Russia Private Tour

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Why You Should Go

Our itinerary offers a compelling cultural snapshot of the country’s two major powers in this vast land and also largest country in the world, with 11 time zones! Being big Romanov dynasty history fans, St. Petersburg is one of our favorite cities with the standout Hermitage Museum at Winter Palace, Peterhof Grand Palace (showcasing French influence), and the General Staff Building housing impressionist and post-impressionist art. You will also discover Moscow has much more to offer than the Kremlin and Red Square. Recommended reading: “The House of the Dead: Siberian Exiles and Tsars” by Daniel Beer.

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer Fall

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View of The Cathedral of Our Savoir on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg

Sample Itinerary

11 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to St. Petersburg
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assisted with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

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Palace Square near Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
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Day 2

Arrive St. Petersburg
Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, you will be privately transferred to the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.

Meals:
Accommodations: The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

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Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
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Day 3

St. Petersburg Private Touring
A history of tsars brings forth opulent architecture to be seen in St. Petersburg. Your morning begins by visiting palatial Orthodox churches, the first being the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, deemed as the most ornate church in Russia. You may wish to continue on to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, which will surely not disappoint you. Following lunch, you will take a private canal boat tour of Peter the Great and finish the day at the Fortress Cathedral.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

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Saint Basil's Cathedral
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Day 4

St. Petersburg & Pushkin Private Touring
One of the grandest museums in the world, you will be visiting Winter Palace. Once home to tsars from 1760s onward, the palace now hosts 2.7 million exhibits with works of artists like Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Monet. In the afternoon, you will travel to Tsarskoe, also known as Pushkin, to visit Catherine’s Palace – a site that competes with Versailles.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

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Catherine's Palace
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Day 5

Peterhof & Faberge Museum
You will be taken the Peterhof Grand Palace, constructed by over 5,000 labourers employed by Peter the Great after his visit to Versailles in 1717. To avoid the crowds, the Grand Palace is opened for you before official opening hours. Afterwards you will return to St. Petersburg for lunch and continue to the Faberge Museum, where you may see the famed Imperial Easter Eggs.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

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Peterhof Grand Palace
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Day 6

St. Petersburg/Moscow
Upon arrival in Moscow, you will be privately transferred to the Royal Aurora Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel

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Red Square, Moscow
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Day 7

Moscow Private Touring
The Red Square is the site of deep Russian history, serving as a place for public executions as well as playing host to military parades. Your private guide will take you through prominent sites and monuments that describe Russia’s tumultuous and impressive history.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Nikolaevsky Posad

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Red Square, Moscow
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Day 8

Suzdal Private Touring
With the Trans-Siberian Railway bypassing this town, Sudzal was left behind in the 19th century. A time capsule sitting amidst rolling meadows, some renowned sights include the Museum of Wooden Artchitect & Peasant Life, Golden Gate, and the Church of Transfiguration. One of the highlights includes being hosted by a local family who serve you a meal and give you a tour of their rural life.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel

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Cathedral Suzdal
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Day 9

Kremlin Territory
For centuries, the Kremlin has been witness to many well-known and tragic events in Russia’s past, making it a treasure trove of Russian history. Your private guide will take you through the epicenter where all the great historical and political events have occurred since the 13th century. Following your Kremlin tour, you will take to Moscow’s Cold War Museum, Bunker-42.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel

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Bunker 42
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Day 10

Moscow Private Touring
Purposely built beneath a stadium, you will explore the Stalin’s Bunk, connected by underground tunnel to the Kremlin and serving as Stalin’s official residence. Additional stopovers include Izmailovky Market, VDNKH Park featuring over 250 Soviet-era palaces, and the Moscow Metro. We may also arrange a meeting with Pavel Palazchenko, a high-level Soviet interpreter for Mikhail Gorbachev and foreign ministers.

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Stalin's Bunker
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Day 11

Fly Moscow/Home

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations:

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Moscow Metro

Hotels

Adjacent to Art Square, the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is considered to be one of the most glamorous hotels in Europe. First opened 140 years ago, the Belmond Grand has a distinguished guest list including the Romanovs, Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, Carlo Rossi, and Pavarotti, to name a few. Originally named Hotel de l’Europe, this imperial-looking building has served as a hospital, orphanage, and government offices, from the First World War to post-revolutionary times. Carefully and extensively restored from 1989 to 1991, the Belmond Grand Hotel includes 266 elegant and richly-styled rooms. Amenities include five different restaurants and bars, a shopping arcade, a fully-equipped gym, and spa facilities.

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

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Adjacent to Art Square, the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is considered to be one of the most glamorous hotels in Europe. First opened 140 years ago, the Belmond Grand has a distinguished guest list including the Romanovs, Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, Carlo Rossi, and Pavarotti, to name a few. Originally named Hotel de l’Europe, this imperial-looking building has served as a hospital, orphanage, and government offices, from the First World War to post-revolutionary times. Carefully and extensively restored from 1989 to 1991, the Belmond Grand Hotel includes 266 elegant and richly-styled rooms. Amenities include five different restaurants and bars, a shopping arcade, a fully-equipped gym, and spa facilities.

Located on Ulitsa Petrovka, the Marriott Royal Aurora offers a prime location steps away from Moscow’s Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theater. The 5-Star Marriott Royal Aurora offers 230 rooms, including 38 suites, which seamlessly blends traditional Russian aesthetics with modern conveniences. Amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, the Aurora Restaurant, Polo Club, Lobby Bar, and Vicolo Terrace.

Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel

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Located on Ulitsa Petrovka, the Marriott Royal Aurora offers a prime location steps away from Moscow’s Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theater. The 5-Star Marriott Royal Aurora offers 230 rooms, including 38 suites, which seamlessly blends traditional Russian aesthetics with modern conveniences. Amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, the Aurora Restaurant, Polo Club, Lobby Bar, and Vicolo Terrace.

Though somewhat cheesy and touristy, we feel a single night stay at the Art Hotel will be a fun experience, allowing for you to gain a wider view of Russia. All 139 rooms are richly decorated in traditional Russian style and spread among eight detached buildings surrounding the main hotel, reminiscent of a merchant’s manor. The Theatrical Restaurant offers up European dishes, whereas the Opokhmelochnaya and Kupechesky Restaurants allow for you to try traditional Russian meals.

Art Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad

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Though somewhat cheesy and touristy, we feel a single night stay at the Art Hotel will be a fun experience, allowing for you to gain a wider view of Russia. All 139 rooms are richly decorated in traditional Russian style and spread among eight detached buildings surrounding the main hotel, reminiscent of a merchant’s manor. The Theatrical Restaurant offers up European dishes, whereas the Opokhmelochnaya and Kupechesky Restaurants allow for you to try traditional Russian meals.

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Location

Overview

Temperature
Highs: 65°F
Lows: 18°F
Area
17 million sq km
6.6 million sq miles
Capital
Moscow
Population
142.7 million
Language
Russian
Currency
Russian Ruble

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