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RUSSIA Jewels of the Russian Capitals 6 nights from £1379^ Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £20 if not required§ Discover the decadence of the Tsars on this highlight-packed, introductory tour of Russia's grandest cities. Prepare to be amazed by the riches of the Russian royalty at the Kremlin, admire exquisite works of art at the Tretyakov Gallery and Hermitage Museum, and marvel at the opulence of Catherine Palace... Moscow's Red Square ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Moscow. Fly to Moscow and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Holiday Inn Tagansky or similar locally rated 4-star hotel for your first three nights in this bustling city. Moscow is a city of enormous opulence where historic, iconic and cultural monuments mingle with modern businesses and bustling boulevards linked by a veritable spider's web of Metro lines and monorails. D Day 2: Moscow. Today you will explore the Moscow Kremlin and tour the city, seeing Red Square and iconic St Basil's Cathedral with its highly decorative 'onion' domes. This evening you may have the chance to attend a national folklore show ­ a music, drama and dance extravaganza (mid June to mid September). B, D Day 3: Moscow. This morning you'll visit the Tretyakov Gallery, home to an important collection of pre-revolutionary Russian art. An optional excursion visits the opulent stations of the Moscow Metro. B, D Day 4: Moscow-St Petersburg. Take a high-speed Sapsan train journey through the scenic Russian countryside this afternoon to St Petersburg, the `Venice of the North'. When Peter the Great founded the city ­ named not in vanity but after his patron saint ­ in 1703, he wanted it to be European in style as a `window to the west'. As a result it is quite unlike other Russian cities, especially Moscow, as you'll discover during your three-night stay here at the locally-rated 4-star Sokos Olympia Garden or similar hotel. B, D Day 5: St Petersburg. Today you will visit the Hermitage Museum ­ a combination of four interconnecting palaces with around 365 rooms of exhibits! Also enjoy a tour of the city with a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress where historic buildings jostle around the magnificent Peter and Paul Cathedral with its towering yellow spire. Later there may be the chance to see a folklore show (mid Sept-mid June) or perhaps a ballet (selected departures only). B, D Day 6: St Petersburg. Head to the imperial estate of Pushkin, originally known as Tsarskoe Selo. In the 18th century two huge, ornate palaces were built with landscaped gardens created around them. One is the eye-wateringly opulent Catherine Palace, a gift to Catherine I. Tour the grounds and interior with a fascinating room-by-room headset commentary. The highlight is bound to be the famous Amber Room, decorated with engraved amber panels, jewelled mosaics and gilded wooden carvings. B, D Day 7: St Petersburg-UK. This morning you are free to do as you please in this magical city, or you might like to join an optional trip to Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Known as the 'Russian Versailles', it features exquisite palaces set among landscaped gardens dotted with more than 175 fountains. Later transfer to the airport for your return flight home. B Please note: The itinerary running order may differ and optional excursions must be booked in advance. Our Travel Consultants will confirm which excursions are available when you call to book. St. Petersburg Russia nights in hotel Moscow Extend your holiday St Petersburg 2 nights from £329. Including breakfasts and the services of your Tour Manager. See more of the city at the end of your tour. Single room supplement (per person): from £160. Please call for details. 164 To book, please visit your Travel Agent