Imperial Russia to Modern Times
July 1 – 11, 2020
$5,895 per person. No Single Supplement!

Imperial Russia to Modern Times

The Russian Vatican.

The life of Imperial Russia left a legacy of grand buildings and treasures of art that reflect a lifestyle that few in today’s Russia can imagine. This special tour highlights the treasures of Imperial Russia and includes exclusive tours of art collections in Moscow and St. Petersburg, guest speakers, private home visits, visits to countryside palaces, the option of attending a famous ballet, and the comfort of staying in world-class deluxe hotels while traveling amidst an intimate, small-group tour… all with the personalized service that is a part of Iconic Journeys Worldwide (IJW). 

Your host during this tour will be IJW’s founder and president, Jerry Sorkin.


Day 1- Wednesday, July 1- Arrival

Upon arrival, your Russian guide will meet you at the airport where they will take you to check-in at your hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, you may take a brief city tour along with an evening boat tour and enjoy a welcome dinner on board. Overnight in Moscow. (D)

 

Day 2- Thursday, July 2- Kremlin Embankment 

During today’s panoramic city tour, you will have a chance to see the main cultural and historic sites of Moscow; the Kremlin Embankment, The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Sparrow Hills, the Moscow State University, Poklonnaya Hill, Pushkin Square, Tverskaya Street, and the Manezhnaya Square. After lunch, we will have a chance to meet with a local political science specialist and journalist who will share insights about the Russian system and US-Russia relations. He previously served as editor of the political department of a well-known Russian magazine and currently holds the position of the head of the media department of the Russian Geographical Society. Quite charismatic, our speaker is open to discuss his experience in journalism and other questions that you might have.

Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight in Moscow. (B, L)

 

Day 3- Friday, July 3- Kremlin, Armory Chamber, Red Square & St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Aerial view of Moscow Kremlin.

Today you will visit the heart of Russia, the Moscow Kremlin. Visit its gala squares, ancient palaces, and magnificent golden-domed cathedrals, as well as the Armory chamber, which is the treasure house with an incredible jewelry collection. After lunch, take a walking tour along the Red Square to admire the charming Kazan Cathedral, the Kremlin Walls, the famous Ruby Stars on the Kremlin Towers, the legendary Lenin Mausoleum and the colorful St. Basil Cathedral, which you will visit at the end of our excursion day.

Dinner on your own this evening. Recommendations will be provided. Overnight in Moscow. (B, L) 

 

Day 4- Saturday, July 4- Sergiev Posad 

Following an early breakfast, you will take a trip to Sergiev Posad, also known as the “Russian Vatican” for its magnificent blue and golden cupolas scattered all around the town. Enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most cherished treasures of Sergiev Posad. The highlight of the day is a tour lead by a churchman in the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy called the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.

After lunch, you will have some free time to enjoy the atmosphere of provincial Russia and shop for local souvenirs. In the evening we return to Moscow.

Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight in Moscow. (B, L)

 

Day 5- Sunday, July 5- Novodevichiy Convent 

Today, we will pay a visit to one of the most sacred places in Moscow, the Novodevichiy Convent. You can walk along one of its oldest streets; the Arbat. Afterward, you can rest your feet as you take a trip on the Moscow subway, considered one of the most beautiful subways in the world! After the subway tour, you will head to the outskirts of Moscow to visit the family of a local entrepreneur for some barbeque and home-made wine!

Overnight in Moscow. (B, D)

 Holy Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius in Sergiyev Posad in Spring.

 

Day 6- Monday, July 6- Transfer to St. Petersburg

This morning, you will be taken to the train station to board a high-speed train to St. Petersburg. Your guide and driver will meet you at the station and take you to your hotel and then to the welcoming lunch. Afterward, you will be taken on a brief city tour and then a boat trip along the cities’ major rivers and canals, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch.

Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight in St. Petersburg. (B, L)

 

Day 7- Tuesday, July 7- Panoramic city tour, Church on the Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress.

Today, you will visit some of St. Petersburg’s most magnificent sights, which include novelties such as the Winter Palace, Palace Square, the Bronze Horseman, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral, and the city’s thriving Nevsky Prospect.

The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg was the official residence of the Russian monarchs from 1732 to 1917.

 

Afternoon touring will include the heart of St. Petersburg; the Peter and Paul Fortress. After lunch, you will see one of the most breathtaking Russian churches, the Church on the Spilled Blood.

Overnight in St. Petersburg. (B, L)

Day 8- Wednesday, July 8- The Hermitage Museum 

Today, enjoy a visit to the State Hermitage; the world’s 3rd biggest art museum, to see one of the world’s greatest art collections, including paintings of celebrated masters
such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Titian, and Rafael. After lunch, we will meet with a local architect and owner of an architectural firm who can enlighten us about what makes St. Peterburg’s architecture result in what most visitors find to be a city of incredible beauty.

Overnight in St. Petersburg. (B, L)

 

Day 9- Thursday, July 9- Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo summer residences.

This morning, you will go to Peterhof, which is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Here you can admire the fabulous Upper and Lower fountain gardens of former Peter the Great’s summer residence, as well as its Grand palace and pavilions.

Catherine’s Palace.

After lunch in the gardens, take a trip to Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo to visit Catherine’s Palace. The breathtaking golden designs of the staterooms and the famous Amber room will take your breath away!

 Overnight in St. Petersburg. (B, L)

Day 10- Friday, July 10- Mariyno and Synagogue

Today you will partake in a countryside adventure. We will leave the city and together with an architect and will drive in retro cars (Pobeda) to the 19th-century estate Maryino, that once belonged to one of the richest families in Russia – the Stroganovs, to enjoy its elegance and unforgettable atmosphere.

On the way back, we will stop at the Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg; the 3rd largest Synagogue in Europe built between 1880 and 1888 and will have a tour of the inside.

Afterward, we will head to a traditional Russian restaurant for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 11- Saturday, July 11- Departure

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back to the US. (B)


HOTELS

Moscow: Marriott Aurora

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mowdt-moscow-marriott-royal-aurora-hotel/

St. Petersburg: Dom Boutique Hotel

https://domboutiquehotel.com/


COST

$5,895 per person. No Single Supplement!

COST INCLUDES

All accommodations with breakfast.

Welcoming dinner and lunch.

Farewell dinner.

All touring and entrance fees on sites noted on the itinerary.

Train tickets.

 

COST EXCLUDES

International air.

 Russian visa application.


REGISTRATION

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