Wonders of Russia Express - 7 Days **

ST. PETERSBURG• HERMITAGE MUSEUM• MOSCOW

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Schedules

ARRIVE ST. PETERSBURG (3 NIGHTS)

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 during an orientation drive through Russia’s Imperial City after meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and light dinner.
HOTEL Solo Sokos Vasilievsky
MEALS Welcome Reception

ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING AND HERMITAGE MUSEUM VISIT

Explore opulent royal history and 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, whose inspired vision for this Baltic settlement saw it rival even the
most sophisticated of European capitals. Explore 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 an unforgettable stage performance at our Be My Guest experience. 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. Occupying five buildings on the banks of the Neva, the Hermitage features some three million artefacts, representing the
development of world culture and art from the stone age to the 20th century. This evening, consider a theatre visit to enjoy a fascinating Russian
Folklore performance.
MEALS Buffet Breakfast

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. Perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to the gardens
and miracle of engineering reflected in the fountains of Peter the Great’s summer residence at Peterhof, designed to rival the opulence of Versailles.
MEALS Buffet Breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG – HIGH-SPEED TRAIN – MOSCOW (3 NIGHTS)

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
MEALS Buffet Breakfast

MOSCOW SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

The imposing Red Square – the site of grand celebrations and beautiful architecture – takes centre stage this morning during a guided sightseeing
tour with a Local Specialist. Visit inside St. Basil’s Cathedral and see the Kremlin Walls and towers before spending some time at leisure exploring the
sights. Perhaps stroll along the banks of Moskva River or join an Optional Experience to admire the exquisite underground art and history showcase
that is the Moscow Metro.
MEALS Buffet Breakfast
Kremlin And The Heart Of Moscow
Discover ancient cathedrals, the world’s largest cannon and the emperors’ bell. You’ll also visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Built on the site
where the Soviet government dynamited the original Cathedral, it was funded by donations from millions of Muscovites. Finally we’ll take a stroll
through the famous Arbat street. Once inhabited by the tsar’s artisans and equerries, often referred to as Moscow’s Montmartre, it’s lined with
càfes, restaurants and shops selling local souvenirs. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the
optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 5 4 . 0 0
(Price is subject to change)
Metro And Red Square By Night
Often cited as the most beautiful subway system in the world, Moscow’s grandiose Metro stations are decorated with mosaics, stained glass and
bronze statues. They’re also one of the few remaining places featuring Communist iconography. We’ll finish our guided visit with a walk through Red
Square, where the evening illuminations should provide enviable photo opportunities.
Adult Price: € 3 7 . 0 0
(Price is subject to change)
Treasures Of The Tsars
You’ll have a opportunity to skip the queues and take a guided tour of the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars – one of the most important
museums in Russia due to its unique collection. You’ll see priceless Faberge eggs and Catherine the Great’s diamonds and many gowns. You’ll also
discover the Imperial carriages, which are studded with precious stones and gold; coronation thrones; and other one-of-a-kind items from the
Romanov Dynasty. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be
incurred.
Adult Price: € 5 2 . 0 0
(Price is subject to change)

MOSCOW AT LEISURE

Kick-start your morning immersing yourself in the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about its triumphs and defeats.
Consider visiting one of the city’s fascinating museums, explore the city’s extraordinary literary and artistic heritage or take an Optional Experience
to the 14th-century Sergiyev Posad, a place of pilgrimage and the largest religious and cultural centre in Russia. This evening, we toast to the magic
and magnificence of Mother Russia, joining our fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
MEALS Buffet Breakfast Farewell Dinner
Sergiyev Posad – The Real Russia
68 km from Moscow, Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era) is the centre of the Orthodox faith and Russia’s most important pilgrimage
site. You’ll visit recently-renovated Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery, unique in the fact that it still operated during the atheist years of
Communist rule. You’ll also have time to browse the markets, where you might like to buy locally-crafted lacquer boxes or Matryoshka dolls. This
optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 5 3 . 0 0
(Price is subject to change)

DEPART MOSCOW

We close the door on our epic At Leisure holiday in two iconic Russian cities and say farewell to newfound friends. Airport transfers are available.
Conditions apply.
MEALS Buffet Breakfast