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Capital of Russia: Moscow

Official Language: Russian is the official language used all over the country but the Constitution gives the individual republics the right to make their native language co-official next to Russian.

Population: 141,927,297 as of 2013

Currency: Ruble (RUB)

Time zone:  GMT +2 to +11

Calling Code: +7

Climate: Early summer and autumn are many people's favorite periods for visiting Russia. By May the snow has usually disappeared and temperatures are pleasant, while the golden autumnal colors of September and early October can be stunning. July and August are the warmest months and the main holiday season for both foreigners and Russians. They're also the dampest months in much of European Russia, with as many as one rainy day in three.

Religion: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism are Russia's traditional religions. 63% considered themselves Russian Orthodox, 6% Muslim and less than 1% considered themselves either Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant or Jewish.

Saint Basil's Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral has been among the top tourist attractions in Russia. It is not the building’s interior artifacts that attract visitors, but rather the cathedral’s distinctive architecture. Designed to resemble the shape of a bonfire in full flame, the architecture is not only unique to the period in which it was built but to any subsequent period. There is no other structure on earth quite like St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Moscow Kremlin
The Kremlin is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Moscow. Home to the nation’s top governmental offices, the walled enclosure also houses four cathedrals built in the 15th and 16th century as well as several notable museums.

Lake Baikal
The lake is considered one of the clearest lakes in the world. Known as the Pearl of Siberia, Lake Baikal is home to several resorts, making the area a popular vacation destination.

St Sophia Cathedral, Novgorod
Located in Novgorod, Russia’s oldest city, Saint Sophia Cathedral is situated within the grounds of the city’s Kremlin. Standing 125 feet high and adorned with five spectacular domes, the cathedral is the oldest church building in Russia.

Trans-Siberian Railway
Part of the longest railway system in the world, the classic Trans-Siberian railway runs from Moscow to Vladivostok, a city near Russia’s borders with China and North Korea.

Useful Tips: The typical greeting is a firm, almost bone-crushing handshake while maintaining direct eye contact and giving the appropriate greeting for  the time of day. When men shake hands with women, the handshake is less firm. Gift giving using takes place between family and close friends on birthdays, New Year, and Orthodox Christmas. Do not give yellow flowers. Do not give a baby gift until after the baby is born. It is bad luck to do so sooner.


Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
Arrival to Moscow, Meeting with local English speaking guide.
Transfer to hotel  for check in & Overnight.

Day 2: Moscow (B/L/D)
After breakfast in hotel meeting with a local English guide in hotel’s lobby
City tour of Moscow with visiting The Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Lubyanskaya Square, the KGB Headquarters building, the Novodevichy Convent, the Sparrow Hills, the panoramic view of Moscow. Lunch and dinner served in Local restaurant. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 3: Moscow – St. Petersburg (B/L/D)
After breakfast meeting with local English speaking guide
Visit of Novodevichy Convent, It is  the best-known cloister of Moscow. It was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Novodevichy Convent was founded in 1524 by  Grand Prince Vasili  in commemoration of the conquest of Smolensk in 1514. Lunch at local restaurant. Then proceed with visit to Tretiakov Galery. It is an art gallery in Moscow  the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world. Dinner at restaurant and transfer to railway station for an overnight train to St. Petersburg.

Day 4: Arrival St. Petersburg (B/L/D)
Arrival to St.Petersburg, meeting with local English guide, City tour of St. Petersburg  with visit to Peter and Paul Fortress - A monument of military engineering and architecture, the Peter and Paul Fortress is the historical nucleus of St. Petersburg around which the construction of the city began. In 1924 a museum was opened here and in 1956 the main structures of the fortress were turned over to the Museum of the History of Leningrad. In 1993 the Peter and Paul Fortress was given the official status of a historical and cultural reserve
Lunch and dinner served in local restaurant. Transfer to hotel. Overnight.

Day 5: St. Petersburg (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit of Hermitage museum. The State Hermitage  is a museun of art and culture in S.Petersburg. One of the largest and oldest museums of the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along  Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
Lunch at local restaurant then continue visit to St. Isaak Cathedral. Its one of the finest monuments of the XIXth century, the former principal cathedral of the Russian capital, the largest cathedral in the city able to accommodate about 13 000 audience.

Day 6: St. Petersburg – Departure (B)
After breakfast, spend time free at leisure until time for departure.


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