To Russia with Love: Moscow & St. Petersburg
The Supermodel and the Grande Dame of cities
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!