Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg8 days & 7 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 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)
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.
Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg
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