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Location: Moscow

Day 1 - 1 Jun 2019

Vnukovo International Airport VKO

Moscow, Vnukovo International Airport VKO

Content: Nice modern airport. The good thing about modern airports like Vnukovo is that they are designed with the additional security measures in mind.When you land there are 30+ security booths. On AMS, JFK or CDG there are less ! Airport is clean, air conditioned and has a good lay-out.

Four Seasons Hotel

Moscow, Four Seasons Hotel
Moscow, Four Seasons Hotel
Moscow, Four Seasons Hotel

Content: Excellent location and everything you expect of a high level.The spa has a variety of treatments and a number of different swimming pools. The staff are lovely and always helpful.Wonderful place Cajkovskij Hall.

Location: Moscow

Day 2 - 2 Jun 2019

Red Square

Moscow, Red Square
Moscow, Red Square
Moscow, Red Square

Content: Wow... i can’t describe this amazing palace in the heart of Moscow. Both of us loved it. An amazing architecture, a beautiful park around it and many delicious cafe and restaurant near it.

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Moscow, Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow, Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow, Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow, Saint Basil's Cathedral

Content: Beautiful church building with attractive colors, nice for photography. Many shopping place and food stall around it and also some ancient building.

Moscow Kremlin

Moscow, Moscow Kremlin
Moscow, Moscow Kremlin
Moscow, Moscow Kremlin
Moscow, Moscow Kremlin
Moscow, Moscow Kremlin

Content: The Kremlin is a collection of several attractions, the Architectural Ensemble (basically the main Kremlin grounds, museums and several historic Orthodox Cathedrals), the Armoury (the Treasury including carriages, Faberge eggs, jewellery, armour and ceremonial clothing), the Diamond Fund (basically a collection of individual stones and some set pieces) and the Ivan Bell Tower.

Bolshoi

Moscow, Bolshoi
Moscow, Bolshoi

Content: his is an elegant restaurant for a slightly different take on Russian cuisine, with a French twist. The menu is extensive and well prepared. Service is attentive, prices reasonable considering the location, name and market. We thoroughly loved our dinner at the Bolshoi restaurant. Reservation highly recommended.

Location: Moscow

Day 3 - 3 Jun 2019

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Moscow,  Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Content: Beautiful boutique museum. An inviting selection of French Impressionists. Well worth the visit. Well staffed and curated. Definitely deserves a 2nd visit next time in Moscow

Museum of Contemporary Russian History

Moscow, Museum of Contemporary Russian History
Moscow, Museum of Contemporary Russian History
Moscow, Museum of Contemporary Russian History

Content: Housed in the former Moscow English Club, the museum exhibits Soviet history from 1905 up to the 1980s. Here, you will find old photographs, paraphernalia, propaganda posters to torture instruments. The museum basically shows the birth and death of the Soviet Union.

Moscow Big State Circus

Moscow, Moscow Big State Circus
Moscow, Moscow Big State Circus
Moscow, Moscow Big State Circus

Content: We had a fabulous last night in Moscow attending this circus. The costumes were amazing, the performers world class and the orchestra really good. The clown and audience engagement was really well done.

Location: Moscow

Day 4 - 4 Jun 2019

Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Moscow, Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Moscow, Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Content: The most powerful symbol of the post Communist reconstruction of Russia. This is the largest church in the country, which is an exact replica of the one’s original built in the 19th century but destroyed under the Stalin Administration in 1931. After this, we took a walk down Ostozhenka, Moscow’s Golden Mile. This neighborhood is considered the most expensive and desirable real estate in Moscow.

Moscow’s labyrinthine metro network

Moscow, Moscow’s labyrinthine metro network

Content: In the afternoon, we join a small group tour that took us down to Moscow’s labyrinthine metro network (this is a must-see) opened by the Soviet Union in 1935, which is perhaps their crowning achievement. Moscow’s metro system boasts some of the most impressive mosaics and architecture which can be considered the grandest in the world. It is a living reminder of how it was built with blood, sweat and tears

Location: Klin

Day 4 - 4 Jun 2019

Dormition Cathedral

Klin, Dormition Cathedral
Klin, Dormition Cathedral
Klin, Dormition Cathedral

Content: We had a look at the pretty Dormition Cathedral which was once part of a monastery and is the oldest religious building in Klin.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky House-Museum

Klin, Pyotr Tchaikovsky House-Museum
Klin, Pyotr Tchaikovsky House-Museum
Klin, Pyotr Tchaikovsky House-Museum

Content: We visited the Tchaikovsky House-Museum, walk around its beautiful grounds and the house where the great composer spent the last years of his life. Discover the historic CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS at the local museum and have a go at decorating your own to take home.

Location: Novgorod

Day 4 - 4 Jun 2019

Park Inn by Radisson Veliky

Novgorod, Park Inn by Radisson Veliky
Novgorod, Park Inn by Radisson Veliky

Content: After lunch in Klin, we departed for Novgorod. It took around 6 hours to reach here by car. The roads were beautiful and pleasant.We checked in to a calm and green place, not far from sightseeing.

Location: Novgorod

Day 5 - 5 Jun 2019

City Tour

Novgorod, City Tour
Novgorod, City Tour
Novgorod, City Tour

Content: The city’s main sight is its ancient kremlin which is now listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. During the tour you will visit the kremlin and several other main sights in and around the city, including the Yuriev Monastery and the Vitoslavitsy Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture.

Drive to St. Petersburg

Novgorod, Drive to St. Petersburg
Novgorod, Drive to St. Petersburg
Novgorod, Drive to St. Petersburg

Content: We departed Novgorod and push north to incomparable St. Petersburg, an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. An orientation drive introduces you to some of the city’s palaces, parks, monuments, squares, boulevards, and 600 beautiful bridges.

Location: St. Petersburg

Day 5 - 5 Jun 2019

The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel

St. Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel
St. Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel

Content: The hotel is amazing and the service so polite and considerate. The spa was so beautiful and nice. The Michelangelo restaurant had a lovely ambiance and tasty food, which I highly recommend to everyone!

Location: St. Petersburg

Day 6 - 6 Jun 2019

Nevsky Prospekt

St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospekt

Content: Nevsky Prospekt is St. Petersburg’s main artery, and gives visitors access to some of the city’s most beautiful buildings, museums, cathedrals, and canals. The key sights in the eastern section are the Anichkov Bridge, known for its horse sculptures and decorated railings; Ostrovsky Square, which has an imposing statue of Tsarina Catherine the Great, one of Russia’s most influential monarchs; the custard-colored Alexandrinsky Theatre, one of the oldest in the country; and Gostiny Dvor, the city’s biggest department store that spans an entire block between Sadovaya and Dumskaya streets.

Cafe Pyshechnaya

St. Petersburg,  Cafe Pyshechnaya

Content: The cafe is the oldest in Saint Petersburg that serves the best classic Russian doughnuts. You can order coffee too while you watch as your doughnut is baked utilizing a traditional Soviet-era baking equipment.

State Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg,  State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg,  State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg,  State Hermitage Museum

Content: Next up is the crown jewel of Saint Petersburg: the mint-green and white Winter Palace, the former royal residence and State Hermitage Museum. The museum displays artworks that span the ages, from ancient Egyptian artifacts to Renaissance paintings. Don’t miss the Malachite Room, with its stunning green pillars and gold decorations, or Pavilion Hall, which houses the gilded Peacock Clock, an 18th-century mechanical timepiece that still works. You’ll also find entire rooms dedicated to icons, such as Monet, Renoir, and van Gogh.

Café Literaturnoe

St. Petersburg,  Café Literaturnoe
St. Petersburg,  Café Literaturnoe
St. Petersburg,  Café Literaturnoe

Content: Stop for a late lunch at Café Literaturnoe on the corner of Nevsky Avenue and Moika River Embankment.The two-story, historic café was a favorite of 18th-century writers, poets, and journalists, including Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, who is said to have eaten his last meal here. Order comfort food like mushroom soup and chicken schnitzel, or go a little wild with caviar and elk steak.

Shuvalov Palace

St. Petersburg, Shuvalov Palace
St. Petersburg, Shuvalov Palace
St. Petersburg, Shuvalov Palace

Content: Located in the Shuvalov Palace, the Fabergé Museum is the repository of nine jeweled eggs crafted by Carl Fabergé for the last two Tsars of Russia. The museum also hosts a collection of fine art and jewelry from Russia’s Imperial Era

Mariinsky

St. Petersburg, Mariinsky
St. Petersburg, Mariinsky
St. Petersburg, Mariinsky
St. Petersburg, Mariinsky

Content: The Mariinsky is St. Petersburg’s undisputed venue for opera and ballet. Catch Tchaikovsky’s the “Nutcracker,” which premiered here in 1892, or opt for the theater’s modern rendition of Don Quixote. Tickets often sell out, so book online in advance. Arrive early so you have plenty of time to admire the theater’s architectural elegance and grand interiors.

Location: St. Petersburg

Day 7 - 7 Jun 2019

Peterhof estate

St. Petersburg,  Peterhof estate
St. Petersburg,  Peterhof estate
St. Petersburg,  Peterhof estate
St. Petersburg,  Peterhof estate

Content: The Peterhof estate, built by Tsar Peter the Great, is the confluence of hydraulic engineering and neoclassical architecture. The 18th-century Grand Cascade, the most majestic of Peterhof’s fountain systems, ushers you to the Grand Palace. Add to that a few more museums and the upper and lower level gardens, and you have splendor par excellence. Most buildings are open all week except Mondays, but the fountains only operate between late May and early October. You can get to Peterhof by land, but the best way to go is by water—just like the Tsars of old. Hydrofoils depart from Dvortsovaya Embankment (just behind the Winter Palace) and a one-way trip takes about 30 minutes.

Kazan Cathedral

St. Petersburg, Kazan Cathedral
St. Petersburg, Kazan Cathedral
St. Petersburg, Kazan Cathedral
St. Petersburg, Kazan Cathedral

Content: The point where Nevsky crosses Griboyedov Canal is home to some of St. Petersburg’s most exemplary landmarks. The southwest corner features the magnificent Kazan Cathedral, an early 19th-century structure built in the image of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The church is a must-see for its imposing colonnade and detailed interiors decorated with frescoes depicting the life of Christ. On the northwest corner stands Dom Knigi (House of Books) with its iconic glass tower and globe. For the best views of Kazan Cathedral, head to the coffee shop on the first floor of Dom Knigi.

Terrassa

St. Petersburg,  Terrassa
St. Petersburg,  Terrassa
St. Petersburg,  Terrassa

Content: We continued admiring the Kazan Cathedral and St. Petersburg’s architecture from a different perspective. Terrassa offers an expansive outdoor terrace, romantic views, and a sumptuous menu that features European and Asian cuisines.

Bronze Horseman

St. Petersburg, Bronze Horseman
St. Petersburg, Bronze Horseman
St. Petersburg, Bronze Horseman
St. Petersburg, Bronze Horseman

Content: Bronze Horseman, which depicts Peter the Great on horseback crushing a snake, a metaphor for his adversaries. The statue has inspired many artistic expressions, including Alexander Puskin’s poem and Vasily Surikov’s painting, both of which are namesakes. During the Siege of Leningrad (1941-44), the statue was shielded under sandbags to shelter it from Nazi artillery because locals believed it had mystical powers that protected the city.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Petersburg,  St. Isaac’s Cathedral
St. Petersburg,  St. Isaac’s Cathedral
St. Petersburg,  St. Isaac’s Cathedral
St. Petersburg,  St. Isaac’s Cathedral

Content: Behind it, you will see the enormous St. Isaac’s Cathedral with its glittering gold cupola and giant granite columns. It is a fine example of neoclassical architecture with Orthodox Russian and Byzantine influences. The 19th-century basilica took 40 years to build, and one look at the stunning gilded interiors will convince you that it was worth the wait.

Location: St. Petersburg

Day 8 - 8 Jun 2019

Teremok

St. Petersburg,   Teremok
St. Petersburg,   Teremok

Content: Head to Teremok (a chain restaurant) for buttery crepes filled with mushrooms and cream or condensed milk. If you are feeling particularly indulgent, order the blini with ikra (caviar).

Peter and Paul Fortress

St. Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress
St. Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress
St. Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress

Content: Located on Zayachy Island is St. Petersburg’s foundational section and the original fortress: the Peter and Paul Fortress. Established in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, the Fortress has been through many incarnations, including a stint as a political prison. The gilded spire of the cathedral is not only a staple of postcards, it’s also the imperial burial ground. There are tombs of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and the last Tsar, who was executed in Yekaterinburg following the October Revolution that brought the Communist regime to power. The Fortress is also home to the Museum of Space Exploration.

Teplo

St. Petersburg, Teplo
St. Petersburg, Teplo
St. Petersburg, Teplo

Content: From its fitting name to its zesty menu and snug interiors, Teplo (meaning warmth) serves comfort in many forms. If you are into snail mail, this is a great place to write your postcards. Teplo provides envelopes and stamps, and the staff will mail your letters.

State Russian Museum

St. Petersburg, State Russian Museum
St. Petersburg, State Russian Museum
St. Petersburg, State Russian Museum
St. Petersburg, State Russian Museum
St. Petersburg, State Russian Museum

Content: With its many exquisite buildings and the largest repository of Russian art in the world, the State Russian Museum could absorb several hours of your day and not feel like enough. The museum hosts a collection of close to 6,000 invaluable icons from a period spanning five centuries.

Pulkovo Airport LED

St. Petersburg, Pulkovo Airport LED
St. Petersburg, Pulkovo Airport LED
St. Petersburg, Pulkovo Airport LED
St. Petersburg, Pulkovo Airport LED

Content: We wrapped up our trip to St. Petersburg with a trip at Gostiny Dvor shopping center. We boarded our Lufthansa Airlines flight to Los Angeles.