Best of Russia

Russia, EUROPE

DAY 01
Welcome aboard Thomas Cook’s tour to Russia. Orientation tour of Moscow.
Bon voyage! Today you are off on your exciting tour to Russia with Thomas Cook, as you board your flight to Moscow – the capital of Russia. On arrival proceed to your conveniently located hotel on your own. Check in post 1400 hrs. ( Please reconfirm with your travel agent for exact timings and details about your tour, hotels and meeting place with the tour manager). Freshen up and relax in the comfort of your hotel room. This evening enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at a restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Delta/Holiday Inn/Park Inn or similar, in Moscow.

DAY 02
Guided tour of Moscow. See the famous Russian circus.
After a buffet breakfast this morning, sit back in your coach as we proceed on a guided tour of this marvelous city along with a local English speaking guide. Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world and has always made an impression on its visitors. Here you will see the St. Basil’s Cathedral located on the Red Square, White house, Christ the Saviour Cathedral. This afternoon, enjoy a delicious Indian meal for lunch. Later in the evening you have some free time to explore the city on your own before you join us to see a spectacular Circus which will leave you awestruck. Tonight, enjoy a hot Indian dinner before you return back to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Delta/Holiday Inn/Park Inn or similar, in Moscow.

DAY 03
See the famous Kremlin and the Cathedral Square. Onto St. Petersburg – home to some of the most stunning architecture in Russia. Enjoy a boat ride today in the evening.
This morning after a buffet breakfast at the hotel, check-out and proceed to the centre of the Political life in Russia – Kremlin where you see the Kremlin Wall, the fascinating cathedrals and the Cathedral Square. You can also admire The Grand Kremlin Palace that was the Tsars’ Palace in the past and is the government residence at the present. Today Indian lunch will be provided. Later proceed to the station to board your train to St. Petersburg. On arrival, we take you to the hotel and check-in. Today, enjoy a boat ride on River Neva in St. Petersburg. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore the city on your own. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous Indian dinner.
Overnight at Hotel Moskva/Holiday Inn/Park Inn or similar, in St. Petersburg.

DAY 04
Guided tour of St. Petersburg. Visit the famous Hermitage Museum.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, sit back in your coach as we take you on a guided tour of St. Petersburg, Russia’s Northern capital and also known as the Venice of the North. This city is laid out with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, tree-lined avenues and beautiful bridges. Here you will see the Peter and Paul fortress, the famous dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral which dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and its gilded cupola can be seen glittering from all over the city. Next, you will see the famous Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood. You will also drive past the Palace square – heart of the city with its dominant Alexander Column, The Bronze Horseman which is an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg, Peter the Great and many such interesting sites. This afternoon, enjoy a hot Indian lunch. We then take you to the world famous Hermitage Museum located on the bank of the Neva River. This Baroque-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive attraction. The green-and white three-storey palace boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public. The Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the largest and most respected art museums in the world. Tonight, enjoy a hot Indian dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Moskva/Holiday Inn/Park Inn or similar, in St. Petersburg.

Day 05
Visit Pushkin to see the beautiful Catherine Palace. Onto Helsinki – the city of four seasons.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, checkout and sit back in your coach as we drive to Pushkin, a town which is situated just outside St. Petersburg. This town is mainly famous for its impressive baroque Catherine Palace, where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. The Palace is famous for housing the world famous Amber Room, a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Today lunch will be provided. Next we take a train to Helsinki – the Finnish Capital. On arrival, check-in to your hotel and relax. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn or similar in Helsinki.

 

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Price: $1200

Package Includes:

4 nights in Russia

  • A complete all-inclusive tour at an honest price with maximum quality sightseeing and mminimum traveling time
  • Delicious unlimited Indian Jain / vegetarian / non vegetarian meals included
  • Enjoy daily Continental buffet breakfast
  • Guided city tour of Moscow
  • See the Kremlin and Cathedrals
  • Guided city tour of St Petersburg
  • Enjoy a boat ride on River Neva in St. Petersburg
  • Visit one the world’s largest and oldest museums, the Hermitage museum
  • Visit the Rococo styled Catherine palace, former home of the Russian Tsars
  • Visit the world famous Russian circus in Moscow
  • Professional, friendly, multilingual and experienced Indian Tour Managers travelling with you throughout your tour in Europe

Available Attractions:

City and Temples Tour

Marvel the statues of Golden Buddha and Reclining Buddha. This you can also opt to enjoy Siam Niramit Show, one of the largest stage production in the world of Thai arts - listed in the Guinness World Records

Coral Islands

Enjoy a beach excursion and sail across the sparkling water to the offshore island blessed with beautiful sandy white beaches and corals

Spice Tours

Guaranteed to waken your senses. Visit spice plantations where you will have the opportunity to pick, smell & savour fruit & spices that you have probably never seen on the supermarket shelf. Commencing at the ruins of the Maruhubi Palace, via the site of David Livingston’s house (one of Africa’s greatest explorers) the journey continues north toward the Kidichi Persian Baths. From here we continue to the rural areas where local farmers live & produce some of the world’s most exotic fruit and spices. Cloves, star fruit, ‘bulls heart’, tangerine trees, lemon grass, mangosteen and lip-stick trees, to name but a few, are what you can expect to see – according to the seasons. Perhaps you will fancy buying a basket of freshly picked spices to take home with you!

Jozani Forest Tour

Jozani Forest lies about 35 km southeast of Zanzibar township in Zanzibar’s South Region. It is the only remaining natural forest on Unguja Island (which along with Pemba make up the islands of Zanzibar). The forest which covers an area of 10 sq km consists of woodland, swamp forest and evergreen forest. It provides an important refuge for the remaining Ungula fauna such as the rare red colobus monkey, small Zanzibar leopard and two antelope species: the Zanzibar duicker and sunni.

Bawe Tropical Island

In 1879, Bawe Island was given by Seyid Barghash bin Seyid, 3rd Omani Sultan of Zanzibar, to the Eastern Telegraph Company to be used as the operations station for the underwater telegraphic cable linking Cape Town with Zanzibar, Seychelles and Aden. The agreement was extended ten years later, in 1889, by the next Sultan, Seyid Khalifa bin Seyid. To accommodate the Cable & Wireless staff, Bungalows were built on the island, which were used also to host weekend parties when other town-based staff would visit and enjoy the beach with their families. Bawe is renowned for its breathtaking marine life, making it a popular site for both snorkelling and scuba diving.

Dolphin Tour

This half day tour takes you to kizimkazi along south-west coast of Zanzibar, upon arrival at the fishing village Kizimkazi you will have a brief talk about the behaviors and different types of dolphins before proceeding to the dolphins locations with 80% chances to see them. There is a fair chance you will get to play and swim with them, returning to the sea shore in the afternoon. Several bottle-nose dolphins stay at Kizimkazi all year-round. There are also rather shyer humpback dolphins that put in an appearance here, although their schedule is a little more erratic.

Nungwi Coastal Excursion

North coast tour. This trip leads you through one spice farm, Mangapwani Slave Caves and Chambers, and on to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Nungwi. The most wonderful place to relax and unwind after the dust and humidity of Stone Town. Pack your swimwear and enjoy a cool drink in paradise.

Sunset Dhow Cruise

This tour starts an hour before sunset. You are picked up from your hotel and transferred to the drop off point at the sea front, where you then board the dhow. The skilled crew on board take the dhow about 1 km from the shore by means of an engine. Once out at sea the engine is shut off and during a tense moment the skillful crew hoist the sail, then you can sit and relax enjoying the peacefulness of the ocean as the dhow glides through the water. You can watch the wonder of the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon, whilst savouring a glass of chilled wine.

Deep Sea Fishing

Forget fishing in a modern fishing vessel with the latest in reels and rods and fighting chairs. We offer you the unique opportunity to sail out to sea with a Zanzibari fisherman and see what ‘fishing for a living’ is all about. Whilst the crew are busy preparing fishing nets the timelessness of this tradition will carry you far from the pace of the modern world. On returning to Zanzibar Island we will take you to see the colourful, bustling fish market where the fresh catches of the day are auctioned.

Sailing Trip

A sea excursion in a traditional wooden dhow, made by hand on Zanzibar Island. The dhow is the same as those which were used to carry slaves from the mainland to Zanzibar. This trip will take you to Prison Island, home to the giant tortoise, then on to a sandbank where you can have soft drinks and snacks. A perfect place for swimming and snorkelling. On a full day excursion you then have time for fishing.

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