Russia: Treasures of the Tsars - A Connections Boutique Journey (2021)

Experience the full panorama of Russian culture, immersing yourself in the flavours and atmosphere of the nation's beautiful countryside, along with two major cities, each boasting a rich, fascinating history and a powerful global influence.

Journey Overview

Experience the full panorama of Russian culture, immersing yourself in the flavours and atmosphere of the nation's beautiful countryside, along with two major cities, each boasting a rich, fascinating history and a powerful global influence.

Journey Highlights

  • Avoid the crowds with before-hours visits to the Kremlin Armory, Peterhof and the Hermitage
  • Enjoy an exciting presentation from a Russian scholar that reveals Russia's profound past and present
  • Listen to a private choir performance in Moscow’s magnificent Church of St. Nicholas
  • Explore medieval Suzdal and its beautiful countryside for a more rural look at Russia, and have lunch with a local family
  • Meet an expert on the Romanovs to learn about the fascinating history of Russia’s last ruling dynasty
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Moscow, Russia

Upon arrival in Moscow, transfer to your hotel. This evening, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Metropol Hotel | Meals: D

Day 2: Moscow | The Stately Capital

Tour Moscow, starting at the Kremlin, and beat the crowds with an exclusive before-hours visit to the State Armory. View its impressive collection of carriages, royal gala clothes and fabulous Fabergé eggs. Then, visit two Kremlin cathedrals: Assumption and Archangel. After lunch at a local restaurant, stroll Red Square to view Lenin’s Tomb and St. Basil’s Cathedral. See the city from a different perspective when you ride the Moscow Metro, renowned for its ornate stations.
Metropol Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 3: Moscow | Russian Legends

This morning, enjoy a talk by a Russian scholar. Continue your explorations of Moscow with a visit to the New Maiden Cemetery, final resting place of Chekhov and other noted figures. After lunch at a local restaurant, stop at the Tretyakov Gallery, one of Moscow’s greatest treasures. Behind the gallery’s whimsical façade lies the foremost collection of Russian fine art in the world.
Metropol Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 4: The Golden Ring | Russia’s Ancient Heart

Leave the city for the Golden Ring, the circle of venerable cities northeast of Moscow. Travel by train to historic Vladimir for sightseeing before continuing to the old town of Suzdal. Check in to your hotel before dinner.
Pushkarskaya Sloboda | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Suzdal | Living Museum

Explore Suzdal, often described as an open-air museum of Russian history for its extensive pre-revolution architecture. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride before eating lunch with a local family, and partake in a bread-baking master class of Russian kalach. After some time at leisure, enjoy a revitalizing visit to an authentic Russian bath — an A&K-exclusive experience.
Pushkarskaya Sloboda | Meals: BL

Day 6: St. Petersburg | Venice Of The North

Transfer by road back to Moscow, where you board a highspeed Sapsan train for the ride to St. Petersburg, the crowning glory of Peter the Great, arriving in the evening.
Hotel Astoria | Meals: BLD

Day 7: St. Petersburg | Legacy Of A Dynasty

Start the day at the Hermitage, home to three million pieces of artwork, enjoying early access with fewer crowds. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn the history of the Romanovs when you meet with an expert on the subject. Cruise the city’s canals and visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral to marvel at its gilded dome, as well as the red granite columns that grace its façade.
Hotel Astoria | Meals: BL

Day 8: Peterhof | Private Grand Palace Tour

Drive to Peterhof, summer estate of Peter the Great. Tour the Grand Palace, which is opened for you before official operating hours. Return to St. Petersburg via hydrofoil, and visit the fascinating Peter and Paul Fortress.
Hotel Astoria | Meals: BL

Day 9: Pushkin | Russia's Past & Present

Travel to Tsarskoe Selo (“Tsar’s Village”), also called Pushkin. View Catherine Palace and the world-famous Amber Room, now restored to its original glory. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, and tonight, join your fellow guests for a farewell dinner.
Hotel Astoria | Meals: BD

Day 10: Depart St. Petersburg

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 7:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

The maximum guest capacity for 2021 Connections journeys has been temporarily reduced to 18 and may revert to 24 at A&K’s discretion due to changes in COVID-19-related requirements.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Pushkarskaya Sloboda

Russia: Treasures of the Tsars - A Connections Boutique Journey (2021)

Pushkarskaya Sloboda is an attractive riverside retreat comprising several 19th century buildings, traditional log cabins and ... Read more

Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg

Russia: Treasures of the Tsars - A Connections Boutique Journey (2021)

Hotel Astoria opened in 1913 and has been the venue of choice for novelists, dancers, artists, poets, actors, photographers, presidents a ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jun 18, 2021 - Jun 27, 2021
Price AU$8,815pp Single Supplement AU$2,785 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jul 9, 2021 - Jul 18, 2021
Price AU$8,815pp Single Supplement AU$2,785 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Aug 27, 2021 - Sep 5, 2021
Price AU$8,080pp Single Supplement AU$2,345 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 17, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021
Price AU$8,080pp Single Supplement AU$2,345 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire