Departure Date: 12/04/2020
Experience the grandeur of Russia, exploring the baroque architecture of St Petersburg and the palaces of Moscow. Marvel at the famous art collection of the Hermitage Museum and travel by hydrofoil and high-speed train in perfect style.
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Day 1: Welcome To St. Petersburg.
Airport transfers depart from St. Petersburg airport at 14:30 and 17:00. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 19:00 for a friendly Welcome Dinner served with wine.
Day 2: St. Petersburg Sightseeing.
Morning sightseeing with your Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. Travel along Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic, onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, and visit the beautiful Catherine Palace? Or, if you’d prefer to relax, head back to your hotel where you can make the most of its luxury facilities.
Day 3: Relaxed Start - Petrodvorets By Hydrofoil.
Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great’s summer residence of Petrodvorets. For over 200 years it was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Explore the perfectly manicured gardens and see the cascading fountains. Later you are at leisure, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder?
Day 4: Relaxed Start - The Hermitage Museum.
Located in the Winter Palace, the Hermitage is one of the world’s greatest museums. Marvel at this fabulous collection of paintings and ornaments, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or relax.
Day 5: Relaxed Start - High Speed Sapsan Train To Moscow.
Enjoy a relaxed start in the morning, or perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder? Later, board your high speed Sapsan train and relax in modern luxury and comfort as you travel to Moscow in just a few hours. On arrival in this fascinating city, you are transferred to your hotel for a leisurely three-night stay. Famous for its unique history and colourful architecture, explore Moscow’s enchanting city centre and get lost in its captivating Modern art scene. For those wanting to take a pretty stroll, why not head to Gorky Park? Designed in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov, the park is famous for its outdoor activities and art exhibitions.
Day 6: Relaxed Start - Moscow, A Russian Revelation.
Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods. During your stay, you will visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People.' Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. In your free time, why not witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Imperial Russian Family?
Day 7: Relaxed Start - Moscow And The Kremlin.
In the morning you are at leisure to relax or explore the Russian capital as you wish. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an Optional Experience to the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture, Zagorsk? In the afternoon, walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. Learn more about Russia’s famous Tsars, the history of the Fortress and how its role has changed over the years. Later, enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company as you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner.
Day 8: Farewell Moscow.
Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00.
Airport transfers on first and last travel day (Conditions apply), 7 nights’ accommodation in hand-picked hotels in the best locations, 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 8 sightseeing experiences, including unique Insight Experiences and top-rated highlights, travel in a customized 40-seater coach with extra legroom and free onboard Wi-Fi, accompanied by a passionate and knowledgeable Travel Director, enjoy smaller group camaraderie with an average of 33 guests in a group.
7 Nights from R28,800 pps
Valid for Travel: 12 April 2020 - 27 September 2020. Valid for sale until 30 September 2019. These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements, and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE. For all Europe & Britain bookings made from 1 July to 30 September 2019 from the Europe & Britain Preview 2020 brochure. Now price is based on 2019 pricing and includes 10% Early Payment Discount. All discounts apply to the land portion of the trip price only. If the prices of the 2020 European journeys go up, Insight Vacations will honour the Preview price. If prices go down, Insight Vacations will refund the difference. Pay a R3000 per person deposit within 7 days of the booking with full payment due by 18 December 2019. The trip price does not include the costs of international flights (to/from the start or end the trip). All cancellation policies apply as per Insight Vacations Preview 2020 brochure. Trip Itineraries are subject to change. Excludes: Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature.