Since we pioneered travel to the Soviet Union in 1954, we’ve come to know Russia best. Our native-born, highly-educated resident guides are there to enrich your exploration of the must-see sites of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Share the culture of these grand and historic cities that they call home.
Day 1 - Welcome to Moscow
On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the Baltschug Kempinski Hotel where a Grand Deluxe Kremlin-View room has been reserved for you.
Day 2 - Discover Moscow
Meet our engaging Russian guide and walk in Red Square #WHS#, the best way to appreciate city landmarks like St. Basil’s Cathedral. Then admire Novodevichy Convent #WHS# and ascend the Sparrow Hills for fine views. Join residents on the Metro, exploring the grandeur of its stations – filled with architectural details and fine art. Then tour the superb collection of the Tretyakov Gallery and sit down to an elegant welcome dinner. Meals B+L+D
Day 3 - From the Kremlin + Armory Museum to the Cold War
The Kremlin #WHS# has been the heart of Russia for nearly 1,000 years. Enter within its massive walls for a tour of the Kremlin grounds including the 15th-century Assumption Cathedral, and the Imperial treasures of the Armory Museum. Then descend deep under the streets of Moscow into a 75,000 square-foot formerly top-secret Soviet installation. In the event of a nuclear war, it would have served as the command post for military and government operations. Meals B+D
Day 4 - By rail to St. Petersburg
Enjoy Business Class seating and service as you travel with our Trip Leader on the high-speed train to St. Petersburg #WHS#. Check in to our luxury hotel on the famed Nevsky Prospekt. Your city tour includes the Peter and Paul Fortress, founded by Peter the Great, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral – with its opulent interior, massive granite columns, and monumental gold dome. Meals B
Day 5 - Hermitage + Canal Cruise
With privileged early entry before other visitors, your tour reveals the most famous paintings of the Hermitage #WHS#, including masterpieces by Titian, da Vinci, Rembrandt and the Impressionists. Then step aboard our privately chartered sightseeing boat for a guided canal cruise – a terrific way to see and appreciate the city’s grand architecture. Meals B
Day 6 - Tsarskoye Selo
Travel to Tsarskoye Selo for a guided tour of the Catherine Palace [/~/blogs/blog/january-2020/russia-rebuilds-restoring-st-petersburgs-imperial.aspx], which was nearly destroyed during WWII [/~/blogs/blog/january-2020/russia-rebuilds-restoring-st-petersburgs-imperial.aspx]; the famed Amber Room offers a tantalizing glimpse into the lavish life of the Tsars. By special arrangement, visit the amber studio where skilled craftsmen turn this 40-millionyear-old stone into works of art. Enjoy fine Russian cuisine at a local restaurant in a park near the Catherine Palace. Meals B+L
Day 7 - The Peterhof
Our special early-opening entry at The Peterhof [/~/blogs/blog/january-2020/russia-rebuilds-restoring-st-petersburgs-imperial.aspx] #WHS# promises an unforgettable uncrowded tour of Peter the Great’s resplendent summer estate. Marvel at the lavishly landscaped grounds and the magnificent Grand Cascades which flow from mid May to September. Back in the city, we’ve arranged a private tour of the Shuvalov Palace. Its refined interior, once the site of glittering Imperial balls, is now home to the world’s largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of his famous Imperial Easter Eggs. Tonight, raise a toast to your fellow travelers as you enjoy the fine-dining Russian cuisine of the
elegant Tsar Restaurant. Meals B+D
Day 8 - Depart St. Petersburg
We’ll take you to the airport or rail station today for your onward journey.