Depart Delhi at 04:15 hrs to St. Petersburg by Aeroflot flight SU233/SU14. Arr 0810 Hrs at Moscow. Dep at 1055 hrs from Moscow, Arrive 12:15 hrs at St. Petersburg - which is second largest city in Russia. Transfer & Check in Hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. Evening enjoy a scenic boat ride on the canals of city and Neva River. Proceed for Russian Ballet Show. Overnight at St. Petersburg. (Indian Lunch, Indian Dinner)
Morning Breakfast. Dep. at 09.00 for full day visit to two of the most beautiful Russian Imperial estates -- Pushkin and Pavlovsk Palace and beautiful gardens that surround them. Tsarskoye Selo (formerly known as Pushkin) is one of St. Petersburg's numerous Imperial estates. Located just 25 kilometers south of the city, the estate boasts a large landscape park, dotted with architectural follies, and centered on the magnificent blue, white and gold Catherine Palace that houses some beautiful Baroque interiors, including the luxurious Grand Hall, a long, gold, mirrored ballroom. We then visit another of St. Petersburg's historical Imperial estates: Pavlovsk, which was named after Paul I who received the park grounds as a gift from his mother Catherine the Great in 1777, is home to the Grand Palace and hundreds of acres of densely forested parkland.
The Grand Palace was built by the Scottish architect Charles Cameron between 1782 and 1786 in the general style of an Italian villa. Much of Pavlovsk's charm is derived from its wonderful landscape park. Have Pack Lunch during break of sightseeing. Evening have some free time to Walk along Nevsky Prospekt for the main street in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, planned by Peter the Great as the beginning of the road to Novgorod and Moscow. The Nevsky today functions as the main thoroughfare in Saint Petersburg. The majority of the city's shopping and nightlife, as well as the most expensive apartments, are located on or right off of the Nevsky Prospekt. Overnight at St. Petersburg. (Breakfast, Local Lunch, Indian Dinner)
Buffet breakfast in the hotel. Morning proceed on a City Tour of St. Petersburg---see the Winter Palace, Kazan Cathedral, the Admiralty, Palace Square, the Naval Museum, St. Petersburg University, the Menshikov Palace, the Fine Arts Academy, the Bronze Horseman, Alexandrinsky Theatre, the monument to Catherine the Great, the Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood (from Inside). Visit famous Isaac Cathedral (from Inside). Lunch. Afternoon visit world famous Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Overnight stay in St. Petersburg. (Breakfast, Indian Lunch, Indian Dinner)
Breakfast at hotel. Check out hotel. Proceed to visit the State Hermitage Museum to see a collection of more than 3 million works of arts and artifacts from world culture and is one of the most impressive art collections in the world. The Hermitage was founded on the original 18th century collection of Empress Catherine the Great and is housed in the magnificent Baroque Winter Palace (the main residence of the Russian Tsars of the Romanov Dynasty) and three other majestic buildings along the Neva River embankment - Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage. Evening transfer to St. Petersburg’s station to board ultramodern Sapsan Train to Moscow. Transfer & Check in Hotel. Overnight at Moscow. (Breakfast, Indian Lunch, Indian Dinner)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for visit Moscow Kremlin grounds Including Bell Tower, Tsar Bell and Tsar Canon, Cathedral Square having the Assumption Cathedral where Russian Grand Princes and Czars were crowned. Visit Kremlin Armory. Lunch at an Indian Restaurant. Then we take a tour of Moscow Metro Stations which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO for their mosaic and marble architecture, also travel by Moscow Metro. Then spend some time for leisure activities and shopping at Arbat Street. In the evening, witness a Russian Folklore Show. Dinner & Overnight at Moscow. (Breakfast, Local Lunch, Indian Dinner)
Breakfast. Visit Red Square - the heart of the city, Gum Dept store, St. Basil Cathedral (outside), Lenin Mausoleum. Afternoon visit the Tretyakov State Gallery –One of the world’s Largest Museums, A treasure House of old Russian art from the 11th century till our days. The Gallery bears the name of its founder, Pavel Tretyakov - who presented his collection to the city of Moscow in 1892. Now the museum holds more than 50,000 works of Painting, art & sculpture. Then proceed with City Tour of Moscow with Photo stops covering Bolshoy Theatre-Famous Palace of Congress & army chamber, KGB Building, Seven Sister building, Christ Cathedral, Victory Park, Moscow University, Sparrow Hill. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Moscow. (Breakfast, Indian Lunch, Indian Dinner)
Breakfast. Morning free for shopping and at leisure. After lunch transfer to Delhi by Aeroflot flight SU232 at 18:24 hrs. (Breakfast, Indian Lunch)
Arrive at Delhi at 02:50 hrs on 9th day. Connect your flight to Pune / Mumbai.
Breakfast. Morning free for shopping and at leisure. Evening transfer to train Station for Kazan. Dep. at 19:40 hrs by train #002. Overnight at Train. (Breakfast, Indian Lunch) Group joining for Trans-Siberia only - Depart from Delhi at 04:15 hrs to Moscow by Aeroflot flight SU233. Arrive at 08:10 hrs at Moscow. Transfer & check in to hotel. Rest day free at leisure. Evening transfer to train Station for Kazan. Dep. at 19:40 hrs by train #002. Overnight at Train. (Breakfast, Indian Lunch)
Arrive at Kazan at 08:00 hrs. The old Tartar capital on the banks of the Volga. After breakfast at restaurant, continue visit to Kazan Kremlin, Kul Sharif Mosque, Suyumbike Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral, Peter and Pavel Church and Anniversary Park. Afternoon free at leisure. Evening enjoy walk on Kremlyevskaya and Bauman streets. Also enjoy dinner with cultural program. Overnight stay at Kazan. (Breakfast, Local Lunch, Local Dinner)
Breakfast. Excursion to the Ralfa Bogoroditssky Monastery of the Mother of God, which is 25km from Kazan. The process of restoration started in 1991 and it is now a leading monastery of the Eastern Orthodox faith. On the way photo stop at Temple of All Religions – it consists of several types of religious architecture. Afternoon transfer to train station for Yekaterinburg. Dep. at 15:45 hrs by train #140. Overnight in Train. (Breakfast, Local Lunch)
Arrive at Yekaterinburg at 08:01 hrs. After breakfast at restaurant continue visit to,
Ganina Yama & Cathedral on the Blood guided tour:
We will visit the majestic Memorial Cathedral on the Blood in the name of all Saints, which was built on the place of execution of the last Russian tsar Nikolay II and his family. Then continue to “Ganina Pit” the unique orthodox monastery built on the place of the initial burial place of imperial remains. We visit seven wooden churches in the heart of a centuries-old pine forest.
Guided visit to the Europe - Asia border:
Excursion to the obelisk "Border of Europe and Asia". A tour to the column established on a geographical joint of two parts of the world. According to an old tradition, tourists drink a glass of champagne on this place and take it home. On the way to the borderline, we can stop for a visit to the Memorial honouring the victims of the Stalin’s repressions of the 30-50s.
Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at Yekaterinburg. (Breakfast, Local Lunch, Local Dinner)
After Breakfast continue with Guided tour of the historical centre, statues of Ekaterinburg founders and communist leaders, 1905 Revolution Square, Church of Spilled and the Chapel of St. Elizabeth, the Hill of Ascension and the Ural Museum of Minerals. Transfer to airport to board a flight to Irkutsk by Ural Airlines. Dep. at 5:43 pm / 8:15pm. (Breakfast, Local Lunch)
Arrive at Irkutsk at 12:04 am / 03:10 am. Check in Hotel. Morning free at leisure. Afternoon continue with Irkutsk city tour:
We will have a guided city tour around Irkutsk, a beautiful town known as the "Paris of Siberia". During the tour, we will see the 18th century churches, brightly painted shutters and log houses decorated with wooden lacework, as well as examples of modern Russian architecture. There are about 700 monuments of history and culture in Irkutsk. The most interesting for the guests are the historical ensembles in its central part: Spasskaya Church, the Epiphany Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Church, Cathedral of Kazan, the monument of the Siberian explorers, the Drama Theatre and etc. Overnight at Irkutsk. (Bf, Local Lunch, Local Dinner)
Breakfast. Transfer to Listvyanka by minibus (approx 70km), on the way we will stop at Open-air Wooden Architecture Museum in Taltsy: which is located in a picturesque forest on the bank of the river Angara. This museum is an open-air museum that has a large collection of original wooden houses equipped with old-style furniture and domestic utensils, and “wooden tents” belonging to the various ethnic groups which inhabited this region. They were brought from several local villages. The museum conveys the lifestyle of 16th – 19th century Russia. Here you can learn about the various aspects of village life, see the interiors of a Russian fort and a 15th century watchtower, as well as glimpse at the lifestyle of the Buryat and Evenk people and see a Shaman yurt and other interesting objects.
Arrive at Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal — The Gem of Siberia with beautiful and unforgettable surroundings. You will be astonished by the color metamorphoses of the lake's surface, the ever-changing play of water and sky, taiga, and cliffs. Visit Baikal Lake Museum where you will learn Siberian traditions, history, flora and fauna of the deepest freshwater lake in the world. Also take cable car up to the observation point, known as a Stone of Cherky from where you will see the breathtaking panorama of lake Baikal and Angara river mouth. Enjoy one hour boat ride at lake Baikal. Then on our way to the center of the village, we check out the Fish Market. Smoked Omul - Baikal endemic testy fish - is highly recommended to try. Also see "Retro Park" - it is very positive and nice collection of metal sculptures and old Soviet cars. Overnight at lake Baikal. (Breakfast, Local Lunch, Local Dinner)
Breakfast. Take ferry to port Baikal. Get on the Circum Baikal train in Port Baikal to enjoy full day trip. Circum-Baikal railway was built more than a hundred years ago, and is an outstanding landmark to the construction and engineering art. There are a lot of beautifully constructed tunnels and bridges along the way, making Circum-Baikal somewhat of a railway monument. Arrival at the train station in Irkutsk at 22:00 Hrs. Pick up from the train station in Irkutsk and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Irkutsk. (Breakfast, Local Lunch & Dinner on train)
Breakfast. Morning transfer to the railway station. Board Train #006 to Ulaan Bataar at 07:53 hrs. Enjoy the scenery along the lake Baikal. Overnight at Train. (Breakfast)
Arrive at 07:20 hrs at Ulaan Bataar. The city is situated on the bank of the river Tuur, surrounded by four mountains that local people believe to be sacred. Breakfast at Hotel. Continue with Ulaan Bataar city tour: visit Gandan Hiid Monastery, the country’s largest remaining monastery, Sukhebaatar square.
Guided Visit to the National History Museum:
The National Museum of Mongolian History is one of the leading museums in Mongolia displaying Mongolian cultural heritage. You will learn about ancient states period (Hunnu, Turkish and Uighur), the Mongolian Empire of 13th-14th centuries, Mongolian traditional lifestyle, their clothing and jewellery, as well as current democratic reforms and modern state of affairs. You will see real dinosaur remains as well as other archeological findings from the Mesozoic Era found in the Gobi desert.
Check in the Hotel. Free time for rest and freshen-up. Evening enjoy Tumen Ekh ensemble, Mongolia’s premier traditional performance featuring folk and traditional music, song, throat singing, dance and contortion. Overnight at Ulaan Bataar. (Breakfast, Indian Lunch, Indian Dinner)
Transfer to Terelj National Park by mini bus. Famous as the home of Genghis Khan, Mongolia is one of the most mystical destinations on earth. It was the homeland of the brilliant, tough, well-drilled horsemen who, for over 500 years from the 13th century, occupied lands and cities from the river Yellow to the Danube. The dramatic Mongolian landscapes are breathtaking.
Chinggis Khaan Monument guided tour:
We will drive to Chinggis Khaan monument located at Conjinboldog area on the bank of the Tuul River, 33 miles east of Ulaan Bataar. It is a 40-metre tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, erected in 2008. The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. There are 36 columns representing the 36 khans from Genghis to Ligdan Khan. Visitors can walk to the head of the horse where they can have a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The monument complex also features a visitor centre and an archaeological museum. The Chinggis Khan Statue is currently the biggest equestrian statue in the world. Terelj National Park guided trip:
Terelj National Park is famous for its unique granite rock formations, pristine alpine scenery and diverse flora and fauna. We will explore Turtle rock and enjoy hiking to Aryabal monastery. We will have an opportunity to visit a real Nomad family and see its traditional way of living exploring their lifestyle by learning how to milk the cows and preparing the dairy products. We stay for overnight in a traditional Mongolian Ger (means "home") - a sturdy wood and felt type tent. Overnight at Terelj. (Breakfast, Local Lunch, Local Dinner)
After Breakfast, 2 hours drive to Hustai National Park (Wild Horse Park). On the way explore Moltsog sand dunes. Upon arrival at Hustai, visit small Ger museum. After lunch Free time with possibility horseback riding. Short drive to see Przewalski wild horses in their natural habitat. Enjoy hiking, take photos and watching wild flowers. If we lucky there can see fox, deer, eagle, and more animals, birds. Drive back Ulaanbaatar. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Ulaan Bataar. (Breakfast, Local Lunch, Indian Dinner)
Breakfast. Take return flight to Mumbai. Dep: at 11:40 hrs from Ulaan Bazaar to Mumbai via Beijing by Air China airlines. Mumbai: Day 21: Arrive at 01:00 hrs at Mumbai.
Mr. Sunil Ugalmugale
A-101, Devgiri Apt., Above Sawai Hotel, Ganeshmala, Sinhagad Road, Pune, Maharashtra, India - 411030
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