Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
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Moscow & St. Petersburg
Russia's two greatest cities provide an ideal lens through which to view the country's rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage. Moscow is the epicenter of the new Russia, while St. Petersburg's magnificent palaces, superlative museums and grand architecture still hold sway over the country's fascinating past. Cultural highlights of this journey include an evening at the famous Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, as well as, a privately guided tour of the Hermitage Collection in St. Petersburg.
Day 1Arrive Moscow
Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be escorted to your hotel.
The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure relaxing and venturing out to begin your explorations.The Ritz Carlton - 3 Nights
After breakfast, meet your private driver/guide for a full-day exploration of Moscow. Explore Red Square, home to the cathedral of St. Basil's and Lenin's Mausoleum. Drive along Tverskaya Boulevard past the Arbat, the city's commercial center, on your way to Vorobyovy Gori. Here, at the highest point in Moscow, savor the panoramic views of Russia's megalopolis. This afternoon, explore the Kremlin's multitude of wonders, including palaces, cathedrals and the treasures of the tsars.The Ritz Carlton (B)
Embark on a half-day visit to Zagorsk Monastery in the town of Sergiev-Posad. For 500 years, the monastery has been the chief Russian Orthodox pilgrimage site.The Ritz Carlton (B)
This evening, head to the famed Bolshoi Ballet or the Moscow Circus for an unforgettable performance.
Day 4To St. Petersburg
After breakfast this morning, meet your guide for a walking tour and lunch on Arbat Street, one of the oldest streets in Moscow and home to many book stores, jewelry and clothing stores, art galleries, theaters, cafes and restaurants.Grand Hotel Europe - 4 Nights (B, L)
This afternoon, you will be escorted to the rail station for the Sapsan high-speed train to St. Petersburg, which makes the journey between Russia's two leading cities in just under four hours.
Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Day 5St. Petersburg
After breakfast, meet your private driver/guide for a full-day exploration of St. Petersburg. See the historic area on the banks of the Neva River, the Nevsky Prospect and St. Isaac's Square. Stop at the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. This afternoon, discover one of the world's greatest collections of art at the Hermitage. Stroll through the elegant halls and admire works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian; a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens; many Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Monet and Pissarro; and numerous canvasses by Van Gogh. Return to your hotel late this afternoon.Grand Hotel Europe (B)
Day 6St. Petersburg
You will be escorted to the dock for your half-hour hydrofoil voyage to Peterhof, Peter the Great's former summer residence. Explore the splendid palace, which is surrounded by some of the most magnificent gardens in the world. Also stop by the famed fountain before returning to St. Petersburg this afternoon.
This evening, attend a performance of the classic Swan Lake at one of St. Petersburg's historic theaters.Grand Hotel Europe (B)
Day 7St. Petersburg
Meet your driver/guide for a full-day visit to Catherine's Palace, a former country residence of the Tzars. Wander through the parks, and admire the pavilions and sculptures. Return to St. Petersburg this afternoon.
Freshen up at the hotel before attending a performance of traditional Russian folk songs and dances.Grand Hotel Europe (B)
Day 8Depart St. Petersburg
Savor a final breakfast in St. Petersburg before bidding farewell to Russia as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)