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The rise and fall of “Imperial Russia”

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9 days / 8 nights
Availability : all year round
Max People : 40
Tour Details

The Romanov dynasty ruled Russia for over 300 years. Over the centuries it conquered vast territories and transformed the initially small Russian state into Imperial Russia, the biggest country in the world and one of the greatest powers of 18th and 19th century Europe. The dynasty amassed unprecedented wealth both for itself and for the Russian nobility, the Boyars, while leaving the political and social fabric of the empire in a backwards state. Thus it laid the seeds for its own downfall and it eventually vanished in the maelstrom of the political and social upheavals of 1917.

Highlights of this Tour

  • Visit of the Armoury Museum, Moscow
  • Train ride from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • The Eremitage Museum
  • Visit to the Mariinsky Theatre to enjoy a ballet or opera

Arrival / Departure Airport

Moscow Airport / St. Petersburg Airport

Price Includes

  • Tour as per the itinerary
  • 8 overnights as per itinerary
  • Licensed, english speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Day 1 - Welcome to Russia
Day 2 - Moscow
Day 3 - Moscow
Day 4 - Moscow
Day 5 - Moscow to St. Petersburg
Day 6 - St. Petersburg
Day 7 - Pushkin
Day 8 - St. Petersburg
Day 9 - Departure Day
  • Arrival in Moscow
  • Transfer to your hotel and Check-In
  • Overnight in Moscow
  • A morning tour takes you to the Moscow Kremlin. You will see palaces, golddomed cathedrals, the
    infamous Ivan the Terrible bell tower and much more. The highlight of the tour is a special visit to the Armoury Museum, which includes a vast collection of Imperial Russian treasures.
  • An afternoon panoramic city tour gives you an overview of the splendours of the city including the impressive Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM Department Store, Tverskaya Street with its glamorous shops and boutiques, Theatre Square and finally a drive along the Moscow River to Sparrow Hills to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of this magnificent Russian metropole.
  • Overnight in Moscow
  • The first part of the day is reserved for a visit to Kuskovo Estate. The centrepiece of the estate is the
    wedding cake-like Main Palace with its sumptuously decorated halls and chambers and the
    magnificent ballroom with gold ornamentation, crystal chandeliers and relief panels. Behind the
    palace in the geometrically landscaped French garden stands the yellow, white and green Grotto.
    Nearby you will find the delightful Italian Cottage and beyond the Aviary and the open-air Green
    Theatre stands the Orangery.
  • Overnight in Moscow.
  • The morning tour offers a visit to the Tretyakov Gallery. You will in particular get acquainted with the exhibition of medieval Russian art in the gallery, made up of beautifully crafted icons dating from the 11th to the 17th century.
  • The afternoon offers a visit to the impressive Romanov Palace Chambers.
  • Moscow by night. During this atmospheric tour you will visit St. Sofia’s Embankment with a splendid panoramic view of the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Church of St. Nicholas, the White House of the Russian Federation and Moscow’s illuminated boulevards.
  • Overnight in Moscow
  • You begin the day with a tour of the 16th Novodevichy Monastery, one of the city’s most beautiful
    ensembles of buildings. Its white walls, towers topped by festive coronas, the magnificent Smolensky Cathedral and a stunning bell tower immediately attract the eye.
  • Later afternoon – Transfer to the railway station to embark on the Sapsan high-speed train bound for St. Petersburg.
  • Late Evening – Arrival in St. Petersburg. Transfer to your hotel.
  • Overnight in St. Petersburg
  • This morning you are visiting the Hermitage Museum. You will see the highlights of the exhibitions
    and a special arrangement makes it possible for you to visit the Gold Treasury Room to see Greek
    gold from the 6th to the 4th century BC and jewellery of the Orient from the 16th-18th centuries.
  • The afternoon panoramic city tour includes the city’s most famous sites: Nevsky Prospect, the
    Admiralty Building, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Saviour and the Nevsky Convent and a visit to the Peter & Paul Fortress.
  • Overnight in St. Petersburg
  • This morning transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Please be aware the travel time from Belfast to DThe whole day is reserved for a visit to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and Pavlovsk. You visit the Catherine’s Palace and the highlight of the tour of the palace is a visit to the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations.
  • You continue to Pavlovsk Palace built for Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great. Its remarkable park is dotted with classical statues and temples. You will explore the park during a private ride in a horsedrawn carriage.
  • Return to St. Petersburg.
  • Overnight in St. Petersburg
  • This morning tour takes you to Peterhof. You visit the Grand Palace and the Monplaisir Palace and
    enjoy the breathtaking sight of the Grand Cascade and the Water Avenue before you return to St.
  • The afternoon tour takes you to the Yusupov Palace. During the tour of the palace you will see stately rooms decorated in very different styles, from classical French to bizarre Moorish, the theatre of the palace and the Rasputin Room in the cellar.
  • The evening is reserved for a visit to the Mariinsky Theatre, to enjoy a ballet or an opera performance of world class.
  • Overnight in St. Petersburg
  • · Transfer to the airport of St. Petersburg.
  • Departure

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