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Imperial Russia - Overview

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August 3 - 11, 2022
9 Days / 8 Nights

This 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) or the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 3 tour (August 12 - 22, 2022)

Nothing will ever quite prepare you for the imperial grandeur, glitz and glamour of Russia, the land of fur-lined hats, caviar, champagne, ballet, and the over-the-top capitals of modern Russia. First, there is Saint Petersburg, a feast for the senses and a treasure trove of art and architecture. From the world-renowned art in the Hermitage, opulent architecture, elegant villas and palaces and the soaring, onion-domed cathedrals that lend the city its fairy tale charm, to an extraordinary history of resilience and rebirth written into every stone, this most beautiful city in Russia is full of romantic ambiance, bridges, museum-like streets and imperial spirit. Tsar Peter the Great’s “Window on the West,” St. Petersburg was built in the early 1700s on 44 islands, a feat that took the lives of thousands of workers. Today it’s a stunning city, laced with canals, graceful bridges, and Empire-style buildings. Beginning in May, the summer brings long days and the famous "White Nights", when even at midnight the sun barely dips below the horizon, and the city's streets and gardens burst into life, celebrating the season with revelry all night long.

While St. Petersburg is reminiscent of European cities, Moscow is pure Russia. A vivid, exhilarating and vibrant metropolis, with streets filled with Art Nouveau and Russian Revival mansions, flowering courtyards and icon-filled churches which create mesmerizing contrasts and different textures. Moscow's illustrious Tretryakov and Pushkin Galleries are only the beginning of its contemporary art scene, liberal and dynamic, and the city's classical performing arts are still among the best in the world. Built on the Moskva River, Moscow is architecturally stunning. From the onion domes of St. Basil's to the precise exterior of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space to the dreary concrete Soviet apartment blocks, we'll be able to trace Russian history through Moscow’s fires, wars and disasters, and see how the destiny kept pushing it to rebuild and grow stronger. Having grown from a handful of medieval wooden huts along the river, survived the Mongol invasion, Moscow became the center of the Russian Orthodox Church, then Imperial Russia, then Soviet Russia, to the post-Soviet modern Russia. With one foot grounded in the glorious past and the other jumping into the future, Moscow has proved her place as a global capital.

The Imperial Russia tour will introduce us to some of the richest and most revered cultural and historical landmarks of both cities, as well as the Russian Orthodox pilgrimage site of Sergiev Posad with its swirly spires, vividly colored domes and streets lined with gingerbread cottages. In St. Petersburg, we'll see the famous Faberge Museum, the "Russian Versailles" of Peterhof Palace, the royal residence of Catherine Palace with its Gardens in Tsarskoe Selo, the incomparable Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, as well as the infamous Yusupov Palace. We'll take a cruise on the canals that have earned Saint Petersburg the moniker "Venice of the North" and get in-depth insights into the soul of the city.

Our time in Moscow will give us an unparalleled insight into the city allowing for a deep understanding of its past and present. We'll tour the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral with its colorful domes, Alexander Garden, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin Complex with its palaces, cathedrals, museums and administrative buildings. We'll stroll along the historical Arbat Street, take guided tours of Pushkin Museum, Tretyakov Gallery and Bolshoi Theater, take an underground tour of Moscow's most beautiful metro stations and see a classical Russian ballet performance. We'll also get to admire the Novedevichy Convent, the Stalinist architecture of Moscow's State University, Victory Park and Sparrow Hills. We'll conclude with a day trip to Sergiev Posad, in Moscow's Golden Ring of ancient towns, famous for its 14th-century Trinity Lavra St. Sergius Monastery complex with blue and gold onion domes and the exquisite interior frescoes.

  • Russian visa invitation letter
  • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Business class train between St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • 4 nights at the historical hotel in Saint Petersburg
  • 4 nights at the modern luxury hotel in Moscow
  • Hotel porterage
  • Upscale meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 3 dinners, including drinks
  • Bottled water on days when touring by bus
  • Specialist guides or docents at historical sights and museums
  • All excursions, tours and cultural activities as per itinerary
  • All admissions and activities fees as per the itinerary
  • Professional local guides
  • Classical Russian ballet performance
  • All transportation during the tour (by a private modern coach, train and hydrofoil)
  • An experienced Tour Director throughout the tour
  • All restaurants', guides' and drivers' gratuities, all sightseeing fees and admissions

Additional/optional costs may include: Optional single supplement, optional travel insurance, Russian visa fees, meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary, optional early check-in / late check-out hotel charges, any required Covid-19 related testing, optional Tour Director's gratuities, room service, mini bar charges, telephone charges, laundry services and other personal expenses. The tour cost does not include airfare to and from the tour’s location.

  • Private cruise on St. Petersburg's canals
  • Private tour of the city's highlights
  • Tour of Peterhof Palace and Gardens
  • Docent-led tour of the Faberge Museum
  • Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum
  • Tour of the Yusupov Palce
  • Catherine Palace and Gardens in Tsarskoe Selo
  • Churches, palaces and museum of the Kremlin
  • Classical Russian ballet performance
  • In-depth tour of the Kremlin
  • Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkin Gallery tours
  • Lenin's Mausoleum
  • St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Stalinist architecture of Moscow State University
  • Tour of Moscow's metro stations
  • Tour of the religious site of Sergiev Posad
What Makes This Tour Special
  • Carefully designed, in-depth itinerary
  • Small group of a maximum of 16 women
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to most groups
  • Knowledgeable and passionate private guides
  • Experienced Tour Director throughout the trip
  • Accommodations in upscale, perfectly located hotels
  • Classical Russian ballet performance
  • No forced shopping

The Russian ballet was fantastic! A once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget – Joan from Florida

I am usually the person who plans trips for my family and keeps everyone organized during the trip. Joining a Sights & Soul tour gives me the chance to take a vacation without having to do all the work. It was great to have a total break from responsibility and know that I’ll have a wonderful experience, meet new people, and be safe. – Mary from Illinois

What the Media Says About Us 

American Women to Travel to St. Petersburg, Russia
Sights and Soul Travels, a women-only tour company has announced a new tour to St. Petersburg in Russia. During the visit, the group will see the famous sights and experience the cultural offerings of St. Petersburg, as well as engage with their Russian hosts and foster understanding of the new Russia. In June 2008, during the Russian White Nights, sixteen American women will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia with a tour organized by Sights and Soul Travels. The selection of Vladimir Putin as Time Magazine's Person of the Year makes many people curious about the "new Russia" -- more affluent, adhering to its centuries-old traditions and more open to international visitors. more