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RUSSIA 2022 
Imperial Russia

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August 3 - 11, 2022
9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour starts in Saint Petersburg and ends in Moscow

$3,700 per person/double occupancy
$1,100 single supplement
$340 additional night - single or double room (includes a private airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes


This tour may be combined with The Baltic Renaissance tour to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland (July 24 - August 2, 2022) the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 3 tour (August 12 - 22, 2022)

This tour starts at 4:00PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 in Saint Petersburg.
Your flight should arrive no later than 2:00PM on August 3, 2022.

If you are combining this tour with the Baltic Renaissance tour, your connecting flight from Tallinn will be arranged for you and you will arrive in Saint Petersburg in the afternoon of August 2, 2022.

Day 1: Arrivals, Canal Boat Tour, Welcome Dinner 

On your arrival at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo International Airport, you'll be met by our driver for your private transfer to your luxury hotel in the heart of Saint Petersburg. After some time to rest, we'll start our exploration of St. Petersburg with a guided walk of the city's center, including the Winter Palace Garden and Nevsky Prospect, filled with shops, churches and monuments, and past its famous landmarks: the Kazan Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great, and the Admiralty Embankment. From here, we'll continue our discovery of the city by boat, as we take a privately narrated, leisurely canal cruise down the Neva River then down the Tanka, Moika, and Fontanka Rivers. The city of St. Petersburg is built over 42 islands, and a large network of rivers and canals divide it into distinct neighborhoods, making for a unique experience when viewing the magnificent classical architecture from the water level. In the evening, we'll share our first impressions of Saint Petersburg during our welcome dinner at one of the city's modern gourmet restaurants.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Angleterre Hotel, Saint Petersburg

Day 2: Catherine's Palace, City Tour 

This morning, we'll continue our journey through Saint Petersburg's rich history and visual splendor, as we travel to the former imperial town of Tsarskoe Selo to tour the extravagant Catherine's Palace and Park. Built for Empress Elizabeth, the Rococo blue-white-and-gold summer residence of Russian tsars is especially famous for its extraordinary Amber Room. After the tour of this summer residence, we'll take a guided walk through the Palace Park which combines elements of French, Italian, and English gardens before having a relaxed lunch at a pleasant café overlooking the Great Pond. In the afternoon, we return to the center of Saint Petersburg for an insightful tour of the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. The sensational name stems from the assassination attempt on Tsar Alexander II on this site, and the church is just as dramatic: the traditional Orthodox Russian exterior is topped with five elaborate domes, and the interior is celebrated for its colorful mosaics. We'll conclude with a tour of the uniquely Russian architectural masterpiece of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, with its elaborate interiors of mosaics, marbles, and intricately painted ceilings. After a busy day, the evening today will be at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Angleterre Hotel, Saint Petersburg

Day 3: Peterhof Palace, Yusupov Palace 

Today, we'll experience more of Russia's imperial wonders as we set out to visit the "Russian Versailles", the opulent Peterhof Palace. Our guide will take us through Peterhof's Grand Royal Palace and the Upper and Lower Gardens, which are designed in Petrine baroque style and incorporate French themes in their elaborate fountains with gold statues, including the impressive fountains of the Grand Cascade, modeled after a piece commissioned for Louis XIV. After visiting the palace, we'll be able to relax over lunch in the palace gardens. We'll return to the city center by hydrofoil, and set out for Yusupov Palace, a lavish city residence, but with a rather grisly history, as it is the site of Grigory Rasputin's, the "Mad Monk" murder. We will tour the grandiose 19th century palace interiors, filled with thousands of works of art, gilded chandeliers, frescoes, and tapestries, and learn about the murder, right at the scene of the crime.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Angleterre Hotel, Saint Petersburg

Day 4: Fabergé Museum, Hermitage Museum  

After breakfast today, we'll set out to discover more treasures of St. Petersburg. We'll start with a visit to the Hermitage Museum, the second-largest art museum in the world located in the Winter Palace. The museum boasts a collection of over three million items, from prehistoric artifacts to the 20th century German Romantic art. The main museum complex is spread over five buildings, and we'll tour the carefully selected exhibitions with our expert guide. After lunch at a lively contemporary restaurant, we'll continue our artistic journey as we tour the glittering Fabergé Museum, located in Shuvalov's Palace and housing the world's largest collection of works by the House of Fabergé. We'll tour the exhibition with a museum docent and admire the masterpieces of jewelry crafting, the most prized of which is arguably the nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Russian emperors.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Angleterre Hotel, Saint Petersburg

Day 5: High Speed Train to Moscow, Ballet Performance 

Today, we'll leave St. Petersburg and take the high-speed Sapsan train to Russia's capital, Moscow. After checking into our modern hotel, right off the Red Square, we'll have some time to rest, before we meet to take a leisurely walk through the Red Square, for the first glimpse of the photogenic iconic complex of historical landmarks. In the early evening, we'll be able to experience the quintessential Russian cultural treat: a classical ballet performance at a famous Moscow theater.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow

Day 6: The Red Square and the Kremlin 

This morning, we'll set out to get close and personal with Moscow's most famous sights, as we take a private guided tour of the Red Square and the Kremlin Complex. We'll begin with Saint Basil’s Cathedral, topped with colorful swirly domes and a visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum, before we enter the Kremlin, an ancient city and citadel, the residence of Russian tsars, Soviet rulers and modern presidents. We'll start with the Cathedral Square, surrounded by the Assumption Cathedral, Archangel Michael Cathedral, Annunciation Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the Assumption Belfry, and the Patriarch Palace. After touring these important landmarks, we'll visit the Armory Chamber, displaying the wealth accumulated by Russian Rulers since the 12th century. We'll have some free time for lunch, and then we'll continue the tour with a visit to Alexander’s Gardens, the famous Soviet era GUM department store, the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, the Bolshoi Theater, and the former KGB building. In the evening, we'll enjoy an elegant dinner at a historical Moscow restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow

Day 7: Moscow Highlights, Metro Tour, Tretyakov Gallery 

Moscow is much more than the Red Square and Kremlin, and today we'll get to appreciate other landmarks of the city which make it come alive. After breakfast, we'll join our guide, who will take us through the history of the city, revealing the cultural significance of the sites that we'll visit: the Lover's Bridge, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Victory Park, the magnificent Novodevichy Convent, a stunning example of Stalinist architecture at the Moscow State University, and Sparrow Hills, the highest point in Moscow, offering a panoramic view of the city. After lunch at a traditional Russian restaurant, we'll take an underground tour of the Moscow Metro system, stopping at several stations, each decorated in its own unique style, featuring exquisite architectural design, crystal chandeliers, colorful marble columns, as well as remnants of Soviet propaganda with communist symbols. We'll end the day at the Tretyakov Gallery, which with its largest collection of Russian art in the world that will let us gain an appreciation for the Russian artistic development over the centuries.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow

Day 8: Sergiev Posad, Pushkin Museum 

With its blue and gold onion domes offset by pure white walls, robed monks going about their day, and pilgrims coming to receive blessings, Sergiev Posad still functions today as it did in centuries past. This morning, we'll journey outside of the city, traveling through the idyllic Russian countryside to Sergiev Posad, in the Golden Ring to learn about Russian Christianity, as exemplified in one of its most evocative sights: the Holy Trinity of St. Sergius Lavra Monastery and the town that grew around it. Considered the heart of Russian Orthodoxy, the 14th century monastery comprising of two cathedrals and eight churches is dedicated to St. Sergius, the most revered native Russian saint. After returning to Moscow in the afternoon, we will venture to the Pushkin Museum which contains over 700,000 works of art by Western European artists from state-owned and private collections of Sergei Tretyakov, the Yusupovs, and the Shuvalovs. In the evening, we'll celebrate the discoveries, memories, and friendships we made during this trip with an elegant farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel, Moscow

Day 9: Departures 

Sadly, today we must say goodbye to our Russian adventure. Depending on your flight's departure time, you may have more time in the morning to enjoy the magic of Moscow before your private airport transfer which will be scheduled in accordance with your flight's departure time.
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends after breakfast on Thursday, August 11, 2022 in Moscow.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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