Resplendent Russia

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $8,695
  • Length: 11 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Europe, Russia
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Tour Description

Explore Russia in the style of the czars on this unique journey. In Moscow, enjoy VIP access to the Kremlin and the Armory Museum and savor a special private concert and an exclusive tour of the Diamond Fund. Delve into the Russia of old in the country’s former capital of Vladimir and the historic town of Suzdal. In regal St. Petersburg - Peter the Great’s “Window to the West” - enjoy a private opening of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Avoid the crowds with early admission to the fabulous Hermitage. Visit Peterhof, the former summer home of the czars, and enjoy a private cocktail cruise through the canals of St. Petersburg.

  • Enjoy a special early opening of the Kremlin and an extraordinary visit to the Diamond Fund
  • See many of the world’s greatest works of western art in at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg with immediate private access
  • Enjoy early access to Peter the Great’s Summer Palace and Summer Garden - dramatically set among statues and fountains
  • Be enchanted by a stirring choir concert at the Tretayakov Gallery in Moscow
  • Visit Novgorod, the main Russian port for many centuries and one of Russia’s oldest cities
  • Attend a cultural performance at one of St. Petersburg’s Russia Escorted Journey 2012 historic venues
  • Sip a cocktail while gliding through the canals of St. Petersburg

Itinerary

DAYS 1 - 4

Moscow, Russia

Upon your arrival in Moscow, transfer directly to your luxury hotel. The next morning, begin your exploration of the city with a tour of its great landmarks at Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the New Maidens’ Convent - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Descend into Moscow’s famed metro and take a stroll along fashionable Arbat Street. Get up close and personal with Russian art in the elegant Tretyakov Gallery. Then enjoy a special early opening of the Kremlin where you will visit the cathedrals where the czars were crowned and take a private tour of the Diamond Fund at the Armory Museum, where the bejeweled Fabergé eggs are housed.

Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, Moscow

DAYS 5 & 6

Vladimir, Suzdal St. Petersburg

In Vladimir, Russia’s former capital, visit Uspensky Cathedral to see the wondrous Last Judgment frescoes. Continue through the countryside to Suzdal, a village of one-story cottages, ancient cathedrals and monasteries. This quaint town also has a Kremlin with earthen ramparts and a moat.

On Day 6 enjoy a tour of the highlights of St. Petersburg. Visit Peter and Paul’s Fortress located on Zayachi Island (Hare Island). This was the first structure to be erected in the new city of St. Petersburg by Peter the Great between 1703 and 1728. Visit the Church of the Spilled Blood, and then take a special after-hours tour of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The third-highest domed building in the world, it took some 400,000 workers over forty years to complete. The Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg.

Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel, Suzdal; Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg

DAYS 7 - 11

Novgorod, St. Petersburg Depart for Home

On Day 7 take a day trip to nearby Novgorod, one of the country’s oldest cities. Visit St. Sophia Cathedral, St. George Monastery and the Museum of Wooden Architecture.

Back in St. Petersburg, enjoy a special early opening of the Hermitage, the crown jewel of the city and the world’s largest art museum. Enjoy an early opening of the Summer Palace of Peter the Great, which was designed to rival Versailles with its elaborate gardens and cascading golden fountains. At Yusupov Palace, take a private tour of the cell where the notorious Rasputin was assassinated. End your time in St. Petersburg serenaded with music on a private cocktail cruise along the city’s scenic canals.

Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg

Departures

Pricing Information

May 16, 2012

From $8,695.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,990.00 single room supplement.

August 29, 2012

From $8,695.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,990.00 single room supplement.

September 5, 2012

From $8,695.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,990.00 single room supplement.

September 26, 2012

From $8,695.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,990.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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