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When you’re traveling, you rarely think about what will happen if you get hurt. When you’re thinking about going on vacation, the last thing you’re thinking of is what will happen to you if you’re hurt. This guest blog post from Farar & Lewis LLP, a San Diego personal injury attorney, is here to help you figure it out.

In the USA, for example, if you’re the victim of a personal injury, most of the time the negligent party has insurance. For example, if you’re the victim of a car accident in the USA, you’ll be compensated by the insurance company of the driver, and have your injuries compensated for + your medical expenses will be paid for.

If you’re traveling abroad, for example, if you’re in a hotel abroad, and the premise is unsafe, then you can legally hold the hotel owner liable. If you suffer a personal injury through no fault of your own, and through the neglect of the hotel, then the hotel is liable to pay you compensation. On average, depending on where you’re going, you have 1-3 years to file a claim for compensation. There are some exceptions. For example, if an accident happens on an airplane, then time limit is usually reduced to 2 years.

If you’re on vacation with a tour operator, then it’s the job of the tour operator to provide you with a safe environment. They are legally liable for any injuries you incur, and it’s their job to make sure any premises they take you to are safe, and any place else you go, with their guidance, is safe.

If you are injured as a result of something that the tour operator should have foreseen, then you can hold them liable in the country you are in.

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ST PETERSBURG | City Tour – 3 hours

The excursion will take the visitor throughout the historical center of St. Petersburg and includes spectacular views of the Neva River, Canal Griboyedova, Moika canal, the many bridges connecting the city islands and trips to the 2 main islands of Petrogradsky and Vasilevsky. The tour will introduce the visitor to Nevsky Prospect – the city’s famous boulevard, the Winter Palace, other palaces and churches and to the areas of the city formerly inhabited by Dostoyevsky, Rasputin and numerous Russian princes and counts.

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Russian Waterways Cruises – 2013 on m/s “Fiodor Panfiorov” (12 days)

The ship constructed in Germany was fully renovated. All cabins onboard the ship are bigger than standard cabins on other ships of different projects, have shower cabin in WC, refrigerators, air condition.

The majority of cabins on boat and sun deck have their own balcony. All cabins on main, upper, boat and sun deck have 2 large picture windows, there are portholes in twin and double cabins on lower deck.

There are 2 restaurants, 2 bars, conference hall, reading salon, solarium on sun deck, first aid services. The capacity of the ship is 150 pax.

Technical characteristics:

 

Length 95,8 м
Width 14,3 м
Passenger capacity 150 pax
Speed 24 km/hr

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DATES/ITINERARY/SUMMARY

12 days / 11 nights
Moscow – St.Petersburg

 

 

DATE DATE DATE DATE DATE DATE PORT OF CALL
 17.05  07.06 28.06  19.07  09.08  30.08 Friday  MOW TRF Day 1
 18.05  08.06  29.06  20.07  10.08  31.08  Saturday  MOW  Day 2
 19.05  09.06  30.06  21.07  11.08  01.09  Sunday  MOW DEP  Day 3
 20.05  10.06  01.07  22.07  12.08  02.09  Monday  OUGLICH  Day 4
 21.05  11.06  02.07  23.07  13.08  03.09  Tuesday  YAROSLAVL  Day 5
 22.05  12.06  03.07  24.07  14.08  04.09  Wednesday  GORUTSI  Day 6
 23.05  13.06  04.07  25.07  15.08  05.09  Thursday  KIZHI  Day 7
 24.05  14.06  05.07  26.07  16.08  06.09  Friday  GREEN STOP  Day 8
 25.05  15.06  06.07  27.07  17.08  07.09  Saturday  SPB ARR  Day 9
 26.05  16.06  07.07  28.07  18.08  08.09   Sunday  SPB  Day 10
 27.05  17.06  08.07  29.07  19.08  09.09  Monday  SPB  Day 11
 28.05  18.06  09.07  30.07  20.08  10.09  Tuesday  SPB TRF Day 12

11 days / 10 nights
St.Petersburg – Moscow

 

DATE DATE DATE DATE DATE DATE PORT OF CALL
 28.05  18.06  09.07  30.07  20.08  10.09  Tuesday  SPB TRF  Day 1
 29.05  19.06  10.07  31.07  221.08  11.09  Wednesday  SPB  Day 2
 30.05  20.06  11.07  01.08  22.08  12.09  Thursday  SPB DEP  Day 3
 31.05  21.06  12.07  02.08  23.08  13.09  Friday  GREEN STOP  Day 4
 01.06  22.06  13.07  03.08  254.08  14.09  Saturday  KIZHI  Day 5
 03.06  23.06  14.07  04.08  25.08  15.09  Sunday  GORITSI  Day 6
 03.06  24.06  15.07  05.08  26.08  16.09  Monday  YAROSLAVL  Day 7
 04.06  25.06  16.07  06.08  27.08  17.09  Tuesday  OUGLICH  Day 8
 05.06  26.06  17.07  07.08  28.08  18.09  Wednesday  MOW ARR  Day 9
 06.06  27.06  18.07  08.08  29.08  19.09  Thursday  MOW  Day 10
 07.06  28.06  19.07  09.08  30.08  20.09  Friday  MOW TRF  Day 11

 

PRICES ARE PER PERSON:

twin/double cabin 10nights – $1,670, 11 nights – $1,837
twin/double cabin with balcony 10nights – $1,820, 11 nights – $2,002
single cabin 10nights – $2,400, 11 nights – $2,640
Double cabin/sgl use 10nights – $2,760, 11 nights – $3,036
Double cabin/sgl use with balcony 10nights – $2,940, 11 nights – $3,234
Junior Suite Cabin Per Cabin 10nights – $4,200, 11 nights – $4,620
Suite cabin per cabin 10nights – $5,100, 11 nights – $5,610

 

MOSCOW – ST.PETERSBURG. 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS

Day Location
1 Moscow. Arrival in Moscow, embarkation, dinner and overnight.
2 Moscow.Sightseeing motor coach tour of this ancient Russian capital, including Tverskaya Street, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Bolshoi Theater and Moscow State University for a panoramic view. Visit of Novodevichi Convent. Breakfast and dinner.
3 Moscow. Breakfast. Morning tour of the Kremlin: Originally a fortress, it comprises beautiful cathedrals, ornate palaces and government buildings. This afternoon free time to explore Moscow on your own. Whatever your interest, our local hosts ease your way by making all arrangements for tours, theater, ballet or opera tickets. Lunch. Welcome cocktail, followed by dinner. This evening you leave Moscow for the start of your cruise.
4 Uglich. Breakfast. Visit Kremlin and Cathedral of Transfiguration. Lunch and dinner on board.
5  Yaroslavl. Breakfast. City tour. Visit Monastery of Transfiguration and church of Elijah the Prophet. Lunch and dinner on board.
6 Goritsy.Visit Cyrilo-Belozersky Monastery, which has six centuries of glorious history, home to the most exquisite icon collection in the world. Lunch and dinner on board.
7 Kizhi.Arrive at the island of Kizhi – an architectural gem within Lake Onega. The island is famous for its wonderful collection of 18th-century wooden buildings, restored to their original state. The highlight of Kizhi is the amazing Church of the Transfiguration, with its 22 onion domes; this magnificent structure was built entirely without a single nail.Breakfast, Lunch and dinner on board.
8 River Village. Arrival to the river village. This is a recreational stop, specially designed for you to enjoy the relaxing rustic atmosphere and famous Russian cuisine and hospitality. Lunch. Enjoy your farewell dinner on the last day of cruising.
9 St. Petersburg.This morning after arrival in St. Petersburg, enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent.Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul with the tombs of the imperial Romanovs beneath its 122-meter spire. Breakfast,Lunch, dinner on board.
10 St. Petersburg.This morning, visit  the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. Time at leisure, optional visits.  Breakfast, Lunch and dinner on board.
11 St. Petersburg. This day free time to explore St. Petersburg on your own. Whatever your interest, our local hosts ease your way by making all arrangements for tours, theater, ballet or opera tickets. Breakfast and dinner on board.
12 St. Petersburg. Breakfast on board.Time to bid farewell to your new friends and the elegant city of St. Petersburg.Disembarkation.

ST.PETERSBURG – MOSCOW. 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS

1 St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg arrival, embarkation, dinner and overnight.
2 St. Petersburg. Breakfast. Enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent.Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul with the tombs of the imperial Romanovs beneath its 122-meter spire. Lunch and dinner on board.
3 St. Petersburg. Breakfast. This morning, visit the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which today houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This evening you leave St. Petersburg for the start of your cruise. Lunch and dinner aboard.
4 River Village. Arrival at the river village. This is a recreational stop, specially designed for you to enjoy the relaxing rustic atmosphere and famous Russian cuisine and hospitality. Lunch.  Captain’s cocktail followed by welcome dinner.
5 Kizhi. Arrive at the island of Kizhi – an architectural gem within Lake Onega. The island is famous for its wonderful collection of 18th-century wooden buildings, restored to their original state. The highlight of Kizhi is the amazing Church of the Transfiguration, with its 22 onion domes; this magnificent structure was built entirely without a single nail. Breakfast,Lunch and dinner on board.
6 Goritsy. Visit Cyrilo-Belozersky Monastery, which has six centuries of glorious history, home to the most exquisite icon collection in the world. Breakfast,Lunch and dinner on board.
7 Yaroslavl. After breakfast today, tour Yaroslavl, founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The city tour includes the 16th-century Monastery of the Transfiguration and Church of Elijah the Prophet. Lunch and dinner on board. Lunch and dinner.
8 Uglich. Breakfast.Take a walking tour of this lovely 10th-century town – one of Russia’s most ancient. Visit the Kremlin, with its 16th-century Church of the Transfiguration, and Dmitry Blood’s Church.  Explore the Flea Market. Lunch. Enjoy your farewell dinner on the last day of cruising. 
9 Moscow. Arrival in Moscow. Sightseeing motor coach tour of this ancient Russian capital, including Tverskaya Street, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Bolshoi Theater and Moscow State University for a panoramic view of the city. Visit Novodevichi Convent. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
10 Moscow.Morning tour of the Kremlin: Originally a fortress, it comprises beautiful cathedrals, ornate palaces and government buildings. This afternoon free time to explore Moscow on your own. Whatever your interest, our local hosts ease your way by making all arrangements for tours, theater, ballet or opera tickets. Lunch aboard. This evening, enjoy farewell dinner.
11 Moscow. Time to bid farewell to your new friends. We transfer you to the airport after your unforgettable journey through this fascinating land. Disembarkation.

Please, note the itinerary is subject to change because of the weather conditions and the program is subject to change as it depends on museum workings hours

ADDITIONAL INFO

The price includes:

– Accommodations in all outside stateroom, each with private bathroom facilities, individual temperature control and large picture window
– Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day in the ship’s restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category; meal service begins with dinner on day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on day of disembarkation
– Captain’s welcome Cocktail Reception
– Gala farewell Dinner aboard
– Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of cal
– English-speaking guide assistance
– Lectures on Russian History and Culture
– Russian language and songs lessons
– Nightly entertainment and dancing
– Daily aerobics
– Tour of the ship’s bridge
– Our cruise director and professional staff
– Visa support letter (if you process your visa with us)
– Cruise documents
The price does NOT include:

– Airfare
– Baggage: excess baggage, forwarding of baggage.
– Medical insurance
– Trip cancellation insurance
– Visas
– Visa support
– Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship’s crew members, guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger’s discretion.
– Private transfers
– Miscellaneous: Items of a personnel nature such as laundry, bar charges, beauty salon, telephone cable charges and medical services are not included.
NOTE:

– All the prices and schedules are subject to change. All taxes and surcharges are additional.
– Air is available upon request. For more information, please call us.
– Please be informed that all pre/post cruise services (additional arrival/departure transfers, hotel accommodation, additional excursions, etc.) can also be  arranged by us.

Conditions of payment

$500 WITHIN 7 DAYS AFTER BOOKING (Non refundable)

70 DAYS PRIOR TO THE CRUISE – FULL PAYMENT

 Conditions of cancellation 

Cancellation received 60-31 days prior to departure – 50% of the cruise price

Cancellation received less than 30 days prior to departure or failure to take the cruise without advising Russian National Group – No Refund.

If you accept a refund, you waive all other rights and remedies under applicable law. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

Unused Features – We regret not being able to issue refunds for voluntary absences from itinerary services including but not limited to meals and/or sightseeing. Once cruise or tour program has commenced, there will be no refund for unused features or services, or any portion of cruise or tour not taken due to passenger’s cancellation.

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Great Mother Volga (15 days/19 days/20 days)

Travel along the magnificent waters of the Volga River, the largest river in Europe. Cruise aboard our ships from Caspian to Baltic Sea. Explore the rich culture and learn the history of the ancient Russian cities built on the Volga’s banks. Enjoy the splendor of the great Mother Volga River and the Don River; visit the capitals of the Russian states.

 

SHIP ABBREVIATIONS

LI–M/S Litvinov

LV–M/S Lavrinenkov

MS Litvinov

Description

Litvinov

The motor ships built in Germany and commissioned in 1990 are modern river vessels equipped with the latest navigational aids. They have been constructed to provide maximum comfort and safety on rivers, major lakes, waterways and reservoirs. Each ship features all outside staterooms with large picture windows and private facilities. Each cabin has individual temperature controls and air conditioning.

The dining rooms offer Russian and Continental cuisine. Ample deck spaces allow for unobstructed views. Aboard each ship you’ll find a small shop, pleasantly appointed bar, music salon, theater and beauty salon. The deck plan varies slightly with additional Sun Deck cabins.

 

 

 

M/S Lavrinenkov

 

Description

Lavrinenkov

The ship is designed for guests sharing similar tastes and interests in travel. The crew is specially trained to cater to the needs of Western tourists. The ship features outside staterooms affording majestic views of the passing countryside. All are air-conditioned and comfortably furnished and have refrigerators. The two dining rooms offer Continental and Russian cuisine, as well as specialties of the surrounding regions, served in a warm shipboard atmosphere. There are two bars, a small souvenir shop, music salon, dance hall and beauty salon. Laundry service is also available. Parties, games, dancing and shipboard entertainment all serve to ensure a memorable cruise holiday. From the spacious lounges to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel offers unique journeys of distinction. The ship is not equipped with wheelchair access and elevator. It does not have extensive soundproofing so you may hear noise from air-conditioning and other machinery onboard at any time.

On every cruise there’s a government-licensed guide who will fill you in on the history, mythology and art of the ports you visit, so you’ll go home with more than just a tan – you’ll take with you a greater understanding of Russia.

ALL CABINS ARE EQUIPPED WITH SHOWER, TOILET, AIR-CONDITIONER, REFRIGERATOR.

 

 

DATES/ITINERARY/SUMMARY

 

Cruises 2013
St. Petersburg – Rostov Rostov – Moscow
Departure Days Ship
Oct 1 20 LI
Departure Days Ship
Apr 24 19 LI
Apr 29 15 LV

 

Cruise: St. Petersburg — Astrakhan — Rostov-on-Don (M/S Litvinov)

Day Location Excursion program Arrival Departure
1 St. Petersburg Embarkation.
2 City tour, Hermitage. 19:00
3 Mandrogi Green stop. 11:30 15:00
4 Cruising
5 Goritsy Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. 12:30 16:30
6 Yaroslavl City Tour, Church of Ilja the Prophet, Spaso-Preobragenski Monastery.
Afternoon optional tour to Kostroma City Tour + Ipatyevsky Monastery
14:00 22:30
7 Ples Free time.
Optional tours to Suzdal-Vladimir
8:00 21:00
8 Nizhni Novgorod City tour, Kremlin (by bus). 14:00 19:00
9 Kazan City tour (by bus), Kremlin. 15:00 21:00
10 Ulianovsk City tour, Lenin Museum. 15:00 19:00
11 Samara City tour (by bus).
Optional program: Stalin’s bunker
8:00 13:00
12 Saratov City tour (by bus). 11:00 14:00
13 Volgograd City tour, Mamaev Kurgan (by bus). 9:00 17:00
14 Cruising
15 Astrakhan City tour (by bus). 9:00 20:00
16 Cruising
17 Volgograd Optional program: Military Cemetery in Rossoshki (by bus). 9:00 13:30
18 Cruising
19 Starocherkassk Walking tour and Don Cossak Museum. 9:30 12:30
Rostov-on-Don City tour (by bus). 14:30
19 Disembarkation.
Cruise Summary
Ship Litvinov
Days 20
Nights 19
Categories USD *
Boat deck — Cat. A $4500
Upper deck — Cat. B $4300
Main deck — Cat. C $4100
Lower deck (3 pax) — Cat. D $3900
Suite Cabin $7900
Junior Suite $6600
Single Cabin $4800
Double cabin/sgl use +50%
Port taxes $220
Fuel surcharge $145

* All prices are per person based on double occupancy

Departure Days
Oct 1 20

 

Rostov-on-Don — Astrakhan — Moscow (M/S Litvinov)

Day Location Excursion program Arrival Departure
1 Rostov-on-Don Emabrkation.
2 City tour. Noon
Starocherkassk Walking tour. Don Cossacks’ museum 2:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M.
3 Cruising. Free time.
4 Volgograd City tour, Mamaev Kurgan. 11:30 A.M. 6:00 P.M.
5 Cruising. Free time.
6 Astrakhan City tour. 8:00 A.M. 6:00 P.M.
7 Cruising. Free time.
8 Volgograd Optional tour to military memorial “Rossoshki” (not included). 8:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M.
9 Saratov City tour. 9:00 A.M. 2:00 P.M.
10 Samara City tour. 1:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M.
11 Simbirsk (Ulyanovsk) City tour, Lenin’s museum. 10:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
12 Kazan City tour. 9:00 A.M. 9:00 P.M.
13 Nizhny Novgorod City tour. 7:00 A.M. 9:30 A.M.
14 Ples Free time. 8:00 A.M. 10:00 A.M.
Optional tour to Suzdal and Vladimir. 1:00 P.M. 10:00 P.M.
15 Yaroslavl City tour. Spaso-Preobrazgenskiy monastery, Church of Ilja the Prophet.
Optional tour to Kostroma or Rostov the Great.
6:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.
16 Uglich Walking city tour. Kremlin. 8:00 A.M. Noon
17 Moscow City tour. Kremlin and cathedral. 1:00 P.M.
18 Optional tour to Sergiev Possad (not included)
19 Disembarkation.
Cruise Summary
Ship Litvinov
Days 19
Nights 18
Categories USD *
Boat deck — Cat. A $4300
Upper deck — Cat. B $4100
Main deck — Cat. C $3900
Lower deck (3 pax) — Cat. D $3700
Suite Cabin $7600
Junior Suite $6400
Single Cabin $4500
Double cabin/sgl use +50%
Port taxes $200
Fuel surcharge $125

* All prices are per person based on double occupancy

Departure Days
Apr 24 19

 

Cruise: Rostov-on-Don — Moscow (M/S Lavrinenkov)

Day Location Excursion program Arrival Departure
1 Rostov-on-Don Emabrkation.
2 City tour. 12:00
Starocherkassk Visit of Starocherkassk Walking tour, Cossacks-Museum, Cathedral. 14:00 17:00
3 Cruising
4 Volgograd City tour, Mamaev Kurgan. 12:00 17:30
5 Saratov City tour. 13:00 17:00
6 Samara City tour. 14:00 20:00
7 Simbirsk (Ulyanovsk) City tour, Lenin Museum. 9:00 14:00
8 Kazan City tour, Kremlin, visit to the Mosque. 08:00 12:00
9 Nizhny Novgorod City tour, Kremlin. 08:00 10:00
10 Kostroma City Tour and Ipatyevsky Monastery. 15:00 20:00
11 Yaroslavl City tour. Spaso-Preobrazgenskiy Monastery, Church of Ilja the Prophet. 8:00 20:00
12 Uglich Walking city tour. Kremlin. 08:00 12:00
13 Moscow City tour. 13:00
14 Kremlin and Cathedral.
15 Disembarkation.
Cruise Summary
Ship M/S Lavrinenkov
Days 15
Nights 14
Categories USD *
Boat deck — Cat. A $3300
Upper deck — Cat. B $3100
Main deck — Cat. C $2900
Lower deck (3 pax) — Cat. D $2700
Suite Cabin $5400
Junior Suite $4500
Single Cabin $3600
Double cabin/sgl use +50%
Port taxes $165
Fuel surcharge $95

* All prices are per person based on double occupancy

Departure Days
Apr 29 15

 

ADDITIONAL INFO

 

The price includes:

– Accommodations in all outside cabins, each with private bathroom facilities, individual temperature control and large picture window

– Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) per day in the ship’s restaurant with the same menu for all passengers irrespective of cabin category; meal service begins with dinner on day of embarkation and ends with breakfast on day of disembarkation

– Captain’s welcome Cocktail Reception

– Gala farewell dinner aboard

– Full sightseeing programs in each of the ports of call, transfers upon arrival/departure

– Luggage handling to/from the ship

– Lectures, provided by our guides

– Russian language and songs lectures

– Nightly entertainment and dancing

– Daily aerobics

– Tour of the ship’s bridge

– Our cruise director and professional staff

The price does NOT include:

– Baggage: excess baggage, forwarding of baggage/souvenirs

– Luggage handling in the airport

– Insurance

– Visas

– Gratuities: gratuities for Cruise director, ship’s crew members, guides and drivers are not included and are at passenger’s discretion

– Private transfers

– Miscellaneous: Items of a personnel nature such as laundry, bar charges, beauty salon, telephone cable charges and medical services are not included

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment Policy

  • $500 irrevocable deposit is required within 7 days after your booking request
  • The remaining balance must be paid in FULL 75 days prior to your cruise date
  • 75-61 days – 25%
  • 60-30 days – 50%
  • less than 30 days – NO REFUND

Conditions of cancellation

If you accept a refund, you waive all other rights and remedies under applicable law. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

Unused Features – We regret not being able to issue refunds for voluntary absences from itinerary services including but not limited to meals and/or sightseeing. Once cruise or tour program has commenced, there will be no refund for unused features or services, or any portion of cruise or tour not taken due to passenger’s cancellation.

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Moscow – St. Petersburg, 8 Days

“My daughter and I just returned from our excursion to Moscow, Vladimir, Suzdal and St. Petersburg. We had an absolutely marvelous time! Our guides were excellent. They were professional, friendly and exceedingly knowledgeable on all aspects of Russian history and culture. We would not have had as enjoyable a trip without their assistance! The weather was great and the itinerary was comprehensive. Thank you for making this once in a lifetime trip a memory my daughter and I will always treasure.”

Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

DAY 1. USA/EN ROUTE: Our Russian journey begins with an overnight flight to Moscow. All meals served on board, as well as complimentary beverages, movies and earphones for your travel comfort. If you fly from Europe your Day 1 will start on Day 2 of this program.

DAY 2. ARRIVE MOSCOW: Arrive at Moscow International Airport. Upon arrival, meet awaiting tour escort and motor coach and continue to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Moscow.

DAY 3. MOSCOW: After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the city, including Red Square, which was originally known more prosaically as the tog or market place. The present name dates from the 17th century, meaning “beautiful.” Red Square is famous for its scene of markets, fairs and religious festivals, as well as a famous place of execution. Here, rebels met their deaths beside the raised circular dais called the “Lobnoe Mesto,” from which state decrees were also read out. The tour continues with the former headquarters of the KGB, Moscow University and the Russian “White House.” Lunch on own in the city center. Lunch if followed by the tour of the Kremlin, which includes a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, but it also houses a treasure-trove of gorgeous jewels, gold-encrusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All of these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia. Overnight in Moscow.

DAY 4. MOSCOW /VLADIMIR /SUZDAL: After breakfast, meet awaiting motor coach and drive to the Golden Ring of Russia, including Vladimir, an ancient historic Russian town located on a tributary of the Volga. Upon arrival you will have lunch at a nice local restaurant, which will be followed by a city tour of Vladimir. The city dates back to the 10th century and some of its highlights such as the Golden Gates and the Byzantine Assumption Cathedral you will be able to admire during the tour. Continue to Suzdal, one of the most beautiful cities of the Golden Ring. Dinner and overnight in Suzdal.

DAY 5. SUZDAL/MOSCOW/ST.PETERSBURG OVERNIGHT TRAIN: After breakfast, full-day sightseeing of Suzdal, the best preserved town on the Golden Ring. Tour sights include the Kremlin of Suzdal and Assumption Cathedral. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you will visit a Museum of Wooden Architecture and then head for Moscow to catch an overnight train to St.Petersburg.

DAY 6. ST.PETERSBURG: Breakfast snack provided on board the train. Upon arrival begin a city sightseeing tour including views of the Peter and Paul Cathedral designed by the famous architect Rastrelli. It stands on the grounds of Peter and Paul Fortress in the oldest section of the city and contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Nicholas II. Lunch on own in the city center. Check-in at the hotel. After lunch visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. Its vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history’s most important art. Overnight in St.Petersburg.

DAY 7. ST. PETERSBURG: After breakfast, travel outside St. Petersburg to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsar’s Village. Tour Catherine Palace, the beautiful Baroque-style building that was built by Empress Elizabeth and named after her mother, Catherine I. The architect was Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Pavilion. Like many other royal residences, the palace sustained heavy damage during the war, although most of it has been restored to its former glory. Lunch on own in St.Petersburg. After lunch continue on your city tour along Nevsky Prospekt and visit Yusupov Palace, site of Rasputin’s death. The rest of the day is available for independent sightseeing, shopping and last-minute photo opportunities. Overnight in St. Petersburg.

DAY 8. ST.PETERSBURG/USA: After breakfast, time at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Transfer to St. Petersburg International Airport. Our journey comes to an end as we board our flight bound for the USA.

7- DAY TOUR OF MOSCOW AND ST. PETERSBURG

DAY 1. Arrive in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the comfort of a private car. Balance of day at leisure.

DAY 2 AND 3. While in Moscow, you will be escorted by private car on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See magnificent Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legion of princes, paupers and poets who have passed through this ancient city. For the rest of your stay in Moscow, you may explore on your own. Visit Novodevichy Convent or the exquisite palaces and churches of the Kremlin. Whatever your interest, our local hosts ease your way by making all arrangements for tours, theater, ballet, opera or circus tickets. They can even arrange for personal guides/interpreters, to help you enjoy your stay to the fullest. Private car transfer to the train station for your overnight train to St. Petersburg.

DAY 4. Private car transfer from the train station to your Hotel in St. Petersburg, Tsar Peter the Great’s “Window to the West”. Balance of day and evening free.

DAY 5 AND 6. Private-car city tour today. Enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. While in St. Petersburg, enjoy a visit to the elegant Winter Palace, which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. The vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history’s most important art. Numerous tours and cultural performances can be arranged by our experts in St. Petersburg.

DAY 7. Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your journey to this fascinating land.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE IN CATHERINE PALACE

“This is truly one of the great travel experiences to be enjoyed, savored, and remembered for a lifetime.
Russian National Group has assembled all the elements of a mind-enriching week’s journey taking in Russia’s great cultural treasures. That’s before we even start talking about the Tsar’s New Year’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace featuring an 8-course meal and evening-long entertainment sampling ballet, opera, and folkloric elements…all hosted by a cast of nearly a hundred Russian ‘nobility’ in period dress transporting guests by their presence back to 18th century Imperial Russia. This is an evening no one forgets!”

DECEMBER 28. DAY ONE. Leave the US on your overnight flight for your journey to Russia.

DECEMBER 29. DAY TWO. Arrival in St. Petersburg. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Balance a day at leisure of rest and relaxation. Welcome dinner with cocktail.

DECEMBER 30. DAY THREE.This morning you will have a city tour. En route, you will enjoy the sights of this gorgeous city, Tsar Peter the Greats “Window to the West.” Only 300 years ago, the city was built by Tsar Peter to capture and rival the beauties of Paris and Venice. You’ll love the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center,Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, and Smolny Convent. In the afternoon, tour Peter and Paul Fortress with its famous Peter and Paul Church containing the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Alexander III. After visiting the fortress, your tour continues to St.Isaac’s Cathedral (constructed 1818-58) is the largest in the city, with its tall gilt dome, one of the many focal points of St.Petersburg. Your tour continues with a visit to Alexander Nevsky Abbey. You will visit the oldest cemetery in Russia, wheremany of the country’s most famous historical figures are buried.

DECEMBER 31. DAY FOUR. Today enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace that houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history’s most important art. Lunch in the City. Balance of afternoon at leisure for relaxation before theNew Year’s Eve event in Catherine Palace. A late evening drive will take you to the lovely city of Pushkin, formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the “Tsar’s Village”. On the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, you will meet in the magnificent Catherine Palace, which hosts the Ball with an authentic atmosphere of unequaled pomp. A true romance and splendor of the Imperial traditions of festivities will be felt by the guests as they are brought back to the times of a bygone era. Inside the Palace the Russian hussars, Prince and Princess,provide a lavish welcome traditionally reserved for royalty. The Ball starts in the ballroom of the Catherine Palace. The Court Ballet greets the guests with a polonaise, followed by the official announcement of the dinner by the Prince and Princess. The specially created menu features traditional Russian caviar, served in large blocks of ice, blinis, and European-style dishes complemented by carefully selected wines and champagne. A philharmonic and classical balalaika orchestra provide background music. Midnight is celebrated with pomp, a bell concert and fireworks in the park. The extravaganza continues through the morning of the New Year with a Russian Folklore and Cossack Show, as well as Gypsy songs with wild dancing and singing by the performers.

JANUARY 1. DAY FIVE. This morning enjoy the Troika Ride. Afternoon transfer to the train station foryour day train trip Moscow. Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

JANUARY 2. DAY SIX. After breakfast, you will be escorted on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGBheadquarters, and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legions of princes, paupers, and poets who have passed through this ancient city. This afternoon delight in a visit to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Here, discover an important collection of FrenchImpressionism, as well as other major schools of Western Art dating from the Renaissance through the 20th century. After the museum, ride the amazing Moscow Metro where every station is an individual monument to Soviet art and design. Enjoy an evening performance in one of the best theatres of Moscow.

JANUARY 3. DAY SEVEN.This morning’s tour takes you to the heart of the city, the Kremlin. This former Moscow citadel, “Kremlin” means “fortress” and houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches, and scores of major historical monuments. Your tour of the Kremlin will also include a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, as well as a treasure-trove of gorgeous crown jewels, gold-encrusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia. Visit Novodevichy Convent. Originally built as a fortress, it also functioned as a convent for women of the royal family and prison for Princess Sophia, sister of Peter the Great, after she made three aborted attempts on his life to deprive him of the throne. The convent itself is a unique example of 16th and 17th century architecture.

JANUARY 4. DAY EIGHT. Bid farewell to this exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your fascinating journey.

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PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING

A great opportunity for you to custom-design the exact trips to these cities you’ve always dreamed about – with Russian National Group

MOSCOW

Founded more than 850 years ago the historical capital offers a wealth of cultural, musical and entertainment activities to its visitors. Today, this ancient heart of Russia is enjoying a renaissance of impressive proportions.

 

ST. PETERSBURG

Visit this 300 years old exquisite city of palaces and canals, built by tzar Peter the Great as his “Window on the west”, to rival other great cities of Europe; it is known to many as “Venice of the North”. Choose a hotel below and add your own sightseeing and ground services: airport to hotel transfers are $60 per car for 1 to 3 people in either direction. All sightseeing is by private car with driver and an expert English-speaking guide fom our fully staffed offices. With Russian National Group there is never a booking fee to create your own package, it’s one our manyfreebies we like to offer you. You’ll get great service and a plethora of historical facts to interest even the most avid history buff.

MOSCOW

City Tour Experience the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow.

Novodevichy Convent Add Novodevichy Convent to your city sightseeing tour. Originally built as a fortress, it also functioned as a convent for women of the royal family and a prison for Princess Sophia, sister of Peter the Great. It is a unique example of 16th and 17th century architecture.

The Kremlin This former Moscow citadel the name means Fortress houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches and scores of major historical monuments. Kremlin tour with three cathedrals.
Armory Museum Add a visit to the Armory Museum to your Kremlin tour.The State Armory is the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, but you will also find a treasure trove of gorgeous crown jewels, golden crusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. Kremlin tour with the Armory Museum.

Royal Diamond Fund You may add this to the above tour of the Kremlin and Armory Museum. The Diamond Fund is a true treasure trove of thousands of loose diamonds, gold nuggets, and both ancient and modern jewelry of kinds.Rate for Kremlin Tour with Armory and Diamond Fund.

Tretyakov Gallery Founded in 1856by Pavel Tretyakov to show the work of Russian artists. Today, after much expansion, the gallery houses and celebrates over 57,000 pieces of the most important ancient and contemporary Russian art in the world.

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Here you will discover an important collection of French Impressionists as well as other major schools of Western Art, dating from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century.
Excursion to Sergiev Posad Located 44 miles northeast of Moscow,you will visit the Trinity Monastery of St.Sergiy, Russia’s foremost chief monastery.After a visit to Trinity Church, oldest building in the monastery (1422 – 1423),you will visit the museum of icons.

Excursion to Kolomenskoe This summer residence of the Tzars is located on the high bank of the Moskva River. The museum houses a collection of decorative and applied arts and crafts of the 17th century
Performances Any tickets to performances are available for the Bolshoi theatre, Stanislavsky Opera or Ballet, Tchaikovsky Hall, Puppet Show, and folklore shows.

ST. PETERSBURG

City Tour Enjoy a tour of the central city including Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny convent.Combine a city sightseeing tour with one or more of the following in depth tours:Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, or the Alexander Nevsky Abbey.

Peter and Paul Fortress and St.Isaac’s Cathedral At the fortress,visit the famous Peter and Paul Cathedral,which contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Alexander III. After visiting the fortress,continue your tour with a visit to St.Isaac’s Cathedral (under construction from 1818 to 1858), largest in the city.With its tall gilt dome, is one of the landmarks of the city

Alexander Nevsky Abbey Visit the monastery and the 19thcenturyNecropolis, which contains the graves of many famous Russian writers, composers and sculptors

Hermitage Museum Enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace,which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history’s most important art.

Peterhof and Parks Visit the summer palace complex of Peter the Great,the construction of which began in 1714 and included numerous fountains.

Catherine Palace in Pushkin Visit the city of Pushkin, formerly Tsarskoe Selo, Cz

Pavlovsk Palace One of Czar Pavel’s summer palaces. Like many other royal residences, this palace sustained heavy damage during the war, but most of it has been restored to its former glory. Combine Pavlovsk with Catherine Palace.

Yusupov Palace Visit the palace where Rasputin was murdered. Enjoy a “Vodka Rasputin”.
Performances Any tickets to performances are available for the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres, Hermitage theatre, Alexandriysky Opera and Ballet,Stanislavsky Opera or Ballet, Tchaikovsky Hall, Puppet Show, and folklore shows.

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The Best of Moscow (4-DAY TOUR )

This is an extended tour of Russia’s bustling metropolitan capital, Moscow. It is ideal for travelers with a specific reason to visit Moscow: a business meeting, research, or a concert. The tour’s itinerary is designed in such a way that it will not interfere with your original plans.

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“We had a wonderful trip. Your guides did a fantastic job in both cities. We’d recommend you to anyone. You had a group of 11 very critical guys (most are lawyers) and we thought the trip was well organized and well done… Thanks again.”

DAY 1. Arrive in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel Balance of day at leisure.

DAY 2 AND 3. While in Moscow, you will be escorted on an in depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See magnificent Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legion of princes, paupers and poets who have passed through this ancient city. Visit Novodevichy Convent or the exquisite palaces and churches of the Kremlin. Whatever your interest, our local hosts ease your way by making all arrangements for tours, theater, ballet, opera or circus tickets. This tour takes you to the heart of the city the Kremlin.This former Moscow citadel “Kremlin”means “fortress” houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings lovely churches and scores of major historical monuments. Your tour of the Kremlin will also include a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, as well as a treasure-trove of gorgeous crown jewels, golden crusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia.

DAY 4. Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city,as we transfer you to the airport after your journey to this fascinating land.

Imperial Russia: Moscow – St. Petersburg (8 days)

The most popular private tour to Russia takes you to the heart of it all, to the mighty walls of the Kremlin, to the priceless art of the Hermitage and the lavish palaces of St. Petersburg. Led by the best guides in the country, these private tours will introduce you to a world of majestic history and culture.

“We had a wonderful trip. Your guides did a fantastic job in both cities. We’d recommend you to anyone. You had a group of 11 very critical guys (most are lawyers) and we thought the trip was well organized and well done… Thanks again.”

Itinerary

DAY 1. Leave the US on your overnight flight for your journey to Russia. If you fly from Europe your Day 1 will start on Day 2 of this program.

DAY 2.Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transported to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure for relaxation.

DAY 3. After breakfast, you will be escorted on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legions of princes, paupers and poets who have passed through this ancient city. Visit to Novodevichy convent. Originally built as a fortress, it also functioned as a convent for women of the royal family and prison for Princess Sophia, sister of Peter the Great, after she made three attempts on his life to deprive him of the throne. The convent itself is a unique example of 16th– and 17th-century architecture. Lunch you will have on your own. The afternoon’s tour takes you to the heart of the city – the Kremlin. This former Moscow citadel – “Kremlin” means “fortress” – houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches and scores of major historical monuments. Your tour of the Kremlin will also include a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, as well as a treasure-trove of gorgeous crown jewels, gold-encrusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia. Stay in Moscow overnight.

DAY 4. Spend the morning at leisure doing some shopping and taking pictures. Lunch you can have on your own. After lunch, ride the amazing Moscow Metro, where every station is an individual monument to Soviet art and design. The metro tour is followed by a tour of Tretyakov Gallery, the museum of Russian art. Most of the collection was a donation of one Russian merchant – Pavel Tretyakov – after whom the gallery is named. In the evening, you’ll be taken to the train station for your overnight trip to St. Petersburg.

DAY 5.Morning arrival in St. Petersburg. You will start your day with a city tour of this gorgeous city – Tsar Peter the Great’s “Window to the West.” Only 300 years old, the city was built by Tsar Peter to capture and rival the beauties of Paris and Venice. You’ll love the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. Check-in at the hotel. Lunch you will have on your own. In the afternoon, enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history’s most important art.

DAY 6. Today a late morning drive will take you to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsar’s Village. Enjoy an escorted tour of the beautiful baroque-style Catherine Palace, built by Empress Elizabeth and named after her mother Catherine the First. The architect was Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Pavilion. Visit Pavlovsk, one of Tsar Pavel’s summer palaces. Like many other royal residences, the palace sustained heavy damage during the war, but most of it has been restored to its former glory. Spend the night in St. Petersburg.

DAY 7.This morning tour Peter and Paul Fortress with its famous Peter and Paul Church, which contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Nicholas II. After visiting the fortress, your tour continues to St. Isaac’s Cathedral (constructed 1818-58), the largest in the city, with its tall gilt dome one of the many focal points of St. Petersburg. Your tour continues with a visit to Alexander Nevsky Abbey. You will visit the oldest cemetery in Russia, with many of the country’s most famous historical figures. The afternoon tour will take you to the Yusupov Palace, one of the most beautiful private palaces in St. Petersbug, also known as a place where Rasputin was murdered.

DAY 8. Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your fascinating journey.

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Venice of the North Best of St. Petersburg

ALL-INCLUSIVE 8-DAY TOUR OF ST. PETERSBURG

This carefully designed tour harnesses the best of St. Petersburg. Be swept away by the historic beauty of Petergof Palace; let your imagination run wild at the Hermitage. Your knowledgeable guides are eager to help you make the most of your St. Petersburg excursion.  Come see for yourself why many call this city the Venice of the North!

Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

DAY 1. Leave the US on your overnight flight to St. Petersburg.
 

DAY 2.  Arrive in St. Petersburg. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in a comfortable private car. Balance of the day at leisure. Many exciting options available. Overnight in the hotel.
  

DAY 3.  After breakfast, you will have an in-depth escorted tour of this gorgeous and glamorous city. Lunch in town. After lunch visit the Alexander Nevsky Abbey – a monastery and a 19th-century Necropolis, containing the graves of many world-famous Russian writers, composers and sculptors. Overnight in the hotel.
  

DAY 4.  Today the morning drive will take you to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsar’s Village. Enjoy an escorted tour of the beautiful baroque style Catherine Palace. Lunch will be served in Pavlovsk, where you will see one of the Tsar Pavel’s summer palaces. Like many other royal residences, the palace sustained heavy damage during the war, but most of it has been restored to its former glory.
  

DAY 5.  Enjoy a tour of Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. At the Fortress, visit the famous Peter and Paul Cathedral. a sepulcher of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Alexander III. After visiting the Fortress, continue your tour to the largest in the city St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Lunch in town. This afternoon, enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and culture museums in the world. Its vast collection of about 65,000 items includes some of history’s most important art.
  

DAY 6.  This morning you will delight in visiting the Summer Palace complex of Peter the Great, the construction of which began in 1714 and included numerous fountains. Enjoy your shopping in the afternoon.
  

DAY 7.  Morning visit to the Yusupov Palace,where Rasputin was murdered. Enjoy a “Vodka Rasputin” lunch. This afternoon, visit the famous Russian Museum.
  

DAY 8.  Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your fascinating journey. 

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Russian Winter Wonder Land

Welcome to the Russian Winter Wonder Land

Come to celebrate the Russian Winter! Grab few of those Russian classics books, pack some warm clothes for a Troika ride and enjoy one of the most amazing journeys of your lifetime! (No need for a fur hat, we will get it for you in Russia).

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DECEMBER 27.
Morning Arrival to Moscow Airport
Transfer to the city-centre
Private excursion of Moscow city-tour (covers major places of interest City Tour. Experience the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow)
Private sightseeing excursion to Kremlin with Cathedrals
Free time
Evening pick up from the lobby of the hotel Metropol + private transfer for your overnight train to St. Petersburg, 1st class ticket

DECEMBER 28.
Morning arrival to St. Petersburg
Transfer from the train station to the hotel
Check-in to the hotel
Morning pick up from the lobby of the hotel for your private city-tour (covers major places of interest)
Lunch free
Afternoon private sightseeing excursion of the Hermitage Museum in Winter Palace
Evening transfer back to the hotel
Overnight at the hotel
 

DECEMBER 29.
Breakfast at the hotel
Morning pick up from the lobby of the hotel for your private sightseeing excursion of St. Isaac’s and Peter and Paul’s Fortress Cathedrals
Lunch free
Afternoon private sightseeing excursion to Peter the Great’s Summer Residence – Peterhoff
Evening transfer back to the hotel
Overnight at the hotel
 

DECEMBER 30.
Breakfast at the hotel
Check-out from the hotel
Pick up from the lobby of the hotel + private sightseeing excursion of Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin
Lunch free
Afternoon private sightseeing excursion of Paul’s Palace in Pavlovsk
Return to St. Petersburg
Evening Departure transfer from the city centre to the airport for your flight back

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MOSCOW – IRKUTSK – VLADIVOSTOK

Epic Trans-Siberian Rail Journey

DAY 1. Depart from the USA Boeing Airbus. Options of other international carriers are available.

DAY 2.  Arrive in Moscow. Our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the Hotel right in the center of the Russian capital. Receive your train ticket, rest, enjoy Moscow by night.

Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

DAY 3.  A half-day city tour after breakfast will take you to the Kremlin and Red Square – the political, historical and architectural core of Russia. Beautiful churches, imposing monuments and the world’s key museums are all around you to explore.

 

DAY 4.  Enjoy your breakfast and get ready to check out from the hotel at noon. You have another half-day before the Trans-Siberian Express leaves this night. Enjoy more of Moscow, its cuisine, hospitality, shopping. You will board the train with two tickets: one for the span from Moscow to Irkutsk, and the other from Irkutsk to Vladivostok.

 

DAY 5  THROUGH 7 ARE EN ROUTE. Your train will take you through the vastness of Russia, offering you a fascinating sight of the woods, cities, rivers, towns, villages…
DAY 8. You arrive in Irkutsk. This city, founded in the middle of nowhere in 1661 as a minor exile settlement, a hundred years later developed into a prosperous cultural and business center with a population of 10,000 and now is referred to as “the capital of Siberia.” Our driver will meet you at the train station and transfer you to your hotel in Listvyanka. Visit the famous Limnological Museum of Lake Baikal and get acquainted with that unique natural reservoir, which is almost a mile deep, contains the largest stock of pure fresh water in the world and has a surface area larger than Denmark.
DAY 9.  After breakfast take an excursion to Lake Baikal and behold its pristine beauty, take pictures that all your friends will envy and, if you are brave enough, take a dip in the cold crystal-clear waters of the oldest lake on the planet. More options to explore the town, see its districts of traditional wooden architecture and partake of rich ethnic cuisine. Don’t miss having a dish of “omul” – delicious fish that lives in Lake Baikal only.
DAY 10.  Have breakfast and be ready to check out from the hotel at noon. The bus will take you to the Hotel Baikal in Irkutsk. Have a gala night in the capital of Siberia. Hotel personnel will advise you on best places to see, try out, dine.
DAY 11.  After breakfast the city of Irkutsk is all yours to explore and enjoy. Try not to miss the city’s art gallery with excellent collections of old and new artists, some of the paintings available for sale. Visit the Mineralogical Museum displaying local gems, jewelry and rare crafts made of local semi-precious stones. A hydrofoil ride on the Angara River is another exciting option.
DAY 12.  You re-embark on the Trans-Siberian Express at about noon and continue your epic rail journey through Siberia.
DAY 13 AND 14.  You will cover thousands of kilometers and view unforgettable scenery. The section between Irkutsk and the city of Ulan-Ude is perhaps the most interesting and picturesque part of the Trans-Siberian railway. It is called “The Golden Buckle of the Great Siberian Trail” and it took four years to build. A rail span of 56 miles from Station Kultuk to Port Baikal goes through 48 arches, tunnels and a multitude of bridge-supporting walls.
DAY 15.  Today you arrive in the final destination of your Great Trans-Siberian Train Voyage. You are in the Far East of Russia, in the city of Vladivostok, also called “The Bosporus of the East.” The driver takes you to the Hotel Gavan and, after you check in, an English-speaking guide shows you Vladivostok in a city tour. You may want to visit the Gallery of Modern Art or the city’s enormous flea market.
DAY 16.  Have breakfast and embark on another adventure – a cruise of Peter the Great Harbor in the Sea of Japan. Before you return to your hotel, you can stroll in the streets of this boisterous port, enjoy its restaurants and shows, and take in the gorgeous oceanside sunset.
DAY 17.  Go to the airport after breakfast for your flight to Moscow. You will stay at the Holiday Inn in Moscow this night. You have several hours to enjoy your last night in Moscow.
DAY 18.  After breakfast, transfer to the Moscow International Airport “Sheremetievo 2″ and board your flight for New York with a huge luggage of unforgettable impressions to share with your family and friends at home.
DAY 1.  Depart from the USA Boeing Airbus. Options of other international carriers are available.
DAY 2.  Arrive in Moscow. Our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the Hotel right in the center of the Russian capital. Receive your train ticket, rest, enjoy Moscow by night.
DAY 3.  A half-day city tour after breakfast will take you to the Kremlin and Red Square – the political, historical and architectural core of Russia. Beautiful churches, imposing monuments and the world’s key museums are all around you to explore.
DAY 4.  Enjoy your breakfast and get ready to check out from the hotel at noon. You have another half-day before the Trans-Siberian Express leaves this night. Enjoy more of Moscow, its cuisine, hospitality, shopping. You will board the train with two tickets: one for the span from Moscow to Irkutsk, and the other from Irkutsk to Vladivostok.
DAY 5  THROUGH 7 ARE EN ROUTE. Your train will take you through the vastness of Russia, offering you a fascinating sight of the woods, cities, rivers, towns, villages…
DAY 8. You arrive in Irkutsk. This city, founded in the middle of nowhere in 1661 as a minor exile settlement, a hundred years later developed into a prosperous cultural and business center with a population of 10,000 and now is referred to as “the capital of Siberia.” Our driver will meet you at the train station and transfer you to your hotel in Listvyanka. Visit the famous Limnological Museum of Lake Baikal and get acquainted with that unique natural reservoir, which is almost a mile deep, contains the largest stock of pure fresh water in the world and has a surface area larger than Denmark.
DAY 9. After breakfast take an excursion to Lake Baikal and behold its pristine beauty, take pictures that all your friends will envy and, if you are brave enough, take a dip in the cold crystal-clear waters of the oldest lake on the planet. More options to explore the town, see its districts of traditional wooden architecture and partake of rich ethnic cuisine. Don’t miss having a dish of “omul” – delicious fish that lives in Lake Baikal only.
DAY 10.  Have breakfast and be ready to check out from the hotel at noon. The bus will take you to the Hotel Baikal in Irkutsk. Have a gala night in the capital of Siberia. Hotel personnel will advise you on best places to see, try out, dine.
DAY 11.  After breakfast the city of Irkutsk is all yours to explore and enjoy. Try not to miss the city’s art gallery with excellent collections of old and new artists, some of the paintings available for sale. Visit the Mineralogical Museum displaying local gems, jewelry and rare crafts made of local semi-precious stones. A hydrofoil ride on the Angara River is another exciting option.
DAY 12.  You re-embark on the Trans-Siberian Express at about noon and continue your epic rail journey through Siberia.
DAY 13 AND 14.  You will cover thousands of kilometers and view unforgettable scenery. The section between Irkutsk and the city of Ulan-Ude is perhaps the most interesting and picturesque part of the Trans-Siberian railway. It is called “The Golden Buckle of the Great Siberian Trail” and it took four years to build. A rail span of 56 miles from Station Kultuk to Port Baikal goes through 48 arches, tunnels and a multitude of bridge-supporting walls.
DAY 15.  Today you arrive in the final destination of your Great Trans-Siberian Train Voyage. You are in the Far East of Russia, in the city of Vladivostok, also called “The Bosporus of the East.” The driver takes you to the Hotel Gavan and, after you check in, an English-speaking guide shows you Vladivostok in a city tour. You may want to visit the Gallery of Modern Art or the city’s enormous flea market.
DAY 16.  Have breakfast and embark on another adventure – a cruise of Peter the Great Harbor in the Sea of Japan. Before you return to your hotel, you can stroll in the streets of this boisterous port, enjoy its restaurants and shows, and take in the gorgeous oceanside sunset.
DAY 17.  Go to the airport after breakfast for your flight to Moscow. You will stay at the Holiday Inn in Moscow this night. You have several hours to enjoy your last night in Moscow.
DAY 18.  After breakfast, transfer to the Moscow International Airport “Sheremetievo 2″ and board your flight for New York with a huge luggage of unforgettable impressions to share with your family and friends at home.