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Imperial Jewels of Russia

15
Days,
Starting At:
$6,830 per person
Travel from St. Petersburg to Moscow, on a 15-day river cruise. The Scenic Tsar explores Russia’s most iconic and famous attractions. Experience Russia's diverse landscapes, peppered with ancient fortresses, palaces, churches and wooden villages.

Itinerary Information

Day 1: Moscow

Welcome to Moscow. If you had a hundred years, you wouldn’t exhaust all the wonder on offer here.

Day 2: Moscow

Start your day by seeing the city’s finest sights. Then, take an insightful ride on Moscow’s Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. In fact, it’s considered one of the best subway systems in the world. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the unusually beautiful Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible world icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them. Enjoy a refreshing drink during a cruise on the Moskva River, where you can admire Moscow’s fine sights and architecture from the waterways.

Day 3: Moscow

Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. Tonight, witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers.

Day 4: Moscow

Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It’s a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars. Enjoy a lunch in the local restaurant. Tonight, you’ll attend an internationally renowned Russian Circus, where you’ll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again.

Day 5: Moscow

Visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art, or explore the Museum of the Armed Forces, where you’ll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia.

Day 6: Uglich

Part of the Golden Ring of cities surrounding Moscow, Uglich is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will be just what the doctor ordered.

Day 7: Yaroslavl

Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of Yaroslavl located on the mighty Volga River. In fact, dating back to the year 1010, it’s even older than Moscow. Acquaint yourself with its long and impressive history by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights.

Day 8: Goritsy

Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons.

Day 9: Kizhi Island

Your ship docks at Kizhi Island – an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You’ll also get to view the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. It is easily among the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, and the world. As the ship sets sail, you’ll get to toast the occasion with a little vodka, a beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.

Day 10: Mandrogi

It’s all ashore to explore this charming museum village, which was reconstructed after WWII. Wander around the distinctive buildings and later try Shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.

Day 11: St. Petersburg

Start your day with a guided tour of this uniquely beautiful metropolis, followed by a lunch in a local restaurant. Then, visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s most magnificent art collections.

Day 12: St. Petersburg

Explore Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof’s Grand Palace, which was modeled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the Palaces’ majestic Fountains. Enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant. Visit magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.

Day 13: St. Petersburg

This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and its elaborate gardens. Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden ‘Podvorie’ restaurant. Here you’ll be offered traditional Russian cuisine where the delicious fare is actually home-grown at the restaurant owner’s private summer residence. This afternoon enjoy some free time to yourself, to explore or relax as you please. Tonight you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last Imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg and is an eclectic combination of architectural styles that will dazzle and amaze you.

Day 14: St. Petersburg

Today you’ll enjoy a cruise through the city’s canals and get to glide under some of the city’s 400 bridges.

Day 15: St. Petersburg

After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must, but it’s also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.