15 Day Jewels of Russia
Welcome to . If you had a hundred years, you wouldn't exhaust all the wonder on offer here.
Start your day by seeing the city's finest sights. Then, take an insightful ride on 's Metro, which is guaranteed to surprise you. In fact, it's considered one of the best subway systems in the world. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the unusually beautiful Saint Basil's Cathedral. Though now more accessible to travellers from around the world, these incredible world icons still exude much of the enigma that has always defined them. Sundowners: Enjoy a refreshing drink during a cruise on the Moskva River, where you can admire 's fine sights and architecture from the waterways.
Your day begins with a visit to the Kremlin, the intriguing seat of the former Soviet Union. In the State Armory, you'll see priceless weaponry, jewels, and ceremonial robes. Tonight, witness a thrilling National Russian Show performed by fifty folk dancers.
Enrich: Visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you'll have the opportunity to meet a real cosmonaut and learn about the history of space exploration, with original exhibits and models relating to space technology, history and art. It's a beautiful and out-of-this-world experience that will have you seeing stars. Enjoy a lunch in the local restaurant. Tonight, you'll attend an internationally renowned Russian Circus, where you'll get to rediscover your sense of wonder all over again.
Freechoice: Visit the State Tretyakov gallery, a world-famous museum housing a unique collection of Russian art, or explore the Museum of the Armed Forces, where you'll have an opportunity to see a vast collection of Russian military memorabilia.
Part of the Golden Ring of cities surrounding Moscow, is well worth a long, deliberate examination and your guided walking tour will be just what the doctor ordered.
Welcome to the fascinating and ancient city of located on the mighty Volga River. In fact, dating back to the year 1010, it's even older than Moscow. Acquaint yourself with its long and impressive history by taking an enjoyable guided tour of its most famous sights.
Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, built in 1397 and home to a wonderful collection of Russian Orthodox icons.
9. Kizhi Island
Your ship docks at – an open air museum with a precious collection of wooden churches and chapels. You'll also get to view the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its 22 timbered onion domes. It is easily among the most magnificent examples of wooden architecture in Russia, and the world. As the ship sets sail, you'll get to toast the occasion with a little vodka, a beverage integral to Russian culture for over 600 years.
Enrich: It's all ashore to explore this charming museum village, which was reconstructed after WWII. Wander around the distinctive buildings and later try Shashlik, a traditional meal similar to shish kebab.
11. St. Petersburg
Start your day with a guided tour of this uniquely beautiful metropolis, followed by a lunch in a local restaurant. Then, visit the Hermitage, formerly the Winter Palace and home to the Tsars. Today it houses one of the world's most magnificent art collections.
12. St. Petersburg
Freechoice: Explore Catherine's Block and the fountains in the Lower Garden at Peterhof on a guided tour, or be seduced by the sheer extravagance of Peterhof's Grand Palace, which was modeled on the Palace of Versailles. Alternatively, wander the incomparable Upper and Lower Gardens at Peterhof, including the Palaces' majestic Fountains. Enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant. Freechoice: Visit magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. Or discover the Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was murdered.
13. St. Petersburg
This morning visit Catherine's Palace, famous for its grandiose white and gold façade and its elaborate gardens. Enrich: Enjoy a highlight lunch at the old-world wooden 'Podvorie' restaurant. Here you'll be offered traditional Russian cuisine where the delicious fare is actually home-grown at the restaurant owner's private summer residence. This afternoon enjoy some free time to yourself, to explore or relax as you please. Enrich: Tonight you'll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a private Russian ballet concert at the majestic Palace of Prince Vladimir. The Palace was the last Imperial palace to be built in and is an eclectic combination of architectural styles that will dazzle and amaze you.
14. St. Petersburg
Today you'll enjoy a cruise through the city's canals and get to glide under some of the city's 400 bridges.
15. St. Petersburg
After breakfast, your cruise comes to an end, as all good things must, but it's also the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.
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