Russia is one of the most
extraordinary countries in the world, with an almost matchless depth
of cultural and historical
riches, and landscapes that have inspired artists and poets for
generations. From the glittering spires of St Petersburg, the fabulous
palaces of the Tsars or simply the haunting and unique landscape of
the steppes. Until you've actually seen them, it is hard to imagine
the extraordinary glamour of the gilded palaces built for the Russian
emperors. These historic buildings, created by the world's finest
craftsmen with absolutely no expense spared can make you gasp with the
sheer glamour. Palaces like Catherine's Tsarkoe Selo and the Peterhoff,
with its sparkling fountains, can make even Versailles look second
Just by visiting the Red square you
will be standing on the place of great historical significance where
Russian sovereigns decided fates of their people for centuries.
This is the
land of great love stories like Doctor Zhivago and Anna Karenina. It
is the birthplace of the world's greatest romantic ballets, from Swan
Lake to Sheherezade. If you have even the remotest interest in art,
you will be blown away by
unique artistic heritage. In St Petersburg's Hermitage
you have what is possibly the world's greatest art collection, with
room after room of masterpieces, from Raphael to Matisse. And that is
just a fraction of the art Russia has to offer, with an almost
inexhaustible array of galleries and museums in St Petersburg and
Moscow housing a gargantuan feast of fine art. But Russia's artistic
attractions lie not just in the paintings hung in the galleries, but
all around you, in the buildings, both large and small, which have
seen the hands of artists at work over the century.
From the Russian circuses to the
ballets, from classical music concerts to jazz festivals; Russia has
perhaps one of the most vibrant entertainment cultures in the world.
will start our journey with 3 days in Moscow. During our 3-days we’ll
visit the must-see sites including the Red Square,
and most famous square in Russia. Like a magnet it attracts all
visitors of Moscow. Standing on Red Square you see the most significant buildings in the capital – the Kremlin, GUM
department store, the State History museum, the Lenin's Mausoleum. A
real wonder is the elaborate brightly domed Saint Basil's Cathedral.
It's like an exotic stone flower planted by the architects of the 16th
century. The first time you see this colorful, Russian masterpiece, it
seems unreal. The cathedral was built in the 16th century by the
decree of Ivan the Terrible. The wonderfully ornate structure was
restored in 2004. Visitors who choose to tour the inside of the
cathedral are treated to a complex interior filled with nooks and
crannies that are painted throughout with Russian Orthodox depictions.
is the Kremlin. The Kremlin is the center of government in Russia. The
term "Kremlin" roughly translates as "fortress" in English and every
major city in Russia had one. The
Moscow Kremlin is a giant fortress consisting of a brick wall
surrounding the Kremlin grounds on which stand cathedrals, a palace,
an armory, an arsenal and numerous government buildings.
The Kremlin is vast and packed with
interesting historical landmarks, museums and cathedrals.
We will set up a
Moscow River Boat Excursion that takes you through the center of the
city past many of Moscow's greatest buildings and views. In two hours
you can get great views of the Kremlin, Gorky Park, Vorobevy Hills, Luzhniki
Stadium, Moscow State University and more.
sites include, the
Bolshoi Ballet, the
Tretyakov Gallery, the
Pushkin State Museum and the
Conservatory which we will have opportunities to see.
Our next stop will be
St. Petersburg. We
will get on the fast train and be in St. Petersburg in just 4-hours.
Our hotel is just a few minutes walk away from the Hermitage Museum and close to
many shops and restaurants. The Hermitage Museum
is one of the most important sights to see for any visitor to St.
Petersburg. Galleries upon galleries of old masters are located within
the sumptuous interior of the Hermitage. We will also pay a visit to
the one of Russia's most famous historical prisons, the Peter and Paul
Fortress with the Prison Museum and the
Peter and Paul Cathdral. Then there’s the Catherine
Palace, also known as the Summer Palace at Tsarskoe
Selo, which is part of a gorgeous complex of parks, guest houses,
and the blue-and-gold palace itself. Visitors often feel breathtaken
at how Russia's royalty once lived. Every inch of the Catherine Palace
speaks of luxury.
There are no shortage of
interesting sights in St. Petersburg, another one being the Church of
Our Savior on the Spilt Blood in St. Petersburg. The exterior may
satisfy your desire for sparkle, but the interior of the church will
wow as well. The interior of the Church on the spilt Blood is covered
in mosaics that mimic paintings of famous Russian artists.
Now, on our final leg
of this journey we will fly to
Kiev, Ukraine, a
place I’ve only heard good things about. We will have 4 days here to
explore and enjoy everything this amazing city has to offer. Our
beautiful, 4-star hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the city
– walking distance to many of the attractions.
Having survived the
Mongol Empire, WWII,
Chernobyl, and Soviet rule,
Kiev is the proud
capital of the Ukraine. Filled with theaters, museums, religious
sites, modern buildings and ancient ruins, the city of Kiev is the
center of Ukrainian culture. The Monastery of the Caves, founded in
1015, and Saint Sophia Cathedral, founded in 1037, are both World
Heritage Sites. The Museum of the Great Patriotic War, topped by the
massive Motherland Statue, provides gorgeous views of the city below.
Kiev was recently voted third
in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel: Top Ten Countries for 2012. The
city boasts two stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is fast
becoming a major cultural destination for Europe.
We will set up tours to take in all the top sites including the greatest
of Kiev, the Pecherska Lavra, built
almost nine centuries ago. A complex of churches, masterpieces of
architecture by themselves, has been a holy place of worship for
devout Christians. Famous for its catacombs with the saints' relics,
Lavra is also called the Monastery of Caves. Museum collections of
miniatures and church treasures amaze visitors from all over the
world; St. Sophia's Cathedral, with its 13 beautiful golden domes.
We’ll visit the gorgeous blue and cream Mariyinsky
Palace, located on top of a
hill in a beautiful park overlooking the Dnipro river. The
magnificent building was used as a Kiev residence of the Tsar's
family. We’ll also take some time to stroll Andriyivsky Uzviz, the
most ancient and steep street in Kiev and a favorite place for outdoor
fairs, festivals and concerts.
Click here for a nice overview of other places to visit in Kiev.
There is a
Hop on/ Hop off bus that can help us take in most of these special
places and we will also set up an optional private tour.
For those who enjoy
nightlife on your vacations, we’ve saved the best for last.
From bog-standard boozers to elite
cocktail joints, from classy casinos to scintillating strip clubs,
from underground rock venues to hands-in-the-air house havens, Kiev
has got a bit of everything - and whichever nightspot you happen to
visit, it's normally going off at a hundred miles an hour. Kiev's
nightclubs take some seeing to be believed thanks to their raucous
atmosphere, full on hedonism and - let's face it - ridiculously good
looking girls. The clubs there can be very high-tech such as
Arena two of the better known clubs.
will conclude this 10-day trip. We are going in prime-time summer
months so I expect the weather to be ideal.
This trip also follows on the heals of the
Scandinavia trip for those who might be able to do both back to back
(4-days in between).
DEPOSIT - $200
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - $885
Deduct $885 with your own air. This would still include our St.
1 BA 28AUG LAX-LHR 340P 1000A
2 BA 29AUG LHR-DME 1105A 605P
3 VV 04SEP LED-KBP 410P 510P
4 BA 08SEP KBP-LHR 120P 250P
5 BA 08SEP LHR-LAX 405P 705P
I love this itinerary! Not too early, not too
late on the departures and return. We are on British Airways departing
LAX at 3:40 p.m. on the 28th of August. Change of planes in Heathrow,
England then continue to Moscow arriving at 6:05 p.m.
We fly to Kiev on Sept 4th at 4:10 p.m.
Return on September 8th with our departure at 1:20
p.m. arriving back in LAX at 7:05 p.m. Perfect.
Roundtrip & domestic
10-nights hotel in 3 &
4-star hotels with daily breakfast
3 half day city tours
Train from Moscow
St. to Petersburg
guides and bus driver are at your discretion.
Passport/visas: Valid passport and Russian visa required. Processing
fees are $175.
U.S. Departure Taxes/ fuel surcharge -
currently running $685
(subject to change).
KATERINA CITY HOTEL - 4-star
City is a modern 4 star business
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walk from Paveletskaya metro station and only 3 km away from the Red
Square and Kremlin.
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unique rooms with exceptional service for tourists and business
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Architectural Treasures as the house of a wealthy merchant Stepnov.
Hotel Vera is within walking distance of Nevsky
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