Imperial Russia - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2021)

Experience the opulent splendours of Russia’s imperial ruling class, from the modern bustle of Moscow, replete with echoes of the Soviet Era, to the Baroque splendour of St. Petersburg, when the eyes of the Russian people turned westward.

  • Russia
  • 9 days, from AU$13,230
  • 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. You’ll be taken to the secretive Kremlin and State Armoury, a trove of magnificent imperial treasures. Visit Moscow’s splendid cathedrals: the colourful onion-domed St Basil’s and the golden-topped Christ the Saviour. And enjoy a private tour of the extraordinary art collection housed in St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum.

Journey Highlights

  • Meet and talk with Mikhail Gorbachev’s personal translator for unique insight into the collapse of the Soviet Union
  • Gain exclusive access not available to the general public to Konstantin Palace, the official St. Petersburg residence of the president of Russia 
  • Benefit from early entry to the incomparable Hermitage Museum, viewing its world-famous collections of jewellery and artefacts at a calmer, less-crowded time of day
  • Explore St. Petersburg with a canal cruise and a concert of Russian music at Peter and Paul Fortress, as well as a visit to the summer palace of Peter the Great 
  • Visit the intimate Fabergé Museum for up-close views of its glittering treasures, including the stunning Fabergé eggs
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 dinner. 
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow | Meals: D

Day 2: Moscow | The Kremlin’s Treasures

Explore two of the Kremlin’s cathedrals and enjoy early entry to the State Armoury, home to priceless artefacts dating to the 14th century. Ride Like a Local on the Moscow Metro, admiring the elegant architecture of its stations. Your afternoon is at leisure. 
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow | Meals: BD

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

Visit Sparrow Hills for panoramic views of the city and see other key sites. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant while revisiting the pivotal era of perestroika with an in-person talk from Mikhail Gorbachev’s personal translator. Continue to the Tretyakov Gallery, the national treasury of Russian fine art.
Four Seasons Hotel Moscow | Meals: BL

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

Board a high-speed train to St. Petersburg, and check in to your hotel. Then, sit down to a Russian afternoon tea. Later, relax on a boat cruise on the city’s canals, viewing local life on shore, cocktail in hand. Finish at Peter and Paul Fortress, where you attend a choral performance of Russian spiritual music. Tonight, dine at a restaurant just outside the fortress walls. 
Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Petrodvorets | Legacy of Peter the Great

Begin the day with special entry to Konstantin Palace, enjoying exclusive access not available to the general public to this art-filled former residence of grand dukes. Afterward, travel to Petrodvorets, summer palace of Peter the Great, to view its grounds, sculptures and fountains. Return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil. This evening, view St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and then take part in a private culinary master class and dinner. 
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, and then return to view the renowned Impressionists collection. Later, attend a performance in one of St. Petersburg’s 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 home of a well-known local artist to view his works and enjoy a hosted afternoon tea.
  • 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

Today, enter the ornate Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood to behold its delicate mosaics and visit the Fabergé Museum to see its glittering collection of jewelled eggs and other objets d’art. Explore the city your way during an afternoon at leisure. Then, enjoy a private visit and concert with Champagne at the Isaak Brodsky House Museum, an experience available exclusively to A&K guests. 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 (2021)

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 (2021)

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

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 14, 2021 - May 22, 2021
Price AU$13,230pp Single Supplement AU$4,405 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jun 11, 2021 - Jun 19, 2021
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Jul 23, 2021 - Jul 31, 2021
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Aug 13, 2021 - Aug 21, 2021
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Sep 3, 2021 - Sep 11, 2021
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Sep 10, 2021 - Sep 18, 2021
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