Arrive Moscow, Russia
Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to your hotel. This evening, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
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.
Moscow | Russian Legends
This morning, enjoy a talk by a Russian scholar. Continue your explorations of Moscow with a visit to the New Maiden Cemetery, final resting place of Chekhov and other noted figures. After lunch at a local restaurant, stop at 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.
The Golden Ring | Russia’s Ancient Heart
Leave the city for the Golden Ring, the circle of venerable cities northeast of Moscow. Travel by train to historic Vladimir for sightseeing before continuing to the old town of Suzdal. Check in to your hotel, and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride before dinner.
Suzdal | Living Museum
Explore Suzdal, often described as an open-air museum of Russian history for its extensive prerevolution architecture. Eat lunch with a local family before visiting a traditional craft workshop. After some time at leisure, enjoy a revitalizing visit to an authentic Russian bath — an A&K-exclusive experience.
St. Petersburg | Venice of the North
Transfer by road back to Moscow, where you board a high-speed Sapsan train for the ride to St. Petersburg, the crowning glory of Peter the Great, arriving in the evening.
St. Petersburg | Legacy of a Dynasty
Start the day at the Hermitage, home to three million pieces of artwork, enjoying early access and fewer crowds. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn the history of the Romanovs when you meet with an expert on the subject. Cruise the city’s canals and visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral to marvel at its gilded dome, as well as the red granite columns that grace its façade.
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 and Paul Fortress.
Pushkin | Russia's Past & Present
Travel to Tsarskoe Selo (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.
Depart St. Petersburg
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.