• Take the great delight in viewing of the two capitals of Russia with our friendly and highly educated resident team.
  • Stay with the royal comfort at our luxury 5-star hotels.
  • Visit the must-see sites in both cities – the Kremlin, Catherine’s Palace and the Hermitage.
  • Trace the milestones of Russian Revolution and learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye.
  • Taste Russian cuisine, take part in the culinary class, try vodka and “party like a Russian”.
  • Walk the streets with your fellow travelers and feel the vibes of these grand cities.
  • Explore Russia with the locals and share your emotions with us!

Accomodations
5-star hotels

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya

Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg

Included

Museum Entrance Fees

Highly-educated local guides

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 exclusive dinners, daily bottled water

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)

Russian SIM-card upon arrival

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)
1

Day 1: Welcome to Russia

Arrival to Moscow. You will be met, greeted, and escorted to your hotel.

Upon arrival, you will be provided with the SIM-card of a Russian mobile operator to get in touch with your home as often as you like. 

This evening you can relax with the group, have a welcome drink with your fellow travelers and the Russian team.

InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

2

Day 2: Discover Moscow

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. Stroll down Varvarka street. View the XVII century Boyar Romanov residence that preserves the origins of the second Royal dynasty, The Old English Court, and the new urban Zaryadye park.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

3

Day 3: Tretyakov Gallery and Its Neighbourhood

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 ballet at Bolshoi theatre (optional):

Anna Karenina Ballet by John Neumeier in two acts based on the novel of the same name by Leo Tolstoy  (the schedule is subject to change)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

4

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

InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

5

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

Astoria Hotel 

6

Day 6: St. Petersburg – 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 learn about the Great October Revolution of 1917 – stop at the famous Aurora Cruiser and visit the Museum of Political History.

You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the performance.

Enjoy the evening program (optional):

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet ballet in three acts, music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography by Nacho Duato(schedule is subject to change).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Astoria Hotel 

7

Day 7: Imperial Treasures of Catherine's Palace and Faberge Museum

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.

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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with the culinary class

Astoria Hotel 

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Day 8: 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 a vodka tasting with dinner with your new friends!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with vodka tasting

9

Day 9: Depart St. Petersburg

Departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Dates: October 11 – 19, 2018

Prices:

  • Double (shared hotel room, per person): $2,765
  • Single (individual hotel room, per person): $3,795

 

 

 

 

Booking and cancellation policy:

  • We recommend booking at least 30-90 days in advance 
  • Booking of the tour can be made not less than 15 days prior to the date of the tour
  • After the tour is booked 10% cancellation fee of the total amount will incur
  • In case the cancellation is made within the period from 45 to 30 days prior to the arrival 20% cancellation fee of the total amount will incur
  • In case the cancellation is made within the period from 29 to 14 days prior to the arrival 50% cancellation fee of the total amount will incur
  • In case the cancellation is made less than 14 days prior to the arrival 70% cancellation fee of the total amount will incur
  • There will be no refund for the cancellation of the tour made less than 48 hours prior to the booked tour
  • All cancellations or change o can be done by phone or email

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 4 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.