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Tread in the footsteps of tsars and tsarinas, of artists, poets and musicians, whose great gifts to the romantic city of St. Petersburg you will have an opportunity to see over the next few days. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and light dinner.
Explore the might of imperial Russia on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the magnificent Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress on an included visit before we Connect With Locals, meeting some of the students of St. Petersburg's Theatre for canapés and a stage performance. Learn how your visit will Make Travel Matter to the theatrical education of St. Petersburg's youth. Later, Dive Into Culture as you join a Small Group Sightseeing visit with a Local Specialist to the Hermitage Museum. Consider a theatre visit to enjoy a fascinating Russian Folklore performance.
The narrow lanes and grand boulevards of St. Petersburg are ours to explore today. Admire the ornate domes and colourful mosaics of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the gold-plated dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral.
After a hearty breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure before boarding a train to the Russian capital. En route, contemplate the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, and the indomitable spirit of the Russian nation which saw it send the first man to outer space. Straddling the Moskva River, this city is the country's political, economic, religious and financial hub - and your home for the next three nights.
Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Moscow your way or head to the ancient 14th-century town of Sergiev Posad on Russia's Golden Ring route on an Optional Experience. Home to the beautiful blue and gold onion domes of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the town is the centre of Orthodox faith and Russia's most important pilgrimage site. Visit the Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery which still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. Then, return to Moscow for a guided sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist which features the imposing walls of the Kremlin.
A leisurely start to your day could see you enjoying the kofe culture of Moscow with the locals. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience inside the Kremlin and explore the golden-domed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour before taking a stroll along Arbat street, Moscow's Montmartre. This evening, toast to the magic and magnificence of Mother Russia, joining your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
We close the door on our epic At Leisure holiday in two iconic Russian cities and say farewell to newfound friends. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Your Local Specialist will offer a guided tour of the interiors of two iconic churches. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood, built to commemorate the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, has one of the country's most intricate displays of mosaic icons. Additionally, St. Isaac's Cathedral is the 4th-largest cathedral in the world. Designed by a French architect, its immense interior is comprised of malachite and other precious materials.
Adult Price: € 44
There may be an opportunity to attend a ballet performance in the historic atmosphere of a Tsarist-era theatre. Subject to availability of tickets and performance. Price will vary from €100-€130, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
A chance to attend one of the best Russian folklore programs in St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy a high-energy performance featuring Cossack dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia. During intermission, sample local champagne and vodka. An unforgettable experience! This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: € 67
On this full-day tour, your Local Specialist will take you to the villages of Pushkin and Petrodvorets, where you will visit Catherine's Palace and Peterhof Gardens. Recently restored, Catherine's Palace is most famous for the fabled and wholly unique Amber Room. Located on the Baltic, Peterhof Gardens are modeled after those at Versailles. Following a guided tour, you'll have time to enjoy a stroll as you marvel at the gilded fountains. In case of closure or unavailability of Catherine’s Palace, we will visit the delightful Palace of Pavlovsk, which was built by Catherine the Great. The price will then be €73.00. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 92
This tour pays tribute to one of Russia's noble and royal families and provides an explanation for the collapse of the monarchy. You'll visit the opulent interior of Yusupov Palace, one of the grandest noble residences in the country, and learn about the plot to murder the mystic Rasputin.
Adult Price: € 49
Soak up the atmosphere and romance of this former imperial capital, known as the "Venice of the North." Board a private boat to cruise through the canals and along the River Neva. You'll sip champagne as your Local Specialist provides commentary about the city that has inspired artists for generations.
Adult Price: € 46
Often cited as the most beautiful subway system in the world, Moscow's grandiose Metro stations are decorated with mosaics, stained glass and bronze statues. They're also one of the few remaining places featuring Communist iconography. We'll see them with our Local Specialist and complete our visit with a walk through Red Square, where the evening illuminations should provide enviable photo opportunities.
Adult Price: € 37
68 km from Moscow, Sergiyev Posad (known as Zagorsk in the Soviet era) is the center of the Orthodox faith and Russia's most important pilgrimage site. With our Local Specialist, we'll visit the recently-renovated Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery, unique in the fact that it still operated during the atheist years of Communist rule. We'll also have time to browse the markets, where you might like to buy locally-crafted lacquer boxes or Matryoshka dolls. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 56
Discover ancient cathedrals, the world's largest cannon and the emperors' bell. You'll also visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Built on the site where the Soviet government dynamited the original Cathedral, it was funded by donations from millions of Muscovites. Finally, we'll take a stroll through the famous Arbat street. Once inhabited by the tsar's artisans and equerries, often referred to as Moscow's Montmartre, it's lined with càfes, restaurants and shops selling local souvenirs. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 57
Skip the queues with our Local Specialist and journey through the Treasure Chamber of the Russian Tsars - one of the most important museums in Russia due to its unique collection. You’ll see priceless Faberge eggs and Catherine the Great's diamonds and many gowns. You’ll also discover the Imperial carriages, which are studded with precious stones and gold; coronation thrones; and other one-of-a-kind items from the Romanov Dynasty. This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. If you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 56
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