Upon arrival at the Moscow airport, relax in the VIP lounge while an agent helps you with Customs and Passport Control formalities. A limousine will take you to a luxury hotel where a welcome dinner will await you at an award-winning restaurant.
Begin exploring Russia’s enigmatic capital with a private tour of the Kremlin. You will see jewelry, intricately decorated clothing, armor, carriages and other artifacts that once belonged to the tsars and their families on display at the Armory Museum; see a priceless collection of precious metals and stones in the Diamond Fund and visit several of the Kremlin’s cathedrals including one of Moscow’s symbols – St. Basil’s.
A private city tour of Moscow will take you around the city’s center, as well as to Vorobyevy Hills for an overlook at this metropolis. You will visit the tsars’ summer residence, Kolomenskoye, with its old church and the courtyard. In the evening, enjoy a performance at the world-famous Bolshoi Theater.
Today you will see some of the masterpieces of Russian and European art, including a collection of European Impressionists in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the Tretyakov Gallery. In the evening, enjoy a gypsy show and a dinner – favorite entertainment of the Russian upper class of the 19th century.
Morning is free to walk around the city center or do souvenir shopping. An English-speaking guide is at your disposal until your afternoon transfer to the train station. You will board a first class train to St. Petersburg this afternoon and arrive in St. Petersburg in the evening. A limousine will take you to a luxury hotel in the heart of the city.
One of our best guides will meet you for a comprehensive private city tour of St. Petersburg, which will include a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress. The fortress cathedral is home to the graves of many Russian tsars, including the last Russian tsar Nicholas II and his family. You will also have a chance to go inside one of St. Petersburg’s landmarks – St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from the cathedral’s colonnade.
Tour one of the greatest museums in the world – the Hermitage, with a special excursion to the Golden Room where you will get a rare chance to see artifacts from Catherine the Great’s Treasure Gallery along with gold and silver masterpieces by Russian, European and Oriental artists of different times. The excursion takes up most of the morning, but you are free to stay in the museum for the afternoon and visit the halls that are of special interest to you. In the evening, enjoy a Russian folk show in one of the city’s historic palaces.
Today you will take an out-of-town trip to Peter the Great’s summer palace – the Peterhoff. Visit the Grand Palace and the Park with its world-famous gilded fountains. Lunch will be served in a restaurant in one of the buildings of the palace ensemble. In the evening, take a private boat tour of the canals and see why this city is referred to as “the Venice of the North”.
Continue exploring Russia’s ex-capital with a private excursion to the Yussupov Palace. The Palace is where Rasputin was assassinated in 1916, and you’ll be able to learn some fascinating details of this century-old murder mystery. The Yussupov Palace opens its doors to travelers by special appointment only. Enjoy this opportunity to see its art treasures, the magnificent family theater and the cellars. Your trip ends with a farewell dinner in one of the city’s best restaurants that has served many a celebrity.
A limousine will take you to the airport where the VIP lounge will be reserved for your international flight departure.