Russian Art Treasures Tour
Our tour to Russia welcomes you to a once hidden treasure chest of history, culture and art. This one week tour visits Moscow and St. Petersburg and includes all the highlights you could ever dream of. Enjoy a City Panorama Sightseeing tour of both cities, walk on the famous Red Square, visit Kremlin with its museums, cathedrals and palaces and the Armory Chamber including the Faberge Eggs. Enjoy a special tour of the Diamond Fund and a guided tour of the art treasures of the magnificent Tretyakov Gallery. Take in a performance at the Bolshoi Theater and also the famous Kirov Theater. Spend a day at the magnificent Hermitage Museum of Art with a guided tour of one of the world's most outstanding collections of Russian, Asian and Western European art. Visit the Petrodvorets, the former summer palace of the Czars. This is truly a great travel bargain!
Day 1 USA/Moscow
Depart today aboard a comfortable Finnair overnight flight to Moscow.
Day 2 Moscow
Arrival in Moscow, celebrating its 850th Anniversary with festivities and world-class exhibitions throughout the year. This will be a great time to visit Moscow as the city remembers its past in culture, music and fun.. Transfer to your hotel. (D)
Day 3 Moscow
Enjoy a City Panorama tour highlighting Moscow University, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Olympic Stadium and Gum Depart-ment Store. Then be one of the first to tour the new Exhibit at Resurrection Gates on Red Square featuring 90 rare artifacts such as 7th century manuscripts and jewels, the cup made by Peter the Great's hands for his prince, the repentance "hair shirt" of Ivan the Terrible and the Star of St. George. This afternoon enjoy an excursion to visit the lovely village of Sergei Posad (formerly Zagorsk) whose centerpiece is the ancient monastery of Sergei Posad. The monastery boasts outstanding and unique architecture plus hidden treasures of art within the sacred churches on the grounds. (B,D)
Day 4 Moscow/St. Petersburg
Sightseeing today will feature the 64-acre Kremlin with its museums, cathedrals and palaces including Cathedral Square, a view of the Czar's Giant Bell, and a special visit to the Armory Chamber, which houses the vast treasures of the Czars including the Faberge Eggs.Then enjoy a special tour of the awe-inspriing Diamond Fund. This afternoon enjoy a private tour of the art treasures of the magnificent Tretyakov Gallery which features the works of many centuries of Russia's master artists and its most famous collection of priceless icons. After dinner, take in a stirring performance in the famous Bolshoi Theatre before transferring to your first class, 2-berth private compartment overnight train bound for St. Petersburg. (B,D)
Day 5 St. Petersburg
Morning arrival in St. Petersburg where you will be transferred to your hotel. Morning Panorama Sightseeing views the impressive Peter and Paul Fortress, (burial site of the Romanov Czars), St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Admiralty Building and Nevsky Prospekt and other famous landmarks. The balance of the day is free. Few cities in Europe can boast as colorful a history. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, colorful St. Petersburg is uniquely situated on 101 islands linked by more than 400 bridges. (B, D)
Day 6 The Hermitage Treasures
This morning you will visit the magnificent Hermitage Museum of Art. Here you will have a private tour of one of the world's outstanding collections of Russian, Asian and Western European art. Also, enjoy a special visit to the exclusive "Scythian Gold Room" housing a magnificent display of unique and historically significant gold objects. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to perhaps shop for one of the country's many handicrafts such as the hand-painted lacquer boxes or the famous Russian stack doll. This evening enjoy a theatre performance at the historic and elegant Kirov Theatre where history surrounds you as you enjoy a performance. (B,D)
Day 7 St. Petersburg
Today you will have a private tour of the Russian Museum which features the works of the aristocracy of Russian artists through history and up to present day. This afternoon enjoy an excursion to Petrodvorets, the formersummer palace of the Czars. The palace and the gardens truly rival those of Versailles. The treasures featured in the palace are truly a delight. Tonight a Gala Farewell Evening with traditional Russian food, vodka, champagne and festive music and dance. (B,D)
Day 8 St. Petersburg/USA**
Bid farewell to Russia and board your return flight home.
**LA or San Francisco passengers will fly to Helsinki for overnight on day 7 - overnight includes hotel, transfers and breakfast.Farewell Dinner on Day 6.
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February 5 & 19, 1998
March 5, 1998
March 19, 1998
Other departure cities available - please call or email for prices.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Transfers are not included in Land Only Tours. Customs and airline departure taxes additional. Non-refundable Russian Visa fees are not included. All Legend Tours General Terms and Conditions, a.k.a. The Fine Print apply.