2 Nights: Hotel Ramada, Istanbul .
3 Nights: Hotel Cosmos, Moscow.
4 Nights: Hotel Saint-Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg.
Day 1 :31.08.2018 Istanbul City Tour
05:30 : Meet at TIA Kathmandu Airport 07:30 : fly to Istanbul by Turkish Airways 12:55 : Arrive Istanbul Airport immigration process and collect luggage 14:00 : Meet our representative and Transfer to the Hotel. 15:30 : Check-in to the Hotel 17:00 : Free time for Shopping we will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour transfer back to your hotel.Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 :01.09.2018 Istanbul City Tour
After breakfast Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.Then proceed to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 :02.09.2018 Istanbul – Moscow
08:00 : Breakfast 13:00 : Transfer to Airport 16:40 : Fly to Moscow 19:35 : Arrival at Moscow Airport immigration process and collect luggage 20:00 : Meet our representative and Transfer to the Hotel. 22:30 : Check-in to the Hotel
Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17.8 million within the urban area. Moscow has the status of a city. Moscow is a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific center of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city entirely on the European continent. By broader definitions Moscow is among the world's largest cities, being the 14th largest metro area, 18th largest agglomeration, the 15th largest urban area, and the 11th largest by population within city limits worldwide. According to Forbes 2013,Moscow has been ranked as the ninth most expensive city in the world by Mercer and has one of the world's largest urban economies, being ranked as an alpha global city according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and is also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index
Meals on board
Day 4 :03.09.2018 Moscow Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
07:30 : Breakfast at the hotel 08:30 : Meeting with guide at the Lobby 09:00 : Transfer to Kremlin 10:00 : Proceed to visit Kremlin Cathedral Square, a breathtaking architectural ensemble of the 15th – 17th centuries, where the life of Russian grand princes and tsar started and ended, the Annunciation Cathedral where they were baptized/Christianize, the Assumption Cathedral where they were crowned and the Archangel Michael Cathedral where they were buried.
Tsar’s bell and Tsar Cannon, stunning examples of casting of the 16th – 18th centuries. The Grand Kremlin Palace, from the imperial residence to the Russian President’s gala reception quarters. Political and governmental buildings of the Kremlin, the Senate, the Palace of Congresses, the Kremlin walls and towers, a unique fortress of middle Ages’ Russia. Bell Tower Arsenal OPTION!.
14:00 : Lunch at local Restaurant. Sightseeing of New Maidens Convent, Sparrow Hills, WW2-Memorial Complex, Walking tour though Arbat Street, Metro Tour and free time for shopping.
19:00 : Transfer to Hotel 20:00 : Dinner at hotel
Day 5 : 04.09.2018 Moscow Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
08:00 : Breakfast at the hotel 08:30 : Meeting at the Lobby
09:00 : Transfer to Moscow RED Square Tour: Red Square, enjoy a unique architectural
ensemble of the 4th largest square in the world. The Cathedrals of St. Basil and Our Lady of Kazan The biggest History Museum of Russia. The Trading Arcades of GUM (State Universal Store – shopping, Lenin’s tomb (overlooking) Aleksandrovsky Garden
12:00 : Walking tour by Nikolskaya Street. 13:00 : Lunch (Indian restaurant)
Free time until 18:00
18:00 : Transfer to Railway Station SAPSAN Train
19:30 : Depart for St. Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city after Moscow, with five million inhabitants in 2012, and an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. It is politically incorporated as a federal subject (a federal city). Situated on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea, it was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on 27 May 1703. In 1914, the name was changed from Saint Petersburg to Petrograd in 1924 to Leningrad and in 1991 back to Saint Petersburg. Between 1713 and 1728 and in 1732–1918, Saint Petersburg was the capital of imperial Russia. In 1918, the central government bodies moved to Moscow. Saint Petersburg is one of the modern cities of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world.
23:30 : Arrive St. Petersburg and Transfer to Hotel
Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel
Day 6 : 05.09.2018 St. Petersburg Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
08:00 : Breakfast at the hotel 09:00 : Assemble at the Hotel Lobby and meet English speaking Guide.
09:30 : Transfer to Hermitage Museum. Join us on a tour of the world’s largest museum
complexes, consisting of 5 buildings. The Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old or Grand Hermitage, the Hermitage Theatre and the New Hermitage. Marvel at its striking collection both for its unprecedented artistic value and its size, when a visitor needs over 9 years to stop for a minute in front of its each exhibit. Enjoy a unique opportunity to appreciate a very special charm and grandeur of royal living apartments and the treasures of world arts, be it the world’s largest malachite vase or 25 Rembrandts in one hall. Seek a professional help of a guide when you face 3 million exhibits in 400 halls and 20 km (14.5 miles) walk ahead if you decide to visit them all.
Remember, it is a museum of superlatives at every step, whether you find yourself at displays of primitive, oriental, Russian art, or West European art from the 16th to 20th centuries. If you think you no longer have the capacity to be amazed, remember the final floor of the Hermitage, with its outstanding collection of impressionists and post-impressionists to take your breath away
13:00 : Lunch
15:00 : After lunch Proceed for St. Petersburg City Tour Tour of a city, rightfully described as “Northern Venice” or “Pearl of the Baltic”. Drive along the “Great Perspective” famous today in the world as Nevsky Prospect. Lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy, with most fashionable boutiques and art salons arranged in old settings of the 18th century, trading rows and arcades, with impressive classical and Renaissance cathedrals and churches as its backdrop, enjoy this 4.5 km long thoroughfare cut through woods and marshes from the Admiralty with the city’s symbol (2 ship) on top of its gilded spire to the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky, one of four Russia’s Lavras with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities were buried;
Stop over at an excellent picture opportunity with a stunning panorama along the Neva’s embankments, by the city’s Rostral Columns you will have a view of the 5 buildings of the State Hermitage Museum and the fortress of St. Peter and Paul - the cradle of Russia’s new capital, the first public museum of the country - the Chamber of Curiosities, founded by Peter the Great and the 4th world’s largest domed structures - St. Isaac Cathedral with «The Bronze Horseman» unveiled in Senate Square.
Drive by Summer Garden with the oldest royal stone palace and breathtaking collection of Italian statues and sculpture set in a natural environment of linden trees and ponds with ducks and swans, all surrounded by cast iron fence whose beauty is frequently described as every kilo of cast iron being worth a kilo of gold.
Stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame lit in the centre of the monument to victims of revolutions and wars, take pictures of the Resurrection Cathedral on the Spilt Blood at its background, one of the most unusual monuments of Russian Orthodox architecture built on the spot where Alexander II was assassinated;
Drive through the Square of Arts which is a perfect classical ensemble of the city. Stop to enjoy an overwhelming beauty of the third largest square in the world - the Palace Square with the Alexander Column at its centre being the world’s biggest free-standing architectural monument, nearly 50 meters high to the top of the cross and over 600 tons in weight, the Alexander Column has become surprisingly harmonious element of the Palace Square together with the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building on its one side and the Winter Palace complex on another;
18:00 : Transfer to river cruise Evening River cruise 20:00 : Dinner at a restaurant 21:00 : After Dinner Transfer to Hotel - Overnight at Hotel
Day 7 : 06.09.2018 St. Petersburg Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
08:00 : Breakfast at the hotel 08:30 : Assemble at Hotel Lobby and meet English speaking Guide. 09:00 : Transfer to Tsarskoe Selo. Tsarskoe Selo was the town containing a former Russian residence of the Imperial family and visiting nobility, located 24 kilometers (15 miles) south from the centre of Saint Petersburg. It now is part of the town of Pushkin. Tsarskoye Selo forms one of the World Heritage Site Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments. During the Soviet times it was known as Detskoye Selo.
Morning visit to Pushkin Ekaterininski Palace. In the 17th century, the estate belonged to a Swedish noble. Its original Finnish name is usually translated as "a higher ground". Max Vasmer, on the other hand, derives this toponym from the Finnish word for island, "saari": "Saaren kylä" "Island village". By the 18th-century at the latest, it was called "Tsarskoye Selo" or in Russian, "the Czar's village". In 1708, Peter the Great gave the estate to his wife, the future Empress Catherine I, as a present. She founded the Blagoveschensky (Annunciation) church there in 1724, and changed the name of the settlement to Blagoveschenskoye, but this did not stand the test of time and quickly went out of use.
It was Catherine I who started to develop the place as a royal country residence. Her daughter, Empress Elizabeth and her architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli were largely responsible for the building of the Catherine Palace. Later Empress Catherine II of Russia and her architect Charles Cameron extended the palace building that is now known as the Cameron Gallery. Currently, there are two imperial palaces: the baroque Catherine Palace with the adjacent Catherine Park and the neoclassical Alexander Palace with the adjacent Alexander Park. The Catherine Palace is surrounded by a Garden à la française and an English landscape garden, with such 18th-century structures as Dutch Admiralty, Creaking Pagoda, Chesme Column, Rumyantsev Obelisk and Marble Bridge. The landscape Alexander Park has several Chinoiserie structures, notably the Chinese Village.
14:00 : Lunch, near Pushkin - Russian food
After Lunch - Return to St. Petersburg
19:00 : Dinner 20:00 : Transfer to Hotel - Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8 : 07.09.2018 St. Petersburg Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
08:00 : Breakfast 08:30 : Meeting with Guide 09:00 : Peterhoff Park - After a 22-mile drive through the suburbs of St. Petersburg reach Peterhoff, a former summer residence of the Russian tsars’ in the 18-th - 19-th centuries.
Explore Peterhoff designed to the request of Peter the Great to rival Versailles. 300-acre parks on the shore of the Finish Gulf, spectacular fountains, the Grand Palace, crowning the hill above the fountains and about 20 smaller Palaces and pavilions represent «Russian Versailles» now.
Enjoy picturesque Lower Gardens with three unique cascades, dozens of powerful water jets and miniature palaces - Monplaisir, Marly and Hermitage.
Take a deep breath looking at the centre of the composition, the Grand Palace and Grand Cascade, including staircases, waterfalls, an avenue of 64 fountains and 37 gilded statues.
Take a picture of the symbol of Peterhoff, «Samson killing a lion» fountain, an allegory of the crucial victory of Russians over the Swedish army at Poltava in 1709.
14:00 : Lunch (near Peterhoff)
18:00 : Return to St. Petersburg to the Hotel 19:30 : Dinner
Overnight at the Hotel
Day 9 : 08.09.2018 St. Petersburg Breakfast, & Dinner
06:00 : Breakfast at the Hotel 06:30 : Assemble at the Hotel Lobby and meet English speaking Guide & Transfer to Railway Station
07:30 : SAPSAN Train to Moscow
11:30 : Arrive Moscow
Free day for Shopping
18:00 : Evening Transfer to Russian Circus after Circus OPTION! 20:00 : Transfer to the Hotel 21:00 : Dinner at the Hotel
Overnight at the Hotel
Day 10 : 09.09.2018 Moscow Breakfast, (Lunch & Dinner on Board)
07:00 - 09:00 : Breakfast at the Hotel. Free day 12:00 : Transfer to Airport. 16:00 : Flight to Istanbul
Day 11 : 10.09.2018 Kathmandu
06:30 : Arrive TIA Kathmandu Airport, drive to onward destination
Tour Cost per person 3* hotels Moscow & St.Petersburg NPR 2,25,000
Accompanying Russian Speaking Nepali escort from Kathmandu!!!
# 02 Nights stay in Istanbul as per Hotel options.
# 03 Nights stay in Moscow as per Hotel options,
# 04 Nights stay in St Petersburg as per Hotel options.
# Daily buffet breakfast at Hotel.
# Meals as per itinerary
# All surface transfer on AC Bus as per itinerary.
# English speaking Guide during Excursions.
# Entrance Included – In Istanbul, In Russia: Metro, Kremlin, Hermitage, Peterhoff, ticket to river cruise.
# All Excursions as per itinerary.
# Speed Train SAPSAN’s ticket
# Russian Visa
# Kathmandu-Moscow-Kathmandu Airfare (Turkish Airways)
# All kind of tips to Guide and Driver.
# Anything not mentioned in itinerary
# Oruzheynaya Palata – US $20 per Pax
# Circus – US $ 60 - not includes in the main package cost
⦁ Itinerary can be changed as per museum’s opening days & availability of slots.
⦁ City tour route very much depends on present traffic & other situations. Guide can take alternative decision as per present situation while touring.
⦁ All other expenses when unforeseen situations related to natural.
⦁ Travel/Health Insurance. (We can arrange insurance at the cost of US $ 55 per person - age limit 70 years)