Imperial Russia

Start: Russia Finish: Russia

Visiting: Moscow, St. Petersburg


Duration: 1 Nights

Physical rating: 4

Tour Operator: Collette


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Tour Overview

Get a glimpse into the world’s largest country and experience the distinctive allure of Russia, a land abundant with intrigue and history. Like an intricate matryoshka doll, Russia is a multi-layered country with discoveries around every corner. Begin your journey in Moscow, Russia’s dynamic capital city. Enjoy a walking tour of Moscow’s historic Kremlin and Red Square where you’ll stand in awe of Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Get acquainted with Russia’s epicurean roots on an immersive food tour. Enter the imposing Winter Palace and tour the Hermitage Museum, the second-largest museum in the world. Discover the lavish summer residence of Russian tsars, the Catherine Palace. Cruise the regal streets of St. Petersburg in a vintage Soviet car. Full of energy, surprises, and grandeur – Russia awaits.

Highlights

  • iconDiscover the largest collection of paintings in the world on a guided tour of the renowned Hermitage Museum.
  • iconExplore the opulent summer home of Russian aristocracy at the magnificent Catherine Palace.
  • iconGet introduced to Russian cuisine and culture during dinner at a local restaurant.
  • iconJoin a local expert for an in-depth conversation on life behind the Iron Curtain.
  • iconExplore the heart of Moscow with a guide as you take in the Kremlin and Armoury Museum.
  • iconDine at a classic Georgian restaurant and sample dishes popularized during Imperial Russian times.
  • iconGet a true taste of local culture during an immersive walking food tour where you’ll learn about Russian culinary traditions.
  • iconRide through the historic streets of St. Petersburg in a vintage Soviet car.
  • iconNavigate Russia’s bustling capital like a local when you travel via the stunning Moscow Metro system.

Places You'll See

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icon Day 1 : Moscow, Russia - Tour Begins

Location: Moscow

Accommodation: Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel

Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s glamourous capital city where beguiling architecture, complex history, and posh culture thrive. Let the energy of this intriguing city wrap around you and inspire your curiosity.

icon Day 2 : Moscow

Location: Moscow

Accommodation: Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your journey through Moscow begins with a short ride on the Metro, Russia’s incredibly elegant and efficient public transit system. Arrive at the Kremlin (UNESCO), the beating heart of Moscow and the seat of power in Russia. Home to a stunning collection of wealth from eras when tsars reigned supreme, this fortress complex is a can’t-miss glimpse into Russian history. Enjoy a guided visit of the Armoury Museum, home to a priceless collection of Imperial crown jewels, weaponry, and Faberge eggs. Continue on your exploration of the Kremlin with a visit to the Assumption Cathedral,* designed in the ornate Old Russian style. In the bustling Red Square of Moscow,** pause to admire the iconic domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Next, visit GUM, the lavish department store at the heart of the city. This evening, enjoy a traditional Russian dinner at a local restaurant.

icon Day 3 : Moscow

Location: Moscow

Accommodation: Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, travel on Moscow’s Metro. Enjoy stops along the way to marvel at the lavish mosaics, ornate stained glass and stunning architecture, each stop on the Metro is like a mini-museum with its own unique allure. Then, it’s your choice! Choose between a themed tour, “Back to the USSR,” where you’ll gain insight into the tensions between the U.S. and former Soviet Union and the great “Space Race” -OR- take a guided tour of the Tretyakov Gallery, one of the most significant art museums in Russia with over 100,000 artistic works. Next, a local expert reveals a bit about life “behind the Iron Curtain,” during an informative lecture about Soviet society. The evening is yours to soak in the splendors of your final night in Moscow.

icon Day 4 : Moscow - St. Petersburg

Location: Moscow

Accommodation: Angleterre Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Later this morning, an epicurean adventure awaits! Get a taste of local flavor as you stroll the streets with a local guide and savor authentic dishes found on the tables of many Russian families. This afternoon, hop aboard a high-speed train to St. Petersburg, the “Venice of the North” and Russia’s Imperial capital.

icon Day 5 : St. Petersburg

Location: St. Petersburg

Accommodation: Angleterre Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Experience the Imperial Russia of your dreams, full of regal beauty and iconic sights. A panoramic tour of St. Petersburg brings this historic city to life. See St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the famed Palace Square. Go inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg’s most elaborate church. After getting acquainted with this vibrant city, you can opt to spend the remainder of your day at leisure or take an optional tour of the meticulously landscaped grounds and soaring fountains of the Peterhof Grand Palace,*** better known as the “Russian Versailles.” Tonight, delight in traditional Georgian cuisine at a favorite local restaurant. Savor the exotic comfort food and drink of a region that has been producing wine for over 8,000 years.

icon Day 6 : St. Petersburg

Location: St. Petersburg

Accommodation: Angleterre Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Welcome to the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg’s most iconic building and the former home of Russian tsars. Built for Peter the Great, this Russian wonder is a true glimpse into the glory of Russian aristocracy. Enter the breathtaking green and white complex and make your way to the incredible Hermitage Museum for a guided tour. Second in size only to the Louvre, the Hermitage is home to the largest collection of paintings in the world, with works from the likes of Monet and Matisse.

icon Day 7 : St. Petersburg

Location: St. Petersburg

Accommodation: Angleterre Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a step back in time with a tour of the magnificent Catherine Palace. Built in 1717, the Rococo palace was once the opulent summer home of Russian tsars. It’s said the building was torn down and rebuilt six times to satisfy the grand visions of Peter the Great’s daughter, Elizabeth. Enjoy exclusive early access here and marvel at the robin’s egg blue exterior and the lavish décor of the interior rooms. Next, we’ll see St. Petersburg from a different perspective - from the interior of a vintage Soviet car! Feel as if you’ve entered a different era as you ride through the city in luxury. Tonight, get one final taste of Russian culture and cuisine during a farewell dinner and traditional folk show.

icon Day 8 : St. Petersburg - Tour Ends

Location: St. Petersburg

Meals: Breakfast

Today, say do-svidaniya (goodbye for now) to Russia as your Imperial journey comes to a close.

Experiences

  • Navigate Russia’s bustling capital like a local when you travel via the stunning Moscow Metro system.
  • Ride through the historic streets of St. Petersburg in a vintage Soviet car.
  • Join a local expert for an in-depth conversation on life behind the Iron Curtain.

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Collette requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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