The Imperial twin cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg come together on this At Leisure rail adventure, combining art and antiquities and such attractions as the Hermitage Museum, Tsar’s Winter Palace, Red Square and the Kremlin. Gain insight into Russia’s transformation into a creative and opulent modern metropolis.

At Leisure trip style – Enjoy later starts and longer stays at a more leisurely pace

Travel Best Bets Package Includes
  • Round trip airfare to St. Petersburg and return from Moscow
  • 6 nights guided vacation First Class coach tour, Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Dining: 6 buffet breakfasts,  2 dinners
  • High speed train St. Petersburg to Moscow
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
Sightseeing highlights
  • City tour in St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • View the Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great while in St. Petersburg. In Moscow view Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Walls of the Kremlin
  • Visit the Hermitage Museum for a sightseeing tour and the Peter and Paul Fortress
Insider experiences
  • Be My Guest – This is a unique opportunity to meet and chat with the locals over drinks and canapés at the Theatre of Youth in the centre of St. Petersburg. Enjoy a local tour and stage performances by the students in one of the beautiful theatre halls
  • Hidden Treasures  – Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
  • Local Specialists  – For included sightseeing in St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • Small Group Sightseeing – Enjoy a guided tour of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum with a group size of no more than 25 guests
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE – JoinTrafalgar – The St. Petersburg Theatre of Youth will enlighten you on the institutes work and show you how funds contributed on your behalf are used to promote the theatrical education of St. Petersburg’s youth.

 

Exclusive: Book and pay by January 31!

June 16, 2019 Based on double or Single Share
Vancouver, Toronto $3599 + $753 tax
Kelowna, Victoria $3899 + $753 tax
Calgary, Edmonton $3799 + $753 tax
Single Room Supplement add $730

 

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ST. PETERSBURG (3 NIGHTS)
Tread in the footsteps of tsars and tsarinas, of artists, poets and musicians, whose great gifts to the romantic city of St. Petersburg you will have an opportunity to see during an orientation drive through Russia’s Imperial City after meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and light dinner.
MEAL(S) – Welcome Reception
HOTEL – Sokos Vasilievsky

DAY 2 ST. PETERSBURG SIGHTSEEING AND HERMITAGE MUSEUM VISIT
Explore opulent royal history and the might of Imperial Russia on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist during which you will view the magnificent Tsar’s Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great, whose inspired vision for this Baltic settlement saw it rival even the most sophisticated of European capitals. Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress on an included visit before our Be My Guest experience where we’ll meet some of the students of St. Petersburg’s Theatre for canapés and an unforgettable stage performance. Later join a Small Group Sightseeing visit with a Local Specialist to the incredible Hermitage Museum. Occupying five buildings on the banks of the Neva, the Hermitage features some 3 million artefacts, representing the development of world culture and art from the stone age to the 20th century. This evening consider a theatre visit to enjoy a fascinating Russian Folklore performance.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guests

DAY 3 ST. PETERSBURG AT LEISURE
The cobblestone lanes and grand boulevards of St. Petersburg are ours to explore today at leisure. Admire the ornate domes and colourful mosaics of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the goldplated dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral with spectacular panoramic views of the city. Perhaps consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the gardens and cascading miracle of engineering that are the spectacular fountains of Peter the Great’s summer residence at Peterhof, designed to rival the opulence of Versailles.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4 ST. PETERSBURG – HIGHSPEED TRAIN – MOSCOW (3 NIGHTS)
After a hearty breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure before boarding a train to the Russian capital, a fascinating mix of imperial history and modern sophistication. En route, contemplate the tumultuous and captivating history of an ancient city that oozes grandeur, and the indomitable spirit of the Russian nation which saw it send the first man to outer space. Straddling the Moskva River, this city is the country’s political, economic, religious and financial hub and your home for the next three nights.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast
HOTEL – Hilton Leningradskaya

DAY 5 MOSCOW SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE
The imposing Red Square the site of grand celebrations, fierce fighting and beautiful architecture takes centre stage this morning during a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the fairytale spires of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin Walls and towers before spending some time at leisure exploring the sights. Perhaps stroll along the flowerlined boulevards of Gorky Park or join an Optional Experience to admire the exquisite underground art and history showcase that is the Moscow Metro.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6 MOSCOW AT LEISURE
Kickstart your morning soaking up the kofe culture of Moscow, before taking to its streets to learn about its triumphs and defeats. Consider visiting one of the city’s fascinating museums, explore the city’s extraordinary literary and artistic heritage or take an Optional Experience to the 14th century Sergiyev Posad, a place of pilgrimage and the largest religious and cultural centre in Russia. This evening, we toast to the magic and magnificence of Mother Russia, joining our fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

DAY 7 DEPART MOSCOW
We close the door on our epic At Leisure holiday in two iconic Russian cities and say farewell to newfound friends. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Russia.

Visas are required for this trip.  Please discuss your specific requirements with your agent.  Visas cannot be issued at boarders with Europe.

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