Imperial Russia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Experience the opulent splendours of Russia’s imperial ruling class, from the modern bustle of Moscow, replete with the echoes of the Soviet Era, to the Baroque splendour of St. Petersburg, when Russia began to look toward the west.

  • Russia
  • 9 days, Call for a quote
  • 18 Guests

Journey Overview

Experience the opulent splendours of Russia’s imperial ruling class, from the modern bustle of Moscow, replete with the echoes of the Soviet Era, to the Baroque splendour of St. Petersburg, when Russia began to look toward the west.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore the Kremlin’s State Armory and enter the Grand Kremlin Palace, official residence of the President
  • Enjoy early entry to the incomparable Hermitage Museum to view its amazing collections of jewellery and artefacts
  • Visit Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, where you enjoy a concert of Russian spiritual music, and view the summer palace of Peter the Great in Petrodvorets 
  • Tour the private Fabergé Museum for up-close views of the famous Fabergé Eggs
  • Stay in Four Seasons luxury hotels throughout your journey
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Moscow, Russia

Arrive in Moscow, the capital of Russia, where you are met and transferred to your hotel, situated steps from Red Square. Gather this evening for a welcome briefing followed by dinner. 
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow | Meals: D

Day 2: Moscow | The Kremlin’s Treasures

Tour two of the Kremlin’s cathedrals as well as the State Armory, home to priceless artefacts dating to the 14th century, and enjoy exclusive A&K Insider Access to the Grand Kremlin Palace, official residence of President Putin (subject to closure for official functions). Later, tour the Moscow Metro, before dining at a local restaurant. 
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow | Meals: BD

Day 3: Moscow | Private Lunch with Gorbachev’s Translator

Visit the Sparrow Hills and other key sites around the city. Revisit the pivotal era of Perestroika with an in-person talk from Mikhail Gorbachev’s personal translator. Enjoy lunch at a private restaurant, and then view the fine artworks in the Tretyakov Gallery. 
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow | Meals: BL

Day 4: St. Petersburg | Concert at Peter and Paul Fortress

Board a high-speed train for a lively ride to St. Petersburg. On arrival, check into your hotel, and then sit down to a Russian afternoon tea. Later, enjoy a boat cruise on the city’s canals that ends at Peter and Paul Fortress, where you experience a choir concert of Russian spiritual music, followed by dinner at a popular restaurant. 
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Petrodvorets | Legacy of Peter the Great

Travel to Petrodvorets, summer palace of Peter the Great, to view its grounds, sculptures and fountains. Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil (weather permitting). This evening, view St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and then take part in a private culinary master class and dinner for an engaging and memorable Chef’s Table experience. 
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg | Meals: BD

Day 6: St. Petersburg | Early Entry to the Hermitage

Beat the crowds with special early entry to the world-famous Hermitage Museum to marvel at its spectacular art collections. Break for lunch in a nearby restaurant, then return in the afternoon to view the famous Impressionists collection. This evening, attend a performance in one of St. Petersburg’s beautiful historic theatres. 
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg | Meals: BL

Day 7: Pushkin | Design Your Day

Journey to Pushkin to discover the magnificent 18th-century Catherine Palace, designed to rival Versailles. Enter the rarely visited Cold Bath and Agate Rooms to see the palace’s only surviving original interiors. 

This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities. 

  • Bask in a Russian Banya, a traditional steam bath experience that detoxifies and invigorates.
  • Visit the Studio of a Well-Known Local Artist, viewing his works and having afternoon tea with him and his wife.
  • Discover the Central Navy Museum, to learn the history of the Russian navy, dating to the reign of Peter the Great.

Enjoy an evening at leisure, free to explore on your own. 
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg | Meals: BL

Day 8: St. Petersburg | Private Museum Visit & Concert

Tour the city, entering the ornate Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood to behold its delicate mosaics and visiting the Fabergé Museum to see its glittering Fabergé eggs and other objets d’art. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy a private visit and concert with Champagne at the Isaak Brodsky House Museum, an insider access experience exclusively for guests of A&K. Then savour a tasting of Russian caviars as a fitting prelude to your farewell dinner. 
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg | Meals: BD

Day 9: Depart St. Petersburg

Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. 
Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Day 8.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

Imperial Russia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Welcoming you to the Russian capital, the Four Seasons Moscow boasts an idyllic historic location overlooking Manezhnaya Square. Previo ... Read more

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Imperial Russia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

This newcomer to St. Petersburg opened in August 2013. It was eagerly anticipated and has delighted those who have been the first to st ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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