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Wonders of St. Petersburg and Moscow 2014

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Moscow, RussiaPeter the GreatSt Basil's Domes Cathedral
Moscow, Russia
Peter the Great
St Basil's Domes Cathedral
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Description: Russia's two sides come face to face on this 'twin city' break. Starting in St. Petersburg and ending in the metropolis of Moscow, linked by high-speed train, it unites classic and modern. It's Insider moments like… mingling with Russian dancers as you relax with canapés and drinks at St. Petersburg's Theatre of Youth. Welcomed earlier by their Director, you're able to chat with the dancers you saw performing on stage as you toured their beautiful theatre. Your visit helps fund their education – and the search for the next Nureyev. It's the second encounter with Russia's passion for opulent arts that day, after exploring its world-famous Hermitage Museum with guests.
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Optionals

On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.


A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.

  • ST PETERSBURG

    • + Cruise The Waterways Of The Venice Of The North Soak up the atmosphere, romance and lights of this unique and beautiful city known as the Venice of the North. A cruise through the canals and along River Neva transforms the city into a magical place that has inspired generations of artists - a photographers dream. Sip champagne as the city drifts by! A wonderful introduction to the former imperial capital.

    • + Evening At The Theatre 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. The price will vary, depending on the venue and the Ballet Company.

    • + Imperial Summer Residences Pushkin And Petrodvorets While in St Petersburg a trip to Tsarskoe Selo, Pushkin, is a must for every visitor. The Romanovs spared no expense on their opulent summer retreats. Now gems of Russian art, the palaces combine outstanding architecture and splendid parks. Miraculously restored from the ravages of Nazi occupation and destruction, work like the fairy-tale Amber Room can once again be seen. In the afternoon we continue on to the most famous town Petrodvorets, which was its Russian recreation of Versailles. It is famed for its many palaces, extravagant gardens and terraces of gilded statues and fountain cascades on the Gulf of Finland. Relax and enjoy the elegant atmosphere of these baroque gardens on our visit.

    • + Rasputin And The Romanovs St Petersburg is known as the Cradle of the Revolution and the downfall of the Romanov Dynasty. This unforgettable haunting visit takes us through the opulent splendour of the home of pre-Revolutionary Russias foremost noble family, the Yusupovs. Here in the cellar, 3 months before the fateful February revolution, Felix Yusupov and members of the Tsars court conspired and murdered the infamous Rasputin. Our tour is concluded with a visit to the Peter and Paul Cathedral, today recognised as the Pantheon of the tsars, including the canonised Nicholas and the relics of his wife and children. The end of a dynasty.

    • + Russian Folklore Evening A chance to attend one of the best Russian Folklore programs in St. Petersburg. The show includes Cossack dances, songs, instruments and costumes from around Russia, during the intermission Russian champagne and vodka are sampled, an unforgettable experience.

  • MOSCOW

    • + Kremlin And The Heart Of Moscow We enter Moscow's political and historic inner sanctum, the Kremlin, where we see ancient cathedrals, the world's largest cannon and the emperors' bell. We then visit the miraculously reborn Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, built on the site where the Soviet government dynamited the original Cathedral and funded through the donations of millions of Muscovites. We continue to discover a true insight into Russian life while walking through Novodevichy Park. We see memorials to well known people such as Yeltsin, Kruschev, Eisenstein, and Raisa Gorbachova. A fascinating place with memorials ranging from the most modest to the sentimental and outlandish.

    • + Metro And Red Square By Night Take a surprise journey. Ride the legendary Moscow metro through part of Stalin's showcase, the underground 'palaces' of Moscow Metro. The Communist government wanted to create a transport system unequalled in any capitalist state, bringing culture to the masses in their everyday lives. Not just another transport system, more than trains and tunnels (Western art critics include it among the Ten Places That You Want to See before You Die), Moscow Metro is the most grandiose architectural monument of the Soviet era. Tonight we select some of the most remarkable stations to show you, decorated with stained glass, mosaics, chandeliers and statues. The tour ends in Red Square to take in its fairytale evening atmosphere.

    • + Zagorsk - The Real Russia Our excursion takes us through the Russian countryside to Zagorsk giving you an impression of places unchanged for centuries. Zagorsk, (Sergeyev Posad) is the Russian Vatican, centre of the Orthodox faith, religious art and architecture. For centuries it served as the religious capital of Russia and pilgrimage place for the faithful of the Russian Orthodox creed. Within the old walled city we see the Troitse-Sergiieyeva Lavra, a working monastery where the Orthodox faith was tolerated by the Communist state and kept alive during the years of atheism. A chance to browse at some locally made Russian handicrafts, wooden toys and Matryoshka dolls on sale at the local market.

    • + Imperial Splendours And Architectural Gems Our guided tour visits the most famous architectural monument in St Petersburg, the St Isaacs Cathedral, the city's largest and finest church, unequaled in the empire. We then go on to see the amazing colourful centrepiece of the city, known as the Church of the Saviour 'on the spilled blood', built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. The multi-coloured onion domes and mosaics, recently restored, are based on St Basil's in Moscow and evoke a feeling of Old Russia.

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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