Duration: 8 Days
When you think of a Russia tour, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s learning about the fascinating culture. Perhaps it’s visiting the spectacular palaces and museums. Perhaps, in your mind, a Russia tour must include tasting of local specialties, like caviar and vodka. If so, all of this and more are included on this fabulous tour to Russia. Spend four nights in St. Petersburg and three nights in Moscow. Along the way, you’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will help bring this country to life with firsthand, in-depth knowledge of the country’s culture, history, and secrets.
Enjoy sightseeing in both cities. In St. Petersburg, visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and Catherine Palace, where you’ll witness the luxury and opulence of this palace built in the Russian Baroque style (if closed, visit Pavlovsk Palace instead). In Moscow, your sightseeing includes Red Square, the center of the city, and the Kremlin, the symbol of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. Here, visit the Armory Museum to admire its treasures, such as Ivan the Terrible’s throne.
A tour highlight is St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace complex, previously the residence of the czars, where you’ll visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum. With one of the world’s finest art collections, you’ll see celebrated works by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. Additionally, because it’s housed in the former residence of czars, as you walk through the museum you’ll see the opulence of a once imperial palace. Also included in Moscow are visits to the largest Orthodox Christian Church in the world, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and the Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery.
You’ll travel between St. Petersburg and Moscow via the high-speed Sapsan train. Globus has also included a special treat…a welcome dinner with traditional Russian delicacies like caviar, blinis, pickled cucumber, and vodka. It’s a wonderful Russia holiday!
Please note: Itinerary is based on 2020, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
Welcome to St. Petersburg! Start exploring this fascinating city at your own pace. Your Local Host is available for questions and directions this afternoon and tomorrow morning.
Founded by Peter the Great, construction of St. Petersburg began in 1703 and the city eventually spread over 100 islands linked by 700 bridges. It suffered severe damage during World War II, when a cruel 900-day siege claimed more than a million victims. At 2 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions. Then, follow your Local Guide for a walk to magnificent ST. ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL. This evening, to get a real taste of traditional Russian delicacies, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel with caviar, blini, pickled cucumber, and vodka. (B,D)
Visit the Winter Palace complex with your Local Guide. Formerly the residence of the czars, it is now home to the world-famous HERMITAGE MUSEUM, with celebrated works by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. (B)
Travel to Pushkin, home of Russia's last czar, and visit magnificent CATHERINE PALACE (if closed visit Pavlovsk Palace instead). The balance of the day is at leisure and optional activities are available to further explore this fascinating city. (B)
Transfer to the railway station and board the high-speed SAPSAN TRAIN to Moscow. This evening, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the impressive Moscow Underground. (B) Today's Distance: 404 mi / 650 km
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features visits to RED SQUARE and the KREMLIN, a city-within-a-city, where you can admire the medieval towers, cathedrals, and palaces. At the ARMORY MUSEUM, see treasures such as Ivan the Terrible's throne. Of course, you will also see the Bolshoi Theater. (B)
Another day full of highlights: visit the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR, the largest Orthodox Christian church in the world, as well as the NOVODEVICHY (New Maiden) CONVENT and its CEMETERY, with the tombs of famous Russian authors, musicians, and political leaders. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Russian champagne and local specialties as a proper dasvidaniya to Russia. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)