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Imperial Russia

Imperial Russia | Scandinavian American World Tours

ESCORTED - 17 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

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St. Petersburg | Moscow

Tours start in St. Petersburg on Mondays
Departures May 27 – September 30, 2019

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive St. Petersburg

Arrive today in St. Petersburg and look for our representative, who will transfer you and your fellow travelers to your five star hotel for check-in. The hotel is superbly situated on Nevsky Prospect, the main artery of the city. Meet your tour escort in the hotel lobby tonight for information about the upcoming tour.

The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour escort will assist with recommendations and reservations for optional evening arrangements for your time spent in Russia.

Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

NOTE: The escorted transfer service is only available from St. Petersburg airport to your hotel on the official start date of the tour. Transfers are conducted by an English-speaking representative.

Day 02: St. Petersburg

Begin today with a buffet breakfast at hotel. Afterward you’ll meet a local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour panoramic city sightseeing tour and cover on foot some of the many highlights of the city. Drive along Nevsky Prospect and make scenic stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Senate Square, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Arts Square, and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches: the Church of the Savior on Blood, and the Nikolsky Cathedral.

The drive tour ends at your hotel, and the rest of the day is yours to explore. Your tour escort will recommend additional tours, such as the optional tour of Peterhof Palace, allowing you to fully grasp this jewel on the Baltic Sea.

Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

NOTE: There is an optional 4-hour privately guided tour of Peterhof Palace (private transportation to and from included), a place dedicated to the Sea God Englis. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble are an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture from the 18-19th centuries founded by Peter the Great, not far from his capital of St. Petersburg. Price: $96 per person. Please note that this day tour requires a minimum of 10 persons to depart.

Day 03: St. Petersburg

Breakfast at hotel. Meet your local English-speaking guide for a day tour of the city starting out at the six buildings of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum on the River Neva, afterward touring the state rooms of its Winter Palace—residence of the Russian Tsars. Constructed over the period of two and a half centuries, the Hermitage exhibits a collection of over 3 million cultural and artistic items from the Stone Age to the present.

Return to the hotel after the city tour and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.

Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

Day 04: St. Petersburg - Moscow

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Meet with your tour leader and enjoy a private transfer from your hotel to the railway station, where you will board the Sapsan Train bound for Moscow along the Volga River and beautiful Russian vistas. Porter service is provided at the railway stations in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Arrive in Moscow in the afternoon, where you will be transferred from the railway station to a five star hotel located on Tverskaya, the main avenue of the city, for check in. Tonight is at leisure for getting acquainted with the city.

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel

Day 05: Moscow

Breakfast at hotel. Begin a full-day, privately guided city tour of Moscow this morning. You’ll start with seeing some of the city’s many ancient churches and cathedrals, some of them dating as far back as the 15th century, many of them having been restored or even built anew lately: beautiful theatres and palaces; modern business complexes and hotels; buildings of late Soviet architecture such as the Moscow State University and the Central Stadium in Luzhniki, which hosted the 1980 Olympic Games.

Moscow, with over 10 million inhabitants, is vast and at times chaotic. You’ll visit the historical center of the city, which includes the Red Square, Sofiiskaya Embankment, St. Sophia Cathedral, and the panorama of the Kremlin walls. You’ll also see the modern part of the city which includes the Lenin (Vorobievy) Hills–the highest place in Moscow, providing a beautiful view of the city. Next is Poklonnaya Hill, where there is a monument commemorating defenders of the city during World War II.

You’ll experience one of Moscow’s beautiful Metro stations before we take a short break for lunch (not included), and then continue on our tour of the city.

You’ll be returned to your hotel at the end of the city tour, and the rest of the afternoon and evening are free to explore this amazing city in the heart of imperial Russia. There is an optional excursion to see the national Russian dance show, “Kostroma”, tonight. Dinner is on your own.

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel

NOTE: The Russian national dance show, “Kostroma”, combines the talents of 50 master dancers and actors, 600 unique costumes, 300 props, and 8 set changes to reflect the historical milestones of the hundreds of ethnical people that make up Rus—those of the Far North, the southern steppes, the mountains of the Caucasus, central Russia, and more. Witness the dazzling movement through history from the beginning of Rus to the tsar’s Russia, the USSR, and beyond to modern-day Russia. Price: $119 per person. Please note that this day tour requires a minimum of 6 persons to depart.

Day 06: Moscow

Breakfast at hotel. This morning we’ll enjoy a half-day, privately-guided city tour of Moscow during which you will enjoy a privately guided tour of Kremlin Territory with Armoury Chamber. During this tour you’ll walk through the Kremlin grounds and visit the Armoury Chamber with its famous collection of Faberge eggs, jewels and royal thrones.

The word Kremlin (kreml) means a fortress or walled town; Moscow’s is the biggest and most famous. The earliest ramparts were of earth and wood, but successive rulers raised and strengthened the defenses after every attack. The present brick walls date from the 1490s, though they have been frequently restored.

We’ll end our tour of Moscow’s Kremlin at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure. Dinner is on your own tonight, with the option to enjoy a river cruise on the Moskva River.

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya Hotel

NOTE: The Radisson Royal Flotilla yachts are state-of-the-art river yachts and restaurants meant for excursion and entertainment cruises along the Moskva River for citizens and visitors of Moscow. The Flotilla offers daily cruises for two hours and includes two promenade decks with a panoramic view of picturesque Moscow. Price: $96 per person. Please note that this day tour requires a minimum of 6 persons to depart, and must be pre-booked.

Day 07: Moscow Departure

Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel, and then meet one of our representatives to be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

NOTE: Escorted transfer is only available from your hotel to Moscow Airport on the official end date of the tour. Transfers are conducted by an English-speaking representative.

 

Additional Information

Prices include:

  • 7 nights St. Petersburg - Moscow
  • Arrival transfer (St. Petersburg) and departure transfer (Moscow) as stated in itinerary above
  • 6 nights’ accommodation including daily buffet breakfasts (6) as per itinerary, in centrally located deluxe/first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities
  • Guided tours with local English-speaking guide in St. Petersburg and Moscow, all entrances included as outlined. All listed sightseeing tours are conducted in a private coach and in English only (Spanish or Portuguese speaking guests will have own coach for all city tours)
  • High speed train St. Petersburg - Moscow (Sapsan Train)
  • Luggage handing at all hotels (1 suitcase, 1 piece of hand luggage) except for days 1 and 7
  • Bi-lingual tour escort Days 02-07 (English & Spanish or Portuguese only)
  • Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and air conditioning

NOTE: Prices do not include beverages & extra items, required Russian visa, and any services not listed in the program.

NOTE ON THE RUSSIAN VISA: Your Russian visa must be obtained on your own. Visit www.russianembassy.org for more information, fees, details, and forms. We will provide the required visa confirmation letter and voucher once booked and confirmed.

Optional services available for pre-booking: Optional tour to Peterhof Palace on day 02 (min. 6 persons): USD $104 per person. Optional excursion to the National Russian Dance Show, ‘Kostroma’, on day 05 (min. 6 persons): USD $119 per person. Optional Neva River cruise on the Radisson Royal Flotilla on day 06 (min. 6 persons): USD $96 per person (must be pre-booked).

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2019 STARTING PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Prices are per person sharing twin-bedded room. Tours start in St. Petersburg on Mondays. *Special rates apply to June 03 departure: $2120 p.p. double, with a single supplement of $1354; extra bed: deduct $639 from p.p. cost; child: deduct $755 from p.p. cost.

Departure Dates and Information
=Available =Closed =On Request

Tour dates & availability per 10/16/2018. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a land-only tour. Guests 7 years or older are welcome; children 7-18 years old must travel with an adult. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

Third person in extra bed/special child discount! Deduct $126 from posted per person double room rates. Extra bed discount only applies to third person 12 years or older. Child discount (7-12 years): $242.

Land Only
Price

Single
Supplement

May
27


$1607 p.p. twin


$830

June
03*, 10, 17, & 24


$1607 p.p. twin


$830

July
01, 08, 15, 22, & 29


$1607 p.p. twin


$830

August
05, 12, 19, & 26


$1607 p.p. twin


$830

September
02, 09, & 30


$1607 p.p. twin


$830

Tour Information

Tour Type:Escorted Tour
Price: from $1607
Duration:7 days
Cities Visited:St. Petersburg - Moscow
Departures: May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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