To Russia with Love: Moscow & St. Petersburg

The Supermodel and the Grande Dame of cities

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Russia is a destination that must be visited to be understood - an extraordinary country that will take your breath away with its sheer opulence, size and culture. Despite a bloody and turbulent past, wealth has sent Russia into revolution and today it is almost unrecognisable from its recent Communist past. ‘To Russia with Love’ takes in the very different cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. Moscow is definitely the Supermodel and St Petersburg the Grande Dame - both of them beautiful in their own way.

Beginning in Moscow you will dine with a university professor who has lived through communism and today's version of democracy and shop in the high end boutiques of this stylish city, no longer a drab and brown metropolis. Exploring the Kremlin and its incredible Palace and Armory, you’ll begin to understand the excesses of the past while the Red Square feels weighted with significance as you marvel at the mind-boggling magnificence of St Basil's Cathedral. With time to explore the streets you’ll see monuments remembering fallen heroes and victorious battles, Lenin and Stalin – off their pedestals – at the whimsical Art Muzeo, golden domes peeking out over the rooftops, beautiful Metro stations and gargantuan cathedrals swirling with incense. You’ll take part in a fun class of Matrioshka (stacking) Doll painting, hunt for arts and crafts at the Izmailovo Flea Market and enjoy a rare backstage visit to the Bolshoi theatre.

Moving onto St Petersburg you will be struck by the contrast with Moscow. Here the streets are coloured with rich greens and golds, rivers and canals earn it the title of 'Venice of the North’ and beautiful gardens offer a sense of quietude. The Faberge museum is simply stunning and you could spend days in the Hermitage, originally a palace of the Royal Family which now houses one of the biggest art collections in the world. During your time here you will discover the secretive life of a Russian spy, visit Yusopov Palace, one of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the monumentally wealthy Yusopov family, and take a horse and carriage ride through the gardens of Pavlovsk (Paul's Palace), now under UNESCO world Heritage protection. No visit would be complete without an evening at the theatre, along with a vodka and caviar tasting.

Today Russia stands as a mesmerising and stylish destination where you will enjoy 5 star hotels, fine dining and exclusive one-off experiences with a small group of like minded ladies. Not to be missed!

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Why we like it

The beguiling allure of Russia
Backstage at the theatre
Cathedrals, gardens and palaces
Dining with professors and ballet dancers
A culture clash of past and present
A complete contrast of cities

At a Glance

Day 1 | Arrive in Moscow
Day 2 | Explore Moscow, Matrioshka dolls and dinner with a Russian Professor
Day 3 | The Kremlin, Armory and Grand Palace
Day 4 | Day at leisure
Day 5 | The Bolshoi theatre and flea market
Day 6 | Transfer to St Petersburg
Day 7 | Explore St Petersburg, dinner with a local ballet star
Day 8 | The Hermitage and a visit to Petergof Royal Estate by hydrofoil
Day 9 | Russian spies, Yusopov Palace and a theatre performance
Day 10 | Two Royal Palaces and a horse and carriage ride
Day 11 | Fabergé museum, Summer Garden and vodka and caviar tasting
Day 12 | Day of departure

Key facts

12 - 23 October 2018 (12 days)
Escorted by Zoe Thomas
Euro 6995 per person on a twin share basis
Single supplement: Euro 1000
A willing to share option is available on this tour subject to availability.
Begins: Moscow | Ends: St Petersburg
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