Itinerary Details

Upon your arrival in Moscow, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative, and you will be transferred to the hotel.

Note: only 2 group airport transfers are included in the price. Additional transports can be arranged at an extra cost.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, before meeting with the rest of the group for dinner.

Recommended restaurant: Café Pushkin (cost not included in the price).
Accommodation in Moscow: Novotel Moscow Center/Park Inn Sadu (or similar)

After breakfast, you will embark on an exploration of the Russian capital, passing by its most notable landmarks. You will start with a Panoramic Moscow city tour that will last about two hours before you reach the Kremlin, where you will visit both the grounds and the cathedrals.

Moscow Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin is regarded as a symbol of the Russian statehood, its hill becoming the central sightseeing spot for all visitors. After all, the architectural ensemble “The Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square” is included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
You will visit the Armory Chamber, several cathedrals (like the Assumption, the Archangel's and Annunciation cathedrals, the Church of Laying Our Lady's Holy Robe, the Patriarch's Palace with the Twelve Apostles' Church and the Ivan the Great Bell-Tower complex), as well as the exhibition halls in the Assumption Belfry and the One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace.
The history of the museum itself is exciting, as it covers almost 300 years, including periods of prosperity and rapid development with museum and research activities, periods of heroic struggles to save this national treasure, and periods of stagnation, followed by revival.

Red Square and GUM
The Red Square has been for centuries and remains to this day the heart and soul of Russia. Few places in the world carry such historical weight and value. From the 16th-century St. Basil's Cathedral – one of the most renowned edifices in the world – tot he constructivist pyramid of Lenin's Mausoleum, the Red Square is rich in symbols of Russia's turbulent and intriguing past.

GUM (pronounced as “goom”) is the Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin (i.e., the "main universal store") and represents the leading department store chain found in many cities of the former Soviet Union. Moscow GUM (known until the 1920s as The Upper Trading Rows) is the most famous of all. The building was erected between 1890 and 1893, its façade extending for 242 m along the eastern side of the Red Square. The trapezoidal edifice features an interesting combination of Russian medieval architecture and a steel framework with a glass roof: a style similar to the great 19th-century train stations of London.

Moscow Metro
After a brief break for lunch, you will head to the Moscow Metro, which is generally acknowledged as the most beautiful public underground transport system in the world. It is a real subterranean city including palaces decorated with marble, bronze, granite and gilt, as well as modern stations.

Bunker 42 (65 m underground)
«Bunker – 42» is an underground fortification facility, located in downtown Moscow. Right after the invention of the nuclear bomb by the USA, the USSR government developed its own nuclear weapons, while building bunkers for protection in case of an attack.

Bunker 42 was built at an accelerated pace by the best specialists of the “Metro stroy” company. The soil was excavated through four mines that had been used earlier for the construction of the Moscow subway stations.
Critical operations, like the command center of the long-range air force, had to be transferred there so that they would remain safe in case of war. Today, the bunker has turned into a monument and a museum, with thousands of people visiting it every day, to remember the stressful days of the Cold War and be grateful for the fact that a nuclear war was finally averted.

Kostroma Folk show concert
In the evening, at 7:30 pm, you will attend the Russian National Dance Show “Kostroma”, which runs daily from mid-June to mid-September and reveals details of the history of Russia and the life of its people. Important historical milestones from the origins of the country, its tsar period and the 20th-century USSR, along with traditions and customs of its multicultural population, from the Far North to the southern steppes, the mountains of the Caucasus and Central Russia, all will unfold in front of your eyes with the help of numerous talented performers.
The show elegantly combines lyrical sketches with folkloric elements and details from ancient Russian epics. With 50 dancers on stage, outstanding acting, 15 reincarnations, 10 tons of freight, 600 unique costumes, 300 items of props, and 8 sets changes, the “Kostroma” show will give you a glimpse of the culture of Russia, helping you to connect at a profound level with the soul of this powerful and vast country.

Accommodation in Moscow: Novotel Moscow Center/Park Inn Sadu (or similar)

After breakfast, you will head to the railway station to take the Sapsan train to St Petersburg. The ride will last for about 4 hours (business class - breakfast//lunch included).

Upon your arrival at St Petersburg (at around 3 pm), you will be welcomed by your new guide, and you will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax until your evening walking tour.

St Petersburg is the second-largest city in Russia, and, given its beauty, it is also known as “The Northern Venice”, “Palmyra of the North” and “The Northern Capital”. Since 1712 and for 200 years, St Petersburg was the capital of the Russian empire, its stunning buildings created by the best Russian and European architects who combined most elegantly all the architectural trends of their time. The whole city is an open-air museum.

Accommodation in St. Petersburg: Dostoevsky/ Demetra 4* (or similar)

You will begin the day with an exciting Segway tour around St Petersburg center (duration: 2 hours).

You will explore the most famous sights of the city while using the best alternative mode of transport after bus or foot. A professional guide will help you on the way.
You will start from the Konnogvardeysky boulevard, passing by The Senate and the Synod buildings, right to the famous statue ofPeter I: «The Bronze Horseman». You will continue towards the Twelve Colleges building, across the Admiralteyskaya Embankment of River Neva, the University Embankment architectural complex, the Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange and the Rostral Columns. Further down, by the Hermitage building, you will pass by the famous Atlantes and the Palace Square, where you will see the Alexander Column, the General Staff Building and the Admiralty, reaching the Church on the Spilled Blood. In the end, you will pass by the Arts Square and the Russian Museum, heading to the Kazan Cathedral: the most fabulous cultic memorial building in Saint-Petersburg.

At 1:15 pm, you will head to Peterhoff by hydrofoil. It departs from the city center and travels along the Finnish Gulf (a 40-min ride) until it reaches the Park of Peterhoff, where you will spend the next couple of hours.

Modern Petrodvorets, former Petergof, is sometimes compared to the Versailles, though it surpasses the French palace grounds in quantity of water, architectural variations and fountain engineering technologies.
Besides its beauty, it also has a fascinating history. The first palace was established in 1714 by order of Peter the Great, who made the first drawings and designs. In 1723, the opening ceremony took place. The second phase of construction was carried out in the 1730s. During WWII, Petergof was occupied and badly damaged by the Nazis, however, with the help of thousands of volunteers, it was re-opened in June 1945.

At 5 pm, you will return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation in St. Petersburg: Dostoevsky/ Demetra 4* (or similar).

Your kayaking adventure will start very early in the morning, before breakfast. You will meet your guide at 5:30 am, and you will head to the Griboedov canal for a magnificent exploration, surrounded by the crisp morning air and the serenity of a city that is just awakening. The views will be gorgeous as the blades of the paddles dip smoothly into the water, the kayak bows cut through the calm surface, and the Golden Griffins and the pillars of the Kazan Cathedral slowly come into view.

By 9 am, you will return to the hotel for breakfast and a day of relaxation until 6 pm when you will embark on a culinary tour. The tour will take you through the Eliseev's Historical market, with dinner at a local restaurant and a moonshine tastingor a culinary masterclass.

In the center of St.Petersburg, at the corner of Nevsky Prospekt and Malaya Sadovaya Street, there is the famous, oldest Russian gastronome: Eliseevy Merchants’ Shop. There, you can find fish and meat delicacies, exquisite alcohol, fragrant spices, natural oils and dressings, French desserts, handcrafted chocolate and an in-house bakery.
The Kupetz Eliseevs Food Hall offered a wonderful gift to the city: a beautiful showcase with moving characters from the Nutcracker fairy tale. The dolls were created by the famous artist Mikhail Shemyakin. The main facade of the Kupetz Eliseevs Food Hall adorns the Nevsky Prospekt, causing the admiration of locals and visitors alike. The building itself is an excellent example of Art Nouveau, and was designed on the one hand to show the wealth of the Eliseev family and, on the other, to attract customers The stained-glass window on the Nevsky side of the building covers several floors and gives the impression of one extensive showcase. Light from Nevsky Prospekt falls into the Kupetz Eliseevs Food Hall through the colored, stained-glass windows, while crystal chandeliers also illuminate the rooms.

Accommodation in St. Petersburg: Dostoevsky/ Demetra 4* (or similar)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back home.

Note: 2 groups airport transfers are included in the price. Additional transports can be arranged at an extra cost.