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Easy Pace Russia

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
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Tour Style: Premium
9 Days from $2,359 per person

From the grand baroque of St Petersburg to Moscow's iconic treasures, Russia is an enigma that just has to be sampled by any serious traveller.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Airport transfers depart from St. Petersburg Airport at 14:30 & 17:00. In the evening, meet your Tour Director for a warm, friendly Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    hotel:Crowne Plaza Ligovsky, St. Petersburg (4 nights).
  3. Morning sightseeing with a Local Expert includes views of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. Travel down Nevsky Prospekt for views of the great Cathedral of Kazan and onion-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps join an optional experience to the small town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, to visit the beautiful Catherine Palace?
    hotel:Crown Plaza Ligovski, St. Petersburg.
  4. Cruise by hydrofoil along the Baltic shore to Peter the Great's summer residence of Petrodvorets, that for over 200 years was used for official ceremonies, lavish feasts and formal receptions. Alight to explore the fabulous gardens and cascading fountains.
    hotel:Crown Plaza Ligovski, St. Petersburg.
  5. Visit the Hermitage, one of the world's greatest museums. Located in the Winter Palace, wander through this fabulous collection of paintings and objets d'art, ranging from Egyptian carvings to Impressionist masterpieces. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore, shop or relax.
    hotel:Crown Plaza Ligovski, St. Petersburg.
  6. In the morning, perhaps visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder before boarding your high speed Sapsan train to Moscow? On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a leisurely three-night stay.
    hotel:Radisson Royal, Moscow (3 nights).
  7. Begin your exploration of the Russian capital with a Local Expert. Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow's landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, in front of the Kremlin stands Lenin's Mausoleum, while on the opposite side, the grand GUM department store offers a variety of glamorous goods. During your stay, you will also visit one of the Metro stations which Stalin called ‘palaces for the people'. Gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. In your free time, why not witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Imperial Russian Family?
    hotel:Radisson Royal, Moscow.
  8. In the morning you are at leisure in the Russian capital. Perhaps visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an optional experience to Zagorsk - renowned as a centre of ancient Russian art and architecture? In the afternoon, walk inside the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of the cathedrals. On your last night, enjoy delicious food, great wine and wonderful company at your evening Celebration Dinner.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Radisson Royal, Moscow.
  9. Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 & 11:00 and at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 & 13:00.

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Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $570 p.p.

Triple Room Discount $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $92 per person.

Important Visa Information: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your travel specialist at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe.

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Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country. 

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7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) both with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

St. Petersburg:

  • Sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square.
  • With a Local Expert, explore the spectacular Hermitage Museum - one of the world's great repositories of European art and housed in the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars.


  • Cruise by hydrofoil to Peter the Great's Summer Palace, built to rival Versailles. Explore the formal gardens, bursting with thunderous cascades, sparkling fountains and golden statues.

Sapsan Train:

  • 'Sapsan' in Russian means 'falcon'. Relax in modern luxury and comfort, while you swoop by rail, from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.


  • With a Local Expert, walk inside the walls of the Kremlin Fortress, see St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the opulent Metro stations.


Sunday, August 20, 2017
Service rating : The guide was terrific. The hotels great and buses very comfortable. Very good bus drivers.
Vacation : A reasonable price for me.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Service rating : The representatives were courteous and helpful every step of the way. This was our sixth tour with Grand European and we have always been very pleased.
Vacation : Wonderful hotels and the best local guides allowed us to get a good sense of St. Petersburg and Moscow as we covered lots of ground in a week. All the optional tours were exceptionally good. Our tour guide was extremely helpful and professional throughout our journey. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to extend their understanding and appreciation of Russia.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Service rating : We have traveled with Grand European for the last 5 European trips that we have taken together and until this year have found their customer service to be impeccable. However, when I had questions or concerns this year prior to the trip, I found the responses I received to be short or curt and made to feel like my concerns were foolish. Also, we discovered at the airports, that we had little time to get from point A to point B and we struggled to get to our gates on time. I now remember that when we booked the flights, I was askied if "everyone is able bodied?" I didn't realize that meant that we would almost have to run to make our flights. We both were "able bodied" when I booked the trip, but things have changed and I am very slow now. Had I been like before, we still would have found it difficult to get to the gates in the time allowed. In the future (if we book again), I will scrutinize the times between flights better. Another thing that occurred, that I don't think GET would have been aware of is that Indianapolis airport could not print all of our boarding passes there. They could only print the first flight (Air Canada). We were told that we had to get the rest printed when we got to Toronto. But, our flight from Indy to Toronto was delayed leaving Indy and arriving in Toronto. Then we had to go through customs and were sent through another customs area as well and by the time we could make it to the Lufthansa ticket desk to get boarding passes printed, printing of boarding passes was closed even though the flight was not due to leave for another hour! We had to be reticketed by Air Canada as it was their fault that we arrived late. Try as they might to get our luggage back and get both bags tagged correctly, it didn't happen. So, we arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia, 4 hours later than we should have, missed the shuttle and had to get our own cab to the hotel and we had no checked bags. With the help of our tour director, the bags arrived 5 days into the 9 day trip, but due to time constrains on our departure from the hotel in St. Petersburg to leaving on the high speed train to Moscow, we had to hire a taxi to go to the St. Petersburg airport at 6am and get our luggage and then hire a taxi to return to the group. In between arriving in St. Petersburg and the day we were to leave, we had to go out and purchase some clothes so that we were warm in the cold and snowy weather of St. Petersburg. I am telling you all of this so that you understand what problems it causes when there is not enough time booked between flights to go through customs and get to the terminal let alone have to have boarding passes printed! The tour itself was wonderful and there is no better tour director than Maja Poljansek (and we have had several really good ones with GET and Insight). She was the bright spot of our trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about the trouble you had with your flights and delayed luggage.  We do try to allow ample time for changing flights and customs but have no control over airline flight delays or computer issues. We would be happy to help contact the airline for possible compensation due to their delay and lost luggage.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Vacation : Only 2 evening meals were included and usually the optional excursions have included some dinners, but not this trip. I feel that dinners should be included as we had to hunt for places to eat or eat at the hotel and pay additional. It would help if we could see a list of optional excursions and what that includes when deciding about trips.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Russiamust have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Russia will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in Russia is the Ruble. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Russia, you’ll usually find better exchange rates in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Russia. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Russian food is rich and hearty, with a strong preference toward soups, herring, pickled vegetables, savory pancakes and rye breads. Try specialties such as beef stroganoff, borscht soup (beetroot soup) and pelmeni (meat dumplings). Russians love sweets and pride themselves on their desserts, especially the traditional ponchiki (hot sugared doughnuts). Vodka is popular and is often served straight or can be flavored with herbs and spices.

  • Russia’s continental climate varies dramatically, with temperatures reaching the high 80s during summer heat waves and normally plummeting to single digits during winter months. We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping has become more common throughout Eastern Europe in recent years.  In Russia, it’s acceptable to leave 5-15 percent gratuity when dining out if a service fee has not already been added to your bill. It’s always a good idea to tip in cash and also important to note that some restaurants in Russia will not accept credit cards.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

St Petersburg

Neva River Cruise

Due to its many islands, canals and bridges, St. Petersburg is known as ‘the Venice of the North’ and the best place to view it is from the water. Soak up the romantic atmosphere with a cruise along the River Neva. Sip champagne as the Winter Palace and the Peter and Paul Fortress drifts by - it's a photographer’s dream and a wonderful introduction to the former imperial capital!

Russian Folklore Show

Come and hear the balalaikas ringing out! A spectacular evening of traditional music, song and dance! This fun-filled show will have you clapping along to the rollicking Cossack dancers and girls in brightly colored costumes as they sing their sweet harmonies.

Catherine Palace

The little town of Tsarskoe Selo, now called Pushkin, houses Russia's most beautiful palace. Even from the outside, its awesome grandeur overwhelms the senses. Walking through the 'Golden Enfilade' of state rooms is like stepping into another world. Feel the presence of Catherine the Great reflected in the sumptuous gilded stucco, mirrors, and amber. The restored Amber Room is a truly unique monument with your local expert providing the historical context.

Peter & Paul Fortress

Join a local expert for a visit to the island stronghold where St. Petersburg's foundation stone was laid in 1703. Built as a defense against Swedish attack, the fortress served as a political prison for the Tsars' opponents, including Peter's own rebellious son, Alexei. A fascinating walk through Russian history takes you from the riverside walkway, still lined with cannon, inside the bastions to the ornate church, housing the imperial tombs of the Romanov rulers. A must-see during your visit to St. Petersburg!

Russian Ballet Performance

With its flawless, graceful movements, heartfelt music and spectacle, Russian ballet can conjure up a range of powerful emotions. While in St. Petersburg, there may be the opportunity to attend a ballet performance. This optional experience is subject to the availability of tickets and performance. Pending on availability and the venue, the price may vary from €75-86.

Yusupov Palace

Don't miss this chance to visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and scene of Rasputin’s murder. Hear the fascinating story of the Siberian monk and his influence on the Imperial Family as you are led through the beautifully restored interiors to the room where his murder took place!


Moscow By Night

As the sun goes down Moscow takes on a completely different complexion. A local expert shows you the major monuments of this bustling city by night. Admire the evening magic of the famous Red Square once the day time crowds have dispersed - the floodlit towers of the Kremlin, twinkling Gum Department Store and magical domes of St Basil's Cathedral bathed in romantic light.

Excursion to Sergiyev Posad

A wonderful excursion takes you to Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era), renowned center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city, admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Troitse Sergiyevo Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. Afterwards, enjoy time to browse for locally made Russian handicrafts, wooden toys and Matryoshka dolls at the local market.

Imperial Splendour

Walk within the walls of the Kremlin to visit the treasure chest of the Imperial Russian family in the Armory. With your guide, you'll witness the staggering collection of Tsarist artifacts, be it bedazzling crown jewels, jewel-studded thrones or the world-famous Fabergé Eggs!

Russian Mosaic

The complex history of Russia is fixed in the soul of the people and this experience focuses on historical events that have shaped the nation. Drive out to the Victory Park Complex - an emotional tribute to those who fell on the battlefronts of a war. Continue with a visit to the Borodino Panorama Exhibition which brings to life the Battle of Borodino, one of the most important events in Russia’s history and immortalized in Tolstoy’s epic, ‘War and Peace’. Finally at the Novodevichy cemetery, see memorials to such greats as Khrushchev, Chekhov, Mayakovsky, Prokofiev and Eisenstein(On occasions when Borodino is closed we will visit the Memorial Park complex instead).

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