(Moscow, St. Petersburg)
Lavish your senses with the history, art and culture of Russia in this exclusive journey fit for a Tsar.
Immerse yourself in the land of artists and dissidents, vodka and caviar with this exclusive journey that offers a unique 1st class look into the history, art and culture of mysterious Russia. Enjoy touring Russia’s many cultural wonders at your own pace with the services of an expert guide, private vehicle and driver. In the evenings, relax in 5-star luxury accommodations fit for a tsar – or presidents, royalty and celebrities who have stayed there as well.
Explore the Kremlin and Red Square, Lenin's tomb, Church of the Intercessor, the Armory, Diamond Fund and more. Continue your tour in Moscow and visit Novodevichi Monastery and Tretyakov Gallery, the largest museum of Russian art in the world. In St. Petersburg, drive with your guide along the world famous "Nevsky Prospect" lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy. Explore the Hermitage Museum which boasts works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Renoir, Picasso and others, and tour Trinity Cathedral and cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and other world celebrities are buried. Visit the world-famous Peterhof Palace and tour its stunning fountains and parks, landmarks of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. This exclusive journey through the grandness of Russia is simply fit for a tsar.
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A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with small wooden doll Matreshka, nice book on Russia, vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
We will provide you with a letter of Invitation for your Russian Visa. Once payment has been received, the letter along with other important documents will be sent to you.
Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of Moscow with your private guide and driver. The famous Red Square starts outside the Kremlin´s walls. You will get to see the Kremlin from the Sophiiskaya Embankment and Lubyanka Square, Tverskaya Street, The White House of Russia and Victory Park, St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin Mausoleum, Alexandrovsky Garden, Manezh Square, and GUM for shopping. Entrance fees are not included.
Hotel National (5*) is uniquely located just off the Red Square in the very heart of the historical and cultural centre of Moscow. Its spacious rooms and breathtaking views over the Kremlin have made the National famous worldwide, attracting presidents, royalties, and celebrities. Dine at Moskovsky restaurant, which is considered the best hotel restaurant in Moscow. Its aristocratic Russian and European cuisine, enchanting historical ambience as well as the breathtaking panoramic view over the Kremlin make dining truly unforgettable. As an official member of the “Leading Hotels of the World”, The National combines historical ambience, up-to-date convenience and top-notch service with genuine Russian hospitality.
Tour the Kremlin, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armoury, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the centre of Russia´s political life and State power. The Armoury Palace features weaponry, imperial regalia, and unique art. Visit the impressive Diamond Fund where the exhibits include the great imperial crown of gold, silver, diamonds, and pearls made for the coronation of Empress Catherine XI. If your accommodation is outside the city, you will meet your guide in front of the Kremlin entrance. Entrance fees to the Diamond Fund are included.
The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union´s achievements both for the Russians and foreign visitors. The stations are all uniquely designed with decorative elements including mosaics, statues, marble floors, walls, and staircases. Each station has a unique decorative motive utilizing semi-precious stones and sculptures. The tour will proceed to bohemian Old Arbat street where you will learn about the street´s interesting history and enjoy its artisan culture, and the many craftsman and souvenir stalls. Entrance fees to the Metro Station are included. If your hotel is outised the city centre, you will meet your guide at the entrance to the metro.
Novodevichy Convent was founded at the beginning of 16th century. The complex consists of 15 buildings, surmounted by golden domes. For 400 years the Novodevichy Convent was part of important historical events, connected with the names of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Sofia, and Peter I. For several years, it was even used as a place of imprisonment for disgraced women from noble families. Visit the interesting cemetery, a charming sight, and rich in the spirit of the past hidden behind a wall in the Twentieth century inner city. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery, the largest museum of Russian art in the world. The museum represents the history of Russian art from the ancient periods. Its superb collection consists of numerous icons, paintings, sculptures, and graphics. Entrance fees to the monastery and gallery are included.
A transfer between the train station and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
Watch the changing landscapes on your fast speed train ride from Moscow to St. Petersburg, departing in the afternoon.
Positioned on Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg's most splendid avenue, Grand Hotel Europe (5*) is surrounded by some of the world's greatest cultural treasures, including the Russian Museum and Mussorgsky Theatre. Discerning travellers are charmed by the hotel's warm Russian hospitality, impressive architecture, and exceptional service. The Hotel offers spacious, tastefully decorated accommodations with antique furniture and period touches, but also incorporates all the comforts a modern traveler needs. The hotel has a wide range of dining options, including its own chocolate factory.
Take a panoramic tour and get acquainted with the main architectural and historical monuments of St. Petersburg. You will get to drive along the world famous Nevsky Prospect and view the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky with its magnificent Trinity Cathedral and its cemetery where Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, and other world celebrities were buried. You will have the chance to see the Hermitage Museum and the Chamber of Curiosities. Later you will drive by the Summer Garden and stop in the Field of Mars with the eternal flame and see the Cathedral on Spilled Blood. Drive through the Square of Arts with the Palace Square with the Alexander Column, the Triumphal Arch of the general Staff building, and the Winter Palace complex. Continue to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fourth largest domed cathedral in the world. The Cathedral is 102 meters high and can hold up to 12,000 people and took 40 years to construct. Entrance fees to St. Isaac's Cathedral are included.
Enjoy the excursion to one of the most beautiful summer residences of the Royal family, the Peterhof Palace. The world-famous palace, fountain, and park is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18th-19th centuries. Learn from your private guide about the fate of the palace and the parks during World War II. Walk through the various fountains of different sizes and shapes in the lower Park, and admire the beautiful gardens. Continue with Yusupov Palace, one of the most mysterious places in St. Petersburg. Yusupov Palace once belonging to princes Yusupovs noble family is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. The cellar of the palace became the setting of the murder of one of the most scandalous figures in Russian history -Grigory Rasputin. Nowadays the cellar houses an exhibition about the life of Grigory Rasputin.
Choose between one of the various evening entertainment options St. Petersburg has to offer: performances at the Marinsky theater, folklore show in Nikolaevskey palace, a show at the famous Circus, or a river cruise, combined with a folklore show. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding a show to your itinerary during your time in St. Petersburg.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hermitage and admire the gems of the collection. During the tour you will see the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, a part of the collection of paintings of Old Masters and other exciting exhibits and works of art. Value the splendour of the Gala stairway, Peter's Memorial Hall, the Armorial Hall, the Gallery of 1812 with its numerous portraits, the Pavilion Hall and its various amusements, and other gala rooms. You are sure to enjoy the works of applied arts, precious items and paintings. The collection of Western European art, numbering over 600,000 items, is considered to be one of the finest in the world. It presents all the stages of the development of art from the Middle Ages to the present. Enjoy masterpieces by outstanding Western European artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgione, Titian, Michelangelo, Francisco de Goya, Renoir, and Picasso. You will have an opportunity to see such world-famous masterpieces as works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Admire the richest collection of ancient and early medieval items, works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, fabulous treasures of oriental culture, and wonderful European art. Entrance fees to the Hermitage Museum are included.
Take a full day tour to Pushkin, originally named Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's Village), famous for the marvelous Catherine Palace and park. The town, also known as Pushkin, in honour of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, was the main summer residence of the royal family. The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, and canvases, including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families. Visit one of the most remarkable interiors of Catherine Palace, the Amber Room. Your private guide will tell the story of the Catherine Palace's construction, and will get to know about the tragic moments in the palace's history, connected with the Nazi occupation during World War II. Continue to Pavlovsk, site of the only fully-restored former imperial palace following the Nazi’s ravage. The palace's Greek Hall is adorned with green Corinthian columns making the ballroom the most elegant interior of the Palace in Pavlovsk. The park of Pavlovsk is the largest park in Russia with ponds, valleys, waterfalls, and various statues laid out at the end of the 18th century. Entrance fees are included.
Depart from St. Petersburg international airport - end of itinerary.
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Edwards Family ,
November 28, 2013
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Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
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Mike Mikkelsen ,
November 15, 2013
"Lianne Kim did a great job for us (on our tour of Spain). Most enjoyable - thanks for all you did."
November 09, 2013
"My trip to Holland and Belgium was a lifelong dream and Kensington Tours made it greater than my dream. I was treated like royalty, even when I missed some of my connections. They quickly solved any problems that U had. All the drivers were courteous and helpful. My accommodations were top notch. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a better tour experience. Thanks to Richard Racicot for booking the best fo me."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery lWestlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bend over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangement made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
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