Gorky Park, 9 Krymskiy Val St., Moscow; (495) 995-0020. Open 365 days a year.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, 15 Volkhonka St., Moscow; (495) 637-1276, http://www.xxc.ru. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and 1-5 p.m. Mondays.
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, 12 Volkhonka St., Moscow; (495) 609-9520, http://www.arts-museum.ru/?lang=en. Admission $13.
Patriarch's Pond, Moscow. Open 365 days a year.
Arbatskaia Lavitsa, 27 Arbat St., Moscow; (495) 690-56-89. The store offers a wide and well-priced selection of Russian souvenirs. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
St. Petersburg River cruise, Nevskiy Prospekt and Fontanka River, St. Petersburg; (495) 225-6070, http://www.cck-ship.ru. The 1- to 1.5-hour canal cruise through the historical center of St. Petersburg is a great way to get a sense of the city. Boats leave throughout the day. Last tour starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $13.
Russian Museum, 4 Injenernaya St., St. Petersburg; (812) 595-42-48, http://www.rusmuseum.ru/eng/home/. Museum is closed Tuesdays; open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays; 1-9p.m. Thursdays. Admission $11 for adults, $5 for students and children 7-16.
Russian Vodka Museum, 4 Konnogvardeyski Blvd., St. Petersburg; (812) 570-6422, http://www.vodkamuseum.su/index.php?lang=en. Admission $5; with guided tour $10. Vodka sampling with three kinds and traditional Russian snacks $10.
Pushkin Apartment Museum, 12 Moyka River Embankment, St. Petersburg; (812) 571-38-01, http://www.museumpushkin.ru/eng/. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays. Closed last Friday of the month. Admission $5.
Anna Akhmatova Museum, 53 Liteyniy Prospekt, St. Petersburg; (812) 579-7239, http://www.akhmatova.spb.ru. Closed Mondays. Open noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays-Sundays; noon-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is $3, with audio guide $6.50.