Imperial Russia

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St Petersburg and Moscow
7 days
May - Sep
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Enjoy the wonderfully preserved history and grandeur of St. Petersburg, the imperial city of theTsars, and Moscow, the Mother city of old Russia. Explore the astonishing history and culture of these 2 amazing cities, visiting the wonderful Hermitage Museum, the Kremlin and more.

Day 1 St Petersburg Arrival
On arrival at St Petersburg Airport, transfer* from the airport to your hotel and time at leisure. A city founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and known as "the Venice of the North", St Petersburg was virtually unharmed by the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, and its treasures dazzle - splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges and other attractions. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery!  3 nights at Hotel Corinthia or similar. 

Day 2 St Petersburg City Sightseeing and Optional Peterhof Palace excursion
This morning  meet the local guide at the hotel for a 3-hour panoramic city sightseeing tour which will cover some of the many highlights of the city. We will drive along the Nevsky Prospect - the heart of the city, and make picture stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Senate Square, Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaacs Cathedral, Arts Square and the Russian Museum, as well as at the two magnificent churches, the "Spilled Blood" and the Nikolsky Cathedral. The tour ends at your hotel and the afternoon is at leisure. 2nd overnight in St Petersburg.

This afternoon perhaps join an optional 4 hour excursion to Peterhof. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture from the 18-19th Centuries. Founded by Emperor Peter the Great, not far from his new northern capital St Petersburg, Peterhof was intended as a splendid official royal summer residence.  The complex has wonderful parks, 176 fountains, 4 cascades, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, and remarkable collections of sculpture, painting and works of arts. 

Day 3: St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum
Meet the local guide at the hotel this morning for a tour of the astonishing Hermitage Museum, which occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian Tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th Centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. Today the Museum is creating its digital self-portrait to be displayed around the world. The tour ends at your hotel. Afternoon and evening at leisure and 3rd overnight in St Petersburg. 

Day 4  St Petersburg - Moscow
Transfer from your hotel to the railway station, where we will board the Sapsan train bound for Moscow. This train ride takes you through endless Russian landscapes and along the Volga River. Afternoon arrival at Moscow and transfer to your hotel. 3 nights at Intercontinental Tverskaya Hotel or similar. 

Day 5: Moscow: City SIghtseeing 
Today enjoy a full day guided sightseeing tour of Moscow. Moscow, with its 10 million inhabitants, is vast and at times chaotic but always extraordinary place. We will see ancient churches and cathedrals, some of them dating as far back as the 15th century, beautiful theatres and palaces, buildings of late Soviet architecture such as the Moscow State University and the Central Stadium in Luzhniki,  the historic centre of the city which includes the Red Square, Sofiiskaya Embankment, St. Sophia Cathedral, and the panorama of the Kremlin walls. We will also see the modern part of the city which includes  the Vorobievy (Lenin Hills) – the highest place in Moscow, providing a beautiful view of the city, and Poklonnaya Hill where there is a monument commemorating defenders of the city during World War Two. During this visit we will enjoy a tour of one of Moscow’s beautiful Metro stations, a highlight in itself. The evening is at leisure. 2nd overnight in Moscow.

Tonight you may wish to join an optional National Russian Dance show. The Dance Show “Kostroma” reveals the history of Russia and the life of its peoples.  and showcases Russian culture through he more than 50 dancers on stage. Not available for the tour departing on 25 May 2020. 

Day 6 Moscow: Kremlin Excursion
Meet the local guide at the hotel for a half day excursion, which includes a guided tour of the Kremlin.  We will walk through the Kremlin grounds and visit the Armoury Chamber with its famous collection of Faberge eggs, jewels and royal thrones. The word Kremlin (Kreml) means a fortress or walled town and Moscow’s is the biggest and most famous. The earliest ramparts were of earth and wood, but successive rulers raised and strengthened the defences after every attack.  We end the tour at the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. 3rd overnight in Moscow.

Tonight you may wish to join an optional River cruise 3- 3.5hrs. Aboard custom designed vessels enjoy the splendour of the river, the architecture, the various other boats and the summer evening.

Day 7 Moscow Departure
Your tour concludes today with a transfer* to Moscow Airport.  

Departures 2020: 25 May; 08, 22, 29 June (on request ); 06, 13, 20, 27 July; 03, 10 (on request ), 17, 24, 31 August; 07, 14, 28 September 

Maximum group size:  32 persons

All optional excursions must be pre-booked. Please note there may be minimum participant numbers for the optional excursions to operate.       

Includes: 6 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities in mentioned hotels or similar; daily buffet style breakfasts; services of English speaking tour leader from Day 2 to Day 7; touring by private air conditioned coach including all sightseeing mentioned in the programme; Sapsan train St Petersburg  to Moscow; porter service at hotels Days 2-6; airport transfers* Days 1 and 7 only with arrival transfer only from St Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport please note the airport transfers are shared with fellow arriving and departing passengers therefore minor waiting time at the airports and at the hotel on day of departure may occur. Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase plus 1 piece of hand luggage per person.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2417.00
Single AUD$ 3782.00

Includes: 6 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities in mentioned hotels or similar; daily buffet style breakfasts; services of English speaking tour leader from Day 2 to Day 7; touring by private air conditioned coach including all sightseeing mentioned in the programme; Sapsan train St Petersburg  to Moscow; porter service at hotels Days 2-6; airport transfers* Days 1 and 7 only with arrival transfer only from St Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport please note the airport transfers are shared with fellow arriving and departing passengers therefore minor waiting time at the airports and at the hotel on day of departure may occur. Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase plus 1 piece of hand luggage per person.

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