Photograph courtesy: Oleg Drokin/Creative Commons

Photograph courtesy: Oleg Drokin/Creative Commons

Russia has been India’s oldest political ally. The icy cold country was one of the first to warm up to Bollywood long before others had even heard about the industry. Raj Kapoor was as big a star in the USSR as he was in India. We could go on about Russia and our love for that beautiful country. As it turns out our very favorite IRCTC has just announced a 4 nights and 5 days summer vacation package to Russia and here’s what it looks like: Also Read - Amid #VirushkaDivorce Trend, Anushka Sharma Shares a Sun-Kissed Picture, Virat Kohli is All Hearts | SEE POST

Tour dates: May 27 – June 1 Also Read - Kejriwal Warns of Action Against Private Hospitals Denying COVID-19 Treatment, Urges Asymptomatic People to Not Test

Cost: Rs 77,163 Also Read - AIIMS PG Entrance Exams 2020: Admit Cards Issued, Download From

Duration: 4N-5D

Destinations covered: Moscow and St Petersburg

The cost covers the following:

• Return airfare on an Air Arabia flight from Mumbai to Moscow and back and airport transfers.

• Two nights in Hotel Aerostar, Moscow (four-star rating on Tripadvisor)

• Two nights accommodation in Moscow Hotel (four-star rating on or Park Inn St Petersburg (four-star rating on Tripadvisor)

• Meals that include four breakfasts, four dinners, and one packed lunch on Day One

• Local transport for sightseeing

• Visa charges

• SAPSAN train ticket from Moscow-St Petersburg-Moscow.

• Travel insurance (Age below 60 years only)

• One water bottle per person per day.

• A local English speaking tour guide.

Itinerary includes:

Day 1

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Arrival at 13.20 hrs local time and check into the hotel

Evening city tour of Moscow that includes a visit to the Red Square (pictured above) and a Moscow Metro Tour

Day 2:

Arrive at St Petersburg at 13.30 hrs in the SAPSAN train

Gala dinner at St Petersburg

This is the only day when you have an evening to yourself.

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Day 3:

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

City tour that includes a visit to the State Hermitage Museum, a photo stop at the Admiralty (you won’t be allowed inside), St Isaac’s Cathedral (also from the outside, pictured above), Fine Arts Square, Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood, Smolny Cathedral, Bronze Horseman and the Peter and Paul Fortress.

Day 4

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Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Return to Moscow at 13.30 hrs and wind up your Russian sojourn with a visit to the Kremlin (pictured above) and a visit to the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral (from the inside)

Day 5

Check out and take the flight back to Mumbai at 14.10 hrs.

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