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Easy Pace Russia

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9 Days from $1,989 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.
    meal(s):WD
    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?
    meal(s):BB
    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.
    meal(s):BB
    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.
    meal(s):BB
    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.
    meal(s):BB
    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?
    meal(s):BB
    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, CD
    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.
    meal(s):BB
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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus 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.

Petrodvorets:

  • 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.

St Petersburg:

  • Visit the former residence of the Yusupov family and the scene of Rasputin's murder.

High Speed 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.

Moscow:

  • With a Local Expert, walk inside the walls of the Kremlin Fortress, see St. Basil's Cathedral and explore the opulent Metro stations.
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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 $590 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 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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  • 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 48 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.

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