Imperial Jewels of Russia (15 days, St Petersburg - Moscow, 2014)
Embark at the Baroque city of St. Petersburg for a journey into the heart of Russia, to Moscow, and Eastern Europe’s final cultural frontier. Be spellbound by the royal palaces and cathedrals, the ‘Golden Ring of Cities’ and the origins of some of Europe’s historical figures. A raised glass of vodka ensures a warm welcome.
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There are a number of ways to travel to St. Petersburg: fly from your choice of 15 UK regional airports with KLM; or travel with British Airways from London Heathrow. You’ll be met at St. Petersburg Airport by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred* to your ship.
Start your day with an Included tour seeing all the major sights, followed by lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon you will visit the magnificent summer residence of Russian royalty at Peterhof. Choose from one of the following Included Scenic FreeChoice tours: (1) enjoy a guided tour of Catherine’s Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden; or (2) an orientation tour of the Grand Palace, followed by a walk through its magnificent Gardens; or (3) a guided tour of the Palaces’ majestic Fountains, including both the Upper and Lower Gardens.
Your day starts with choice of the following Scenic FreeChoice tours: (1) enjoy a guided visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral; or (2) tour the 19th century Yusupov Palace. This afternoon you’ll visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world’s greatest art collections. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travellers at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
This morning visit Catherine’s Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and elaborate gardens. Today, experience two Scenic Enrich activities. Scenic Enrich: Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden ‘Podvorie’ restaurant. Here you will be offered traditional Russian cuisine with all products and wine home-grown from the restaurant owner’s private summer residence. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure. Scenic Enrich: This evening you will be treated to a glass of sparkling wine followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last Imperial palace to be built in St. Petersburg.
This morning we’ll enjoy a cruise through the city’s canals and glide under some of the city’s 400 bridges, while admiring historic monuments and landmarks.
Your ship arrives in the museum village of Mandrogi, on the banks of river Svir. Scenic Enrich: It’s all ashore to explore this charming summer resort; you will have the opportunity to try Shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
This morning your ship docks at Kizhi Island; the island hosts some of Russia’s most amazing architecture. Visit the museum and see the incredible onion domes of the Church of Transfiguration.
Today we visit the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to an impressive collection of Russian Orthodox icons. As the ship set sails this afternoon, sample the beverage that has been integral to Russian culture for over 600 years, Vodka.
Today you enjoy an included city tour of the magnificent city of Yarolslavl; founded in 1010 it is older than Moscow. See the magnificent Church of Elias the Prophet, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Take an included walking tour of historic Uglich, part of the Golden Ring of cities around Moscow. Later, enjoy a night of celebration with your Captain and new found friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Relax onboard as you sail towards Moscow. Arriving after lunch, you’ll set out on a city exploration. You will visit Red Square and enjoy a tour of the most well-known icon in Russia, St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Today choose from one of the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) take a guided tour, seeing Tverskaya Street and the KGB building (2) enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Moskva River. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a ride on Moscow’s Metro, considered to be one of the best subway systems in the world. Tonight you’ll attend an internationally renowned circus (not available on all departures).
Your day starts with a visit to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you will have the opportunity to meet with a real cosmonaut and see the history of space exploration, including original exhibits and models of space technology, history and art. This afternoon choose from the following Included Scenic FreeChoice tours: (1) visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art which includes masterpieces created more than a thousand years ago; or (2) visit the Museum of the Armed Forces, where you will have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia, and displays relating to the Soviet Union's part in WWII.
Today starts with a visit to the Kremlin, seat of the former Soviet Union’s intrigue. In the State Armory, you’ll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. After your tour enjoy free time to explore the bustling city of Moscow on your own or return to the ship. This evening you’ll witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers (not available on all departures).
After breakfast, transfer* to the airport for flight home to the UK. Fly to your choice of 15 UK regional airports via Amsterdam with KLM; or travel with British Airways to London Heathrow.
B – Breakfast, HL – Highlight Lunch, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
* Please check your transfer entitlements with the UK office.