Classic Russia

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Best time to go: March to November

7 Nights | from £3,195pp


Holiday type: Tailor-made

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the sights of Moscow with an expert, from the Kremlin to Red Square
  • First class Sapsan train travel
  • Gain exclusive before-hours access to the Peterhof’s Grand Palace
  • Admire masterpieces at the Hermitage, home to three million works of art 
  • Enter the infamous Amber Room at the Catherine Palace

Day 1 UK / Moscow
Glitzy and cosmopolitan, suavely European yet distinctly exotic, Moscow is the beating heart of modern Russia. Check-in at the Four Seasons, where most rooms have views of Red Square, to feel part of the action.
Four Seasons Moscow

Day 2 Moscow
Take a morning tour of this splendid city with your private expert guide. Explore resplendent Red Square – from Lenin’s Tomb to the ornate onion domes of St Basil’s. Head to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, one of the country’s key cathedrals, and Novodevichy Convent Cemetery, final resting place of many Russian greats. Do take a ride on the Moscow Metro: the elaborate stations, adorned with frescos and chandeliers, are as grand as any palace. The afternoon is free to explore.
Four Seasons Moscow | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Moscow
No visit to Moscow would be complete without exploring the Kremlin Territory, and this morning you will meet your guide and head out on foot for the complex that has been witness to so much of Russia’s history. Begin the State Armoury, the oldest museum in Russia and brimming with precious stones, eighteenth and nineteenth-century jewellery and other priceless artefacts dating as far back as the fourteenth century., as well and a fine collection of Fabergé eggs. There will also be time for one of the Kremlin’s cathedrals before having the afternoon free to spend more time here or elsewhere in the city.
Four Seasons Moscow | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Sergiev Posad
Moscow is home to some of the world’s most magnificent art, so spend a morning gorging on the finest collection of Russian icons and pre-Revolutionary Russian art at. the eye-catching Tretyakov Gallery. Alternatively head to the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum for Botticellis, Picassos and more.

In the afternoon, board a first-class carriage on the impressive Sapsan for the train ride to St Petersburg. The Four Seasons Lion Palace – a restored 19th-century royal residence – is your stately home for the next four nights.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 St Petersburg
Experience one of the most famous museums in the world today with your expert guide who accompanies you to the awe-inspiring Hermitage, housed in the lavishly-decorated Winter Palace. The Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings and boasts a vast collection of no less than 3 million pieces of art from the Stone Age to modern times.

Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 out of the swamps of the Neva River, St Petersburg remains great indeed. This sophisticated city is packed with the finest Russian architecture – take a guided drive to see sights such as Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, the Admiralty and Vasilevsky Island. Visit the fascinating Peter & Paul Fortress, which Peter the Great built in 1703 to provide protection from the Swedes. The Fortress Cathedral is the burial place of most of Russia's Tsars and Tsarinas from the 18th century onwards, including Peter the Great himself, the great architect of St Petersburg.

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Peterhof / Hermitage
A nod to Versailles, the Peterhof was Peter the Great’s summer estate, just outside the city. Arrive early for exclusive access: the Grand Palace will be opened for you before regular visiting hours so you can avoid the crowds. Also explore the extensive estate, which is speckled with pavilions and regal extravagance – not least the Grand Cascade, a tumble of sculptures and more than 140 fountains. Then zip back to St Petersburg by hydrofoil and have some time to explore on your own.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Pushkin & Pavlovsk
Head south of the city with your expert guide for a final dose of Russian splendour. The estate of Tsarskoe Selo (also known as Pushkin) was a present from Peter the Great to his wife Catherine. Inside the baroque Catherine Palace is the crown jewel: the Amber Room, a chamber decorated with amber panels, gold leaf and mirrors, which has been restored to its original glory. Head back to the city for the afternoon at leisure.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 St Petersburg / UK
Travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 8 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,990 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Russia

Best time to be there

May to October is the best time to enjoy the summer days. Russian winters can be extremely cold, but if well protected against the elements, is a romantic time to visit.

Fly to

St Petersburg (British Airways) or Moscow (British Airways and easyJet)

flying time

3.5 to 4 hours

time difference

GMT +3 hours

Visas

Yes, obtainable in advance

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