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Remarkable Russia - Summer 2023 Discover the best of Russia

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Tour Itinerary

Revel in life’s finer things as you delve into the architectural grandeur of St. Petersburg before journeying to Moscow in business class, aboard a high-speed Sapsan train. In Peter the Great’s namesake city, choose to bike across the artist's hub of New Holland Island. Alternatively, gaze in awe at the world’s finest collection of jewel-encrusted Easter eggs at the Fabergé Museum. At the esteemed Palace of the Tsars, the Hermitage Museum, a private after-hours tour affords you exclusive access to over 3 million priceless artworks and artefacts. In Moscow, marvel at the vibrant colored domes of St. Basil's Cathedral and enjoy exceptional food at Café Pushkin—an upscale Franco-Russian den where chef Andrei Makhov creates delectable dishes for the city’s glitterati.

Countries Visited

Russia

Cities Visited

Moscow , Peterhof , St. Petersburg

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to St. Petersburg.
    Welcome to St. Petersburg, where decadence and modernity meet. Once you have arrived at Pulkovo Airport, a transfer will take you to your luxurious accommodation, the Grand Hotel Europe. This cultural and culinary landmark stands on Nevsky Prospekt adjacent to Arts Square amongst the city's great architectural treasures and is an ode to the country's unique appreciation of arts. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge for your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Get to know your fellow travellers over your first taste of Russian cuisine. Later you'll set off on a private sunset cruise as you take in Russia's White Nights. A unique natural phenomenon caused by St. Petersburg's geographical location, the sky remains bright after midnight.Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg.
  2. Day 2
    Highlights of St. Petersburg.
    Delve into St. Petersburg's religious history, with a trip to Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. Once a prison, but currently used as a museum, this wonderfully ornate building was designed by Domenico Trezzini in the 18th century. Continue your exploration of the city with your Travelling Concierge before enjoying some free time for lunch and shopping. Why not head back to your hotel for a relaxing evening? It offers a therapeutic sauna, plunge pool and beauty salon for its guests.Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg.
  3. Day 3
    Ornate Russia. Relaxed Start
    In the morning, visit the Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded in 1881. The Church of the Resurrection provides a stark (some would say jarring) contrast to its surroundings of Baroque, Classical and Modernist architecture. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to take part in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on a relaxing bike ride to New Holland, a popular city park undergoing an extensive urban regeneration program, and aiming to become a platform for the young and creative crowd of the city. Alternatively, visit the Fabergé Museum, and see the imperial Easter eggs created for the last two Russian tsars, along with the museum's striking collection of other decorative pieces. In the evening, head to the esteemed Hermitage Museum after hours, and explore the venue with your Local Expert. Founded in 1764, the collection of the State Hermitage includes over three million works of art and world culture artefacts. In the evening you are invited for an after hours visit of the Hermitage Museum. Join your Local Expert to enter the Winter Palace which was once the official residence of the Russian Tsars and is now one of the world's largest and most prestigious museums.Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg.
  4. Day 4
    Russian Versailles. Relaxed Start
    Prepare for your visit to Peterhof Palace in style with a hydrofoil boat ride to the Russian Versailles. Formerly serving as a grand summer residence for Russian royalty, Peterhof has undoubtedly played a strong role throughout Russian history. After Russia gained access to the Baltic Sea during the Great Northern War, Peterhof was constructed in the early 1700s as a symbol of triumph, grandiosity, and great national pride. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll explore its palaces and gardens filled with spectacular fountains and marble statues. Discover the character of Russian cuisine at Tsar restaurant and taste exquisite dishes filled with charm and tradition.Accommodation: Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg.
  5. Day 5
    Journey to Moscow. Relaxed Start
    In the morning, find out more about the history of matryoshka dolls at a workshop on how the Russian nesting dolls are created. The simplicity and originality of matryoshka dolls attract the fans of Russian folk art from around the world. You'll then begin your journey to Moscow. Relax in modern luxury and business-class comfort as you travel to the founding city of Russia in just a few hours onboard the high-speed Sapsan train. A cultural and political hub, you'll be impressed by its sheer size, as it holds the title of the largest city in Europe. Head to a lecture by a local historian on the KGB, the main spy agency of the former Soviet Union.In the evening you'll enjoy a delicious menu of local specialities at your hotel.Accommodation: Hotel National, Moscow.
  6. Day 6
    Inside the Kremlin.
    Explore Moscow in all its glory, starting with a VIP experience at the Kremlin Royal Apartments, Kremlin Armory and historic Red Square. The sites have been long revered as symbols of the Russian statehood, earning their place on the UNESCO List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. See St. Basil’s Cathedral, a vibrant fusion of colour and patterns. Make sure you have your camera ready for a picture of this cultural symbol of Russia. You'll have free time for lunch – your Travelling Concierge can help suggest some local dining options. In the evening, see this beautiful city in a glittering new light, on a romantic dinner cruise.Accommodation: Hotel National, Moscow.
  7. Day 7
    Highlights of Moscow. Cruise
    Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join your Local Expert to discover the ornate Moscow Metro, known for its extravagant interior design and displays of the Soviet past in the halls. Alternatively, visit the Mausoleum of Lenin in the Red Square, where his body is still on public display as it has been since his death in 1924. With your afternoon, why not delve into more of Russia's unique history on a trip to the State Historical Museum? Or check out Tretyakov Gallery, which houses one of the largest collections of Russian art in the world? For outdoor enthusiasts, there is the beautiful Gorky Park, which holds a number of fitness activities in the summer. Step back in time at your Celebration Dinner as you dine at the elegant Café Pushkin, a luxurious finale for your journey through remarkable Russia. The upscale Franco-Russian den is a favourite among the city’s glitterati. Chef Andrei Makhov creates flawless dishes inspired by history and adapted for modern times.Accommodation: Hotel National, Moscow.
  8. Day 8
    Farewell Moscow.
    It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and take a transfer to the airport.

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Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • St. Petersburg: Head to the Fabergé Museum where you'll find the ornate imperial Easter eggs created for the last two Russian tsars, along with the museum's striking collection of more than 4,000 decorative pieces made by the House of Fabergé's talented artisans.
  • Saint Petersburg: Take part in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on a relaxing bike ride to New Holland, a popular city park undergoing an extensive urban regeneration program, and aiming to become a platform for the young and creative crowd of the city.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Moscow: Explore the Moscow Metro with your Local Expert. Famous for its wonderfully ornate interior design, The Palace of the People is one of the busiest subway systems in the world. Hear how technology has improved the lives of Moscow residents.
  • Moscow: Visit the Mausoleum of Lenin in the Red Square.

Well-being

  • : Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 15 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • : Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included train travel and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Journey Highlights

  • St. Petersburg: Set off on a private sunset cruise as you take in Russia's White Nights. A unique natural phenomenon caused by St. Petersburg's geographical location, the sky remains bright after midnight and provides nearly round-the-clock light.
  • St. Petersburg: Explore St. Petersburg in the daylight and head to Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. Once a prison, but currently used as a museum, this wonderfully ornate building was designed by Domenico Trezzini in the 18th century.
  • St. Petersburg: Head to the Fabergé Museum where you'll find the ornate imperial Easter eggs created for the last two Russian tsars, along with the museum's striking collection of more than 4,000 decorative pieces made by the House of Fabergé's talented artisans.
  • Saint Petersburg: Take part in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on a relaxing bike ride to New Holland, a popular city park undergoing an extensive urban regeneration program, and aiming to become a platform for the young and creative crowd of the city.
  • St. Petersburg: Check out the striking Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, where Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded in 1881. Learn about its history with your Travelling Concierge, as you reflect on the beautiful mosaics it houses.
  • St. Petersburg: Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Peterhof Palace in style, onboard a hydrofoil boat ride. Explore the beautiful palace and gardens, known as Russia's Versailles, with a Local Expert. See the Grand Cascade and the exquisite East and West Chinese Cabinets.
  • St. Petersburg: Find out more about the history of Matryoshka dolls at a workshop on how the Russian nesting dolls are created. With the first set carved from linden trees in 1980, these traditional female symbols are popular the world over.
  • Moscow: Speed onward to the capital on board the Sapsan train, meaning "falcon" in Russian. Relax in business class luxury and take in the beautiful scenery while you travel by rail from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
  • Moscow: Delve into the fascinating history of the KGB with a lecture from a local historian and specialist. Get an incredible insight into the highly secretive agency that few receive and lift the cloak of secrecy that surrounds the former Soviet Union.
  • Moscow: Explore the Moscow Metro with your Local Expert. Famous for its wonderfully ornate interior design, The Palace of the People is one of the busiest subway systems in the world. Hear how technology has improved the lives of Moscow residents.
  • Moscow: Visit the Mausoleum of Lenin in the Red Square.

VIP Experiences

  • St. Petersburg: Head to the palace of the tsars for a private after-hours visit that lets you explore the remarkable treasures without the crowds. Soak up the regal ambience of the Hermitage Museum guided by an art historian.
  • Moscow: Visit the Grand Kremlin Palace during a behind-the-scenes tour that takes you through the fascinating history of the tsars. Marvel at the elegant architecture and interior design of the Royal Apartments and several buildings dating back to the 14th century.

Exceptional Dining

  • Saint Petersburg: Discover the character of Russian cuisine at Tsar restaurant and taste exquisite dishes filled with charm and tradition.
  • Moscow: Step back in time at your Celebration Dinner as you dine at the elegant Café Pushkin. The upscale Franco-Russian den is a favourite among the city’s glitterati. Chef Andrei Makhov creates flawless dishes inspired by history and adapted for modern times.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfast (B), and 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Chairman's Collection

  • Moscow: If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, on Day 6 retired cosmonaut Aleksander Laveykin invites you for a personal guided tour and celebratory drink at the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow to learn about his 174 days in space.

Additional Included Highlights

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Health and Safety Protocols for Luxury Gold Tours

Luxury Gold has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Luxury Gold and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Luxury Gold is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Luxury Gold will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Luxury Gold have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Luxury Gold is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Luxury Gold does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Luxury Gold only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Luxury Gold is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Luxury Gold Tours Customer Reviews

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Truly enjoyed all aspects of the Luxury Gold trip and will definitely look into more trips with them in the future.

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