Scandinavian Buffet Dinner
2 Overnight Cruise
Express Day Train from St Petersburg - Moscow
After having breakfast on board, we shall disembark in Helsinki – a compact, clean and yet lively metropolis where west and east, old and modem mix in an unforgettable Nordic way. Helsinki has many places worth visiting as shown to us by our half day local guide this morning as we are brought to the Senate Square, Market Place, the Sibelius Monument and the impressive Church in the Rock. After lunch, transfer to the Railway Station as we depart by 2nd-Class train to St Petersburg. (Please note that dinner box will be provided). Arrive St Petersburg late in the night and transfer to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Founded by Czar Peter the Great, St Petersburg is a city of architectural ensembles. With its necklace of palaces along the quiet canals and the gracious Neva River, St Petersburg is an unique harmonious combination of nature and creative inspitation of architects. Feel a sense of history as we bring you to the Palace Square, the magnificient Cathedral of St Issac, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Admiralty and the Nevsky Prospekt – a busy shopping street brimming with the latest fashionable – a total turnaround since the fall of communism. Next, we visit the Splendid Winter Palace to see the priceless collection of the Hermitage. To get acquainted with the displays of all the 400 rooms and halls of the Hermitage, one must cover a distance of 14miles which is going to take many years to complete.
After breakfast, we shall depart by train to Moscow. A city tour in Moscow brings us to the Red Square. There, in the centre of a large cobbler square stands the Lenin Mausoleum, the symbol of communist reign. Nearby are the St Basil’s Cathedral, Historical Musuem and the GUM Departmental Store. Our next highlight is the Kremlin which is Moscow’s central architectural ensemble, the heart of Russia and symbol of her greatness. The Kremlin Wall was completed in 1495. The fortress walls have an overall length of 2235 meters long, 20 meters high and 6 meters wide in some place. Savour the three famous Kremlin Cathedrals – Cathedral of Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel. Round off the tour with an outside view of the Church of Deposition of the Robe, the Belfry of Ivan the Great and the Patriarch’s Palace.
Today’s highlight is the Pushkin Musuem, a fine arts centre second in Russia only to the Hermitage in St Petersburg. Next, visit one of the famous Moscow Metro Station. These metro stations often known as the “Underground” palace of Moscow is one of the most interesting attraction. The interiors of the metro station exhibit almost rotal splendors. Used in their decorations are more then twenty varieties of marbles coming from Urals, Altai and not forgetting Central Asia. The magnificient, festive looking halls and vestibules are adorned with sculptures, bas-reliefs, mosaics, painting, stained glass panels and mural executed by artist. Thereafter, we shall visit the famous Arbat Street – a busy street where the two sides of the street are flanked with architectural structures from the 19th Century. Here, you can do some shopping as there are many stalls selling souvenirs for you to choose from or you may want to have your own portrait drawn here. At night, be entertained with a Moscow Circus Performance.
(NB. Moscow Circus Performance is subject to availability and performance dates, in the event that there is no performance, we reserve the right to replace with other programs).