Wonders of St Petersburg & Moscow

This At Leisure trip visits the magnificent city of St. Petersburg and the metropolis of Moscow. A rail adventure combining art and antiquities with such attractions as the Hermitage Museum, Red Square and the Kremlin. Gain insights into Russia’s transformation over the centuries.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive St. Petersburg

Tread in the footsteps of tsars and tsarinas, of artists, poets and musicians, whose great gifts to the romantic city of St. Petersburg you will have an opportunity to see over the next few days. This evening, meet Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and light dinner.

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky, 3 nights

Day 2: St. Petersburg Sightseeing and Hermitage Museum visit

Explore the might of imperial Russia on a sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. View the magnificent Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress on an included visit before we ‘Connect With Locals’, meeting some of the students of St. Petersburg’s Theatre for canapés and a stage performance. Learn how your visit will ‘Make a Difference’ to the theatrical education of St. Petersburg’s youth. Later, join a Small Group Sightseeing visit with a ‘Local Specialist’ to the Hermitage Museum. Consider a theatre visit to enjoy a fascinating Russian Folklore performance.

Day 3: St. Petersburg At Leisure

The narrow lanes and grand boulevards of St. Petersburg are ours to explore today. Admire the ornate domes and colourful mosaics of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the gold-plated dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

Day 4: St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure before boarding a train to the Russian capital. En route, contemplate the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, and the indomitable spirit of the Russian nation which saw it send the first man to outer space. Straddling the Moskva River, this city is the country’s political, economic, religious and financial hub – and your home for the next three nights.

Hotel: Hilton Leningradskaya, 3 nights

Day 5: Moscow Sightseeing and At Leisure

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Moscow your way or head to the ancient 14th-century town of Sergiev Posad on Russia’s Golden Ring route on an Optional Experience. Home to the beautiful blue and gold onion domes of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the town is the centre of Orthodox faith and Russia’s most important pilgrimage site. Visit the Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery which still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. Then, return to Moscow for a guided sightseeing tour with your ‘Local Specialist’ which features the imposing walls of the Kremlin.

Day 6: Moscow At Leisure

A leisurely start to your day could see you enjoying the kofe culture of Moscow with the locals. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience inside the Kremlin and explore the golden-domed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour before taking a stroll along Arbat street, Moscow’s Montmartre. This evening, toast to the magic and magnificence of Mother Russia, joining your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 7: Depart Moscow

We close the door on our epic At Leisure holiday in two iconic Russian cities and say farewell to newfound friends.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 13, 20, 27$2,875.00$3,505.00
May: 04$2,875.00$3,505.00
May: 11, 18, 25$3,025.00$3,845.00
June: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,025.00$3,845.00
July: 06$3,025.00$3,845.00
July: 13, 20, 27$2,875.00$3,505.00
August: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$2,875.00$3,505.00
September: 07, 14, 21, 28$2,875.00$3,505.00
October: 05$2,875.00$3,505.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:High Speed Rail Ticket : St. Petersburg – Moscow
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Easy Pace Russia

Experience the grandeur of Russia on a 8 Day Easy Pace Russia tour, exploring the baroque architecture of St Petersburg and the palaces of Moscow. Marvel at the famous art collection of the Hermitage Museum and travel by hydrofoil and high-speed train in perfect style.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to St. Petersburg

Airport transfers depart from St. Petersburg airport at 14:30 and 17:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 19:00 for a friendly Welcome Dinner served with wine.

Day 2: St. Petersburg Sightseeing

Morning sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists’ Square. Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, and visit the beautiful Catherine Palace? Or, if you’d prefer to relax, head back to your hotel where you can make the most of its luxury facilities.

Day 3: Petrodvorets by Hydrofoil

Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petrodvorets. For over 200 years it was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Explore the perfectly manicured gardens and see the cascading fountains. Later you are at leisure, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin’s murder?

Day 4: The Hermitage Museum

Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world’s greatest museums. Marvel at this fabulous collection of paintings and ornaments, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or relax.

Day 5: High Speed Sapsan Train to Moscow

Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin’s murder? Later, board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you travel to Moscow in just a few hours. On arrival in this fascinating city, you are transferred to your hotel for a leisurely three-night stay. Famous for its unique history and colourful architecture, explore Moscow’s enchanting city centre and get lost in its captivating Modern art scene. For those wanting to take a pretty stroll, why not head to Gorky Park? Designed in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov, the park is famous for its outdoor activities and art exhibitions.

Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow’s landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin’s Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods. During your stay, you will visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People.’ Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. In your free time, why not witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Imperial Russian Family?

Day 7: Moscow and The Kremlin

In the morning you are at leisure to relax or explore the Russian capital as you wish. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an Optional Experience to the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture, Zagorsk? In the afternoon, walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. Learn more about Russia’s famous Tsars, the history of the Fortress and how its role has changed over the years. Later, enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company as you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner.

Day 8: Farewell Moscow

Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 19, 26$3,495.00Price on Application
May: 03$3,495.00Price on Application
May: 10, 17, 24, 31$3,695.00Price on Application
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,695.00Price on Application
July: 05, 12$3,695.00Price on Application
July: 19, 26$3,495.00Price on Application
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,495.00Price on Application
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,525.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:High Speed Rail Ticket : St. Petersburg – Moscow
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Finland, Russia & The Baltic States

Explore the rare Baltic gems of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Belarus along the seaway from Helsinki to St. Petersburg for fascinating insights into the heritage of the Tsars and days spent seeing the magnificent sights of Moscow. You will also wander through the ancient capitals of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk. See the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn’s Hanseatic Quarter.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Helsinki

Welcome to Helsinki, the cool capital of Finland, whose sophisticated streets and laidback atmosphere are yours to enjoy, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for an orientation drive to see the city’s iconic sights followed by a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Scandic Grand Marina

Day 2: Helsinki – St. Petersburg

Follow the beautiful shoreline along the Gulf of Finland, crossing the border into Russia. We journey through the lush forests of Karelia to the imperial city of St. Petersburg – our home for the next three nights. You will have the option of admiring the ‘Venice of the North’, taking to its waters and navigating the city’s canals by boat, or perhaps indulge in the delicious flavours of a traditional pie at the Stolle bakery, while you wander through the city’s narrow lanes and grand boulevards this evening. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Solo Sokos Vasilievsky, 3 nights

Day 3: St. Petersburg Sightseeing & Hermitage Museum Visit

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ this morning to explore the city’s iconic sights including the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Statue of Peter the Great, whose inspired vision for this city saw it evolve into an elegant metropolis to rival even the most sophisticated of European capitals. Then visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built to protect the city against invading forces in the 18th century, and the spectacular Hermitage Museum to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. Admire the exquisite works of da Vinci, Rembrandt and Vermeer which hang proudly on its magnificent Baroque and Rococo walls.

Day 4: St. Petersburg Free Day

Spend the day exploring St. Petersburg, admiring the ornate golden domes and colourful mosaics of cathedrals and churches. Consider joining an Optional Experience to a high-energy Russian folklore show.

Day 5: St. Petersburg – High-Speed Train – Moscow

Board a high-speed Sapsan train that will take you across the vast Russian landscape to the capital city. Delve into the tumultuous and captivating history of Moscow, an ancient city that oozes grandeur. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Azimut Olympic, 3 nights

Day 6: Moscow Sightseeing

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the imposing Red Square – the site of grand celebrations, fierce fighting and beautiful architecture. See the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, before venturing beyond the red walls of the Kremlin for a memorable visit to the seat of Russian power.

Day 7: Moscow Free Day

Immerse yourself in the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about the city’s triumphs and defeats. You have a full day at leisure to explore the sights. Stroll along the flower-lined boulevards of Gorky Park, admire the exquisite underground art and history showcase that is the Moscow Metro, or consider an Optional Experience to the Tsar’s Treasury Chamber or St. Sergius Monastery and its handicraft market.

Day 8: Moscow – Minsk

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon’s retreating army of 1812, passing near the ‘bloody battlefields’ of Borodino, before stopping for a lunch in the Smolensk region. We cross the border and journey to Minsk, the cosmopolitan capital of Belarus and our home for the next two nights. This evening we dine on traditional cuisine at our hotel. Later, consider visiting the Old Town and indulging in the honey flavours of the local medovukha drink.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, 2 nights

Day 9: Minsk Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, we join our ‘Local Specialist’ to see the iconic sights of Minsk, including the Hero City Memorial, built to commemorate the city’s status as one of the Hero Cities of the former Soviet Union. Consider a visit to the Saint Elizabeth Convent during your free afternoon to see its beautiful stained glass and religious icon workshop. This evening, ‘Connect With Locals’ and join Anatolij and his family in their Belarus farmstead for a traditional ‘Be My Guest’ dinner. Enjoy rousing accordion choruses and, of course, a few shots.

Day 10: Minsk – Vilnius Sightseeing and Free Time

We journey west and cross the border into Lithuania, arriving later in the capital Vilnius, renowned for its beautiful Baroque façades. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on a leisurely tour past the city’s iconic sights. See the Bishop’s Palace and the University, the oldest university in the Baltics, founded in 1579. Explore the 17th-century Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, built on the site of a temple to the pagan goddess of love. Walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa and former Jewish Ghetto, passing the Cathedral on the way.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott City Center

Day 11: Vilnius – Siauliai – Riga

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Vilnius, departing the city after lunch. Our first stop is the extraordinary Hill of Crosses at Siauliai. This site features thousands of crosses, each mysteriously claiming its place since the mid-19th century. We arrive in the ancient city of Riga later, where we will spend the next two nights. This evening, after dinner, maybe take to the streets to explore the Latvian capital’s inspiring Gothic spires.

Hotel: Mercure Centre, 2 nights

Day 12: Riga Sightseeing and Free Time

Stroll through the winding medieval streets of Riga’s UNESCO-listed Old Town – with one of the world’s finest collections of Art Nouveau buildings and a Hanseatic trade history we will have an opportunity to explore during a sightseeing and walking tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. Spend the rest of the day discovering the sights on your terms. Admire the skyline from the comfort of a canal boat, view the 14th-century House of the Blackheads or indulge in the herbal flavours of the city’s favourite Black Balsam at a traditional city tavern – the choice is yours.

Day 13: Riga – Tallinn Sightseeing and Free Time

We follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, and travel via Parnu, a popular beach resort for Tallinn residents. Explore the beautifully preserved streets of Tallinn’s old Hanseatic Quarter with a ‘Local Specialist’. See its 15th-century Luhike Jalg Gate and visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a symbol of Russian power, with its magnificent gold-plated dome.

Hotel: Nordic Forum

Day 14: Tallinn – Helsinki Sightseeing and Free Time

We board a ferry this morning, crossing the Baltic Sea to Helsinki where we’ll meet a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour past the modern marble façades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and Market Squares, and the café-lined Esplanadi. This evening, we toast to an unforgettable northern adventure, joining our fellow travellers for a special Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Clarion

Day 15: Depart Helsinki

Our time together has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to newfound friends at the end of a memorable trip.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareTwin Share
April: 19$5,195.00$6,535.00
April: 26$5,225.00$6,565.00
May: 03, 10$5,225.00$6,565.00
May: 17, 24, 31$5,425.00$6,965.00
June: 07$5,425.00$6,765.00
June: 14, 21$5,450.00$6,790.00
June: 28$5,425.00$6,965.00
July: 05, 12$5,425.00$6,965.00
July: 19, 26$5,225.00$6,565.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$5,225.00$6,565.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$5,225.00$6,565.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:High Speed Rail Ticket : St. Petersburg – Moscow
Ferry:Ferry Ticket: Tallinn - Helsinki
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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A Taste of Russia

You’ll spend 10 unforgettable days – from Moscow to St. Petersburg – on an affordable Taste of Russia tour. Begin sightseeing in the capital city of Moscow with the iconic Kremlin complex, Red Square, and the Vladimir Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also see the 14th-century Troitse-Sergiev Monastery, and you’ll visit the Matryoshka Museum where you can learn how to paint your own Russian nesting dolls.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Moscow, Russia

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Russia’s exciting capital city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Tagansky, 3 nights

Day 2: Moscow

Guided sightseeing this morning reveals just what makes Moscow so special-from the fortified Kremlin complex and Armoury Museum in the heart of the historic city to the iconic onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square with the Lenin Mausoleum. You’ll also visit the splendid Moscow metro, lavishly constructed in the early 20th century to resemble a magnificent subterranean palace. Get a taste of local life at the Danilovsky Indoor Market.

Day 3: Moscow

At the Matryoshka Museum, discover how these famous wooden nesting dolls are crafted and painted-and learn how to paint your own. Enjoy some free time to have lunch, and maybe visit the flea market or the vodka museum in the neighbourhood before returning to the hotel.

Day 4: Moscow – Klin – Tver

Leave Moscow and travel northwest, stopping in pretty Klin. Discover the historic Christmas Decorations at the local museum and have a go at decorating your own to take home. Then, explore the Tchaikovsky House-Museum, former country home of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This is where he wrote Symphony No 6 (Pathetique) and spent his final days in 1893. See the areas where he lived and worked, as well as his top hat, gloves, and the luggage he took on concert tours. Overnight in Tver, dating back to the 12th century and situated at the confluence of the Volga, Tmaka, and Tvertsa Rivers.

Hotel: Osnabruck

Day 5: Tver – Torzhok – Novgorod

Start the day with a visit to the Goldwork Embroidery Museum in Torzhok, famous for its delicate gold-wire embroidery found in artwork, insignia, and royal clothing. Next, visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox Valday Iversky Monastery, founded in 1653. Situated on an island on Lake Valdayskoye, it became an important centre of culture and education in the 17th century, and producer of fine porcelain tiles. Arrive in Novgorod and enjoy an included dinner featuring traditional Russian cuisine at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Radisson Park Inn , 2 nights

Day 6: Novgorod

Visit Novgorod, the former cultural, social, and economic hub. Discover its Kremlin (city centre) and magnificent St. Sophia Cathedral with its ancient frescoes, bronze 12th-century Magdeburg Doors, and five onion domes. Then, explore a recreated old Russian village with traditional izbas (homes), chapels, farmyards, and more at the Open-Air Vitoslavlitsy Wooden Architecture Museum. Visit St. George’s Cathedral, dating back to 1119.

Day 7: Novgorod – St. Petersburg

Depart Novgorod and push north to incomparable St. Petersburg, an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. An orientation drive introduces you to some of the city’s palaces, parks, monuments, squares, boulevards, and 600 beautiful bridges.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Vasilievsky, 3 nights

Day 8: St. Petersburg

An architectural gem founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg rivals any other European capital in splendour, beauty, and distinction. During your guided sightseeing, see the city’s main sights, including a visit to Peter And Paul Fortress And Cathedral, which served as a high-security jail for political prisoners, including the writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Day 9: St. Petersburg

A whole day in St. Petersburg to do as you please. Maybe explore on your own, or join our guided optional excursion to the Hermitage Museum. The museum’s collection boasts precious items from around the world. You may also choose a canal cruise to celebrate the conclusion of your adventure.

Day 10: Depart St. Petersburg

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareTwin Share
April: 10$3,169.00Price on application
April: 24$3,499.00Price on application
May: 08, 22$3,499.00Price on application
June: 05, 19$3,499.00Price on application
July: 03$3,499.00Price on application
July: 17, 31$3,389.00Price on application
August: 14, 28$3,389.00Price on application
September: 11$3,319.00Price on application
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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