Jewels of Russia15 days & 14 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1St. Petersburg
Welcome to St. Petersburg. If you had a hundred years, you wouldn't exhaust all the wonder in this magnificent treasure here.Scenic Tsar - 14 Nights (D)
Day 2St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Explore Catherine's Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof's Grand Palace, which was modeled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the palaces majestic fountains.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by a guided tour of this uniquely beautiful metropolis.
Day 3St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Visit magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Following lunch in a local restaurant, visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world's most magnificent art collections. Later this evening, please join the Scenic Tsar's Captain for the official welcome dinner.
Day 4St. Petersburg
This morning visit Catherine's Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold facade and its elaborate gardens.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden Podvorie restaurant. Here you'll be offered traditional Russian cuisine where the delicious fare is home-grown at the restaurant owner's private summer residence.
This afternoon enjoy free time to explore or relax as you please.
Tonight you'll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. It was the last Imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg and is an eclectic combination of architectural styles that will dazzle and amaze you.
Day 5St. Petersburg
This morning you'll enjoy a cruise through the city's canals and get to glide under some of the city's 400 bridges.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Tonight, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck as your ship sets sail down the Neva River.
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It's all ashore to explore this charming museum village, which was reconstructed after WWII. Wander around the distinctive buildings and later try shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
Day 7Kizhi Island
This morning your ship docks at Kizhi Island - an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You'll also get to view the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. It is easily amongst the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, if not the world.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship sets sail you will toast the occasion with a little vodka, a beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl. In fact, dating back to 1010, it's even older than mighty Moscow. Acquaint yourself with its long and impressive history by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Part of the 'Golden Ring' of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will immerse you into the heart of this historical site.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Relax on board as you sail towards Russia's mightiest city. Arriving after lunch, you'll set out on an exploration that will acquaint you with such world-renowned sights as Red Square and the unusually beautiful Saint Basil's Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travelers from around the world, these incredible icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
Enjoy a refreshing drink during a cruise on the Moskva River, where you can admire Moscow's fine sights and architecture from the waterways.
Start your day by seeing the city's finest sights. Then, take an insightful ride on Moscow's Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. In fact, it's considered one of the best subway systems in the world. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy free time to explore this bustling city. Tonight, you'll attend an internationally renowned Russian circus, where you'll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
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Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you'll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It's a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.
Freechoice: Visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art, or explore the Museum of the Armed Forces, where you'll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia.
Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you'll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. Tonight, witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers.Scenic Tsar (B, L, D)
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must. However, it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Jewels Of Russia
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