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Russia: Treasures of the Tsars (2018)

Connections Boutique Group Journeys: Boutique-style travel in inspiring destinations

Limited to 24 guests
Days: 10  |  From: $5,495


Itinerary

Russia: Treasures of the Tsars

Day 1: ARRIVE MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to your hotel. This evening, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Metropol Hotel   |   Meals: D

Day 2: MOSCOW / The Stately Capital

Tour Moscow, starting at the Kremlin, and beat the crowds with an exclusive before-hours visit to the State Armory. View its impressive collection of carriages, royal gala clothes and fabulous Fabergé eggs. Then, visit two Kremlin cathedrals: Assumption and Archangel. After lunch at a local restaurant, stroll Red Square to view Lenin’s Tomb and St. Basil’s Cathedral. See the city from a different perspective when you ride the Moscow Metro, renowned for its ornate stations.

Metropol Hotel   |   Meals: B L

Day 3: MOSCOW / Russian Legends

This morning, explore the colorful Danilovsky farmer’s market. Then, see the New Maiden Cemetery, final resting place of Chekhov and other noted figures. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a talk by a Russian scholar. Later, visit the Tretyakov Gallery, one of Moscow’s greatest treasures. Behind the gallery’s whimsical façade lies the foremost collection of Russian fine art in the world.

Metropol Hotel   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: THE GOLDEN RING / Russia’s Spiritual Heart

Leave the city for the Golden Ring, the circle of venerable cities northeast of Moscow. Visit Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important monastery in the Russian Orthodox Church. Continue to the old town of Suzdal, stopping to learn how the iconic Matryoshka dolls are made. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride before dinner.

Pushkarskaya Sloboda   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: SUZDAL / Venice of the North

Explore Suzdal, often described as an open-air museum of Russian history. Eat lunch with a local family. Then, take a master class revealing the art of Suzdal’s local ceramics. After some time at leisure, enjoy a revitalizing visit to an authentic Russian bath.

Pushkarskaya Sloboda   |   Meals: B L

Day 6: ST. PETERSBURG / Venice of the North

Pause in Vladimir on the way back to Moscow. Board a highspeed Sapsan train for the ride to St. Petersburg, the crowning glory of Peter the Great, arriving later in the evening.

Hotel Astoria   |   Meals: B D

Day 7: ST. PETERSBURG / Legacy of a Dynasty

Start the day with early, crowd-free access to the Hermitage, home to three million pieces of artwork. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn the history of the Romanovs when you meet with Zoya Belyakova, an expert on the subject. Cruise the city’s canals and visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral to marvel at its gilded dome, and the red granite columns that grace its façade.

Hotel Astoria   |   Meals: B L

Day 8: PETERHOF / Private Grand Palace Tour

Drive to Peterhof, summer estate of Peter the Great. Tour the Grand Palace, which is opened for you before official operating hours. Return to St. Petersburg via hydrofoil and visit the fascinating Peter & Paul Fortress.

Hotel Astoria   |   Meals: B L

Day 9: PUSHKIN / Russia Past & Present

Travel to Tsarskoe Selo (the Tsar’s Village), also called Pushkin. View Catherine Palace and the world-famous Amber Room, now restored to its original glory. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, and tonight, join your fellow guests for a farewell dinner.

Hotel Astoria   |   Meals: B D

Day 10: DEPART ST. PETERSBURG

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B







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