Admire Moscow and St. Petersburg in the summertime. Enjoy the private musical concert and interact with the best Moscow musicians. Visit the must-see sites in both cities – the Kremlin, Catherine’s palace and the magnificent Peterhof fountains. 

Join the Neva river and canals cruise and see an absolutely different St. Petersburg. Taste Russian cuisine, take part in culinary class, try vodka and “party like a Russian”. Trace the milestones of Russian Revolution and learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye.

Walk the streets and feel the summer vibes at the city fairs and festivals. Explore Russia with the locals and share your emotions with your fellow travelers!

Accomodations
5-star hotels

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya

Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg

Included

Museum Entrance Fees

Highly-educated local guides

21 meals

High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg (business class)

All on-tour transportation on modern air-conditioned motor coach including arrival and departure transfers (group or individual)

Whisper technology enhanced touring

Luggage handling in/out

Visa support, registration fees

Not included

Air tickets

Evening performance tickets and transfers 

Additional information

OccupancyDouble (shared hotel room, per person), Single (individual hotel room, per person)
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Day 1: Welcome to Russia

Arrival to Moscow. You will be met, greeted and escorted to your hotel.
This evening you can relax with the group, have a welcome drink with your fellow travelers and
the Russian team.

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Day 2: Moscow Highlights

Today we offer you some insights into the rich history of Moscow. Step into Red Square to admire the colorful domes of St. Basil’s cathedral. You will view famous landmarks including the Savior Tower, the Kremlin walls, GUM department store, the State Historical Museum and Lenin’s mausoleum.

Our next venture will be to drive around the Kremlin and view the Christ the Savior Cathedral, a church with a controversial history. Then you’ll reach the Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent – the “Convent of the Broken Hearts.” Then you’ll visit Poklonnaya Hill (Bow Hill) – commemorating the events of World War II from a Russian perspective.

After lunch, you’ll take a walk in the oldest neighborhoods of Moscow – Kitay-Gorod. Then enjoy the private musical concert and interact with the best Moscow musicians.

In the evening enjoy a dinner a la Russe and soak up the unique atmosphere of downtown Moscow.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3: Tretyakov Gallery and its Neighborhood

After breakfast, take a Metro ride with your guide and stop to explore the grandeur of its most impressive stations. Then visit the Old Tretyakov gallery – the main museum housing a collection of Russian art from the XII to the XX century, including the world famous Andrey Rublev’s “Holy Trinity.” We will stop for lunch at the local restaurant and then walk around the ancient streets of Zamoskvorechye – the neighborhood around the Tretyakov gallery. Here you can catch a glimpse of pre-Revolutionary Moscow. It used to be home to craftsmen of all trades. Peter the Great’s reforms brought in merchants with their grand mansions.

Later, they were followed by the nobility who built grand palaces. While you explore the many little picturesque lanes, you will forget for a moment that you are in one of the busiest cities in the world. Today, the district is full of pedestrian zones with cozy cafes and restaurants. Refresh at the hotel before the performance. Enjoy the evening program (Folk dance show/Classical music /Ballet/Opera) – the schedule is subject to change.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 4: Back in USSR

Meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for the KGB tour. On this tour, you will visit places connected with the time of great repression and fear. You will step on Lubyanka Square to see a memorial to the victims of political repression – Solovetsky Stone. Then you will visit Donskoy Monastery and Cemetery where the victims of repression were buried. You’ll learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye in Russia.

After lunch, you will walk along the embankment under Krymsky bridge from Gorky park to the Park of Arts Muzeon. It is one of the largest Russian outdoor museums where the statues of disgraced leaders share their place with diverse creations by contemporary sculptors. To complete the art tour, visit the New Tretyakov Gallery. The New Tretyakov is the premier venue for XX century Russian art.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 5: Kremlin Day – Rail to St. Petersburg

Today, you will enter the Kremlin walls to feel the country’s past and present. The Kremlin is an old fortress and the most important historical and political center of Russia. You will see the Kremlin’s compositional center and look into the three main cathedrals – the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel’s Michael cathedral.

You will visit the Armory Chamber – the treasury of Russian tsars that houses a collection of unique jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge. You can try a traditional Russian lunch and then stroll down Petrovka street. The street takes its name after the St. Peter’s (Vysoko-Petrovsky) Monastery located at the top of the hill. A visit to this XIV century monastery will give you a unique insight into the royal court’s life before Tzar Peter, and the Orthodox past of Russia.

Later you will be transferred to Leningradsky railway station to board the rapid train Sapsan to St. Petersburg. You will be offered dinner on board. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, you will check in to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: The City of Tsars and Revolutions

After breakfast join the tour of the northern capital of Russia. First of all, view the Palace square and take in the spectacular panorama of the General Staff building, Alexander column and the Hermitage. Then the city tour will feature the impressive St. Isaac’s cathedral, Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great and splendid view of the city from the Spit of Vasilievsky Island. Follow your guide to the oldest part of the city – Peter and Paul Fortress where the town of Peter started in 1703. Continue past the Field of Mars and the Summer Gardens to the most famous church in the city the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood.

After lunch walk along the Nevsky prospect, lively at any time of day and night – the most elegant avenue lined with palaces and mansions.

You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the performance. Enjoy the evening program (Ballet/Opera/Folk dance show/Classic music) – schedule is subject to change.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 7: Peterhof Fountains and Faberge Eggs

This morning, join your fellow travelers for an unforgettable tour to Peterhof Park – the “capital of fountains” – with the most famous Grand Cascade. It is beautiful in the summertime! There are 64 different fountains and numerous bronze statues, bas-reliefs, and other decorations. The architecture and decor of Peterhof reflects all the artistic styles of the past and the personal tastes and preferences of every Russian monarch. Visit one of the palaces and after lunch return back to the city by hydrofoil.

Afternoon, you will visit the Faberge museum established by Viktor Vekselberg. One item you might admire is the world’s largest collection of priceless Easter eggs that Faberge created for the Imperial family.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 8: Catherine's Palace and City Canals

Today, you will depart to the Pushkin town or Tsarskoye Selo, just outside St. Petersburg. It is famed for its majestic Catherine’s palace where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. Its main attractions are the mirrored Grand Ballroom and the opulent Amber Room. You will continue to the beautiful Catherine Park surrounding the palace.

Before the transfer to St. Petersburg, enjoy your lunch. Then upon arrival in the city, join the Neva River and canals cruise. If you look at the city from the water, you will see an absolutely different St. Petersburg.

This evening you will take part in a culinary class followed by Russian style dinner with your fellows.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9: From Ancient Art to Contemporary

After a leisurely breakfast, go to Dvortsovaya (Palace square). A highlight of your stay is a guided visit to the famous Hermitage Museum with its masterpieces by hundreds of artists including Renoir, Da Vinci, and Matisse. The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings and is one of the oldest and largest art galleries in the world. It is estimated that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute!

After a lunch-break admire the Impressionist Gallery at the restored General Staff building. Then you will have an opportunity to explore the city on your own, visit multiple shops, or visit exhibits.

In the evening, enjoy vodka tasting with dinner and your new friends!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 10: Depart St. Petersburg

Departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Moscow & St. Petersburg – Luxury 10 Day Tour in Summer

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 – Saturday, July 28, 2018 (10 days, 9 nights)
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Saturday, August 24, 2018 (10 days, 9 nights)

Prices

  • Double (shared hotel room, per person): $4,290
  • Single (individual hotel room, per person): $5,450

  • 4 nights in Moscow at the 5-star InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

This modern luxury hotel located on Tverskaya street is putting you in the vibrant heart of the city. It is about a 15-minute walk to the Kremlin and Red Square.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 5 nights in St. Petersburg at the 5-star Astoria Hotel

A city landmark since 1912, Hotel Astoria has hosted many eminent guests, including dancer Isadora Duncan and poet Sergei Yesenin. This luxury hotel is situated directly across from St Isaac’s Cathedral and a short walk from leading attractions such as Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, and the Mariinsky Theatre.