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St. Petersburg
Extend your adventure to explore St. Petersburg, referred to as the Venice of the North with its more than 300 bridges. This cultural capital of Russia seamlessly blends past and present—the UNESCO World Heritage Site of its historic city center, rich with untouched 18th and 19th century architecture, provides an unrivaled backdrop for modern events like contemporary art exhibits, music festivals, and theater performances. St. Petersburg is a bucket-list location for anyone interested in Russian history, culture, and sightseeing.
Post-Tour Rate***
Double: $3,299
Single: $4,199
Itinerary:
Day 14: Depart Moscow / Arrive St. Petersburg
After breakfast, board a high-speed train for St. Petersburg. Enjoy Business Class seating and watch the passing landscape as you travel upwards of 155 miles per hour during this approximately 5-hour journey.

In St. Petersburg, transfer to the hotel with time to settle in and enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

Tonight visit the Russian Vodka Museum for a guided tour and tasting, and to learn the close link between the Russian State and this potent libation. This museum provides a fascinating insight into Russian dining and drinking traditions, and vodka's origin.
Overnight: Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Day 15: St. Petersburg
Today is highlighted by a private, special-access tour of the State Hermitage with a local art historian. This world-renowned museum's priceless collection occupies five historical buildings that contain more than three million exhibits including the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, and other famous masters. See the city's most precious monuments—rich with storied history and original architecture, carefully preserved as the world cultural heritage—at sites such as Nevsky Prospekt, Kazan Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Vasilievsky Island, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and Peter and Paul Fortress.

The remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps relax in a traditional Russian Banya (bath house) or dine at a restaurant overlooking the stunning Moika River.
Overnight: Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (B)

Day 16: St. Petersburg / Tsarskoe Selo / Pushkin
After a leisurely breakfast, depart for the charming town of Tsarskoe Selo, featuring the Summer Palace—the previous residence of the imperial family. Almost everything inside the palace is a result of a painstaking restoration after suffering severe damage during World War II.

Adjourn to a log cabin for a special lunch before continuing to Pavlovsk, a municipal town that was the former residence of the Emperor Paul I. Visit the classical-style Emperor’s palace dating back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and stroll through the stunning park—the entire site of which is a UNESCO World Heritage attraction.

This afternoon, guests may join the optional excursion (additional fee) to learn how to paint a genuine Russian icon, the Matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls), under the watchful eye of a master.
Overnight: Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (B,L)

Day 17: Depart St. Petersburg
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested time transfer to St. Petersburg's Pulkovo International Airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast
(Itinerary subject to change.)
Activity Level:

Easy

We expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, and can walk up and down stairs without assistance. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.

Accommodations:

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Experience genuine Russian hospitality at this elegant property, conveniently located adjacent to St. Petersburg's Arts Square. During free time, take advantage of the modern fitness center, pool or sauna, indulge in a service at the salon, or perhaps enjoy retail therapy within the hotel's glamorous shopping arcade.

Room amenities: individual climate control, writing desk and chair, LCD TV and DVD player, Wi-Fi (additional fee), phone, safe, and en suite bathroom with premium sundries and hair dryer.
(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included:
  • High-speed train transfer in Business Class from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • Three nights accommodations at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (or similar) with breakfast each morning
  • Special log cabin lunch
  • Guided tour and tasting at the Russian Vodka Museum
  • Private guided tour of the State Hermitage
  • Visit to the Summer Palace as well as Pavlovsk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Group transfers for guests departing during the suggested times
***Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.