Russia by RV

The Two Capitals of Russia
Moscow - St. Petersburg

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The RV tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg takes you on a cruise ride of the two greatest cities of Russia, with an exciting opportunity to seó the little historical towns and countryside tha have inspired many poets, artists and composers with their serene beauty. 

Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population well over 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empireand the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Moscow has had a tumultuous history dating back to medieval times when it was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruki (Yuri of the Long Arms, known for the length of his arms!) in the early 12th century. It has seen numerous invasions and sieges from the Mongols to the Poles and Lithuanians to the Crimean Tatars to Napoleon and finally the Nazi’s but it has persevered and today is a thriving metropolis. The city is filled with unique architecture from the Kremlin and Red Square to giant Stalinskyscrapers to new office blocks built during the economic boom of recent years and it contains a strikingly beautiful metro system. The city is the center of political as well as economic power in Russia and visitors can feel the energy in the streets. There is always something going on in Moscow and there is so much to see. 

St. Petersburg is the former capital of Imperial Russia, home of the Tsars and one of the world’s most beautiful and romantic cities. St. Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 on the banks of the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland. The city has seen its share of historical events including the Decembrist revolt, the palace coup and murder of Tsar Pavel, the intrigues of Catherine the Great, the assassination Tsar Alexander II, the influence ofRasputin on the Russian royal family, the Revolution of 1905 and the October Revolution of 1917 which brought the communists to power. During WWII, the city then known as Leningrad, went through a harrowing two and a half year blockade and siege by the Nazi invaders resulting in the deaths of over 1 million of its citizens. Today, St. Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city with a population of over 5 million. It is also known as the center of Russian art,culture and literature – former citizens included Pushkin and Dostoevsky just to name a few. The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of beautiful palaces and monuments including the Winter Palace. The city is also known as the Venice of the North because of its location on various islands in the Neva River and its many canals and bridges. St. Petersburg is home to the world famous Hermitage Museum which contains one of the world’s largest collections of art including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso as well as many other old masters and impressionists. We are sure that you will find St. Petersburg one of the most if not the most fascinating places you have ever visited. Welcome to this most beautiful and mysterious of cities. 

In between these two great cities of Russia, you tour will pass through many historical cities and towns that will give you first-hand insights into Russia’s history, its art and, most importantly, its culture and people.
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The Two Capitals of Russia,
14 days/1000 miles

Moscow – Sergiev-Posad – Dmitrov – Valdai – Saint Petersburg – Peterhoff – Pushkin – Great Novgorod – Moscow (1700 km or 1000 miles)

Day 1. Moscow.
Arrive in Moscow, transfer to hotel or camp ground in the city.
6 p.m. Moscow By Night excursion: Red Square, GUM Department Store, Metro (Moscow’s luxurious subway)
10 p.m. Sleep at hotel.

Day 2. Moscow.
8 -10 a.m. Orientation.
10 a.m. Bus tour of Moscow.
5 p.m. Free time to explore Moscow, shop or enjoy nightlife.
10 p.m. Sleep at hotel.

Day 3. Moscow surroundings. 25 km.
9 a.m. Meet your RV.
10 a.m. RV to Kolomenskoye (south east of Moscow). Preserve Museum comprising a royal palace and a center of Russian ethnography. Park on museum grounds.  Russian lunch.
3 p.m. Drive to Tzaritsino (Tzar's Village). Visit Museum of History, stroll the ancient park, meet Russians.
10 p.m. Sleep in your RV or hotel.

Day 4.  Moscow.
10 a.m. Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin. Shop the Moscow's famous department store "GUM".
4 p.m. Free time to enjoy Moscow, go to a ballet or indulge in the authentic Russian cuisine.
10 p.m. Sleep in your RV or hotel.

Day 5.  Moscow - Sergiev-Posad - Dmitrov - Klin. 170 km.
10 a.m. Leave Moscow and RV to Sergiev-Posad (former Zagorsk).
12 p.m. Arrive at Sergiev-Posad. Visit the St. Sergius Trinity Lavra Monastery, lunch at the monastery’s refectory. Scenic view, photo taking.
3 p.m. Drive to Dmitrov ny a scenic country road.
4:30 p.m. Explore the town of Dmitrov, both ancient and modern. Visit the old Kremlin and a historical monastery.
7 p.m. RV to the town of Klin. Dine at a Russian restaurant and watch the local life style.  
9 p.m. Camp at a local resort.

Day 6. Klin - Valdai. 320 km.
10 a.m. RV to the town Valdai. lunch at a traditional road-side Traktir (like Trattoria in Italian).
3 p.m. Visit the unique Church Bells Museum. Drive to Iver Monastery and visit the premises .Picnic, free time on the river bank, and an opportunity to fish in the Volga River.
10 p.m. Camp by the ancient monastery walls.

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