Day 1 - Arrive in St. Petersburg (3 Nights)
Welcome to St. Petersburg, your home for the next three nights. Relax and unwind after check-in, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers later on for dinner
Day 2 - St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Free Time
The Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isacc’s Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great feature on your guided tour. Explore St. Peter and Paul Fortress with your Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Venice Of The North Cruise And Champagne
Soak up the atmosphere, romance and lights of this former imperial capital, known as the “Venice of the North”. Board a private boat to cruise through the canals and along the River Neva. You’ll sip champagne as your Local Specialist provides commentary about the city that has inspired artists for generations.
Adult Price: €46.00
Evening At The Ballet
There may be an opportunity to attend a ballet performance in the historic atmosphere of a Tsarist era theatre. Subject to availability of tickets and performance. Price will vary from €80-€110, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company.
Adult Price: €110.00
Imperial Splendours And Architectural Gems
Your Local Specialist will offer a guided tour of the interiors of two iconic churches. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood, built to commemorate the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, has one of the country’s most intricate displays of mosaic icons. Additionally, St Isaac’s Cathedral is the 4th-largest cathedral in the world. Designed by a French architect, its immense interior is comprised of malachite and other precious materials.
Adult Price: €44.00
Russian Folklore Evening
A chance to attend one of the best Russian folklore programs in St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy a high-energy performance featuring Cossack dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia. During intermission, sample local champagne and vodka. An unforgettable experience!
Adult Price: €58.00
The Hermitage Museum
Experience a visit to one of the largest and most valuable collections of art in the world, all set in the splendour of the Winter Palace and its elaborate interiors.
Adult Price: €44.00
Day 3 - St. Petersburg Free Time
Enjoy a free day to explore the city further, or visit the State Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world containing over 3 million works of art and artefacts.
Imperial Summer Residences. Pushkin And Petrodvorets
On this full-day tour, your Local Specialist will take you to the villages of Pushkin and Petrodvorets, where you will visit Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof Gardens. Recently restored, Catherine’s Palace is most famous for the fabled and wholly unique Amber Room. Located on the Baltic, Peterhof Gardens are modeled after those at Versailles. Following a guided tour, you’ll have time to enjoy a stroll as you marvel at the gilded fountains. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €89.00
Rasputin And The Romanovs
This two-part tour pays tribute to Russia’s noble and royal families and provides an explanation for the collapse of the monarchy. You’ll see the opulent interior of Yusupov Palace, one of the grandest noble residences in the country, and learn about the plot to murder the mystic Rasputin. Then, visit the tombs of Tsar Nicholas II and his family at Peter and Paul’s Cathedral.
Adult Price: €51.00
Day 4 - St. Petersburg and Novgorod
This morning consider an Optional Experience to the summer residence of Peter the Great in Petrodvorets. Afterwards, cross the vast Russian plains to the ancient city of Novgorod where you view the Kremlin Fort, Millennium Monument and St. Sophia Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Day 5 - Novgorod, Tver and Moscow (3 Nights)
Your journey continues through picturesque villages to the Tver region, where you stop for an included lunch. Travel via Klin, the former home of Tchaikovsky, to the Russian capital, Moscow.
Metro And Red Square By Night
Often cited as the most beautiful subway system in the world, Moscow’s grandiose Metro stations are decorated with mosaics, stained glass and bronze statues. They’re also one of the few remaining places featuring Communist iconography. We’ll finish our guided visit with a walk through Red Square, where the evening illuminations should provide enviable photo opportunities.
Adult Price: €37.00
Day 6 - Moscow Sightseeing and Free Time
Moscow is a city full of wonderful buildings and monuments. Your Local Specialist shows you an array of sights including Red Square and the domed St. Basil’s Cathedral. In your free time perhaps visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kremlin, considered to be one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world. Or visit the impressive Treasure Chambers of the Tsars, full of unique collections including priceless Faberge eggs, resplendent Imperial carriages and Catherine the Great’s diamonds.
Kremlin And The Heart Of Moscow
Discover ancient cathedrals, the world’s largest cannon and the emperors’ bell. You’ll also visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Built on the site where the Soviet government dynamited the original Cathedral, it was funded by donations from millions of Muscovites. Finally we’ll take a stroll through the famous Arbat street. Once inhabited by the tsar’s artisans and equerries, often referred to as Moscow’s Montmartre, it’s lined with càfes, restaurants and shops selling local souvenirs. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €54.00
Treasures Of The Tsars
You’ll have a opportunity to skip the queues and take a guided tour of the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars – one of the most important museums in Russia due to its unique collection. You’ll see priceless Faberge eggs and Catherine the Great’s diamonds and many gowns. You’ll also discover the Imperial carriages, which are studded with precious stones and gold; coronation thrones; and other one-of-a-kind items from the Romanov Dynasty. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €52.00
Day 7 - Moscow Free Time
See the sights of your choice during your free day in the city. There will be the opportunity for you to consider taking an Optional Experience to Sergiyev Posad, the largest religious and cultural centre in Russia.
Russian Panorama Experience
Learn more about Russia’s military and contemporary history on this guided tour, led by your Local Specialist. We’ll visit the Borodino Panorama, home to a large-scale multi-sensory diorama. This moving work of art depicts the most decisive moment of the Battle of Borodino, which took place between Russia and Napoleon’s Grand Army in 1812. We’ll also walk through Victory Memorial Park to see impressive monuments to the victory in World War II. Finally, we’ll take a stroll through the famous Arbat street. Once inhabited by the tsar’s artisans, it’s now referred to as Moscow’s Montmartre, lined with càfes, restaurants and shops selling local souvenirs.
Adult Price: €43.00
Sergiyev Posad – The Real Russia
68 km from Moscow, Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era) is the centre of the Orthodox faith and Russia’s most important pilgrimage site. You’ll visit recently-renovated Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery, unique in the fact that it still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. You’ll also have time to browse the markets, where you might like to buy locally-crafted lacquer boxes or Matryoshka dolls. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €53.00
Day 8 - Depart Moscow
Say goodbye to this unique country at the end of your holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.