Pearls of the Slavs : Ukraine – Belarus – Russia (Saint Petersburg)

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Pearls of the Slavs :

* Ukraine - * Belarus - * Russia +Saint Petersburg

«All inclusive!»

Guide services in English throughout the route!

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights 

* Ukraine: Kiev city tour - Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Andreevsky Descent - dinner in Ukrainian folk style cafe - Museum of Architecture and Lifestyle "Pirogovo" - dinner at the cafe- visit to the museum of cosmonautics in Zhitomir, museum and amber store in Rivne - National Museum "Chernobyl" - a monument "Motherland" and the Museum of the history of Ukraine in the Second World War - lunch in the city cafe - park "Kievan Rus" - dinner in the cafe of oriental cuisine or the countryside complex "Partizan"

* Belarus: Minsk-Stalin Line - Mir (photo-stop) -Belovezhskaya Pushcha - Brest - Minsk

* Russia: Moscow - sightseeing tour - visit to the Kremlin and Red Square - VDNKh excursion - Excursion to the Izmaylovskiy Kremlin with a visit to the Russian Vodka Museum and Vernissage - a space museum - a boat trip along the Moscow River – Saint Petersburg – cruiser Aurora – Petergof – Tsar’s Village

Tour Program:

Day 1

8:30  Arrival in Kiev,  Meet-and-greet at the airport, after that you will obtain a visa to Ukraine.Then  transfer to your hotel will be provided , followed by a breakfast and settling in. Also, you will have some spare time  before your city-tour around Kiev will begin. We will start from Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, Bessarabskaya Square, Khreshchatyk street, Independence Square, Valery Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council) of Ukraine, Mariinsky Park and Palace, Square Of Glory, Kievo- Pecherska Lavra, Mikhailovskaya Square and St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, St. Sophia of Kiev, Golden Gate and other attractions of Kiev. Then we will proceed to Andreevsky descent (also known as Kiev’s Monmartr” and one of “must see” places in Kiev - Andreevskaya church. In the buildings, along the streets of "Kiev’s Montmartre", there are art galleries, exhibitions, theaters and art workshops. Numerous open air Ukrainian souvenir shops  can also be found there. Lunch in the Ukrainian folk style cafe. Departure for the excursion at the Museum of  Ukrainian Architecture and Lifestyle  "Pirogovo".  "All of Ukraine in one day" – that is how you can characterize the visit to this museum in the open air. Here, among the picturesque landscape, you will be lucky to find out what distinguishes the Carpathians from Polissya, Podillya from Transcarpathia, etc. Ukrainian huts, mills, churches, household items, handcrafted souvenirs - all this will open up for you the soul of  Ukrainian people. You will have an opportunity to look at the spinning potter's wheel, to visit  "shinok" (Ukrainian pub) or "kulishna" (Ukrainian soup place), to go for the horse ride around countryside for some fresh Ukrainian air and great photos to remember!  Return to Kiev.Delicious dinner at a cafe. Return to hotel. Overnight.

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Day 2

 Breakfast at the hotel. Today an exciting adventure awaits for you! We will be leaving Kiev in order to come back there again. Early departure to Rivno, where you are going to visit Amber Museum and shop , stopping by at Zhytomyr Astronautic Museum named after S.Korolyov on your way there. First stop will take its place in Zhytomyr, at the Astronautic Museum. The museum was opened in 1970 in Zhytomyr, where in 1907 the future founder of practical space exploration was born. The memorial part of the museum is situated in a small house, in which, in the beginning of XX century  the family of Korolyov lived. The interiors are restored in accordance to  the memories of his mother. The exposition of the pavilion "Kosmos", opened in 1991, presents the originals and models of space vehicles, spacesuits and other equipment of astronauts. Among them - the technological model of the Soyuz spacecraft, the Lunokhod-2 model, the original Soyuz-27 descent vehicle, which has been in space. One of the most valuable exhibits is the capsule with the soil of the Moon, donated to the museum by NASA. This place surely worth a visit! Lunch will be served “un route” at the restaurant of Ukrainian cuisine. Arrival to Rivne. Visiting of the unique for the entire country Museum of Amber.   The amber museum is open in Rivne on the basis of the Rovno amber factory – the  state  owened enterprise called  "Burshtyn (amber in Ukrainian) of Ukraine". The exhibits tell not only about the history of amber mining in the region, but also about the only enterprise in Ukraine that is engaged in its processing. And at the end of the excursion you will be able to go to the store "Ukrainian Amber". Hundreds of tourists come to Ukraine specifically for the opportunity to make a purchase there.  Real gems of excellent quality for fair price – that is what “Ukrainian Amber” is offering to its visitors. On our way back  to Kiev dinner will be served  in a Georgian or Ukrainian restaurant. Late arrival to Kiev. 

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Day 3

 Breakfast in the hotel. Since the morning we will go on an excursion to the National Museum "Chernobyl". April 26th, 1986, the largest technogenic radioecological disaster of our time had occurred - a nuclear accident at the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The purpose of the museum's exposition is to help the mankind to comprehend the Chernobyl accident as a real factor of the possible death of our civilization, to learn the lessons of the tragedy in all spheres of life, to prevent the world from forgetting these lessons, and to become a warning to the generations of the next millennium. A lot of materials presented in the museum were published for the first time - documents, maps with the stamp " Top Secret", photographs. All these unique exhibits, including relics from the exclusion zone (old icons, folk art, local crafts representing day to day  life of the inhabitants of Ukrainian Polesye), and the personal belongings of the liquidators – will make you to think about the most painful problems of the present, including environmental, social, spiritual losses , caused by a catastrophe. Then you will pay a visit to one of the most famous symbols of Kiev and Ukraine - the monument "Motherland" - Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War. A colossal 62-meter statue of Motherland (102 m with pedestal) is made of special stainless steel and assembled with a special crane. The memorial complex "Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II" occupies 10 hectares on the hill of the right bank of the Dnieper. It consists of a giant bowl of the Eternal Flame, an exhibition of military equipment from the times of World War II, as well as post-war years, the alley of the Heroic Cities. Along the slopes of the Dnieper lays the front alley, which goes to the gallery of the Main Entrance leading to the square and the museum itself. The sculptures of the gallery embody the heroic defense of the USSR border from the German attack, the horrors of the German occupation, the guerrilla struggle, the labor feat of the rear, the battle for the Dnieper. Lunch in the city cafe.The day will not be complete if we won’t go to the park "Kievan Rus". Ancient Kiev in Amusement Park “Kievan Rus" is the unique and inimitable place in the world, where  one of the most famous and at the same time the most mysterious medieval cities of Eastern Europe - Ancient Kiev (V-XIII centuries), the capital of the great medieval state - Kievan Rus,  was reconstructed. It matches the sizes of its historical center, known as Detinets of Kiev or the City of Vladimir. Its architectural image and the atmosphere of Kievan Rus was recreated fully, at a scale of 1:1, taking into account the knowledge of modern science.  Dinner at the Oriental cafe or Country Complex "Partizan". Transfer to the Central Railway Station, from where your overnight journey by train (sleeping compartment) to Minsk will begin. 

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Day 4

ARRIVAL TO MINSK. Meeting at the railway station. Transfer and accommodation at the hotel. Breakfast. Sightseeing tour around Minsk. During the tour you will learn about the past of the city in a wide historical framework. The Principality of Polotsk, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Rzeczpospolita, the Russian Empire, Soviet Belarus and the Republic of Belarus - this is the path that Minsk has traversed for centuries. Here you will visit the most valuable architectural monuments of the city - the  Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals of the XVII century, under the arches of the latter you will hear an organ concert (additional fee). Everything, from the tragedy of city residents during the Great Patriotic War to the modern, dynamically developing Minsk of the turn of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries  -  will  be reflected in the excursion. The history of the city, its great people will miraculously come alive in the story of the guide and continue their narrative during a walking tour through the Troitsky suburb, where the life of the city was in full swing the century before last and where museums, souvenir shops, cozy cafes, taverns and much more are attracting visitors today. This walk will complete the tour around the Belarusian capital. Lunch at the national restaurant. Visiting the historical and cultural complex "Stalin's Line", which is located 36 km away from Minsk. This is the largest fortification complex on the territory of Belarus. The area of almost 30 hectares is covered with restored artillery and machine-gun darts,  antipersonnel and anti-tank obstacles,  also there was built an army crossing , expositions of engineering and combat equipment, and much more.  You will be given an opportunity to taste a sample of soldiers' food of that time “kasha” (porridge)  and "frontier" - 100 grams of vodka, that were given to the soldiers to summon up courage before big battles. Dinner at restaurant. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay.

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Day 5

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Mir. Picturesque landscapes and the history of towns and villages located on the road to Minsk will leave bright memories for the traveler. Stop at the Mir Castle on the photo-stop. Excursion around the castle, the overview of the castle  from the outside (without entering the museum). The magnificent Mir Castle was built in the beginning of the 16th century and it remains to be a true pearl of the Belarusian architecture until nowadays, under protection of UNESCO, as the part of the World Cultural Heritage. The bright architectural appearance of the ancient castle, with its fortified walls and towers, leave an indelible impression. Lunch. Sightseeing tour around Brest. Brest is an ancient city on the border of Belarus and Poland (the first mention about it appears to be in 1019!). The city has  rich history, as  it has been the first of all the Belarusian cities to receive the Magdeburg law.  Here in 1596 the Brest Church Union was concluded, uniting the eastern and western branches of Christianity. And then - a visit to the Brest Fortress (built in 1842), that has been marked in history twice:  first is, when here, in the White Palace in 1918, Peace Memorandum was concluded between Soviet Russia and Germany. Second time is when this fortress was heroically defended by its garrison, in the first days of the Great Patriotic War. Next you will take an excursion  to the majestic memorial "Brest Fortress-Hero" (www.brest-fortress.by), which includes forts, bastions, barracks, sculptural compositions. After that you will proceed to  the museum of defense of the Brest Fortress,  located in the old barracks on the central island of the fortress - Citadel. Dinner. Check-in at the hotel. Free time,  you can use it just walking around the city and looking around. And at sunset, on the main pedestrian street, you can admire the daily ceremony of lighting retro street lanterns by the lamplighter, who is wearing the uniform of Peter's the First times. Take a picture with him for good luck! Overnight in Brest.

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Day 6

Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel. Excursion to Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest.  UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Nowadays it is the National Park under protection of UNESKO as part of Cultural and Natural Heritage. It combines a rich flora and amazing landscapes. Here grows the highest fir-tree in Europe, it is home to powerful bisons, there is, in general, an amazing diversity of animal world. A lot of great names are associated with this area - from the brothers Tyshkevich and Tyszengauz to Napoleon and Nicholay II. In Pushcha you will visit the Museum of Nature, a rich collection of exhibits  representing  a complete palette of flora and fauna of Belarus. Also you will stop by the estate of Santa Claus - a fabulous farmstead with numerous buildings and surprises ... The estate is located in the depths of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, right near the bisons mangers. Here, Santa Claus and Snow Maiden's huts are built, along with his gifts store "Skarbnitsa" and a mill. After the quick observation of the aviaries with animals you will have some spare  time for photographing and buying souvenirs from wood, clay or straw. LunchDeparture to Minsk. Arrival to Minsk. Dinner at the city cafe. Airport transfer. Late flight to Moscow. END OF SERVICE IN BELARUS.

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Day 7

ARRIVAL TO MOSCOW around 1 a.m. Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Overnight. Breakfast at hotel. A sightseeing tour around Moscow with a possibility to observe the pagoda, the main building of the Moscow State University, an observation deck on Vorobyovy Gory, Kutuzovsky Prospekt, Poklonnaya Gora, Leninsky Prospekt and the monument to Yuri Gagarin. Moscow is one of the largest and most ancient cities in the world. Here, medieval architecture and modern skyscrapers, temples and mansions coexist side by side. The most fascinating acquaintance with the history of the city awaits you, as well as many interesting stories from its life. Lunch at a restaurant. And then – even more adventures. Visit to the Moscow Kremlin. The Moscow Kremlin is a visit-card not only for Moscow, but for Russia as well. The beauty and grandeur of the architectural and artistic ensemble! The unique natural landscape is combined with the unsurpassed man-made beauty of architecture. Temples and houses, palaces and park - all this is the territory of the Moscow Kremlin. You have to learn about the history of the Kremlin from its inception to our days. You will see real masterpieces of architecture. The Belltower of Ivan the Great, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, the Kremlin's cathedral square with the temples located on it: Uspensky, Blagoveschensky, Arkhangelsky are waiting for you to pay them a visit. And at last - Red Square. This is, perhaps, the most important sight in Moscow. It is located near the Kremlin and Kitay-Gorod. It leads to the Moscow River from the Vasilyevsky Descent Square. The square is located in the very center of Moscow, between the Voskresenskiye Vorota and Kremlin's thoroughfares, stretches along the Kremlin wall. This is really the very heart of Russia, as the streets that come out of the square go to different sides of the huge city, then turn into highways and lead to different parts of the country. On the Red Square there are a lot of interesting monuments of culture and attractions. The most famous of them are: Mausoleum of V.I. Lenin, Lobnoye Place, St. Basil's Cathedral, as well as the Upper and Middle Trade Rows, Kazan Cathedral. In addition, to the west there is the Moscow Kremlin. Dinner at the city cafe. Free time. Evening program of the day. The visit to the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow Circus is at your will (optional for extra fee from 100 to 120 USD).

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Day 8

Breakfast. 10.00-11.00 Excursion around the territory of VDNH. Unique architectural and park complex VDNH is formed by 49 monuments, 45 of which are of federal significance. The grand pavilions of VSHV-VDNH of the USSR became a precious symbol of the national architectural school - the Soviet empire, neoclassics and modernism. When and for what purposes was this exhibition  created? Who were the architects of the main Expo of the USSR? And what was on VSHV during the Great Patriotic War? We will learn all these facts  with you. 

11.00-12.30 Visit to the Aquarium.

13.30-14.30 Lunch.

 Space Museum. The Cosmonautics Museum is one of the largest scientific and technical museums in the world. The history of the museum began during the second half of the XX century, when in 1964 a monument to the Conquerors of Space appeared on the map of Moscow. Believe me, the museum will impress you. This historical object is worth a visit!  Next you will take  boat trip along the Moscow River. You will have a wonderful river cruise on a modern comfortable ship, a pleasant atmosphere on board, high quality of service and a great mood. Dinner at the restaurant.Return to the hotel. Overnight.

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Day 9

Breakfast. Transfer to Leningradskiy railway station. Trip to St. Petersburg by express train (3,5 - 4 hours on the way). Arrival to St. Petersburg. Meeting with the guide. City tour. Nevsky Prospekt, where the sightseeing tours usually begin, is the main street of the city and it  was founded as early as 1713. This street has witnessed many historical events and keeps many secrets. Here,  you can see buildings of different architectural styles, also, main historical  monuments and structures will be presented to your attention. Among them: Kazan and St. Isaac's Cathedrals, the Hermitage, Palace Square, the famous Bronze Horseman, Peter and Paul Fortress. In addition,  you will be able to see the Neva river embankment with its majestic bridges, as well as ships, among which there is famous cruiser "Aurora" – the main participant of the revolution of 1917. Excursion to the cruiser "Aurora". Lunch. Next you will take a boat trip through the city canals. Believe me, this city needs to be seen from the water. Excursion to the Hermitage. The most famous palace of Petersburg is the Winter Palace on Palace Square, which is the part of the museum complex of the State Hermitage. The State Hermitage Museum is one of the largest museums in the world. The collection of the Hermitage has about 3 million units of storage, you will need several years to inspect all the exhibits. But we will show you the route a little shorter. Dinner at the city cafe. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

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Day 10

Breakfast. Check out from the hotel. Departure on excursions with your luggage. Excursion to Peterhof with a visit to the Great Peterhof Palace. This is a magnificent country residence of  Russian tsars, founded by Peter I in 1705 on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Peterhof has more than a hundred fountains, and that is why it received its nickname “Russian Versailles”. Along the sides of the road, that was built at the beginning of the 18th century, summer houses of the members of imperial family and their confidants are still remaining. Such as: Novoznamenka, Mikhailovka, Alexandria and the recently restored Konstantinovsky Estate. Walk around the lower park, where fountains are located. Departure to Tsarskoe Selo. Lunch. Visit the Catherine Palace and walk in the park. This is a journey into Russian history. From the center of Petersburg of the XXI century you will be transferred to the summer imperial residence. Traveling there by bus, you will take the same road,  as the kings and queens were taking in the 18th and 19th centuries. You will learn about the history of the Petersburg palaces and literary salons, see ancient mile pillars and fountains, learn about the history of the Siege of Leningrad. In Tsarskoye Selo you will be able to observe  a masterpiece of high baroque - the Catherine Palace, built and rebuilt by such geniouses of architecture as: Rastrelli, Cameron, Stasov, Monighetti. You will see the famous Amber Room and take a walk along the Catherine Park. This outstanding example of park art combines the style of French baroque parks and the spirit of romantic English gardens. You will see marble and bronze sculptures and park pavilions. Return to St. Petersburg. Dinner. END OF SERVICE IN RUSSIA. Airport transfer. Departure home.Image result for петергоф

 Cost of the  program part in *Ukraine:

Prices are quoted in Dollars ($) per person:

GUARANTEED TOUR (from 2 people)!  

Hotels

2

6

10+1

15+1

20+1

$

$

$

$

$

Кiev 3 *
Raziohotel Yamskaya 3*
720

455

434

389

374

Кiev 4 *
BAKKARA 4*
747

483

464

418

403

Кiev 4 * +
Cosmopolite 4*+
831

504

558

508

492

Кiev 5 *
Fairmont Grand Hotel 5* –
1426

1252

1211

1143

1116

*the hotels maybe be replaced by accommodation of equal category.

 The price of program part “in Ukraine” includes: 

-      2 nights at the hotel of your choice in Kiev (early check in at the day 1)
-      3 breakfasts,  3 lunches, 3 dinners
-      Transportations during the tour
-      Transfers during the tour
-      English speaking guide service
-      Excursions with entrance fees.
-      Transfers according to the tour program 

Cost of the  program in *Ukraine and in *Belarus:

Prices are quoted in Dollars ($) per person:

GUARANTEED TOUR (from 2 people)! 

Hotels

2

6

10+1

15+1

20+1

$

$

$

$

$

Кiev: Raziohotel Yamskaya 3*
Brest: Vesta 3*
Minsk: Belarus 3*

1554

980

881

782

767

Кiev: BAKKARA 4*
Brest: Ermitage 4*
Minsk: Minsk 4*

1724

1114

1020

913

897

Кiev: Cosmopolite 4*+
Brest: Ermitage 3*
Minsk: Renaissence 4*+
1833

1221

1138

1028

1008

Кiev: Fairmont Grand Hotel 5*
Brest: Ermitage 3*
Minsk: Double Tree by Hilton 5*

2438

1828

1804

1680

1650

*the hotels maybe be replaced by accommodation of equal category. 

The price of program part “in Ukraine” + part “in Belarus” includes:

-      2 nights at the hotel of your choice in Kiev (early check in at the day 1)
-      3 breakfasts,  3 lunches, 3 dinners
-      Transportations during the tour
-      English speaking guide service
-      Excursions with entrance fees
-      Transfers according to the tour program
-      Railway tickets Kiev-Minsk (sleeping compartment)
-      2 nights at the hotels of your choice in Minsk and Brest
-      Vehicle: car/minivan of tour class throughout the trip  

Cost of the  program *Ukraine + *Belarus + *Russia + St.Petersburg:

Prices are quoted in Dollars ($) per person:

GUARANTEED TOUR (from 2 people)! 

Отель:

2

6

10+1

15+1

20+1

$

$

$

$

$

Кiev: Raziohotel Yamskaya 3*
Brest: Vesta 3* or Minsk: Belarus 3*
Moscow: Zarya 3* or Irbis 3*
Saint-Petersburg: Pribaltiyskaya 4*

 4193

2097

2064

1858

1719

Кiev: BAKKARA 4*
Brest: Ermitage 4* 
Minsk: Minsk 4*
Moscow: Pekin 4* or Holiday Inn Simonovsky 4*
Saint-Petersburg: Pribaltiyskaya 4*

4362

2267

2305

2071

1944

 Кiev: Cosmopolite 4*+ 
Brest: Ermitage 3*
Minsk: Renaissence 4*+
Moscow: Park Inn Sady 4*+
Saint-Petersburg: Pribaltiyskaya 4* 

4731

2532

2585

2329

2240

Кiev: Fairmont Grand Hotel 5*
Brest: Ermitage 3*Minsk: Double Tree by Hilton 5*
Moscow: Hilton 5* Leningradskaya
Saint-Petersburg: Pribaltiyskaya 4*

5359

3121

3285

3013

2871

*the hotels maybe be replaced by accommodation of equal category.  

The price of program  “in Ukraine” + “in Belarus” + “in Russia” + St.Petersburg includes:

-      2 nights at the hotel of your choice in Kiev (early check in at the day 1)
-      3 breakfasts,  3 lunches, 3 dinners
-      Transportations during the tour
-      English speaking guide service
-      Excursions with entrance fees
-      Transfers according to the tour program
-      Railway tickets Kiev-Minsk (sleeping compartment)
-      Hotels of your choice in Minsk and Brest (2 nights)
-      Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
-      Vehicle: car or minivan of tour class throughout the trip
-      Excursions with entrance fees
-      3 nights at the hotel of your choice in Moscow + 1 night at St.Petersburg
-      Train ticket Moscow-St.Petersburg (basic tariff only) (the price might be increased at the moment of booking)
-      Transportations during the tour
-      Meals according to the tour program
-      English speaking guide every day
-      Excursions with entrance fees, including boat ticket.  

Flight Moscow-Minsk is EXLUDED from the price of the tour. (The cost of the flight  is from $ 100)

We invite you to visit Ukraine, Belarus and Russia! 

How to contact and where to find us?

 

+38 063 494 31 59

+38 044 495 57 93

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kalipsoukraine@gmail.com  

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