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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: $3,399
Single: $4,299
Itinerary:
Day 14: Depart Moscow / Arrive St. Petersburg
After breakfast, board a high-speed train for St. Petersburg. Enjoy Business Class seating with lunch as you 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 ideally situated hotel with time to settle in and enjoy a leisurely evening.
Overnight: Hotel Astoria (L)

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 historic 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—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 evening is at leisure. Perhaps relax in a traditional Russian Banya (bath house) or dine at a restaurant overlooking the stunning Moika River.
Overnight: Hotel Astoria (B,L)

Day 16: St. Petersburg / Tsarskoe Selo / Pushkin
After a leisurely breakfast, depart for the charming town of Tsarskoe Selo, the site of the Summer Palace—the previous residence of the imperial family.

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.
Overnight: Hotel Astoria (B,L)

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

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

Moderate

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 are limited.

Accommodations:

Hotel Astoria

Experience genuine Russian hospitality at this grand property, directly across from St Isaac’s Cathedral and a short walk from Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, and the Mariinsky Theatre. During free time, sip afternoon tea in the Rotonda Lounge, indulge in a service at the tranquil spa (additional fees apply), or perhaps enjoy retail therapy within the hotel's glamorous shopping arcade.

Room amenities: courtyard view, individual climate control, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, phone, safe, robes and slippers, and en suite marble bathroom with Ferragamo sundries and hair dryer.
(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included:
  • High-speed train transfer in Business Class with lunch from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • 3 nights accommodations at Hotel Astoria (or similar) with breakfast each morning
  • Lunch during touring on Day 15
  • Special log cabin lunch
  • Private guided tour of the State Hermitage
  • Outside visit to the Summer Palace
  • Inside visit to 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.