 4 nights in Saint-Petersburg, 2 nights in Pskov, 1 night in Saint-Petersburg Day 1 (arrival day) TOUR EXPRESS representative will meet you at the point or your arrival and accompany to the hotel. Day 2 Saint-Petersburg Panoramic city tour: 1. Peter and Paul fortress 2. Vasilievsky island, arrow, Kunstkamera, Senat and Sinod palace 3. Nevsky prospect, Kazan cathedral, Saviour on the spilled blood cathedral 4. St. Isaac’s cathedral We start getting acquainted with the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with visiting the first fortress which was built by tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and it is considered as a year of the city’s foundation. We continue observing 18th century buildings on the Vasilievsky island which was the center of the city at that time. Period of the greatest prosperity of the city as well as the whole empire we could study in the Nevsky prospect area which still is a heart of the city life. We will end our excursion by visiting the most impressive cathedral of the city by climbing the 56 meter colonnade of St. Isaac’s cathedral where we could see the dawn over St. Petersburg. Day 3 1. The Hermitage museum 2. Boat trip over the rivers and channels of the city The Hermitage is one of the biggest museums of the world, its vast collections include masterpieces of ancient, Renaissance and modern artists as well as the precious objects from all over the world. The Hermitage is a jewel box of the city and we would open it during our visit. 44


St. Petersburg is also called “Venice of the North” due to the quantity of rivers and channels in the city, there are over 300 bridges, some 20 of them can be raised to let the large ships through. We would take a boat trip to have the best view of the city’s aquatic system. Day 4 1. Pushkin city 2. Catherine palace 3. A. Pushkin’s lyceum Continuing exploration of the most splendid époque in the city’s history we would go to the Pushkin city where is situated one of the most amazing palaces of Russia with its great park. In the Catherine palace we would see the famous amber room which mysteriously disappeared during the World War II. Afterwards you will visit the Alma Mater of one of the most famous Russian poets Alexander Pushkin.

Day 5 1. Dostoyevsky museum 2. Raskolnikov walking tour  Night in Pskov St. Petersburg is a home city of one of the most well-known writers in the world – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, almost in all of his books we recognize the city’s streets and yards, rivers and facades, shadows and mysteries. We would visit the museum of Dostoyevsky in his old apartments and have a walking tour over the places that were described in one of his most famous books “Crime and Punishment”. In the evening we will take a train to Pskov city.

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Day 6 1. Mikhailovskoye manor house 2. Petrovskoye manor house 3. Sviatogirski monastery We start our day with visiting the manor house of Pushkin’s family MIkhailovskoye. Here you find everything the same as the first day when Pushkin got here the first time in 1817. Here many of his famous masterpieces were written, for the calmness and the beauty of the place inspire people for the best deeds. Another family manor house belonged to Abram Hannnibal – famous grandfather of Pushkin and companion of tsar Peter the Great. Sviatogirski monastery is one of the largest and richest monastery of that time, here is the tomb of the Russian great poet A. Pushkin.

Day 7 1. Panoramic city tour in Pskov 2. Visit of the Pskov’s kremlin 3. Trip to Saint-Petersburg  Night in Saint-Petersburg Pskov still preserves much of its medieval walls, built from the 13th century on. By the 14th century, the town functioned as the capital of a de-facto sovereign republic. Its most powerful force was the merchants who brought the town into the Hanseatic League. Within the walls of the Kremlin rises the 78 m-tall Trinity Cathedral, founded in 1138 and rebuilt in the 1690s. Pskov is exceedingly rich in tiny, squat, picturesque churches, dating mainly from the 15th and the 16th centuries.

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Day 8 (departure day) Free time. Last day of the tour would give a nice opportunity to enjoy the city exactly the way you would like to. Literary St. Petersburg would always have a special place in your hearts!

Literary Russia

3 * hotel 4* hotel 5* hotel single double single double single double room per room per room per room per room per room per person person person person person person

2 persons group

2437,88

1952,9

3080,98

2289,2

5204,98

3351,2

3-6 persons group

2256,16

1771,18

2899,26

2107,48

5023,26

3169,48

7-12 persons group

1916,32

1431,34

2559,42

1767,64

4683,42

2829,64 *

*US dollars net price per person Cost of the tour includes: Transfers; Guide; Museums and parks tickets; Boat, train tickets; Hotel; Breakfasts.

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