Introduction to Russia
Moscow, St. Petersburg
Moscow & St. Petersburg
Moscow, St. Petersburg
Family Tour of Russia
St. Petersburg, Moscow
Best of St. Petersburg
Best of Moscow
Moscow & Golden Ring
Journey Through Russia
Moscow, Golden Ring, St. Petersburg
Journey Through Scandinavia & Russia
Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg
(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Moscow, St. Petersburg
This luxurious private tour features the best of Russia's two greatest cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Begin in Moscow, an exciting capital city filled with spectacular treasures. During private touring, visit the Kremlin's gold-domed cathedrals, and gaze at the czar's precious collections in the Armory. Also, gain access to the Diamond Fund, a dazzling array of the rarest jewels. Walk through iconic Red Square, and see St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, GUM Department Store and Zaryadye Park. Tour the Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkin Museum to see masterpieces of Russian and European art. Browse for unique Russian products or specialty food items at local markets and along the city's most fashionable shopping streets. Also visit Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent, tour the Gorky House Museum and see the ostentatious architecture of the Moscow Metro subway stations. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange tickets for a performance at the legendary Bolshoi Theater.
We can also arrange many additional special activities and VIP experiences, such as a leisurely cruise on the Moscow River; a private tour and vodka tasting at one of the oldest vodka distilleries in Russia; a private cooking class; a backstage tour of the Bolshoi Theater; touring of Stalin's Bunker and the All-Russia Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art; private excursions to the Kuskovo Estate and Palace Museum, TsaritsynoMuseum-Reserve or Kolomenskoye; and a visit to the Moscow Choral Synagogue, one of most important synagogues in Russia.
Next, take the first-class express train to St. Petersburg to experience the artwork, palaces, waterways and lifestyle of Peter the Great's "window on the world." During private touring with your own guide and driver, visit the renowned State Hermitage Museum, one of the greatest art museums in the world, and gain special access to the Treasury Rooms. Tour highlights of the historical city center—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—such as the Peter & Paul Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Yusupov Palace, Faberge Museum and State Russian Museum. Take a private excursion to Pushkin to tour the Catherine Palace, a Baroque confection of blue, white and gold, including the Amber Workshop. During another excursion, visit Peterhof, Peter the Great's stunning summer residence, where pavilions and terraced water gardens overlook the Gulf of Finland. Also enjoy a private boat ride on the Neva River and through the city's canals, and browse interesting markets and boutiques selling beautiful, locally made items such as lacquerware and porcelain. One evening, attend a performance at the world-renowned Mariinsky Theater.
Artisans of Leisure can also arrange activities such as a private excursion to Pavlovsk, a UNESCO-listed palace and park; a visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue, one of the largest in Europe; a backstage tour of the Mariinsky Theater; a private ballet lesson with a prima ballerina; and an early-morning private boat ride to view the raising of the drawbridges.
Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also make dining reservations at Russia's top restaurants.
This tour can easily be combined with other destinations in the region, such as Finland and the Baltic States.
Russia was our 5th trip with Artisans of Leisure and it was wonderful, as always. We loved the hotel and activities that you arranged. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and fantastic. Artisans of Leisure is A+++!
~ S.B., Tampa, FL
Russia was THE BEST! We were so immersed in the history it was unbelievable, the kids were fascinated, we all loved it. This was really one of our favorite trips ever.
~ P.R., Laguna Niguel, CA
Our Russia trip was fantastic! Absolutely sensational. Our guide was the most remarkable woman we have ever met…I can’t thank you enough for all that you did to arrange such a memorable trip.
~ S.S., Bondi, New South Wales, Australia
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