Imperial Jewels of Russia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.